Melinda* Jones, (maybe dau?)

Melinda* Jones, (maybe dau?)

Female 1819 - Aft 1880  (> 62 years)

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  • Name Melinda* Jones 
    Suffix (maybe dau?) 
    Residence 1819  Middleton, Rhea Co, Tennessee (?) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    birth 
    Born 25 Mar 1819  Middleton, Rhea Co, Tennessee (?) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Middleton is in Hardeman county; not Rhea.
    Gender Female 
    Census 1830  Jackson Co, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    in father's hhold (?) 
    • Name:
      Wm Sparkes
      [Wm Sparks]
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State):
      Jackson, Alabama

      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1 1825-1830 Jacob E.
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 1821-1825 son6
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2 1816-1820 Daniel; Solomon
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1 1811-1815 John S
      Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1781-1790 1 Wm
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1 1825-1830 dau7
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1 1816-1820 dau4
      Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1 1811-1815 dau2
      Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1 1791-1800 Mrs.
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 8
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 10
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):10

      next door: (Melinda b 1819 or age 11; not here)
      Martin (translated Master) Jones,
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State):
      Jackson, Alabama
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2 1825-1830
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 1821-1825
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2 1816-1820
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 1781-1790
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1 1821-1825
      Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1 1811-1815
      Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39:1 1791-1800
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 7
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
      Total Free White Persons: 10
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):10
      (Martin Jones m Rhoda (Martin) Hodges 10 Jul 1804 Jefferson Co TN)
      (Wm Jones m Elizabeth Randolph 25 May 1804 Jefferson Co)

      same page:
      Chesby R Jones (maybe a bro?)
      [Cirby R Jones]
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State):
      Jackson, Alabama
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 2
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):2

      Tho Jone [Thos Jones] (Melinda b 1819 or age 11)
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State):
      Jackson, Alabama
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1 1811-1815
      Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 2 1771-1780
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1 1825-1830
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2 1821-1825
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2 1816-1820
      *** COULD BE MELINDA ***
      Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1 1781-1790
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
      Total Free White Persons: 9
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 9


      all names on page 101 in sequence:
      Edward Berry; Jas Simmons; Geor W. Wichell; Samuel Reynolds; Barbary Lathas; Pashot Pringle; John Jolly; Wm Compbelle; Wm Davis; Thomas Molson; Wm Gowens; Robt G. Hord; David Gowens; Eliphodd Jarvis; Wm Sparkes; Master Jones; Joseph Resk; Abram Goose; Chesby R. Jones; Martin Gowens; Tho Jone; Joel Kee; Saml Kerk; Mans L. Bumalley; Barnet Cheathan; Wm Campbelle
    Residence 1 Mar 1833  near, Gatlinburg, Franklin Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    married 
    Residence Between 1837 and 1838  Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Between 1839 and 1841  Pavell Island, Orange Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Between 1846 and 1848  Taylor Bayou Ferry Crossing, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 24 Oct 1850  Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 24 Oct 1850 Sabine Pass

      residence 215:
      Milton H Bloodworth 25 1825 Louisiana
      Nancy (Holt) Bloodworth 18 1832 Texas
      Benjamin P Bloodworth 2 1848 Louisiana
      William Bloodworth 1 1849 Louisiana
      Benjamin Holt 55 1795 Mississippi
      Thomas C Holt 50 1800 Mississippi
      Thomas D Holt 4 1846 Louisiana
      William Holt 53 1797 Mississippi
      Mary Ann Holt 17 1833 Texas
      Thomas R Holt 26 1824 Louisiana
      Charles Holt 28 1822 Louisiana
      William C Holt 15 1835 Louisiana
      Richard Holt 13 1837 Louisiana

      Residence 216
      Stockholm, Peter D. 31 1819 New York carpenter
      Mary 17 1833 Louisiana
      William 2 1848 Texas
      Elizabeth 0 1850 Texas

      Residence 217
      Brewer, William 23 1827 Louisiana
      Brewer, Caroline 22 1828 Louisiana

      Residence 218
      Solomon Sparks 30 1820 Tennessee
      Martha C Sparks 30 1829 South Carolina
      Lucy Ann Sparks 8 1842 Tennessee
      John L Sparks 6 1844 Tennessee
      James E Sparks 3 1847 Louisiana
      Mary Susan Sparks 1 1849 Texas
      Jacob Sparks 22 1828 Tennessee

