| ||Notes for SAMUEL STEWART:|
ABT 1690 - AFT 1766
BIRTH: ABT 1690, Hempstead,Nassau,New York
DEATH: AFT 1766
Father: John STEWART
Mother: Elizabeth ALBERTUS
John STEWART _______|
|_Jan (John) ALBERTIES _
|_Elizabeth ALBERTUS _|
|_Elizabeth SCUDDER ____
STEWART CLAN MAGAZINE
May 1950 Issue Vol. 27-28
SAMUEL STEWART (John), born abt. 1688 probably on Long Island; resided at Lewes Town, county seat & important shipping point at that time on Delaware bay On May 29, 1711,
Samuel Stewart of Lewes Town, son & heir of Dr. John Stewart, late of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., N.J. sold some of his late father's land in Monmouth Co. to John Pearce, yeoman, of
Freehold township in the same Co. Samue got a warrant Mar 14, 1714-5 from the land office in Philadelphia (at the same time Thomas Davock got a warrant) for 200 acres of land in
Sussex Co. This land was located on the east side of Hessing Branch, one of the branches of Mispillion Creek, near the Sussex-Kent county line.
Samuel was named in the will of his stepfather, Thomas Davock, Jan. 27, 1718. H and Thomas Groves witnessed 7 Feb. 1726-7 a deed by William Stewart & wife Mary to John Hall,
land in a fork of Pemberton's branch. Samuel Stewart, yeoman, bought Nov. 1, 1729 of Zachariah Gofforth & wife Elizabeth of Kent county 224 acres of land on Cypress branch, one of the
branches of the Broad kill. Samuel Stewart sold this farm Feb. 3, 1729-30 to Robert Craven prior to moving.
I have no idea when Samuel I died. On Nov. 6, 1780 his 210 acre tract on Herring branch in Cedar Creek hundred was sold by JOHN STEWART OF KENT COUNTY William Polk of
Sussex County. JOHN STATED IN THIS DEED THAT THE TRACT WAS SURVEYED FOR SAMUEL ON JAN. 17, 1717-1718 UNDER A WARRANT DATED MAR. 15,
1714-5 AND THAT JOHN WAS NOW THE ONLY SURVIVING HEIR OF SAMUEL." The above information indicates the Samuel Stewart, son of Dr. John Stewart, MOVED TO
KENT COUNTY, DELAWARE after he sold his land in Sussex Co., Delaware. Please note that the last piece of property he purchased in Sussex Co., Delaware was located on the
Sussex-Kent Co. Border. This would be a logical conclusion that Samuel Stewart moved to Kent Co., Delaware where he probably died. Researcher: Joyce Lindstrom.
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(ca. 1709/11 - 1768/70)
from The Maiden Family of Virginia and Allied Families
by Sarah Finch Maiden Rollins
"Samuel Stewart , John's father, was the oldest son of David Stewart, and was born ca. 1709 in Sussex County, Delaware. His
mother's name is not known. David, Samuel's father, died when Samuel was about ten years old and Sussex County records do not
show who came into possession of David Stewart's land. When Samuel married ca. 1729 and had his first son, he named him David
for his father. Samuel Stewart's wife was named Lydia, and it is thought she was a Harrison. The marriage date for Samuel and
Lydia is not known, but presumably it was ca. 1728. They had six sons, and if there were daughters, they are not known. The 5
eldest sons were born in Delaware, the youngest in Augusta County, Virginia."
"The first deed on record in Sussex County, Delaware, for Samuel Stewart was dated 1 November 1729. Samuel and Lydia had
probably been married about a year. Three months later, on 3 February 1729/30, Samuel Stewart, yeoman, sold this same land to
Robert Cravens, yeoman, for a profit of five pounds. (In British usage, a yeoman was a freeholder, i.e. landowner, qualified to vote
and serve on a jury. The yeoman class was the backbone of society.)"
"There are no concrete records for Samuel Stewart from 1730 to 1744. On what land in Sussex County, Delaware, Samuel and
Lydia and their growing family were living is not known. It is possible they moved to Augusta County, Virginia, as early as 1741.
Many of Samuel's relatives stayed on in Sussex County, and records of the Lewes Presbyterian Church from 1756 on&emdash;when
church records were kept&emdash;reveal the familiar names of younger Davids, Samuels, Williams, and Johns. There was even a
John Albertus Stewart who on 21 June 1787 married Rachel Scudder, both unidentified, but with those names they must have been
distantly related to Samuel Stewart's family line."
