Patricia (Sparkman) Thomas
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Patricia (Sparkman) Thomas

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Patricia A. Thomas formerly Sparkman
Born 1950s.
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Patricia (Sparkman) Thomas is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Edward Doty.

Biography

My father had a career in the Navy, so my family frequently moved up and down the east coast of the country. I think because of these moves and having to constantly lose friends and then trying to make new ones all over again, I turned out to be a somewhat shy and timid little girl. However, I loved to chase fire flies and little birds and pet anything with fur. I did have a bit of a daring streak because I once attempted to fly off a third story staircase using an open umbrella as a parachute (like Mary Poppins), but thought better of it at the last moment. Whew! I was a "Brownie" in the Girl Scouts, was in the school chorus, was on the gymnastic team, and was voted May Queen in 6th grade.

In high school I enjoyed being a member of the Future Business Leaders Of America Club and the Drama Club (in an attempt to overcome my innate shyness & also to meet cute boys). To be accepted into the Drama Club I had to perform on stage, so I memorized Juliet's balcony soliloquy from Romeo & Juliet. I was shaking like a leaf on stage, but I knew that soliloquy backwards and forwards. The Drama teacher took pity on me, and let me join the club. It did wonders for my shyness. I have always believed in facing my fears and doing the best I could to overcome them.

I graduated from Arizona State University Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Journalism. I then obtained my MBA, also from ASU, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Again, to improve my confidence and professionalism, I sought out Toast Masters, and was one of its founding members at the corporation where I worked. I ended up being the Marketing Manager for several financial institutions, many, of which, went out of business (especially the Savings & Loan institutions).

My main hobby is writing short stories, and a few of them have won awards and have been published. I also enjoy working on my family's financial investments, traveling, hiking, kayaking, dancing to rock & roll, reading, gardening, interior decorating, cooking, genealogy, lunching with friends and adopting stray cats -- but I only have one at present. I have not yet turned into "The Cat Lady" thank God.

Life has been good.


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Hi Patricia,

Thanks for your help in maintaining James Markham.

However, in your edits here and again here, you repeatedly inadvertently removed some <ref name=xxx> definitions. Please be sure you understand how these footnote references work so that you do not inadvertently remove them as we don't want to lose source information from our profiles. If you need any help with this, please let me know. In general, please never remove a definition like <ref name=MySource1>Some source information</ref> and if it is in a section you wish to remove, relocate the source to another place in the profile, such as a place it is referenced such as in this example, replacing one like this: <ref name=MySource1 />.

You can read more about them here.

Thanks again.

-William

posted by William Foster Jr
edited by William Foster Jr
Hi Again,

A related note, per our style guide, we use location of the time and do not give parenthetical phrases to describe how its name has changed since then. I raise this in response to this edit you made.

Please also see Database Error 613 and Database Error 643.

Thanks.

-William

posted by William Foster Jr
I noticed you often cite DAR records and thought you might enjoy this DAR template.
posted by William Foster Jr
Hello, My Name is Christopher C. Boyle I am a Georgetown, SC historian who has published three books on Georgetown history to date. I am currently under contract to publish my fourth book with McFarland Press. I am interested in using this picture of J. R. Sparkman in my upcoming book. Please email me to give me permission to use this photo. I will need a copy of higher resolution. Mr. Sparkman was a leading member of the Georgetown planter class of the 1840s-1860. He was heavily involved in the planters Club on the Pee Dee and the Winyah and All Saints Agricultural Society. The forthcoming book is about the form and function (purpose) of the social clubs and societies of the planters during the Antebellum Years. The book is 90,000 words long, so it will be a major contribution to the history of Georgetown. Mr. Sparkman's picture should be included in the work. Thank you, Christopher C. Boyle cboyle@horrycountyschools.net
posted by Christopher Boyle
Thanks for all the additions and corrections to the Nesbit profiles. (My sister's husband.)
posted by Jason Everett
Thank you Patricia for sharing your research so willingly, it is so greatly appreciated. I especially LOVE that you recorded reputable sources for all of the new information....THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I really enjoyed going through and reading all of it very much. Thank you again!

Darien (Stadden-44)

Thanks for your Turner updates. Richard Barton
posted by Richard Barton
Thanks for sourcing some of my family , I spend most of my time on Ancestry tree membership name is dennisvallandingham53

I’m not very skilled at this platform on wiki and hope someday to figure it out..Dennis

posted by Dennis Vallandingham
Patricia, every contribution to WikiTree improves the quality of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks you for all your efforts by making more than 1,000 contributions during the month of September.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Patricia...as my dear mother used to say, "You can never have enough cats!"

JEFF EVANS

posted by Jeffrey Evans
Patricia, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks so much for your updates to the Cadwell family! They are not my direct ancestors so I'd be more than happy to transfer profile management to you.
posted by Beth (Brown) Golden
Idk which is correct VanKirk or Van Kirk ? I think all mine are VanKirk.
posted by MG Pitts
Congratulations Patricia !
wonderful wikitreer
Patricia (Sparkman) Thomas is a Wonderful WikiTreer.
posted by Nicole Duchesne
Hello,

I agree with your mission and will abide by your rules. I wrote a genealogy book on my family tree in 2000 (and will be happy to share info and pictures), but I am sure there is much more info available now.

Great work, Patricia. Please see my message and respond soon. My manuscript is due in three weeks. I would truly love to include the picture of Mr. Sparkman in my text. Thank you.
posted by Christopher Boyle

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