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Isaac James Sparks

Male 1800 - 1867  (67 years)


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  • Name Isaac James Sparks 
    Born 1800  Bowdoinham, Sagadahoc, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Jun 1867  Santa Barbara, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3964  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2019 

    Married 1842 
    Children 
     1. Maria Rosa Sparks,   b. 3 Feb 1851, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1933, Covina, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F1468  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Theresa Bouis 
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F1205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Maria de los Remedios Josefa Antonia Eayrs,   b. 7 May 1813, Bodega Bay, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1893, San Luis Obispo Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married NOT MARRIED 
    Children 
     1. Maria Rosa Sparks,   b. 3 Feb 1851, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1933, Covina, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F1201  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1800 - Bowdoinham, Sagadahoc, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jun 1867 - Santa Barbara, CA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Se: http://www.southcountyhistory.org/huasna.html

      Occupations: Mountain Man, Trapper, Otter Hunter,
      Owner of General Store and Post Office in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara's 2nd Yankee Mayor. (Source: Descendants of Maria Rosa Sparks Porter)

      Santa Barbara County Biographies

      ISAAC J. SPARKS

      Submitted by Peggy Hooper

      This file is part of the California Genealogy & History Archives
      http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/index.htm

      ISAAC J. SPARKS, deceased, was born fl in the town of Bowdoin, Maine, about
      year 1800, and was one of the great land-owners, and an early pioneer of this
      section of the State. His father fought in the war of 1812, and after its close moved
      his family to Ohio, and soon afterward to Saint Louis, Missouri, where he engaged in
      farming; he also died at this place. After his father's death our subject was obliged to
      take charge of the plantation. He had intended to become a doctor, but had to give
      up the idea on account of ill health, lie was troubled with dyspepsia, and frequently
      went to the mountains for relief, and it was on one of these expeditions that Mr.
      Sparks met a party that was bound for the far West. Francis Z. Branch, elsewhere
      sketched in this work, and Oldman Yount, an old pioneer, were members of the party,
      he had no intentions of joining this party, but nevertheless was induced to do so, and
      he first settled at Los Angeles, California, in the early part of the year 1832, and a year
      later in Santa Barbara. Here Mr. Sparks followed Otter hunting, at which business he
      was very successful, being an excellent shot. He acquired large tracts of land, owning
      seven large ranches in Santa Barbara County, and the Huasna and Pismo ranches in
      San Luis Obispo County, at one time. The Huasna property, five leagues now in
      possession of the daughters, was the smallest one. These large tracts were granted to
      Mr. Sparks by the Mexican government, chiefly as a protection against the Indians, the
      government freely giving the land if a settler could then be induced to occupy it, and
      thus in a measure keep off the hostile redskins. He was a resident of Santa Barbara
      when Fremont was there, and the General was very anxious that he should take up
      arms against the Mexicans, which he declined to do. He however aided Fremont in
      many ways, giving him provisions, clothing, horses, etc., to the value of $20,000 or more,
      for which he never received a cent in return. Mr. Sparks built and conducted the only
      store in Santa Barbara for some time, and also built the first brick house in the town, a
      relic of which now remains. He was a man tall and slim, but with a well formed frame,
      and had a fine commanding presence. His death occurred June 16, 18G7.

      He was married in Santa Barbara, to Miss Mary Ayers, a lady of Scotch descent, now
      living in that city, strong and hearty at the age of seventy-eight years. They had three
      children, � Flora, Rosa and Sal lie, who are now Mrs. Captain Harloe, of San Luis
      Obispo; Mrs. Arza Porter, of the same place; and Mrs. Harkness of Santa Barbara.

      History of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties, California - by
      C.M. Gidney, Benjamin Brooks, Edwin M. Sheridan, Vol I, II. -Lewis Publ. Co.,
      Chicago, 1917.

      Isaac Sparks is also said to have been the otter hunter who chartered the boat the left the girl on San Nicholas Island, inspiring he book Island of the Blue Dolphin. (Source: http://www.wandasnowporter.com/blog/category/isaac%20j%20sparksc4cc5b7a6f) "It is interesting to note that true events connected to my husband’s great-great grandfathers, Isaac J. Sparks and Captain William G. Dana, were the inspiration for both Island of the Blue Dolphins and Spurs for José."
      Is said to have had a wife in Missouri, therefore never Maria Maria Eayrs. They lived as common-law spouses for 25 years.