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Is there a STEWARTamong the Thistles

Updated January 16, 2007

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My family search begins in Rockford Kent Co., MI 1845 works its way back in time and through the woods of NY to 1790 Hadley, Saratoga Co., NY to across the ocean to the shores of Scotland. This is where Alexander Stewart's time begins 1747. He marries a wee lass Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) they begin a family, children are their joy John, Neal my link, Nancy, Charles born Scotland. Life is hard with little rewards.
Then a sudden change. Land opens up in America simply for the asking. So hootman they go, destination Freedom. On the way David is born aboard a British ship (name of the vessel unknown). They reach America and trade their kilts for pants.
Ah but a revolution slows there settling down. Their dream of owning and farming the land they longed for must wait.
Then the first known purchase of land from Thurman the wolf back of the river in Hadley, NY. They have three more children James, William, Betsey. They start the first cemetery named Stewart cemetery in Hadley where they buried their little Betsey first perosn to die in Hadley. Next they started the first school in Stewart district.
Alexander dies in 1823 leaving in his Will burying plots for his widowed neighbor C. Dayton the cemt.(it was renamed Dayton once all the Stewart's were gone.) His eldest son Neal follows a yr. later. a few years later is when my Joel his son moves to Rockford MI with mother Milinda and three or four brothers. In 1864 he marries Mariah VanVranken but dies just two yrs later, 40 days after the birth of his only child Salem Henry Stewart.
He would have been very proud of him for Salem was listed in the who’s who of Kent Co. MI as Model farmer with a photo taken of he show place farm. Salem married Georgie Elisabeth (Cowan)was blessed with two sons Clarence my grand father and Lloyd.
Clarence graduated from Ferris College Big Rapids MI. He ran the farm after Salem committed suicide. Lloyd served in WWI then woked in the auto industry the rest of his life.
Clarence married Delorse(Corp)and raised his family on the farm that Joel started, three girls and son Kenneth my father joined the Marine corp. married a wonderful woman Margaret Evelyn (Towers)when his father retired he also took over the family farm , he invented the first potato seed cutter and was a state potato inspector through Michigan State College. I the eldest of six achived instructor of cosmetology, CPR lifesaving instructor, Sky diver and pilot, with most important position of wife and mother grandmother. I was followed by siblings Dana, Denise, Kenneth, Jerome, and Tammy.
Though this may seam like any other family any other story of immigration. I assure you it is not for this is a special family MINE.

Family Photos
  • Salem Stewart (797 KB)
    Salem, wife Georgia, eldest son Clarence and youngest son Lloyd
  • Joel & Mariah (VanVranken) Stewart (456 KB)
    JOEL son of Neal born Scotland, grandson of Alexander born Scotland Joel Stewart born Hadley 1820 died Rockford MI 1866
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