Huston "Hugh" Sparks was born on May 21, 1829, in Little Sandy, Elliott, Kentucky.
Hugh married Lucy "Nancy" Carnutt on April 15, 1852, in Lawrence, Kentucky.
Hugh and Nancy Sparks had the following children: Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Sparks, born 18 Apr 1853, Carter, KY; America Frances Sparks, born 19 Nov 1854, died Dec 1854; James Buchanan Sparks, born 18 Nov 1855, Carter, KY, died aft. 7 June 1941, Cedar Grove, WI; Colby "Cobe" Sparks, born 22 Sept 1857, Mt. Savage, Carter, KY, 2 June 1951, Yatesville, Lawrence, KY; George Graham Sparks, 10 Jul 1860, Carter, KY; Huston "Hugh" Stokes Sparks II, born 3 Apr 1862, died 1951.
The 1860 U.S. Census for Carter, Kentucky, finds the following family: Hugh Sparks, age 27, born KY; Nancy Sparks, age 24, born KY; Polie Sparks, female, age 6, born KY; James Sparks, male, age 5; Colbey Sparks, make, age 3; George Sparks, male, an infant; Elizabeth Kanat, female, age 22; Greenville Kanat, male, age 6. Kanat is probably Curnutte.
From a biography on the Find-A-Grave Memorial: He lived in Carter Co. KY; Rode to Prestonsburg, Lawrence County, KY and enlisted in Co. C, 5th KY Inf. (CSA) with his brother John Wesley Sparks in October 1861. Captured by Union forces, September 1, 1862, in Lawrence County, and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio. Exchanged at Vicksburg on November 1, 1862. Sparks joined Field's Company of Partisan Rangers in Lawrence County on March 16, 1863. In January 1865, Field's Company of Partisan Rangers was reorganized as Company M, 10th Regiment Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate States Army, at which time the regiment was furloughed and many of the men returned to their homes. It seems quite likely that Hugh Sparks was home in February 1865, just before peace was made, as son Colby Sparks remembered. Sparks left home again in February 1865 to re-join his unit and never returned.
During the fall of 1862, James Ross, Hiram Huff, Wash Shelton, Mint Ball and a man named Boggs (plus several others) were said to be members of a Lawrence Co. Home Guard unit which hailed mainly from the Caines Creek area in Lawrence Co. KY., captured a number of Confederates and held them captive, until their captures turned on them. Ross, Ball, Shelton and Huff were shot to death and stripped naked. Their bodies were placed in a shallow mass grave and covered with flat rocks. December 30, 1862, the bodies were discovered. Shortly after the murders, Hugh Sparks and his little son Colby were passing the graves on Wells Branch. Sparks sang, `Ha! Ha! Ha! Don't you see me now crying to free the niggers, when the Rebels pulled the triggers, and sent you on your way to the happy land of Canaan.' Colby Sparks recalled that, 'While father sang, he had me dance on their graves.' As to some of the other involved Confederates, hurriedly left Eastern Kentucky after the killings to avoid capture and/or the wrath of the local Union militia. On April 30, 1863, deceased James Ross' son David, enlisted in Co. B, 14th KY to avenge his father's death, as is surmised by some. In February of 1865, his chance finally came. According to fellow comrade Dr. Nelson T. Rice [formerly Co. B, 14th KY], Ross shot and killed Hugh S. Sparks, a member of Field's Rangers [CSA] and later of Captain William Horton's Co. M, 10th KY Cavalry [CSA]. Although it isn't clear that Hugh S. Sparks actually participated in the killing of James Ross and his men, he certainly had knowledge of the grizzly deed.
It has been rumored that he left the County to get away from his wife's brothers, whom fought with the Union's 14th Kentucky Infantry.
Huston "Hugh" Sparks died in February 1865 at the age of 35. His body was lost in Carter, Kentucky, in the Civil War.
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