Welcome to the Sparks Family Tree Web site.
||The 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.
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
attached Sparks Crest was fabricated in Inverness,
Scotland. The latin motto is translated as "While I
breathe, I hope."
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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
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 SPARKS QUARTERLY
website's maintenance costs for several years. There are
5,780 pages of Sparks data in THE SPARKS 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 using its excellent search engine and then easily trace his/her ancestors and descendants on the SPARKS FAMILY TREE site. To visit the SPARKS QUARTERLY web site CLICK HERE.
About Your Host
This web site
was created by James J. Sparks, J. D. He may be emailed at
email@example.com. Corrections, comments,
and, especially, additions to the site are welcome, as are
requests for assistance using the site. As is
stated elsewhere, all information known about the persons
included in Sparks Family Tree is on the web site. Please do not write asking for
additional information about the people named.