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"William "Bill" Nelson Sparks, son of Fred and Catherine (Kegley )Sparks was born on December 16, 1877, and was a young man when his parents moved to Greenup County. He returned to Elliott County and persuaded his sweetheart, Martha Susan Binion, to marry him. The y were married on February 27, 1901, in Carter County. He was 24 years old and she was 21. Both had been born in Elliott County. They w ere married at the home of Bill's cousin, Frank Sparks, in Carter County.  "When Bill Sparks was a young man, he made tin-type photographs . He also played a violin and banjo and sang tenor in a quartet. I t was said that if he liked you, he would be most accommodating, but i f he disliked you, he didn't want to be around you. He and Susan (a s she was called) lived in West Virginia where he was a miner and also farmed. Susan died on February 19, 1960, in Baltimore, Maryland . Bill died the following year, on June 14, 1961. They were buried in the Sparks Cemetery at Happy Ridge. They had ten children."