About William Sparks
From Sparks Family Quarterly: [Whole Number 45]
"18.104.22.168.5 William Sparks, son of Jonas Sparks, was probably born during the early 1760's, since he had a daughter who was married in 1801. His wife's name was Mourning - - - -. The earliest record that identifies her as his wife is a deed dated 1812. She was still living at the time of his death in 1822 or early in 1823."
"William Sparks made his will on November 18, 1822, and died sometime prior to April 14, 1823, when his will was probated in the county courthouse at Louisville. This document reads as follows: (From Jefferson County, Kentucky, Will Book 2, page 220.)
I, William Sparks, of the County of Jefferson and State of Kentucky, being in a perfect state of health and of sound mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, I do ordain and declare this my last will and testament in form and manner following:
1. Item. It is my will and desire that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
2. Item. I give and bequeath to my loved wife, Morning Sparks, my plantation with sufficient timber for her support during her life; also two feather beds and furniture; also two heffers and one rone mare with a oauld face; also my kitchen furniture; also my flock of sheep.
3. Item. I do give to my son, Hampton Sparks, the tract of land where he now lives containing of sixty-two acres.
4. Item. I do give to my son, Ephraim Sparks, the tract of land where Molen Pain now lives containing one hundred two acres.
5. Item. I do give to my son, David Sparks, the balance of my land where I now live containing one hundred fifty one acres, and also one rone calf.
6. Item. I do give to my daughter Fanny one pided filly.
7. Item. I do give to my daughter Nancy one cow and calf.
8. Item. It is my desire that at the death of my widow all the rest of my property should be ecally [sic] divided among my daughters. I do hereby ordain and appoint my son, Hampton Sparks, and son-in-law Rowland Hampton, my whole and sole ecrs. to this last will and testament. In witness 'whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of November, 1822.
Attested signed and sealed and delivered to: William Sparks (seal)
Joseph Wilhite (seal) his Willis X Griggs mark
State of Kentucky: At a County Court held in Jefferson County in the state aforesaid at the Court House in Louisville on the 14th day of April 1823, the within instrument of writing was produced in Court and proved to be the last will and testament of William Sparks, deceased, by oaths of John Brown and Joseph Wilhite, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and it is recorded in my office. -- Worden Pope, Clk."
"22.214.171.124.5 William Sparks did not name all of his children in his will; he omitted the names of four daughters. However, when his son, Hampton Sparks, died without issue and his estate was divided among his brothers and sisters, or their heirs, we find what is doubtless a complete list of William Sparks's children. In all probability, Mourning was William's only wife and was the mother of his children, although we have no proof. Since a son was named Hampton and a David Hampton was one of those who took inventory of his estate, Mourning's maiden name may well have been Hampton. Their daughter, Sarah, married Rowland Hampton. Following is a list of the children of William Sparks; we cannot be certain of the order of their birth:
126.96.36.199.5.1 Hampton Sparks, son of William Sparks, was born ca. 1790 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and died about 1865 in Oldham County, Kentucky. He married Sarah Blake in Stokes County, North Carolina, in 1809 (marriage bond dated January 14, 1809). She was a daughter of John and Mary Blake; she was born ca. 1785 and died July 19, 1858, in Oldham County. When the estate of Hampton Sparks was settled in 1865, his property was divided among his brothers and sisters, or their hairs, indicating that he had no children.
188.8.131.52.5.2 Ephraim Sparks, son of William Sparks, was born ca. 1793 in Rowan County, North Carolina; he was still living in 1860, aged 67 according to the census of Fayette County, Tennessee. Just prior to his family's removal from Rowan County, he was married to Sarah Douthit in 1811. The marriage bond was dated August 10, 1811. On March 1, 1816, William and Mourning Sparks sold part of their tract of land on Floyd's Creek in Jefferson County (now Oldham County) to Ephraim. (See Jefferson County Deed Book K, p. 147) On October 20, 1821, Ephraim sold this land to Ellis Haney for $600 (Book T, p. 451) and moved to Alabama, where his daughter, Frances, was born ca. 1822. By 1830 he had moved to Hardeman County, Tennessee; by 1850 he was living in Tippah County, Mississippi, which adjoined Hardeman County, Tennessee, on the south. His occupation was given as 'carpenter' on the 1850 census; his age was given as 57--that of his wife, Sarah, as 63. By 1860, he had moved to Fayette County, Tennessee, where he was listed in the census as an 'overseer,' without property. Living with him was James Holland, a 'laborer' aged 17, born in Alabama; also Rebecca Overby, aged 13, born in Mississippi--she was credited with $3,000 worth of personal property.
From census records, it would appear that Ephraim and Sarah (Douthit) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
184.108.40.206.5.2.1, 220.127.116.11.5.2.2, and 18.104.22.168.5.2.3. From earlier census, it appears that Ephraim and Sarah Sparks had three older daughters who had either died or married by the time the 1850 census was taken.