      Residence 219
      John S. Sparks 39 1811 North Carolina
      Melinda Sparks 29 1821 Tennessee
      Albert Sparks 9 1841 Texas
      Eliza J. Sparks 7 1843 Texas
      John F. Sparks 4 1846 Texas
      Sarah C. Sparks 1 1849 Texas
      James Court 22 1828 Louisiana
      Julia Ann (Sparks) Courts 14 1836 Tennessee

    1850 Texas, Jefferson County, Sabine Pass, Census pg 249
    1850 Texas, Jefferson County, Sabine Pass, Census pg 249
    John Sparks and Melinda Jones Sparks, James Court and Julia Ann Sparks Court, Solomon Sparks and family, and Brewer, Stockholm, Holt, Bludworth families.
    Census 12 Jul 1860  Sabine Pass (Precinct 5), Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 12 Jul 1860 Precinct No. 5 Sabine Pass
      residence 378
      James Court 30 mail carrier 500 Louisiana
      Julia 24 TN 1856 Tennessee
      Mary E 8 1852 Texas
      Henry C 6 1854 Texas
      Julia A 4 1856 Texas
      William F 2 1858 Texas
      Elias M 6/12 1859 Texas

      residence 379
      John Sparks 49 1811 North Carolina farmer 320 2100
      Malinda Sparks 41 1819 Tennessee
      Albert Sparks 19 1841 Texas
      John F Sparks 14 1856 Texas
      Sarah C Sparks 11 1849 Texas
      Arabella H Sparks 8 1852 Texas
      James C Sparks 6 1854 Texas
      Worthey C Sparks 4 1856 Texas
      Henry E L Sparks 8/12 1859 Texas

      residence 380
      Samuel Lee 38 1822 Denmark stock raiser 4,000
      Eliza 16 1844 Texas
    1860 Texas, Jefferson County, Sabine Pass census
    1860 Texas, Jefferson County, Sabine Pass census
    James and Julia Sparks Court family; John and Melinda Jones Sparks family; and Samuel and Eliza Sparks Lee.
    Census 23 Jun 1870  Sparks and River Settlement, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 77 Coats (Courts) J.M. 40 1830 Louisiana 400, 2,000 farmer
      Julia 34 1836 Tennessee
      Mary 18 1852 Texas
      Clifton 16 1854 Texas
      Nasthentha 14 1856 Texas
      William 12 1858 Texas
      Madison E. 10 1860 Texas
      ekner 8 1862 Texas
      James 5 1865 Texas
      Anna 3 1867 Texas
      Lisa 8 1862 Texas

      residence 78
      Sparks M (Melinda) 51 1819 at home Tennessee
      James 17 1853 Texas farm laborer
      Worthy 14 1856 Texas
      John 27 1843 Texas farmer

      residence 79
      Spark, C (Caroline) 50 1820 South Carolina keeping house
      Edwin 23 1847 Louisiana
      Joseph 16 1854 Texas
      Oscar 14 Texas
      Courts J.B. 27 1843 Texas

      residence 80
      Brewton W.P. 33 1837 Tennessee
      Sarah 22 1848 Texas
      Grace 5 1865 TX
      Silas F. 8/12 1869 TX

      residence 81
      Lee, Samuel 52 1818 farmer 1580 Denmark
      Jane E. 27 1843 Texas
      Emma 3 1867 Texas


      residence 82
      Smith. T.J. 34 farmer 500 Indiana
      Sarah 25 Texas
      Electra 3/12 Texas






    1870, Texas, Jefferson County, Sparks Settlement census
    1870, Texas, Jefferson County, Sparks Settlement census
    Census 7 Jun 1880  Jefferson Co (District 41), Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Note: It appears the first page is the Sparks Settlement. And the 2nd page seems to be the Port Neches, Grisgsby Bluff area, a few miles north.

