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Sparks Cemetery
Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama

Location:  Russellville in Franklin County Alabama, South of Frankfort, just of Clayton Hester Road on Highway 73 A road marker bearing the name Sparks Cemetery marks the road.

Contact:

Patricia Cooper (4th Great-Granddaughter of William Sparks)
75 Bama Lane
Russellville, AL 35654

e-mail Lunchlady7@aol.com.  Total records = 78.

History of Sparks Cemetery

William Sparks was born May 1, 1782 in Spartenburg, South Carolina. His family came to Franklin County, Alabama in a caravan in the 1800's. The Sparks family settled near Frankfort. William applied for bounty land. In 1850 he received a tract and another in 1855, near Frankfort, Alabama in Franklin County. He gave land for the Sparks cemetery, where he is buried along with a number of other relatives. Although the cemetery contains mainly family members there are some buried here who were not members of the family.

The Cemetery today:

Vandals pushed over several of the taller tombstones in the 1970's. Some have been repaired. There are some unmarked graves with only a rock or stone used as a headstone. Several military markers have been erected in the past several years. Veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and the Civil War are buried there.

The following list was obtained at the Russellville Library.

  • Sparks, John Sr., born 1755 died February 1831 Rev. War Soldier, N.C.
  • Sparks, Mary Parmely born 1763 died September 1853
  • Sparks, James M. born December 6, 1842 died March 21, 1860
  • Sparks, Daniel R. born January 7, 1838 died March 7, 1862 (Son of Riley & Nancy)
  • Sparks John A. born July 7, 1840 died March 23, 1862 (Son of Riley & Nancy)
  • Sparks, A. L. born July 3,1850 diedJanuary 10, 1881 (Wife of C. C. Sparks)
  • Sparks, C. C. born December 30, 1846 died April 14, 1923
  • Sparks, John Christopher born May 12, 1901 died January 2, 1903 (Son of O.M. & M. L.)
  • Sparks, Mattie Lou born October 14, 1902 died June 28, 1909 (Daughter of O.M. & M.L.)
  • Venable, Polk Dawson born February 11, 1880 died March 30, 1891 (Son of J.P. & A.L. Venable)
  • Venable, Laura Bell born November 1, 1884 died August 14, 1890 (Daughter of J.P. & A. L. Venable)
  • McRight, P. A. born October 9, 1838 died April 28, 1863
  • McRight, Thomas Madison born March 13, 1853 died February 28, 1863 (Son of Merrill & Seletia McRight)
  • McRight, Mary Elizabeth born August 30, 1861 died July 25, 1863 (Daughter of Merrill & Seletia McRight)
  • McRight, William Houston born January 7, 1840 died January 8, 1866 (Son Merrill & Seletia McRight)
  • McRight, Merrill born November 3, 1813 died April 22, 1884
  • McRight, Slety born February 18, 1818 died August 18, 1895 (Wife of Merrill)
  • McMickin, Willis Eugune born July 8, 1900 died August 19, 1901
  • Dobbins, A.
  • A.L.D. (could be Dobbins)
  • M.S. D.
  • Dobbins, Alexander born & died October 10, 1902(Son of L.J. & Julia Dobbins)
  • McMickin, Andrew J. born January 14, 1839 died October 12, 1904 (Ala. Pvt. Co. G 16th Regiment Ala. Inf. C.S.A)
  • Sparks, Infant daughter & son born & died December 15, 1912 (Parents J.H. & A.B. Sparks)
  • Sparks, Infant son born & died January 25, 1915 (Parents J.H. & A.B. Sparks)
  • James, Andrew J. born January 9, 1856 died March 2, 1905
  • James Nannie M. born March 12, 1860 died December 17, 1930 (Wife of D.A. James)
  • James B. H. born December 7, 1882 died March 2, 1905
  • James B. born August 26, 1916, died August 28, 1916 (Infant son of G.P. & D.A. James)
  • Hester, Infant daughter of W.A. & A.M. Hester born & died May 23, 1918
  • Sparks, Maggie Edna born January 19, 1899 died February 27, 1905 (Daughter of W.R. & E. R. Sparks)
