Our Sparks Family History
Sparks family genealogy of Carleton and surrounding counties in Ontario and Quebec
First Name:  Last Name: 
[Advanced Search]  [Surnames]
Nicholas (of Bytown) Sparks

Nicholas (of Bytown) Sparks

Male Abt 1794 - 1862  (~ 68 years)

Personal Information    |    Media    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All

  • Name Nicholas (of Bytown) Sparks 
    Alt. Birth Abt 1792  Dranagh, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Many publications show the birth year for Nicholas Sparks as 1792 and the birth place as Dranagh. No original source records have been located to verify that Nicholas Sparks was born in Dranagh. Land records show that his father George Sparks lived and farmed in Ballylusk and that Nicholas was likely born in Ballylusk. 
    Born abt. 1794  Ballylusk, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • The death notice of Nicholas Sparks in the Bytown Gazette of 1862 states he was age 68 which makes his birth year 1794. Also, the 1861 Census of Canada shows Nicholas age as 67 which makes his birthdate 1794.
    Gender Male 
    Residence Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    See http://apt613.ca/streetscape-memory-bank-the-nicholas-sparks-house/ for addtional description of Nicholas Sparks house both the Wellington Street front view and Sparks Street rear-view. 
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Firth's Tavern
    Firth's Tavern
    Opened in 1819, Firth's Tavern, was frequented by Nicholas Sparks in a short stroll from his home on Wellington Street. It was located close to the present-day War Museum and The Mill Restaurant on Wellington Street, Ottawa.
    Died 27 Feb 1862  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 2 Mar 1862  St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Hull, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Memorial: Nicholas Sparks and Family
    Memorial: Nicholas Sparks and Family
    Notes 
    • To learn about Nicholas Sparks, readers are encouraged to obtain a copy of Naomi Slater Heydon's publication titled LOOKING BACK...Pioneers of Bytown and March, pages 30 to 44. This an extensive and factual account of the life and times of Nicholas Sparks. [3]
    • From Ottawa Branch Newsletter entitled Sparks Family Letter by Naomi Slater Heydon; a letter written by Ann Tomlinson Slater entitled "For my Grandchildren Oct. 1st, 1932". It was a hand-written letter by Ann Slater among the papers in Mary E. Wilson's tin box turned over by the Royal Trust Co. to her daughters in 1981. Corrections to the letter are made in brackets by Naomi Slater Heydon, granddaughter of Ann Slater. [4]
    • Naomi writes: "Sparks, Nicholas (founder of Sparks St. Ottawa). Early forbears were of English descent. Founder of the Irish Sparks Branch was an army officer under the Duke of Marlborough. In 1720 this Nicholas Sparks was granted land in Darragh, Wexford County, Ireland in perpetuity for a small yearly rental. His off-spring were horse breeders in Ireland. Nicholas Sparks (founder of Sparks St. Ottawa) was the son of George Sparks of Ballylusk, Wexford County, Ireland, a farmer. Nicholas Sparks came to Canada in September 1816 on board the "Dorris", which docked at Quebec City. He was employed by Squire Philemon Wright until 1821. In 1826 he purchased 200 acres of land on Lot C, Concession C, Rideau Front, Township of Nepean (now Ottawa); title date - June 20, 1826 for the sum of 95. On this property he built a log home and later a fine stone home to which he brought Squire Wright's daughter-in-law Sarah Olmstead, the widowed wife of young Philemon Wright and her eight children." [5]
    • Naomi writes: Will of Nicholas; George (1803-1857) predeceased Nicholas. George had given a farm to 3 of his sons in 1856 before he died. In his Will he left two farms to his other 3 sons. This family needed no help from Nicholas. Nicholas left a little money to Abraham as he came to Canada later than the others, as he had remained in Ireland to look after their elderly parents, and therefore did not have the same opportunities to get established. He left something to his sister Elizabeth. He her husband were not as prosperous as the others. His brother Roger was still alive when Nicholas died but he did not leave him anything. He had a farm in Hull. Nicholas concentrated his money on his own descendants with the exception of two step-grandchildren - Mary Jane Wright and John Colton. He had other step-grandchildren but left nothing to them. There was some problem in the family of the two grandchildren named.
      Naomi accepts the fact that George of Bells Corners is a brother of Nicholas of Bytown. She writes: I have copies of the Wills of Georges of Bells Corners and George of Gloucester. That of 1857 is the Will of the George of Bells Corners who is a brother of Nicholas --2 farms to three sons, $100 to his young daughter Elizabeth, and the sons are to provide for their mother and Elizabeth until she married. [5]
    • Naomi writes: Somewhere I read that Nicholas Sparks built a double house on Albert St. Members of Abraham's family seemed to occupy it. Abraham stayed in Ireland to look after the elderly parents, so Abraham, was fairly old when he came to Canada - he did not have the same opportunities to make a career, so Nicholas helped him along.
