S: Sparks & Beavers Families in Photos
BC: Oct. 23, 2011 Thanks to all the family for their contributions
FC: A Family History in Pictures | Sparks & Beavers
1: Frank James Beavers was born on Oct. 23, 1898 in McDowell County, WV and Mamie Hester Sparks was born July 20, 1899 in Squire, McDowell County, WV. They were married in 1919 in McDowell County and lived in various mining towns in the region. Frank was killed in a mining accident in Mercer, West Virginia on Apr. 20, 1929. Mamie died of cancer in May, 1976 in Bluefield, WV. They were parents of Evie, Goldie, Jack and Aphelia Beavers.
2: Jonas James Sparks (1793-1875) and his wife, Mary Brown (1800-1890) were both born in Wilkes, NC and died in Tazewell, VA. They were Mamie's paternal great-great grandparents and they brought the family to the Virginia/West Virginia area. William Sparks (1640-1709) came to the US from England in 1663 and married Mary Wright (1640-1730) who was born in Frederick, MD. | Jonas James Sparks | Mary Brown
3: John Henry Sparks, Jr. (1854-1936) and his wife Lucinda Jane Asbury (1855-1936) were both born in Tazewell, VA and died in Stoney Ridge, VA in Tazewell County. They were Mamie's paternal grandparents.
4: Fielding Kirk Sparks (1874-1955) and Victoria Shrader (1876-1948) were Mamie's parents.
5: The entire Sparks family. L-R: Herbert (Hub), Mamie, Bess, Sallie, Mary, Nellie, Elsie, Mable, Lonnie, Victoria Shrader and Fielding Kirk Sparks.
6: Samuel Augustus Shrader (1838-1920) was married to Sarah Angeline Brooks (1840-1917) and they were Mamie's maternal grandparents. Augustus lost a finger on his left hand while serving with Stonewall Jackson. His family was originally from Germany and his great grandfather, Johannas Christian Schroeder (1724-1810), came to the United States with his wife, Sophia Maria (1731-1790).
7: Frank James Beavers' father's family was also originally from Germany and his great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Johannas Bever (1695-1762), immigrated to the US in 1732.
8: Frank's parents were Thomas Marion Beavers (1875-1949) and Nancy Nannie Lou Carter (1879-1944) and their families lived in the Virginia-West Virginia area for generations. His maternal great-great-great grandfather, John Peter Schlosser (1709-1790), took the last name of Sluss when he immigrated from Germany in 1732. He became a naturalized citizen and fought in the Revolutionary War. He's buried in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Some his family were massacred by Indians and are buried at Sharon Lutheran Church.
9: Frank had 4 children, Evie, Goldie, Aphelia and James Frank "Jack". The child on the left is Goldie, and in the center picture, Goldie is on the left and Evie is on the right. Jack is in the picture on the right.
10: Aphelia & Jack | Aphelia & Jack | Aphelia, Mamie & Jack | Mamie & Evie
11: Mamie and her sisters and brother were very close and loved to visit.
13: Mamie was also married to Arthur Eslick (1886-1958) who was born in Waxahachie, Texas.
14: Larry, Gerald, Evie, Herbert & Earl Pape | Aphelia | Gerald and Aphelia Fitzpatrick | Jack, Aphelia, Evie, Mamie & Jerry | Evie
15: Evie and Jack
16: Larry & Arthur | Larry & Mamie
19: Delton & Lola Dauer on the outside and Herbert & Evie Pape