      7 Jun 1880 District 41 Justice Precinct No. 2
      Page 1

      residence 1
      Gentz Fred 35 Dec 1845 laborer Prussia Prussia Prussia
      R. Belle 28 Aug 1852 TX NC TN
      Welby 8 Jun 1872 TX NC TX
      H.M. 7 Feb 1873 TX NC TX
      M.J. dau 6 1874 TX
      J.W. son 4 1876 TX
      Buler 2 dau May 1878 TX
      J. Lee 4/12 son Jan 1880 TX
      Charlotte 77 mother widow Prussia NC TX
      (census taker just carried the NC down the columns.
      Only person from NC is Belle's father.

      residence 2
      Lee, Samuel 62 farmer Denmark Denmark Denmark
      E. Jane 36 Oct TX NC TN
      Emma A. 12 Jul 1868 TX
      Hayes, Eliza Black 19 Jan 1861 servant Texas Texas Alabama
      Eddy, Albert 37 Jul 1843 carpenter Ireland Ireland Ireland
      Sparks, William E. 27 Mar 1853 TX

      residence 3
      Melinda Sparks 61 Mar 1819 TN VA TN <<<
      Worthy 24 Mar 1856 TX NC TN
      James 26 son Dec 1854 TX NC TN
      Ella 23 Nov 1857 dau-in-law TX TN PA
      Thomas George, Black 8 1872 servant TX

      residence 4
      Sparks, Caroline 60 May 1820 self widow SC VA SC
      Sparks, J.M. 26 Aug 1854 son TX

      residence 5
      Kilgore, James S 28 1852 Mar Michigan Michigan Michigan
      Elizabeth 50 Oct 1830 mother wid Michigan Michigan --
      Columbus 28 25 May 1855 brother Texas Michigan Michigan
      Susan F. 20 Feb 1860 sister Texas Michigan Michigan
      Eugenia 17 Jun 1863 sister Texas Michigan Michigan
      Swift, Fuller 3 May 1877 nephew Texas Michigan Michigan
      Swift, Ida 3/12 Feb 1880 niece Texas Michigan Michigan

      residence 6
      Brewton, W.P. 47 Aug 1833
      Sarah C. (Sparks) 30 Dec 1850
      Grace 15 Feb 1865 TX
      Silas F. 10 Oct 1870 TX
      Esther 8 Dec 1872 TX
      Almond 6 Apr 1874 TX
      Inas 3 dau Aug 1877 TX
      John Smith 14 June 1866 TX TN PA

      residence 7
      Gray, H.L. 33 head Sep 1847 Michigan VA MI
      Gray, S.E. 33 wife Aug 1847 LA PA Indiana
      Carey, Coy 11 son May 1873 TX Indiana Louisiana
      Clara 7 dau Mar 1873 TX Indiana Louisiana
      Gray H.E. son 9 Sep 1871 TX MI TX
      Smith, T.F. 21 Apr 1859 TX TN PA
      Courts, E.M. 20 1860 TX unk TX
      ___________
      page 2
      8 Jun 1880

      residence 8
      Yantz (Gentz), Wm Apr 42 1838 farmer Prussia Prussia Prussia
      Susan 31 Jan 1849 wife TX GA LA
      Leuvinia 12 Jan 1868 dau
      William Y. 10 Jan 1870 son
      H.L. 6 mos Nov 1879 son

      residence 9
      J. T. Rogers 28 Aug 1852 TX TN TX
      Izzie J. Rogers 27 Aug 1853 TX NY LA
      C. O. Rogers 3 Dec 1877
      Wm. A. Rogers 1 Sep 1879
      Levina Keith 68 Feb 1812 mother-in-law tx ga tn

      residence 10
      Keith, O 39 Feb 1841 Self TX OH LA
      Margaret 39 Jun 1841 TX TN TN
      George 7 Jun 1873 son LA TX TN
      William O. 5 Mar 1875 son
      Berry, Lethean female 11 Jan 1869 servant TX Prussia Prussia
    1880, Texas, Jefferson County, District 41
    1880, Texas, Jefferson County, District 41
    Gentz, Fred and family, with Charlotte Gentz; Samuel Lee and family, Melinda Jones Sparks, and family; Brewton, Smith, Gray, Emmett Courts.
    Died Aft 1880  Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Other-Begin 22 Mar 1936  Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mrs. Jack C. Beaumont Recalls Early School Days When She Was One of First Five Port Arthur Pupils
    Mrs. Jack C. Beaumont Recalls Early School Days When She Was One of First Five Port Arthur Pupils
    Port Arthur News
    Sunday, March 22, 1936
    Mentioned in article and linked to:
    Emma Lee, husband Jack Beaumont, daughter Pearl Beaumont
    Fred Gentz and wife Bell Sparks, children Welby Gentz and Helen Gentz and husband M.E. (Mathew Edmond) Nobles
    John Sidney Sparks and wife Melinda Jones; their sons: Albert, Frank, William, Thomas, James, Worth, Henry; daughters: Julia, Sarah and husband Frank Brewton and heir children Grace and Frank, Eliza Jane and husband Samuel Lee (parents of Emma Lee); Belle and husband Fred Gentz
    Research Notes 16 Mar 2014 
    • 1830 Jackson Co Alabama (west of the H. Range Line