      In a letter to Mrs. Garvie regarding incorrect information in FARMS and FAMILIES, she writes: Nicholas sparks arrived in 1816. He was recruited in Quebec to work for Philemon, in Wrightsville (Hull). Nicholas first appears on their payroll in September, 1816. [5]
    • Naomi writes: About in the pew in the Methodist Chapel; family legends have some truths and some errors. We were always led to believe Nicholas had two pews; Christ Church and St. Andrews, but when J. G. MacPhail did the history of St. Andrews he denied this. Well your information shows where the second pew was --in the Methodist Chapel. This all makes sense; Nicholas gave the land for their church to the Methodists after their first church in Chapel Street was burned down in 1829. Nicholas sold the land to the Presbyterian Church, so there was no need for a pew to be given here.
      Marriage certificate of Philemon Wright and Sally in Sparks file at Public Archives of Canada. [5]
    • Naomi writes: "My" Nicholas Sparks of Bytown, was a lumber merchant, had a mill in Britannia, Lots 35, 36, 37, and 38, Broken Front, Concession A. In 1862 he left it to his son Nicholas II who died in 1872. "My" Nicholas of Bytown also owned land in Torbolton, Fitzroy, Huntley, and March. [6]
    • Naomi writes: July 24, 1985 to Mrs. Garvie of Goulburn book: Nicholas Sparks arrived in 1816. He was recruited in Quebec by Ruggles Wright to work for his father Philemon, in Wrightsville (Hull). Nicholas first appears on their payroll in September, 1816. There were no immigration sheds on Parliament Hill. Everything local was in Wrightsville - the immigration sheds would have been in Quebec City. There were two or three buildings below the bluffs where ferries from the Quebec side landed -- Bellow's, later, Richmond Landing. The first building on the Bytown side of the river --then known as The Wale - was a wooden house built by John Burrows Honey who was granted 200 acres there in recognition of his army service, Dec. 1817. By 1821 he wanted to go back to England on family business and he offered his land to Nicholas Sparks. They exchanged an intent to Sell in 1821 and Nicholas paid up in 1826 - 95. More documents were exchanged in 1830 to tidy up some legal technicality. Nicholas Sparks set out to farm then became interested in the lumber business where he had a small mill on the Ottawa, near what was later Mechanicsville. When he died in 1862 he left this to his son, Nicholas. Of course, the development around the canal led him into real estate. [5]
    • Mr. (Dealton) Owens has also identified a source of information unknown to most of us. Many early Ottawa area marriages appeared in records of Rev. Amos Ansley at St. James' Anglican Church in Hull. Ansley, the son of a Kingston, Ontario, Loyalist, performed numerous marriages on the Ontario side of the river and kept his accounts in a separate book (reel 299, NAC). His record book for the Parish, however, which did include Ottawa people, was kept at the church until it disappeared (probably) in 1928. Is anyone aware of what happened to it and where is it today? Mr. Owens has learned that some of the records were extracted and are part of the Collection of the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montreal. A Montreal lawyer named "Baby" was involved with countless Ottawa area transactions and his papers include mention of many Ottawa Valley people.
      In the following, (document 487), the Nicholas sparks mentioned is the man remembered by "Sparks Street" in Ottawa and the Philemon Wright mentioned was the son of the founder of the same name of "Wrightsville (Hull, Quebec), the marriage took place two months after Sparks received title to his land after a five-year struggle, in Hull, 20th November 1826 Nicholas sparks of the township of Nepean (sc) in Upper Canada and Sally Olmstead widow of the late Philemon Wright Junior Esquire deceased of this place was married by special license by me the Rev. Amos Ansley Missionary this twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six A Ansley Missionary. I certify that the above is a true extract from the register of the Mission of Hull taken this twentieth day of July one thousand and Eight hundred and seventy-five by Mr. John Johnston Canon & Minister of St. James Church, Hull.
      [7]
    • Roger Sparks, Nicholas Sparks, both of Bytown, and Frederick Sparks of Nepean, all signed the Bytown Petition of 1838. [8]
    • Two references in the index of the Wright papers at Canada Archives:
      #1 - 25 Feb. 1830 : N. Sparks deposition regarding payment
      for timber. Catalogue # 64485 - 644486.
      #2 - 30 Nov 1830: Francis Dorval's power of attorney
      to P. Wright and Sons for recovery of debt from Nicholas Sparks. Catalogue # 69904- 69905.
      [9]
    • Memorial Book B, p. 17, dated 10/7/1830, John Burrows Honey to Nicholas Sparks SE half Lot C, Conc C, Nepean. [10]
    • From Ottawa Journal article entitled "Nicholas Sparks was godfather to many of our Ottawa churches" by Madge Macbeth, written for the Journal. Very good description of first Anglican church built. [11]
    • From Ottawa Journal article entitled Doomed Old Pioneer Home Misnamed "Sparks House"; by Henry J. Walker, written for Journal. "Ottawa's founder the original Nicholas sparks, had his stone residence on Wellington Street near the corner of Bay. Its front, with a landscaped garden, faced the Ottawa river. But in the days when the NCC was the Federal District Commission, this really historic building, despite the please of many prominent citizens, was taken down stone by stone to make way for a government block. Its stones and timbers have been stowed away together with other relics such as the Aylmer road marker and the Billing's Bridge fire place, in some secret hideout of the NCC. [11]
