Husband : John SPARLING

Male Born : 16 OCT 1812at : Ryninck, Tipperary, Ireland
Married : 11 JUN 1834at : Castleton Ch., Killaloe, Clare, Ireland
Died : 03 AUG 1871at : Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri
Buried : at : Edgewood Cem, Chillecothe, Missouri
Father : John SPARLING
Mother : Mary SPARLING
Spouses : Mary Jane WILLIAMS , Rachel Noble ENGLISH , Martha Lovice Castle WASHBURN

  • OCCUPATION: Magistrate, JOP, Farmer,
  • OCCUPATION: Farmer, 1870

Wife : Mary Jane WILLIAMS

Female Born : 08 JUN 1810at : Tipperary, Ireland
Died : 1853at : Blanshard, Perth, Ontario
Buried : 02 MAY 1853at : Sparling Cem, St Mary's, Ontario
Father :
Mother :
Spouses : John SPARLING

Family :
  • CENSUS: 1851, Blanchard, Perth, Canada West


Name : Anne SPARLING
Female Born : 13 MAY 1835at : Ireland
Baptised : 25 MAY 1835at : Parish Ch, Adare, Limerick, Ireland
Died : 20 JUN 1852at : St Marys, Perth, Ontario
Spouses :

  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 a

Name : John William SPARLING [419]
Male Born : 31 AUG 1836at : Tipperary, Ireland
Died : 22 OCT 1837at : Ireland
Buried : at : Killaloe, Clare, Ireland
Spouses :

  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 b

Name : James Wyndham SPARLING
Male Born : 10 JUN 1838at : Ireland
Married : 27 OCT 1858[1701] at : St Marys, Perth, Ontario
Died : 10 NOV 1901at : Beulah, Manitoba
Spouses : Margaret GILPIN

  • EMIGRATION: 1842, Canada
  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 c

Name : Robert William SPARLING
Male Born : 10 FEB 1840at : Tipperary, Ireland
Married : 16 NOV 1860at : St Marys, Perth, Ontario
Died : 29 JAN 1902at : St Marys, Perth, Ontario
Spouses : Martha S GILPIN

  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 d

Name : Joseph Walter SPARLING [420]
Male Born : 14 FEB 1843at : St Marys, Perth, Ontario
Married : 29 NOV 1871at : Toronto, York, Ontario
Died : 16 JUN 1912at : Winnipeg, Manitoba
Buried : 1912at : Elmwood Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Spouses : Susannah Mary Weir KERR

  • OCCUPATION: Clergyman,
  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 e

Name : Mary Jane SPARLING
Female Born : 30 APR 1845at :
Died : 28 FEB 1873at :
Spouses :

  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 f

Name : Elizabeth Sarah SPARLING
Female Born : 03 MAY 1847at : St Marys, Perth, Ontario
Married : 10 APR 1874at : Caldwell, Missouri
Died : 14 SEP 1919at :
Spouses : Charles Emmett RIDDELL

  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 g

Name : Margaret SPARLING
Female Born : 21 DEC 1849at :
Married : at :
Died : 23 OCT 1885at :
Spouses : William LATIMER

  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 h

Name : William Henry SPARLING
Male Born : 25 JAN 1851at : St Marys, Perth, Ontario
Baptised : 04 MAY 1851[421] at : Blanshard, Perth, Ontario
Married : 30 JAN 1884at : Brockville, Leeds, Ontario
Died : 04 OCT 1914[422] at : Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario
Spouses : Ada Marianne GLASSFORD

