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Stargels of Lumpkin County

These were sons of John Jones Stargel and Jane Ann Stargel. Most people believe that these men are buried at Cane Creek Church Cemetery because they do have Confederate grave stones there. A family genealogy researcher who has passed on ordered the Confederate stones and had them place at Cane Creek Cemetery. This happened many years ago and the only reason I can think of why he had them placed there is that he did not know were these men were actually buried and wanted to get their confederate stones to honor their service to the Confederacy so he had the stones placed next to their parents at Cane Creek Church Cemetery but we know today where all but one of these men are buried.

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William Cicero Stargel

William Cicero Stargel served it the Blue Ridge Rangers, Company D, 1stRegiment, Georgia State line. He is the only one we do not know where he is buried. He could be buried at Cane Creek Church Cemetery but we believe he is buried at Yahoola Church Cemetery where both his wives are buried. We do not have any pictures of William Cicero Stargel.

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Charles Wesley Stargel

Charles Wesley Stargel served it the Blue Ridge Rangers, Company D, 1stRegiment, Georgia State line …. He later transferred to Company E, 11th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry. He is buried at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery were he was the pastor . His wife Sarah “Sallie” Miles died when they were members of Cane Creek Church and she is buried at Cane Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. His Confederate Stone was at Cane Creek Church Cemetery but was moved to his grave in the old Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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Obituary of Charles Wesley Stargel

April 1901

Again has the stern, and unsympathetic hand of the great King of terrors, on his mission of dissolution, visited our ranks and called from labor and sorrow below, to a happy and rich reward above a devoted servant - Rev. C.W. Stargel , who was born in Union County, Ga., Oct. 16th , 1843. United with the Baptist church at Cane Creek, Aug. 31, 1867, was licensed to preach, July 14th , 1868, and set apart to the full work of the Gospels Ministry Oct. 23, 1869, which position he faithfully filled up to about six weeks before his death; which occurred at his home in Lumpkin County, Ga., on the 17th of April 1901, being at the time of his death 57 years of age.

He remained for about 10 years of his ministry, unmarried and spent most of his time in the work of his master, preaching to the different churches of his own community and also devoting considerable time to missionary work, in almost all the counties of North East Georgia, commencing his ministerial work soon after the close of the war.

He preached the gospel in many destitute places, and this at a great sacrifice of time and contributed largely in reorganizing the churches, which the days of conflict, and war, had scattered and disorganized. Being a great exponent of the scriptures, and also a good disciplinarian his labors in this capacity were very fruitful, and the good which he accomplished, eternity alone will reveal.

After continuing his labors for a number of years as an evangelist, he was happily married to the daughter of Rev. A.W. Miles, after which his labors as a pastor, and preacher were confined more to his immediate community.

Notwithstanding the cares of a large family, he continued to labor with zeal and determination in the cause of this master, being a strong advocate of temperance, and all other enterprises, which would elevate morals, or promote Christianity, and being uncompromising in this positions for right, and contending as he did for this, often brought upon him the unjust criticism of those who did not labor so earnestly for the moral purity of the church as himself.

After having been married about 13 years, his companion who had so faithfully assisted and encouraged him in his ministerial work was taken from him and he was left with a large family of small children, which he was compelled to care for. Even this did not diminish his love for the cause of Christ and during the last ten years of his life, which were apparently filled with sorrow and hardships, when his health would allow, his death, he was honored by the people of his county, with an office, which he filled with credit to himself and satisfaction to the people. He still held this office at the time of his death, having been elected a second time.

He was true to his county’s call having enlisted in the Confederate service, when the call was made, making a brave and fearless soldier. He was no less loyal when he enlisted under the banner of his master. For more than 30 years his voice was heard in North East Georgia upholding the right, and condemning the wrong.

It was the writhers privilege to visit him during his last illness, spending the second night previous to his death with him. It was inspiring to hear his talk of his strong hope of heaven, and the struggle which he had in feeling perfectly resigned to the will God, expressing a strong desire to depart, and be with Christ, which he said would be "far better" for him, and that he was only willing to continue here for the benefit of his children, and the good of others.

But after years of untold sacrifice of time and labor, on a clam, and lovely spring morning as all nature was putting on its beautiful garments his happy spirit made its exit from this world of darkness, sin, and woe, to the peaceful, and happy clime of the saints everlasting rest. On the following day, his body was laid to rest in Mt. Gilead cemetery, to await the resurrection day, when the grave shall give up its dead.

Brother, thou art gone before us,

To that land so fair and bright,

Where all is peace and righteousness,

In that home which knows no night,

Onward, onward we will go

Till we reach our journey’s end,

In peace, and joy, in pain and woe

We will for truth, and right contend.

When we lay our armor by,

And cross the chilling tide,

May holy angels, from on high,

Convey us to our Savior’s side,

And then around our Father’s throne,

We’ll meet to part no more,

And in that holy, happy home,

We’ll sing and shout forever more.

