Newark, Ohio Founder John Sparks Grave At Hollar Cemetary

I didn’t realize until I wrote this headline why I thought John Sparks was the founder of Newark, Ohio. In fact, the claim is that he is one of the founders of Newark. Maybe, the other founders do not have a noted grave, therefore, they lack the credit that John Sparks has. I did find John Sparks grave and historical marker interesting.

The most notable thing that I found about John Sparks was that he made to 88 years old. In the 1800’s, that was far past the average life expectancy. According to the plaque, he was a 47 year old private in the Army. That just doesn’t sound right. He was also on explorations with Zebulon Pike, the famous explorer that Pikes Peak in Colorado is named after.




Ohio Historical Mark For John Sparks, A Newark, Ohio Founder

The Ohio Historical Marker Near John Sparks' Grave

The search in Google Books turns up quite a bit of information.



Grave information for Newark, Ohio Founder John Sparks

Grave information for Newark, Ohio Founder, John Sparks.

Also, this passage –



John Sparks Mention In The History Of Licking County

Mention Of John Sparks in "Centennial history of the city of Newark and Licking County, Ohio".

I find it humorous that the most famous of the early settlers in the county is characterized as a slothful vagabond in his later years, but that’s what the history books tell us. After a life of danger and hardships, fishing on the banks of the Licking River doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Considering his age at death, maybe there’s something to a haphazard, precarious, hard life?

Here are some photos from Hollar Cemetary so you’ll recognized it on the next time you pass it on State Route 13 on the far north side of town.



Grave Marker Of Newark, Ohio Founder, John Sparks

John Sparks Tombstone




Hollar Cemetary in Newark, Ohio

Tombstones At Hollar Cemetary In Newark, Ohio

Hollar Cemetary Entrance In Newark, Ohio

Hollar Cemetary Entrance


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