is the only visual memory of one brother. The sons of William J “Billy” Norwood posed for a photograph in 1903. There were six of them, but one had died during the War Between the States. The seventh son was born and died in 1829.
William Mitchell “Billy” Norwood and wife Lucinda Larwood Norwood had seven sons and three daughters. Billy was born in South Carolina; by 1820 his family were residing in Giles County, Tennessee. He and Lucinda married 10 October 1825 in Lawrence County, Alabama. Their children were: Nancy Ann Norwood 1827 – 1899, Son Norwood 1829 – 1829, William Mitchell Norwood 1831 – 1907, Charles Neil S. “Big Jobe” Norwood 1833 – 1862, George Washington Norwood 1835 – 1923, Elizabeth Sarah Norwood 1838 – 1934, Edmond Thomas “Tom” “Bud” Norwood 1840 – 1932, Mary Frances Tabitha “Tabby” Norwood 1843 – 1925, James Ambrose Wesley Norwood 1845 – 1931, and Josiah Harris “Sye” Norwood 1850 – 1926.
It was “Big Jobe” who was missing from the photo with a lonely chair a symbol that he had not been forgotten. He was born 16 November 1834 and died 5 November 1862 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee. He left a wife, Selena “Lena” Mason Garner Norwood 1840-1912, and several children behind. Big Jobe’s children were: Jobe Garner Norwood 1856 – 1925, William R Norwood 1859 – 1908, Elmira J Norwood 1860 – 1866, and Lussey Lucy Norwood 1862 – .
Charles N. S. “Big Jobe” Norwood served in the War Between the States on the Confederates side as a Private in Company C, 32nd Tennessee Infantry. He enlisted 1 December 1861 at Bridgeport, Alabama and was captured at Fort Donelson 16 February 1862, was exchanged and sent to Murfreesboro, Tennessee and died there 5 November 1862. This can be found on Roll #252 CSA at Tennessee State Archives. He asked a friend to see that he was brought back to Giles County, Tennessee to be buried. He is interred at Old Shores Cemetery in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee.
He was known as “Big Jobe”. He died near Murfreesboro, Tennessee while serving with the Confederate Army shortly before the Battle of Stones River. Cause of death is not known but most likely due to disease which was not uncommon for soldiers at the time.
The photo at left is of his gravemarker in Old Shores Cemetery in Pulaski, Tennessee
The photo made in 1903 is of the five remaining brothers. The Norwood Brothers Front row: William Norwood, age 72; the vacant chair is for Charles “Big Jobe” Norwood who died during the War Between the States, and George Norwood, age 67. Back row: Thomas “Bud” Norwood age, 63; James “Jim” Norwood, age 58; and Josiah “Sye”Norwood, age 53.
William Mitchell Norwood, front row left, and his wife Mary Morning Brown had a large family of children. Their children are: George Washington – 1931, Nancy Ann Norwood 1857 – , William Gable Norwood 1858 – , Mary Lucinda Norwood 1860 – , J S Norwood 1861 – , J T Norwood 1863 – , Jefferson Franklin Norwood 1865 – 1923, Jessie F Norwood 1865 – , Sarah Syrena Norwood 1867 – 1932, Rueben Rellard Norwood 1868 – 1914, Josiah Silas Norwood 1872 – 1961, Jasper Harris Norwood 1876 – 1958, and Ann A Norwood 1881 – 1900.
William Mitchell “Billy” Norwood’s parents were William Mitchell who was born 1771 in Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina and died 08 November 1850 in Moulton, Lawrence, Alabama and Susannah Smith Norwood who was born 1773 in Brunswick, Virginia and died 1850 in Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama. Susannah Norwood was buried in Bankhead, Lawrence County, Alabama without a marker on her grave. The Cemetery is known as both Arbor and Doss Cemetery. William Mitchell Norwood is buried at Old Town Creek in Lawrence County, Alabama. It is through William Mitchell and Susannah Smith Norwood’s sixth son, a brother to Billy Norwood in the photo on our post just prior, that my family descends from the Norwood and Brown families.
