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 West end of Wellington Street, Upper Bytown
West end of Wellington Street, Upper Bytown
View at the West end of Wellington Street, Upper Bytown, looking east towards Lower Town in 1845. A gabled roof house on the right side is the home of Nicholas Sparks. Painting by Thomas Burrowes

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'Sappers' Bridge, and Lower Town
"Sappers" Bridge, and Lower Town
1845 painting of the Rideau Canal, “Sappers’ Bridge, and Lower Town by Thomas Burrowes.

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3. the creator died more than 50 years ago. 
 
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(L to R) Andrew M. J. Owens and his wife Mildred Helena Sparks Owens, and Ruby Florence Owens Owens and her husband Robert G. Owens c.1947).
(L to R) Andrew M. J. Owens and his wife Mildred Helena Sparks Owens, and Ruby Florence Owens Owens and her husband Robert G. Owens c.1947).
 
 
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43rd Ottawa and Carleton Battalion of Rifles �running of the guns� with John Sparks of Bells Corners as a volunteer c.1868
43rd Ottawa and Carleton Battalion of Rifles �running of the guns� with John Sparks of Bells Corners as a volunteer c.1868
On May 24, 1868 troops from the 43rd Ottawa and Carleton Battalion of Rifles, locally the Carleton Blazers, as well as local militia volunteers gathered at Parliament Hill for a celebratory �running of the guns� in honour of Her Majesty Queen Victoria�s birthday. These �fire of joy� celebrations were used to mark national milestones including Dominion Day, Victoria Day and more recently the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. As a crowd of spectators gathered on Wellington Street in front of the nearly-complete Centre Block (note the unfinished roof of the Victoria Tower) troops fired blanks into the air in quick succession; much to the crowd�s enjoyment. Click to see more about the 43rd Battalion of Infantry (otherwise known as the Carleton Blazers). 
 
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Aerial view of George Sparks house of Gloucester off North River Road c.1928
Aerial view of George Sparks house of Gloucester off North River Road c.1928
 
 
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Alonzo Wright husband of Mary Sparks daughter of Nicholas Sparks
Alonzo Wright husband of Mary Sparks daughter of Nicholas Sparks
 
 
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Andrew M J Owens (Kneeling left)  CEF 1918, husband of Mildred Helena Sparks the great granddaughter of George (Bells Corners) Sparks
Andrew M J Owens (Kneeling left) CEF 1918, husband of Mildred Helena Sparks the great granddaughter of George (Bells Corners) Sparks
 
 
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Barrack Hill, c.1826
Barrack Hill, c.1826
 
 
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Barrack Hill, c.1857
Barrack Hill, c.1857
Looking up at Barrack Hill in 1857 in what has to be one of Ottawa's earliest pictures. It shows timber rafts being assembled in the river, and what still looks like the military Barracks on "Barrack Hill." 
 
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Barracks Hill before Construction of Ottawa's Parliament Buildings
Barracks Hill before Construction of Ottawa's Parliament Buildings
 
 
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Battle of Oulart Hill, Wexford County, Ireland where rebel leader Captain George Sparks of Blackwater fought the North Cork Militia.
Battle of Oulart Hill, Wexford County, Ireland where rebel leader Captain George Sparks of Blackwater fought the North Cork Militia.
 
 
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Bells Corners Rifle Company of the Carleton Blazers, c.1866
Bells Corners Rifle Company of the Carleton Blazers, c.1866
L-R Standing: Hugh Falls, Adam Abbott, John Nesbitt, James Corbett, Robert Shore, Harry Harmer, John Sparks,
F.C. Clemow (Clemow Avenue in the Glebe), Alexander Mowat, Ambrose Bishop,

L-R Sitting: Lieut. Colonel William F. Powell (Powell Avenue in the Glebe), Major William Corbett.

