Obituary of Belle Sparks McKenney


Belle Sparks McKenney obit

Belle Sparks McKenney was the daughter of James Sparks and Carrie Burch, and wife of George W. McKenney Jr.

Larry McCombs supplied Belle’s obituary:

Mrs. G. W. McKenney

Belle M. SPARKS, daughter of James and Carrie SPARKS, was born January 14, 1868, in Shelby County Illinois, and departed this life, December 28, 1935, at the home of her son, J. A. MCKENNEY in Sedan at the age of 67 years, 11 months and 14 days.

She, with her parents, came to Kansas in 1873, where they settled on a claim on Limestone Prairie, where she lived until June 3, 1883, when she was united in marriage to George W. McKENNEY at Elgin, Kansas.

To this union, four children were born: James Albert, of Sedan; Mabel Clair TRIPP of Sidler, Okla; and two daughters, Cleo May, who died in childhood; and Carrie Isabel HAMPTON who preceded her mother in death a few years ago.

She, together with her husband, united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Kay County, Oklahoma in 1897. She later transferred her membership to the Methodist Episcopal church of Sedan, where she was a member.

She was a member of both the Rebeckah and Eastern Star Lodges.

Besides her companion and children, she leaves to mourn her death, two sisters, Mrs. Mary TRIPP and Mrs. Martha THOMAS, both of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; eight grand-children and two great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a loving wife and mother and a friend to all who knew her.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Brethren church at Chautauqua, Kansas, at 3:00 o’clock p.m., Sunday, December 29, 1935, with Rev. Howard C. BENTON officiating, assisted by Rev. WILSON.

A mixed quartet composed of Misses Dorothy TULLOSS, Inez BUTTERFIELD, B. J. FUNK and T. E. HESS, rendered the following numbers: “Asleep in Jesus,” “In the Garden” and “The City Foursquare.” They were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. J. O. TULLOSS.

A short memorial service was conducted by the Easter Star Lodge at the church.

The pall-bearers were: Arthur BRUNGER, G. K. CROCKETT, C. M. HUNT, J. M. GWALTNEY, Wm. BRUNER and A. B. COOVER.

Those from out-of-town attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. F. B. TRIPP and daughter, Georgia, of Shidler; Mrs. Mary TRIPP, Mrs. Martha THOMAS, and Mrs. Nannie WHITEHORN of Pawhuska; Mrs. Adda MCWHIRT and Mr. Harry MCWHIRT of Hominy; Mrs. Hattie MOORE of Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph SPRAY of Catoosa, L. C. MCKENNEY of Ponca City; Thelma MCKENNEY of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. Paul BLAKE of Shidler; Mr. B. COOK of Kaw City; and Mr. CAMPBELL of Ponca City.

Interment was in the Chautauqua cemetery with Baird Funeral Home in charge.

It may be incorrect but Mabel Claire’s obituary gives the family as having moved to Pawhuska OK when she was young, which would have been in Osage Indian Territory. But Belle’s obituary places them in Kay County, next to the Osage Indian Territory, in 1897, the year Carrie Isabel was born.

James E. Sparks and Carrie E. (Cary Ann) Burch


James and Carrie Burch Sparks

Photo of James Sparks and Carrie Burch Sparks courtesy of Francis Partch
Location would be Chautauqua Co., Kansas. I’m going to give a tentative date of 1902, around the time of their 50th wedding anniversary.

James E. Sparks was born about 1832 in Indiana and died 1927 in Chautauqua County, Kansas. He married 1852 March 28 in Martin County, Indiana to Carrie E. (Cary Ann) Burch born 1835 in Greene County, Indiana, died 1917 in Chautauqua County Kansas. They are both buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Chautauqua County, Kansas.

James E. Sparks was the son of James Sparks and Mary Ann Ellis. Carrie was the daughter of Joseph Burch Jr. and Elizabeth Gardner.

According to the Martin Co. IN Marriage Database at Rootsweb, James married Carrie (Cary) BURCH, March 28 1852. (Source: Martin Co. IN Marriage Database Rootsweb. Book 1 page 135.). Francis PARTCH, another descendant, has stated that Carrie was an ELLIS. It appears that Carrie’s mother was instead an ELLIS.

