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of North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, & Nacogdoches, Texas
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William Sparks was born April 3, 1761 in Rowan County, North
Carolina, 1 mile from town of Salisbury, on Yadkin River.
He was the son of Matthew Sparks & wife Sarah, who came to North Carolina about the year 1756/58 from Maryland..
Shortly before the American Revolution, the Matthew Sparks family moved from Rowan County across the Blue Ridge mountains to a place on New River, in Wilkes County.
William served in the Revolutionary War from Wilkes County, North Carolina, enlisting in 1778, at the age of 17, as is evidenced by his Application for Pension, made in Nacogdoches, Texas Sept. 14, 1846. The Application was denied.
In this pension application, #R9960, William Sparks gives many details of his life in North Carolina. The family moved to Franklin County, Georgia, afterwards Jackson, (Now Clark County, near Athens), shortly after the Revolution where his father, Matthew Sparks, built Sparks Fort, for the protection of the families from the depredations of the Indians in the area. Unfortunately, Matthew Sparks was killed by these Indians while out hunting in November, 1793.
"On September 19, 1797, William Sparks sold land to Randolph Traylor inJackson County, Georgia. He also witnessed a property claim of his brothers, Absalom Sparks and Jesse Sparks, in Clarke County. (Sparks Qrterly)
In 1802 William Sparks filed a claim against the state of
Georgia for a horse which he had lost during the Indian depredations. He
made the following statement:
State of Georgia, Clarke County, formerly Greene.
Personally appeared William Sparks and made oath that sometime in 1793 about the first week in November, he the said Sparks lost a mare which was taken by the Creek Indians which creature was lost at Sparks Fort upon the waters of the Oconee, Franklin County, which property the said Sparks had just reason to believe was taken by the same Indians and that he hath never received any satisfaction for the same. Sworn and subscribed before me this 14th of June, 1802 (Signed) R. Taylor, J. P." Proved by Benjamin Rice
Jesse Sparks, William X Sparks (Ref: Sparks Qrtrly)
"Sometime prior to 1811, William Sparks moved his family across the Oconee River into Morgan County, Georgia. William and Polly Sparks traveled to Marion County, which had just been formed in the Mississippi Territory, where they settled near the village of Silver Creek on the east side of Pearl River." (Sparks Qrtely)
In 1811 the William Sparks family removed to Mississippi Territory, by wagon train, : settling on Silver Creek in Marion County.
Passports Issued by Governor of Georgia
Mon Sept 16, 1811 On application ORDERED
That passports be issued for the following person to travel through the Creek Nation of Indians, to Wit:
One for Messrs. Stephen Nobles, with his wife*, seven children
and seventeen negroes.
John Carter with his wife, four children and five negroes.
William Sparks, with his wife, five children and two negroes.
Henry Askue, with his wife and one child, and one negro.
Howell Holley, with his wife, seven children, and five negroes.
Jeremiah Farlow, with his wife and four children
Minor Johnson, with his wife, eight children, and sixteen negroes
Bird Smith, with his wife and one child, and
Loadwick Henderson, with his wife and two children, all from the County of Morgan, in this State, and one for Messrs. Abadiah Dumas, and Edward Avery Lucy, both from the County of Jones, in this State, which were presented and signed.
(David B. Mitchell was Gov. of Georgia, 1809-1813)
*Stephen Noble's wife was Sarah "Sally" Fielder, sister to Mary Polly Fielder, wife of William Sparks
Grassroots of America, American State Papers, Land
Grants & Claims, (1789-1837)
(Phillip W. McMullen)
Vol 2, P 745,,748,764
LAND OFFICE, WESTERN DISTRICT, ORLEANS TERRITORY, October 16, 1812
The undersigned, commissioners appointed for the purpose of ascertaining the rights of persons to lands within the district and territory aforesaid, have the honor to report the following list of rejected claims, and beg leave to remark, in explanation of the said report, that the respective classes contemplated by the eighth section of the act of 3d of March, 1807, will be designated by the letters A, B & C, to wit: to the first class, comprising "claims which, in the opinion of the commissioners, ought to be confirmed, in conformity with the provisions of the several acts of Congress for ascertaining and adjusting the titles and claims to lands within the Territories of Orleans and Louisiana," the letter A will be affixed. To the second class comprising "claims which, though not embraced by the provisions of the said acts, ought, nevertheless, in the opinion of the commissioners, to be confirmed, in conformity with the laws, usages, and customs of the Spanish government," the letter B will be affixed. And to the third class, comprising "claims which neither are embraced by the provisions of the said acts, nor ought, in the opinion of the commissioners, to be confirmed, in conformity with the laws, usages, and customs of the Spanish government, " the letter C will be affixed.
In the subsequent list of claims, such as have entered with with deputy registers, will have the letter D placed after the number in the column of Register's No; when that letter is omitted it is to be understood that the claim was entered with the Register at the Land Office in Opelousas. To the list of claims reported for each county will be subjoined explanatory remarks, with references to the reported numbers, containing the reasons of the commissioners for reporting and giving a schedule of the title-papers that may have been filed in the several claims, and the substance of such oral testimony as may have been taken for or against the claims.
By whom claimed: James Warren, Class C, Rept'd. No 223, Register's No. 313, Orig. Propr. or Claimant: James Warren, Quantity claimed-500 arpents, Nature/date of title or claim: Settlement
No. 233-In this claim is filed a plat of survey by Stephen
Justice, dated 20th December, 1803, said to have been made by order of the then
Commandant, Don Joseph Vidal. The examination of William SPARKS has
been taken in this claim before John Patterson, Esq. commissioned for that
purpose, and is as follows: " that some time in the summer of the year 1803
he heard Joseph Vidal, then Commandant of the post, give permission to the said
James Warren to take up and settle the aforesaid land; that the said Warren did,
in the fall following, go upon the land in question, and cultivate and improve
the same, and was in actual possession thereof on the 20th day December, 1803;
and that the said Warren was upwards of twenty-one years of age."
The confirmation cannot be recommended, in as much as it is not established by the testimony that the land was actually inhabited by or for the Claimant on the 20th December, 1803; or that it was the place of his permanent residence even prior to that time.
See Petition of January 19, 1815, Mississippi Territory, below
William Sparks was active in the civic affairs, and
church business, while he was a resident of Mississippi. He resided on the
Pearl River in Lawrence Co, & later Holmes County, Miss.
He and wife Polly were members of the Silver Creek Baptist Church, but moved their membership in 1819 to the Bethany Baptist Church at White Sands, which he helped to organize. He deeded 2 acres of land to Bethany Baptist Church on May 17, 1823.
William Sparks migrated to Texas in March, 1836, according to his Pension application, settling near his son Richard, and other relatives, in what was then called "Sparks Settlement."
His daughter Edith & husband James Simmons soon followed. In Nacogdoches, William Sparks was a large landowner, and instrumental in organizing the first Baptist Church (Originally called Union Church, was which multi-denominational, later becoming Old North Baptist Church) where he served for a time as deacon. His son, Richard Sparks, donated the land for this church and cemetery, in 1837. Richard Sparks' son Dr. John M. Sparks later donated additional land for the church and cemetery.
William Sparks died in Nacogdoches in the year 1848, and is buried at Old North Church Cemetery (Unmarked)
He married Mary "Polly" FIELDER in Jackson County, Georgia, 1791. Mary was born in Virginia 1770, and was the daughter of William FIELDER & Mary NALL. William Sparks showed his marital status as "Married" on his land application in Nacogdoches; However, I did not find any record of Mary Polly Sparks in the Old North Church Minutes. William was received by letter, and there is no record of Mary being a member. Some researchers show she died in Mississippi after November, 1830 (she signed a deed on that date)
1. Richard Born Abt. 1793 Georgia Died: March,1838 Navarro Co,
Texas (Killed by Indians)
(M) Elizabeth Cooper, Dtr of William Cooper, Sr., who signed Consent
July 7, 1812 Marion Co, Miss
2. Sarah Born Jan. 1, 1797 Franklin Co, Ga. Died: Feb. 22, 1881
Bell Co, Texas
(M) James McAnulty CA 1815 Lawrence Co, Miss
(Sarah was a Widow in 1835 Nacogdoches Census)
3. John Born CA 1804 Clark Co, Ga. Died: CA 1855 Rusk Co, Texas
(M) Joanna Parkman, Dec. 22, 1825 Lawrence Co, Miss
a. James Sparks Born 1827 Miss d. ? Tx (Did not locate 1860, 1870, 1810 Census)
4. James H. Born CA 1808 Clark Co, Ga Died: 1838 Nacogdoches Co,
(John Sparks, Adm)
(M) Massey C. Wadlington CA 1834 Miss
She (M) #2 Robert R. Millard
Both are buried @ Old North Church Cem., Nacogdoches, Texas
(Massey Sparks Millard was instrumental in organizing the old Union Church, later becoming Old North Church.)
a. Jesse Wadlington Born Jan 1, 1837 Died Aug 1, 1896 Mexico
(M) Josephine Bivins April 18, 1865 Murphreesboro, Tenn
Lawyer & Clerk of Chancery Court, US Consul to Mexico when he died
b. William Noble Born 1838 Nacogdoches Co, Tx
(M) Martha Elizabeth Caddell Dec 18, 1856 Nacog. Co, Tx
Rick Still Collection:
Folder 12b: David S. Kaufman Documents
Affidavit attesting to the death of a horse owned by James H. Sparks killed in action during the Cherokee Wars. Requesting reimbursement in the amount of $300.00. August 6, 1839. (D. S. Kaufman listed as an appraiser.)
Signed between Joseph S. Ables and William C. Sparks on a horse race. Dated June 22, 1839. (D. S. Kaufman witness.)
5. Edith "Edey" Born Aug. 15, 1810 Clark Co, Ga. Died
March 2, 1897 Collin Co, Texas
(M) James Simmons, Jan 12, (18) 1828 Lawrence Co, Miss
6. Levi Nathan Born CA 1812 Miss. Died: Nov, 1847 Rusk Co, Texas
(M) Luvisa R. Tipps, June 5, 1838 Nacogdoches Co, Texas by James L. Bryant
1846 Poll List Limestone Co, Tex
Widow in 1850 Rusk Co, Texas HH of Elizabeth Wood.
(Served in Texas Revolution-was in Battle of San Jacinto with nephew Stephen F. Sparks) Was in "Storming of Bexar"
Texas Land title Abstracts
Abstract # 517, James H. Sparks, Orig. Grantee, Cert # 2766/2867, Patentee: Leander E. Tipps, Date of Pat: Sept 10, 1866 Pat # 513, Pat Vol 7 , 147 AC Nac. 2nd Class, File#18
7. Eli G. Born Ca 1814 Miss Died; 1840's Nacogdoches Co, Tex
(M) Evelina Hall, Jan 9, 1840 Nacogdoches, Texas
She (M) #2 John T. McDaniel, pr to 1850 Prob. Sabine Co, Tx.