J.J. Shed

Dahlonega, Ga.


 

John Defore Stargel

6John Defore Stargel served in Co. D, 52 Reg. Ga Infantry ,, Army of Tennessee. C.S.A....1st Corporal March 4, 1862. Captured at Vicksburg, Miss. July 3, 1863. Paroled there July 7, 1863. On sick furlough July 1863-October 17, 1864. Pension records show he was appointed 2nd Sergeant, Co. G 11th Regiment Ga. Militia. Paroled at Kingston, Ga. May 12, 1865.(Born in Ga. in 1844). He has a Confederate market at Cane Creek Baptist Church Cemetery but is buried at Rock Spring Methodist Church Cemetery, 2477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Georgia, 30739.

 

 

 

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John D. Stargel and son John, mule and wagon, Uncle of Mrs. Mary Ann Christian.

 

Obituary of John Defore

Dahlonega Nugget, May 14, 1903

Mr. John D. Stargel, formerly of Dahlonega, died at the Trion Factory, Ga., on the 23rd. of last month. Mr. Stargel has several brothers in this county, all of who have our sympathy. The deceased was one of our warmest friends, causing us to deeply regret to hear of his death.


Josiah Clarence Stargel

Josiah Clarence Stargel served in Company E, 11th Regiment Ga. Cavalry, Lumpkin County, Georgia. He was 17 went he joined the Georgia Cavalry. He was the Minister of several churches the last being Flat Creek Baptist Church in Oakwood Georgia. Josiah Clarence Stargel and his wife Mary Isabell Shelton are buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Hall County Georgia. His Confederate Marker is at Cane Creek Baptist Cemetery.

 

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 Obituary of Josiah Clarence Stargel

August 1923

In the death of our beloved brother, Josiah C. Stargel, who departed this life the third week of August 1923. The Oakwood Community has lost one of her best citizens. He was born March 6, 1847, in Union County, Ga. He was reared in a day that we had no free education, but he acquired that common sense knowledge which is so much needed to become a leader in community life.

He learned how to get the thought from the printed page. Which caused him to become a great reader of papers and books. He kept so well informed on current events that his opinion in regard to public issues was sought by old and young of his neighborhood. The dearest of all books to him was the Bible. In reading the Book of Books, and preaching the word of our good old comrades of the Cross. He was led to accept Jesus as Savior and was baptized into the fellowship of Cane Creek Baptist Church, in Lumpkin County, Ga. on Aug. 29, 1886. He was ordained on May 26, 1888. He was well informed on the fundamental doctrines of his denomination, and always moved his church membership when he moved, retaining his minister ship. He was Minister at Flat Creek a the time of his death, and when we think of his usefulness both in church and every where a good man is used, all have come to fully realize in the past few months how real indeed is the loss to his church and community.

He was married to Mary Isabelle Shelton on Nov. 8, 1868 and to this union were born 8 children. He struggled to give them a common school education and he was loyal and true to his family, giving the very best of his life to the interest of each one of the most industrious women we have survives him. He was a man of great faith, smooth and gentle in spirit, slow to speak, but always spoke to the point.

I am glad that it was my happy privilege to have known him during the past 10 years and to have loved him, and to have been associated with him in many a conversation about the Kingdom work of our Lord and Master.

I shall always hold precious to myself the memory of such a man of God. He said he wanted to go as cheerful to the grave as his faith would permit him. He said in his conversation to me " you need not worry about me for I know that I will be anchored with all the Redeemed of our Savior." While we will miss him here, I want to say that some day we will be reunited in that world where sorrow, death, and separation can not come and loved ones and friends will never part

/s/ Reverend L.L. Bennett

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** Note: As you can see the placement of the Confederate markers at Cane Creek has caused confusion about the actual burial location of these men and that is why I sent this to you. Thanks Thomas JD Stargel 


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Amzi Hilliard Stargel (B: July 8,1860) in Lumpkin County (D:November 16,1905) in White County, Georgia. His wife Nancy Ann Chambers (B: June 19,1856) in Georgia, and (D:January 19, 1930 in Greenville,South Carolina.

The picture of Amzi Hilliard Stargel is the oldest picture of my line of the Stargels that has been found. There are other pictures of Amzi's uncles but none have been found of his parents, William Cicero Stargel and wife Amanda C. Mote ( she was daughter of Levi Mote jr.).

- Thomas JD Stargel

 

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Nancy Ann Chambers Stargel and her seven sons, she and Amzi Hilliard Stargel had 10 children. in the picture sitting up front is Nancy Ann Stargel behind her from left to right:

Jesse Monroe Stargel
Virgil Andrew Stargel
Gordon Calvin Stargel
Lemuel Thomas Stargel
James Cicero Stargel
John Davis Stargel
William Leora Stargel


 

 

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