From the Ottawa Evening Citizen 10 November 1917
 
 
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Bytown in 1853
Bytown in 1853
Bytown in 1853. Military Barracks on hill top was occupied by "A" Company of the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment, presently home to Parliament Hill.

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Bytown Museum c.1839
Bytown Museum c.1839
Today's Bytown Museum as seen in an 1839 painting of the Rideau Canal at the foot of the locks. Painting by Henry Francis Ainslie 1803-1879.

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3. the creator died more than 50 years ago.
 
 
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Chaudiere Falls in flood in 1820.
Chaudiere Falls in flood in 1820.
Chaudiere Falls in flood in Watercolour. 
 
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At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
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Edward Morris Family of Metcalfe, Ontario whose daughter Charlotte married George Henry Sparks of Hazeldean, Ontario
Edward Morris Family of Metcalfe, Ontario whose daughter Charlotte married George Henry Sparks of Hazeldean, Ontario
The family of Edward Morris and Sarah Bradley of Metcalfe, Ontario, c.1887.
Back Row L-R: Son George, daughter Charlotte, son Edward, daughters Lucie and Susan,
Front Row L-R: Son Ephraim, Edward Morris, son Alfred, Edward's wife Sarah Bradley, daughter Sarah,
Sitting: Son Silas

Daughter Charlotte married George Henry Sparks of Hazeldean, Ontario
 
 
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Edward Williams Owens and Daughters
Edward Williams Owens and Daughters
Edward Williams Owens and Daughters (L-R) Alice, Elizabeth, Catherine, Emma and Agnes 
 
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End of Sparks Street looking west; c.1910-15
End of Sparks Street looking west; c.1910-15
At the other end of Sparks Street looking west past Bank Street circa 1910-15. Christ Church in the distance. A horse drawing a sleigh at Bank and Sparks Street. 
 
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Esther Sparks daughter of George Sparks of Gloucester
Esther Sparks daughter of George Sparks of Gloucester
 
 
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Etta Sparks c.1906
Etta Sparks c.1906
Etta Sparks 1906 at graduation time. 
 
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Falls of the Rideau River, at the Ottawa River, c.1826
Falls of the Rideau River, at the Ottawa River, c.1826
Falls of the Rideau River, at the Ottawa River, 1826 by Thomas Burrowes

Copied from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Falls_of_the_Rideau_River,_at_the_Ottawa_River,_1826.jpg

This Canadian work is in the public domain in Canada because its copyright has expired due to one of the following:
1. it was subject to Crown copyright and was first published more than 50 years ago, or it was not subject to Crown copyright, and
2. it is a photograph that was created prior to January 1, 1949, or
3. the creator died more than 50 years ago. 
 
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Farm House of George Sparks of Gloucester off North River Road in Gloucester Township c.1900
Farm House of George Sparks of Gloucester off North River Road in Gloucester Township c.1900
George's house faced North River Road and occupied the block which is today between Stevens, Marguerite and Ontario. It was a stone house built c.1830 and sold by Shirley Serafini to Domicile in 2005. By the time she sold it, most of that block had been subdivided and developed. An apartment building on Marguerite replaced the house.
[Source: Anne Prowse] 
 
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Frederick Sparks farm in Wolford Township, Grenville County
Frederick Sparks farm in Wolford Township, Grenville County
 
 
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George Henry sparks and Charlotte Morris c.1930
George Henry sparks and Charlotte Morris c.1930
George Henry sparks and Charlotte Morris of Hazeldean, Ontario 
 
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George Henry Sparks family of Hazeldean
George Henry Sparks family of Hazeldean
 
 
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George Sparks and Anna Maria Riddle of Bells Corners
George Sparks and Anna Maria Riddle of Bells Corners
George is the first born son of George and Letitia Sparks of Bells Corners. 
 
