- father: Sparks, John (~1770 - 1814)
mother: Waddel, Katherine (*1770 - )
See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, September, 1972, Whole No. 79, p. 1499:
"William Sparks, son of John and Katharine (Waddell) Sparks, was born on July 30, 1793, and died on March 20, 1864; he was married to Catherine Knox (called Caty) in 1820 (Nicholas County marriage bond dated May 18,1820). She was born December 3, 1797, and died January 11, 1845. (These dates are taken from Dr. Robert Peter's History of Bourbon, Scott,Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, published in 1882. There are several deeds dated 1818 and 1819 by which William Sparks purchased land on Hinkston Creek in Nicholas County. (Hinkston Creek forms most of the boundary between Bourbon and Nicholas Counties; it flows northwestward to empty into the South Fork of the Licking Creek.) On August 21, 1821, Caty Sparks purchased for $33.25 from Lydia Swearington a tract of 33 acres on Hinkston Creek (Book E, p. 627); whether this was William's wife or his mother cannot be determined since they both had the nickname "Caty."
William Sparks and his brother Jonas appear to have been in some form of partnership. On October 22, 1836, for example, they purchased for$2800 a tract of 113Ùb acres in Nicholas County from John and Nancy Fugate. (Book L, p. 199) On December 19, 1851, they purchased a tract of 69 acres for $2 ,094 in Nicholas County from John Crouch (Book P, p.377). On March 16, 1852, they purchased a tract of 514 acres for $1771from Daniel and Rachel Thomas (Book P, p. 1406). Apparently it was this property that Clara (Bramlett) Sparks recalled in 1943 that the families later had difficulty dividing.
From a deed in Book 1, page 76 in Nicholas County, Kentucky, dated May 14, 1864, we know that William and Catherine (Knox) Sparks had the following children: (See family sheet)
spouse: Knox, Catherine (1797 - 1845)
- m. 1820 in Nicholas County, KY