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Marion County

Descendants of Fernando Delphia (Cudge) Sparkman

By: Laverne Hammock Tornow

Generation No. 1

FERNANDO (Cudge) was born Oct 1856 in Camptown, Alachua Co., FL, to Lewis William Sparkrman and Hester Palmer. He was the grandson of Florida Pioneer William S. Sparkman, Jr. Cudge died 28 Oct 1928 in Ocala, Marion Co., FL. He married (1) ELIZABETH MEDDOWS 27 Jun 1876 in Marion County, FL. There are no known children of the union of Elizabeth and Cudge. He then married (2) EMMA CATHERINE JORDAN 19 Nov 1878 in Marion County, FL. She was born 1859 in Lake City, Columbia Co., FL, and died 1927 in Lake City, Columbia Co., FL.

Cudge and Emma are buried in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Southern Marion Co., FL. Cedar Grove Cemetery is approximately 1 mile north of the Withlacoochee River off State Road 200 and down a dirt road to the east of 200 about 1 1/2 miles. A good portion of Cudge's family is buried there. (see Cedar Grove Cemetery Transcription).

From stories I have heard from my mother, Margaret Garrett Hammock Smith (granddaughter of Houston Christopher Columbus Sparkman, daughter of Ella Alverda Sparkman Garrett), great niece of Cudge, and her brothers, their Uncle Cudge was quite a character. He reportedly had some rather disreputable associates which is supported by a photograph of Cudge and Frank James on Cudge's front porch in Gaiter. Reputedly, Frank was hiding from the law after a robbery out west, and was there recovering from wounds received in his escape.

Cudge was also suspected, along with his father Lewis William Sparkman, of counterfeiting gold coins in the 1870's but was never caught at it., though it is reported , but not proven that his father served six months in a federal prison for that crime.

Cudge was also religious man and kept close ties to the Cedar Grove Methodist Church, of which he was a longtime member.

Children of FERNANDO SPARKMAN and EMMA JORDAN are:

2. i. LOUIS FREDERICK SPARKMAN, b. 09 Jan 1882, Dunnellon, Marion Co., FL; d. 01 Feb 1930, Dunnellon, Marion Co., FL.

3. ii. CALLIE HESTER GUYNN SPARKMAN, b. 19 Jan 1884, Gaitor, Marion Co., FL; d. 02 Oct 1973, Turkey Creek, Hillsborough Co., FL.

iii. JAMES F. SPARKMAN, (Jimmie) b. 21 Aug 1886, Heidtville, Marion Co., FL; d. 24 Feb 1888, Heidtville, Marion Co., FL.

4. iv. ARTIE MISSIE SPARKMAN, b. Feb 1889, Gaitor, Marion Co., FL; d. 17 Oct 1970.

5. v. EVAN VERNON CHARLES SPARKMAN, b. 23 Jun 1891, Gaitor, Marion Co., FL; d. 09 Sep 1963, Marion Co., FL.

vi. HETTA LEE SPARKMAN, b. 16 Dec 1897, Gaitor, Marion Co., FL; d. 17 Aug 1965; m. (1) JOHN ELBERT MOORE; m. (2) JOHN ELBERT MOORE, Unknown; b. 1903; d. 1964.

6. vii. FERNANDO DESOTO (FRANK) SPARKMAN, b. 10 Jan 1900, Gaitor, Marion Co., FL; d. 10 May 1963, Gaitor, Marion Co, . FL. Also known as Cudge, Jr.

viii. JANIE SPARKMAN, b. 06 Aug 1904, Heidtville, Marion Co., FL; d. 08 Apr 1905, Heidtville, Marion Co., FL.

Generation No. 2

2. LOUIS FREDERICK was born 09 Jan 1882 in Dunnellon, Marion Co., FL, and died 01 Feb 1930 in Dunnellon, Marion Co., FL. He married SARAH ELIZABETH BERTINE HODGES. She was born 12 Feb 1903 in Viana, FL, and died 07 Aug 1992 in Holder, Citrus Co., FL. Both are interred at Cedar Grove.