  • Skidmore, A. R. born July 14, 1876 died February 24, 1939
  • Skidmore Weltha born June 13, 1875 died June 2, 1933
  • Robbins, Lena Skidmore born June 15, 1898 died February 5, 1956
  • Sparks, W. B. born September 30, 1833 died March 24, 1902 (Mason)
  • Sparks, Mary E. born July 24, 1834 died December 12, 1916 (Wife of W. B. Sparks)
  • Reed, William born February 23, 1858 died March 12, 1910
  • Reed, Mary born February 8, 1907 died December 23, 1907 (Daughter of Wm. & Eva Reed)
  • McRight, Willie E. born March 30, 1893 died May 4, 1900
  • Sparks, Twins of D.T. & L.L. Sparks born & died August 9, 1901
  • Sparks, D. R. born October 10, 1876 died March 24, 1905 (Woodman)
  • Hester, Lela Sparks born February 26, 1879 died November 14, 1968
  • Hester, J. Walter born November 17, 1861 died March 27, 1941
  • Hester, Bettie J. born January 8, 1865 died December 30, 1912(Wife of J.W. Hester)
  • Hester, William B, born December 16, 1897 died June 4, 1900
  • Hester, John C. born December 16, 1897 died July 3, 1899 (Son of J.W. & B.J. Hester)
  • Hester, Bertha E. born November 19, 1895 died October 26, 1896 (Daughter of J. W. & B. J. Hester)
  • Hester, Infant daughter of R.W. & K.S. Hester born & died April 7, 1905
  • Hester, Katie S. born February 14, 1872, died April 11, 1905
  • Hester, Johnie O. Son of R.W. & L.L. Hester
  • Hester, Robert Wiley born January 8, 1872 died December 30, 1956
  • Hester, Ora Mae born August 22, 1928 died December 30, 1928 (Daughter of R.C. & Bertie Hester)
  • Hester, Miranda born October 24, 1882 died August 1, 1901 (Daughter S.B. & A.M. Hester)
  • Hester, Ernest born February 25, 1885 died August 22, 1888 (Son of S.B. & A.M. Hester)
  • Skidmore, Oscar born August 17, 1880 died April 28, 1947
  • Skidmore, Maude born March 26, 1882 died 1968
  • Skidmore, Mattie Elizabeth born January 16, 1876 died January 14, 1971
  • Skidmore, J. W. born January 8, 1845 died August 23, 1926
  • Skidmore Dorothy J. born May 15, 1850 died February 25, 1896
  • Skidmore, William F. born October 13, 1884 died September 10, 1885
  • Sparks, Nancy C. born January 16, 1834 died October 15, 1926
  • Sparks, B.T. born August 20, 1849 died May 10, 1909
  • McRight, Nancy born June 9, 1836 died October 17, 1870
  • McRight, P. Hertima A. born September 13, 1860 died November 17, 1880 (Daughter of L.M.& Nancy McRight)
  • Hester, William Arthur born May 26, 1884 died November 20, 1905 (Son of W.H. & M.J. Hester)
  • Hester, Veto Barton born January 9, 1898 died August 27, 1900 (Son of W.H. & M.J. Hester)
  • Hester, Mattie Lou born December 2, 1888 died July 2, 1890 (Daughter of W.H. & M.J. Hester)
  • Sparks, J. L. born September 7, 1872 died May 13, 1950
  • Sparks, J. Alma born August 27, 1876 died November 21, 1955
  • Sparks, Ruby born August 25, 1914 died October 24, 1937 (Daughter of J.L & J.A. Sparks)
  • Sparks, Nancy Eudora born February 15, 1905 died March 24, 1907 (Daughter of J.L. & J.A. Sparks)
  • Sparks, Viola born June 23, 1882 died September 3, 1882 (Daughter of C.C. & S. E. Sparks)
  • Sparks, Riley F. born September 23, 1849 died October 5, 1890 (Son of Riley & Nancy Sparks)
  • Sparks, Nancy Virginia born November 26, 1855 died September 23, 1913(Daughter of Riley & Nancy Sparks)
  • Sparks, Riley born October 22, 1811 died December 29, 1892
  • Sparks, Nancy born July 15, 1815 died January 12, 1857 (Wife of Riley Sparks)
  • Sparks, Eunice Woodruff born August 25, 1786 died September 25, 1842(Wife of William Sparks, Sr.)
  • Sparks, William Sr. born May 1, 1782 died December 25, 1857 (War of 1812 Soldier South Carolina Military Marker erected in 1976)

 

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