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Albert Sparks

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Albert Sparks

Posted: 1020206578000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Sparks, Redding, Roberts, Lamb, Rishbaugh, Hunt, Reynolds, Mason
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 704-705

One of the oldest residents of Rock Creek township and prominent agriculturist of Huntington county, Indiana, is Albert Sparks, who was born in this neighborhood November 24, 1839. His parents, Moses and Abigail (Redding) Sparks, were born in Wells county, the birthplace of the father being about one-half miles east of the home of Albert Sparks. He died in 1840 aged twenty-four years, leaving a widow and two children--Albert, our subject, and Mary Jane, who died unmarried. The mother married as her second husband, Robert Roberts, a farmer of Rock Creek township, Wells county, where they died. There were five children by this marriage, viz: John, who lives in his native township; Martha, deceased; Nathan, a resident of Liberty township, Wells county; Elizabeth, deceased; and Robert, who lives on the homestead.

Albert Sparks began life for himself at the age of twenty-one, taking possession of his present home in Rock Creek township, Huntington county, which his father had purchased before his death on which but little improvements had been made. This was about the time of his marriage, February 10, 1860, to Mary Ann Roberts, of Grant county. She died the following September, and in 1862 he was married to his present wife, Martha Roberts. The children of this marriage are as follows: Mary, who married D. Lamb, of Wells county; Rosella, wife of Rufus Fishbaugh, also of Wells county; Elisha, who died at the tender age of nine years; Emma, who died aged eighteen years; Joseph I., who married Rosie Hunt, and operates his father's farm; Martha, wife of George Reynolds, of this township; Almeda, wife of Frank Fishbaugh, of Rock Creek township, Wells county; William, who married Miss Luella Mason, and lives in this township; Julia A., at home; and Charlie E., also at home.

After his marriage, Mr. Sparks began farming on his present place, twenty-seven acres being ready for the plow. Their first house was made of hewed logs, the room being eighteen by twenty-four feet. He worked hard to improve his home, and the first log rolling held in Rock Creek township was on his farm. After a few years he built his present comfortable house and barn, and carries on general farming. He has one hundred acres of tillable land and fifty-eight acres of rough, uncleared ground, which furnishes excellent pasture for his stock. He has been reasonably successful in life, and has laid up a competency which will insure him against future want. He is a man of strict integrity whose every act will bear the searchlight of truth, his endeavor having been to live up to the teachings of the Christian church of which he is a member. In politics he is a Democrat.

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