Could WikiTree help to find my gt.grandparents, parents and children?

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I seem to have hit a brick wall. My research has stalled at John Sparks-1904 (1745-1806) and his wife, Ann (Fisher-7921) Sparks 1737-1798, both born in Norfolk, England.I have looked into 3 sites, Ancestry.com, My Heritage and Family Search. Could someone help with the parents of John and Ann Sparks please?
in Genealogy Help by Graham Sparks G2G6 (9.4k points)

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FindMyPast has the marriage of John Sparks of Holkham marrying Hannah Fish (not Fisher) of Burnham Thorpe in Burnham Thorpe. The rector was Edmund Nelson better known as the father of Horatio!

First name(s) John
Last name  Sparks
Sex  Male
Birth year  -
Residence Holkham
Marriage year 1764
Marriage date 06 Aug 1764
Parish  Burnham Thorpe
Diocese  Norwich
Spouse's first name(s) Hannah
Spouse's last name  Fish
Spouse's parish  Burnham Thorpe

I can't upload the digitized image from work so I'll do it this evening unless someone beats me to it.
by Matthew Fletcher G2G6 Pilot (107k points)

I still think Fisher is a mistake and her name was Hannah Fish.

Name Hannah Fish Sparks    
Gender     Female    
Burial Date 20 Nov 1798    
Burial Place      Holkham, Norfolk, England    
Marital Status      Married    
Spouse's Name     John Sparks

"England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JZB1-K97 : 24 December 2014), Hannah Fish Sparks, 20 Nov 1798; citing , reference item 31 p 10; FHL microfilm 1,526,887

I've uploaded the image http://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Sparks-1904

It shows John Sparks marrying a Hannah Fish. Hannah Fish has exactly the same date of death as your profile for Ann/Hannah Fisher so I think there's a strong possibility that Fisher is incorrect and that this is your ancestor.
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There does not appear to be any baptism records published for Holkham around this time.

John Sparks marriage to Ann Fisher in recorded on 17 July 1763 Holkham, ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFSN-T38 ), although I suspect he may not be from Holkham, rather Gatesend, Norfolk. In trying to establish the whereabouts of Holkham PR's, I came across a list of bridegrooms that were not from the Holkham parish, one of whom has the surname Sparks (no christian name) being of the parish of Gatesend. See this link ( http://www.origins.org.uk/genuki/NFK/places/h/holkham/pr_strays.shtml ).

Like Holkham, no Gatesend baptisms are published.
by R W G2G6 Pilot (260k points)

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