The family is given in Belle Sparks McKENNEY’s obituary as having moved to Limestone Prairie in Chautauqua Co. KS in 1873

According to the 1910 census, James and Carrie had 9 children. We know of the following:

  1. John L. Sparks, born Dec 1852 in Indiana, died 1919 and is buried in the Pawhuska Cemetery, Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma.
  2. Mary Elizabeth Sparks b. 1857 June 13 in Indiana, died 1939 Nov 28 in Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma, married (1) in 1872 in Kansas to Samuel McCormick b. abt. 1852 in Indiana, died 1887. She married (2) James Preston “Jim” Tripp who was born abt 1863 and died 1928. I write of their families in another post.
  3. Martha Catherine was born 1859 Oct in Indiana and died 1942 Aug 14 in Osage County, Oklahoma. She married 1878 June 24 in Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas to Philemon Thomas b. 1857 July 14 in Monroe County, Iowa, and died 1936 May 21 in Osage County, Oklahoma. I write of this family in a different post.
  4. Belle M. Sparks b. 1868 Jan 14 in Shelby County, Illinois, died 1935 Dec 28 in Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas, married 1883 June 3 in Elgin, Chautuauqua County, Kansas to George Washington McKenney Jr. born 1861 Sept 2 in Iowa, died 1947 March3 in Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas. Direct line.
  5. William E. Sparks b. 1876 Aug 26 in Belleville, Chautauqua County, Kansas, died 1904 June 7. He is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Belleville, Chautauqua County, Kansas.

pg. 738
James ELLIS 38 stone mason b. KY
R. Mariah 44 b. KY
Elvira MILLER 23 b. IN
Mary ELLIS 19
James 14
Benjamin 12
Jonathan 10
Sarah A.
James W. ? 4
Albert 5
NOTE: James Nicholas ELLIS and wife Rebecca were living next to the SPARKS in the 1850 Martin County census. James Nicholas is a brother of Mary Ann Ellis SPARKS.
pg. 740 (76
73/73 James W. SCOTT 45 wheelwright $1200 $500 b. KY
Adelia 45 b. GA?
Malison 19 f. b. IL
Carolin 16 b. IL
Robert 12. b. IN
James Wesley SCOTT is going to be a relative of Rebecca Mariah SCOTT married to James ELLIS in the above household.
James SPARKS 54 M Farmer personal value 200 b. KY
Mary 53 F b. KY
Benjamin D. 21 M b. IN
Mary E. 17 F b. IN
James SPARKS 26 m Farmer b. IN
Cary A. 24 F b. IN
John 7 M b. IN
Mary E. 3 F b. IN
Martha C. 1 F b. IN
John COWWDE? COWWELE 50 b. NY and family
84/84 577/577
Wiley C. VAILS 36 and Susan and family
Elizabeth M. SCOTT 40 widow
79/79 Davies LARKINS 65 and Ann and family
80/80 John ELLISON 30 and family
81/81 Sanford LARKINS 30
82/82 Wiliam LARKINS 28 and family
83/83 Alfred P. GIBBONS? 43 and family
D. ELLIS 28 personal property 500 b. ILL
Sarah 25
Martha A. 7
John 5
Andrew Ellison 2
Samuel SHOPES or SHAPES 36 (PA) and Mary and family
Stephen SMITH and Julia and family
NOTE: I don’t see any MCCORMICKS in Cumberland County.

page 1, 22 June 1870
1/1 SPURLING J. P. 53 farmer b. OH
James 20 b. IN
Rosa 13
Joshua 11
Benjamin 9
1/2 MCCARTY James 27 b. IN
Mrs. 18
2/3 MARTZ? or NANTZ? John 83 M.D. b. VA
Jess 49 b. TN
Sarah A. 20 b. TN
3/4 FRAZER Presley 29 farmer b. IL
Charles 10
Ellen 8
Flora 5
Antonia 2
Evaline 50 b. TN
Sarah A. 26 b. IL
4/5 FRAZER James 26 farmer b. IL
Malinda 25
Rosa 4
Ida May 2
Albert 10/12
5/6 MCCARTY John 25 b. IL
Susie 20
6/7 SPARKS James 40 farmer $700 personal value can’t read or write (Mrs. SPARKS is not given as not being able to read and write)
SPARKS Mrs. 34 b. IN
John 18
Mary E. 13
Martha C. 11
Belle 2 b. IL
7/8 GILLMORE Thomas 25 farmer b. Ireland (and wife)
8/9 BENNETT John 24 b. IL (and Mrs.)
9/19 DUPREE W. N. 38 farmer b. IN (and mrs.)
NOTE: No MCCORMICKS found in Ashgrove Census.

In 1871, Carrie’s mother dies in Indiana.

In 1872, daughter Mary Elizabeth marries Samuel McCormick.

1875 Sedan, Howard, Kansas
p5. 28 J Brown and family
4/4 J. S. SPARKS 42 farmer $100 IN from IL
CA 40
J 21
M 15
Bell 8 IL from IL
6/5 E BLANE 47 and family

In 1878 daughter Martha marries Philemon Thomas.