      a Weathy (Wesley) Jones; 50-59 (1771-1780) (one of children named Wesley; but Melinda b 1819 is not in this household)
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State):
      Jackson, Alabama
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 2 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
      Total Free White Persons: 7
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 7

      Chesby (Cirby R.) R. Jones (same page 101 as Wm Sparks in 1830 Jackson Co AL - James still at home) (maybe Melinda's bro?)
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 2
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):2

      next door to Wm Sparks, where John Sparks, Melinda's future husband was living) (Melinda b 1819 or age 11; not here)
      Martin (translated Master) Jones,
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State):
      Jackson, Alabama
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2 1825-1830
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 1821-1825
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2 1816-1820
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1 1781-1790
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1 1821-1825
      Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1 1811-1815
      Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39:1 1791-1800
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 7
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
      Total Free White Persons: 10
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):10

      same page:
      Chesby R Jones (maybe a bro?)
      [Cirby R Jones]
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State):
      Jackson, Alabama
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1 1801-1810
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 2
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):2

      Tho Jone [Thos Jones] (Melinda b 1819 or age 11)
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State):
      Jackson, Alabama
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1 1811-1815
      Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 2 1771-1780
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1 1825-1830
      Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2 1821-1825
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2 1816-1820
      *** COULD BE MELINDA ***
      Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1 1781-1790
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
      Total Free White Persons: 9
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 9
    Buried Sparks Cem, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sparks Settlement Cemetery
    Sparks Settlement Cemetery
    Notes 
    • Date: 98-04-13 10:08:26 EDT
      From: jsparks@beamans.com (JAY SPARKS)
      To: Wileyz@aol.com (John E Sharp)

      Speaking of picture I have also have a picture of Malinda, a picture of James and Worthy togeather.
      Also have one of James, Worthy and Joseph Madison (Solomon son) togather. They are the old tipe that has the tin backing. Joe Crindon Echels wife, Christine gave me the pictures back when I visted them a few years back. Joe Crindon was named after his Dad & Grandpa Worthy Cryndon "Word" Sparks. (Note - the spelling was changed) I ask Christine why, she said that his mother was a school teacher and that is should be spelled that away. Lucy May Sparks (Miss Lucy what the children call her) She married Joseph "Joe" Howard Echels 7/7/1909 Beaumont. He got killed on the 7/10/1911 on a motercycle thay hit a wagon (buggy) at night. Said that one of the buggy
      tounge went through him. They only had the one child.


      1880 census: daughter Arabella states mother born in Tennessee.
      Possibly born in Alabama, as per "History of Sparks Family."
      Shown in 1850 census as head of household with Albert, Eliza, John and Sarah.

      Widowed in 1870 at age 51, she is shown head of household in the 1870 Jefferson County census, Sparks & River Settlement. She recorded her birthplace as Alabama, listed her property at a value of $2,000 and her personl estate as $500. Living with her were her sons James, 17, a farm laborer, and John 27, a laborer, and Worthy, age 14. She was living next door to her daughter, Julia Sparks and Jim Courts on one side and Mrs. Solomon Sparks, Caroline, her daughter-in-law on the other.

      1880, Worthy is still living at home, working as a mail carrier, and James has married Ella. They are living with her, too. In this census, she states that she was born in Tennessee rather than Alabama. She lists that her father was born in Virginia and her mother in Tennessee. Also listed is Thomas George, 8 years old, as a servant, born in Texas but whereabouts of his parents' birth was listed as unknown.

