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SQ 2923 provides the following: "John Sherman Sparks was born on April 14, 1878. He married Dora Belle Amick on April 10, 1901, in Bedford County. She was born on November 14, 1883, at Clearville, PA, and was a daughter of George Washington Amick and Jane Elizabeth (Sparks) Amick. (Jane Elizabeth Sparks was a daughter of Solomon and Susan (Black) Sparks. See pg 2973 for her family.) John and Dora (Amick) Sparks were the grandparents of John R. Akers , H. C. Smith, and Mrs. Marion Rinard. John and Dora (Amick) Sparks had seven children: Mabel Rebecca, Samuel George, Mary Kathryn, Nellie Grace, Evelyn Gertrude, Albert Vaughn and Helen Elizabeth. (A photograph of this family appears on the cover of Whole Number 135, p. 2913.


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SQ p. 963:

"John T. Sparks, son of John and Sarah (Bowlen) Sparks, was born in Franklin County, Alabama, on February 8, 1843. He moved with his mother and brothers to Hardin Count, Tennessee, then to Lawrence County, Arkansas, and finally to Sharp County, Arkansas. He was a farmer and was still living in 1899 when the BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL MEMOIRS OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS was published by Goodspeed.

"He was married in 1859 to Susan Webb, who was born in Polk County, Missouri, in 1845; she died in 1871. In 1872, John T. Sparks married (second) Alvira Hill, who was born in Lawrence County, Arkansas, in 1850, daughter of Daniel and Delia Hill. John T. Sparks served in the Confederate Army from 1862 to 1865 under a Captain Huddleson in a cavalry unit. It is said that he was in every battle west of the Mississippi River. By his first wife, susan (Webb) Sparks, John T. Sparks had a daughter named Mary J. Sparks, born in 1868, who married James Wheeler, and a son named William N. Sparks, born about 1870. By his second wife, Alvira (Hill) Sparks, John T. Sparks had the following children: Josephine Sparks, born about 1872, who apparently died in youth; Ellen O. Sparks, born about 1875; Causette Sparks, Edward B. Sparks; and one other child who died in youth."


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SQ 3189: "John Thomas Sparks, son of William James and Sarah Jane
(Smith) Sparks, was born on January 5, 1874. He married Stella M. -- ---.
He died in 1956."


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SQ p. 5436:

"John Thomas Sparks, son of John Calvin and Nancy Dulcina (Allison) Sparks, was born on November
1, 1876. He was married on February 10, 1904, to Nancy Bell Snider, daughter of Fred W. and Sallie
(Enloe) Snider. She had been born on November 23, 1881, at Bethany, near Clover, York County, South
Carolina. An item in The Record of Rock Hill dated February 12, 1904, pertains to their marriage:

J. T. Sparks of Roddeys married Miss Nannie Snider of Clover. Spent night with Mrs. S. S. Collins,
sister of groom on W. White St., Rock Hill. Will make home in Roddeys. [Mrs. S. J. Collins was
Martha Sparks, see a., above.]

John Thomas Sparks died on December 23, 1953 , and was buried in the Grandview Cemetery at Rock
Hill. Nancy Bell died on November 9, 1958. A clipping, undated, found by Ms. Pettus, gives a brief obituary for John T. Sparks. He was described as a "retired railroad clerk and he operated a small grocery." It was noted that his brother, W. F. Sparks, of Rock Hill survived him. His children were identified as follows: Mrs. Guy P. Steele, Rock Hill; Mrs. T. M. Anderson, Monroe, North Carolina; Mrs. Jason Radisill, Buffalo, New York; Mrs. James 1. Dozier, Charlotte; Miss Louise Sparks; and his son, John T. Sparks, of Rock Hill. It was noted that there were 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A photograph of John Thomas Sparks taken in his youth, along with a snapshot of him with his wife and their son, John Thomas Sparks, Jr., taken in later years, appear on the following page. The six children of John Thomas and Nancy Bell (Snider) Sparks were: (See their individual sheets.)


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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, June 1972, Whole No. 78, p. 1487:

(The article begins with information concerining the parents of John Thompson Sparks and continues as follows:)

"In the same article, we listed John Thomson as a son of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks, and his picture appeared on the cover of the September 1971 issue with his brothers Ephraim B. Sparks and Thomas Marshall Sparks. Like his parents, John Thomson Sparks is buried in Black Oak Cemetery near Memphis, Missouri, His tombstone gives his birth date as September 6, 1839; he died on February 20, 1905. He was married to Chloe A. Calhoun on December 22, 1865. She was born, according to her tombstone beside her husband?s, on May 3, 1845, and died on June 15, 1902. A correspondent whose father kept a scrapbook of obituaries from Scotland County newspapers, has copied the following obituary of John Thomson Sparks for us:

"Another one of Scotland County ?a best citizens passed away at his home just west of
Granger, Feb. 20, 1905. John T, Sparks was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, Sept, 6, 1839,
moved to Missouri in October 1853, where he resided until his death. He was united in
marriage to Chloe A, Calhoun Dec. 22, 1865. Two children were born to them, Bertie and
Lutie, who were with him in his last hours. He leaves besides two children to mourn his death
two grandchildren, one brother and four sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He was a
good man, honored, loved and respected by all who knew him. In 1899, in October, he had a
stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. For years he has been an earnest
Christian and a devoted member of the Christian Church.