20/21 SHORT William S. 52 Farmer b. IL parents b. KY
Elvira 43 b. IN parents b. KY
21/22 CRIN Brice M. 55 Farmer b. TN parents b. TN
Jesse? 47 b. IL f b. KY m b. TN
Nathaniel 30 b. IL father b. TN m b. IL
Hessie J. 18
Clara C. 12
William A. 3 (grandson) b. IL
22/23 MCWHIRT Cornelius 52 carpenter b. VA parents b. VA
Mary L 42 b. PA father b. Ireland mother b. NY
James M. 18 b. IL father b. VA mother b. PA
Samuel A. 20
Lura L. 12
23/24 WILSON Joseph 56 Farmer b. OH parents b. KY
Frankie 46 b. KY parents b. KY
Harrison 16 b. MO
Lucy J. 14
Emma 12 b. IA
Lafayette 11?
Ida M. 7
24/25 WORTH Laree ? P. 44 Farmer b. NY parents b. NY
Jesse? 25 b. IL father b. VA mother b. TN
Willard C. 2 b. KS
Frank H. 1
25/26 EVANS Quinton? 51 Farmer b. MS parents b. “M”
Sophronia 43 b. TN parents b. TN
James 20 b. KY
Mary F. 12 b. KS
Lee A. (f) 11 Ruth D. 9 b. MO
Ollive 5
DM? 7
Cladosia 2
Fortune? or Fontaine (m) 4/12 b. KS
26/27 WINCHESTER Henry 35 Farmer b. IN parents b. PA
Cora 23 b. KY father b. MS mother b. TN
Ren 2 b. KS
James 3/12
WINCHESTER Susan 67 mother b. NY father b. VT mother b. NY
27/28 HOSTETTER Frank P. Farmer b. OH parents b. PA
Mary b. KY parents b. VA
Mabel b. MO
28/19 ELDRIDGE Isaac F. 45 Farmer NC parents b. NC
Ivey F. 33 SC and family b. NC parents b. NC
Charlie B. 14
Emma M. 12
William A. 10 b. MO
Ellie V. 7 b. KS
Henry H. 4
Robert D. 2
THOMAS Philemon 22 farmer b. IA father b. IN mother b. IL
Martha C. 20 wife b. IN parents b. IN
Clara C. 11/12 daughter b. KS
Isabelle E. mother b. IL father b. KY mother b. TN
NOTE: Martha C. is Martha C. SPARKS, daughter of James E. and Carrie SPARKS, of the next household.
SPARKS James E. w m 47 (b. 1833) stone mason b. Ind father-Ky mother-Ky
Carrie w f 45 b. (1835) b. Ind father-Ky mother-Ky
John L. w m 27 (b. 1853) farming b. Ind father-Ind mother-Ind
Belle M. w f 12 (b. 1868) b. Illinois father-Ind mother-Ind
William E. w m 3 (b. 1877) b. Kansas father-Ind. Mother-Ind.
31/32 HAYS Willis S. 40 Farmer b. IN parents b. IN
Elizabeth 46 b. IL parents b. TN
Mary T. 13 b. IA
Lemontt 12 b. MO
M…? (f) 8
Elmina? 6
Talitha M. ? 2 b. KS
32/33 WOOLSEY George 50 Physician b. TN parents b. TN
Jerimiah 25 Farmer b. MO parents b. TN
Laura E. 14 (rheumatic fever)
33/34 WEAVER Gustave? 39 Farmer b. NY parents b. NY
Martha A. 26 (congestive ?) b. IL father b. IN mother b. TN
Cordelia 4 b. KY
? 6/12
FERGUSON Robert 26 Working on time b. IN father b. Scotland mother b. IN
34/35 PASLEY William A. 37 Farmer KY
Rebecca A. 24 b. MO
William J. 7
James E. 3 b. KS
NOTE: Belle SPARKS will marry George W. McKINNEY Jr., Addie’s brother. Both the McWHIRTS and SPARKS are in Illinois in 1868.

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Willis G. Hays’ (living next to the Sparks) family is John Hays and Elizabeth Hays in the 1860 Iowa Monroe Co. census. He married Elizabeth Narcissa Boyd of Illinois, in Iowa in 1866. Isabel and Philemon Thomas are in the Boyd’s household in the 1860 Monroe County census.

In 1883 Belle Sparks marries George McKenney Jr.

Before 1884, James Preston TRIPP, who will be the second husband of Mary Elizabeth SPARKS, marries 1st Jennie MCWHIRT, sibling of Samuel Alvin MCWHIRT who married Addie MCKENNEY.

1895 Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas
6/6 James E. Sparks 62 Farmer IN
C. E. 60
John L. 22
W. E. 18 KS

In 1899, daughter Mary Elizabeth marries 2nd Joseph Preston Tripp.

SPARKS James w m 1832 age 68 b. Ind. Father-KY Mother-KY
Carrie w f Aug 1834 65 b. Ind. father-Ind. mother-Maryland
John L w m Dec 1852 47 single b. Ind. Father Ind. Mother-Ind.
William E. w m Aug 1876 23 single b. Kansas father-Ind. Mother-Ind.
NOTE: In the 1880 census both of Carrie’s parents are given as born in KY. Now her mother is from Maryland and her father from Indiana.

