Frances Marie Sparks Brown
Comanche County, Texas
32 06.916' N 98 31.516' W
Directions: Start at the intersection of SH-6 and Festival Lane. Go 100 feet east on SH-6. The marker is on the left (north) side of the highway.
Text: (October 17, 1849 - January 1, 1934) Frances Marie Sparks, a native of North Carolina and daughter of Daniel and Kezziah Sparks, married Thomas Brown in 1865. They lived in Grayson County, Texas, before moving to a 410-acre farm near here about 1876. During the 1880s and 1890s Frances served as a midwife and lay doctor for families in the area. Known as "Aunt Fanny" she often rode 6-8 miles by horseback at night to deliver a baby. Despite her husband's death in 1912 Frances skillfully managed her farm and reared 12 children while continuing to nurse many of her neighbors back to health.