Thomas Sparks

ID # 6603, (1845-1917)
FatherWilliam Sparks (1800-)
MotherIsabella Lindsay (1801-)
BirthThomas Sparks was born on 21 December 1845 at Berwick, Scotland. 
MarriageHe married Eugenia Mary Bartley on 31 January 1869 at Oxford County.
MS248 reel 12, Vol. 50, page 126
Oxford County Marriage Register

Extracted from a list of marriages solemnized by Rev. S. Belcher, incumbent, St. Johns, Thamesford, for the half year ending June 31st, 1869.

Thomas Sparks M.D., 23, born Scotland, residing East Nissouri. Parents William and Isabella Sparks.
Eugenia Bartley, 21, born Woodstock, C.W., residing East Nissouri.Parents Onesiphorus and Sarah Bartley
Witnesses Newton Bendick of Westminster and Susan Augusta Platt of London, Ont.
On January 31, 1869.

The county marriage registrations do not typically tell the marriage location. Since both Thomas and Eugenia resided in East Nissouri Township and St. Johns Anglican church was located in Thamesford, which is located in East Nissouri, it seems probable that at the least East Nissouri was the location of the marriage.
 
MarriageHe married Sarah Horsman, daughter of Dennis Horsman and Maria Vining, on 13 June 1877 at East Nissouri Twp., Oxford County.
Mrge reg. 008432-77 East Nissouri Twp., Oxford Co.
Thomas Sparks, 31, widower, M.D. Presbyterian.Born Berwick, Scotland. Residing Lakeside, East Nissouri. Parents William and Isabella Sparks.
Sarah E. Horsman, age not shown, spinster. Baptist. Born and residing East Nissouri. Parents Dennis and Maria Horsman.
Witnesses Dennis Horsman and Charles Horsman, both of East Nissouri.
On 13 June, 1877, by Wm. Daunt, M.A.
 
MarriageHe married Caroline Shaw on 13 November 1883 at London, Middlesex Co., Ontario.
Mrge reg. 007451-84 London, Middlesex Co.
Thomas Sparks, 37, bachelor(?), physician, Episcopalian. Born Scotland, residing Tp. Nissouri (East). Parents William and Isabella Sparks.
Caroline D. Shaw, 22, spinster, Presbyterian. Born and residing Tp. Nissouri. Parents Hugh and Barbara Shaw.
Witnesses Mrs. R. W. Williams, 179 Wm. Street, and Maggie Palmer, Wm. Street.
On Nov. 13, 1883, at 179 William St, by Rev. R. W. Williams.
 
DeathHe died on 10 April 1917 at St. Marys, Perth Co., Ontario, at age 71. 
BurialHe was buried at St. Marys Cemetery. 
NoteDeath reg. 025316-17 St. Marys, Perth Co.
Thomas Sparks died April 10th, 1917, age 71 yrs., 3 mos., 2 dys. Born Scotland, died St. Marys. Burial St. Marys. Physician. Married. Parents William Sparks and Isabel Lindsay. Physician W. F. Brown. Informant George L. Sparks, St. Marys, Ontario.

A record of birth or baptism for Thomas has not been found. He does appear with his parents, William and Isabella, in Blenheim Township, Oxford County, in the 1851 and 1861 censuses. As well he states William and Isabella to his parents in all three of his marriage registrations. His date of birth as shown, 21 December, 1845, and this is to be found in the 1901 census at St. Marys. This also tells that he came to Canada in 1848 (we must believe with his family.) Since he was born late in 1845, he does not appear with his family in Bunkle, Berwickshire, Scotland, in the 1841 census. The 1901 census wherein it shows Thomas in St. Marys, Perth County, Ontario, tells that the family came to Canada in 1848. That he was born in Berwick seems logical, but it is his marriage registration to Sarah Horsman that confirms that he was born in Berwick.

A note to do with Thomas's children by Eugenia, Sarah and Caroline.

The list of the earlier children is taken mainly from census information and is probably not complete. Information for the first child, Isabella, is problematic. See Isabella's notes. 
Last Edited28 Nov 2018