Civil War & Stephens County, OK (30)


John Milton Sparks (1841-1918)

John Milton Sparks was born on Oct. 22, 1841 in Owen County, Kentucky to Milton & Sarah (‘Sally’) [Spiers?; Spires?] Milton. He was their second born child, having been preceded not quite three years earlier by his sister, Mary Francis Sparks (b. Dec. 22, 1838; Oct. 2, 1898), who was likely born within a year of her parent’s marriage.

John and Mary’s father, Milton (b. about 1817 in Franklin County, KY), died tragically, due to drowning, in 1846, while the children were still quite young.

John Milton was a veteran of the Civil War. His great-grandfather, Henry Sparks (b. 1753; d.?), had served in the Revolutionary War in a unit that was George Washington’s body guard. As to John’s service in the military during the Civil War, his name inscribed on the veterans monument in the city cemetery of Marlow, Oklahoma bears testimony. As to which side he claimed his allegiance during the war, I don’t know. Though he’s listed as a Union veteran in Dale Talkington’s work The Long Blue Line, this does not make the case for his allegiance a certainty. It should be noted that Talkington’s work also mistakenly lists John’s middle initial as” N.” (p.602a).

John was a married man; however, I don’t know at what point in life he married “America E.” (b. Mar. 15, 1846; d. Dec. 20, 1918), nor do I know whether or not they had children.

At some point in his life, John & America moved to Stephens County, Oklahoma. He and America both are buried there in the city cemetery of Marlow, Oklahoma (section 12, block 78, lot 1). The Masonic emblem engraved on their shared gravestone tells us John was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Do you know more about this man? If so, I would like to hear from you.

One Reply to “Civil War & Stephens County, OK (30)”

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