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Biography of John Joseph Sparrow
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The Sparrows came to Georgia along with other immigrants from Carolina in. the eighteenth century. They lived in Pulaski while it was still a part of Wilkinson County.
John Joseph Sparrow (1829-1873), of Pulaski proper, was a son of John Sparrow (1792-1833) and Ellender Crutchfield (17971850). He was a progressive farmer, merchant, and realtor of more than ordinary ability. While his health prevented his acceptance in the army proper, he was active in the service of the Confederacy at home.
He was Ordinary of the county from 1862 to 1864, and was ever worthy of the confidence„ and trust placed in him.
His first marriage was to Sarah E. Fale (1836-1858), in 1855. One son, Joseph Franklin, was born.
From a second marriage in 1859 to Martha Cratch DeLamar (1844-1916) another son, Henry Hooker, was reared.
John Joseph Sparrow’s life, while brief, was full of usefulness. He died before the Reconstruction period was over.
Joseph Franklin Sparrow (1857-1900) was born in Pulaski County and educated in her schools, with one year at Dahlonega’s Military Academy. He was a farmer and served as a member of the County Board of Education; also was a justice of the peace of Hartford District from 1827 to 1829. He was a Christian leader, and served as clerk of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church for years. He married Josephine Catherine Beaty (1857- ). Two children were born to them: Edna and Ernest Cleveland. Edna Sparrow (18811933) married B. B. Dykes in 1902. Their children were William Franklin, Sara, Helen, Pansy, Ernest, Henry, Burrell Bryant, W. Wilson, and Julian. They made their home in Florida. Ernest Cleveland Sparrow (1884) is a farmer and R. F. D. carrier from Hawkinsville’s post office. He serves all of Pulaski’s citizens east of the Ocmulgee River and some of the adjoining counties. While he was born and educated in Pulaski County and has never moved, his home and farm were automatically placed just across the border into Bleckley County when Pulaski was divided in 1913.
He married Annie May Buchan (1884) of Pulaski County, in 1906. They reared two sons and one daughter: John Frank Sparrow (1907), a graduate of Hawkinsville High School and holds a B.S.A. degree from the University of Georgia. He is now an employee of the Georgia Power Company, a salesman in the Rural Electrification Department, and is located in Macon, Ga. Ernest Gainer Sparrow (1909) is a graduate of Hawkinsville High School, with one year at the University of Georgia, and is now associated with his father in farming and the raising of live stock. At present (1935) he is a member of the Board of Federal Supervisors for the eradication of the screw worm in Bleckley and Twiggs Counties.
He married Alice Ruth Lancaster (1910) of Pulaski County, in July, 1935.
Clara May Sparrow (1914) is a graduate of Hawkinsville High School and holds a B.S.H.E. degree from the University of Georgia. She married J. B. Prosser of Athens in 1935.
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