"My Samuel Stewart came from Sussex-on-the-Delaware. Samuel and Lydia and their family moved in the early 1740s. Reports of
the good land must have been enticing to Samuel. This was truly the frontier, and new settlers arriving west of Massanutten did not
apply for land patents at once. Officially, there seemed no reason to. Samuel, seeking land, fortune, and adventure, had brought his
family to the area around Linville Creek in the Shenandoah Valley where Harrisons, Herrings, Potters, Cravens, and other Sussex
County families had settled a few years earlier. Samuel Stewart was in his early thirties."
"Sussex-on-the-Delaware to (then) western Orange County in the heart of the Valley of Virginia. It is believed that many families in
the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay areas moved westward after 1730, going first up into Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to go
through the Cumberland Valley up (meaning going south) into the Valley of the Shenandoah River. But a little later&emdash;and it is
thought the Samuel Stewart family came in the early 1740s&emdash;settlers entered the valley from the east through the gaps in the
Blue Ridge. If the Stewarts came this way, they could have come through Ashby's Gap to Winchester, and there joined the Great
Wagon Road to go on southwest to Linville Creek."
"When Augusta attained separate county government in 1745, the population of its vast area was only about 4000. Samuel was
sufficiently well established in 1745 to be appointed a road overseer for the new county. The Orange County Court order, dated 24
May 1745, was to establish the first public road in that part of this county called Augusta." The newly formed county of Augusta
extended from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Ohio River, and from the (new) Frederick County line on southwest through the
whole valley. One of the chief needs of the area was good roads. The road would run to the New River. For the section from
Colwell's Path across Beard's Ford on the North River and Thompson's Ford on the Middle River (of the Shenandoah), the overseers
would be Samuel Stewart, John Harrison, Capt. Daniel Harrison, Robert Craven, William Thompson, and John Stenson. Their "Gang"
(word used in the record) would be "all the inhabitants between the Mountains [Blue Ridge and Alleghanies] above Colwell's Path to
"The North and Middle Rivers, joining and flowing northward, feed into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River that flows on
northward to empty into the Potomac River. These road overseers who were assigned the task were living in the same area where
Samuel Stewart lived. It was their responsibility to see that their section of the road was worked and kept in passable condition, using
the laboring taxpayers, who were required by law to give a certain number of days a year for this kind of work."
"Other records for early Augusta County show that Samuel Stewart was appointed a precinct constable in 1745 and in 1746. The
1745 source shows "Linwell's (sic) Creek," and the 12 May 1746 source shows Samuel's territory as "Head of Linville's Creek."
"When "processioning" was done in Augusta County in 1747/48, Samuel Stewart and his oldest son David were part of it.
Processioning was the walking- off and rechecking and remarking of boundaries every four years, and was a parish function."
"A sale was held 1 September 1748 in the home of Samuel and Lydia Stewart for Jeremiah Harrison to sell the goods of Joseph
Harrison, deceased, a Harrison relative of Lydia's who probably had been living with Samuel's family."
"Samuel and Lydia Stewart lived in Augusta County, Virginia, ten years or more before moving to North Carolina in 1753. In 1748
Samuel and Lydia's oldest son David had gone to the northwest Carolina frontier. This was very early in the white history of this
area, as by 1746 there were only a few settlers west of the Yadkin River. In 1748 it took Morgan Bryan (connected with the Daniel
Boone family) three months to travel with his family from the Shenandoah to the Yadkin River, clearing the way as he went. If by
any chance David Stewart traveled with the intrepid adventurers of Bryan's group, he was not part of the settlement they formed.
Speculation: Since Isaiah Harrison, Jr., thought to be David's maternal grandfather, went to North Carolina between 1848 and 1850 ,
David and his adventuresome fifty-nine year old grandfather may have journeyed together."
"David, Samuel and Lydia's oldest son, found land near the Yadkin River about twenty miles below Virginia's southern border and
about eight miles from what would in 1753 become the Moravian's "Wachovia settlement" (present-day Winston-Salem, in Forsyth
County, North Carolina) in the hilly piedmont."
"David was the first of the Stewart family to obtain a land grant in North Carolina. He was the advance scout for the family, and was
obviously satisfied with reports of an unlimited amount of good, cheap, available land in the northwestern part of North Carolina
along the reaches of the upper Yadkin River."
"Probably it was in 1753, but it certainly may have been earlier, that Samuel and Lydia Stewart moved with the rest of their family
from Augusta County, Virginia, to Rowan County, North Carolina."
"By the time Samuel Stewart and his family moved to join David (and possibly Samuel, Jr.) in North Carolina in 1753, twenty-four
year old David was already one of twelve constables recently appointed for the large, newly created county of Rowan. David's beat
was on the north side of the Yadkin River, from Muddy Creek and upward."