    • From Bytown Gazette of Jan. 2, 1837 shows N. Sparks with 88,000 ft of timber in course of transference down river; at moment at River Duchene. [12]
    • From Bytown Gazette May 17, 1837: Fire: We regret to say that the farm house in the Gatineau in the Township of Hull belonging to N. Sparks, Esquire of this place, was in the night of the 12th consumed by fire. [13]
    • Letter to editor of Bytown Gazette Jan. 21, 1845: Mr. Sparks complained (about land taken but not used for canal purposes)... Provision inserted that over this land they should have no control. Mr. Sparks took possession of his property --sold off portions - proceedings have commenced against Mr. Sparks. [14]
    • From Bytown Gazette, Dec. 14, 1844. Among the Bills which have received the Royal Assent is the Ordnance Vesting Bill, by which the difficulties about the titles in Bytown will be removed. We understand Letter O is not included in the vested property. Nicholas Sparks in March 1827 gave to Thomas McKay the right to use part Lot C, Conc C Nepean for 5 years only loading timber here. Memorial Book, page 31. [15]
    • From Bytown gazette Jan. 13, 1845, Nicholas sparks named as pound keeper or Upper bytown. [16]
    • From Bytown Gazette April 4, 1845 under heading Report on Special Committee on N. Sparks."Do you mean that the Board (of Ordnance) in London will not ratify the acts of its agent, when dealing with the Colonial Legislature? We can judge only by results -- the proceedings of the Board are a sealed book to all in this country but its Agents and Officers. I happen however to know, through the most direct and legitimate channel, that charges of official corruption and dishonor have been preferred by the London Board, against high and confidential officers of the Canadian Government, based upon the grossest misconception and misinformation of facts. The Board is now aware of its error, but ...it would be I am sure bow to the adjudication of the House and adopt its decision. [17]
    • From Bytown Gazette April 4, 1845, for Ordnance Board squabble. [18]
    • From Bytown Gazette: Mar 1, 1862. A fire broke out in the dwelling house of the late Nicholas sparks, Esquire, Upper town on Wednesday afternoon, about five o'clock. It was discovered before it had much headway, and with little exertion was extinguished. The origin of the fire is not known, but the chimney having been on fire two or three days ago, it was supposed that some of the burning soot must have got between the woodwork and the plastering of the fireplace, and thus caused the fire. [19]
    • From the Ottawa Citizen, the obituary for Nicholas Sparks. The death of Nicholas sparks, Equire, which took place at his residence in this city on the 27th, has removed from amongst us one of the few that remained of the first settlers of this part of Canada. Having emigrated to this place nearly half a century ago, he spent the greater part of his life here, and during that period was more or less known in the proceedings which have changed the then remote back settlement to the site and vicinity of a city, now the Capital of Canada. For several years after his arrival here, Mr. Sparks lived in Hull and was in the employment of the Messrs. Wright. On the 25th of September, 1821, Mr. Sparks purchased Lot C in Concession C, Rideau Front in Nepean, 200 acres for 95 from John B. Honey who had drawn the lands an emigrant settler and then had been in possession for four years. Mr. Honey's improvements amounted to very little. Mr. Sparks bought it with a view to make a farm and had it never been converted to any other purpose, there can be no doubt that he would have succeeded in making a good farm of it. Upon that land a very large portion of the City of Ottawa is now built, and the property which Mr. Sparks left for his heir is immensely valuable.
      It has been said time and again Mr. Sparks had been obliged to take the lot against his will in payment of wages due him, but that is utterly wrong. With a view to make a house for himself he purchased the lot and paid for it in gold. The construction of the Rideau Canal and the settlement of the country caused the property to become the site of a city, and Mr. Sparks as he grew in years, saw it increase in value. His own shrewdness and good sense enabled him to make prudent use of the means which he held in his hands, and the advantages which events afforded.
      Mr. Sparks was aged 68 years, very nearly the time allotted to human life, but until a few years back, his strong frame and robust appearance gave promise of his attaining a greater age, After he began to show symptoms of illness, he rapidly declined, and though his demise had been expected, it seemed sudden at last, as each one felt that an old, familiar face had departed forever.
      As a valued friend, we lament his loss, and in the place which he filled, his departure will be felt. Generations will pass over before his name will be forgotten in Ottawa. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, and a procession of more than a mile in length followed his remains to his last resting place in the Hull burial ground. [20]
    • Immigrated circa 1816 through Quebec City. Probate granted in Ottawa Surrogate Court in 1862.