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George Sparks Family of South March
George Sparks Family of South March
The family of George and Anna Maria Sparks of Bells Corners and South March.
Back Row L-R: Sons Nicholas, George Henry and John R. Sparks
Front Row L-R: George Sparks (1828-1917), his wife Anna Maria Riddle (1842-1911); daughters Annie (Mrs. Willie Rivington), Elizabeth (Mrs. Thomas Owens) and Mary (Mrs. George Shaw) 
 
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George Sparks Farm c.1851, Lot 33, Concession 5, Nepean Township
George Sparks Farm c.1851, Lot 33, Concession 5, Nepean Township
An 1879 map of Bell’s Corners, shows the lands now called Westcliffe were owned by John Robertson, J.R. O’Grady, Owen Hammill, James Sparks and John Sparks. James and John Sparks inherited their father's land Lot 33, Concession 5. An 1952 map, has the Robertson land owned by Thomas Robertson, O’Grady’s by William Morrison, Hammill’s land by William Hammill and the Spark’s land owned by Ernest Byrne. 
 
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George Sparks House in Ballylusk, Wexford County, Ireland
George Sparks House in Ballylusk, Wexford County, Ireland
 
 
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George Sparks of Gloucester Township second cousin of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown
George Sparks of Gloucester Township second cousin of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown
 
 
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At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
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Helena (left) and Kathleen Sparks great grand-daughters of George Sparks of Bells Corners
Helena (left) and Kathleen Sparks great grand-daughters of George Sparks of Bells Corners
 
 
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Helena Sparks Owens and Andrew Owens c.1948
Helena Sparks Owens and Andrew Owens c.1948
 
 
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In Search of Old Vintage Photos of the Sparks Family
In Search of Old Vintage Photos of the Sparks Family
"One picture is worth a 1000 words." Family history is more than a collection of names and dates. We are constantly searching for old vintage photos of our ancestors that users would like to share. Get in touch with us using the "Contact Us" link if you would like to submit a photo or two of your grand-parents or Great Uncle Harold's farm-house or your Great Aunt Clara. 
 
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John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough (1650 - 1722)
John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough (1650 - 1722)
Sparks family legend tells of Sparks lineage descending from a Nicholas Sparks of England, an officer in the British army serving under the Duke of Marlborough.

General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Prince of Mindelheim, (26 May 1650 – 16 June 1722), was an English soldier and statesman whose career spanned the reigns of five monarchs. Rising from a lowly page at the court of the House of Stuart, he served James, Duke of York, through the 1670s and early 1680s, earning military and political advancement through his courage and diplomatic skill.  
 
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At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
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John Sparks and Charlotte Morris, C.1920
John Sparks and Charlotte Morris, C.1920
John Sparks and Charlotte Morris, backyard of Sparks house in Hazeldean. 
 
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Jonathan Sparks son of George Sparks of Gloucester
Jonathan Sparks son of George Sparks of Gloucester
 
 
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Kathleen (Left) and Helena Sparks c.1910 daughters of Oliver Nicholas Sparks and Emma Lovina Owens
Kathleen (Left) and Helena Sparks c.1910 daughters of Oliver Nicholas Sparks and Emma Lovina Owens
 
 
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Lieutenant - Colonel John By
Lieutenant - Colonel John By
John By (1779-1836), a brilliant engineer, entrusted with the construction of the Rideau Canal, which he did with remarkable skill and ingenuity. The canal cost more than four times what was initially planned (mostly due to estimates out of By’s control) and he was recalled to London and made a scapegoat in a battle of parliamentary reform.

(Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography) 
 
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Looking west along Sparks Street, c.1910
Looking west along Sparks Street, c.1910
Russell House Hotel on the left and the Old Post Office on the right, with a block of buildings tucked in behind. More or less where the War Memorial is now. The closest streetcar is at "West Canal". The second one is approaching Elgin Street. 
 
