Photo of Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp with step-daughter

A photo of Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp, daughter of James E. Sparks and Carrie Burch, from Francis Partch. She has guessed that the girl with her is perhaps her step-daughter Nannie Tripp (b. 1886) or Dessie Mae Tripp (b. 1887) , daughters of James Preston Tripp and Jennie McWhirt. I’ve wondered if instead, based […]

Photo of Ida Rae Tripp Thomas and daughter Martha Thomas

From Francis Partch, this is a photo of Martha Thomas (left) with her mother Ida Rae Tripp Thomas standing beside her. Ida Rae Tripp was the daughter of James Preston Tripp and Jennie M. McWhirt. Her step-mother was Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp, a sister of Belle Sparks McKenney and Martha Catherine Sparks who married […]

Martha Catherine Sparks

Martha Catherine Sparks, daughter of James E. and Carrie E. (Cary Ann) Burch Sparks, was born 1859 Oct in Indiana. Her birth family being covered in another post, this one will be concerned with her life after her marriages. On 1878 June 24, at Sedan, Chautauqua, Kansas, Martha married Philemon Thomas. They would have 7 […]

Mary Elizabeth Sparks

Photoshopped to try to make the photocopy look more like a photo. Mary Elizabeth Sparks McCormick Tripp Image courtesy Francis Partch I’m going to cover a lot of ground here with these families, and it gets a bit complex. Mary Elizabeth Sparks and First Husband Samuel McCormick Mary Elizabeth Sparks was born 1857 June 13 […]