In 1904, son William E. dies and is buried in Pawhuska.

1905 Elgin, Chautauqua, Kansas
231/231 SPARKS J E 72
Carrie 70
John 50

1910 Belleville, Chautauqua, Kansas
McKENNEY James m w 47 m. 26 years b. Iowa f-Ohio m-Pennsylvania
Bell f w 42 b. Illinois f-Indiana m-Indiana
Carrie f w 12 b. Kansas f-Iowa m-Illinois
James W. (father) m w age 78 b. Ohio f-Ireland m-Pennsylvania
SPARKS Clara (mother-in-law) f w 76 had 9 children, 4 surviving, b.Ind father-Ohio mother-Maryland. Born about 1836. This is a bizarre census. George McKenney Jr. is given as James. His father, George W., is given as James W. For some reason Carrie’s mother-in-law appears to be enumerated in the household and her name given as Clara rather than Carrie, and she’s given as widowed, when she was not. Carrie is thus enumerated twice in this census for she is observed living with her husband (see below). Carrie’s parents were however born in NC and MD. A Belle and G. W. did name a daughter Mable Clair. Is it possible that Carrie was also named Clara?

(forgot to write the number)
SPARKS James E. head m w 78 married 52 years b. Indiana, parents b. KY
Carrie A. wife f w 75 married 52 years, having had 9 children with only 4 surviving b. Indiana and parents b. in KY
John L. son m w 56 single
They own their farm. James is a farmer. The son works on the home farm. They all read and write.
Enumeration was on the 11th day of May.
In the 1900 census, Carrie had given herself as b. Indiana and her father in Indiana and her mother in Maryland. They had stated they’d been married 52 years (sic. give the same number of years married in the 1910 census). But in the 1880 census she is given as born in Indiana and her parents in KY, so there is a return to that version again in 1910.

1915 Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Kansas
Pg. 12
Pennell, Anderson, Moffit families, then:
Belle 45 IN
Carrie 17 OK
Carrie 81
Mable 26 KS
Note: G. W. McKenney and Belle’s Daughter Mable Clair is seen here with her husband Franklin B. Tripp.

Carrie died in 1917.

14 January 1920 by Carl H. McDonald
Pg. 9B
Kiles Street
66/75 MCKENNEY George W. Head OF mw 56 md. b. IA father b. OH mother b. PA house carpenter own business
C. Belle Wife fw 50 md b. IL father b. IN mother b. IN
SPARKS James E. Father-in-law mw 87 wd b. IN father b. KY mother b. KY
Note: The live next to daughter Carrie who is married to Jesse Hampton.
70/79 HAMPTON Jesse C. Own, Free mw 34 md b. Illinois and parents in Tennessee Retail salesman, general merchandise, wages
Carrie I. fw 22 md b. Oklahoma. Father-Iowa and mother-Illinois
Marie M. fw 1 6/12 b. Kansas father b. IL mother b. OK
Doris R. (daughter) fw 3/12 b. Kansas father b. IL mother b. OK

James Sparks and Mary Ann Ellis


Touched up.

Image of Mary Sparks courtesy of descendants of Mabel Clair McKenney Tripp.

James Sparks was born 1803 in , Fleming, Kentucky. He married abt 1827 to Mary Ann Ellis in , Nicholas, Kentucky. She was born 1806 in , Nicholas, Kentucky.

I believe James to be the son of George Sparks and Elizabeth “Betsy” Wells. Mary Ann Ellis was the daughter of James Mason Ellis and Francis Fanny Doughty.

Kentucky Nicholas County Marriage Bonds 1799-1855 gives:

James SPARKS & Polly ELLIS, November 1, 1827. By John Rogers.

As Mary Ann ELLIS was born in Nicholas County, Kentucky, I believe this Polly ELLIS to be Mary Ann and wife of James Sparks. In the census, James SPARKS and Mary are consistently located beside family of Mary Ann ELLIS, most consistently James Nicholas ELLIS, her brother.

James and Mary Ann had 7 children:

  1. Elizabeth J. Sparks b. abt. 1828, died before 1853, married Richard Allen Crane who was born 1826 and died 1878.
  2. James E. Sparks b. 1832 in Indiana, died 1927 in , Chautauqua County, Kansas, married 1852 March 28 in , Martin, Indiana to Carrie E. (Cary Ann) Burch b. 1835 in , Greene, Indiana, died 1917 in , Chautauqua, Kansas. Direct line.
  3. George T. Sparks b. abt. 1830, died before 1864. 1851 Jan 12 at Greene, Indiana he married Cyrene C. (Syreney) Vest. In 1864 March 31 at Loogootee, Martin, Indiana she married 2nd Martin J. Stuckey, b. abt 1798 in Kentucky. He was married 3 times previously, to Millie Cleveland, Ruth Love and Catherine Van Hoy.
  4. Otho Sparks was born abt 1834 and died before 1898. 1856 April 13 in , Martin, Indiana he married Mary E. Lamar. He married 2nd, 1895 Nov 17 in , Gibson, Indiana, Sarah C. Collins.
  5. William Sparks was born about 1837.
  6. Benjamin D. Sparks was b. abt. 1840 in , Monroe, Indiana, and died in Chautauqua County, Kansas. He appears to have married 3 times, to a Mary Curtis, Minerva Edmondson, and Emma Louis Mitchell. I’ll list his families on a separate page.
  7. Mary Ellen Sparks was born abt. 1845. 1867 April 4 in Macoupin, Macoupin, Illinois she married T. C. Russell.

