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SQ pg 3413: They had four children: Linda, Sharon, Steve, and Billy Sparks. Elwood (as he is called) lives in Florida.


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Following is an obituary which was originally printed in the April 17, 1924 issue of the "Girard Free Press", Girard, Kansas, and provided by a greatgrandson, Robert W. Sparks of Edmond, Oklahoma:

Death of Joel Franklin Sparks

Joel Franklin Sparks was born in Webb City, Missouri, January 13, 1880. He entered the Great Beyond at his home near Radley, Kansas, Monday afternoon, April 14, 1924. He came with his parents to Kansas when two years of age, and resided here ever since.
He was united in marriage to Miss Edith Reed and to this union was born one son, Wayne.
When 18 years of age he confessed his faith in the Christ and united with the Christian Church at Cherokee. He was a member of the Pittsburg U.B.of C. & J. No. 561.
He leaves his companion, son, and mother, Mrs. Antha Mary Sparks, two sisters, Mrs. Martha Kuhn, and Miss Mary Sparks, of Girard, one brother, William Sparks, of Pittsburg and a number of other relatives and friends who mourn his departure.
Funeral services were held from the Christian Church in Girard, Wednesday afternoon and interment made in Gerard Cemetery.


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SQ p. 2090 (and notes for his brother John C. Sparks: "...the brother of John C. Sparks, Joel Sparks, Jr. who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Lone Jack during the civil war..."

SQ p. 5366:

"Joel Sparks, Jr., son of Joel Sparks and his first wife, was born in May 1824. He was married to Almyra Lane in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1844 (marriage bond dated September 5, 1844). His marriage bond to wed Mira (as she was called) must not be confused with that of the Joel Sparks, Jr., who was a son of Joel and Nancy (Blackburn) Sparks dated June 21, 1846, to marry Charlotte Durham, also in Wilkes County.

When the 1850 census was taken, Joel Sparks, Jr., son of Joel Sparks and his first wife, was living in Wilkes County with his wife and first three children, but by 1856 he had moved his family to Johnson County, Missouri, and they were shown there on the 1860 census. Early in August 1862, Joel, Jr. volunteered to serve in the Missouri State Militia on the Union side in the Civil War. Very shortly after his enrollment, with virtually no military training, he participated in the Battle of Lone Jack on August 16, 1862. During the battle, he was mortaily wounded and died after a few days. When his widow later applied for a pension, she enclosed pages removed from a small book, perhaps a Testament, on which Joel, Jr. had recorded the births of their children."


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SQ pps 3411-12: They had one child: Paul David Sparks.

SQ p. 3411:

Joel Washington Sparks, son of Fred and Catherine (Kegley) Sparks, was born on November 29, 1875, in Carter County. He was probably named for his maternal grandfather, Joel Kegley. He was a grown man when he helped his parents move to Greenup County. It was probably there that he met and courted Viola ["Dolly"] Morris, and they were married on April 19, 1899, in Ironton, Ohio, just across the Ohio River.
Dolly was born on August 17, 1879, at Kitts Hill, Ohio, and was a daughter of James M. and Mary A. (Murphy) Morris. Joel Sparks died on May 17, 1943. Dolly died on December 16, 1982, at the advanced age of 103 They had nine children.


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Copied by Paul E. Sparks

(Note: these are in addition to those recorded on pages 721-722 of the QUARTERLY for March 1963, Whole. No. 141.)

Joel W. Sparks and Dora Bear, February 9, 1903. (Book 10, page 191) His age 20; father, J. E. Sparks; mother, Elizabeth Boggs. Her age 18; mother, Rebecca Bear. Witness: Millard Sparks.


SQ p. 3402:

"Joel Winfield Sparks, son of John Elliott and Lizzie (Boggs) Sparks, was born on August 6, 1882, in Elliott County. He married Dora Bear in Carter County on February 9, 1903. According to the marriage record, he was 20 years old, and his father was J. E. Sparks and his mother was Elizabeth Boggs. Dora was 18 years old and her mother was Rebecca Bear. The witness was Millard Sparks. Winfield (as he was called) died on August 15, 1928. He and Dora had seven children."


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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY September 1959, Whole No. 27, p. 418:

"John Sparks, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, NC, in 1825 and died in Wells County, IN, in 1917. He married Rebecca Roberts in Wells County on July 25, 1853. She was born in Ohio in 1837 and died in 1926. Both were buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County. John and Rebecca were listed on the 1870 census of Huntington County, IN., with the following four children:
1. Mary Sparks, born in Indiana about 1856;
2. Lillian Sparks, born in Indiana about 1865;
3. Robert Sparks, born in Indiana about 1867;
4. Janetta Sparks, born in Indiana about 1869."


See SQ p. 5298-9:

John Sparks, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born in January 1825. When the
1850 census was taken of Wells County, Indiana, John was shown as living in the household of his father in Rock Creek Township in Wells County. His age was given then as 22, but we believe that this was in error; his place of birth was given as Indiana, which, if true, means that his parents had made the journey from North Carolina as early as 1824.

John Sparks was married in Wells County, Indiana, on July 25, 1853, to Rebecca Roberts, who had been born in March 1836 in Ohio according to census records. He was living near Markle in Huntington County, Indiana, by 1860.

Many years ago, a member of our Association sent us a photograph of an item in a January 1915 issue of a Markle, Indiana, weekly newspaper headed: "John Sparks Observes Ninetieth Birthday." We do not
have the precise date of this item within the month of January 1915:

John Sparks of Markle celebrated his ninetieth birthday anniversary Friday. The day was spent quietly, a few relatives being entertained at this home at the dinner hour. Mr. Sparks, who is a pioneer of Markle, has spent most of his life in and near Markle. The house in which he now lives was built before there was a town of Markle. Mrs. Sparks will be seventy nine years old next March.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Sparks are enjoying fairly good health, and take much interest in the affairs of the town. Mr. Sparks owns a farm on the edge of the town, but each year he has a "patch" of corn on the lot where he lives. This affords him both recreation and work during the summer months.

John Sparks was shown on the 1860 census as a farmer living in Huntington County, Indiana, with his wife and three children. A number of obvious errors were made by the census taker in listing his family in 1860, but we believe that the enumeration of his family on the 1870 and 1880 censuses was largely correct. John Sparks died on May 24, 1917, at Markle, at the age of 92. He was buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County, as was also his wife, who died in 1926. From census records, we judge their children to have been:
(1) Martha Sparks (called Mary on the 1860 census) was born about 1854.
(2) Lillian Sparks (called Elizabeth on the 1860 census) was born about 1865.
(3) Robert Sparks (called Scott on the 1860 census) was born about 1868.
(4) Jenette Sparks was born in October 1869.
(5) Nathan Sparks was born about 1874.