Note    H1946         Index
See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Mar 1991, Whole No. 153, pp. 3927-28 for an article on the death of John J. Kitchen on December 28, 1991. John was a great-grandchild of Garrett Melvin and Mary (Miller) Sparks.
"Melvin and Mary lived near the Forks of the Big Blaine Creek where they became the parents of eight children." Photograph of Melvin and Mary with four of their children on page 3927.


Note    H1947         Index
SQ pg 3421: They live in (1989) Wilmington, Ohio, where Gary is e mployed by the Frigidaire Corporation. They have two children: Debr a and Jennifer Sparks.


Note    H1948         Index

SQ pg 3404: He served in the Navy during World War II. (JS: But, unless he fabricated his age on enlistment, not for long since he turned eighteen on 22 Sept, 1945, one month after the war ended ) He worked for a manufacturing company in Mansfield , Ohio. He was a member of the first Wesleyan Church.


Note    H1949         Index
SQ pg 3412: They had seven children: Helen, Frances, Joyce, Geor ge, John, Perry, and James Potter.


Note    H1950         Index

SQ 3795: He was probably the George Sparks who was married to Elizabeth Armstrong in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1814.


See the Sparks Quarterly for June, 2000, Whole No. 190, pp. 5367-68:

"George Sparks, son of Matthew and Eunice Sparks, was born about 1785. One Of the reasons for arriving at this approximate date of his birth is the fact that his father, in his 1819 will, named him second among his sons. Two other men named George Sparks who lived in the Surry/Wilkes Counties area in North Carolina can be confused with George, son of Matthew and Eunice. One was George G. Sparks, born on November 9, 1796, who was a son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina. George G. Sparks moved to Georgia prior to 1816. (See the QUARTERLY of December 1996, Whole No. 176, pp.4714-55, for a lengthy article about George G. Sparks (1796-1879] and his decendants.) The other was George Sparks, Jr. born about 1805, who was a son of George Sparks, Sr. (ca.1760-ca.1842). This George Sparks, Jr. (born ca.1805) was a first cousin of George Sparks (born ca.1785), the subject of this sketch. His father, the elder George Sparks, a son of William and Ann Sparks and a brother of Matthew Sparks, made his will In Surry County on November 18, 1832; it was probated ten years later during the November 1842 meeting of the County Court of Surry County; we know that he died in 1842. His son, George Sparks, Jr. (born ca.1805) was married to Fanny Lindsay in 1829. This couple moved to Union County, Georgia. (See the QUARTERLY of June 1983, Whole No. 122, pp.2519-24, for the article: "The Family of George Sparks, Jr. [Born ca. 1805] of Surry County, North Carolina, and Union County, Georgia.")

"We believe that it was George Sparks, son of Matthew and Eunice, who was married to Elizabeth Armstrong in Wilkes County in 1814. A marriage normally took place in the county in which the bride lived. The Wilkes County marriage bond and license for this couple were dated October 24, 1814, with Wesley Armstrong as bondsman. Because our information on George Sparks is quite limited at this time, we give here a record of his purchasing and selling land in Surry County with the hope that it may come to the attention of a descendant who will be able to share with us further information regarding George and his family.

"George Spatks, son of Matthew and Eunice, first appeared on a Surry County, North Carolina, tax list in
1813; he was taxed for 5 acres of land located in Capt. Halley's tax district which covered an area near the present town of Elkin in what is now Yadkin County, not far from the Wilkes County line. George and his father, along with three of his brothers (Joel, Matthew, Jr., and William), were all recorded by Capt. Halley as living near one another in 1813.

"As noted earlier, Matthew Sparks, before writing his will on March 26, 1819, gave a portion of his
plantation to each of his five sons. To George he gave 100 acres (deed dated March 26, 1819, Surry Co.
Deed Book 0, pp.372-73), "in consideration of the natural love and affection that a father hath towards a
child and for the better support and maintenance of the same...".

"When the 1820 census was taken in Surry County, George Sparks's house hold was enumerated with five individuals: George, himself, was shown in the 26 to 45 age category; the female who was surely his wife was shown in the 18 to 26 age group; and there were two boys and one girl all under 10 years.

"In 1824, it was discovered that there was a narrow strip of land only ten chains (660 feet) wide but extending the full length, 96 chains, on the south end of the Matthew Sparks plantation (now controlled by "Nicy"Sparks) that still belonged to the state of North Carolina. It amounted to 200 acres of "vacant land." George made a claim to this oddly shaped tract on June 5, 1824 and a grant from the state was awarded to him on December 3, 1825. The description (as recorded in Surry Co. Deed Book T, p.98) states that the tract was "on the Waters of Hunting Creek Beginning at a pine on the Nicy Sparks Corner..." George Sparks paid the state the required fee of only $10.00 for this tract, but four months later he sold it to James Tulbert for $500. (Surry Co. Deed Book T, pp.119-120)

"On February 11, 1825, George Sparks sold to James Jones the part of his 100-acre farm given to him by his father in 1819 lying "on the south side of Hunting Creek." This comprised 71 acres, leaving George with only 29 acres. We have found no record of his disposing of this remaining portion.

"When the 1830 census was taken in Surry County, George Sparks was listed immediately before his mother. His household included a male under 5 years of age and another between 5 and 10; a female was enumerated, also, in the 5 to 10 age category and another in that of 10 to 15. George, himself, was shown as between 30 and 40 as was the female whom we can assume was his wife.

"On April 14, 1834, George Sparks sold to James Armstrong for $200 "his whole Sare [share] & his portion arising to him the sd. Sparks the whole of his father's Estate that may be arising to him the sd. Sparks after his Mothers death..." From this we may wonder whether George Sparks was about to move from Surry County. We have found no further record of his buying or selling land, nor does his name appear on the 1840 census of Surry County.

"The fact that George Sparks sold his anticipated share of his father's estate (that he could expect to inherit at the death of his mother, Eunice Sparks) to James Armstrong may suggest that he had, indeed, been the George Sparks who had been married to Elizabeth Armstrong in 1814. This James Armstrong was probably the James Armstrong who had obtained a license to be married to Elizabeth Swaim, daughter of Michael Swaim, in 1818 (with a marriage bond dated June 7, 1818, the bondsman being James Chappel).

"George Sparks, son of Matthew and Eunice Sparks, has been found in no Surry County, North Carolina, record after 1834. From census records cited above, it appears that he had children, but we have found no record reveal ing their names. We would welcome any suggestions or assistance in discovering further information regarding George and members of his family."