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Roy D Sparkman (#47626026)
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Bonnie Marston
Rachel Montandon Sparkman
Hi Roy,

Just by way of introduction: My grandmother was Mattie Sparkman, daughter of William Sparkman and Bettie Witt. William Sparkman's brother was Temple Sparkman who was married first to Permelia Hunter and then to Rachel Montandon. Temple's daughter, Willie Luetta Sparkman married Almarine Brawley Ford (youngest brother of Mattie's husband/my grandfather, John R. Ford). Mattie, Willie, Almarine and John R. are all buried here in Seattle, WA. Willie and Almarine had no children.

This message is about Rachel Sparkman -- I'm not sure why exactly, but the Findagrave entry for Rachel says she was born in Ireland. She was actually born in West Virginia and her parents were Francois Louis Montandon and Julia Renaud. From Denmark.

I have documentation, which I am happy to share, but in the meantime her father is at Find A Grave Memorial# 125748030.

Let me know if you have any questions (or comments).

Bonnie (Ford) Marston
Added by Bonnie Marston on Dec 27, 2014 11:49 AM
David Farmer
RE: James Cooper Sparkman
No I don't. I live in Nashville now but grew up in Quebeck from 1975-1987. I happened to be up this weekend for a wedding and thought I would see who needed pics from local cemeteries.
Added by David Farmer on Apr 25, 2014 10:11 PM
Kris Abelli
Ethel Leona Caton Clayton
I've updated her memorial page with the information you sent and linked her page with her parent's pages. Are you related? Would you like a transfer? :)
Added by Kris Abelli on Feb 01, 2014 8:13 PM
Mike Watkins
Sparkman family
My name is Mike Watkins I'm the 5th Generation Grandson of Jesse Sparkman. Kendall Sparkman (a descendant of William Sparkman) and myself have put together over 10,000 descendant's James Sparkman their father of these two gentlemen to include their Sister Sarah Ann Sparkman Godwin. If you send me an email to I will let you look at the family history we have gathered over the years.

Mike Watkins
Added by Mike Watkins on Oct 16, 2013 1:32 PM
Teri Wheeler
John W. Stipe
Hi Roy,

I just received John W. Stipe's death certificate. He was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas. I created a memorial for him and linked him to his parents. I also requested a photo of his headstone. He was my grandfather's half brother.

Find A Grave Memorial #115128546

Teri Wheeler
Added by Teri Wheeler on Aug 08, 2013 3:01 PM
Teri Wheeler
RE: George W Stipe
Hi Roy,

George W Stipe was my great grandmother's (Susannah Elizabeth Sparkman) first husband. Here is my Ancestry link:

I know his son, John W Stipe, died 03 Aug 1940 in Hot Springs, Garland, Arkansas. I emailed the Garland County Library last November and they wanted $30 an hour to look for his obit! I might have to make a road trip.

Teri Wheeler
Added by Teri Wheeler on Jul 31, 2013 5:42 PM
Teri Wheeler
George W Stipe
Hi Roy,

Thanks so much for the photo of George W Stipe's headstone!

Teri Wheeler
Added by Teri Wheeler on Jul 30, 2013 10:03 PM
Armstrong History
Ash Flat Cemetery, Arkansas
Hi, I read your description about the forgotten Ash Flat Cemetery in Arkansas. I was wondering if you had been out to the cemetery? I was wondering if there is a grave marker for J Armstrong? Are you located near this cemetery? It would be great to see if there is a marker for Armstrong. Thanks for any info.
Added by Armstrong History on Jul 22, 2013 12:13 AM
Ray Sparkman
RE: Sparkman's

Sorry, I thought the message would automatically tie in with the grave site image. My parents were John W. and Alma B. Sparkman, and their grave site is at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder.

I grew up in Boulder, but my older siblings lived all over, as my father was a Navy pilot for 22 years. He studied meteorology while in the service, and he joined NCAR on retirement in 1962 and we moved to a house on Dartmouth. My wife and I purchased the house from my mother's estate last month.

I have dates of birth and death somewhere, but the lineage that I remember off the top is:

William Sparkman (Rosanna) - originally from North Carolina, fought in the Revolutionary War, settled near Nashville

James Colden Sparkman
John William Sparkman - fought in the Civil War - we have the diary he kept
John William Sparkman II (moved from Tennessee and settled near Birmingham)
John William Sparkman III - my father (who was also known as "Jack")

There is some Texas connection, though. We lived in Texas in '63 - '64, when my dad was tasked with establishing a weather balloon facility in Palestine. My father's brother Tom lived in Corpus Christi. I lived in Dallas from '82 -'85, working for Arthur Andersen. My cousin Mike was a partner in the Houston office at the same time.


Added by Ray Sparkman on Jul 10, 2013 8:24 AM
Ray Sparkman
Thank you for adding the image of my parents' gravesite. I appreciate it.
Added by Ray Sparkman on Jul 09, 2013 10:59 PM
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