Husband : John SPARLING

Male Born : 29 JUN 1827[200] at : Limerick, Ireland
Married : 07 MAR 1854at : Simcoe, Ontario
Died : 03 DEC 1910at : Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario
Buried : at : Knox Presb Church, Orillia, Ontario
Father : James SPARLING
Mother : Amelia BALL
Spouses : Martha Ann SEELER , Jane SEYMOUR

  • EMIGRATION: 1841, Canada
Notes : [201]

Wife : Martha Ann SEELER

Female Born : abt 1833at : Upper Canada
Died : 12 JUL 1882at :
Father : Henry SEELER
Mother : Mary LYNCH
Spouses : John SPARLING

Family :
  • CENSUS: 1851, Sunnidale, Simcoe, Ontario
  • CENSUS: 1861, Sunnidale, Simcoe, Ontario
  • CENSUS: 1881, Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario
  • CENSUS: 1871, Barrie, Simcoe North, Ontario


Name : Mary Anne SPARLING
Female Born : 08 JAN 1855at : Summerdale, Ontario
Baptised : 20 AUG 1855[552] at : Collingwood, Ontario
Married : at :
Died : at :
Spouses : James KELLY

  • REFERENCE: Jn I G 1 a

Name : James Henry SPARLING
Male Born : 20 AUG 1857at : Ontario
Married : 03 JUN 1879at : Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario
Died : 04 MAY 1907at : Toronto, York, Ontario
Buried : 06 MAY 1907at : Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario
Spouses : Eleanor MILLARD

  • OCCUPATION: Express Messenger, 1888
  • REFERENCE: Jn I G 1 b

Name : Amelia Elizabeth SPARLING [553]
Female Born : 1858at : Simcoe, Ontario
Died : 13 MAY 1872at :
Buried : at : St Andrews-St James Cemetery, Orillia, Ontario
Spouses :

  • REFERENCE: Jn I G 1 c

Name : John Wesley SPARLING
Male Born : 26 AUG 1860at : Sunnidale, Simcoe, Ontario
Baptised : 15 AUG 1861[554] at : Sunnidale, Simcoe, Ontario
Married : bef 1891at :
Died : 07 JUL 1907at : Mullan, Idaho
Spouses : UNKNOWN

  • RESIDENCE: 1891, MacFarlane, Kansas
  • REFERENCE: Jn I G 1 d

Name : Margaret Jane SPARLING
Female Born : 09 APR 1863at : Simcoe, Ontario
Died : 22 MAY 1889at :
Spouses :

  • REFERENCE: Jn I G 1 e

Name : David S SPARLING
Male Born : 20 JUN 1874at : Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario
Died : 25 SEP 1874at :
Spouses :

  • REFERENCE: Jn I G 1 f


[201] The Orillia Packet, Dec. 8, 1910- DEATH OF MR. JOHN SPARLING
On Saturday morning, 3rd of December, Mr. John Sparling passed away, at the age of eighty-three years. During his long life he had enjoyed good health, but during the last year or so he has been gradually failing, and of late suffered somewhat severely, from no specific disease but old age.
John Sparling was born in the County Limerick, Ireland, and came to Canada when fourteen years of age. His father remained three or four years in New Brunswick, and then moved to the township of Artemesis, County of Grey, Ontario, where the family resided a number of years, and subsequently moved to Barrie. Deceased built the esplanade at Barrie for the Northern Railway, and a little later came to Orillia to build that here for the Midland Company. That was in 1871, and since then Mr. Sparling has taken an active, practical part in the upbuilding of this town. For a time he continued railway construction, here and elsewhere. He obtained from the Council the franchise, and constructed the first waterworks for supplying Orillia, from what was then known as the Coldwater road spring, at Victoria Park, which he sold to the late William Todd and Robert Pace, who in turn sold it to the town. Then he served the public as overseer of streets for a number of years. He took a deep interest in public affairs, and was strongly Conservative in politics. He was Chaplain of Orillia Lodge of Masons. In religion he was, like most of the Irish Palatinate, a devoted Methodist.
On March 7th, 1854, he married Martha Ann Seeler, of the township of Sunnidale. Of this union six children were born, of whom only his eldest daughter (Mary Ann), Mrs. James Kelly of Wadena, Minnesota, survives. In 1884 he married Mrs. Jane Miner of Orillia, who survives him. He had four brothers and two sisters, of whom the youngest, William, of Alma, Arkansas, is the only survivor.
The funeral was conducted by the Rev. J.J. Ferguson, and by the members of the Masonic lodge, who attended in strong force. The pallbearers, brother Masons, were Messrs. J.B. Tudhope, M.P.P., E.B. Alport, J.R. Eaton, Wesley Moore, E. Long, and R.A. Robinson. Among the friends from a distance were, the Rev. J.J. Sparling of Midland, nephew; Charles and Walter Mick of Toronto, nephews; Mrs. J.B. Sparling of Toronto, daughter-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. Lowrie of Brampton, (the latter is his granddaughter); Mr. and Mrs. Seeler of Sunnidale, and Mr. Quigley of Uxbridge. There was a large attendance of townspeople and from the surrounding townships.

[200] 1901 census has dob as 03 jun 1827

[552] Baptized by Rev Horace Dean.

[553] Died young

[554] Baptized by Rev Isaac Baker


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