Children of LOUIS SPARKMAN and SARAH HODGES are:

i. KATIE LEE SPARKMAN, b. 28 Nov 1924, Citrus Gardens, Marion Co. FL; d. 08 Oct 1998 in an automobile accident in Gainesville, Alachua Co., FL.Katie married a man by the last name of Pontero.

7. ii. MARY JANE SPARKMAN, b. 25 Dec 1925, Dunnellon, Marion Co., FL.

8. iii. LOUIS FREDERICK SPARKMAN Jr., b. 25 Feb 1929, Citrus Gardens, Marion Co. FL.

3. CALLIE HESTER GUYNN SPARKMAN was born 19 Jan 1884 in Gaitor, Marion Co., FL, and died 02 Oct 1973 in Turkey Creek, Hillsborough Co., FL4. She married WILLIAM ARTHUR STEVENS 10 Aug 1910 in Hillsborough Co., FL. He was born 19 Dec 1889 in Turkey Creek, Hillsborough Co., FL, and died 02 Nov 1959 in Turkey Creek, Hillsborough Co., FL.

Children of CALLIE SPARKMAN and WILLIAM STEVENS are:

i. WILLIE LOUISE STEVENS, b. 29 Nov 1912, Marion Co., FL; m. (1) ERVIN ALBERT ADLER; b. 1914; d. 1969; m. (2) MORRIS FOSTER COLEMAN, Unknown; b. 1912, Plant City, Hillsborough Co., FL.

4. ARTIE MISSIE SPARKMAN was born Feb 1889 in Gaitor, Marion Co., FL, and died 17 Oct 1970. She married (1) WILL LUTTON date unknown. She married (2) LEWIS KINGSLEY date unknown. He was born 1899, and died 1953.

Child of ARTIE SPARKMAN and WILL LUTTON is:

Child of ARTIE SPARKMAN and WILL LUTTON is: i. CARL LOUIS8 LUTTON, b. Mar 1914.

Children of ARTIE SPARKMAN and LEWIS KINGSLEY are:

ii. CULBREATH GORDON KINGSLEY, b. 25 Nov 1919, Marion Co., FL; d. 29 May 1963.

iii. CLYDE FERNANDO DARZINO KINGSLEY, b. 25 Oct 1922, Ft. Mccoy, Marion Co., FL; m. ELOISE MARIE SCOTT.

iv. ANNA LEE KINGSLEY, b. 14 Sep 1928, Marion Co., FL.

5. EVAN VERNON CHARLES SPARKMAN was born 23 Jun 1891 in Gaitor, Marion Co., FL, and died 09 Sep 1963 in Marion Co., FL. He married (1) NELLIE DENNISON CROSS. She was born 02 Dec 1902 in Macon, Bibb Co., GA, and died 21 Dec 1981 in Dunnellon, Marion Co., FL. He married (2) JOSIE Last name unknown. Nellie and Charles are both interred at Cedar Grove. Josie's burial location is unknown.

Children of EVAN SPARKMAN and NELLIE CROSS are:

i. GENEVA SPARKMAN.

ii. LILLIAN SPARKMAN.

iii.EMMA CATHERINE SPARKMAN

iv. KENNETH EARL SPARKMAN

Children of EVAN SPARKMAN and JOSIE UNKNOWN are:

v. VIRGINIA SPARKMAN

6. FERNANDO DESOTO FRANK, was born 10 Jan 1900 in Gaitor, Marion Co., FL, and died 10 May 1963 in Gaitor, Marion Co, . FL. He married PEARL ANN MURRAY. She was born 1907 in Ocala, Marion Co., FL, and died 1989 in Florida. Both are interred at Cedar Grove.

Children of FERNANDO SPARKMAN and PEARL MURRAY are:

i. MARY SPARKMAN

ii. WILLIAM JAMES SPARKMAN