SPARKE, John (1636-80), of the Friary, Plymouth, Devon.
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Family and Education
bap. 27 Aug. 1636, 1st s. of Jonathan Sparke of Plymouth by Mary, da. of Sir Robert Basset of Heanton Punchardon. educ. I. Temple 1656. m. lic. 29 Oct. 1663, Mary, da. of Sir Alexander Carew, 2nd Bt. of Antony, Cornw., at least 2s. suc. fa. aft. 1673.1
Commr. for assessment, Plymouth 1677-9, Devon 1677-d.; j.p. Devon 1678-d.
Sparke was descended from John Sparke, a Cheshire man who settled in Plympton and sat for the borough in 1554. His father apparently avoided involvement in the Civil War, but at the Restoration he helped to disband the commonwealth forces, and as ‘the principal person of the place’ was nominated to the corporation of Plymouth by the commissioners, though he was allowed to resign after a few months, ‘his c