Descendants of James Sparks of England

SPARKS

Generation #2

James (1James) Sparks, Jr. (Conjecture)

James Sparks, Jr. was born in about 1700 in Virginia. The first record for James is found in July 1733 where he is recorded as James Sparks, Junior. The next record for James is in 3/1737 where it appears that James is acting as the executor of his father's estate.

In about 1740 in Virginia, James married Sarah Willis b. c. 1722 Gloucester Co VA. By 1723, James' father had become a prominent citizen of Spotsylvania County, and James lived the life of the Planter Class. In 1744 James was appointed Constable in Fredericksburg. And by 1750 he owned an inn.

James and Sarah lived their lives in the Fredericksburg area. James died in about 1758, and his demise is recorded in Spotsylvania Co VA where Sarah is cited as having refused to serve as administrator of his estate. 

After James' death, Sarah married James' friend, Anthony Foster. However, Anthony died shortly thereafter. During the Revolutionary Period, James' widow, Sarah, and at least three of James children migrated to Cheraw Dist. SC where they established Sparks Ferry on the Pee Dee River.

Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1724-1730, p. 231:
7/4/1733 On the petition of James Sparks, Junior against Thomas Glover for 550 lbs. tobacco due by account ; there being no appearance, order the same be dismissed.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1724-1730, p. 301:
4/3/1734 Ordered that Thomas Jones [debtor to the Estate of Thomas Glover] deliver 500 lbs. tobacco to James Sparks.
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 Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 519:
10/5/1737 James Sparks against William Hullot for 50 Sterling. Settled out of court.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book B (1729-1738) p. 519:
4/7/1741 James Sparks, Junior sued by Thomas Corbin, Gent. for 50 current money. "The defendant appeared and moved for a non-suit." Case dismissed. Thomas Corbin to pay costs.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1738-1749, p. 297:
2/5/1744 Ordered that James Sparks serve as Constable in Fredericksburg in room of William Potter and that he be sworn before some Magistrate of this County according to law.
9/3/1745 John Durritt sold land in Spotsylvania County to Henry True and Martin True.
Wit: James Sparks, Benjamin Davis, Alexander Hawkins
1/10/1749 Will of John Fox of Fredericksburg
Wit: James Sparks, M. Brantly, John Sutherland, Richard Tutt
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1749-1755, p. 13:
11/8/1749 James Sparks paid 167 lbs. tobacco for summoning three juries of inquest.
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1749-1755, p. 62:
6/5/1750 Petition of James Sparks to have his Ordinary lycense (sic) renewed, being expired, is granted on his giving bond and paying the Governor's Due as the law directs.
Spotsylvania Co VA Deed Book 1749-1755, p. 168:
2/6/1752 James Sparks against Henry Sparks. Settled out of court.
9/1/1752 Spotsylvania Co VA Will Book 1749-1759, p. 132-133:
This indenture made the first Day of September on thousand seven hundred and fifty-two Between James Sparks of St. George's Parish in the county of Spotsylvania of the one part, and Charles Sebastian of the Parish  Brunswick in King George County of the other part the said James Sparks doth put and bind his son Daniel Sparks an apprentice to the said Charles Sebastian for and during the term of six years and seven months fully compleat (sic). . . .
This indenture made the first Day of September on thousand seven hundred and fifty-two Between James Sparks of St. George's Parish in the county of Spotsylvania of the one part, and Charles Sebastian of the Parish  Brunswick in King George County of the other part the said James Sparks doth put and bind his son Charles Sparks an apprentice to the said Charles Sebastian until age twenty-one years.
Signed: James Sparks, Charles Sebastian
9/2/1752 Appeared before Spotsylvania County Court
Spotsylvania Co VA Order Book 1749-1755
James Sparks summoned before the County Court to answer a complaint against him made, for keeping a disorderly (inn) and bringing up his children in pilfering stealing and other ill practices. Ordered that the said complaint be dismissed.
Spotsylvania Co VA Will Book B (1749-1759), p. 345-350:
3/7/1758 Daniel Sparks, son of James Sparks deced. of the County of Spotsylvania doth with the Consent and approbation of the Court . . .put himself apprentice to James Frasher of the county aforesaid Carpenter and Joyner, to learn his Art and mystery. . . .
Spotsylvania Co VA Minute Book, p. 123:
8/2/1758 Sarah Sparks, widow of James Sparks, Jr., refused to serve as administrator of her husband's estate.

Spotsylvania Co VA Admin Bond Book B, p. 60
300 James Sparks, admr. of James Sparks, deed., with William Lewis and Bland Ballard, sec. Aug. 2, 1758.

