Note    H1823         Index
See SQ p. 232 for birth information and p. 946 for marriage information.


Note    H1824         Index

SQ pg 2632:

"Elijah Rogers Sparks, son of Allen and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks, was born on November 6, 1843, near Colfax, Indiana. He was obviously named for his maternal grandfather. He was a farmer, a teacher, and also an attorney. He served in the 3rd and 8th Regiments, Indiana Cavalry in the Civil War. (See page 2637 of this issue of the QUARTERLY for an abstract of his pension file.) He was married twice. His first marriage was to Elizabeth Barker on April 19, 1866, in Boone County, Indiana. She was born on December 20, 1846, and was a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (White) Barker, natives of North Carolina. She died on November 5, 1887.

"Elijah Sparks was elected a justice of the peace of Clinton County, Indiana, in 1876. He was apparently licensed to practice law about 1880. As noted in his father's obituary, Elijah specialized in assisting Civil War veterans in preparing their applications for the pensions provided by the U.S. government. He was a member of the Methodist Church and in his politics, he was a Republican.

"On March 18, 1891, Elijah married (2nd) Jennie Jordan in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. She was born about 1851. They had no children.

"Elijah died on January 14, 1916, in the Indiana State Soldiers' Home at Lafayette, Indiana. According to records known as the "Rogers Index," which are housed in The Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky, and also from a copy of the Bible record of the births of his children kept by Elijah Sparks that has been provided us by Irma (Cory) We lls, Elijah and Elizabeth (Barker) Sparks were the parents of eight children."


See SQ pps 2637-8 for the abstract of his pension file:

"ELIJAH ROGERS SPARKS, son of Allen and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks. H e served in Company H and Company M, 3rd Regiment Indiana Cavalry an d Company M, 8th Regiment Indiana Calvary. File designations: Inv. C ert. No. 489,980; Wid. Cert. No. 816,397.

It is known that Elijah Rogers Sparks filed an application for an invalid pension with the Bureau of Pensions on June 7, 1889; however, no copy of the application was sent from his pension file in the packet of materials supplied us by the National Archives. His military service was confirmed by the War Department on November 30, 1889 . He was enrolled in Company H, 3rd Regiment Indiana Calvary on August 27, 1862. He was transferred to Company M, same regiment, on September 1, 1864, and to Company M, 8th Regiment Indiana Cavalry on May 1, 1865. He was captured near Fayetteville, North Carolina, on March 10, 1865, and confined at Richmond, Virginia, on March 28, 1865 . He was paroled at Boulware Hoxis Wharf, Virginia, on March 30, 1865, and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, on April 2, 1865. He was mustered out on June 9, 1865.

Invalid Certificate No. 489,980 was issued to Elijah Sparks, and he was placed upon the pension roll.

On March 6, 1899, Sparks responded to a questionnaire from the Bureau of Pensions. He stated that (here follows his marital information and the names and birthdates of his children).

On May 28, 1912, Elijah Sparks, now aged 68 and a resident of Lafayette, Indiana, applied for an increase in his pension under an Act of Congress of 1912. He said that he had enrolled in Company H, 3rd Regiment Indiana Cavalry on August 27, 1862, at Indianapolis, Indania, and had served until he was mustered out at Columbus, Ohio, on June 9, 1865. At the time of his enlistment he had been 5 feet, 10 inches tall; he had a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair, and he was a farmer. He had been born on November 6, 1843, near Colfax, Indiana. Clarence Booth and C. P. White witnessed his signature. His pension was increased from $24 to $30 per month. Elijah Sparks died on January 14, 1916, at the Indiana State Soldiers Home, Lafayette, Indiana. He was described on the death certificate as "retired pension attorney." The name of his father was given as Allen Sparks.

On January 26, 1916, Jennie J. Sparks, aged 60, applied for a Widow's Pension. She stated that she had been married to Elijah Sparks on March 18, 1891, at West Lafayette, Indiana. It was her first marriage, but her husband had been married previously. John Tankerley and James N. Hughes witnessed her signature. She was issued Widow Certificate No. 816,397 by the Bureau of Pensions and placed upon the pension roll."


Note    H1825         Index

See SQ p. 227 for a copy of the Johnson County, Kentucky - 1850 Census showing Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks and 8 children.

See the SPARKS QUARTERLY, p. 886 for the following marriage information from Lawrence County, Kentucky, Marriage Bonds (1822- 1865): Elisha Sparks & Susannah Pridemore, December 16, 1833. (Box 3) Consent of her father, John Pridemore, of Floyd County. Bondsmen: Daniel Sparks, Saul Sparks, and David Sparks.

SQ pg 3797: He was married in 1833 to Susanna Pridemore.


SQ pg 3938:
"Elisha Sparks, son of Thomas and Dinah (Wilcock) Sparks, was born about 1809 in North Carolina. He was married to Susanna Pridemore on December 16, 1833, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, by Walter Osborne. His bondsmen were Daniel Sparks, Saul Sparks, and David Sparks . Susanna had been born about 1810 in Floyd County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of John Pridemore who gave his consent to the marriage , since she was then not of age. Elisha and Susannah lived on a road between the communities of Flat Gap and Paintsville near the headwaters of Hood Creek. It was there that they lived for the rest of their lives. Susanna died on July 2, 1889, and Elisha died on December 26, 1893. They were buried in a small cemetery not far from their home. They had thirteen children."

"[Mrs. Jean (Sloan) McCarty, a great-great-granddaughter of Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, has shared with us a description of two of the Sparks cemeteries where her ancestors were buried. We are pleased to include here a portion of her observations.]

" 'A few years ago,' Mrs. McCarty wrote, 'We visited the small and unnamed cemetery where Elisha and Susanna were buried. It is on Kentucky State Road 1092, about one-half mile off Kentucky State Road 201. It is across the road and up a small hill from the Kerz Enterprise Baptist Church and is still being used occasionally. Elisha and Susanna have field stone markers onto which names and dates have been carved; however, the stones are beginning to crumble. Elisha's son, Benjamin, is also buried there.' "