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Marriage License of Wm. Lewis Sparkman and Esther Parmer (Hester Palmer)




Submitted by Laverne Tornow

Lewis was the son of William S. Sparkman, Jr. and his second wife Sarah Surry. William and Sarah came to Florida while Florida was still a possession of Spain settling first in Nassau County and then later in Alachua County in the Hatchett Creek area. William died November 19, 1844 and Sarah a few years earlier. Lewis was the fifth child of William and Sarah. He had 9 brothers and sisters.

At the time of their marriage, Lewis and Hester were already the parents of two children; Houston Christopher Columbus Sparkman born July 5, 1846 in Palatka and Carline Frances born December 20, 1848 in Camptown, Alachua Co, FL. Banns had previously been posted in Alachua County in 1845. The delay between the posting of Banns and the marriage are unknown, but as Lewis was a virtual gypsy moving from place to place as a cattle drover may be the reason. It was not uncommon at that time for a couple to set up house-keepping after the posting of Banns and prior to the actual marriage ceremony.

Lewis and Hester were the parents of the following 13 children:

  1. Houston Christopher Columbus Sparkman
    b. July 5,1846 in Palatka, Putnam Co, FL
    d. December 12, 1910 in rural Hernando Co, FL
    bur: Stage Pond Cemetery, Citrus Co, FL
    marr: Alice Thomas Gardner October 6, 1884 in Marion Co, FL

  2. Carline Frances Sparkman
    b. December 20, 1848 in Camptown, Alachua Co, FL
    marr: William Pinner on August 13, 1867 in Alacuha Co, FL

  3. Sarah Sparkman
    b. 1852 in Putnam Co, FL
    marr: William A. Varnes on February 8, 1872 in Putnam Co, FL

  4. Calhoun Sparkman
    b. 1854 in Putnam Co, FL

  5. William Alexander Sparkman
    b. 1856 in Putnam Co, FL
    marr: Lucinda Hillyard on April 20, 1883 in Bradford Co, FL

  6. Fernando Delphia Sparkman
    b. October 1856 in Camptown, Alachua Co, FL
    d. October 28, 1928 in Gaitor, Marion Co, FL
    bur. Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dunnellon, Marion Co,FL
    marr 1: Elizabeth Meadows on June 27, 1876 in Marion Co, FL
    marr 2: Emma Catherine Jordan on November 19, 1878 in Marion Co, FL

  7. General Marion Francis Sparkman (General is not a title or rank)
    b. August 30, 1858 in Putnam Co, FL
    d. January 26, 1930 in Hernando Co, FL
    bur. Stage Pond Cemetery, Citrus Co, FL
    marr: Roxannie Janetta Leggett about 1880 in FL

  8. Isabella Sparkman (Bell)
    b. 1860 in Putnam Co, FL

  9. Mary Ann Sparkman
    b. December 28, 1863 in Palatka, Putnam Co, FL
    marr: Franklin Gillis Powell May 9, 1878 in Brooksville, FL

  10. Mary Jane Sparkman
    b. in 1865 in Putnam Co,FL
    marr: Henry Clay

  11. James Sparkman
    b. 1866 (stillborn)

  12. Florence Josephine Sparkman
    b. July 28, 1867 in Palatka, Putnam Co, FL
    d. July 10, 1950 in Hernando Co, FL
    bur. Stage Pond Cemetery, Citrus Co, FL
    marr: Isaac Chancey about 1890
    marr: John W. Coates March 3, 1919 in Brooksville, FL

  13. Hester Sparkman
    b. 1869 in Putnam Co., FL
    marr: Thomas Dortch in 1889