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Lower Bytown from the east bank of the Rideau Canal c.1845
Lower Bytown from the east bank of the Rideau Canal c.1845
Map of downtown Ottawa showing the turning basin of the Rideau Canal and the By Wash which was a watercourse that drained out of the basin through market and down King Edward. This is a watercolor of the basin area painted by Thomas Burrowes in 1845. It shows the east side of the canal with the basin and the entrance to the wash.  
 
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Martin Brown & Anna Laura Sparks Brown, Florida, c.1972
Martin Brown & Anna Laura Sparks Brown, Florida, c.1972
 
 
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Mary Sparks daughter of Nicholas Sparks and wife of Alonzo Wright
Mary Sparks daughter of Nicholas Sparks and wife of Alonzo Wright
 
 
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McKay's Mills, New Edinburgh c.1845
McKay's Mills, New Edinburgh c.1845
 
 
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Metcalfe and Sparks Street c.1864
Metcalfe and Sparks Street c.1864
Metcalfe and Sparks Street c.1864 as seen many times by Nicholas Sparks. 
 
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Mill and tavern of Philemon Wright at Chaudière Falls, 1823
Mill and tavern of Philemon Wright at Chaudière Falls, 1823
View of the mill and tavern of Philemon Wright at Chaudière Falls, Hull, on the Ottawa River in Lower Canada. (Henry DuVernet, 1823)  
 
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Mr. and Mrs. Grierson, and their son Arthur, front-yard of Sparks House in Hazeldean, c.1920
Mr. and Mrs. Grierson, and their son Arthur, front-yard of Sparks House in Hazeldean, c.1920
L-R: Ernest Grierson, Ethel (Sparks) Grierson, and their son Arthur, Charlotte (Sparks) and George Henry Sparks 
 
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Nicholas and Robert Sparks House 936-940 North River Road in Overbrook as it looks today
Nicholas and Robert Sparks House 936-940 North River Road in Overbrook as it looks today
The semi-detached home of Nicholas and Robert Sparks, son of George Sparks, was constructed in 1865 on Lot 8 of Junction Gore. (Nicholas lived on the left side and Robert on the right.) The original house was renovated by its new owners over the years and still stands at 936-940 North River Road.  
 
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Nicholas and Robert Sparks House 936-940 North River Road in Overbrook as it looks today
Nicholas and Robert Sparks House 936-940 North River Road in Overbrook as it looks today
The semi-detached home of Nicholas and Robert Sparks, son of George Sparks, was constructed in 1865 on Lot 8 of Junction Gore. (Nicholas lived on the left side and Robert on the right.) The original house built by the Sparks brother Nicholas and Robert, was renovated by its new owners over the years and still stands at 936-940 North River Road. 
 
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Nicholas ands Robert Sparks House in Overbrook
Nicholas ands Robert Sparks House in Overbrook
The semi-detached home of Nicholas and Robert Sparks, son of George Sparks, was constructed in 1865 on Lot 8 of Junction Gore. (Nicholas lived on the left side and Robert on the right.) This house still stands today at 936-940 North River Road. Lot 8 extended from the Rideau River east to the current St. Laurent Boulevard, straddling both sides of a road that would later become known as Donald Street.  
 
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Nicholas Sparks Home Built c.1830
Nicholas Sparks Home Built c.1830
Home of Nicholas Sparks located on Wellington Street, Ottawa (northeast corner of Sparks Street and Lyon Street). The building was demolished in late 1954. See also The Nicholas Sparks House written by Andrew Elliott, for more details about the Nicholas Sparks home. 
 
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Nicholas Sparks House, Sparks and Lyon Street, Ottawa, c.1920
Nicholas Sparks House, Sparks and Lyon Street, Ottawa, c.1920
Sparks Street view (service entrance) of Nicholas Sparks house 1920s. 
 
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Nicholas Sparks House, Wellington Street view, Bytown
Nicholas Sparks House, Wellington Street view, Bytown
Nicholas Sparks House, Wellington Street, Ottawa, Built c.1830. See also The Nicholas Sparks House written by Andrew Elliott, for more details about the Nicholas Sparks home. 
 
