Sarah Melissa Sparks

25 December 1848–
Taylor's Bayou, Jefferson, Texas, United States

The Life of Sarah Melissa

When Sarah Melissa Sparks was born on 25 December 1848, her father, John Sydney Sparks, was 37 and her mother, Malinda Jones, was 29. She died in Jefferson, Texas, United States.

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John Sydney Sparks
Malinda Jones
William C. Sparks
Julia Ann Sparks
Thomas Sparks
Albert Sparks
Elizabeth Jane Sparks
John Franklin Sparks
Sarah C. Sparks
Sarah Melissa Sparks
Arabella Sparks
James Christian Sparks Sr
Worthy Cryndon Sparks
Henry F. Sparks

Parents and Siblings

    John Sydney Sparks





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World Events (3)

1850 · Compromise of 1850

Age 2

The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 15

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Spark 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Sarah C Sparks in household of John S Sparks, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah C Sparks in household of John Sparks, "United States Census, 1860"

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