The Sparks family of Bell County, Texas, was founded by William C. Sparks, a native of Mississippi. Having obtained a grant
of land from the Mexican government, he settled in Robertson county and moved to Bell County in the early 1850s. He married
Jane Alexander (d. 1867), a native of Arkansas. They had six children: Clara Jane (who married Volney Cavitt and lived in
Wheelock, Robertson County), John, Elijah (private of Co. I of the 17th Texas Infantry, who died of pneumonia in camp in Dec.
1862), William C. (private of Co. E of 2nd Texas), Minerva (wife of Michael Reed), and Samuel A. (who ended the Civil War
with the rank of the Lieutenant, and later was a farmer in Wilkinson Valley and sheriff of the Bell County).
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