Brian - so happy to hear from you.I was hoping someday someone would answer some of my posts :)
I DO believe this is the Bernard I have been researching, and thank you for all of your information.I have "some" detailed information on Bernard. You can write me for other info (firstname.lastname@example.org)It is an unusual name (thankfully) and I have "not" located that name in any other records of Pennsylvania or Kentucky.
I believe strongly Bernard to be an uncle to my GGG grandfather David Stewart.He was listed in an early Pennsylvania (Goshenhoppen) catholic church record and only three Stewarts - David, Daniel, and Bernard Stewart.My research into the Stewarts started with my GG grandmother Matilda Stewart from Oley Valley, Berks County, PA. Her father, David Stewart, was an innkeeper at Ruscombmanor Twp. near Oley, Berks County, PA. His whole family (except for one parent) were massacred in an Indian raid. The story is that he and his father were at market when it happened.This has made my research very difficult.The Boone family was originally from Oley also, you know.
I also believe Bernard was a cousin to Christopher Stuart (so we have Christopher (father to Bernard) Christopher (son of Bernard's) and also Christopher (a cousin to Bernard) who knew General Washington.Bernard and Christopher lived in close proximity in Chester/Montgomery counties in 1790. Bernard must have left for Kentucky (along with others) after that, as his name disappears from any PA census records after that and he later purchased land from Major Leitch. He was listed as a sponsor of Catharine Alexander in 1791 Goshenhoppen Catholic Church Records, but nothing more after that year.
An 1800 Kentucky Tax lists - Bernard Stuart, Charles, Alexander, DAvid, Daniel, Eleandra.
From "History of Campbell County, Kentucky" - Bernard Stewart bought land from Major David Leitch.David Leitch was a Scotsman and revolutionary officer, who came to Kentucky in 1789 with about 20 followers.Thomas Lindsay also purchased property.This was named Leitch's Station.About the same time period, William Kennedy, also a Scotsman came to Flag Spring.His son James played fiddle and was a classmate of Scotland's great poet Robert Burns and had often played "Highland Mary".Bernard Stewart was Sheriff of Campbell County in 1798, appointed by Gov. Gerard.In 1799, Bernard was elected to fill a vacancy on the school board at "Newport Academy"
Bernard Stuart's widow settled in Louisiana and is listed on the census there in 1810 along with Hugh McClelland who was married to a Stuart.
Christopher Stuart, (most likely Bernard's cousin and son of Irwin Stuart)Frombook - "The Bull Family"Elizabeth Bull, born 1753 (daughter of William Bull and Martha Thompson) married in 1773 Christopher Stuart born 1742 at Grace Hill, Belfast, Ireland of Scotch-Irish parentage.He died in 1799.She died in 1838 at Phila.Both are buried in the churchyard of the Norriton Presbyterian Church, Montgomery Co., PA.Their daughter Martha married John Patterson.The "Stuart Bible" and family records were destroyed by a fire about the end of the 18th Century."Christopher Stuart was in the British Army before coming to America.He and his brother, Dr. Henry Stuart, left their home near Giant's Causeway, Ireland, and emigrated to America in 1770, locating near Norriton.Christopher Stuart served in the Continental Army and was an intimate friend of General George Washington.His commissions were dated as follows:Captain 5th PA Battalian Jan, 1776.Major, same, 1776.Major 5th Pennsylvania Line April 17, 1780.He was taken prisoner at the capture of Fort Washington Nov. 1776 and exchanged January 1777.He was at the battles of Long Island and Monmouth, and is frequently mentioned as being in General Washington's army in the "orderly Book of the 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Line in "Linn's Pennsylvania in the Revolution"He returned to his home Jan 17, 1781 after the reduction of the army.His brother, Dr. Henry Stuart died of fever after the battle of Brandywine.They were of the Stuarts of Tyrone and descended from Sir William Stuart, Hero of the Seige of Derry, for which he received large land grants in the County of Roscommon.See "Stuarts of Castle Stuart" by Canon Andrew Stuart in the Genealogical Libary in Boston Mass.
A David Stewart was also a cousin to David Congynham of the Congynham/Nesbitt shipping co. of Phila.This family also was connected with the Hogg family of Ireland.
Actually, I'm thinking most of the Stewarts who settled in early Pennsylvania were of Scotch-Irish descent and all related.No real proof, of course, but this family was huge and I keep finding related names.Still....no "real" proof of my ggg grandfather David's father, but I feel because of the lack of any other Stewart names in the Catholic Church records, the three (Bernard, Daniel, and DAvid) are likely related. I find it unusual for them to be Catholic when most Scotch-Irish were Presbyterian.
Elizabeth Grant had four husbands.Christopher Peddar Stewart was her third.