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SQ pps 3409-11:

"Frederick "Fred" Mauk Sparks, son of Nelson and Peggy (Mauk) Spar ks, was born on May 1, 1853, in Carter County. On January 21, 1875 , he was married to Elizabeth Catherine Kegley in Elliott County. It was the first marriage for both. Catherine (as she was called) was born on April 20, 1855, in Wythe County, Virginia, and was a daughter of Joel and Delilah (Hounshel) Kegley, natives of Wythe County. When the 1880 census was taken of Elliott County, Fred and Catherine were shown as having three children, two sons and one daughter.

"Sometime in the 1890s, Fred Sparks joined the Christian Church, probably during a revival meeting, and his wife persuaded him to leave Elliott County and the temptations set before him by his friends and drinking companions. Accordingly, in 1897, he bought land at Rice, Kentucky, in Greenup County. (The post office no longer exists. ) There he built a log house, and in the late fall he moved his family from Gimlet, Kentucky, to the newly-built home. It was there, on November 2, 1897, that the picture was taken of the entire family which is reproduced below (see page 3410).

"Frederick Mauk Sparks was a good man in every sense of the phrase . An interesting biographical account of him was written by a granddaughter Anna Musser Bradley (a daughter of Laura Belle Sparks), and she has given us permission to use it here. She wrote:

"All I know of Grandpa Sparks is what my mother and her two younger sisters told me and, naturally, they praised him highly. He died when I was just a year old. He was converted during a revival meeting in Elliott County, shortly after his marriage, and he joined the Christian Church before he moved to Greenup County. Ultimately, he was ordained a minister of the Christian Church, and it is told that he preached sermons in the grove near the Sparks Cemetery. This area is now called Happy Ridge because the Sparks family sang the oldtime gospel songs with such a fine spirit that the neighbors would gather in and sing and rejoice with them.

"Grandpa was an industrious farmer, and he planted an orchard. He also could do all sorts of handy work and had a blacksmith shop. He kept seasoned hand-planed walnut boards in the loft of the shop which he used to make homemade coffins, and Grandma kept suitable cloth materials to cover, pad, line, and decorate the coffins for friends , neighbors, and relatives.

"Grandpa also donated land for a cemetery. He was a good hand to wait on the sick and help the needy, and he was a good father as well. His grave was the second one prepared in the cemetery for which he gave the land. He died on May 20, 1906, just a few days after he reached his 53rd birthday."

After the death of her husband, Catherine Sparks continued to live at Happy Ridge. Most of her children were married, or would soon marry, with families of their own, but she and the youngest children kept the home place together. (They had 78 grandchildren). She survived her husband for over forty years, dying on December 23, 1946. She was buried beside him in the Sparks Cemetery at Happy Ridge. She and Fred had eleven children, including an unnamed daughter who died at birth."


Note    H1945         Index

SQ 100: "Garrett Sparks, (spelled Jarett on his marriage bond) born 15 Sept. 1802; married, 1825, Elizabeth Boggs."

See the December 1955 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, whole no. 12 , pg 93, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family. [JS: A grandson, Morton Emerson Sparks 6021, married another Sparks descendant, Cora Elizabeth Lyon (6020). See SQ pg 3898.]

See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, March 1993, Whole No. 161, pp 4065-4073, which is an article about Garrett's half-brother John L. Sparks who, as a member of a guerilla gang of southern soldiers, killed Hugh Boggs and Jim Boggs , who were ex-union soldiers and brothers of Elizabeth Boggs, wife of Garrett Sparks. For revenge, their brother Jesse Boggs followed John L. Sparks to Virginia where Jesse shot John and left him for dead. John survived and spent the rest of his live in Virginia away from the other members of his family.

See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, June 1996, Whole No. 174, p. 4634:

"Garrett Sparks, son of Levi and ----- (Walsh) Sparks, was born on September 15, 1802, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. (His name was also spelled Jarrett, Jared, Gared, etc.) He had reached maturity when he accompanied his father to Lawrence County, Kentucky, in 1821. The first official record we have found of him is a Kentucky Land Warrant, dated May 10, 1824, for 50 acres of land on the right fork of Big Blaine Creek. He probably bought the land in preparation for his marriage to Elizabeth ["Betsy"] Boggs. They were married on September 22, 1825, by the Rev. Stephen Wheeler, a Baptist minister. (The license was issued on September 19, 1825.) Betsy had been born on December 27, 1808, in Virginia and was a daughter of John 0. and Nancy (Wells) Boggs. Soon after their marriage, Garrett and Betsy united with the Big Blaine Baptist Church.

"During the period from 1825 to 1850, Garrett Sparks was involved in over a dozen transactions involving the purchase and sale of land on Blaine Creek. On the 1860 census, he was listed with real estate valued at $1,000 and personal property valued at $500.

"The Civil War had a major impact on the family of Garrett Sparks. Three of his sons served in the Union forces. Garrett's youngest brother, John L. Sparks, served in the Confederate forces and was quite likely involved in the ransacking of Garrett's house during the war. (See the March 1993 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 161, beginning on page 4065.) [JS: Copied in the notes of his half-brother John L. Sparks.]

"Garrett Sparks died on September 25, 1873, in Lawrence County. Betsy died there on December 21, 1873. They were buried in the Morton Sparks Cemetery that is located on Kentucky Route 32 between the Forks of Blaine and the mouth of Collier Creek. They had sixteen children according to census records and information given by descendants."

See World Family Tree, Vol 2, File 5319 for more generations, probably taken from the Sparks Family Quarterly.