George Washington Norwood was born 31 May 1811 in Giles County, Tennessee. His wife was Priscilla McDaniel 1813 – 1880. They had the following children: William J Norwood 1832 – 1900, Jonathan Harrison Norwood 1836 – 1910, Hiram Norwood 1839 – , Matilda Norwood 1840 – , George Washington Norwood 1843 – 1902, Nancy M Norwood 1844 – 1926,and Sarah Ann Norwood 1844 – 1912.
Their second son Jonathan Harrison Norwood married Martha Jane “Mattie” Brown,1843 – 1893, on 20 December 1863 in Lawrence County, Alabama. They had the following children: Mary Mollie Norwood 1865 – 1916, William Hiram Norwood 1868 – 1927, George Washington Norwood 1875 – 1957, John Miller Norwood 1878 – 1928, Sarah Norwood 1880 – 1880, Arrie Ary J Norwood 1881 – , and James W Norwood 1885 – 1885.
Mary Mollie Norwood is my paternal great-great grandmother. She married William Thomas Sparks, 1853 – 1938, on 4 December 1879 apparently at the age of fourteen. They were married in Lawrence County, Alabama. They had the following children: William Sparks 1881 – , Lelia Sparks 1885 – , Henry H Sparks 1886 – , Alice Sparks 1889 – 1952, Virgil L Sparks 1892 – 1952, Alvin Owens Alvie Sparks 1894 – 1927, and Lula Mae Sparks 1900 – 1909. They lived their married life in Colbert County, Alabama. Both are buried at Morning Star Cemetery, with many relatives, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. There are at least four generations of my ancestors buried at Morning Star Cemetery.
Written by: Carolyn Murray Greer
Remembering the Shoals
- Norwoods are plentiful… (rememberingtheshoals.wordpress.com)
in Lawrence County, Alabama especially in the Moulton area, but there are not as many as there were in the mid 1800s. William Mitchell Norwood’s father by the same name died in Lawrence County in 1850. He left a large number of descendants behind. Many of them wound up in Colbert County, Alabama. Actually, since the county lines shifted, they may not have moved at all.
William Mitchell “Billy” Norwood in this photo is important to many Shoals area and northern Alabama people. He is important because he is of the Norwood clan that came from the Carolinas to settle in the southern Tennessee and northern Alabama areas. Many will know, or will discover, they are kin to him and his descendants. A photo of his sons will follow in the next post.
Names associated with this photo include: Emily, O Daniel, Clara, Masters, and Tom, but who are the others?
Please help identify those in the photo; tag them with their names.
This Sparks family photo dated 1941 remains mysterious. Would you help solve the mystery?
who married Sarah Delia Sparks is the father of Nora Lee Roberts and William H Roberts. Nora Lee Roberts married William Arthur “Willie” Oliver. Nora Lee Roberts and Willie Arthur Oliver had a daughter, Mattie Myrtle Oliver. Nora Lee and Willie married in 1902; this was the about the same time this photograph was taken of them and another couple. Can anyone identify the other couple? Nora Lee Oliver died before 1910 and Willie Oliver married, Lillie Mae Fretwell who was three years older than his daughter.
following the War of Northern Aggression could be applied for and submitted to Congress by an individual who had property seized or destroyed by Union Soldiers during the War. The process was long and tedious and required the services of a lawyer.
Sarah A Goins from Colbert County, formerly Franklin County, made such an application, as did her daughter Louisa Eliza Goins Sparks, widow of Coleman Sparks. The content of the application made by Sarah Ann Downs Goins, widow of J Bazil Goins, follows along with the interrogatories:
Amount Allowed $95.00
Claim of Sarah A. Goins
1. 50 bush corn 62.50/ 50
2. 600 lbs fodder 12. /6
3. 50 lbs flour 4./ 4
4. 100 lbs bacon 20./ 20
5. 1 saddle 15/ 15
Claimant is a widow about 64 years of age, was a widow when the property was taken. She resided in Colbert County, Alabama. She sympathized with the union cause, has a son and son-in-law in the union army. She rejoiced at the success of the union army and regretted its reverses. The property was taken by Gen’l Wilson’s forces in April 1865. At this time army supplies bore a very high price. We think the proofs justify the above allowances and we recommend the payment of $95.00
Commissioners of Claims
20129 Feb. 24
Petition of Sarah A. Goins, Colbert County, Ala.
