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HISTOR OF TEXAS.
of the Indian wars. The Sparks family originated
in Ireland. Isaac Sparks was the
eleventh born in his father's family. His
death occurred at the old homestead in Tennessee.
He was one of the first settlers of the
neighborhood in which he lived and died.
The subject of our sketch was married in
1860 to Miss Porter. Their children, five in
number, are as follows: Beatrice, wife of
Sidney Dunn, died in 1889; Jesse P., a practicing
physician of Burleson county; and
James V., Benjamin I. and Willie, at home.
Mr. Sparks is an ardent Democrat and has
always taken an active part in political matters,
but has never sought official position.
He has been Election Judge ever since the
reconstruction. Fraternally, be is a Royal
Arch MIason. MIrs. Sparks is a member of
the Missionary Baptist Church.
APTAIN S. K. BROWN, Superintendent
of the County Poor Farm of
Williamuson county, was born in Lincoln
county, Maine, October 2, 1835, a son
of Emerson and Rebecca (Morton) Brown,
natives also of that State. The father followed
piloting during the most of his life,
on both the coast and sea. His death occurred
in 1869, and his wife now resides in
Philadelphia, aged eighty-two years. They
reared the following children: Rebecca, S.
K., Lucretia, Reuben, Sarah, Emerson, Elizabeth
Captain S. K. Brown, the only one of the
family to come to Texas, received a limited
education, having engaged as a sailor when
young. His voyages were to the West Indies,
British Honduras and all intermediate ports.
In 1854 he came to Indianola, Texas, wlhre
he served as a pilot on the Indianola b ar s
number of years, and afterward followed
steamboating on Trinity and Buffalo rivers.
In 1862 Mr. Prown enlisted for service in
the Confederate army, but was soon transferred
to the Navy department, and was in
command of a gunboat until the close of the
struggle. He was then at Matagorda, and,
on hearing the news of the surrender, the
entire crew left the boat, the John F. Carr,
to the Yankees. He remained in Matagora
bay five years, and then had charge of the
Morgan Company's steamers as pilot on Pass
Carallo bar until 1876, when he came to
Williamson county. Mr. Brown then purchased
a farm, following agricultural pursuits
eight years, when, in 1884, he came to
Georgetown. January 1, 1892, he was employed
by the County Commissioners to take
charge of the Poor Farm, which consists of
200 acres, 100 acres under cultivation, and
the remainder in pasture. The farm has
never paid expenses until this year.
Mr. Brown was married at Port Lavaca,
Texas, in 1866, to Miss Mary Threlkeld,
who was born in Lavaca county, Texas,
October 7, 1843, a daughter of T. R. and
Janet (Thompson) Threlkeld, the former a
native of Kentucky, and the latter of Tennessee.
The parents, who were reared and
married in Indiana, came to Texas in 1839,
locating in Jackson county, but afterward
moved to Calhoun county. The father followed
merchandising in Indiana, but after
locating in this State engaged in farming and
stock-raising for a time, and then resumed
Mercantile pursuits. Mr. and Mrs. Threlkeld
bad seven children, viz.: Angeline, wife
of D. B. Keiper, of Dallas, Texas; Irwin,
who was killed at the battle of Franklin,
Tennessee; Mary, now Mrs. Brown; Otto L.
who died at Eagle Pass, in 1887, while serving
as Collector of Customs under Cleveland;
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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/m1/782/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .