Welcome to the Sparks Family Tree Web site.
primary purpose of this site is to make available a family tree of
thousands of the descendants of William Sparks who migrated from
Fareham Parish, Hampshire, England, to Maryland in about 1663. Allied
families are Stone, Jenkins, Payne, Mattingly, Spalding, Pigott,
Boarman, Cole, Brooke, and Gardiner.
William Sparks was born about 1640, migrated to Maryland and, by 1672, he had purchased land in what was then Talbot County, now Queen Anne's County. His primary plantation was located "on the east side of Chester River near the head of a small branch of Island Creek." On a current map of Queen Anne's County, this can be found a few miles southwest of Church Hill, Maryland. William Sr.'s son William Jr., remained in Queen Anne's County but by 1736 William Jr.'s son, William Sample Sparks, had migrated west to what was to become Frederick County. In about the spring of 1754, William Sample Sparks, his sons and some of his cousins moved to "The Forks of the Yadkin" in northwestern North Carolina. From there came the descendants of most of the people found on this web site. Thousands of members of this branch of the Sparks family spread throughout the south, midwest and west where their descendants are found today.
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The Sparks Family Tree portion of this web site contains tools which will enable you to search for any individual on the site, to locate his or her immediate and extended family, and to print out an ancestor chart. You can also cut and paste any notes which are included on the site. Reference is made to THE SPARKS QUARTERLY throughout the notes. Citations are provided in each note to the article or articles in the QUARTERLY from which the information in the notes was derived. If your ancestor has a common name, be prepared to find scores of people with the same name. If a less common spousal name is known consider searching under that name first.
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The Sparks Family Association
Sparks Family Association was begun in March, 1953, by the late Dr.
Paul E. Sparks, a descendant of William Sr. through his son Joseph, and
by the the late Dr. Russell Bidlack whose late wife, Melva, was a
descendant of William Sr., through his son William Jr. For 50
years they published THE
SPARKS QUARTERLY, each
issue originally being 12 pages in length, the last issue being 38
pages long. Sadly, Dr. Bidlack died as he was
preparing the 200th issue of THE
QUARTERLY and it
was published by his children. The Bidlack family also made
funds available to support THE
website's maintenance costs for several years. There are
5,780 pages of Sparks data in THE
QUARTERLY including hundreds of
photographs, maps, charts,
census records, birth, death, marriage, and other records.
THE ENTIRE SPARKS QUARTERLY IS NOW ON LINE
Using the SPARKS FAMILY TREE website and the SPARKS QUARTERLY website in conjunction with each other will be most useful to descendants of William Sparks (d.1709). For example, identify an ancestor on the SPARKS QUARTERLY site and easily trace his/her ancestors and descendants on the SPARKS FAMILY TREE site. Originally open to members of the Sparks Family Association, the site is now available to anyone on making a one-time payment of $5 to defray the cost of maintaining the site on line so long as funds are available. To get further information or to visit the SPARKS QUARTERLY website, or to access the website of Harold Sparks,
About Your Host
web site was created by James J. Sparks, J. D. He may be
emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corrections, comments, and, especially, additions to the site are
welcome, as are requests for assistance using the
site. As is stated
all information known about the persons included in Sparks
Family Tree is on the web site.
do not write asking
for additional information about the people named.