To the Commissioners of Claims
Submitted 19, Oct. 75
Nature of Claim, corn, flour, fodder, bacon and saddle.
Amount Claimed $113.50
Filed by Tho. C. (Lewis crossed out) & Fullerton
Attorney-at-Law, Washington, D.C.
Petition to the honorable Commissioner of Claims under the
Act of Congress of March 3, 1871, Washington, D.C. The petition of (1) Sarah A. Goins respectfully represents:
That she is a citizen of the United States and resides at or near (2) Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama that she so resided when this claim accrued at or near (3) Tuscumbia, Colbert County , Alabama. That she has a claim against the United State for property (4) taken for the use of the army (5) of the United States during the late rebellion (or near) Tuscumbia in the County of Colbert and state of Alabama. That the said claim, stated by items, and excluding any and all items of damage, destruction and loss, (and not use) or property; of unauthorized or unnecessary depredations by troops and other persons upon property, or of rent or compensation for the use or occupation of building grounds, or other real estate, as follows:
1. 50 Bu corn 1.25 62.50
2. 600 lbs fodder @ 2.4 12.00
3. 50 lbs flour @ 8.4 4.00
4. 100 lbs bacon @ 20. 20.00
5. 1 new saddle (cost) 15.00——-Total 113.50
That the property in question was taken or furnished for the use of a portion of the army of the United States, known as (5) Wilson’s Raid and commanded by Gen’l Wilson and that the persons who took or received the property, or who authorized or directed it be taken or furnished, were the following:
That the property was removed to (6) by Army and used for or by (7) them? All this on or about the day of April in the year 1865. That (8) no voucher, receipt, or other writing, was given for the property. That your petitioner verily believes that the property described was (9) under the following circumstances, or one or more of such circumstances, viz:
That (10) petitioner of Colbert County, Alabama the original owner of said claim, and that she is
the present owner of the same, (11) that your petitioner remained loyally adherent to the cause and the Government of the United States during the war, and was so loyal before and at the time of the taking of the property for which this claim is made, and she solemnly declares that, from the beginning of hostilities against the United States to the end thereof her sympathies were constantly with the cause of the United States; that she never, of her own free will or accord, did anything or offered, or sought, or attempted to do anything, by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its success, and that she was at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or its supporters, so far as her means and power, and the circumstances of the cause permitted.
5. Describe the organization as fully and particularly as possible.
6. State as well as can be done the place to which the property was conveyed.
7. State as fully and minutely as possible, the particular persons or commands using the property, and to what particular uses it was applied or intended to be applied.
8. If any vouchers or written papers were given, attach the originals or copies, or state where the originals are to be found and give the substance of them.
9. Taken of “furnished.”
10. The loyalty of the owner of the property when taken or furnished, and of all persons having a present beneficial interest in the claim, must be established by proof.
11. If any other persons than the original owner now own or have an interest in the claim, state how such ownership or interest was acquired.
Robert Wardlaw , James Osborn
County of Colbert
Sarah A. Goins (14) being duly sworn (15) deposes and says that he is the petitioner named in the foregoing petition, and who signed the same; that the matters therein stated are true, of the deponent’s own knowledge, except as to those matters which are stated on information and belief, and as to those matters he believes them to be true; and deponent further says that he did not voluntarily serve in the Confederate army or navy, either as an officer, soldier, or sailor, or in any other capacity, at any time during the late rebellion; that he never voluntarily furnished any stores, supplies, or other material aid to said Confederate army or navy, or to the
Confederate government, or to any officer, department or adherent of the same in support thereof, and that he never voluntarily accepted or exercised the functions of any office whatsoever under, or yielded voluntary support to, the said Confederate Government.