I’ve yet to locate the family in the 1830 census.

1830, 1832, 1834, children were born in Indiana. About 1835 James’ father died. hen in 1837 and 1840 two more children were born in Indiana.

The census data for 1840.

James M. ELLIS, father of Mary Ann, is on page 58, and his sons Benjamin and Ellis, and SCOTT and CRANE relations, are on page 67. The household of James SPARKS shows 2 2 1 – – 1 / – – 1 – – 1 (2 males under 5 would be William and Benjamin, 2 5 to 10 would be Otho and James, 1 10 to 15 George, 1 30 to 40 woulld be James Sr., 1 female 10 to 14 is unknown and 1 female 30 to 40 is Mary).

pg. 58

Jonathan HINKLE
Daniel GROSS SR.

William MOORE
James M. ELLIS Sr. – – – – – – – 1 / – – 1 2 1 – – 1
pg. 62
SPARKS 2 2 1 – – 1 / – – 1 – – 1
(Index gives as James SPARKS, images have first names cut off.)
pg. 67
David HALL
Jonathan SCOTT
Alexander SYMS
Benj. ELLIS 1 – – – 1 / – – – 1
James ELLIS Jr. – – – – 1/ 2 – – – 1
Vincent SCOTT 1 2 – – – 1 / 1 – 1 – – 1
Richard CRANE 1 2 3 – – 1 / 1 1 – – – 1
Yalden BAKER

Lastly, in 1845, Mary Ellen was born.

By 1848 the family was in Brown County Indiana where James is listed as a poll tax payer.

The 1850 census data.

James SPARKS and Mary are living beside her brother James Nicholas ELLIS. John ELLIS in household 140 is a brother of her father James Mason ELLIS. John ELLIS married a Lucretia WELLS who could possibly have been a relation of Elizabeth WELLS, wife of George SPARKS.

pg. 51A
John ELLIS 76 farmer b. PA 400 can’t read or write
William 38 farmer 200 b. KY can’t read or write
John 34 150 b. KY can’t read or write
Elizabeth McCAMORIN 36 b. KY can’t read or write
Mary ELLIS 32 b. IN
William McCAMORIN 16
Sarah MURPHY 15
Jane MURPHY 15 twins
William McCAMORIN 16 farmer b. IN
Martin STUCKEY 52 potter 400 b. KY
Catharine 31 b. NC
John 1 b. IN
Martin 1. b. IN
Upton STUCKEY 27 potter 600 b. IN
Jane 30 b. NC
Martin 4 b. IN
Arthur 1 b. IN
Aaron ROSE 16 potter b. NJ
Hubbard LOVE 45 farmer
Sarah LOVE 40 $500 b. NC
John 30 farmer b. IN
Sarah J. 18
William N. 15 farmer
Mary Ann 13
Arch 10
Emaline 7
Naller ? 3
Sabra LOVE 83 b. PA
James S. LOVE 22 farmer b. IN
Hannah LOVE 26 b. SC
Abigail B., EMORE 8 b. IN
John CRANE 26 Farmer 200 b. IN
Elvira 36 b. KY
John C. 4 b. IN
p. 51B
William CRANE 3 b. IN
Ben N. 1
NOTE: Worldconnect (
Elvira ELLIS (sister of Mary Ellis SPARKS) , b. 1814 KY, daughter of James M. ELLIS b. 1784 PA or VA and Francis Fanny DOUGHTY. John Cord CRANE was a son of Richard CRANE and Rebecca GARDNER (Rebecca was a sister of Elizabeth GARDNER and Elizabeth married 2nd Richard CRANE). John Cord CRANE died young… “She may not have been in a good mental state. Some records indicate that her children were given away and she is found in one census as ‘living with a slew of paupers’. 1850 Census: IN, Martin Co. Perry Twp; 1860 Census: IN, Martin Co. Perry Twp, pg 51; 1870 Census: IN, Martin Co. Center Twp. pg. 300; 1880 Census: IN, Martin Co. Perry Twp.; Holt History of Martin Co IN Vol. 2 (Putnam County Library.”
Next door is Elvira and Mary’s brother James Nicholas ELLIS.

