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John Pinkney "Pink" Sparkman and Lula Edith McDonald are my Great-Grandparents.
According to census records, 'Pink' and his mother were born in Mississippi and his father in Alabama. 'Pink' was born on January 18, 1861 and died on June 10, 1928. The places of his birth and death, as well as the names of his parents and siblings remain unknown.
Lula Edith McDonald was born July 12, 1878, in McLeansboro, Illinois, the daughter of Samuel Perry McDonald and Frances Katherine Cottingham. The McDonald family migrated to Van Buren County, Arkansas from McLeansboro, Illinois, arriving about 1892.
The earliest record of Pink and Lula is in the 1900 Oklahoma Territory Census, where they resided in Township 10NR 17E, which later became Stonewall Township. Lula is listed as age 22 and Pink as age 37 and they had been married for eight years. She was recorded as being the mother of four children, two of whom were living.
Lula and Pink had a total of eight children, six of which survived to adulthood. Their last child was born in 1908 and shortly thereafter Pink apparently left the family. He is not listed with Lula, and her six children, in the 1910 Stonewall Township, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma census records. She is listed with the household of the Constable and his wife, as a widow. It is not know whether he died or if they divorced, however, his son, William T. Sparkman, stated that his father "would come back and visit them from time to time". His daughter, Bertha M. Sparkman, also recorded his death date in her Bible as June 10, 1928.
On September 11, 1916, Lula remarried to Charles W. Stringer, a Baptist minister. They had three children: Jesse, Orbie and Ida Stringer.
John Pinkney Sparkman Born: January 18, 1861 - Mississippi or Missouri ? Died: June 10, 1928 - El Reno, Oklahoma ? Buried: Place unknown Married: ca 1892 to Lula Edith McDonald Born: July 12, 1878 - McLeansboro, Illinois Died: February 12, 1944 - Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery - Ada, Oklahoma Married 1st: John Pinkney Sparkman Divorced: Before 1916 Children: Listed below Married 2nd: September 11, 1916 to Charles W. Stringer Children: Jesse, Orbie and Ida Albert Sparkman Born: June 7, 1892 -Arkansas Died: June 8, 1892 - Arkansas Buried: Place unknown Ruth Ann Sparkman Stillborn: June 6, 1893 - Arkansas Buried: Place unknown Bertha M. Sparkman Born: November 9, 1895 - Oklahoma Territory Died: December 1980 - Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery - Ada, Oklahoma Note: Remained Single Frances Katherine 'Katie' Sparkman Born: July 1899 -Oklahoma Territory Died: 1975 - Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery - Ada, Oklahoma Married: December 7, 1917 to Holbert Kelly Children: Calvin, Grace and Beulah Kelly George Latha Sparkman Born: January 27, 1902 - Wetumka, Oklahoma Territory Died: November 30, 1993 - Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma Buried: New Bethel Cemetery - Byng, Oklahoma Married: November 5, 1921 to Alice Glarcie Chandler Children: Grady, Lois, Jean and Virginia Sparkman. William Theodore 'Kiddo' Sparkman Born: March 3, 1905 - Ada, Oklahoma Territory Died: June 1997 - Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Buried: Mesa, Arizona Married: August 20, 1927 to Effie May Jackson Children: William and Wanda Sparkman Walter Lee 'Bud' Sparkman Born: October 22, 1906 - Ada, Indian Territory Died: March 16, 1995 - Cushing, Payne, Oklahoma Buried: Cushing, Payne, Oklahoma Married: September 7, 1926 to Hazel Jones Children: Unknown Cecil Haskell 'Shorty' Sparkman Born: May 24, 1908 - Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma Died: August 14, 1944 - Cushing, Payne, Oklahoma Burial: Cushing, Payne, Oklahoma Married: October 17, 1933 to Dorothy G. Pack
Children: Lanny, David, Donald, Larry, Jerry, Bobby and Shirley Sparkman.
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Updated on 09/24/11
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