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George (Gloucester) Sparks

George (Gloucester) Sparks

Male 1801 - 1867  (66 years)

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  • Name George (Gloucester) Sparks 
    Born 31 Oct 1801  Dranagh, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1824  Bathurst District of Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Emigrated from Wexford, Ireland to Upper Canada. 
    Residence 1867 Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    In 1867, George's house was on the Rideau Road, so named in his will as lot 8, Junction Gore which would be later named as Overbrook. (Ity was never part of the City of Vanier.) The border between Vanier and his farm was the present Stevens Avenue, which still is the boundary line between lots 7 and 8, becoming the boundary between Overbrook and Vanier until the recent amalgamation within the City of Ottawa. 
    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
    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]
    Died 6 Nov 1867  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • George died at his residence on the east side of Rideau Road, Junction Gore (now North River Road). [3]
    Buried 10 Nov 1867  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • According to his obituary in the Ottawa Times, Nov. 10, 1867, interment was to take place in the Sandy Hill cemetery. A record of where he was moved to from Sandy Hill when the cemetery closed has not been found. George may have been reburied on his own land. There is a story that an old pioneer was buried under an elm tree on the Rideau Tennis Club grounds (his farm originally), but one family member Shirley Serafini thought it might have been the child who died as an infant or young child who was buried there.
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    Notes 
    • George is a second cousin of Nicholas Sparks of Ottawa.
    • 1851 census shows George living in a stone house of 1 and a half stories, George born Ireland, Church of England, age 50, with wife Sarah, age 47, and 9 children, ranging from age 22 to age 5. James age 22, Jonathan age 20, Frederick age 5 and Samuel age 4.
    • 1875 Ottawa City Directory shows Nicholas Sparks, at Elgin P.O., living Gloucester near Rideau Bridge; also a Nicholas with office on south side of sparks St. between Bay and ?.
    • His will was probated on 15 October 1865 by the Surrogate Court, Ottawa. Surrogate Court # GR 3583, 20 pages. Esther and Frederick Sparks were executors. Front half Lot 8 Junction Gore, also part Lot 19, north side of Rideau Front to Robert, Frederick, Samuel, Ethel, Nicholas, Jonathan, George Abraham. (front part stroked out) failed province to meet payments. Also to George: Lot 3, Conc. 5, Twp of Cambridge, Co. Russell. To esther and Mary Ann, part Lot 19, north side Rideau Front. To her daughter Sarah Ann Burrows and to her grandchildren daughter Jane Colborne, to be paid by Johnathan.
    • He is listed on the 1825 Land Surveyor source, Annual Report of 1928.
    Person ID I8731  Sparks
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2017 

    Father Abraham (Dranagh) Sparks,   b. abt. 1776, Dranagh, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt. 1856, Dranagh, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Mother Unknown (Widow of William West),   b. Unknown, Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Unknown  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F533  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Colley Welsh,   b. 13 Mar 1805, Dranagh, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1887, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1823  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Abraham (of Gloucester) Sparks,   b. 26 Oct 1824, Dranagh, Wexford County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1903, Calvin Township, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Sarah Ann Sparks,   b. abt. 1829, Gloucester Township, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1862, Rideau street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
     3. Jane Sparks,   b. 1830,   d. alive 1881  (Age 51 years)
     4. Jonathan Sparks,   b. abt. 1831, Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1892, Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     5. George Robert Sparks,   b. 6 Jun 1832, Overbrook, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1922  (Age 90 years)
     6. Esther Sparks,   b. 17 Sep 1833, Lot 8, Junction Gore, Gloucester Township, Carleton County, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1923, Russel Road, Gloucester Township, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     7. Robert Sparks,   b. 12 Aug 1838, Lot 8, Junction Gore, Gloucester Township, Carleton County, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1882, Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     8. Mary Ann Sparks,   b. abt. 1841, Lot 8, Junction Gore, Gloucester Township, Carleton County, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt. 1905  (Age ~ 64 years)
     9. Nicholas Sparks,   b. 25 Feb 1844, Overbrook, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1909  (Age 65 years)
     10. Frederick Sparks,   b. 17 Mar 1846, Overbrook, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1882  (Age 36 years)
     11. Samuel James Sparks,   b. 31 May 1848, Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1923, Perley Home, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     12. Maria Sparks,   b. abt. 1851, Lot 8, Junction Gore, Gloucester Township, Carleton County, Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F3972  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Oct 1801 - Dranagh, Wexford County, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Emigrated from Wexford, Ireland to Upper Canada. - 1824 - Bathurst District of Upper Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Nov 1867 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    George Sparks of Gloucester Township second cousin of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown
    George Sparks of Gloucester Township second cousin of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown

  • Sources 
    1. [S132] OTTAWA Past and Present (1927), A.H.D. Ross, 55 (Reliability: 1), Submitter: Bruce Gordon, 2 Oct 2017.

    2. [S108] Research Notes (Reliability: 3), Submitter: Ann Prowse; 9 Sep 2016.

    3. [S108] Research Notes (Reliability: 2), Submitter: Anne Prowse; 9 Sep 2016.

    4. [S108] Research Notes (Reliability: 0), Submitter: Anne Prowse; 9 Sep 2016.

    5. [S9] Armory and Lineages of Canada 1915, Herbert George Todd (Reliability: 0), Researcher: Wayne Lester; 4 May 2017.
      The publication says that Abraham Sparks married the widow of William West, but no evidence has been found to confirm this fact.