Posted By:Michael Sparks
Subject:Re: Benjamin Sparks 1778 - 1851
Post Date:March 29, 2005 at 03:46:37
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Forum:Vigo County, IN Genealogy Forum
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Hi, Ruby,
Thank you very much for the info on the Sparks family. Even though I was looking for info on Benjamin Sparks from 1778, I still appreciate what you gave me, particularly since some of it was new to me. For instance I never knew that Duncan Sparks was actually Marshal Duncan Sparks. How did you determine that? Do you have any other information concerning him at all? I know very little about him. As for Benjamin F. Sparks, according to the Sparks Quarterly, Issue 168, Page 4371, "Benjamin F. Sparks was born on Oct. 25, 1835, in Spencer Co., Kentucky. During the Civil War he served in the 43rd Regiment Indiana Infantry. He was married to Elizabeth Green on March 3, 1868, in Clark Co., Illinois. They separated 5 months later, but they were never divorced. They had no children. Benjamin died on Sept. 16, 1927, in Sullivan Co., Indiana." They also have a picture of him taken in 1864 in his Civil War uniform on page 2377, Issue No. 117. On page 2399, they state he was living in Farmersburg, Indiana. They have a brief synopsis of his Civil War service, but since you seem to have a copy of his pension record, I won't repeat it here.

In addition to Benjamin F. Sparks being buried in the 2nd Prarie Creek Cemetery, his grandfather, Benjamin Sparks (1778-1851) as well as many other Sparks family member are buried there.

As for Rachel (Martin) Sparks Oaks, I know she and John D. Sparks were married on Dec. 2, 1834 in Spencer County, Ky. She was listed as the daugher of John S. Martin who stated his daughter was born in 1811. In 1843, Rachel was living in Vigo County, Ind. After Duncan died, she married Samuel Oaks on Sept. 18, 1844 in Vigo Co., Ind. In 1850, she was living with Samuel, her sons from Duncan, Bejamin F. and John D, Samuel's 6 children from his previous marriage, and Mary Ann. In 1860, she was living with Samuel in Sullivan County. In 1880, she was in Pike Co., Mo. with her sons Benjamin F. and John D. along with John's children, Willis T., James Monroe (my gr grandfather) and Wiley B. In 1885, she was in Kansas with her sons Benjamin & John. According to information in, "Mrs. Rachel Oaks" was born on Nov. 6, 1811 and died on Dec. 26, 1891 in Pike Co., Missouri. The information apparently was published in either the Bowling Green Observer and/or the Bowling Green Times on Dec. 31, 1891. She is also listed as being buried in the New Harmony Christian Cememtery under the name Rachel Okes (probably a typo). Her birth and death dates are given as Nov. 16, 1811 to Dec. 27, 1891.

I do not have the Pension record for John D. Sparks, however, I have a request in to the National Archives, and when I receive it, I will let you know if there is anything of interest in it.

Do you happen to have any information on John's whereabouts when he died? I have never been able to locate him later than 1910 when he was living in Beverly City, Kansas.