Descendants of James Sparks of England

SPARKS

Generation #1

James Sparks (Conjecture)

James Sparks was born in about 1670 in England. In about 1695, James married a woman named Jane. James and Jane immigrated sometime before 1700 to the Colony of Virginia.

James is first found in Spotsylvania Co VA in 1723 where he is described as a "planter." Evidently, James came to Virginia with adequate wealth to purchase land and establish himself as a member of the Planter Class.

James and Jane lived their lives in Fredericksburg. James died before 8/31/1736. Jane is last found in a court record on 11/9/1752 where she filed suit in reference to the marriage of daughter-in-law Sarah Sparks and Anthony Foster.

Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book A (1722-1729):
Decr. 25, 1723. Francis THORNTON of Essex Co. and Anthony THORNTON of Stafford Co., Gentl., to James SPARKS, planter. 200 a. of land in Spts. Co., 530 lbs. of tobacco yearly for 99 years. Witnesses: Henry MARTIN, Law. BATAILLE. Rec. April 7, 1724.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1724-1730, p. 96:
In the action of debt brought by Richard Cheek, Plt. against James Sparks, there being no appearance  of either parties, ordered that the suit be dismissed.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1724-1730, p. 279:
Suit filed by James Horsnail against James Sparks and Henry Sparks for the debt of 800 lbs. tobacco. Jury found both innocent; James Horsnail paid costs.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 65:
9/27/1729 James Sparks of Spotsylvania Co and St. George's Parish was granted 1000 a. in Spotsylvania (now Madison) Co on the north side of the Rapidan River.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 65-66:
8/31/1730 James Sparks, Planter sold 1000 a. land north of the Rapidan River for 10 Sterling to John Scott, Gent. of Spotsylvania Co. 
Wit: Larkin Chew, Thomas Slaughter, A. Smith.
9/1/1830 James Sparks acknowledged the deed "and Jane wife of sd. James acknowledged her right of dower of the said land."
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 310:
5/7/1734 On motion of Jane, wife of James Sparks, she is allowed for 3 days attendance as she was summoned as evidence for James Atkins against Thomas Moore. It therefore ordered that said Atkins pay said Sparks the same with costs alias execution.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 441:
6/1/1736 Petition of James Sparks "to be set free from paying pubic and county levies." Granted due to "he being very ancient and not able to get his living by labour."
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 461:
8/31/1736 On the attachment obtained by Henry Sparks against the Estate of James Sparks for 556 lbs. tobacco--the said plaintiff failing to prosecute the said suit any further--Ordered that same be dismissed.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 481:
2/2/1737 Thomas Hill, Gent. obtained an attachment against the Estate of James Sparks for 7 pounds, 7 shillings, 1 penny--the same being agreed, therefore ordered the suit be dismissed.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 481:
2/2/1737 Henry Sparks against James Sparks, attachment granted for 1066 lbs. tobacco and 4 shillings sterling money--the same being agreed, therefore ordered the suit be dismissed.
On November 9, 1752, the Spotsylvania County Court made record of a suit brought by Jane Sparks against Anthony Foster, but it was dismissed because an agreement had been reached out of Court.

    Children

    1.  James Sparks, Jr. b. c. 1700 in Virginia

    2. Henry Sparks

Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1724-1730, p. 279:
Suit filed by James Horsnail against James Sparks and Henry Sparks for the debt of 800 lbs. tobacco. Jury found both innocent; James Horsnail paid costs.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1730-1738, p. 57:
Henry Sparks appointed Constable in Spotsylvania County in place of John Parks to "be sworn as the law directs to view the several fields of tobacco in his precinct, which is from the Parish line down the Rappahannock River and to the end of the County for the preventing the tending the second slips and sunkers, etc.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book C (1734-1742, p. 141:
4/6/1736 Vincent Tapp sold 175 a. in Spotsylvania Co [previously owned by Francis and Anthony Thornton] to John Ellaon.
Wit: James Sparks, John Curtis 
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 461:
8/31/1736 On the attachment obtained by Henry Sparks against the Estate of James Sparks for 556 lbs. tobacco--the said plaintiff failing to prosecute the said suit any further--Ordered that same be dismissed.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 481:
2/2/1737 Henry Sparks against James Sparks, attachment granted for 1066 lbs. tobacco and 4 shillings sterling money--the same being agreed, therefore ordered the suit be dismissed.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1738-1749, p. 254:
3/6/1743 Henry Sparks, Plaintiff, against Moses Bledsoe, defendant. Moses Bledson ordered to pay 5, 1 shilling plus costs.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book C (1734-1742, p. 141:
6/6/1749 Thomas and Rachel Cartwright sold 80 a. in Spotsylvania Co to Joseph Holloday.
Wit: Henry Sparks, John Crettenden Webb, William Coleston
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1749-1755, p. 54:
4/3/1750 Henry Sparks allowed 25 lbs. tobacco for one day's attendance in court to give evidence for Betty Head against Mosely Battaley, Gent.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1749-1755, p. 146:
12/4/1751 Henry Sparks allowed for six day's attendance at court as a witness for Joseph Morris at the suit of Thomas Morris.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1749-1755, p. 168:
2/6/1752 James Sparks against Henry Sparks. Settled out of court.

    3. Thomas Sparks

Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1730-1738, p. 86:
10/7/1731 John Tennant against Thomas Sparks for 50 shillings. Ordered payment of 15 shillings and costs.

    4. John Sparks

Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1730-1738, p. 86:
10/7/1731 John Tennant against John Sparks for 1, 10 shillings. No payment due.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1749-1755, p. 13:
11/8/1749 John Sparks paid 25 lbs. tobacco for guarding the prison in Fredericksburg.

Generation #2

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