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SQ September 1993, Whole No. 163, pg. 4189:



We regret to report that James Richard Sparks, who joined The Sparks Family Association in 1954, died on September 30, 1993, in Columbus, Ohio; he was ninety-six years old. His generous support of our Association extended over nearly four decades, and we shall miss him.

Following his retirement in 1961, James Richard Sparks made a "genealogical tour" across the United States, tracing the migration of his branch of the Sparks family from Maryland to North Carolina, then to Missouri, and on to Kansas. He shared his genealogical and historical research with the Association, including a photograph which he found of his grandfather, Richard M. Sparks (1829-1893). We used this on the cover of the QUARTERLY of December 1989. (In that issue, we traced the history of William Sample Sparks [born ca.1700, died ca.1765] who was a fourth great-grandfather of James Richard Sparks.)

James was born on February 21, 1897, in the large house that had been built by his grandfather, Richard M Sparks, located about one mile east of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. His parents were Clarence G. and Clara Myrtle (Huffaker) Sparks. He was married on July 14, 1920, to Alice Bobek (1897-1960), and they were the parents of two children, Phyllis Jean Sparks, born in 1905 (sic), and Richard James Sparks, born in 1910 (sic).

A photograph that James Richard Sparks shared with us is reproduced above. Taken about 1906, it shows James Richard at about the age of thirteen with his younger sister, Helen Jewell Sparks. It was taken in Wichita, Kansas.



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SQ pg 2594: He was a barber and lived in California. He marrie d Vera Hawkins and they had one child, Mary Ann Sparks. Russell die d in 1973.


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See The Sparks Quarterly, March 1969, Whole No. 65, p. 1208:
"James Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1831. He was living with the Jacob Tague family in Monroe County, Indiana, when the 1850 census was taken. He married Louisa -----, who was born in Indiana about 1836. Sometime prior to 1848 he moved to Cazenovia Township, Woodford County, Illinois, where he was living when the 1860 census was taken. By 1880, however, he and his family were living in Blakely Precinct in Gage County, Nebraska. They were the parents of 4 children."

For the 1850 Census of Monroe County, Indiana, see p. 465.

Additional information on this family was provided by Michael Burch in May, 2001. His email address is


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See the SPARKS QUARTERLY, December, 1961, Whole No. 36, p 601 for the 1850 census of Caldwell County, NC. This family is listed as
James Sprarks (sic) 48, born Surry County, NC, farmer, Nancy, 43, born Burke County, NC, William 12, born Burke County, NC, Marcus, 10, born Burke County, NC, Mary, 6, born Caldwell County, NC, Thomas, 4, born Caldwell County, NC.


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SQ p. 749:

"James Sargent Sparks, son of Solomon S. and Isabel (Sargent) Sparks was born March 23, 1864, and died at Antigo, Wisconsin, on December 8, 1928. He was married to Alice Mary Davis on September 17, 1888, at Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born Jun 16, 1865, and died February 11, 1919. He was a farmer and dairyman, she was a dressmaker. Both were kind and loving parents. They moved to Kansas, then to Illinois, then to Iowa where James S. Sparks ran a dairy farm in Webster City. They later moved to Wisconsin. They were the parents of the following children:" [For information on the children, see their respective family sheets.]


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SQ p.2680:

James W. Sparks, son of Allen and Sarah A. (Woodward) Sparks, was born on August 24, 1867, in Iowa. He died on March 24, 1913. He married Minnie Walters and they had two children: Clifford Sparks and Kenneth Sparks.


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SQ p. 4749:
"...He was a coal miner. He lived near Whitesburg, Kentucky, for most of his life."


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See SQ p 4868:
"James ["Jim"] Washington Sparks was born on January 2, 1866. He lived in Sandy Hook in 1900 and was the Circuit Court Clerk of Elliott County. He was married twice. His first marrige was to Laura Belle Green on april 7, 1892, in Rowan County, Kentucky. She had been born on February 7, 1892, and was a daughter of James and ---- (Day) Green. She and Jim had one child, a daughter named Effie Sparks, when Laura died on March 23, 1894.
"Jim Sparks was married (second) to Florence B. Hunter on July 2, 1896, in Elliott County. She had been born on February 7, 1871, and was a daughter of Sylvester G. and Mary Jane (Holbrook) Hunter. Jim Sparks died on January 6, 1926, and Florence died on October 4, 1937. They were buried in the Hunter Cemetery on South Ruin Road. They had three sons." "Vester Sparks died tragically on December 13, 1913, when the ice on the Little Sandy River on which he was skating broke, and he was drowned."