      Melinda Sparks 61 Mar born TN father VA, mother TN
      Worthy 24 Mar mail carrier TX father NC mom TN
      James 26 Dec laborer TX
      Ella 23 Nov TX

      Malinda was buried in Sparks cemetery.
    Person ID I402  Roots
    Last Modified 31 May 2017 

    Father Thomas* Jones, (bro of Martin?),   b. Between 1771 and 1780, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1840, of, Jackson Co, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother (..)* Jones,   b. Between 1781 and 1790, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1830, of, Jackson Co, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married Abt 1818 
    Family ID F189  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Sidney* Sparks,   b. 26 Mar 1811, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1870, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1833  near Gatlinburg, Franklin Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William E. Sparks,   b. 15 Mar 1834, Franklin Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850  (Age 15 years)
    +2. Julia* Ann Sparks,   b. 13 Oct 1836, Franklin Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1925, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. Thomas Sparks,   b. 2 Jan 1839, Pavell Island, Orange Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     4. Albert Sparks,   b. 21 Mar 1841, Pavell Island, Orange Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1 Oct 1861, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas (Civil War) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 20 years)
    +5. Eliza "Elizabeth" Jane Sparks,   b. 27 Oct 1843, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1925, Port Neches, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. John Franklin "Frank" Sparks,   b. 17 Jun 1846, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 12 Oct 1864  (Age > 18 years)
    +7. Sarah Melissa Carolyn "Sallie" Sparks,   b. 26 Dec 1848, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1930, of, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 83 years)
    +8. Arabelle "Belle" Sparks,   b. 1 Aug 1851, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1906, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +9. James Christian (Coleman) Sparks, Sr,   b. 10 Dec 1853, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1898, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    +10. Worthy Crindon Sparks,   b. 25 Mar 1856, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1948, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     11. Henry E Sparks,   b. 21 Dec 1859, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860  (Age > 2 years)
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - birth - 1819 - Middleton, Rhea Co, Tennessee (?) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Mar 1819 - Middleton, Rhea Co, Tennessee (?) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - married - 1 Mar 1833 - near, Gatlinburg, Franklin Co, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 24 Oct 1850 - Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 12 Jul 1860 - Sabine Pass (Precinct 5), Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aft 1880 - Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sparks Cem, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Sparks Exhibit, Museum of the Gulf Coast - Court, Melinda Jones
    Sparks Exhibit, Museum of the Gulf Coast - Court, Melinda Jones
    700 Procter Street
    Port Arthur, Texas
    Sparks Exhibit, Museum of the Gulf Coast - Sparks Home
    Sparks Exhibit, Museum of the Gulf Coast - Sparks Home
    700 Procter Street
    Port Arthur, Texas
    Jones, Melinda
    Jones, Melinda

    Documents
    Courts and Sparks Families in Southeast Texas (d)
    Courts and Sparks Families in Southeast Texas (d)
    Sparks and Aurora
    Sparks and Aurora
    Originally published in about 1940, and published on the Internet by "Old and Sold, Turn-of-the-Century wisdom for today." Tells of life among the Sparks and families who lived in the Sparks Settlement in the mid to late 1800s. (d)
    http://www.oldandsold.com/articles11/port-arthur-4.shtml

    Albums
    Aurora Remembered
    Aurora Remembered (11)
    In October 1837, two San Augustine men, H. M. Hanks and Colonel Almonzan Huston, former quartermaster general of the Texas army, teamed up to found the townsite of Aurora at present-day Port Arthur.34 One record indicates that the townsite contained 6,677 lots. Although Huston sold some lots to residents of San Augustine, no more than six transactions are recorded in Jefferson County, and the realty venture was soon abandoned. In time, the townsite’s name was transferred to nearby “Sparks’ Settlement,” at the mouth of Taylor’s Bayou, where John and Solomon Sparks settled in 1841 and operated a ferry.

    Chapter VI: A History of Jefferson County, Texas
    Early Town-Building and Government
    By W. T. Block



    Settlement on the Sabine Lake, first known as Sparks Settlement, and is now Port Arthur, where the Sparks, Courts, Gentz, Burrell, Johnson, Clark, Hayes, and other families lived from 1830s until late 1890s when disease, hurricanes, and mosquitos forced the families to abandon their settlement, moving further inland to Port Neches, Groves, and Beaumont.
    Sparks Exhibit - Museum of the Gulf Coast
    Sparks Exhibit - Museum of the Gulf Coast (17)
    700 Proctor Street
    Port Arthur, Texas
    c 1993

  • Sources 
    1. [S67] 1850 US Jefferson Co Census.