Stephen Brinson Hargroves
Contributed by Blair Updike
Stephen Brinson Hargroves was born 20 September 1839 in Screven County GA to Henry Hargroves and Martha Ann Brinson Hargroves who were both Georgia natives. He was of the Methodist faith. He grew up on the family farm near Sardis GA and eventually became a farmer himself. Stephen had 9 siblings; Eliza Ann 1829, William B 1833, John Green 1836, Mary 1839, Judson Thomas 1840, Nancy Ann 1842, Martha J. 1845, Susannah E. 1846, and Henry M. 1849. April 26, 1861 Stephen enlisted in the Confederate Army's 3rd Georgia Regiment, Company A (the Burke Guards) along with his brother Judson. In the summer of 1861 he was discharged. Stephen enlisted in the GA cavalry September 24, 1863 in Decatur. He served in Co. B and later in Co. E of the 21st Battalion, Georgia Cavalry until, through consolidation of units, he was transferred to Co. E, 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry with his older brother Corporal William B. Hargroves. In April of 1864, Private Steven Hargrove received a leave just prior to the unit moving to Northern Virginia. He was instructed to and did rejoin the Company at Augusta. Private Hargrove was captured June 11, 1864 near Louisa Courthouse, Va. He was sent to Fortress Monroe, Va. June 20th and on July 25th was transferred to Elmira Prison, N.Y. On May 15, 1865 he was listed on an Elmira roll of prisoners. He gave his name as Stephen B. Hargrove, was listed as having volunteered September 15th, 1863. He indicated that his desire was to go to his home at Savannah. Stephen was released June 14, 1865. His description upon release was as follows...complexion, fair; hair, auburn; eyes, blue; height, 5 ft. 8 inches. Upon returning home in he took work as a store clerk in Halcyondale GA, working for William Edenfield. On November 27 1870 He married Nannie Ann Brinson at her father John Scotts house. They were married by Minister Henry Rawson. The couple went on to have 10 children; Cornelia Waker 1872, Son 1873, twins Annie Zella and Julia B. 1875, Lola Vaula 1876, Carrie Ann 1878, Claude Brinson 1879, Candace 1880, Willie Lee 1883, and May E. 1886. Stephen died September 15, 1906 and was buried next to his wife Nannie in the Millen Cemetery.