THE SPARKS FAMILY TREE

Welcome to the Sparks Family Tree Web site.


Sparks Family Crest


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.

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 the 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 at the westerly end of Sparks Mill Road. 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 north of Salisbury .  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.

The attached Sparks Crest was fabricated in Inverness, Scotland. The latin motto is translated as "While I breathe, I hope."


Visit the Sparks Family Tree Database

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 or add additional facts to refine your search.

Click here to research : SPARKS FAMILY TREE

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The Sparks Family Association

The 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 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.  Dr. Bidlack died as he was preparing the 200th issue of THE QUARTERLY and it was published by his children.  The Bidlack family 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.

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.

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About Your Host

This web site was created by James J. Sparks, J. D.  He may be emailed at jjsparks1@comcast.net.    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.

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