      From old files: This Nicholas Sparks had a mill at Britannia, Lots 35, 36, 37, and 38, Broken Front, Conc. A. In 1862 he left it to his son Nicholas II who died in 1872. He also owned land in Torbolton, Fitzroy, Huntley and March. Was in partnership with E. Hurd until 1819 when it dissolved. See advertisement in Independent Examiner of 1829.

      "From another old Roots 3 files: File of Nicholas Sparks in PAC show that in 1838 Sparks has an interest in Lot 30, Concession 1, Wolford. Received $1200 from Col. By for damages to mill at Irish Creek - Olmstead's mill. Why pay N. Sparks? see RE 34 340 Vol 1-papers of Nicholas Sparks in PAC,
      In 1847 Nicholas Sparks subscribed to ottawa Advocate.

      Letter in Toronto Archives dated Ottawa, Oct. 12, 1861, from N. Sparks to the Hon' P. M. Vazinoughnet, quebec. Sir: I beg to state that after my arrival here from Quebec, I called on mr. Durie, Agent of Crown Lands here, hoping that he had received instructions from you to carry out your promises to Mr. ?? Namily? to wait until the fall for the payment of the lands I went to Quebec about, but he he seemed to know nothing of it as he required prompt payment for the whole. Tho I considered that you were the whole gov't in the matter yourself, had I received the money when I went to Quebec that I expected, I would have been in a position to have paid for the whole of them, but what I had been prepared to pay on had been put up at four shillings the acre while other lands more valuable had been put up and sold for 15 pence to 3/6. --You state in your telegram of the 1st instant that you were in formed I have cut timber on the lands. No doubt it was for that purpose U have bought them, but may I ask you who was my obliging friend that informed you thereof.
      I had the pleasure of a visit from your Father last night on his way to Quebec.
      Lines on Nicholas sparks by W. P. Lett: There's Nicholas sparks, a man of yore
      An honest name he always bore
      He came from Erin's lovely isle
      The place where love and beauty smiles, etc.
      An obit in the Ottawa Citizen Mar. 8, 1862 --too long for here see under W. P. Program, Sparks, Nicholas 2. Also a writeup entitled :God Pay", agent by Kay Sanderdock of Oregon (connected with Nicholas Sparks of North Dakota) which she obtained from some paper. It was sent to Naomi who wrote to Kay about all the errors. Look in W. P. program under Sparks, Nich 2. Another obit in Ottawa Union of March 2, 1862, is quoted here: Death of N. sparks, Esq. Another 'old resident' has passed away. One by one the old landmarks are being removed from our midst. In recording today the death of N. Sparks, Esq. we are led to the reflection that a wonderful change has taken place since he first cast his lot here, at that time almost a perfect wilderness in 1821. When Mr. Sparks took possession of the land upon which a great part of Ottawa is now built, the only house within the limits of our now beautiful city as a log dwelling near his late residence, with the exception of some small buildings near the Falls, erected for the convenience of the Portage, as at that time this was the principal canoe route to the great North-West.
      Mr. Sparks came to this country in 1816, being a native of Wexford, Ireland, and, being of an enterprising but prudent disposition, soon began to prosper. With almost prophetic foresight Co. By and other military authorities fixed upon this place as one of great military importance for the defence of the province, and hence the construction of the Rideau Canal. As the city increased the wealth of the deceased greed along with it. It is seldom such a change occurs within the space of a lifetime. He is now gone, and has left behind him nay friends. Those who knew him best mourn his departure. By them he was esteemed for his social and friendly character. The deceased is entitled to a prominent place in local history, and we trust to be enable to all due to his career at more length on a future occasion.

