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AMANDA ELIZABETH SPARKS was born 11 Sept 1837 in Nacogdoches, TX  and died 24 Nov 1912 in Hamilton Co. TX.

Her parents were Steven Franklin Sparks and Emily Beauchamp Whitaker.

Amanda Elizabeth Sparks first married J. O’Hair 10 Aug., 1856. They had two daughters, Alice and Clara. Apparently, J. O’Hair died because Amanda was listed as a widow when she married Henry Rogers on 18 Aug 1863.

Henry Rogers b. 1815, was the son of Everett Rogers and spouse unknown. Amanda (Sparks) (O’Hair) and Henry Rogers had one son, James Franklin Rogers b. 10 May 1864 in Bosqueville, McLennan Co., TX, and died 18 Sept 1929 in Abilene, Taylor Co., TX. A direct descendent of James Franklin Rogers is Mary Helen Walton Baxter, who grew up in Carlton, TX. 

Henry Rogers b. 1815 was the brother of my gr-gr grandfather, Samuel Everett Rogers, who is buried there in the field off FM 2823. 

I am quite certain that Alma Williams is also buried near the grave of Amanda Elizabeth Sparks O’Hair. She would be the granddaughter of Amanda and daughter of Amanda’s daughter, Clara, whose father was J. O’Hair. Clara O’Hair married Samuel J. (Doc) Williams.

Obituary in the Hamilton Record, on Thursday, November 28, 1912


“Mrs. A. E. Rogers, mother of J. F. Rogers of this city, died at the home of her son-in-law, Doc Williams, at Spurlin, Monday, November 25 and was buried at the Carlton Cemetery the following day. Re. J. S. Deaton of the Baptist Church conducting the funeral service. Mrs. Rogers was 75 years old, and had been in declining health for a number of months and her death was not unexpected. She was a consecrated Christian having been a member of the Baptist Church for many years. She did her life work well and has now gone to her heavenly home where she will meet the loved ones who had gone on before and where she will dwell in the eternal sunlight of the Father’s love.“

This obit is for Amanda Elizabeth Sparks O’Hair Rogers, mother of James Franklin Rogers. She was second wife of Henry Rogers.





Shared by Jeanne Dodson Cariglio


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