1775 Tax List-Surry Co, NC - List of Benjamin Cleveland
Matthew Sparks, 3 Polls, incl John Sparks, Matthew Sparks, Jr
North Carolina Dept of Archives & History, MARS Index-Secretary of State Record Group, Land Office, Land Warrants, Plats of Survey and Related Records, Surry County
Title: File No 970, William Sparks, (Assignee of Matthew Sparks) Years: 1`780, 1787 Office of the Secretary of State, Office of the Secretary; Call No S.108.1069, Location: 0085-0088; MARS Id: 22.214.171.1241 (Box), Phys. Desc: Warrants & Plats; Quantity: 2 items; Personal Names: William Sparks, Matthew Sparks, Geographical Namesd: Brushy Mountain; Land Grant Information: 200 Acres, Grant No. 962, Issued: Aug. 9, 1787 Entry No: 1466; Entered: Mar. 8, 1780 Book No: 65; Page No: 262; Location: On the Brushy Mountain, Surry County
Title: File No 1864, Henry Speer (Assignee of William Sparks) Years: 1780, 1798, Call No S.108.1072 Location: 0360-0364, MARS Id: 12.14.1366 (Box) Phys. Descr: Warrants & Plats; Quantity (2 items) Index terms: Personal names: William Sparks, Henry Speer; Geographical Names: Yadkin, Land Grant Information: 150 Acres, Grant No: 1799; Issued: January 8, 1798, Entry No: 2009; Entered: Apr. 22, 1780 Book: 96, Page 91, Location: Waters of the Yadkin, Surry County
1784-87 Census-Surry Co, NC
Matthew Sparks 1 M 21-60 yrs, 1 M Und 21 yrs 3 Fem. total
Wilkes County-William Sparks 1 M 21-60 yrs, 1 M Und 21 yrs 3 Fe, Total
1785 TL-Wilkes Co, Ga
William Sparks, Matthew Sparks
1791 Land Grant, William Sparks, 420 AC Franklin Co., Ga.
Grant Bk UUU, P 380
Matthew Sparks, Jr. 1792 Grant, 300 AC Franklin Co Bk XXX P 213
Jackson Co, Ga Jan., 1797 Term-Grand Jury-William Sparks, Jesse Sparks
(Jackson Co, created 1796 from Franklin Co)
AMERICAN MILITIA IN THE FRONTIER WARS 1790-1796, State of Georgia, P 239 (Franklin County) Second Battalion, Second Regiment, First Brigade, Third Division Militia, Lieutenant William Strong's Detachment-Muster Roll of a Detachment of Militia of the Second Battalion , Second Regiment, First Brigade, Third Division, State of Georgia, under the command of Lieutenant William Strong, in the Service of the United States, from Dec. 30, 1793 to Jan. 18, 1794
Privates Incl: #7 Absalom Sparks Certification: William Duke, Captain; William Strong, Lieutenant, Dec 30, 1793
P 240-First Battalion, Second Regiment, First Brigade, Third Division Militia, Ensign William Morgan's Detachment-Muster Roll of a Detachment of Militia of the First Battalion, Second Regiment of the First Brigade of the Third Division Commanded by Ensign William Morgan, State of Georgia, in the service of the United States, from Jan 24 to Feb 14, 1794
Privates Incl #18 William Sparks; #11 Absalom Sparks, #12 Nathan Sparks, #13 Jesse Sparks; Certification: William Spencer, Captain, William Morgan, Ensign
Pay Roll of a Detachment of Militia of the First Battalion, Second Regiment, First Brigade, Third Division, State of Georgia, Commanded by Lieutenant George Tucker, in the Service of the United States from Feb. 14 to Mar 5, 1794
Privates Incl: #2 William Sparks #3 Absalom Sparks, #5 Jesse Sparks Certification: Robert Morrow, Captain, George Tucker, Lieutenant Feb 14, 1794
(Clarke Co. cut off from Jackson & Greene Co, 1801)
1805 Land Lottery Clark Co, Ga-William Sparks #390, BB
Note-2 draws=M/Family B=Blank
Sarah Sparks, #304 BB (Widow of Matthew)
2 draws=Widow B=Blank
MISSISSIPPI TERRITORIAL PAPERS
PETITION TO CONGRESS BY INHABITANTS OF MARION AND LAWRENCE
(HF:13 Cong., 3 sess. :DS)
Marion & Lawrence Counties
Mississippi Territory (January 19, 1815)
To the Honourable The Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States in congress convened
The petition of the undersigned Inhabitants of the counties and Territory aforesaid humbly sheweth to your honourable body, that we Labour under great Inconvenience and disadvantages from the Present disagreeable situation of our country, we wish to acquaint your honourable body, that we made great Sacrifices of property in our several places of nativity to realize money to enable us to Settle in this part of the Union and to support us and our families on our Journeys. We became the first settlers of a wilderness and Encountered all the disadvantages which naturally accrue from such a situation--having Expended all our pecuniary funds for the common necessities of life, a number of us were forced to make sacrifices of property to Enable us to make Payment on our Lands--The war with England was also partially Injurious to us by destroying our commerce, notwithstanding we approbate the measure, and have Evinced the same whenever called on--This disadvantage we were likely to surmount but the war with the Creek nation, the Impending danger and our Country actually Invaded have for near Three years kept us in the field--We have now taken the field "En masse" and left our desolated homes to meet the Common foe wherever he may dare to shew his head--under such Insurmountable difficulties we hope your honourable body will Rake our situation into mature consideration. We find it impossible from the present situation of things to make further payments on our lands, and unless favoured must inevitable lose them--Your petitioners humbly pray that the attentions of congress may be had Immediately and Measures adopted for their relief by passing a Law giving a reasonable time after the conclusion of peace for the several payments now due as well as the Interest thereon. Your petitioners beg to claim the attention of your honourable body Toward Widows and Orphans made by the death of husband or fathers in the actual service of the United States. Donations to the heirs of such persons would relieve many from distress within our vicinity. In order that your honourable body may fully understand the nature of our petition as relates to widows and orphans we further beg that those men who have died natural deaths in service from long marches Inclement weather, unwholesome food, and various other causes which they would not have been Exposed to at home, may also Embrace that part of the petition which asks for Donations, a number of the heirs of such persons or their parent prior to his disease have made Payments on Publick Lands but are now left without the means of accumulating a solitary Cent--In compliance to the foregoing your petitioners will as In duty bound Ever pray.