James N. ELLIS 36 Farmer 500 b. KY
Maria 36 b. KY
Elvira 13 b. IN
Elizabeth 11
Mary J. 9
James A. 4
Benj. 2
NOTE: This is James Nicholas ELLIS b. 21 July 1811 in Nicolas Co. KY and died 3 Sept. 1892 in Neosho Co. KS. His wife is Rebecca Mariah SCOTT b. 1 May 1816 in Nicolas Co. KY. Joel Weintraub writes at Genforum as to Rebecca Mariah SCOTT that her parents were Jonathan SCOTT and Catherine BORDERS, and that Jonathan’s father was Simon SCOTT who “was a youngster in Scotland when Pirates captured him, and released him in Virginia when he was of age…thus he knew his first name but not last, so he called his surname Scott after Scotland.”
James SPARKS 46 farmer 300 b. KY
Mary 43 b. KY
George T. 20 b. IN
James E. 18
Otho 16
William 13
Benj. 10
Mary Ellen 5
Richard A. CRANE 23 Farmer $200
Elizabeth CRANE 22
James S. 2
Richard 49 farmer $650 b. KY 150/153
Elizabeth CRANE 42John C. 23 farmer
Thomas 22 farmer $400
Isaac E. 19
Elizabeth 17
Benjamin J. 16
Susan R. 16
Charles H. 3
Elisa E. 2
Cary A. BIRCH 2
John A. BIRCH 13
Isaac T. BURCH 12
Martha S. BIRCH 7
George H. CRANE 10
Note: Cary BIRCH is erroneously given here as 2 instead of 12.
151/156 James and Percilla QUEEN

In 1852, son James E. Sparks was married. In 1855, Mary Ann’s brother, Benjamin, died. The marriage of son Otho followed in 1856.

The census data for 1860.

James SPARKS and Mary are again living next to James Nicholas ELLIS, and also next to son James E. SPARKS.

pg. 738
James ELLIS 38 stone mason b. KY
R. Mariah 44 b. KY
Elvira MILLER 23 b. IN
Mary ELLIS 19
James 14
Benjamin 12
Jonathan 10
Sarah A.
James W. ? 4
Albert 5
NOTE: James ELLIS was living next to the SPARKS in the 1850 Martin County census.
pg. 740 (76
73/73 James W. SCOTT 45 wheelwright $1200 $500 b. KY
Adelia 45 b. GA?
Malison 19 f. b. IL
Carolin 16 b. IL
Robert 12. b. IN
James Wesley SCOTT is going to be a relative of Rebecca Mariah SCOTT married to James Nicholas ELLIS in the above household.
James SPARKS 54 M Farmer personal value 200 b. KY
Mary 53 F b. KY
Benjamin D. 21 M b. IN
Mary E. 17 F b. IN
James SPARKS 26 m Farmer b. IN
Cary A. 24 F b. IN
John 7 M b. IN
Mary E. 3 F b. IN
Martha C. 1 F b. IN
John COWWDE? COWWELE 50 b. NY and family
84/84 577/577
Wiley C. VAILS 36 and Susan and family
Elizabeth M. SCOTT 40 widow
79/79 Davies LARKINS 65 and Ann and family
80/80 John ELLISON 30 and family
81/81 Sanford LARKINS 30
82/82 Wiliam LARKINS 28 and family
83/83 Alfred P. GIBBONS? 43 and family 584/584
D. ELLIS 28 personal property 500 b. ILL
Sarah 25
Martha A. 7
John 5
Andrew Ellison 2
Samuel SHOPES or SHAPES 36 (PA) and Mary and family
Stephen SMITH and Julia and family
NOTE: I don’t see any MCCORMICKS in Cumberland County.

In 1870 the couple is in Whitley, Moultrie, Illinois.

Illinois, Moultrie, Whitley
119/117 SPARKS James 62 Farmer $00 $100 KY
Mary E. 50

Son James E. SPARKS and Carrie BURCH SPARKS are reported to have migrated to KS, Chautauqua Co. in 1873. This is subsequent the death of Mary Ann’s father in 1871 and her mother in 1872.

The brother of Mary Ann ELLIS, James Nicholas ELLIS, also migrated to Chautauqua Co. KS and is observed in the 1880 Sedan census threre, in which Benjamin SPARKS is also observed.

Francis PARTCH has written that her ancestor Samuel McCORMICK boated with the SPARKS down from IN. It is possible the SPARKS families returned to IN.

James And Mary E. are in Sedan in 1875.

1875 Sedan, Howard, Kansas

4/2 James SPARKS 67 Farmer $100 KY from IL
M. 66 KY from IL
5/6 I. F. ELDRIDGE 40 NC from MO
I T? 28 NC
C B 9 NC
E M 7 NC
W A 5 MO
S V 2 KS
6/2 M MURPHY 38 and S E Murphy 34

The SPARKS families connect with the LOVE and STUCKEY families, observed in the census, through George T. SPARKS, son of James SPARKS and Mary Ann ELLIS. George married Cyrene VEST in 1851. Cyrene VEST marries 2nd Martin STUCKEY in 1864. He was married to Ruth LOVE, daughter of James LOVE and Sabra, before 1820 in Indiana.

