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Sterling 'Lake' Tarpley
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1854
Death: Apr. 9, 1886

Known as "Lake" most of his short life, he was born in Mississippi to Joseph Bell Tarpley and George Anna Hull Lake Lake Newton. He was one of six children plus two of George Anna's by earlier marriages: Robert Perry (1847), Joseph Alfred (1848), Mary Lucretia (1851, Sterling Lake (1853), Anna Jennette (1854), and Ella Georgia (1855). His father was in the Civil War as a doctor. This family was in Collin County (Plano Area) in 1866 on a post-census after the Civil War. Georgianna's earlier children: Charles Henry Lake, and Augusta James Newton.

Lake and Mary Frances Shrader (known as Frank) eloped in 1875 to a neighboring county to marry. Lake worked at a family store of the Shraders in Rock Hill. They had five known children: Henry 'Clay' in 1878, 'Sterling' Francis in 1880 (my grandfather), George in 1882 (lived less than a year), Carl 'Lee' in 1885, and William 'Lake' on 2 Apr 1886. According to passed down stories, Sterling Lake's gun holster fell from a wall, went off, and a bullet hit Lake. This was only about two days after William Lake was born. Sterling Lake died of the wound about three days later.

Mary Frances (Frank) is buried about ten graves to the south and shares a gravestone with her younger son, William Lake. 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Bell Tarpley (1814 - 1899)
  Georgeanna Hull Lake Newton Tarpley (1817 - 1912)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Frances Shrader Tarpley (1859 - 1917)
 
 Children:
  Henry "Clay" Tarpley (1880 - 1933)*
  Sterling Francis Tarpley (1880 - 1935)*
  George B. Tarpley (1882 - 1883)*
  Carl Lee Tarpley (1885 - 1941)*
  William "Lake" Tarpley (1886 - 1916)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles H. Lake (1837 - 1924)**
  Augusta James Newton King (1842 - 1934)**
  Joseph Alfred Tarpley (1848 - 1915)*
  Mary Lucretia Tarpley Lovelace (1851 - 1948)*
  Anna Jennette Tarpley Smith Wheeler (1854 - 1928)*
  Sterling 'Lake' Tarpley (1854 - 1886)
  Ella Georgia Tarpley Dishman (1855 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
We only know that thou hast gone, and that the same relentness tide - which bore thee from us still glides on, and we mourn thee with it glide.
 
Note: Henry Clay Tarpley (bur. in Evergreen Cemetery, near McAlister, Quay Co. NM; Sterling Francis & his wife, George Ella Smith Tarpley (buried in Oakwood Cem. in Waco, TX,); George (bur. next to his dad); Lee (bur. Gate of Heaven Cem., Albuquerque, NM)
 
Burial:
Ridgeview West Memorial Park
Frisco
Collin County
Texas, USA
Plot: Bethel Garden
GPS (lat/lon): 33.18058, -96.81745
 
Created by: Blusummit
Record added: Jun 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14618593
Sterling 'Lake' Tarpley
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Sterling 'Lake' Tarpley
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Sterling 'Lake' Tarpley
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- mystic75074
 Added: Feb. 16, 2016

- TLH
 Added: Jan. 20, 2008
 
 
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