  • REFERENCE: Ph A 4 i


[1668] John and Mary Jane left Ireland in 1842

[419] Fell from nurse's knee

[420] SPARLING, JOSEPH WALTER, Methodist minister and educator; b. 14 Feb. 1843 in Blanshard Township, Upper Canada, son of John Sparling and Mary Williams; m. 1871 Susannah (Susan) Weir Kerr of Toronto, and they had four children, three of whom survived infancy; d. 16 June 1912 in Winnipeg. Joseph Walter Sparling was descended from Irish Methodists whose forebears, as refugees from the Palatinate (Germany), had settled in County Limerick (Republic of Ireland) and had later come under the influence of John Wesley. Marked by a sturdy religious faith and a strong sense of kinship and community which survived many generations, these people played a pivotal role in the emergence of both American and Canadian Methodism. After attending high school in St Marys, Upper Canada, Sparling studied at Victoria College, Cobourg. The year 1871 was of importance in his life: he married, graduated ba from Victoria, received a bd from Garrett Biblical Institute (affiliated with Northwestern University) in Evanston, Ill., and was ordained at Belleville, Ont., by the Reverend William Morley Punshon*, president of the conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada. In 1874 he received an ma from Victoria and in 1889 he was awarded a dd by Northwestern University. He served several Methodist circuits, including Montreal, Aylmer, Que., Ottawa, Quebec City, and Kingston. From the outset, his leadership was recognized not only by the congregations to which he ministered, but also by the wider church. From 1874 to 1883 he was the financial secretary of the General Conference of the Methodist Church and in 1888�89 he was president of the Montreal Conference of the church. In August 1888 Sparling was selected to become the first principal of Wesley College, Winnipeg. A charter had been obtained in 1877 with provision for the college�s affiliation to the University of Manitoba, but it lay dormant until the mid 1880s, when the Manitoba and North-West Conference of the church began to raise funds and organize the educational institution. The theological and liberal arts college opened in the fall of 1888, holding classes in Grace Church, but Sparling�s commitments were such that he was unable to move permanently to his new position until the following year. Wesley College was to be his life�s-work. In every way he proved to be a superb builder. He taught all week, mainly pastoral theology and homiletics, and on weekends travelled throughout the country, preaching and laying before congregations the claims of the college. In this way he nurtured a deep sense of loyalty toward the institution. His capacity to raise money and administer it wisely became almost legendary. In January 1896 the college moved into its new building on a commanding site on Portage Avenue. When he died, Sparling left the college free of debt, with an endowment approaching $250,000, and a record of never having had a deficit in current operations. Of equal importance was the skill he demonstrated in choosing faculty, evident in his selection of such teachers as Robert Rutherford Cochrane, George John Blewett, and Salem Goldworth Bland*. He retained their loyalty and enthusiastic cooperation. He was, remarked William Frederick Osborne, professor of English, �a great encourager of talent and ability.� Although Wesley College was his chief concern, Sparling made a significant contribution to the wider work of the church. He was a prominent member of the board of education and the board of missions of the Methodist Church; in 1898 he was president of the Manitoba and North-West Conference. He played an important role in establishing Alberta College in Edmonton, and several churches, a city mission, and a fresh-air camp at Gimli. He was a strong supporter of the movement toward church union. Active to the end, he suffered a stroke while the Manitoba Conference was in session, died three days later, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Winnipeg. Sparling�s contemporaries regarded him as a born leader, possessing a profound knowledge of human nature as well as practicality and tact, supported by a genial sense of humour and a rich spiritual life. People trusted him. His vision and personal qualities were well fitted to the needs of the west at that time. In a letter to the board of Wesley College after his death, the council of the University of Manitoba spoke of "the confidence he inspired in public men" and of how he brought "an intimate knowledge of the needs of the new country and an ardent desire for the intellectual and spiritual uplift of the whole people." Gordon Harland

A sermon on the subject "Acquaintance with God," which appeared under the title Baccalaureate sermon . . . ([Winnipeg, 1902?]; copy at UCC-C), seems to be Joseph Walter Sparling�s only surviving publication. Univ. of Winnipeg Arch., Wesley College, board of directors, minutes, 1886-1914. Christian Guardian (Toronto), 19 June, 3 July 1912. Manitoba Free Press, 17 June 1912. Vox Wesleyana (Winnipeg), January 1897, November 1912. A. G. Bedford, The University of Winnipeg: a history of the founding colleges (Toronto and Buffalo, N.Y., 1976). G. H. Cornish, Cyclop�dia of Methodism in Canada . . . (2v., Toronto and Halifax, 1881-1903). D. C. Masters, Protestant church colleges in Canada (Toronto, 1966). Methodist Church (Canada, Newfoundland, Bermuda), Manitoba Conference, Minutes (Toronto), 1912.
From Dictionary of Canadian Biography

[421] Baptized by Rev J Williams.

[422] Eganville Leader, October 9, 1914: "Dropped dead on a bicycle ride; Rev. W.H. Sparling, pastor of the Carleton Place Methodist church."


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