19th January 1815 Camp Pearl River
Geo. H. Nixon Lt Col
13 Regt MM
John McGuffee Majr.
Nath. Wells Majr.
Henry Smith Majr.
Howel W. Runnels Qm.
David Dickson, Jur. Surgn.
13 Regt. MM
Stephen Peak, Adjt.
B. W. Davis, S. M.
Charles Stoval, Q. L.
Wm. Spencer Capt.
D R Warren Lieut.
Others signing Petition, Incl:
Wm. Cooper, Senr.
Stephen Noble, J G
Levi Nobles, Lieut.
Richard Sparks, En.
plus about 310 others
(Original spelling retained)
1820 Lawrence Co, Miss P 14
William Sparks, SR 1 1 0 1 0 1-0 1 0 1 0-1 prsn eng. in Agr., 15 slaves
(1 M 45+, 1 M 16-26, 1 M 10-16, 1 M Und 10; 1 Fe 26-45, 1 Fe 10-16)
Who is the Wm. Sparks, below?
William Sparks 2 males und 10 yrs, 2 males 10-16 yrs, 1 M over 45 yrs, 1 Female 26-45 yrs
Richard Sparks 4 Males und 10 yrs, 2 males 26-45 yrs, 2 Fem under 10 yrs, 1 Fem 10-16 yrs, and 1 Fem 26-46 yrs
Marion County, Mississippi Court Records Oct, 1812-March, 1827 by E Russ Williams
Administrator's Bond, William Noble, Levi Noble, John Lott, Sr, William Sparks & Henry Askew are bound to James Phillips, Judge of Probate, for the sum of $400.00, dated A8ugust 25, 1823-Levi Noble & William Noble are to administer the estate of Stephen Noble, Recorded October 8, 1823 (Stephen Noble died in June, 1823 Marion Co, Miss. He was a brother in law to William Sparks, they having married sisters.-sgs)
1830 Lawrence County, Miss
William Sparks 2 Males 10-20, 1 Male 60+, 1 Fem 60+ and 1 Female 40-60
1830 Yazoo Co, Miss:
Richard Sparks 3 Males 30-40 yrs, 3 males, 10-20 yrs, 2 males Und 10 yrs,
1 Fe 20-40 yrs, 1 Fe 10-20 yrs, 1 Fe und 10 yrs
James Sparks 1 Male 20-40 yrs, 2 males 10-20 yrs, 1 male Und 10 yrs,
1 Fe 20-40 yrs, 1 Fe 10-20 yrs, 2 Fem Und 10 yrs
John Sparks 1 male 20-40 yrs, 1 male 10-20 yrs, 1 male Und 10 yrs, 1 Fe 20-40 yrs
"William Sparks was undoubtedly a deeply religious man. He held positions of leadership in the Baptist churches wherever he lived, and he represented his church at statewide conventions. In October 1818, when the Mississippi Baptist Association convened at the New Providence Baptist Church in Amite County, he and William Stamps represented the Silver Creek Baptist Church. The following summer, he and Stamps, along with William Martin, received permission to organize the Bethany Baptist Church at White Sands. On September 11, 1819, William Sparks with his wife Polly, were among those dismissed from the Silver Creek Church to go to the new Bethany Church. Five years later, he was named as a trustee of the Bethany Church. William and Polly continued to live near Silver Creek in Lawrence County, Mississippi, for several years and were enumerated there on the1820 and 1830 censuses. According to those censuses, it appears that they had seven children--five sons and two daughters.
"In the fall of 1830, William and Polly Sparks sold their land in Lawrence County. The following is an abstract taken from the deed which was recorded on November 19, 1830, on page 222 of Deed Book B. William and Mary Sparks sell two tracts of land except for six acres previously disposed of - a parcel of 159 acres out of which two acres were deeded to the Bethany Baptist Church as a gift on May 17 , 1823 (page 257 of Deed Book A) and another parcel of land of 159 acres out of which four acres were sold to Adam Tyrone (no date). The remainder of this land was sold on the above date to John Martin.
