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the wife of Dr. D. Clanton; Noah, deceased;
Charles; George, deceased; Frank; Susan,
deceased, was the wife of S. A. Shumway, of
Waco; Aggie, wife of our subject; IRufus;
and Alivia, wife of Captain George Willrich,
of La Grange, Texas. Mrs. Tuttle was a
member of the Baptist Church. Mr. and
Mrs. IIubbard have four children,-Lizzie
R., Mildred M., Eustis C. and Clarence A.
Mrs. Hubbard is a member of thle Missionary
SAAC H. SPARKS, a well-known citizen
of Burleson county, Texas, is ranked with
the early settlers of this State. He came
to Texas in 1849, landing in Galveston, where
he had a brother, William N. Sparks, who at
that time was Sheriff of his county, and under
him the subject of our sketch served as
deputy for over a year. After that he rented
land in Milain county and cultivated one
crop. Next we find him at Fort Sullivan,
where for ten years he was variously employed,
his enterprise and energy at once
shoving him to the front. HIe made money
rapidly. For some time he worked at the
cabinet making and carpenter trade, and for
four years he served as Deputy Sheriff under
Jefferson Rogers. Then he engaged in the
grocery business, continuing the same until
the opening of the late war. Coming to
Burleson county about the time the war broke
out, he was appointed by the County Cominissioners
to attend to the wants of soldiers'
families, and was thus occupied up to 1863.
Then he engaged in the army service, freighting
cotton, and was making a trip at the time
of the surrender, being then at San Antonio,
and from there returning home. He had sold
his store and property at the opening of the
war, taking Confederate money in payment
for the same, at one time having about
$30,000 in such money; this, of course, was
a total loss. About all lie had left when tie
war closed was a few cattle and horses; no,
not all, for he still retained his pluck and energy,
and with this as capital he went to work
to rebuild his wasted fortunes. Mr. SI)arks
has been a cripple ever since he was five yea rs
old, at that time having his right foot inj red
while playing teeter with another boy. His
physical disability, however, has not prevented
him from making a success in life.
For four or five years Mr. Sparks )bought
and sold cattle and also traded in land, buying
and selling many tracts. About 1870 lie
finally settled down to farming and stock
raising. Now lie owns a large farm on the
Brazos bottoms and has about 500 acres where
he lives. His homestead joins the old town
of Fraiueville, having selected this place for
the purpose of having his family near good
schools. He has 100 acres under cultivation.
In 1892 he bought from his son, Dr. Sparks,
the grocery store at Frameville, and has been
running the business ever since for himself,
having conducted it for his son some time
previous to that date.
Mr. Sparks was born in Carroll county,
Tennessee, September 27, 1827. He was
reared on a farm and his education has been
that gained chiefly in the school of experience.
Before he reached his majority he
began doing for himself, first being employed
by a slave trader and afterward by a dealer in
horses and mules. This was before he came
to Texas, as above stated. His parents were
Isaac and Willie (Knowling) Sparks. His
father was born in the fort at Athens,
Georgia, where Absalom Sparks, the grandfather
of our subject, was living with his
family. Absalom Sparks was killed in one
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/781/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .