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SQ pg 3692:
"Isaac Sparks, son of Hardy and Mary Sparks, was born about 1814 i n Tennessee and was quite probably named for his father's brother of the same name. (On several records, he was designated as "Isaac Sparks, Junior" to distinguish him from his uncle.) He had reached manhood when his parents moved to Lafayette County, Mississippi. It wa s probably there that he met and was married to Frances Ann Higginbotham about 1838. She had been born about 1819 in Louisiana. Their first child was born in the spring of 1840 just prior to the taking o f the 1840 census. They owned one slave when that census was taken.
"Isaac and Frances continued to live in Lafayette County where he was a farmer and when the 1850 census was taken, they had five children. Sometime prior to 1860, however, they decided to move to Texas, and when the 1860 census was taken, they were in Red River County in the northeastern part of that state. Isaac died in Wood County, Texas, on October 30, 1872. We have not learned anything further about Frances. They were the parents of eight children."


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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, June 2000, Whole No. 190, p. 5374-75:

"Isaac Sparks, son of Matthew and Sarah (Elmore) Sparks, was born in Surry County, North Carolina, on February 11, 1820, and died in Glenn County, California, on November 1, 1867. We have no record of his hav mg been married. His dates of birth and death are found on one side of the Sparks monument in the community of Ord Bend cemetery in Glenn County, California, shown on page 5373. In 1856 he was one of the heirs of his father for whom his brother, Richard was responsible for locating and conveying to him his inheritahce ($14.29)."


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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, June 1959, Whole No. 26, p. 399:

"ISAAC B. SPARKS, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on April 2, 1822. The following is quoted from a sketch of the life of Isaac Sparks which appears on pages 786-787 of the History of Huntington County, Indiana (1887):

"Isaac B. Sparks was born April 2, 1822, and was only 10 years of age when his parents moved to Wells County. He was early taught those lessons of industry and frugality by which his subsequent life has been characterized, and grew to manhood amid the rugged duties of farm life. He attended school for only a limited period and consequently did not acquire much of an education so far as books are concerned, 'but by intelligent observation has since obtained a valuable practical knowledge, which has enabled him to transact business in a safe and satisfactory manner. He early became quite expert in the use of the rifle, and at one time killed nine deer and crippled the tenth in one day.

"He made his home with his parents until his twenty-eighth year, and in 1845 purchased his first land, an eighty-acre tract, for which he paid the sum of $240, and upon which he made a number of substantial improvements, including a double log barn that is still [l887] doing good service. He moved to the farm in 1853 and has since made it one of the best places in the township. Mr. Sparks was formerly a Democrat, but espoused the principles of the Greenback party when Greeley ran for the Presidency, and has ever since been an earnest advocate of said principles. He was for some years prominently identified with the Grange movement, having been one of its ablest workers in Rock Creek Tomnship. Mr. Sparks was married December 18, 1851, to Miss Cynthia A. Roberts, of Kentucky, and daughter of William and Martha (Hultz) Roberts. Mrs. Sparks was born December 27, 1832, and is ... a member of the Christian Church, and Mr. Sparks, although a man of strong religious convictions, is not identified with any church organization."

"Isaac Sparks died on January 15, 1904, and his wife died December 17, 1897. Both were buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County. Their children were:
(1) William Sparks.
(2) Albert D. Sparks, born in February, 1855; died October 6. 1877.
(3) Robert R. Sparks, born in 1857; died in 1945; he married Mary Jane McClurg, born 1862, died 1934.
(4) Rachel E. Sparks, married Frank Hart.
(5) Frederick F. Sparks, born 1861; died 1948. He married Nora Roos who was born in 1868 and died in 1953.
(6) Sarah A. Sparks, married Alvidor Roos.
(7) Maria Sparks, born in 1865; died in 1922. She married John Dalrymple.
(8) Rebecca Jane Sparks, born November, 1868; died July 19, 1869.
(9) Susan E. Sparks, married Silas Threlkeld.
(10) Isaac H. Sparks
(11) Cynthia E. Sparks, born June 21, 1874; died June 25, 1874.
(12) Mary E. Sparks, born August 21, 1875; died September 12, 1875."

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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, September 1975, Whole No. 91, p. 1754:

ISAAC B. SPARKS, 1822-1904

"The portrait on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY is that of Isaac B. Sparks, who was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on April 2, 1822, and died on January 15, 1904, in Wells County, Indiana. The original of this photograph was loaned to us for publication by Iva B. Sparks Lane, 501 East Christy St., Marion, Indiana. Mrs. Lane is a great-granddaughter of Isaac B. Sparks.

"A sketch of the life of Isaac B. Sparks appeared in the June 1959 issue of the QUARTERLY, (Vol. VII, No. 2, Whole No. 26, page 299 [see above]). He was a son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks who moved with their family from North Carolina to Ohio and then on to Indiana, settling in Wells County about 1835. At the time the article on this family was published in June 1959, we were quite certain that Solomon (father of Isaac B.) was a son of Solomon and Charity Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Now it appears that he may have been a son of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, also of Wilkes County, North Carolina (see the QUARTERLY of September 1967, Vol. XV, No. 3, Whole No. 59, pp. 1082-1089).

"Isaac B. Sparks was married on December 18, 1851, to Cynthia A. Roberts, daughter of William and Martha (Hultz) Roberts. She was born December 27, 1832, and died on December 17, 1897. Both are buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County, Indiana. They were the parents of the following twelve children (for which see the family group sheet)."

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See also SQ p.5297:

Isaac B. Sparks, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on April 2, 1822, and was twelve years old when he accompanied his parents and siblings on their move to Indiana. He was married on December 18, 1851, in Wells County, Indiana, to Cynthia A. Roberts, daughter of William and Martha (Hultz) Roberts. Cynthia had been born on December 27, 1832, and died on December 17, 1897. Isaac died on January 15, 1904, in Wells County. Both were buried in the Sparks Cemetery that had once been part of the farm of Solomon Sparks, Isaac's father.

A sketch of the life of Isaac B. Sparks appeared in the History of Huntington County (1887), pp.786-87. We
published this in full in the QUARTERLY of June 1959, p.399. A great-granddaughter of Isaac and Cynthia (Iva Sparks Lane of Marion, Indiana) provided us with a photograph of Isaac which we reproduced on the cover of the QUARTERLY for September 1975, Whole No.91. Mrs. Lane also provided a photograph of Isaac and Cynthia with 26 grandchildren taken about 1895, which we reproduced on page 1755 of the same issue of the QUARTERLY.

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