Note    H2300         Index
SQ p. 1319:
"John Thornton Sparks, born about 1809; he was married to Elizabeth Launtz in Lewis County, Kentucky, on April 1, 1830. On the marriage bond that was dated March 7, 1830, John Sparks was identified as over 21 years of age and consent for the marriage of Elizabeth was given by Curtis Launtz. John Thornton Sparks was sometimes listed in official records as John Sparks and sometimes as Thornton Sparks. He died as a relatively young man in 1848 in Lewis County. Earlier, in 1834, he had signed the marriage bond of his sister, Cytha Ann Sparks, when she married Jesse Nash. One of his nephews remembers him as "Uncle John Thornton"; this man also recalled an "Uncle William" Sparks and an aunt who married a Scott. Elizabeth (Launtz) Sparks was born about 1805 in Maryland; she was a daughter of Curtis Launtz and was living with her daughter, Nancy Sarah (Sparks) Guthrie in Lewis County in 1880." (here names their children for which see their individual sheets.)


Note    H2301         Index
See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, June, 1973, Whole No. 82, pg 1567:
John W. Sparks, son of Norval and Jane (Johnston) Sparks, was born in 1840 according to the HISTORY OF DEARBORN, OHIO, AND SWITZERLAND COUNTIES, INDIANA. He was educated in the public schools and was trained in the mercantile business under the tutelage of his father. In 1862, he entered military service in the Quartermaster Department of the Union Army. After participating in the siege of Vicksburg, he returned home and entered the grocery business at Lawrenceburgh, a business in which he was still engaged when the above history was published in 1885. On July 13, 1901, he signed a statement supporting the application of his brother David's widow for a pension.


Note    H2302         Index
See the 1900 census for Carroll County, GA, vol 9, e.d. 7, sheet 31, line 5, where John W. Sparks, age 30, born in GA is listed with his wife Ida, age 27, born in GA, and daughters Gracie, age 8, and Kathleen, age 3, along with mother-in-law, Amanda Williams, born May 1857, age 49, born in GA; brother-in-law, James D. Williams, born in GA in January 1875, age 25,; and nephew, Edward L. Lassiter, age 18, born April 1882, in GA.


Note    H2303         Index

See SQ p4853:
"John Wesley ["Little Wes"] Sparks was born posthumously on October 25, 1878. He was married to Lucinda Jane Ramey in 1898 in Lawrence County. She had been born in April 1879 and was a daughter of Daniel Ramey. She and "Little Wes" lived on Wallowhole Creek. They were buried in unmarked graves in the Little Wes Sparks Cemetery located east of Wallowhole Road. According to relatives and census records, they had seven children. They were: Charles Sparks, Alice Sparks, Buddle Sparks, Eva Sparks, Daniel Sparks, Mary Sparks, and May Sparks."

On January 8, 1999, I received an email from Robert E. Polley ( which stated in part "My closest Sparks relatives are first cousins, my mother's sister Ruth Steele, m. Russell Leonard Sparks. They had seven children. Russell was the son of John Wesley "Little Wes" and Lucinda Jane Ramey Sparks.
His address is 258 David Ave, Lehigh Acres, FL 33972.


Note    H2304         Index

See Sparks Quarterly, March 1996, Whole No. 173, p. 4593:

"John Wesley Sparks was born on November 3, 1860; he died in 1947 . He was married to Rosy Pennington and lived in the northwest part of White County, Tennessee. Their children were named Mae, Lula, Luther, Lee, Claude, George, Dora, Daisy and Jewell."


Note    H2305         Index
SQ pg 2621:

"John Wesley Sparks (he was known as Wesley Sparks), son of Joseph and Sarah (DeFord) Sparks, was born on August 16, 1843; he died on July 17, 1917, in Long Beach, California. He became an attorney and practiced law with his twin brother, Thomas J. Sparks. He was married on December 31, 1868, toSusan M. Ross, who was born on August 13, 1842. She died on November 4, 1922, in Long Beach. Both were buried in Inglewood Cemetery. They apparently had no children, but adopted Wesley's niece, Susan Forbes, after the death of her mother."


Note    H2306         Index

See the SPARKS QUARTERLY, p. 886 for the following marriage information from Lawrence County, Kentucky, Marriage Bonds (1822- 1865)
John W. Sparks & Almeda Green, December 21, 1845. (Book II, p. 133) Married by Elder Rufus Humphrey.

See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, December 1996, Whole No. 176, pp 4720-22:

"GEORGE G. SPARKS (1796-1879), continued:

"John Wesley Sparks, son of George G. and Nancy (Short) Sparks, was born on November 5, 1823, in Lawrence County, Kentucky; he was undoubtedly named for his paternal grandfather. He grew to manhood in Lawrence County, and It was there that he was married to Almeda Green on December 21, 1845, by Rufus Humphrey, an elder in the Baptist Church. Almeda had been born on March 13, 1826, in Virginia, and was a daughter of James and Dulcena (Stallard) Green, natives of Virginia.

"John Sparks was said to have been a strong man with a short temper. The story has been handed down that he subdued a cantankerous horse by striking it between the eyes with his fist and knocking it to the ground. He was about six feet tall and weighed about 170 pounds. He had blue eyes, dark hair, and a dark complexion. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Order.

"John and Almeda lived on Big Sinking Creek, a stream that flows from west to east in north-central Elliott County. He was a collier and worked at providing charcoal to make iron in one of several blast furnaces in Carter County. He and Almeda had seven children when the Civil War broke out in the fall of 1861.