Wm. L. Pickins William and XX Mary Sparks
Wm. Bishop marks
On the third Sunday in November, 1830, the clerk of the Bethany Baptist Church wrote in the minutes : "Brother William Sparks, beloved deacon, and his wife applied for a letter of demission." Years later, in his pension application, William Sparks also testified that "he moved to Lawrence County in 1811, thence to Holmes County where he lived until March 1836 when he moved to Nacogdoches County, Texas. " Since Holmes County was not formed until1 833, he probably went to that portion of Yazoo County which became Holmes County. He and his sons, John, James H., and William M., paid taxes there in 1833. (Sparks Qrtrly)
Mississippi Land Records: (BLM Records) All Cash entry
sales, by Act or Treaty of April 24, 1820
James Sparks June 1, 1826 Doc 646, Lamd Office: Washington 2 AC Base Line; Washington, T/S 3N Range 4W, Sect 2
James Sparks, June 1, 1826, Doc 647, 100.15 AC Washington LO, Base Line: Washington, T/S 3N, Range 4W Sect 6
William N. Sparks Sept 3, 1835 Doc 12481, 80.09 AC, Mt. Salus LO, BL: Choctaw, T/S 13N, Range 2E, Sect. 22
William Sparks, Sept 3, 1835, Doc 12841, 39.98 AC Mt. Salus LO, BL: Choctaw, T/S 14N, R 3E, Sect 29
James H. Sparks, Oct. 8, 1835, Doc 12903, 40/13 AC, Mt. Salus LO, BL: Choctaw, T/S 14N, R 4E, Sect 31
Board of Land Commissioners Minutes, Nacogdoches, 1838
This day William Sparks, Senr., Conditional was produced to the board. No 49. dated June 7, 1838, 2nd Class, for 1, 280 Acres and his unconditional signed for the evidence see page 10
Application of William Sparks, Senr. for 1,280 Acres of the 2nd Class Unconditional Witnesses Robt. W. Smith and Wm. F. Sparks, -all sworn-Applicant deposes that he has resided in the Republic three years, is married, and has done and performed all the duties required of him as a Citizen. Witnesses both depose that the facts deposed to be Applicant are true to their knowledge-Conditional No 49 dated June 7, 1838-Appln. Granted No. 348.
Index to Texas Land Title Abstracts:
County: Smith Abstract Number: 876
District/Class: Nacogdoches 2nd File Number: 366
Original Grantee: Wm. Sparks, Sr. Patentee: Wm. Sparks, Sr.
Title Date: Patent Date: 24 Aug 1855 Patent No: 837 Patent Vol: 4 Certificate: 49
County: Smith Abstract Number: 875
District/Class: Nacogdoches 2nd File Number: 366
Original Grantee: Wm. Sparks, Sr. Patentee: Wm. Sparks, Sr.
Title Date: Patent Date: 23 Aug 1853 Patent No: 591 Patent Vol: 4 Certificate: 49
William Sparks appears on the 1837, 1839, 1840 Tax Lists for Nacogdoches Co. In the 1840 census he owned 2,214 acres land, and 2 slaves.
First Book of Church Minutes, 1838-1872 Old North Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas by Rev. Gene Tomlin-Pastor
Liberty School House, Nacogdoches County, Texas
First Sabbath in May 1838
Saturday before the first sabbath in June, opened a door for the reception of members, rec'd by experience, James H Sparks, Levi Sparks, Elizabeth Sparks, Emily Sparks, etal, and by letter William Sparks.
Saturday, before the first sabbath in September, received Norman, property of William Sparks
List of Male Members of Union Church-list includes William Sparks, Allen Sparks, Levi Sparks-dead, William Sparks, decd. Thomas Sparks, John Sparks, S. F. Sparks-DL, Wm. Sparks, Richard W. Sparks-D.L.
Names of Females-Mary Sparks, dismissed, Elizabeth Sparks, dismissed, Emily Sparks, dismissed, Massey Sparks, Elizabeth Sparks, dismissed, Martha Ann Sparks, Mary Ann Sparks
Names of Female Members of Union Church-Massey Sparks, Martha Sparks, Mary Ann Sparks, dismissed April, 1859, Elizabeth Sparks, dismissed, October 1853, Emily Sparks, dismissed October, 1853, Martha A Sparks, Mary Ann Sparks, Mary Anderson, dismissed,
Names of Male Members of Union Church-Thomas Sparks, dismissed Jan, 1859, J M Sparks, excluded 1870, L F Sparks, William Sparks, B W Sparks, dismissed 1854, Allen Sparks
1840 Saturday before the first Lord's day in January the Union Church met in conference-Called fellowship brother Wm. Sparks is reconciled with black brother Norman, reconciled.
1841-Saturday before the first Lord's day in April-On motion, Wm. Sparks, etal were appointed to draft rules for decorum and present them at next meeting.
1842 Saturday before the first Lord's day in February, Appointed Brothers William Sparks, etal to wait on the Church Clerk and request him to attend conference more regularly, and if he should not promise more regular attendance, to ask him for the Church book
Also Appointed brethren William Sparks and E. Anderson to wait on Sister Mary Sharp.
Bro. Sparks, moderator, addressed Bro. Anderson as moderator, and stated to the Church that he had visited Sister Sharp and conversed with her and was perfectly satisfied to grant her a letter as to himself, but wishes the Church to act upon the question, the voice of the Church being taken, it was decided that sister Sharp should have a letter.
1843-Saturday before the first Lords day in May, Church met in conference after divine services by Bro. Hanks. Called for fellowship, appointed Wm. Sparks and A. Crain to cite Bro. Tipps to attend meeting to answer reports. Saturday before the first Lords day in June-Bro. Tipps gave satisfaction.
Saturday before the first Lords day in September, appointed Wm. Sparks, Ambrose Crain an C. H Whitaker delegates to the convention to be held at the Union church Saturday before the second Lords day in November.
