Mary Ann Sparks

Female10 June 1802–7 September 1871

Brief Life History of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Sparks was born on 10 June 1802, in Union, South Carolina, United States, her father, Josiah Aaron Sparks, was 40 and her mother, Lydia Tolleson, was 32. She married George Washington Gibson on 15 March 1822, in Union, Union, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. She immigrated to Utah, United States in 1847 and lived in Monroe, Pontotoc, Mississippi, United States in 1840 and Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 10 years. She died on 7 September 1871, in Duncan's Retreat, Washington, Utah, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Grafton Cemetery, Rockville, Washington, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Washington Gibson
Mary Ann Sparks
Marriage: 15 March 1822
Mary Densia Gibson
Robert Malek Gibson
Lydia Ardelicia Elenor Gibson
Robert Pulaski Gibson
William Washington Gibson
Frances Abigail Gibson
William Gilbert Gibson Sr.
Laura Arrilla Altha Gibson
Moses Washington Gibson Sr
Manomas Lovina Gibson
Joseph Smith Gibson

Sources (40)

  • Mary Sisson in household of George W Sisson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary Ann Sparks in entry for Lydia Ardilisa Hunt, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
  • Mary Gibson in household of George W Gibson, "United States Census, 1870"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 March 1822Union, Union, South Carolina, United States
  • Children (11)

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    Siblings (12)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1803 · The U.S doubles in size

    Age 1

    The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

    Age 19

    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

    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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    Story Highlight

    George Washington Gibson

    George Washington Gibson Information complied from Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, pp 1198-99, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, March 1959 In the great Mormon migration to the western United State …

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