Brother of James Mason ELLIS, John ELLIS, had a ggrandson, Christian ELLIS, who married Lorena RICH 1898 in Indiana, Martin County. Her mother was a Sharum, daughter of George Sharum and Rachel Standley, and Rachel Standley’s mother as Jane LOVE who married William STANDLEY. Jane was a sister of Ruth who married Martin STUCKEY.

Brother of James Mason ELLIS, John ELLIS, had a ggrandson, Christian ELLIS, who married Lorena RICH 1898 in Indiana, Martin County. Her mother was a Sharum, daughter of George Sharum and Rachel Standley, and Rachel Standley’s mother as Jane LOVE who married William STANDLEY. Jane was a sister of Ruth who married Martin STUCKEY.

John Tripp Obituary

Supplied by Francis Partch, following is the obituary of John TRIPP, son of James TRIPP and Mary E. SPARKS TRIPP.

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John Tripp dies; services set Fri.

John Lee Tripp, 73, 400 West Eleventh Street, died at his home Tuesday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Johnson Funeral Chapel.

Born October 14, 1900 in Pawhuska, Mr. Tripp was the son of Jim and Mary E. Sparks Tripp. He was married on December 16, 1933 in Pawhuska to Della Beeson. He was a mechanic and a lifelong resident of Pawhuska.

Survivors include his widow, Della Tripp, of the home, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in the Pawhuska City Cemetery with the Johnson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

George Sparks and Elizabeth Betsy Wells

The Sparks Family Tree Website gives this on George Sparks:

SQ, p. 1319:


“George Sparks was born about 1767 and died prior to 1840, probably in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He was probably the George Sparks who married Rachel McClenahan in Nicholas County, Kentucky, on April 18, 1805. (This may have been his second marriage since a George Sparks married Elizabeth Wells on June 14, 1790, in Bourbon County.) It is quite possible that his widow was the female aged between 70 and 80 who was enumerated among the family of George Sparks on the 1840 census of Nicholas County; this latter George Sparks is believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks.

“George Sparks paid taxes from 1787 to 1799 in Bourbon County, but apparently was in that portion of Bourbon County which became Fleming County in 1798 because he paid taxes in Fleming County from 1802 to1804. He was in Lewis County from 1809 to 1817, but went to Nicholas County where he lived until is death prior to 1840.

“George Sparks was an Ensign and then a Lieutenant in the Fleming County Regiments (Cornstalk Militia), first in the 30th Regiment and then in the 58th Regiment in 1803-4.” (Article here lists 10 children by sex and approximate birth-dates, no names.

“Some descendants believe that they can identify four of the ten children of George Sparks as George Sparks, Jr.; John Thornton Sparks; Cyntha Ann Sparks; and William Sparks. More positive proof is needed to make this claim a certainty; however, in the hope that the publishing of these records will stimulate the uncovering of additional data, we are giving the records of these four persons as probable children of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks.” (here follows information on the four children named for which see their family sheets.)

SQ, p. 5128: “George Sparks, born ca. 1764, died ca. 1835. He was married (1st) to Elizabeth (Betsey) Wells, and (2nd) to Rachael McClanahan in 1805. Information regarding him and his family can be found in the QUARTERLY of June 1970, Whole No. 70, p. 1319; and December1970, While No. 72, p. 1370.”

I’ve no proof of it, but it’s my belief that James Sparks b, 1803 in Kentucky is the James who was a son of George Sparks and Elizabeth “Betsy” Wells. The following will be difficult to follow for individuals not somewhat familiar with the families in question, but let’s see how it goes…

James SPARKS and Mary ELLIS named a second son George and a third son Otho and the fourth son William, so these names fit. family-wise. Especially interesting is the use of the name Otho by both James and Mary Ellis and George and Elizabeth “Betsy” Wells.

John Wesley BIRCH, brother of Carrie BIRCH/BURCH (married James SPARKS) married an Elizabeth LENTZ b. 1838 in IN, Greene Co. LENTZ name is also seen in this family with John Thornton SPARKS, son of George and Rachel McCLENAHAN, marrying an Elizabeth LAUNTZ b. 1805. A nephew of John Thornton Sparks’ remembered an aunt marrying a SCOTT. James Nicholas ELLIS and Susanna ELLIS, siblings of Mary ELLIS (married James SPARKS) married SCOTTS.

