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Jonas Sparks, Sr.

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Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, United States
Death: Died in Rowan, North Carolina, United States
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Son of Joseph Sparks and Rachel Mary Sparks
Husband of Annie Mary Lewis and (Unknown) Sparks
Father of David Sparks; Elizabeth Sparks; Rachel Griggs; Esther / Easter Caton (Sparks); Jonas Sparks, Jr. (c.1766 - no later than 1805) and 1 other
Brother of Solomon Sparks, Sr.; Josias Sparks, Sr.; Joseph Sparks; Merum Sparks; Charles Sparks and 8 others

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About Jonas Sparks, Sr.

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From the Sparks Family Association Quarterlies:

"Whether Jonas Sparks was married when he came to North Carolina, we have not been able to determine, nor do we know the date of birth of his oldest child. We know that his daughter Elizabeth was born in 1765. It is possible that she was the oldest of his children. No record of the name of the wife of Jonas Sparks has been found. He married a second time in 1786, but it was his unknown first wife who was the mother of his children." [Whole Number 45]

"Sometime prior to 1786, Jonas Sparks's first wife died. Possibly she died in Kentucky before the family returned to North Carolina. On September 5, 1786, Jonas Sparks obtained a marriage bond in Rowan County to marry Mary Eakle. The bond was signed by Peter Little, while Hugh Magoune signed as witness. Mary Eakle had been twice a widow when she married Jonas Sparks. Her first husband, whom she married about 1751, was Capt. Daniel Little (born in 1731, died December 10, 1775), who was a prominent citizen of Salisbury in Rowan County. (He held numerous high offices in Salisbury: Constable, Jailer, Commissioner, High Sheriff, Justice of the Peace, and Captain of the Militia.) Daniel and Mary Little had seven children: Peter; Daniel, Jr.; John, Henry, James, Lewis, and Mary. In 1779, Mary, widow of Daniel Little, married as her second husband, Jacob Eakle (also spelled Eckle); the Rowan County marriage bond was dated January 5, 1779, and Mary's name appeared as Anne Mary Little; the bondsman was John Lewis Beard, while the witness was William R. Davis. Jacob Eakle (or Eckle) died, date not known, and Jonas Sparks became Mary's third husband.

According to a tradition among the descendants of Jonas Sparks's son, David, this second wife was a 'Dutch woman,' (that is, German), and David, who would have been about eighteen years old at the time, strongly objected to his father marrying her. Later, however, David married the 'Dutch woman's' pretty daughter, whose name was Mary. A descendant who could remember Mary recalled many years ago that she had a German accent. Daniel Little is said to have come to Rowan County from Pennsylvania about 1750. Without doubt, both he and Mary, his wife, were Pennsylvania Dutch." [Whole Number 45]

"We believe that Jonas Sparks's first wife died in Kentucky; in 1805 he married a widow named Mary Eakie." [Whole Number 154]

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Jonas Sparks, Sr.'s Timeline

1734
1734
Frederick, Maryland, United States
1757
1757
Age 23
1765
February 5, 1765
Age 31
1766
1766
Age 32
Rowan, NC
1768
1768
Age 34
Rowan, North Carolina, United States
1770
March 20, 1770
Age 36
Rowan, North Carolina, United States
1774
1774
Age 40
Kentucky, United States
1786
September 5, 1786
Age 52
1805
May 11, 1805
Age 71
Rowan, North Carolina, United States
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