Sarah A. (x her mark) Goins
1. 50 Bu Corn @ 1.25 62.502. 600 lbs. Fodder @ 2.4 12.003. 50 lbs. Flour @ 8.4 4.004. 100 lbs Bacon @ 20. 25.005. 1 new Saddle @ 15.00—————–Total $118.50
That as stated in the Petition referred to, the property in question was taken from Sara A. Goins, of Colbert County, in the state of Alabama, for the use of a portion of the Army of the United States, known as (3) Wilson’s Command (called Wilson’s Raid) and commanded by Gen’l Wilson, and that the person’s who took or received the property, or who authorized or directed it to be taken or furnished, were the following:
of his own free will and accord, did anything, or offered, or sought, or attempted to do anything, by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its successes, and that he was at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or its supporters, so far as his means and power and the circumstances of the case permitted:
Petitioner herself of Colbert County, AlaAdeline Goins of Colbert County, AlaJosephine Goins of Colbert County, AlaFrances Goins of Colbert County, Ala
Adeline Goins of Colbert Co., AlaJosephine Goins of Colbert Co., AlaFrances Goins of Colbert Co., Ala
recorded, at such place and at such time as the Special Commissioner may designate at the proper cost of the said Claimant; and that due notice of the time and place of the taking thereof be given to the Claimant, through his council.
relating to confiscation, or to captured and abandoned property?
Are you in his employ now, or do you live on his land bought from him? Are you in his debt? What other person besides yourself has any interest in this claim?
were occupied, and to what place they removed the property.
changed my residence or business, the county of Colbert being a part of Franklin previous to and during the war.
what Company or Regiment my said son in law went. (into was crossed out) He died soon after. I have never heard of my son since I learned he was captured and carried to Jackson, Mississippi as before stated, and cannot produce his discharge papers, as I never saw it, if ever given.
No recent battle or skirmish had taken place near there.
Deposition of Washington J. Goin
Claim of Sarah A, Goin
Of Colbert County, State of Alabama
Sarah A. Goin, page 5-13
Washington J. Goin, page 14-16
William Goin, page 17-19
William C. Grissom, page 20-23
James M. Goin, page 24-27
Submitted 19 Oct. .75
Taken by R.S. Watkins, Special Commissioner
Actual fees and
costs, $7.75 including postage
Agents or Attorneysat Washington:
Thos. C. Fullerton
Note. – On this page the special commissioner may enter any explanation, statement, note or comment of his own which may be of service in the examination and decision of the claim at Washington. If there be anything noticeable in the appearance, conduct, or condition of the witness the fact should be noted on this page. If the special commissioner knows or hears anything, apart from what appears in the deposition, that either confirms or impugns the credibility of the testimony or the merit of the claim, he should state what he knows or what he has heard, with the means of knowledge, or the names of his informants, as the case may be, in order that formal inquiry may be made, or further evidence demanded, if necessary. It would be serviceable to both sides if the special commissioner were to ascertain and set down the names of the men, still living, who, by general reputation, were leading Unionists of the war-period in the vicinity of the claimant. Comment or opinion based merely on the testimony taken is not desired.
The foregoing depositions of Sarah A. Goin, claimant, and of her witnesses, Washington J. Goin, William Goin, William C. Grissom, and James M. Goin, contained on the fore-going pages from 5-27 inclusive, were taken by me in all respects as stated in my certificate preceding the same on page 1.
Sarah A. Goins of Alabama
$95.00 Due him Out of the Appropriations for Claims of Loyal Citizens for supplies furnished during the rebellion.
For the amount allowed by the Commissioner of claims. Reported March 31, 1874 Returned April 4th, 1877
Requisition No. 3753, dated April 7, 1877, transmitted for Warrant April 12th, 1877.
members were spread throughout the Shoals area. Many descendants live in the Shoals area today.
