Provided by the Estill County Historical Society
John G. Sparks was born in Estill County around 1827. The third of eleven children of Isaac, Jr. and Francis Crawford Sparks. He also had four half brothers and sisters by his fatherís first marriage to Annie McQuire. John married Mary Jane Murphy, the daughter of John Murphy Jr and Catherine on the second of August 1849.
John enrolled in Company K of the 8th Kentucky commanded by Captain Henry C. Thomas, on the 7th day of October 1861 at Estill Springs, Kentucky. He enrolled as a musician being an accomplished fife player. While on duty at Wartrace, Tennessee in June of 1862, he was taken sick with the fever and was hospitalized in Murfreesboro and in Nashville until October 27, 1862 at which time he received a medical discharge for hemiplegia(paralysis of one side of the body). He spent the rest of his life suffering from a disability equivalent to the loss of his right leg.
John and Mary were the parents of at least sixteen children:
They lived at Sand Springs in Jackson County. Mary preceded John in death on 18 October 1898. He died on the 30th of March 1903. Both are buried in the Drip Rock Cemetery in Jackson County. Only Mary has a stone, but one has been ordered for John through the Veterans Administration.