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See the SPARKS QUARTERLY, December 2001, Whole No. 196, pp.5629-30"
"Isaac H. Sparks, son of Isaac and Wilmoth (Noland) Sparks, was born on September 27, 1827. He was married to Nancy ["Nan"] Porter in 1860. While we do not know the date of his or his wife's death, we have more information about his life than of any other child of Isaac and Wilmoth Sparks because of a biographical sketch appearing in The Lone Star State. a book published in 1891/92, p.731. He was also mentioned and described by a grand-niece, Zula Tyson, in a letter included in the sketch devoted to his sister, Martha Sparks . The article follows :
Isaac H. Sparks) a well-known citizen of Burleson county, Texas, is ranked with the early settlers of
this State. He came to Texas in 1849, landing in Galveston, where he had a brother, William N.
Sparks, who at that time was Sheriff of his county, and under him the subject of our sketch served as
deputy for over a year. After that he rented land in Milam county and cultivated one crop. Next we
find him at Fort Sullivan, where for ten years he was variously employed, his enterprise and energy
at once shoving him to the front. He made money rapidly. For some time he worked at the cabinet
making and carpenter trade, and for four years he served as Deputy Sheriff under Jefferson
Rogers. Then he engaged in the grocery business, continuing the same until the opening of the late
war. Coming to Burleson county about the time the war broke out, he was appointed by the County
Commissioners to attend to the wants of soldiers' families, and was thus occupied up to 1863. Then
he engaged in the army service, freighting cotton, and was making a trip at the time of the surrender,
being then at San Antonio, and from there returning home. He had sold his store and property at the
opening of the war, taking Confederate money in payment for the same, at one time having about
$30,000 in such money; this, of course, was a total loss. About all he had left when the war closed
was a few cattle and horses; no, not all, for he still retained his pluck and energy, and with this as
capital he went to work to rebuild his wasted fortunes. Mr. Sparks has been a cripple ever since he
was five years old, at that time having his right foot injured while playing teeter with another boy. His physical disabilility, however, has not prevented him from making a success in life.
For four or five years Mr. Sparks bought and sold cattle and also traded in land, buying and selling
many tracts. About 1870 he finally settled down to farming and stock raising. Now he owns a large
farm on the Brazos bottoms and has about 500 acres where he lives. His homestead joins the old
town of Frameville , having selected this place for the purpose of having his family near good schools. He has 100 acres under cultivation. In 1892 he bought from his son, Dr. Sparks, the grocery store at Frameville, and has been running the business ever since for himself, having conducted it for his son some time previous to that date .
Mr. Sparks was born in Carroll county, Tennessee, September 27, 1827. He was reared on a farm
and his education has been that gained chiefly in the school of experience. Before he reached his
majority he began doing for himself, first being employed by a slave trader and afterward by a
dealer in horses and mules . This was before he came to Texas, as above stated. His parents were
Isaac and Willie (Knowling) [i.e. , Wilmoth Noland]. His father was born in the fort at Athens,
Georgia. . . .
Isaac Sparks [his father] was the eleventh born to his father's family. His death occurred at the old
homestead in Tennessee. He was one of the first settlers of the neighborhood in which he lived and
The subject of our sketch was married in 1860 to Miss Porter. Their children, five in number, are as follows: Beatrice, wife of Sidney Dunn, died in 1889; Jesse p. , a practicing physician of Burleson County; and James V., Benjamin I., and Willie, at home.
Mr. Sparks is an ardent Democrat and has always taken an active part in political matters, but has
never sought official position. He has been Election Judge ever since the reconstruction.
Fraternally, he is a Royal Arch Mason. Mrs. Sparks is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.
When the 1880 census was taken of Burleson County , Texas , the five children of Isaac H. and
Nancy E. (Porter) Sparks were listed as follows, all born in Texas: " (See their individual sheets.)
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SQ pg 2624: He lived in Rushville, Illinois, then moved to Salin a, Kansas, and worked for a telephone company. When he retired, he m oved to Smithfield, Illinois, where he died in June 1949. He is sai d to have had in his possession the rifle that had belonged to his gr andfather, James Sparks; it had the date "1812" inscribed on its stoc k.
Isaac Sparks became a most successful businessman in Smithfield, I llinois. He was president of the telephone company, chairman of th e Board of Education, and mayor of the town.
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SQ pg 3703: Isaac Newton and Daniel Sparks were twins.