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Col William Henry Sparke
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Birth: Oct. 7, 1807
Chemung County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1896
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

Proud Confederate Soldier CSA

Shreveport, Louisiana, June 30, 1896
Colonel W. H. Sparke died at 1 o'clock today at his residence in this city. He was born the in Elmira, New York, October 22, 1807, and was the oldest citizen in this city. He had been in enfeebled health and was confined to his bed last Thursday, hoping to improve but gradually grew worse and passed away quietly, surround by his loved ones, many of whom came from a distance. Colonel Sparke's boyhood was spent in Kentucky. He lived in Missouri and Mississippi, and in 1870 was extensively engaged in business in this city. By character as associations he was a true southern gentleman, identified enthusiastically with all of the south's tenderest memory and steady progressiveness. His mind was clear. He loved to be with his friends. He had lived a temperate, frugal life. He was respected; he had the esteem of the public; he was a noble man among men. His children were the solace of his declining years. In the death of Colonel Sparke a figure long familiar in this community has been called to join the silent majority in the golden shore of the great beyond.
Transcribed by Charlotte Stevens Schneider, 2nd Great Grandniece of Mary Margaret Stevens Sparke, 2nd wife of Colonel W. H. Sparke.
William Henry Sparke was married to Mary Margaret Stevens on August 31, 1833 in Warren, Mississippi. Mississippi Marriages 1776-1935
Children: Ann Cordelia Sparke, Walter Sparke, Henrietta Sparke, John Stevens Sparke

In 1870 William H. Sparks of Natchez wrote "Most of them were from the poorer districts of Georgia and the
Carolinas. True to the instincts of the people from whom they were decended, they sought as nearly as possible
just such a country as that from which they came, and were really refugees from a growing civilization consequent
upon a denser population and its necessities. They desired an open, poor, pine country, which forbade a numerous
population. Here they reared immense herds of cattle, which subsisted exclusively upon coarse grass and reeds
which grew abundantly among the tall, long-leafed pine, and along the small creeks and branches numerous in
this section. Through these pine forests the deer were abundant, and canebrakes full of bears. They combined the
pursuits of hunting and stock-minding, and derived support and revenue almost exclusively from these." 
Oakland Cemetery
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: Lot 17, Section 10
Maintained by: Charlotte Schneider
Originally Created by: David Hill
Record added: May 26, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11038310
Col William Henry Sparke
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Col William Henry Sparke
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Col William Henry Sparke
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 Added: Oct. 26, 2007
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- David Hill
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