1844 Saturday before the first Lords day in April, church met in conference- Brother Wm. Sparks petitioned the Church to release him from the duties of deacon, as he was too old and infirm to attend to them any longer, Granted.
1845-Saturday before the first Lords day in August-appointed brethren Lewis, Samuel Rogers, B F Whitaker, S F Sparks, and Wm. Sparks to draft corresponding letter to the Association.
1846-Saturday before the first Lords day in May, met in conference before Br. Reed-= On Motion a committee be appointed to draft said rules, whereupon Wm. Sparks, Levi H. Askew, A. Crain, and B F Whitaker to see bro. Lewis to know the cause why he absents himself from us as he fails to attend, and report to the next conference.
This is the last entry in the Union Church Minutes for William Sparks.
Republic of Texas, 2nd Class Certificates 1836, 1837
Eli G. Sparks, located Rusk Co, Cert #50 640 A Rusk Land Dist File #22
James H. Sparks located Rusk Co, Cert #124, 640 AC Rusk Land Dist, File #18
James H. Sparks, located Angelina Co, Cert #124, 493 AC Nacogdoches Land Dist File #349
James K. Sparks located Nacogdoches Co, Cert #2766, 2727, 147 AC Nacog. Land Dist, File #511
William Sparks, Sr, located Smith Co, Cert #49, 640 AC, & 640 AC, Nacogdoches Land Dist File #366
John Sparks, located Wood Co, Cert # ---, 960 AC Nacogdoches Land Dist, File # 412
Bounty & Land Donation Land Grants of Texas 1835-1888
(Thos. L. Miller)
James Sparks, Rec'd Bty. Wrnt 3077 for 640 AC from S. War on 28 April, 1838, for service from Sept 9, 1836-March 9, 1837. 640 AC in Van Zandt Cty were ptd. to him Nov 11, 1850. Pat 27, Vol 6, Abst. 826, GLO File Nac. Bty 255
Levi N. Sparks-Rec'd Bty Wnt 1339 for 320 AC from AG on 10, Aug, 1853 for service "st the storming of Bexar". 320 AC in Clay Cty were ptd to him on 1 Dec, 1858 Pat 131, Vol 9, Abst 421 GLO File Fan Bty 295
Levi N. Sparks Rec'd Don Cert 510 for 640 ac from AG on Aug 10, 1853 for being in seige of Bexar. Two 320 ac tracts in Denton Cty. were ptd. to him on 21 Mar, 1857. Pats 479-80 Vol 2,Absts. 1213-14 GLO File Fan. Don. 627.
Nacogdoches Co., Texas Deeds
Vol I, P 133-134 Dec 17, 1845 William Sparks to William W. Cook, 640 AC land- Bond in amt of $500. to make title to half headright of 1280 AC land. Recorded Dec 17, 1845
Vol I P 471-471 Jan 9, 1847 William Sparks to Dtr Edith Simmons, & Dtr Sarah McAnulty, slave Mary, age 4 yrs, and Elizabeth, age 2 mos.- Deed of gift, plus $5.00 Recorded Jan 20, 1847 2PM
Vol I, P 511 Jan 9, 1847 William Sparks to gr/son James Sparks of Nacogdoches Co, Slave Dolly, Age 40 yrs. old (deed of Gift, plus $5.00) Recorded Mar 10, 1847 3PM
Vol I, P 541 Jan 9, 1847-William Sparks, Senr. to son John Sparks, slaves Norton age 40 yrs, and Lizuce, age 25 yrs. (deed of gidt plus $5.00) Recorded April 9, 1847 11AM
John Sparks-Commissioners to detect Fraudulent Certificate, May 25, 1840, ND
John Sparks-William Sparks, Sept 1, 1843, May 1, 1844
John Sparks-Fountain R. Floyd, Jan 24, 1842, July 2, 1855 4PM
DB L, P 575-John Sparks, Original Grantee, -Transfer, for $320., of headright Certificate for 1280 AC land
1846 Poll List- Republic of Texas (Mullins)
William Sparks, Richard Sparks, Elizabeth Sparks, James H. Sparks, Stephen F. Sparks
L. Sparks, Rusk Co.
North Carolina Dept of Archives & History, MARS Index-Revolutionary Army Accounts Audited: W. Sparks, Vol VI, P 80, Folio 3
Declaration of William Sparks, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832 (original spelling retained-sgs)
State of Texas
County of Nacogdoches
On this 14th day of September, A. D., 1846 personally appeared before Honorable District Court of said County now sitting in open court, William Sparks, a resident of Sparks' settlement in said County of Nacogdoches and State of Texas aged eighty-five years on the 3rd day of April last, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
That this applicant entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. Shortly before this applicant entered the service his father Matthew Sparks removed with him from the Yadkin River in the County of Wilkes and State of North Carolina across the Blue Ridge to a place on New River in the said County of Wilkes, which is now about two miles from the County seat of Roan (Rowan) County, North Carolina.
Also shortly before I entered the service the Cherokee Indians had committed depredations and murdered five persons, I think, three children and two women, near the head of the Catawba River, at
least, above John's River, at a place then, I think, in Burke County, North Carolina. In the part of the
country in which I lived, after the war had lasted several years, all of us capable of bearing arms were divided
into four classes, as well as I remember, by lots. I fell into the fourth class.