"In October 1861, John and his brother, Hugh Sparks, rode to Prestonsburg, Kentucky, where they enlisted in the 5th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, Confederate States Army, under the command of General Humphrey Marshall. John was mustered into Company C on October 28, 1861, probably as a lieutenant.

"The Civil War activities of John W. Sparks are reflected in the ill fortunes of the Confederate forces in eastern Kentucky. Probably the largest engagement between Union and Confederate forces In that section of Kentucky was at Middle Creek near Prestonsburg on July 10, 1862, which resulted in no decisive victory for either side; however, the Confederates, under General Humphrey Marshall, withdrew to Abington, Virginia. The Union general, James A. Garfield, followed them to Pikeville, Kentucky, and then stopped.

"John Sparks was a part of the withdrawal to Virginia and received the pay of a first lieutenant ($90.00 per month) from January to July 1862. He was with his unit when it re-entered Kentucky in August 1862 as part of a major attempt to strike through to central Kentucky and join the army of General Bragg in the Bluegrass. The unplanned Battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862, doomed this attempt, and again General Marshall withdrew his troops to Virginia.

"Although the military records of John W. Sparks are scant and offer no direct proof, he apparently did not accompany his unit back to Virginia. This may have been because of the expiration of his term of enlistment or, what is more likely, he was offered a post in a "new" military organization to be known as "Partisan Rangers." The objective of this unit was to harass the Federal troops by "procuring" horses and supplies from them and then scattering in all directions to confuse the foe. The new unit was Fields Partisan Rangers and was under the command of Captain William J. Fields. It was also designated the 10th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, C. S. A.

"This method of "procuring" horses was made a matter of record by a Grand Jury of the Carter County [Kentucky] Circuit Court, as follows:

Commonwealth of Kentucky against Preston Fields, Matthew Combs, Daniel Combs, Azel Lyon, H. Pennington, Hugh Sparks, Frank Thompson, William Thompson, John Sparks, Richard Gilliam and Elijah Jackson.

"The Grand Jury of Carter County in the name and by the authority of the Commonwealth of Kentucky accuse (the above) of the offense of horse-stealing committed as follows: The said men on the lst day of April 1863 in the county and circuit aforesaid did willfully and feloniously take, steal and run off with a certain horse, the personal property of H. Easterling of the value of more than four dollars, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
[signed] E. P. Davis, Clk. Cir.
"The men were never brought to trial, of course.

"John Sparks was in command of a small cavalry force of "Rangers" near Grayson in Carter County on May 9, 1863, when it collided with a squad of Union cavalry. The Confederate unit was badly trounced. Sparks's role in this skirmish is not known, but shortly afterwards he wrote the following letter:

"Camp Lebanon, Virginia. June 5, 1863.

"To the Hon. S. Cooper, Adj. Genl. Dear Sir: existing circumstances Renders it necessary that I feel it to be my duty to resign the Position which I hold as first lieut. in Capt. William J. Fields Company of Partisan Rangers. I do so not with the intention of leaving the Service but to change from branch of the Service to another. I Therefore hope that you will accept my resignation for the Reasons before mentioned. I therefore with much respect remain your obedient Servant, etc.
[signed] John W. Sparks, lst Lieut.

"Captain Fields forwarded Sparks's letter of resignation with the following endorsement:

"Near Lebanon. June 5th 1863. Approved. Respectfully forwarded with the recommendation that the resignation of Lt. Sparks be accepted as he is incompetent for the position he holds.

[signed] W. J. Fields, Capt. Com. Co.

"The resignation of John W. Sparks was accepted on June 6, 1863, by Brig. General W. Preston, at Headquarters, Preston's Brigade, Abington, Virginia, and Sparks returned to Kentucky. There, on October 16, 1863, he was captured in Magoffin County by Union troops. He was sent as a prisoner-of- war to Camp Chase, Ohio, where he was imprisoned until November 14, 1863, when he was sent to Johnson's Island, Ohio. He remained a prisoner until May 16, 1865, when he was released after taking the Oath of Amnesty.

"A military record, written at Johnson's Island on April 24, 1865, is quite revealing, not only as to the personal feelings of John W. Sparks, but also it shows the feelings of these war-torn times. Here it is in its entirety:

"John W. Sparks, lst Lt. 10th Regt. Ky. Cav., appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War at Johnson's Island, Ohio, Applicants for the Oath of Amnesty. Roll dated: Office Supt. Pris. Rolls & Corresp. Johnson's Island, Ohio, April 24, 1865. Captured Magoffin Co., Ky., Oct. 16, 1863. Remarks: "Is a native of Kentucky. Occupation: before the war a collier; entered the Rebel service in Oct. 1861 as a private in the 5th Regt. Ky. Infty; Served as such for one year; was then transferred to the 10th Regt. Ky. Cav., and in Dec. 1862 was elected lst Lieut. of Co. A of that Regt; entered the Rebel service under the influence of the strong excitement in his part of the state, but is not a secessionist and never voted as such; became convinced that he was wrong, and resigned and left the Rebel service on the 5th day of July 1863; returned home and while making arrangements to give bond and take the oath of allegiance, was arrested and sent to this depot. Has no sympathy with the Rebellion whatever; desires to return to his allegiance, and live hereafter as a true and loyal citizen of the Unites States; does not wish to be exchanged under any circumstances."

"John Wesley Sparks returned to his family in Carter County, Kentucky. (Elliott County was not formed until 1869, a political move to separate the strong Democratic faction in southern Carter County from the equally strong Republican faction in northern Carter County.) He and Almeda had two more children. For the rest of his life, he was called "Capt." John Sparks. He died on November 17, 1895, and Almeda died on May 1, 1900. They were buried in the Lawson-Sparks Cemetery. They had nine children."