Elizabeth lost touch with her mother and brother Jeff for some
reason. She moved to White's Creek WV for Carter's health, as he
lost his eyesight while yet a young man. One day a "Drummer" came
through the county selling "Wonder of the World" linament and told her
about a jeff Sparks living in Ceredo, WV, which was about 15 miles away.
(This happened during the big flood of 1884.) All her children remember
seeing their Uncle Jeff for the first time. Elizabeth saw him coming
from a far distance and knew his walk. In later years, she told this
story time after time. Jeff brought their mother Annie Ryster Sparks,
to see Carter & Elizabeth, and she lived with them for many years.
My mother (Dorothy Prince Griffin) can remember Uncle Jeff visiting her
and her step-parents Ross & Mary Ann Prince in Nebraska, and he was
as erect as a young man, with a moustache and black piercing eyes.
(The preceding was told to Dorothy Prince Griffin by Aunt Emma Prince Thompson.)