Sparks Burd Sr. Born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1796, came to Ohio with his father in 1805, and settled in Jefferson County, Ohio, where he remained nine years. He then went to Wayne County, Ohio, where he stayed four years, and then returned to Ashland County, and settled on the farm on which he now lives in 1818, and in 1820 cleared ten acres of land and sowed seven acres of wheat, and built a cabin.
He then went back to Jefferson County, where he remained until the following spring, when he returned in company with his brother William, and they cleared off the farm on which he now lives, and can truly be called the pioneer of Ashland County.
On March 28, 1833, he married Eliza Long, of Lake Township, who had two children, and died June 23, 1835. In 1840 he married Charlotte Austin, who died in 1861, and in 1864 he married Rachel Finley. The two children were Sparks, who married Mary Finley, and Sarah A., who became the wife of Ithamer Covert.