    Children

    1. Daniel Sparks

9/1/1752 Spotsylvania Co VA Will Book 1749-1759, p. 132-133:
This indenture made the first Day of September on thousand seven hundred and fifty-two Between James Sparks of St. George's Parish in the county of Spotsylvania of the one part, and Charles Sebastian of the Parish  Brunswick in King George County of the other part the said James Sparks doth put and bind his son Daniel Sparks an apprentice to the said Charles Sebastian for and during the term of six years and seven months fully compleat (sic). . . .
Signed: James Sparks, Charles Sebastian
9/2/1752 Appeared before Spotsylvania County Court
Spotsylvania Co VA Will Book B (1749-1759), p. 345-350:
3/7/1758 Daniel Sparks, son of James Sparks deced. of the County of Spotsylvania doth with the Consent and approbation of the Court . . .put himself apprentice to James Frasher of the county aforesaid Carpenter and Joyner, to learn his Art and mystery. . . .

    2. Charles Sparks 

9/1/1752 Spotsylvania Co VA Will Book 1749-1759, p. 132-133:
This indenture made the first Day of September on thousand seven hundred and fifty-two Between James Sparks of St. George's Parish in the county of Spotsylvania of the one part, and Charles Sebastian of the Parish  Brunswick in King George County of the other part the said James Sparks doth put and bind his son Charles Sparks an apprentice to the said Charles Sebastian until age twenty-one years.
Signed: James Sparks, Charles Sebastian
9/2/1752 Appeared before Spotsylvania County Court

    3. Samuel Sparks

Spotsylvania Co VA Will Book B (1749-1759), p. 439:
2/5/1760 Samuel Sparks, son of James Sparks deced. of the County of Spotsylvania about the age of 15 years doth with the Consent and approbation of the Court . . .put himself apprentice to James Frasher to be taught and instructed in the Art and mystery of a carpenter and Joyner until age twenty-one. . . .
Spotsylvania Co VA Records:
Septr. 24, 1764. Henry TRUE of Spts. Co. to LENOX, SCOTT & Co., Merchts. 21 5s. 7d. curr. Mortgage. 210 a. in Spts. Co. Edwd. HERNDON, Saml. SPARKS, Wm. DUERSON. May 6, 1765.

    4. Mary Sparks b. c. 1747 Spotsylvania Co VA

    5. Henry Sparks

    6. Sarah Sparks

Spotsylvania Co VA Will Book D, p. 44:
2/4/1763 WILL OF ANTHONY FOSTER: I give & Bequeath unto my Wife's Daughter Sarah SPARKS one Cow & Calf to her & her heirs forever.
"THE SPARKS QUARTERLY" Vol X, No. 4 p.688:
Sarah Sparks m. Alexander Walden, Sr. the dau of James, Jr. & Sarah Sparks, he being the son of James, Sr. & Jane Sparks.
June 10, 1770, From William Fitzhugh of Stafford County to Alexander and Sarah Walden 185 a. adjoining Alexander Spotswood. Wit: B. Johnson, Phillip Somerby, Jon. Brock, Jos. Brock.
Spotsylvania Co VA Land Record:
1775 Alexander Walden sold land which he purchased from William Fitzhugh in 1770.

AN ABSTRACT OF THE RECORDS OF WELSH NECK BAPTIST CHURCH SOCIETY HILL, S.C.:
A List of the members of the Church 1775-1778-1779
  1. Elhanan Winchester, Pastor
 15. Daniel Sparks
 36. Alexander Walden
 47. Henry Sparks
 78. Anne Terrel            
 83. Mary Terrel
 97. Sarah Foster
113. Martha Pearce (now Sparks)
123. Sarah Waldon
134. Lydia Howel

AN ABSTRACT OF THE RECORDS OF WELSH NECK BAPTIST CHURCH SOCIETY HILL, S.C.:
1788 Febry. 2nd Church meeting. Alexander Walden and wife dismissed by letter.
New Hope Baptist Church, Greshamville, Georgia, organized in 1800
Church Minutes for January 15th day 1800
A church was constituted by Jos Baker, Thos Macus and other helps which was called New Hope containing the following members:
Alexander Walden, Nancy Walden, Sarah Walden, James Walton
1804 Rebecca Walden
From Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files
Walden, Alexander, SC VA Lines. R11011 applied 3 Sept 1834 Coweta GA age 85. Soldier lived in Spotsylvania County VA at enlistment and afterward moved to the Peedee River in Cheraw District [Chesterfield Co] SC and also enlisted there and after the Rev. he moved to Morgan Co GA then moved to Coweta Co GA, a son Alexander Walden Jr. made inquiry 12 May 1854 from Tallaposa in Benton Co AL at which time the solider was dec'd.

1809 Morgan Co GA Tax List: Walton, Robert 32
1820 Morgan Co GA Tax List: Walden, Tabner 162

    7. Eleanor Sparks

Generation #3

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