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William* Sparks, Sr (immigrant)

Male Bef 1646 - Aft 1709  (~ 62 years)

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  • Name William* Sparks 
    Suffix Sr (immigrant) 
    Born Bef 6 Aug 1646  Hampshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 6 Aug 1646  Fareham Parish, Hampshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Emigration Bef 1665  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration Bef 1665  Hampshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Aft 21 Jun 1709  Queen Anne's Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 24 Oct 1709  Queen Anne's Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • "FolIowing is the full text of the will of William Sparks:

      The Last Will of William Sparks of Queen Anne's County Maryland

      Maryland. In the Name of God Amen I William of Queen Annes County being Sick in body but of Sound and perfect, memory but knowing the uncertainty of Life and being Desirous to --?-- my Estate do make and Constitute and order this to be my last will and Testament hereby makeing Void all and every will or wills heretofore by me made.

      first I bequeath my Soul into the hands of God beleiving by the merritts of Jesus Christ to receive pardon of all my Sins and my body to the Earth to be Decently buried in such Decent manner as my Exrs hereafter named Shall think of it and as to the worldly good it has pleased God to bestow upon me my will in they be Disposed of in Manner and forms following --

      Item I will that all my Just Debts and funerall Necessary Charges be first paid

      I give to my Son George Sparks one fether bed and bolster two blankets and one Rugg being the same he use to lye on the same to be Delivered to him presently after my Decease & that my Son George and his wife and Children Shall have Liberty to live three years with his mother on my now Dwelling plantation in my now Dwelling house to make a crop of Corne and TobO be laying in five barrens of Indian corne every year dureing the said time and to take due care of his mothers Stock and for so doing to have his and his wife and Children's accomodations and to pay no rent dureing the sd Time

      Item I give to my grandson Charles Hynson one two year old heffer with all her female Increase and the male Increase to them who Shall take Care and Look after the Same the Said heffer to be marked for him Immediately after my Death

      I give to my Daughter that is to say my grand Daughter being the Daughter of my Son Wm Sparks one year heffer with all her female Increase to be marked and
      Delivered for her use presently after my Death the males to go to him her or
      them that Shall or does take care of the same.

      My will is that my Loveing wife Mary Sparks Shall have possess and Injoy my now Dwelling plant with all it's appurts during her widow hood but not to protest her son William Sparks but then he Shall have the same Liberty As he has now what is ordered before for George Sparks Excepting that neither the said Wm nor George do molest or disturb their mother dureing her widowhood but if my said wife Mary Sparkes does marry again then to have no more than her thirds of my Said Land and plantation dureing her life and the thirds of my personall Estate but Dureing her widowhood She Shall have the Disposall of all my personall Estate Except as before Excepted and if she does happen to die before she marries then to Dispose of it as she will but if She marrys my personall Estate Except her thirds to be Equally divided among all of my Children.

      Item I give and bequeath to my Son John Sparks that planta and tract of Land with all its appurts thereunto belonging formerly John Hamers to him and to his heires forever

      Item I give to my Sons Wm Sparks and Joseph Sparks all my planta and Land there unto belonging that I now live in Called hills adventure and Sparkes out let and my will is that if the planta late John Hamers above given to my Son John Should be Returned again to the sd John Hamers as my said Son is obliged to do if John Hamer Shall be Legally Disposest of the Land he now lives on part of 10'S he had of me in Exchange for the said planta then my will is that my Son John Shall Come in with his two brotbers Wm and Joseph and Shall have Equall Share and proportion of the Said Land and Shall be Equally Divided among them & Shall have hold & Enjoy the same to them and their heires forever.

      I will that if my Son Joseph Shall happen to die before he comes to age then his part of Land to fall to my Son William and his heires forever he paying to my Son Geo Sparks his heires and assignes the Sume of two thousand pounds of Tobo.

      I give to my Son Joseph Sparks one Yearling heffer

      I do hereby appoint my wife Mary Sparks and my Son William to be the Exrs of this my Last will and Testamt.

