More information can be found on the Sparks Family Tree Data page and Sparks Family Forum. This Sparks family and its ancestors have been and are well researched.. I would be happy to share the Sparks information I have as it relates to our family in Berrien County.
NOTICE: At the express wishes of the property owners, I have not given their names or the exact location of these burials. If you are a family member or have a true interest in this family, please contact me and I will gain the permission and take you there. The property owners are more than willing to have family visit the site and also to clean it up. They do not want to disturb the burials. When they first purchased the land they were informed of the graves. Taking their concerns to the county, they were told to, "plow it under because, we (the county) have no record of the burials." They could not do that. So out of respect they now, farm around the little burial site.
The Christian Record, 1862, reads: "Cornelius Sparks...died at home of his son, Levi, Aug. 17, 1862, at 73 years of age. Brother Cornelius Sparks, when over 50 years of age, "embraced the Christian Faith" and for twenty years was a faithful servant of our adorable Redeemer. Brother Sparks left nine children and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss."
Sparks Family notes: "Cornelius Sparks was buried beside his wife in the family cemetery on his home farm in Berrien County, near Buchanan, Michigan."
2) Susannah (Stevens) Sparks...born, Oct. 28, 1794 in VA...died,
Oct. 25, 1861...age 66 yrs. 11 mo. 27 dys. in Buchanan Township,
Berrien Co, MI.
We found Susannah's marker to be intact, leaning on a old dry tree stump. The engraving on the marker is worn but readable: "Our Mother, Susannah, wife of Cornelius Sparks, died Oct. 25, 1861, age 66 yrs. 11mo. 27 dys."
Clipping from early Buchanan, Michigan newspaper (paper unknown, undated clipping) reads: "Died, Mrs. Susanna Sparks, consort of Cornelius Sparks of this village, on Thursday the 25th. inst. The deceased was 67 years old and had lived with her husband for almost fifty years. She united with the Christian Church about twenty years since, of which she was a faithful member until her death. She left a husband, nine children and a large number of friends to mourn her loss. She died with a well formed hope of blessed immortality beyond the grave."
Cornelius was the son of David and Mary Ann (Little) Sparks Sr. Susannah was the daughter of Spencer and Elizabeth (Robard/Rupert) Stevens. They were married in Rowan Co, NC on Dec. 14, 1812. About 1814 they moved, by Ox Cart, with their small son, Joseph, to Wayne Co, IN. They remained there until about 1828, when Cornelius took his family to Berrien Co, MI and settled in Michigan Territory (Sec. #15 of Niles Twp) near the Saint Joseph River Bend. About three years later he removed his family to Buchanan Twp, where he bought a farm for $1.00 a quarter acre from the government. It was on this farm they raised their family of 11 children and were buried.
Joseph Sparks... born, Jan. 24, 1814, Rowan Co, NC..... died,
Jan. 28, 1905, Berrien Co, MI
Spencer Sparks...born, Dec. 9, 1815, Wayne Co, IN....died, Mar. 12, 1872, Berrien Co, MI
David Sparks ...born, Abt. 1816, Wayne Co, IN...died, 1861, Berrien Co, MI
Mary Sparks...born, July 7, 1819, Wayne Co, IN...died, July 9, 1903
Elizabeth Sparks...born, July 26, 1821, Wayne Co, In...died, April 24, 1896, Berrien Co, MI
Levi Sparks...born, Oct. 3, 1823, Wayne Co, IN...died, Sept. 20, 1900, Berrien Co, MI
Anna Sparks...born, Sept. 30, 1825, Wayne Co, IN...died, Oct. 7, 1846, Berrien Co, MI
Ira Sparks...born Oct. 31, 1827, Wayne Co, IN...died, Dec. 29, 1905, Berrien Co, MI
Wilson Sparks...born, Apr. 19, 1830, Berrien Co, MI...died, June 23, 1922, Berrien Co, MI
Susan Sparks...born, Aug. 1, 1832, Berrien Co, MI...died, Oct. 22, 1917, Manistee Co, MI
Cynthia Sparks...born, Aug. 27, 1834, Berrien Co, MI...died, Sept. 10, 1989, Berrien Co, MI