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Nicholas Sparks House, Wellington Street view, Ottawa, c.1939
Nicholas Sparks House, Wellington Street view, Ottawa, c.1939
As Roy F. Fleming of the Ottawa Citizen noted in 1954, the original house was two and half storeys, had two large chimneys, and was 40 feet long and 36 feet deep. Its main entrance was one of the finest features of architecture opening into the courtyard with a wall of large flat stone originally there was a short driveway with trees on either side leading in from Wellington Street. Moreover, there was also a pillared porch and balcony. It had a many-panelled door, sidelights and arched top of leaded glass; the interior main hall had a beautiful fluted cornice and the original stair-rail of the main stairway was mahogany. Fleming notes that when he visited the basement where the cooking was done and supplies were kept, he discovered a well in the cast room: it was of masonry with its two rusty pulley wheels about 14 inches in diameter lying on top. 
 
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Nicholas Sparks II son of Nicholas Sparks and Sally Olmstead
Nicholas Sparks II son of Nicholas Sparks and Sally Olmstead
 
 
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Oliver Nicholas Sparks and Emma Owens of South March, Ontario
Oliver Nicholas Sparks and Emma Owens of South March, Ontario
Nicholas as he was called, is the third born son of George and Anna Maria Riddle of Bells Corners. 
 
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Oliver Nicholas Sparks and family at his home on Concession 4, lot 23, Huntley Township, c.1914
Oliver Nicholas Sparks and family at his home on Concession 4, lot 23, Huntley Township, c.1914
Oliver Nicholas Sparks family from left to right are Walter, Harold,
Nicholas, Emma (Owens), Kathleen, Helena, and Ledger (died in Canadian Army WWI). At that time it was the Smith Hotel/Tavern north
of Carp. 
 
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Ottawa founding father Philemon Wright
Ottawa founding father Philemon Wright
The Capital Builders: The founding of the Ottawa we know today was largely thanks to an American. [Source Ottawa Citizen January 9, 2017]

 
 
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Ottawa Post-Confederation
Ottawa Post-Confederation
 
 
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Ottawa Post-Confederation c.1876
Ottawa Post-Confederation c.1876
Click for a brief outline of the development of the Uppertown Ottawa during two time
periods, pre-Confederation and post-Confederation. [Courtesy of Alan Lewis's Bytown or Bust website] 
 
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Parliament Buildings c.1860
Parliament Buildings c.1860
Parliament Buildings under construction in 1860. 
 
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Parliament Buildings c.1863
Parliament Buildings c.1863
Parliament Buildings under construction in 1863. Designed in a gothic revival style, the buildings officially opened on 6 June 1866, about a year before Confederation. Click to see more history. 
 
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Parliament Hill and Chaudière Falls, Ottawa, c.1859
Parliament Hill and Chaudière Falls, Ottawa, c.1859
View of Parliament Hill and Chaudière Falls, City of Ottawa, Canada West, c. 1859. The hill is the second high landmass jutting into the Ottawa River on the right. It still contains barracks (Barracks Hill), which is its last year with them, for construction of the Parliament Builds is about to begin. The Union Bridge is in the foreground, but its main span has been replaced, after many years of ferry service only, with a steel suspension bridge. 
 
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Philemon Wright and his son Tiberius aboard the first timber raft voyage to Quebec c.1806
Philemon Wright and his son Tiberius aboard the first timber raft voyage to Quebec c.1806
On May 16th 1806, Philemon Wright and his son Tiberius began the two month voyage down the Ottawa to Québec aboard the first timber raft to ply the waters of the "Great River." 
 
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Portrait of Robert Hughes husband of Ann Sparks of Crosshue, Wexford County, Ireland
Portrait of Robert Hughes husband of Ann Sparks of Crosshue, Wexford County, Ireland
A portrait miniature of Robert Hughes. He has auburn hair and is wearing a dark blue jacket, yellow waistcoat, white chemise and white stock. Watercolour by Cynthia Walmsley.