      In Wittness hereunto I have Set my hand and affixed my Seale the Twenty first day of June 1709.
      Signed Sealed and pronounced Wm X Sparks (seal)
      Declared to be my Last will & mark
      Testament in the presents of

      (signed) John Salter his
      Wm A Boulton
      Jno Hamer, Junr mark
      Thomas O Trickee
      Octr 24, 1709
      Then came John Salter, John Hamer Junr and Thos Trickey three of the Evidences to the above will made oath upon the Holy Evangelist aht they saw the Teste Wm Sparks Seal pronounce and Declare the above writeing to be his Last will and Testamt and tht he was at the time of a Sound & Disposeing mind and memory before me
      Evan Thomas Dty County.

      The above will has been copied from the copy that was made in the Will Book of Queen Anne's County, Liber 13, folio 4.

    • http://www.awod.com/gallery/rwav/sparky/homepage.html

      The Sparks name was originally Sparrowhawk. The story goes that when people began taking surnames from their occupations, there was a man who was the chief falconer for Richard the LionHearted. Richard's favorite falcon was the Sparrowhawk being the swiftest and most true. This man's name became Sparrowhawk. As time passed, some of his descendants shortened it to Sparks.

      The family motto is "Celer et Verus" (Swift and True).

      The Leopard Rampant is believed to have come from a Scottish Knight who was an ally of Richard's and saved the King's life twice during the Crusades. It was originally a sleeping leopard, but was raised to rampant because of the knight's efforts. The crest also contains a ducal coronet under the leopard and the leopard has fire spewing from his mouth and ears.

      The Field - Chequy or et vert (gold and green checks) with band-ermine. (Those little things in the diagonal white stripe are ermine tails signifying royalty). The green checks are for the Scottish highlands.

      Our family line began in America when two brothers named William and John Sparks entered America through Maryland in 1662. They are most probably two of the four sons of Thomas Sparks and Joanne Davis of Fareham Parish, Hampshire England, gh this has never been proven. Many thousands of people in America whose name is Sparks (although certainly not all) can trace their beginnings back to one of these two men. The path of migration was from Maryland to Virginia and then to North Carolina in the vicinity of Salisbury. From there they moved to a part of the Virginia territory which is now Kentucky
      descendants of William Sparks who migrated from Fareham Parish, Hampshire, England, to Maryland in about 1663. Allied families are Stone, Jenkins, Payne, Mattingly, Spalding, Pigott, Boarman, Cole, Brooke, and Gardiner.
      William Sparks was born about 1640, migrated to Maryland and, by 1672, he had purchased land in what was then Talbot County, now Queen Anne's County. His primary plantation was located "on the east side of Chester River near the head of a small branch of Island Creek." On a current map of Queen Anne's County, this can be found a few miles southwest of Church Hill, Maryland. William Sr.'s son William Jr., remained in Queen Anne's County but by 1736 William Jr.'s son, William Sample Sparks, had migrated west to what was to become Frederick County. In about the spring of 1754, William Sample Sparks, his sons and some of his cousins moved to "The Forks of the Yadkin" in northwestern North Carolina. From there came the descendants of most of the people found on this web site. Thousands of members of this branch of the Sparks family spread throughout the south, midwest and west where their descendants are found today.

      Jason Duncan

      A-5-4 William Sparks, Sr. (10). Joseph Sparks, Sr. is the son of William Sparks, Sr. and Mary. They had the following children.16

      1. William Sparks, Jr. 1674 - 1734
      2. George Sparks 1678 -
      3. daughter Sparks
      4. John Sparks 1680 -
      5. *Joseph Sparks, Sr. 1695 - 4/ /1749

      They most likely lived in Queen Anne's Co, MD.16
      from JS Sparks webpage: http://www.dnai.com/~jjsparks


      William Sparks is purported to be a son of Thomas and Joane (Davis) Sparks from Fareham Parish, Hampshire, England. He migrated to America in the mid-seventeenth century and, according to THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, "Our earliest reference to a William Sparks in Maryland is dated 1663 when Thomas Skillingham sold to George Richardson the land which he had been granted by the Lord Proprietor for having transported six settlers to the Province, one of whom was William Sparks."