      Other old notices from Roots 3: Info from Naomi: "It is interesting where the name Arminella came in. John Burrows (Honey) married twice. Henry J. was a son of the first marriage. John Burrows second wife had been married before and had a daughter, Arminella Hoskin, who married the aRev. Wm. Andrews of Richmond - she is mentioned two or three times in John Burrows's will. She was therefore a step-sister of Henry J. who named his daughter after her. Elizabeth Arminella Burrows Sifton signed he name Arma B. Sifton. Their homes in Ottawa and Toronto were called Armadale,"
      She also writes: Davidson was a Methodist minister in Bytown in 1845. In 1849 there was a man named Shepard, S. Armanella Hoskins Burrows married a Rev. W. Andrews in 1847 - was he a Methodist?

      P 243 or some 243: Indenture signed by Zenus Olmsted, Gideon Olmsted, Adam & Henry & Daniel & David & Sally & Esther Olmsted, and James F. Taylor, heirs of he late Gideon Olmstead, his lifetime of Hull in the County of Ottawa in the District of Montreal, for damaged caused by Rideau Canal to certain mills and property situate in the Township of Wolford in the District of Johnston on a certain creek called "Irish Creek". p 246 Nicholas accepted 1200 Halifax currency as compensation for damages sustained to the rear 60 of Sel W 36 in 1st conc of the twp of Wolford, known as Olmstead's Mills 8 Sept. 1838 . James F. Taylor was Registrar for Co. of Ottawa in 1838 -- Lot 30 in 1st Conc. had a distillery there.

      From article in the Citizen entitled "SPARKS AND ALL" BY Charlotte Whitton.: "Today the Sparks Street mall got is crowning glory==a bronze plaque on a concrete pedestal, commemorating Nicholas Sparks' connection with the Mall and the city. The unveiling ceremony took place on the speaker's platform, and afterwards the plaque was due to be installed under the clock tower on the Mall at Bank Street. Kenneth Slater, of Oakville, spokesman for Nicholas Sparks' 12 living great-grandchildren, Also present was Miss Jean Sparks, representing the great-great-grandchildren. She is the only living direct descendant bearing the Sparks name.....National Arts Centre -there on land, originally given by Nicholas Sparks himself and, for a 5 shillings sale of her dower right, by his wife, Sarah Olmsted Wright, in 1848, b to the recently incorporated Bytown.
      Nicholas sparks subscribed to Ottawa Advocate 1847
      Lease Agreement between Nicholas sparks and Susan Headley for west end, Lot 41, Rideau St. 281-282
      Deed of Bargain from N. Sparks to John Boucher for Lot 3 west half Lot 4, south side of Sparks St. 807-810
      the first premium for draft stallion to George Patterson, and the second to N. Sparks, 1836 Letter # 1190, in Dissolution of partnership of Nicholas Sparks and J. C. blasdell of Cumberland Mills. from Bytown Gazette 17/5/1839
      1852 - agreement re Methodist pew from Old Church to new Church - from Finding Aid 804 for Nicholas Sparks. se copy of agreement in my file with all signatures.
      Nicholas Sparks was witness to will of George Sparks of Bells Corners. Nicholas signed "N. Sparks" but George used x.

      From an article inHarper magazine -- fromKay Zandercok entitled "Good Pay. I have a copy of article but it's hard to read: Much of the info is wrong - and Naomi wrote to kay Sandercock advising her of it.

      Charles Magee was administrator of Nicholas' will.,
      Notice in the Bathurst Courier of Feb. 8, 1844. Town Lots for Sale: The subscriber wishes to intimate to the public that the part of his land which was attempted to be taken by the Ordnance Dept for the use of the Rideau Canal is now open for sale as Building sited (their claims bring relinquished). it comprises the ground on the North side of he road now leading from Upper to Lower Bytown running between the said road in the straight line from Welling to rideau St. Jan. 30, 1844 N. Sparks, Upper Bytown

      Interesting letter dated Mar 26, 1829 from Murphy of Ballyloo, Ireland to Philemon Wright and son saying: Gentlemen: I have received from a man in your employ of the name of Nicholas Sparks dated February the 2nd 1819 giving the account of the death of my son Phelin Murphy who have being in your employ likewise also giving me an abstract of his accounts in full where he shows a balance of 33 13z=s. 2 d. in his hands waiting for my instructions on how to dispose of it.

