Thomas Sparks

Male2 January 1839–1850

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Sparks was born on 2 January 1839, in Pavell Island, Orange, Texas, United States, his father, John Sidney Sparks, was 27 and his mother, Melinda Jones, was 19. He died in 1850, at the age of 11.

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John Sidney Sparks
Melinda Jones
Julia Ann Sparks
Thomas Sparks
Albert Sparks
Elizabeth Jane "Eliza" Sparks
John F Sparks
Sarah Caroline Sparks
Arabella Sparks
James Christian Sparks Sr
Worthy Cryndon Sparks
Henry E L Sparks

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    World Events (3)

    1844 · German Immigration to Texas

    Age 5

    Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.


    Age 7

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    1846 · Mexican-American War

    Age 7

    Known in the United States as the Mexican War. President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna did not officially acknowledge the secession of Texas, and interpreted the US involvement with Texas as an invasion of borders. Mexican forces attacked American forces in an event called the Thornton Affair, prompting President James K. Polk to send a request for war to Congress. The war ended when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1848, which required the Mexican Cession of the northern territories and acceptance of the Rio Grande as the southern border of the United States. At the same time, the U.S. committed to pay Mexico $15 million for war damages and assumed roughly $3.25 million of their existing debt.

    Name Meaning


    variant of Spark , with post-medieval excrescent -s.

    possibly a nickname from the plural form of Middle English spark ‘fiery particle’, perhaps given to a blacksmith.

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

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