The lady in the fine hat in the graphic is Alice Gregory. This Alice Gregory is the daughter of Smith David Gregory and Sarah Ann Francis Lucas Gregory. She was the oldest sister of Elmer Gilbert Gregory. She married Adolph Zosel; she moved to Ontario, Canada after living up north for quite a while and there she is buried. Sarah Ann Francis Gregory, widowed, married Daniel Newton Hand and had several Hand children.
The funeral scene is of the other Alice Gregory. Her maiden name was Alice Sparks, daughter of William Thomas Sparks and Mollie Norwood (sometimes written as Narmore) Sparks. She married Elmer Gilbert Gregory. William Thomas and Mollie Sparks are buried at Morning Star Cemetery in Colbert County. Methel Estelle Gregory was a daughter of Elmer and Alice Gregory. Although, you may see the name Gregory, Gregor, and MacGregor for different family members went by different derivations of the name.
Elmer G MacGregor went by the MacGregor name. He was called Mac by friends and family. Sparks might fly when a discussion of the name occurs. Elmer buried his wife Alice Sparks as a McGregor; but his children buried him as a Gregory. I have a copy of the death certificate for Alice McGregor in my possession.
The male pictured is a Gregory for that is written on the back of the photo. He is one of the Gregory brothers: Elmer, Lucian, or Elijah Gregory. Wistfulness on my part wants it to be Elmer.
The lady pictured in the plaid is a sister to Sarah Ann Francis Lucas Gregory. Her name is Eliza Jane Lucas. She married a Hutto.
COLEMAN SPARKS, was born about 1826 in South Carolina and he died on June 24, 1663 while in the military service of the United States. He married Louisa E. Goings (or Goins) on April 1, 1849 in Calhoun County, Georgia. He served in Co. D, 1st Regt. Alabama Cavalry. File Designations: Wid. Cert. No. 162,128; Minor Cert. No. 260,670.
On February 3, 1871, Louisa E. Sparks, age 38, a resident of Tuscumbia, Alabama, made application for a widow’s pension. She stated that she was the widow of Coleman Sparks who was a private in Company D, 1st Regiment Alabama Cavalry Volunteers and who had died on April 25, 1863, at Glendale, Mississippi, of chronic diarrhea. She and Coleman Sparks had been married on April 1, 1849, at Calhoun, Georgia, by Esquire Collier, a justice of the peace. Her maiden name was Louisa E. Goings. Children of this marriage who were under the age of sixteen were: Joseph Monroe Sparks, born October 11, 1855; Sarah Delia Sparks, born November 20, 1857; Sue Anna Sparks, born April 11, 1860; and Arty Missa and Julia Ann Sparks, twins, born February 15, 1862. A. L. Moody and William Dillard witnessed her make her mark and the application was sworn to before S. S. Anderson, Judge of the Franklin County Probate Court.
The military service of Coleman Sparks was confirmed by the War Department on July 11, 1871. He had enrolled on March 13, 1863, at Glendale, Mississippi., in Company D, 1st Regiment Alabama Cavalry for a period of three years. He was present for duty until he died in the hospital at Glendale on June 24, 1863, of chronic diarrhea.
On July 13, 1871, Louisa Sparks brought her family Bible to W. L. Gray, a justice of the peace, to prove the birth dates of her children. The Bible entries were as follows:
Joseph Sparks was born Jan. the 8th, 1850 died at about 9 months of age
General Washington Sparks was born Oct. 20, 1851
William Thomas Sparks was born Dec. 6, 1853
Joseph Monroe Sparks was born Oct. 17, 1855 Sarah Deliar Sparks was born Nov. 20, 1857
Suanner Sparks was born Apr. 17, 1860
Arty Misser Sparks
Julia Ann Sparks twins were born Feb. 15, 1862
James Osborn and Calvin Dillard witnessed Louisa Sparks make her mark and Abner J. Ligom, Judge of the Colbert County, Alabama, Probate Court, certified that J. L. Gray was a justice of the peace.