Robert Hughes of Ely House, Co. Wexford, born 10 Sept 1772, died 26 Feb 1854 at Ely House, buried at Castlebridge. He served in Ogle's Royal Blues in the 1798 Irish Rebellion. He married Anne Sparks, daughter of Captain Frederick Sparks of Crosshue.

From http://www.c-walmsley.co.uk/portraits/english-school-c1800/178079# under the terms and conditionx specified. Copyright © 2015 Cynthia Walmsley. All Rights Reserved. 
 
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Portrait of Sally Olmstead wife of Nicholas Sparks
Portrait of Sally Olmstead wife of Nicholas Sparks
 
 
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Public records office in Dublin, Ireland before 1922 fire.
Public records office in Dublin, Ireland before 1922 fire.
See https://chancery.tcd.ie/content/destruction-irish-chancery-rolls-1304-1922 for an account of the destruction of the Record Treasury of the Public Record Office of Ireland, part of the Four Courts complex occupied by IRA ‘irregulars’ during the Easter vacation of 1922. The destruction of the records office has made it almost impossible to reconstruct Irish family history. 
 
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Rideau canal and Parliament Hill c.1865
Rideau canal and Parliament Hill c.1865
 
 
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At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
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Samuel James Sparks son of George Sparks of Gloucester
Samuel James Sparks son of George Sparks of Gloucester
 
 
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Sarah (Bradley) Morris
Sarah (Bradley) Morris
Sarah Bradley wife of Edward Morris of Metcalfe, Ontario. 
 
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Sarah Olmstead Sparks wife of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown
Sarah Olmstead Sparks wife of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown
In 1826 Nicholas Sparks of Bytown married Sarah Olmstead, widow of Philemon Wright Jr. 
 
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Sparks and Elgin Street looking east, Ottawa, c.1916
Sparks and Elgin Street looking east, Ottawa, c.1916
Looking east from the corner of Sparks and Elgin circa 1916, as Ottawa commuters appear to be boarding a streetcar from the rear.

Building on the right is the Russell House hotel. Buildings on the left were all torn down to create space for an early version of Confederation Park, which eventually became home to the the War Memorial.
 
 
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Sparks House Hazeldean c.1920
Sparks House Hazeldean c.1920
House of George Henry Sparks family Hazeldean, Ontario. Unknown gentleman standing in front of the house. New verandah built in 1920 at a cost of $500. 
 
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Sparks House Hazeldean c.1996
Sparks House Hazeldean c.1996
 
 
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Sparks Street c.1891 snow removal
Sparks Street c.1891 snow removal
 
 
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Sparks Street c.1899
Sparks Street c.1899
Looking east down Sparks Street from just beyond Bank, c. 1899, when this intersection was Ottawa's "Busy Corner." 
 
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Sparks Street view of Nicholas Sparks House c.1939
Sparks Street view of Nicholas Sparks House c.1939
Rear-view of Nicholas Sparks house near the northwest corner of Sparks and Lyon Street in 1939. 
 
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Sparks Street view of Nicholas Sparks house July of 1938
Sparks Street view of Nicholas Sparks house July of 1938
 
 
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Sparks Street, Ottawa c.1899
Sparks Street, Ottawa c.1899
 
 
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Sparks Street, Ottawa c.1899
Sparks Street, Ottawa c.1899
Looking east down Sparks Street from just beyond Bank when this intersection was Ottawa's "Busy Corner." Streetcars turned on their way to and from Rideau Street made the intersection busy. Notice also the paved road ended right where that man is standing on the right.
 
 
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Sparks Street, Ottawa c.1905
Sparks Street, Ottawa c.1905
Photo of Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa looking east from Metcalfe Street in September in 1905. Russell House on the right at the far end of the street. 
 
