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Wonderer (#46980530)
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Bio Photo Disclaimer, The content of information on individual records may or may not be correct. I have had edit request for connections and changes on memorials, one time each party claiming that two different sets of parents were the parents of an individual. Edit request are sent without a source for information.You must do your own research and apply it to your off line family history.

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DLPrideaux
Findagrave Memorial 58304717
Wonderer, I am the great-great niece of James William Sparks. He was an older brother of my maternal great-grandfather, Jeptha Emerson Sparks. Here is a copy of James William Sparks' obituary:

Sparks, James W. 1854 1906
BISHOP, BRUCE, KELLEY, SPARKS

Posted By: Diana Wagner
Date: 9/6/2009 at 17:51:18

James W. Sparks, a native of Marion county and a resident of Knoxville and vicinity a great many years, died in the Hospital for the Insane at Norman, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, January 10, 1906, aged 51 years, 2 months and 10 days.
Deceased was born three miles south of Knoxville on Oct. 30, 1854. He was a son of J. H. and Elizabeth A. Sparks.
James W. Sparks had been twice married, both matrimonial unions taking place in this county. The first marriage was with Miss Emma Kelley, who died in 1879. His second wife was Miss Eva Bruce, of the northern part of Clay township. The last wife and seven children still survive. Also deceased was a brother of Mrs. John Q. Bishop, who resides west of town. Mr. Sparks had only been in the asylum a short while, his commitment to that institution resulting from a weakening of the mind caused by kidney troubles.
Source: The Knoxville (IA) Journal; January 19, 1906

James was the son of James Hamilton Sparks and Elizabeth Ann Walker, both from Indiana but who had moved to Marion County, Iowa in the late 1840's. They had nine children before James Hamilton Sparks passed away suddenly from influenza at age 40. Their children were:

Mahala Elizabeth Sparks (1848-1929), married to Minos Miller,

Amanda Ellen Sparks (Oct. 4, 1850 - July 27, 1934), married to John Q. Bishop,

Margaret Ann Sparks (1852 - 1875), never married,

James William Sparks (Oct. 30, 1854 - Jan. 10, 1906), married 1) Emma Kelley 2) Mary Evaline (Eva) Bruce,

John Sparks (I'm still searching for his information), married to Dolly Smith,

Edna Mae Sparks (1860 - 1949), married to Aaron Emlen Van Syoc,

Jeptha Emerson Sparks (Feb. 11, 1863 - ??, 1955), married to Emma Frances Groom.

There were two other children, possibly twins, named Joe and Jany, who were likely born between John and Edna. Joe and Jany died as infants.

I will be glad to assume responsibility for my great-great uncle's Findagrave site, and for his wife as well. Please let me know, and thank you. Hope this information helps anyone trying to find these members of the Sparks Family. // Debbie Prideaux
Added by DLPrideaux on Feb 19, 2017 5:57 PM
DLPrideaux
Findagrave Memorial 58304717
Wonderer, I am the great-great niece of James William Sparks. He was an older brother of my maternal great-grandfather, Jeptha Emerson Sparks. Here is a copy of James William Sparks' obituary:

Sparks, James W. 1854 1906
BISHOP, BRUCE, KELLEY, SPARKS

Posted By: Diana Wagner
Date: 9/6/2009 at 17:51:18

James W. Sparks, a native of Marion county and a resident of Knoxville and vicinity a great many years, died in the Hospital for the Insane at Norman, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, January 10, 1906, aged 51 years, 2 months and 10 days.
Deceased was born three miles south of Knoxville on Oct. 30, 1854. He was a son of J. H. and Elizabeth A. Sparks.
James W. Sparks had been twice married, both matrimonial unions taking place in this county. The first marriage was with Miss Emma Kelley, who died in 1879. His second wife was Miss Eva Bruce, of the northern part of Clay township. The last wife and seven children still survive. Also deceased was a brother of Mrs. John Q. Bishop, who resides west of town. Mr. Sparks had only been in the asylum a short while, his commitment to that institution resulting from a weakening of the mind caused by kidney troubles.
Source: The Knoxville (IA) Journal; January 19, 1906

James was the son of James Hamilton Sparks and Elizabeth Ann Walker, both from Indiana but who had moved to Marion County, Iowa in the late 1840's. They had nine children before James Hamilton Sparks passed away suddenly from influenza at age 40. Their children were:

Mahala Elizabeth Sparks (1848-1929), married to Minos Miller,

Amanda Ellen Sparks (Oct. 4, 1850 - July 27, 1934), married to John Q. Bishop,

Margaret Ann Sparks (1852 - 1875), never married,

James William Sparks (Oct. 30, 1854 - Jan. 10, 1906), married 1) Emma Kelley 2) Mary Evaline (Eva) Bruce,

John Sparks (I'm still searching for his information), married to Dolly Smith,

Edna Mae Sparks (1860 - 1949), married to Aaron Emlen Van Syoc,

Jeptha Emerson Sparks (Feb. 11, 1863 - ??, 1955), married to Emma Frances Groom.

There were two other children, possibly twins, named Joe and Jany, who were likely born between John and Edna. Joe and Jany died as infants.

I will be glad to assume responsibility for my gear-great uncle's Findagrave site, and for his wife as well. Please let me know, and thank you. Hope this information helps anyone trying to find these members of the Sparks Family. // Debbie Prideaux
Added by DLPrideaux on Feb 19, 2017 5:54 PM
Cindy Robertson Bonus
Frances Ellen Reader
You sent me a edit request for her. She had been married to Morgan but they were divorced and she took back her maiden name. Therefore it does not belong on her profile.
Thank you for your concern
Added by Cindy Robertson Bonus on Feb 19, 2017 5:14 PM
Mi Jo
Mercedes Lillian Weiser Stevenson
Hi Wonderer,

Thank you for the edit of Mercedes' memorial. You are truly a kind and considerate person. I appreciate all you do for me and for Find A Grave!

Mi Jo
Added by Mi Jo on Feb 17, 2017 4:02 PM
A.W. Bauer
Thank you!
Thank you for transferring my great-grandparents, Fred & Clara Shuster!
Added by A.W. Bauer on Feb 02, 2017 7:33 PM
Dale Russell
Dala Ann Russell 116580106
Please delete Dala Ann Russell's Page that you posted. (Thank you for posting it) As her Dad, I have posted a page with more Info on it. Thank you.
Added by Dale Russell on Feb 01, 2017 3:13 PM
Cherry Lea
Lena L Harp
Thank you so much for linking Lena L Harp to her parents. I appreciate what you do for F.A.G.
Added by Cherry Lea on Jan 29, 2017 12:42 PM
Mi Jo
Gene & Rachel Cummings
Thank you for the transfers of Gene & Rachel Cummings. You didn't need to return the memorials. I do appreciate that you did. I appreciate all of the time and effort you put towards their memorials making them more accurate. I just loved Gene & Rachel with all my heart.
Also, thanks for doing my edits on the other memorials.
You are so kind!

Chris Cummings
Added by Mi Jo on Jan 27, 2017 1:09 PM
Mi Jo
Carol Joyce Hughes
Thank you for doing the edits for me. I'm sorry I have sent so many over the past week or two.
Thanks for all you do for Find A Grave!

Mi Jo
Added by Mi Jo on Jan 21, 2017 4:32 PM
Dale Russell
William "Bill" Michael 113236252
Bill was "KILLED IN ACTION", I think in the
Normandy invation of Europe. He was a Altoona HOME TOWN BOY.
Added by Dale Russell on Dec 08, 2016 8:58 PM
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