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SQ p. 4581:
"John Merritt Sparks was born on February 23, 1818. He was married to Ann ----- about 1842, probably in Kent County, Delaware. He was a tinner. When the 1850 census was taken of Kent Couty, Delaware, Merritt (as he was called) and his wife, Ann, had a son named William S. Sparks, aged 7. Also living in their household in 1850 were Mary F. Casles, aged 17, born in Maryland, and John Bryant, age 14, born in New York. William S. Sparks, son of Merrit and Ann Sparks, served in the 4th Regiment Delaware Infantry during the Civil War and received a pension for his service. (See page 1917 of the June 1977 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 98, for an abstract of his pension file at the National Archives.)" The pension file is copied in the notes for William S. Sparks.
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John Mitchell Sparks was born on March 8, 1903. He was killed in a mining accident in 1922.
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SQ pg 3902: He was married to Millie Osburn.
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SQ pg 2655:
"John Napoleon "Butch" Sparks was a lad of fourteen when he went with his family to Texas. At the outbreak of the Civil War, in the spring of 1861, he joined a company called the Titus Greys, later to be known as Company I, 9th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. He was appointed as sergeant. (See page 2672-3
for an abstract of his Texas Confederate Pension file.)
"After the war ended, Butch Sparks returned to Titus County where he was married to Sara May Penn on March 15, 1866. She had been born on August 7, 1848, at Duck Springs, Alabama, and was a daughter of Nathan S. and Lura (Horton) Penn. The first three children of Butch and Sarah were born in Titus County, but by 1880 Butch and his brother, Allison, had moved their families west to Clay County, Texas. He stayed there for some time, but eventually moved his family back eastward to Hopkins County where he died on February 10, 1916. Sarah survived him nearly twenty years, dying on April 13, 1935. They were buried in the Weaver Cemetery in Hopkins County. They had nine children."
SQ p. 2674:
A TEXAS PENSION FOR SERVICE IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY
"Soldiers who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War were never permitted by the
Congress to receive pensions based on that service from the federal government. A number of
Southern states, however, provided funding for this purpose.
"On June 10, 1930, Sarah Sparks, born August 7, 1848, and a resident of Weaver, Texas, applied for a
Confederate pension from the state of Texas. In her application, she stated that she had been married
to John Napoleon Sparks on March 15, 1866, in Titus County, Texas. He had died on February 10,
1916, in Hopkins County, Texas. He had served in Company I, 9th Regiment Texas Cavalry, C.S.A.,
for four years. He had never drawn a pension for his service. John M. Biggerstaff, R. Teer, Clarence
Wood, B. M. Camp, and J. A. Butler witnessed the application which was sworn to before J. J. Murray,
Judge of Hopkins County.
"The War Department confirmed the military service of John N. Sparks on July 9, 1930 He had been 25
years old when he enlisted on October 14, 1861, in Grayson County, Texas, as a private in Capt. L. D
King's Company, Simms Regiment Texas Volunteers, an organization which subsequently became
Company G, 9th Regiment Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army. He was transferred to Company I,
same regiment, on December 31, 1861. He was promoted to 2nd Corporal on June 20, 1862, and later
to 2nd Sergeant. He was captured on June 10, 1864, at Garvin's Ferry on Sunflower River, Mississippi,
and exchanged near Vicksburg, Mississippi, on May 13, 1865.
"Sarah Sparks was placed upon the Texas Pension Roll, effective August 1, 1930. She died on April 23,
(Editor's Note: For further information regarding John Napoleon Bonaparte Sparks see...page 2655.)
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See SQ p. 332 for birth information.
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SQ pg 3404: They lived at Mansfield, Ohio. They had at least on e child, but we have no further information about them.
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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, June 1997, Whole No. 178, pg. 4808: (Pictures of John Richard Sparks and his family appear on the cover of the June 1997 issue of the QUARTERLY and on page 4807.)
"An obituary of John Richard sparks appeared in a local newspaper following his death near Valera in Coleman County, Texas, in September 1939. This reads:
Funeral Held Saturday for John R. Sparks
Funeral Services for Mr. John R. Sparks were held at the Valera Methodist Church Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23, Rev. A. W. Ferrill officiating. Interment in Valera Cemetery.
Mr. Sparks was born at Matchacha Springs, near Austin, in 1860. For over thirty years he has been living near Valera. He is survived by one brother, J. H. Sparks of Lometa; two sisters, Mrs. Bell Knight of Quanah and Mrs. Ida Moore of Port Arthur; three sons, Reuben and Emmitt of Valera and Preston of Brownwood, two daughters, Mrs. J. B. Sleuder and Mrs. L. E. Maracle of Valera, and a host of relatives and friends.]
Friends were shocked to hear that Mr. Sparks had died of a heart attack about 11 on Friday morning. He held a place of high esteem in Valera. At one time he was a trail-driver and made several trips up the Old Chisholm Trail. He was a member of the Christian Church.
Millie Ann (Joyner) Sparks was born on April 15, 1855, and died on September 25, 1935. Both she and her husband were buried in the Valera Cemetery. (Here the article provides supplemental information about their children which is included on the family page.)