The children of George and Elizabeth are said to be:

  1. Charles Sparks b. 1791 in Kentucky
  2. James Sparks b. about 1800
  3. Otho Sparks b. abt. 1800
  4. Ellen “Nellie” Sparks b. 1804

The children of George and Rachel are said to be:

  1. Mary Sparks b. abt. 1807
  2. John Thornton Sparks b. abt. 1809, died 1849 in Lewis County, Kentucky, married Elizabeth Launtz b. abt 1805 in Maryland, died after 1879.
  3. George Sparks b. abt. 1811 married 1st Catherine Stokes then Hanna Fishback.
  4. William Sparks b. 1812, married 1834 March 23 in Lewis County, Kentucky to Sianna Gilbert b. 1817 in Kentucky, died 1905 in Douglas County, Missouri
  5. Cytha Ann Sparks b. abt. 1814 in Fleming County, Kentucky, married Jesse Nash, son of James Nash and Mary Brackney.

The SPARKS Quarterly gives George as being in Lewis County, Kentucky in 1810 and there is one George Sparks in that census. The George in this census has only 1 male child and 2 female children and George SPARKS is believed to have had 3 male children by Betsy WELLS between abt. 1791 and 1803, and one female child. b. 1804. James’ mother Betsy had however died by 1810 and George remarried to Rachel MCCLENAHAN. They had 1 female child and 1 male child, both under 10, by now. As this is the only George SPARKS in the Lewis Co. census, it would seem James and his two brothers might have been living with another family after the death of their mother. Ellie, James’ sister would fit in the age category of the 10 to 15 year old female in the household. James’ oldest brother, Charles, would have been about 19 and they were possibly in a household of their own.

1810 KY, LEWIS CO.
pg. 99 (5 of 10 ancestry)
Joshudy BALEY
Sollomon THOMAS
NOTE: 1 male under 10, 1 male 26 to 44, 1 female under 10, 1 female 10 to 15 and 1 female 16 to 25.
Conrad PRTUNY?
Samuel COX
Andrew JONES

In the 1820 Nicholas Co. KY census George SPARKS is living 4 doors from a James McCLANAHAN who is living beside a James ELLIS who would be the father of James Mason ELLIS.

Thomas DOUGHTY, father of Francis Doughty, wife of James Mason ELLIS, is seen on the following page.

Interesting to note that John ELLIS, brother of James Mason ELLIS, married a Lucretia WELLS, and that George SPARKS married an Elizabeth WELLS.

There is also a Caleb SPARKS in the census. He has 2 males to 10, 2 10 to 16, 1 26 to 45, 3 females to 10, 1 26 to 45 and 3 males in agriculture.

The NASH name appears both in this family and the family of Caleb SPARKS (son of William, son of William SPARKS and Martha MOORE), his daughter Catherine marrying Eli Harrison NASH, who is a brother of Jesse NASH, who married Cytha Ann, daughter of George and Elizabeth. The ELLIS name also appears in that family. Joseph SPARKS, son of Caleb SPARKS, married Isabella ELLIS. I don’t know who she is but there is likely to be found a relationship eventually.

In the George Sparks household there are 2 males to 10 (William and ?), 2 males 10 to 16 (John and Charles?), 1 45 and up (George). Then 1 female 0 to 10 (Cynthia), 1 16 to 26 (Mary) and 1 26 to 45 (Rachel).

Jesse ENLOW is observed in the census, whose line married into the HACKNEY-CROCKETT side of the family.


Pg. 108 (5 of 26

Alexander MCDONALD
Thomas HARVEY?
Jesse ENLOW – 3 – – – 1 1 – 2 – 1 – 4 – – 1 – – – 2 – 1

pg. 15 of 26
Bevery BROWN
Thomas LONG
Nimrod WOOD

Eliakin? LONG
Benjamin WILSON

Avery LONG
Samuel ARNETT?
George SPARKS 2 2 – – – 1 1 / – 1 1 – –
Jacob BURNS?
James ELLIS – – – – 1 1 – – 2 – 1 – 2 – – – – 1 – 1 – 1
1 m 26 to 45, 1 m 45 and up; 2 females 16 to 26, 1 45 and up, 2 people in agriculture, 1 male 14 to 26 slave, 1 male 45 up slave, 1 14 to 26 female slave
NOTE: Profile of children doesn’t fit James Mason Ellis. But it seems there would be some relation as Thomas DOUGHTY is living the next page over by a PEYTON.

By 1827 James Sparks has married Mary Ann Ellis and, according to the census of children’s birth places, is in Indiana soon thereafter.

A possible is found for George Sparks in 1830 Nicholas County, Kentucky, though the household doesn’t fit with several young females present.

1830 Nicholas County Kentucky
pg. 213
Andrew SCOTT
George SPARKS – – 1 1 1 – – 1 / 1 1 1 – – – 1
1 male 10-15, 1 15 to 20, 1 20 to 30, 1 50 to 60, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 10 to 15, 1 female 40 to 50

Of course, I could be wrong about George being James’ father, but I’m ninety-nine percent confident this suspicion will prove right, if it does manage ever to be proven.