22.214.171.124.5.2.4 Thomas J. Sparks, son of Ephraim and Sarah (Douthit) Sparks, was born ca. 1817 in Kentucky. He was a farmer and was living next to his father in Tippah County, Mississippi, when the 1850 census was taken. His wife's name was Penelope, born ca. 1820. Their children as listed in 1850 were:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Eliza Sparks, born ca. 1834 in Tennessee.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Martha Sparks, born ca. 1836 in Tennessee.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Benjamin F. Sparks, born ca. 1838 in Tennessee.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Sarah J. Sparks, born ca. 1841 in Mississippi.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Joseph Sparks, born ca. 1843 in Mississippi.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Joan Sparks, born ca. 1846 in Mississippi.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 James Sparks, born in 1850 in Mississippi; his age was given as 6 months on November 6, 1850.
184.108.40.206.5.2.5 William J. Sparks, son of Ephraim and Sarah (Douthit) Sparks, was born ca. 1820 in Kentucky. He was listed as a carpenter on the 1850 census of Tippah County, Mississippi, and he was living beside his parents (he on one side, his brother Thomas on the other). His wife's name was given as Sarah M. Sparks, born ca. 1826. Like the rest of the family, he had moved away from this section of Mississippi by 1860 - - where, we do not know. His children, as listed on the 1850 census, were:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 James E. Sparks, born ca. 1843 in Mississippi.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Christopher W. Sparks, born ca. 1846 in Mississippi.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Clementine C. Sparks, born ca. 1847 in Mississippi.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Thomas V. Sparks, born in 1850 in Mississippi; his age was given as 9 months on November 6, 1850.
22.214.171.124.5.2.6 Hampton Sparks was born ca. 1826 in Tennessee. He was living with his parents in Tippah County, Mississippi, in 1850; his occupation was given as 'grocer.' He had left Tippah County by 1860.
126.96.36.199.5.2.7 Frances Sparks was born ca. 1822 in Alabama. She was living with her parents in Tippah County, Mississippi, in 1850.
188.8.131.52.5.2.8 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1829 in Tennessee. She was living with her parents in Tippah County, Mississippi, in 1850.
184.108.40.206.5.2.9 Agnes Sparks was born ca. 1833 in Tennessee. She was living with her parents when the 1850 census was taken.
220.127.116.11.5.3 David Sparks, son of William Sparks, was born ca. 1807 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He married Mary B. (or perhaps her maiden name began with 'B') prior to 1830. When the 1830 census was taken, he was living in Oldham County, Kentucky, formerly a part of Jefferson County, and had one son under five years of age. There are a number of deeds on record in Oldham County recording his purchase and sale of land. He was still living in 1865 when his brother, Hampton's, estate was settled. From census records, we know that David and Mary B. Sparks had the following children, all born in Kentucky--perhaps others:
18.104.22.168.5.3.1 W. G. Sparks, born ca. 1827; probably the George Washington Sparks who married Edinonia Blakemore in Oldham County on November 3, 1864.
22.214.171.124.5.3.2 Lucy Sparks, born ca. 1834.
126.96.36.199.5.3.3 Frederick Sparks, born ca. 1836; he married Mary - - - - and by 1860 had children named:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Sarah Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Ida Sparks, and
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Eugene Sparks.
188.8.131.52.5.3.4 Elizabeth Sparks, born ca. 1838.
184.108.40.206.5.3.5 John F. (or Frank) Sparks, born ca. 1843.
220.127.116.11.5.3.6 A. M. (or Mitchell) Sparks, born ca. 1846; he married Maggie Ragsdale in Oldham County, Kentucky, December 24, 1868.
18.104.22.168.5.4 Elizabeth (Betsey) Sparks, daughter of William. She married John Boulwar or Boulvare in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1801. She had apparently died prior to 1865 when her brother Hampton's estate was settled, for reference was made simply to B. Boulvare's heirs.
22.214.171.124.5.5 Esther Sparks, daughter of William. She married Christian Stipe in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1806 (marriage bond dated December 9, 1806), before the family moved to Kentucky. She had apparently died before 1865 for in the settlement of the estate of her brother, Hampton Sparks, mention was made of her heirs.
126.96.36.199.5.6 Alice Sparks, daughter of William Sparks. Her name was given as Alice Brown when her brother Hampton's estate was settled in 1865. She had died by then f or reference was made to her heirs.
188.8.131.52.5.7 Sarah Sparks, daughter of William Sparks. She married Rowland Hampton in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on June 16, 1816. She and her husband were still living in 1865 when the estate of her brother, Hampton, was settled.
184.108.40.206.5.8 Nancy Sparks, daughter of William Sparks. She married William Griggs or Greggs, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on August 1, 1822. In the settlement of the estate of her brother Hampton in 1865, reference was made to Nancy Grigg's heirs. This was probably the Wiley and Nancy Griggs who were living in Hardeman County, Tennessee, in 1850. (His age was given as 53, hers as 45, and the birth place of each was given as North Carolina.) Living with them was B. H. Sparks, aged 24, born in Tennessee, and by profession a 'clerk.' He was probably a nephew of Mary.
220.127.116.11.5.9 Fanny Sparks, daughter of William Sparks. She married Isham Wilhoite in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on October 2, 1823. By 1840 she and her husband were living in Bureau County, Illinois. She had died by 1865 for in the settlement of the estate of her brother Ephraim, mention was made of her heirs."