Private Joseph C. Sparks

 Genealogical Information
Provided by Estill County Historical Society

                Joseph C. Sparks was the second child of Isaac, Jr. and Frances Crawford Sparks, born in July of 1825, in Estill County.  He married Malinda Jane Barnes in Estill County on March 12, 1846.  There were the parents of at least nine children:

James J.

January 12, 1847

Michal J

April 12, 1848

Richard T.

October 25, 1854

Sarah A.

June 4, 1856

Susan R.

March 16, 1859

William J.

February 11, 1861

Ben J.

April 20, 1863


January 8, 1867

John R.

April 24, 1870

                Joseph enlisted in Company K, 8th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Under Captain Henry C. Thomas at Estill Springs on the 7th day of October 1861.  He was left in the hospital at Nashville, Tennessee March 28, 1862 with typhoid pneumonia.  He remained in the hospital until the 29th day of May 1862 when he was discharged for disability because he was not recovering from the effects of the pneumonia and was hemorrhaging from the lungs.  Joseph returned to still county after his discharge and resided in the Wagersville community.  He never fully recovered from the effects of his illness and remained a thin frail man the rest of his life.  He was a tall man, 6 feet tall, dark complected, blue eyes and black headed.  He died February 17, 1905, and is buried on Barnes Mountian.