About this time it came to the turn of my class to enter the service; and while we were making preparations to do so Capt. John Cleveland, (nicknamed Devil John) son of Col. Benjamin Cleveland, who afterwards fought at King's Mountain, and who then resided near our former residence on the Yadkin, come over to our settlement on New River, and proposed to my class to volunteer to go with him against the Cherokee Indians, saying that this tour would be accounted the same as the same length of service against the British, against whom we were then preparing to go.
Four of my neighbors of my class viz. John Baker, Israel Campbell, John Waters, and George Humphreys, with myself, accepted John Cleveland's proposition, and in obedience to his order rendezvoused at Wilkes Court-House (Wilksboro) and entered the service under the said John Cleveland as our Captain on the 15th day of August -- from old age and consequent loss of memory this applicant cannot state positively in what year this was, but he does recollect, that it was when he had just entered his seventeenth year, and several years before the battle of King's Mountain. (This would put the year as 1778)
At Wilkesboro, which was the place of general rendezvous for the North Carolina troops raised for this expedition, Capt. Cleveland's Company was filled to the number of about sixty, and about one thousand in all rendezvoused here. We were all mounted gunmen, and nearly all armed with rifles, tomahawks, and butcher knives, each man, and myself amongst the rest, furnishing his own horse, arms, and equipment.
At the end of about two days we took up the line of march by Pleasant Gardens on the Catawba, crossed John's River, then by Cathey's Fort to Turkey Cove on the Catawba, a distance, I supposed, of about one hundred miles in all from Wilkesboro. At Turkey Cove we remained about two weeks collecting Beef and other provisions for the campaign.
Here we were joined by the rest of the North Carolina forces, making our number from twelve to fifteen hundred, and here the Command- in-Chief was taken by Genl. Charles McDowell of Pleasant Gardens, Burkes County, North Carolina, in which he continued throughout the Campaign. At this place my Capt. John Cleveland was informed by letter that his wife was dangerously ill, and went home, and did not again return to us.
Myself and my New River neighbors, Baker, Campbell, Waters and Humphreys, at the request of Capt. Cleveland were then permitted to join Capt. John Beverley's Company, in which we remained to the end of the Campaign. I do not remember positively what disposition was made of the rest of Cleveland's company, but I believe that as Beverly had not before a full company they all joined him. My Regiment was commanded by Colo. Benjamin Hearn of Wilkes County. The Captains under him were as far as I remember, John Cleveland and John Beverly and I think others whom I do not recollect.
Col. Joseph Dowell, brother of our Genl. commanded the Burkes County Regiment. There was also a Maj. McDowell in under Colo. Joseph McDowell. I think his given name was also Joseph, and that he was a cousin of the General and this Colonel. I do not remember any of the other North Carolina officers.
At the end of about two weeks we marched from Turkey Cove up the Catawba on the East side
along an old Indian Trace, and crossed the mountains through a gap the name which I do not recollect -- struck
the waters of Swane River, went down the same and crossed French Broad River just above the mouth of
Here the foot company from Wilkes County in which was my uncle James Sparks, and which marched behind us built a station, and remained to guard the frontier until our return from the Indian Country. (Here I saw my uncle on return.) From the mouth of Swanane we proceeded across Richland Creek and the Hominy creek. Here we met and were joined by twelve or fourteen hundred mounted gun-men from South Carolina.
I do not remember their commander, or any of their officers except a Maj. Lytle, and him I recollect and from his afterwards in the course of the Campaign accidentally killing one of his own men by the name of Morrison in an Indian skirmish. The whole Army then proceeded across another ledge of mountains and then crossed Tuckasegea River. The night of the day we crossed this River a scouting party of thirty or forty of our men under Maj. McDowell were attacked by a party of Indians of whom they killed two or three, and made prisoners of a woman and child, an old man and one or two boys. The old Indian was shot the next day by a friendly Indian, a servant of Col. Miller , NC, who I think was with us, but in what capacity, I do not recollect. I regret to say that I believe all the prisoners were murdered, except two boys.
We then marched on to the Tennessee River a distance of some 20 or 30 miles, here we found several Indian Villages on the South East side of the River, which gave every indication of having been but recently deserted. We remained some two weeks destroying the houses, corn, beans and everything of utility in and about the villages, we then received orders one evening that on the next morning we were to march to the Valley Towns some 70 or 80 miles further on, but in the morning these orders were counter-manded, I have never known why.
We next proceeded about a day's march up a River, the name of which I forget, on the South-East side of the Tennessee, to a large town surrounded by villages where we spent several days more in destroying the town and Villages and everything in and about them. Rumor afterwards stated, and I believe truly, that the devastation committed by us on this campaign was the cause of the death of many hundreds of Indians from starvation.
After spending a week or two more in endeavoring through our Scouts in vain to find the Indians we commenced our return march, and retraced the same route as well as I recollect. When we repassed the station near the mouth of Swanane the foot company was still there to protect the frontier, and remained there for some time afterwards.
To the best of my recollection the South Carolina troops parted from us at Hominy creek where they had joined us. The North Carolina troops then marched on and returned to the Yadkin at or near Wilkesboro where we were disbanded. From this service I received a written discharge from Capt. John Beverly which I kept for many years, but at length not deeming it of any use it was long since lost or destroyed.
On this tour we marched a distance which we deemed about five hundred miles and back; and I served in it as a Private Mounted Rifle-man (furnishing my own horse, arms, and equipment) at least four months, and I believe longer for I feel confident that I did not return home until after Christmas, and I know I returned home as soon as I was discharged. On this expedition I know I received no pay but to the best of my recollection the privates were promised twenty Dollars per month each, and the same remarks will apply with truth to all my revolutionary services; for I received no pay for any of them.
