John Sparks was born near West Union, Ohio, and reared there. He lived awhile in Hillsboro, when a young man, and then began merchandising in West Union, Ohio, on the corner now occupied by Miller & Bunn's drug store and was in business there from 1820 until 1830. He went to Union Landing in 1830, and remained there until 1833. He then returned to West Union, Ohio, and went into the banking business, where he remained until his death in April, 1847.
1st wife Johanna Kelvey married 21 Dec 1820 in Adams Co died 16 Sep 1828 from childbirth.
2nd wife Sarah Sinton married 2 Oct 1828 in Adams Co died 1833 from cholera. Burial place unknown at this time.
Father of George B, Mary Jane, and Sarah B