Reverend Stephen Spurlock
Son of Jesse Spurlock, who was the brother of John Spurlock Sr.
Our direct ancestor
At the outbreak of the Civil War Rev. Stephen Spurlock’s sympathies were strongly Southern. When Captain N. J. Ferguson's Company (C. S. A.) assembled at Wayne preparatory to leaving for Dixie he was too old to go either as a soldier or as Chaplain, but he knew most, if not all of the men personally, so when the company left Wayne he went with it for a day's march. The next morning before he left, at the request of the men, he assembled the company, and offered up a prayer for their safe return. Captain Ferguson and other who heard the prayer bear witness to the fact that in their respective judgments it was the most wonderful prayer that ever fell from the old man's lips. The burden of the prayer was that the Great Master and God of Battles might take and keep the men in care and return them home. The company saw much hard service. Many members were wounded, some captured, and many replacements sent to the company were killed, but not a single man who was present at the prayer was killed in action, and they attribute this fact to the efficacy of the prayer.
The above story is from a Spurlock History sent by Ruby Spurlock Hartz, a descendant of Stephen Spurlock to Georganna B. Spurlock in 1985. (See the complete history in the Notes section of his father Jesse Spurlock.)