Sparks Burd Jr. was born in Ashland, County, June 25, 1835, and received a common school education. He is a farmer and school -teacher, and has taught school twenty-five terms. In 1862 he enlisted in the Fourth Ohio volunteer infantry, under Captain D.R. Timmons, and served three years, when he was promoted to sergeant major of the battalion. He served under Burnside, Hooker and Meade, and took part in nearly all the battles of the army of the Potomac from Chancellorsville to Apamattox Court House, and was wounded at Spotsylvania.
He was mustered out in 1865, and in 1870 moved to Kansas, where he remained until 1874. While there he was elected representative of Bourbon County, and served one term in the legislature. In April 1874, he returned to Ashland County, Ohio, and in 1877 was elected justice of the peace of Lake Township, and in 1880 was re-elected to the same office.
On September 10, 1857, he married Mary Finley, who died April 13, 1870. On April 30, 1871, he married Mary Seiss. There are eight children: Charlotte, Edwin S., John E., William, Sarah E., Norah, Frederick and Burton.