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SQ 138, p. 3062:

"Uriah Sparks, whom we believe also to have been a son of Abel Sparks, the Elder, was born in 1797 in North Carolina. As noted above, we have not found him on the 1820 census of Georgia, but we think it likely that he was the Uriah Sparks who married Polly Pinhinter on July 4, 1821, in Montgomery County, Alabama. He was living in Newton County, Georgia, in 1830 and in Carroll County, Georgia, in 1840 and 1850. It was in Newton County that he was married to his second wife on December 8, 1831; she was Sarah Whatley, daughter of Solomon and Polly (McLendon) Whatley. She was born in 1807 and died in 1850. Uriah's third wife was named Mahala Browning. He had four children by his first wife and nine by his second. Their names were:
(1) George W. Sparks, born ca. 1822;
(2) Green Sparks, born between 1820 and 1835;
(3) William Sparks, born ca. 1826;
(4) an unidentified son, born ca. 1825-30;
(5) Mary Sparks, born June 6, 1833;
(6) Martha Sparks, born ca. 1835;
(7) Simeon Sparks, born ca. 1837;
(8) Sarah Sparks, born ca. 1839;
(9) C. Napoleon Sparks, born ca. 1841;
(10) Joseph Sparks, born ca. 1843;
(11) Andrew Sparks, born ca. 1844;
(12) Dennis M. Sparks, born November 1844; and
(13) Nancy Sparks, born March 4, 1850. More detailed information regarding these thirteen children was given in the query noted at the top of this page, in the December 1980 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 112, page 2258.

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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY for September 1964, Whole No. 47, pp. 842-43:

SPARKSES IN THE WAR OF 1812 BOUNTY LAND AND PENSION APPLICATIONS

URIAH SPARKS, born in North Carolina about 1797; a resident of Morgan County, Georgia, in 1815; lived later in Newton County and Carroll County, Georgia. Land Warrant File 13 318-80-55.

On November 28, 1850, Uriah Sparks, a resident of Carroll County, Georgia, appeared before a justice of the peace named Arthur Hutcheson to apply for bounty land under the provisions of the Congressional act of September 25, 1850. He stated that he was 53 years old and that he had served in the War of 1812 as a private in the company commanded by Capt. Henry Lane in the Rifle Battalion commanded by Col. Jones. He stated that he volunteered in Morgan County, Georgia, on November 1, 1814, for the term of 6 months, and continued in actual service for the length of his term and was honorably discharged at Fort Hawkins on or about May 1, 1815. He stated that he did not receive a written discharge. He signed his name as "Uriah Sparks."

Records in the Treasury Department revealed that Uriah Sparks had actually served from November 21, 1814, until May 6, 1815, and he was issued land warrant no. 10,385 for 80 acres of bounty land.

On April 10, 1855, Uriah Sparks applied for additional bounty land under the provisions of the Congressional act of March 3, 1855. He gave his age as 57 and stated that he was still a resident of Carroll County, Georgia. He gave essentially the same information about his service as in 1850, except that he stated that his company was made up of rifle men. He again signed his application as ?Uriah Sparks,? and William A. Johnson and Richard L. Winkles, both residents of Carroll County, signed as witnesses.

Uriah Sparks was issued a land warrant for 80 additional acres of bounty land.

(Editor?s Note: Although Uriah Sparks stated that he enlisted in Morgan County, Georgia, we have found no Morgan County record containing his name. Perhaps he was related to the David Sparks who also enlisted in Morgan County and was also a member of Capt. Henry Lane?s company; David Sparks and Uriah Sparks both stated that they had enlisted on November 1, 1814. (For an abstract of David Sparks?s bounty land application file, see the Quarterly of September, i960, Vol. VIII, No. 3, Whole No. 31, p. 501.) Perhaps Uriah Sparks was also related to the John Sparks of Morgan County about whom we published data in the Quarterly of March, 1961 (Vol. IX, No. 1, Whole No. 33, pp. 540-42).

Uriah Sparks probably lived in that part of Morgan County that went to help form Newton County, which was created in 1821. Uriah Sparks was listed as a resident of Newton County on the 1830 census. His family at that time consisted of a female (probably his wife) between 30 and 40; 2 males between 5 and 10; and 2 males under 5. Apparently the first wife of Uriah Sparks died between 1830 and 1832, for he was married in Newton County, Georgia, to Mrs. Sarah Whatley in 1832.

By 1837, Uriah Sparks had moved to Carroll County, Georgia, for on July 4, 1837, he purchased a tract of land in Carroll County from Levi Phillips, Sr. and Levi Phillips, Jr. (Deed Book C, p. 171) On July 3, 1840, he purchased another tract from William R. Duke (Book D, p. 98); this tract was ?on the road from Pyre Watson?s to Reubin Newton?s.? On September 1, 1846, Uriah Sparks sold the tract he had purchased in 1840 to J, and A. Hutchison. The witnesses to this deed were William Sparks and Green Sparks.

Uriah Sparks was listed on the 1840 census of Carroll County. At that time his household consisted of himself, aged 40 to 50; 1 female (probably his wife) between 30 and 40; 2 males between 15 and 20; 2 males between 10 and 15; 1 male under 5; two females between 5 and 10; and one female under 5.

Uriah Sparks was listed on the 1850 census of Carroll County in the 11th division; his occupation was given as farmer, his age as 50, and the value of his real estate as $1000. His birth place was given as North Carolina. He owned no slaves. His wife, Sarah, was listed as 42 years of age, a native of Georgia. The following, all probably the children of Uriah and Sarah Sparks, were listed in their household:
1. Mary Sparks, born about 1833.
2. Simeon Sparks, born about 1837.
3. Sarah Sparks, born about 1839.
4. C. N. Sparks (male), born about 1841.
5. Jos. Sparks (male), born about 1843.
6. Andrew Sparks, born about 1846.
7. Dennis Sparks, born about 1847.
8. Nancy Sparks, born about March, 1850.

From earlier census records, it would appear that Uriah Sparks had at least four children by his first wife. There was a George W. Sparks, age 28, living near Uriah Sparks in 1850, with wife named Martha, age 24, and children named Green Sparks, born about 1843; Augustus Sparks, born about 1845; Georgia Sparks, born about 1847; and John Sparks, born about April, 1850. This George W. Sparks may have been a son of Uriah; living with his family was a William Sparks, aged 24, who may also have been a son of Uriah.)