On September 30, 1871, Justice of the Peace‘ W. L. Gray made an affidavit that he had seen a family record of Louisa E. Sparks vrhich showed that she and Coleman Sparks were married on April 1, 1849.
A year later, on October 17, 1872, Sarah E. Goings went before Judge Abner W. Ligon and testified that she was the mother of Louisa E. Goings and that she was present in Georgia when Coleman Sparks and Louisa E. were married. She stated: “They started from home to be married and returned in a short time as man & wife, and I know they lived together as man & wife until the death of Coleman Sparks, and had a family of children, and that she never married since. I have made efforts & Louisa E. Sparks to obtain record evidence of her marriage in Georgia, but none can be found.” O. G. Wingo and Charles Womble concurred in her statement, and the affidavit was witnessed by S. B. Thornton and S. W. McCloskey and was sworn to before A. W. Ligon, Judge of Colbert County Probate Court.
An undated document (probably written about 1873) in the pension file of Coleman Sparks tells the circumstances surrounding his enlistment in the Union Army. Here it is in its entirety:
“Case of Mrs. Louisa E. Sparks, Widow of Coleman Sparks, Decd., Late of Co. D, First Regt. Alabama Cavalry, Col. Geo. E. Spencer, Commanding Regt. No. 197,467. Special, Jas. H. Stoss, Tuscumbia, Alabama.Coleman Sparks resided in Colbert (late Franklin) Co., Ala., and as he was known to be an uncompromising Union man, no notice of his conscription was Served upon him, but he was Seized by the conscript officer, backed by a Squad of Cavalry, as Mr. Sparks was on his way to the Mill with grain for the use of his Family as Breadstuff. He was taken from his Team just as he was & hurried to the Rebel Headquarters from whence he made his Escape in a few days & made his way as best he could to the Federal Headquarters at Glendale, Miss., near Corinth where he Enlisted as above & was Mustered into the Service and Died from Fever resulting from Exposure & cold contracted in the Swamp in making his Escape from the Confederate Headquarters, as his Family was informed by his comrades, some of their Neighbors. His Family consisted of his wife, now widowed, and their Seven children, the younges [sic] being infant Twin Daughters of but a few months old.
The Family was plundered to some extent by the Confederates, but the Federal Troops belonging to the command of Genl. Wilson & known as Wilson’s Raid took her Team from the plow where her son was plowing in the Field & stripped her Premises of almost everything in the way of Supplies of all kind even to her Poultry. We made application more than two years since for her Pension, Back Pay, etc., and in due time made application for her property, taken by the Troops, to the Court of Claims, but as yet get nothing. Coleman Sparks & his wife & now his widow, have been members of the Sand Lick Church (Babtist) [sic] ever since they have Resided in Ala. They joining by Letter from their former Residence in Georgia. We long since filed all the Evidence that her (or rather our) attys. stated was necessary, yet get nothing. As to standing & respectability it good, so considered by all classes. Her children all make their Home with their mother on their littel Home Farm where by their Industry, they make an Honest living but during the War especily [sic] after they was Robbed of their Team & Property by the Federal Troops, it was with great difficulty indeed. The attys. in your city are Messrs. Charles C. Tucker & Co.”
Louisa E. Sparks was issued Widow’s Certificate No. 162,128 and she was placed upon the pension rolls. On September 27, 1876, she married Calvin Dillard which apparently stopped her pension, whereupon she made application for a pension for her minor children. This required her appointment as the guardian of her two youngest children: Artimissa Sparks and Julia Ann Sparks. Her appointment was granted on February 23, 1878, and Minor Certificate No. 260,670 was issued and the children were placed upon the pension roll.
The last record (in chronological order) sent from the pension file of Coleman Sparks is dated May 2, 1887. From the evidence presented, it appears that Louisa E. Dillard (formerly Louisa E. (Goings) Sparks) was trying to get retroactive pension benefits for her children prior to their sixteenth birthdays, for again she presented the family Bible with the dates of birth of her children in it. The Bible was printed in New York in 1853. A new entry had been made on August 15, 1877, when one of the children, Susa A. Sparks (called “Suanner” when her birth was recorded in the Bible) had died. Nothing was sent from the National Archives to indicate whether she was successful in getting retroactive benefits or not.
