John Sparks

about 1804–1855 (Age 51)
Clarke, Georgia, United States

The Life of John

When John Sparks was born about 1804, in Clarke, Georgia, United States, his father, William Sparks, was 43 and his mother, Mary Fielder, was 34. He married Joanna Parkman on 22 December 1825, in Lawrence, Mississippi, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Yazoo, Mississippi, United States in 1830 and Rusk, Texas, United States in 1850. He died in 1855, in Henderson, Rusk, Texas, United States, at the age of 51.

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John Sparks
Joanna Parkman
Marriage: 22 December 1825
James Sparks
Susan Sparks

Spouse and Children

22 December 1825
Lawrence, Mississippi, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 0

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.
1811 · The Savannah Riots

Age 7

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 15

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Spark 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Sparks, "United States Census, 1830"
  • John Sparks, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Sparks, "Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911"

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