U.S. States: Ohio: Licking County
WHAT I WANT TO FIND OUT:
1) Who were the parents of Samuel Branson Sparks, born in Licking Co., OH in 1863?
2) How was he related to the people he is buried by in Evans Cemetery in Licking Co.?
(See last paragraph.)
WHAT I KNOW:
Samuel Branson Sparks was born in Licking Co., OH on December 24, 1863 (One source says 1859.) Family sources have
said his parents were named John and Anna, but I cannot find this in any records.
Samuel Branson Sparks married Mary Elizabeth Coad in St. Louisville, OH on either Dec. 13, 1878 or Dec. 6, 1879. Their children were
Alpha B. (b. June 11, 1880), William Carey (b. Feb. 2 ?, 1883), and Jesse Branson (b. March 18, 1885). Samuel B. Sparks
was a carpenter. He and his family lived in Licking Co. in the towns of St. Louisville and Utica, near Akron and Newark. In
their later years, he and his wife lived in Mesick, MI and Big Rapides, MI, near their son Jesse. S. B. Sparks died Nov. 20,
1954 in MI. He is buried in Evans Cemetery in Licking Co., OH.
S. B. Sparks had a half-brother named William Weaver. The Sparks Bible has a handwritten entry saying "Anna Weaver
Departed July 1918. [The Bible also contains funeral programs for Lillian Louise Weaver (Nov.11, 18885-Dec. 10, 1959) and
Edna Weaver (April 10, 1875-Sept. 2, 1956).] The connection of these three persons is unclear. William Weaver lived in
Logansport, Indiana, on the Wabash River and was a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He had one son "Dall" Weaver
who lived near Cadillac, MI and died in 1951.
Two brothers who lived in St. Louisville, Peter and George Sparks, are mentioned in a clipping in the Sparks Bible. Peter was
born in 1854. He died at age 78 in 1936 in Detroit, MI at the home of his daughter Rosie Sparks Hughes. He had a son named
John Sparks who also lived in Detroit. I have no information on George Sparks.
Sparkses buried in Evans Cemetery are R.P. Sparks (1859-19 ), Hannah Sparks (1872-1922), George Sparks (1850-1936),
Kate (1850-1931), Charles H. (1882-1934).