(Editor’s Note: Coleman and Louisa L. (Goings) Sparks were living in the 12th Division of Gordon County, Georgia, when the 1850 census was taken; the census taker called on them on December 7, 1850. They had been married the year before (in 1849) and they were the only members of their household – – their first born son, Joseph, born January 8, 1850, had died in October, 1850. Coleman Sparks was listed as 23 years old (thus born about 1827) while Louisa was 20 (born about 1830); both were listed as born in South Carolina. The only other Sparks family listed on the 1850 census of Gordon County, Georgia, also in the 12th District, was that of Drury Sparks, age 55 (thus born about 1795) and his wife, Nancy, of the same age. With them were living Nancy Sparks, age 20; Caswell (or Carwell) Sparks, age 23; James Sparks, age 13; Mary Sparks, age 11; and Eliza J. Sparks, age 9. All members of this family were listed as having been born in South Carolina. Considering the ages of Drury and Coleman Sparks, Drury Sparks may well have been Coleman’s father.
Drury Sparks belonged to the Union County, South Carolina, branch of the Sparks family; he was listed there on both the 1830 and the 1840 census. It may be logically conjectured that Drury Sparks, with his family, including Coleman Sparks, moved from Union County, South Carolina, to Gordon County, Georgia, between 1840 and 1850. He was probably the Drury Sparks who purchased land on Sugar Creek in Union County, South Carolina, on November 8, 1821, from Zachariah Nancy (Book T, page 121).
There was another Coleman Sparks (which is an unusual name in the Sparks Family) living in Union County, South Carolina, when the 1860 census was taken. He was then aged 23 and appears to have been a son of John and Unicy Sparks (ages 60 and 50 respectively). It is probably this Coleman Sparks whose grave is in the Padgett’s Creek Church cemetery in Union County; his stone gives his date of birth as April 9, 1831, and his death as 1861.
The History of Gordon County, Georgia by Lulie Pitts published in 1933 states (page 89 that Coleman Sparks served on a grand jury before the Civil War. It is also stated (page 170) that Ruth C. Sparks was a widow of Carwell Sparks who served in the Confederate Army, Company F of the 4th Georgia Infantry, Dole’s & Cooke’s Brigade (Toombs’s Volunteers) in which a Samuel Sparks also served. The author states (page 138) that W. D. Sparks and J. T. Sparks of Gordon County served in Company E of the 8th Georgia Batttalion, Gist’s Brigade (Freeman’s Volunteers). She gives three Sparks marriages recorded in Gordon County:
W. C. Sparks & Miss M. M. McCaul, December 9, 1868
Geo. W. Sparks & Miss S. J. Turner, January 16, 1868
Geo. W. Sparks & Louisa J. Clarda, January 4, 1880
We have found only one further item pertaining to the Coleman Sparks of this pension file. His son, General Washington Sparks, is buried in the Crooked Oak Cemetery at Crooked Oak in Colbert County, Alabama, located about 12 miles from Tuscumbia and about 9 miles from Russellville. Tombstone inscriptions there were copied by a local historian named R. L. James of Russellville about 1930. The tombstone for General Washington Sparks gives his name as General W. Sparks with the birth date October 20, 1851, and the death date as November 2, 1921. A note which Mr. James wrote in 1930 reads: “Mr. Sparks was of a different family from those buried in Sparks Cemetery. His mother was a daughter of Sarah A. Goins (wife of J. B. Goins) born April 30, 1813, died June 11, 1892. The Goins family came from Georgia and I think his father and mother married there.” (See the QUARTERLY of December 1959, Vol. VII, No. 4, Whole No. 28, pp.431-33, for a record of the Sparkses buried in the Sparks Cemetery located near Russellville, Alabama.