      William Sparks was thought to be single at the time of his migration and he married Mary (-----) in Maryland. He eventually settled in Queen Annes County and owned several parcels of land on which he established tobacco plantations. My photograph appears in THE SPARKS QUARTERLY on page 4542 (September 1995, Whole No. 171) standing next to a road sign stating SPARKS MILL ROAD near William's plantation north of Centreville, Queen Annes County, Maryland. William Sparks died in 1709 leaving a last will which named his children. A large branch of his family descends, including my family, from his eldest son William Sparks, Jr. (b.1674). Another large branch descends from his youngest son Joseph Sparks. (b.1689). Joseph and his nephew of nearly the same age, William Sample Sparks (of William Jr.) moved in 1736 to the Pipe Creek area along the Monocacy River in Frederick County, western Maryland. Joseph was but 11 years older than William Sample. Joseph died in 1749 and within five years, several members of his family and that of William Sample headed west.

      In the mid-eighteenth century, several members of both branches of the family migrated to the Forks of the Yadkin River in western North Carolina and, from there, throughout the United States. One of Joseph's sons, Jonas, with his entire family, accompanied Daniel Boone and several other families, in Daniel's first attempt to settle Kentucky. After an Indian ambush resulting in several deaths including that of Daniel's son James, the group returned to "civilization" to try again at a later date. Jonas remained in North Carolina. A son of William Sample Sparks, Matthew, acquired a 400 acre parcel of land precicely where the two Yadkin Rivers came together.

      My ancestors remained in the Yadkin area of North Carolina for many years gradually moving northwest into Virginia. My grandfather was born in Washington County, Virginia, in 1865. Thus, his ancestors had lived within about 100 miles of his birthplace for about one hundred and ten years. There are many prominent people bearing the Sparks name and many, not so prominent. However, we can be proud of the fact that our family has been on this soil for three hundred and thirty-five years and has been represented in all of its wars. The data base includes notes for many of the persons included and, where known, includes pension applications of Revolutionary War, Civil War, War of 1812, and Spanish American War veterans named Sparks. Space limitations prevent including photographs of many people which were published in THE SPARKS QUARTERLY. However, these can be obtained by writing the Sparks Family Association and asking for the appropriate copy. All articles are cited as to source and are usually referred to by date and the Whole Number of the issue. If only a page number appears, check the notes of close ancestors to find a complete description of the issue.

      As to any person included on the Web Page, all known information is included, either on his information sheet, or in his or her notes. The page is updated regularly as additional information is put into the data base. Please do not write asking for more information about listed people. People not listed are either not descendants of William Sparks of Maryland, or I have not reached their names as yet in data inputting. All mail praising the site will be gratefully received. James J. Sparks
      http://sparksfamilytree.net/family_tree/ (contains our line thru Helmer Samuel Courts & Claudie Gentz and children . Stops there.



      (see notes under wife -- then continues to first child (daughter); then continued again to George
    Person ID I6094  Roots
    Last Modified 12 May 2015 

    Father Thomas* Sparks,   b. Abt 1615, Fareham Parish, Hampshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1707  (Age ~ 91 years) 
    Mother Joanne* Davis,   b. Abt 1619, Hampshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1659  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Married 19 Oct 1635  Fareham Parish, Hampshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2600  Group Sheet

    Family Mary* (..) Sparks,   b. Abt 1640, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1730, Queen Anne's Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Married Abt 1665  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. (daughter) Sparks,   b. Abt 1666, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1709  (Age ~ 43 years)
    +2. William Sparks, Jr,   b. Abt 1674, Queen Anne's Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1734, Queen Anne's Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     3. George Sparks,   b. 1679, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1725  (Age > 47 years)
     4. John Sparks,   b. 1684, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1737, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +5. Joseph* Sparks, Sr,   b. Abt 1690, Talbot Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef May 1749, Monocacy Area, Frederick Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F2599  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Sparks Quarterly - Early Sparks
    Sparks Quarterly - Early Sparks
    December 1989, No. 148, pps. 3483-3501 (d)

  • Sources 
    1. [S1124] James J. Sparks, J.D. http://sparksfamilytree.net.

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