Upon my return from this campaign the militia company, in the bounds of which I resided, was organized into a company of mounted minute men under Andrew Baker as Captain and my Brother John Sparks as Lieutenant. In this company I served till the close of the War of the Revolution. We furnished our own horses, arms, and equipment. Our part of the country was almost constantly infested with robbing and murdering parties of Tories, British and Hessians, and I was constantly either out in pursuit of such parties, or, in obedience to the orders of my Captain, held myself in readiness to march at a moment's warning.
Of the many and almost constant scouting parties, pursuits, and expeditions in which I was engaged during this period from my great age and infirmities I can recollect but one, so as to be able to state the particulars and that only from the personal interest of my family in it, - will proceed to state it.
In less than a year after my return from the campaign against the Cherokees above detailed, a party of Tories, about 150 in number, robbed my Father, taking a horse, saddle, and bridle , six guns, all our pewter (we had no delftware in those days) and whatever else they could carry. My company was immediately called out and others amounting in all to about one hundred and fifty mounted Gun Men under the command of Colo. Benjamin Cleveland.
We pursued the above named Tories a distance of between 60 and 70 miles and overtook them in Boxe's settlement near the Virginia line. They were feasting, froliking and many of them drunk. We killed and wounded 25 or 30 of them in a fight, made prisoners of nearly all the rest, of whom hung five or six, the balance of the prisoners were discharged by Colo. Cleveland upon their promise not to molest the patriots for the future. In this expedition I was engaged three weeks. I received no written discharge during the war except the one from Capt. Beverly above mentioned. I have no documentary evidence of my service, and I know of no person whose testimony I can procure who can testify to my service.
This applicant further states on oath that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service, but according to the best of his recollection he
served not less than three years as a private volunteer mounted Rifleman, always furnishing his own horse,
arms and equipment, and for service he claims a pension.
This applicant was born in Rowan County near Salisbury in the State of North Carolina on the 3rd day of April A.D. 1761. He has no record of his age, but he believes his brother Jesse Sparks residing in Hickman County in the State of Tennessee has a copy of the record of his age, the original having been lost. When called into service this applicant lived in Wilkes County North Carolina, and remained there till the close of the Revolutionary War when he removed with his father to what was then Franklin County, afterwards Jackson, and now Clark County in the state of Georgia and settled about four miles from Athens in that State.
There this applicant resided till the year 1811 when he removed to Lawrence County, Mississippi, thence to Holmes County in that State, where he lived until March, 1836, when he removed to this County and vicinity where he has ever since resided. In his service he was at all times a volunteer. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present; and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of any State.
William his X mark Sparks
Sworn to & Subscribed before me this 14th September 1846 R. Parmalee CDC By H. Nelson Depty
The Court then proceeded to propound the following interrogatories, according to law:
Inter. first: Where & in what year were you born?
Answer: I was born North one mile of the town of Salisbury in the County of Rowan, State of North Carolina on the 3rd day of April, in the year 1761."
Int. 2nd: Have you any record of your age & if you have where is
Answer: I have no record of my birth -- but my brother has who lives in Hickman County Tennessee. He furnished me with a copy which I lost several years since with a trunk of papers near Natchez, Mississippi."
Int. 3rd:: Where were you living when called into Service? Where have you lived
since the Revolutionary War -- and where do you now live?
Answer: I was living in Wilkes County, North Carolina. My father emigrated from Wilkes County to Georgia Shortly after the Revolutionary War, and Settled in what was then Franklin County, now Clark County, near Athens, where I resided till about A.D.1811 when I moved to the Territory of Mississippi on Pearl River, now Lawrence County. I remained there a number of years then removed to Holmes County where I remained until I moved to the then Republic of Texas. I stopped in Nacogdoches County where I have lived ever since.
Inter 4th: : How were you called into Service , were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you Substitute, if a Substitute for
Answer: I volunteered and regret that I am not able to do so again. I was not a Substitute, nor was I drafted."
Inter 5th: State the name of some of the Regular Officers who
were with the troops when you served. State Continental & Militia
Regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
Answer: I served under Capt. John Cleveland, son of old col. Ben Cleveland. Capt Cleveland was called home and I served the rest of the time under Capt. John Beverly. Col. Benjamin Hearn was our Col. commanding and General Chas. McDowall was the General in Command. Col. Joseph McDowal was out at the same time command(ing) another regiment. during this tour we were engaged against the Cherokee Indians. After I returned from this tour I was frequently engaged as a scout under the command of Col. Ben Cleveland, Joseph Baker and Lt. John Sparks, who was my older brother. The Tories came into the neighborhood and committed depredations. Col. Ben Cleveland came over with a company, we followed the Tories about 60 miles, overtook them and we wounded several - took some prisoners. I was in the service with Col. Cleveland.
Inter 6th: Did you ever receive a discharge from service,
and if so, what has become of it?
Answer: I did receive a discharge from Capt John Beverly for my first tour against the Cherokees, which I have lost years and years ago. I never received any other discharge.
Inter 7th: State the names of persons to whom you are
known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for
veracity in their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
Answer: Genl. Thomas J. Rusk, Major David S. Kaufman, Rev. William Harrington, and any others of my acquaintance.
I certify that the answers to the foregoing seven interrogatories were made on Oath by the said William in open Court before me on this 14th day of September, AD, 1846.
W. B. Ochiltree
Judge of the 6th Jud. Dist.
State of Texas