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Sparks Street, Ottawa looking west from O'Connor Street, c.1951
Sparks Street, Ottawa looking west from O'Connor Street, c.1951
Sparks Street, Ottawa looking west from O'Connor Street, c.1951. The Regent theater corner of Sparks and Bank can be seen further down Sparks Street. 
 
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Sparks Street, Ottawa, c.1880
Sparks Street, Ottawa, c.1880
 
 
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Sparks Street, Ottawa, c.1885
Sparks Street, Ottawa, c.1885
Sparks Street, July 25, 1885 with decorations to welcome back volunteers in the Northwest Rebellion.  
 
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Speculated Portrait of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown
Speculated Portrait of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown
A proven painting or photograph of Nicholas Sparks has never been found. In preparation for the Sparks Bicentennial commemoration in June 2016, Nicholas Sparks historian Brian Hull uncovered a photograph with some speculation that it might be a picture of Nicholas Sparks. In an email to the Sparks 200 organizers, Brian writes, "Is the back cloth for this photo the same as the table cloth used for the youthful photo of Nicholas Sparks Jr as a young graduate? My guess is that these photos were taken the same day at the same sitting. Possibly Father did not want to look like a young or old gentleman. Of course just speculation!" 
 
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Stained-Glass Portrayal of Nicholas Sparks in the west window of Christ Church Cathedral, Sparks Street, Ottawa
Stained-Glass Portrayal of Nicholas Sparks in the west window of Christ Church Cathedral, Sparks Street, Ottawa
Portrayal of Nicholas Sparks in stained-glass west window of Christ Church Cathedral, Sparks Street, Ottawa. However, experts say the sketched likeness is of Nicholas Sparks junior since there is no known picture or portrait of Nicholas Sparks Senior.

Click for a scanned copy of a booklet telling the story of the installation of the west window at Christ Church Cathedral. 
 
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The laying of Parliament Buildings cornerstone
The laying of Parliament Buildings cornerstone
The laying of Parliament Buildings cornerstone by the Prince of Wales in Ottawa on September 1, 1860. 
 
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Thomas Edward Owens and  Elizabeth Sparks Owens
Thomas Edward Owens and Elizabeth Sparks Owens
 
 
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Timber Slide, Ottawa
Timber Slide, Ottawa
 
 
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Upper Bytown, c.1857
Upper Bytown, c.1857
An early view of Upper Town Ottawa, taken from Barrack Hill c. 1857. The buildings in the distance would be in the vicinity of Nicholas Sparks' residence on Wellington Street, the northernmost extreme of Kent Street near Vittoria Street, all long gone. Barely visible in the upper right is the Union Suspension Bridge over the Chaudiere, opened in 1843. 
 
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View of Barrack Hill, Bytown, c.1829
View of Barrack Hill, Bytown, c.1829
On July 23rd, 1829, in a letter to Sir John Kempt, Lt.-Col. John By made the first mention of our fair little city as "By Town". The name stuck until January 1, 1855 when the town with the "rather dubious reputation" became Ottawa.

Upon arriving in Bytown in 1827 to begin construction of the Rideau Canal, the British Royal Engineers chose Barrack Hill as the site for their military quarters. Atop Barrack Hill, the Royal Engineers built three barracks, a hospital, and several other ancillary buildings.  
 
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Walter Henry Sparks and Ethel Marion Graham Wedding c.1939
Walter Henry Sparks and Ethel Marion Graham Wedding c.1939
Wedding of Walter Henry Sparks and Ethel Marion Graham 7 October 1939 in Richmond, Ontario. 
 
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William Edward Owens and Family  c.1908
William Edward Owens and Family c.1908
Owens Family members (L-R): Harriet McAdam Owens, unknown woman, John Mervyn, Andrew M.J., Thelma, Harriet Owens (sister of W.E. Owens), William Edward Owens, unknown child. 
 
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William George Rivington and Anna Marie Sparks
William George Rivington and Anna Marie Sparks