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Sparks Settlement, Jefferson Co, Texas: Our Family History

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Sparks Settlement, Jefferson Co, Texas



 


Media

Photos
Aurora Remembered
Aurora Remembered

Documents
1870, Texas, Jefferson County, Sparks Settlement census
1870, Texas, Jefferson County, Sparks Settlement census
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.

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