      Info from 16 Victoria, Appendix SSSS1853, shows Frederick Sparks, employed by Nicholas Sparks 17 years and Caldwell Waugh employed by him 9 years.

      Letter by Naomi in OBN New, Vol. 17, #2, 1984 gives history of Nicholas Sparks / I thought it agreed that George was brother, but she says: he was followed by his brothers, a sister and several cousins. These were as far as I can learn George and Roger, brothers; Mrs. Hurd, who had a farm in Templeton, and Abraham, the oldest of the family.

      [21]
    Person ID I814  Sparks
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2016 

    Father George (Ballylusk) Sparks,   b. abt. 1754, Tincurry, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt. 1814, Ballylusk, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Mary Ellard,   b. abt. 1751, Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, Ballylusk, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1781  Ardamine Parish, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Family ID F271  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Married 20 Nov 1826  Hull, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Sparks,   b. 1829, Bytown, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1904, Hull, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. Esther Sparks,   b. abt. 1832, Bytown, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1894, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     3. Nicholas II Sparks,   b. 5 Sep 1833, Bytown, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1872, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah (Sally) Olmstead,   b. 17 Dec 1790, West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1871, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F535  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - Many publications show the birth year for Nicholas Sparks as 1792 and the birth place as Dranagh. No original source records have been located to verify that Nicholas Sparks was born in Dranagh. Land records show that his father George Sparks lived and farmed in Ballylusk and that Nicholas was likely born in Ballylusk. - Abt 1792 - Dranagh, Wexford County, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - abt. 1794 - Ballylusk, Wexford County, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - See http://apt613.ca/streetscape-memory-bank-the-nicholas-sparks-house/ for addtional description of Nicholas Sparks house both the Wellington Street front view and Sparks Street rear-view. - - Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Nov 1826 - Hull, Quebec, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Feb 1862 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Mar 1862 - St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Hull, Quebec, Canada Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    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!"
    Sparks Street view of Nicholas Sparks house July of 1938
    Sparks Street view of Nicholas Sparks house July of 1938

  • Sources 
    1. [s46] Bytown Gazette, Publication dated 1862 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S118] Census of Canada 1861, 142 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Wayne Lester, 9 Mar 2016.
      Age listed as 67.

    3. [S76] Looking Back, Naomi Slater Heydon, 34 to 44.

    4. [S134] Ottawa Branch Newsletter, Published by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Volume 17, #2, 1984 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    5. [S21] Personal papers of Naomi Slater Heydon (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.
      Narrative was from a written exchange between Doris Hope and Naomi Slater Heydon.

    6. [S76] Looking Back, Naomi Slater Heydon, 43 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    7. [S134] Ottawa Branch Newsletter, Published by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Volume XXV 2 March 1992 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.
      Ottawa Branch Newsletter article entitled "Ottawa Valley Journal".

    8. [S94] Personal papers of Doris Hope (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    9. [S108] Research Notes (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Rick Henderson; 16 Apr 2016.

    10. [S47] Land Register Records, Registry Office of the County of Carleton at Richmond, Memorial Book B, page 17, dated 10/7/1830 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    11. [S136] Ottawa Journal (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    12. [s46] Bytown Gazette, Jan. 2, 1837 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    13. [S46] Bytown Gazette, 17 May 1837 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    14. [s46] Bytown Gazette, Jan. 21, 1845 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    15. [S46] Bytown Gazette, 14 Dec 1844 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    16. [S46] Bytown Gazette, Jan. 13, 1845 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    17. [s46] Bytown Gazette, April 4, 1845 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    18. [S46] Bytown Gazette, April 4, 1845 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    19. [S46] Bytown Gazette, 1 Mar 1862 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    20. [S124] Ottawa Citizen, March 8, 1862 (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    21. [S108] Research Notes (Reliability: 3), Researcher: Doris Hope.

    22. [S5] Ferns Parish Register Vestry Minute Book (Reliability: 2).
      Ferns parish marriage records show that a George Sparks of Ballylusk married Mary Ellard of Tincurry. The eldest son of Abraham Sparks of Tincurry was named George and so it seems probable that George the son of Abraham of Tincurry is the named George of Ballylusk.