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Biographical Sketch of Isaac B. Sparks (b. 1822)

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Biographical Sketch of Isaac B. Sparks (b. 1822)

Posted: 27 Feb 2004 7:26PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Sparks Roberts Hultz
Isaac B. Sparks, retired farmer, is a native of Indiana, and the tenth of a family of thirteen children born to Solomon and Isabell (Swaim) Sparks, parents natives of North Carolina, and of English and German descent, respectively. Solomon Sparks was by occupation a farmer, and grew to manhood in North Carolina. He emigrated to Ohio in an early day, and later to Indiana, renting on what is known as Nettle Creek, where he lived until his removal to Wells County in 1834. He settled near the present site of Markle on the south side of the Wabash, and was one of the earliest settlers in that locality. He entered a valuable tract of land near Rock Creek, and spent quite a number of years in true pioneer style, meeting with many interesting adventures with the Indians and wild beasts during his early experience in the backwoods. He lived to see ten of his children grown and settled, was a man of influence in the community where he resided, and died some time prior to 1860. Isaac B. Sparks was born April 2, 1822, and was only twelve years of age when his parents moved to Wells County. He was early taught those lessons of industry and frugality by which his subsequent life has been characterized, and grew to manhood amid the rugged duties of farm life. He attended school for only a limited period, consequently did not acquire much of an education so far as books are concerned, but by intelligent observation has since obtained a valuable practical knowledge, which has enabled him to transact business in a safe and satisfactory manner. He early became quite expert in the use of the rifle, and at one time killed nine deer and crippled the tenth in one day. He made his home with his parents until his twenty-eighth year, and in 1845 purchased his first land, an eighty-c\acre tract, for which he paid the sum of $240, and upon which he made a number of substantial improvements, including a double log barn that is still doing good service. He moved to the farm in 1853 and has since made it one of the best places in the township. Mr. Sparks was formerly a Democrat, but espoused the principles of the Greenback party when Greeley ran for the Presidency, and has ever since been an earnest advocate of said principles. He was for some years prominently identified with the Grange movement, having been one of its ablest workers in Rock Creek Township. Mr. Sparks was married December 18, 151, to Miss Cynthia A. Roberts, of Kentucky, and daughter of William and Martha (Hultz) Roberts. Mrs. Sparks was born December 27, 1832, and is the mother of the following children, viz: William, Albert C., deceased; Robert R., Rachael E., Frederick, Sarah A., Mariah, Rebecca J., deceased; Susan E., Isaac H., Cynthia I., deceased, and Mary E., deceased. Mrs. Sparks is a member of the Christian Church, and Mr. Sparks, although a man of strong religious convictions, is not identified with any church organization.

History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Rock Creek Township, pages 786 and 787.

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