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By OkRnRamsey@aol.com

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,
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
Died: December 1980 - Ada,
Pontotoc, Oklahoma
Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery -
Ada, Oklahoma
Note: Remained Single
Frances Katherine 'Katie'
Born: July 1899 -Oklahoma
Died: 1975 - Ada, Pontotoc,
Buried: Memorial Park Cemetery -
Ada, Oklahoma
Married: December 7, 1917 to Holbert
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'
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
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
Children: Unknown
Cecil Haskell 'Shorty'
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.

Corrections, suggestions and help are always welcome! Please email me at Rramsey113@aol.com

Updated on 09/24/11

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