"Certainly the route to North Carolina was easier to travel in 1753 when Samuel, Lydia, and the rest of the family joined David, than
when David had made the trip five years earlier. It probably took Samuel and Lydia about a month to make the trip down the Great
Wagon Road. By the time the rest of the Stewarts came, the difficult wagon road was somewhat improved, even the last twenty or
so miles of the journey. Contemporary North Carolina maps called their route the "Great Road from the Yadkin River through Virginia
to Philadelphia," spacing that long name along the trail."
"Samuel Stewart received a warrant for 508 acres, dated 30 November 1753. This land was surveyed on 24 May 1754, with the
chain carriers being Samuel's third son (our ancestor) John Stewart and John Dawson. The deed from the Rt. Hon. Earl Granville for
this land was dated 9 May 1757, and the price was 10 shillings sterling. One of the witnesses was Samuel's oldest son David, who
had already settled near the Yadkin River and had set up a store in that primitive region. (In the Moravian Diary is this entry dated 24
January 1754: "After the noon liturgy Brother Herman went 8 miles to order certain things from David Stuart.")
"In North Carolina Samuel Stewart did not live very far from the Moravian community, the Wachovia Tract. The Earl of Granville,
who had been anxious to get settlers for his wilderness tract, had offered some Moravian leaders 99,000 acres of land in North
Carolina if they would bring a number of settlers to his part of the province. Accordingly, in November 1753 a group had set out
from the Moravian community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to go to the promised land, which they named Wachovia. Samuel is first
mentioned in the Moravian's official Diary in the entry dated 30 June 1755: "Brother Kalberlahn went to Mr. Steward's to see his
patient." People came from as far away as a hundred miles to be treated by this good doctor, until his death in 1759 from typhoid."
"The creek on Samuel's land took his name. Stewart's (also Steward and Stuart) Creek is described as being on the west side of the
Wachovia Tract and "sometimes called Tomahawk Branch." Stewarts Creek was a northwestern branch of large Muddy Creek."
"A 1759 Rowan County Tax List shows Samuel Stewart (Sr.), David, and John listed separately. A 1761 Tax List shows all of the
family except Benjamin. In that enumeration Samuel (Sr.) is listed with sons Samuel, Isaiah, and Joseph. Joseph had just come of
age, but Benjamin was still in his mid-teens. The first and third sons, David Stuard and our John Stuard (sic), are listed separately."
"To add to his initial Rowan County tract of 508 acres Samuel acquired 332 additional acres for "10 shillings proclamation money."
The deed from Earl Granville is dated 10 August 1762. Although the average amount of land owned by each settler was
approximately one square mile (640 acres), Samuel Stewart now owned a total of 840 acres."
"It was not until 10 August 1766 that Samuel Stewart sold his land back in Augusta County, Virginia, that he had acquired by Virginia
patent in 1749. The deed shows that Samuel Stewart of the province of North Carolina, yeoman, sold Jacob Caplin of Augusta
County, Virginia, 143 acres for 25 pounds."
"Samuel Stewart was about sixty years old when on 20 August 1768 he made his will. All of his sons were grown and married
except twenty-three year old Benjamin who would marry Elizabeth Winscott in 1769. By his will Samuel left all his moveable estate to
his wife Lydia, referred to affectionately as Liddy. He left the land he lived on equally to his two youngest sons, Joseph and Benjamin.
Samuel appointed his two oldest sons, David and Samuel (Jr.) executors. Sons John and Isaiah were not mentioned. One of the
witnesses to the will was Elizabeth Winscott. The first notation indicates Samuel Stewart died between ca. 21 August and 21
December 1768, and the 1770 date was when the instrument was recorded."
"Lydia, widow of Samuel Stewart, wrote her will on 11 January 1771. It is recorded in Surry County, as Surry had been created the
previous year from Rowan County. Lydia's will appears to reveal a defect in the title to the 10 August 1762 tract of 332 acres that
Samuel had purchased. This land was situated on the south side of the Yadkin River on both sides of Swan Creek and adjoined
Benjamin Pettit and James Carson.&emdash; Lydia states that if a title can be obtained, the land should be sold and divided equally
among her sons David, Samuel, our John, and Isaiah. After bequests of beds and a heifer, Lydia willed that all the rest of her estate
be equally divided among the four older sons. As for Samuel's will, again the executors were the two oldest sons, David and Samuel.
Lydia's death occurred after November 1772, about four years after Samuel's death."
John Stewart, son of Samuel