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Re: Stewarts from Edgefield Dist., SC
Posted by: Kathy Longhurst (ID *****8299) Date: June 06, 2002 at 20:16:03
In Reply to: Stewarts from Edgefield Dist., SC by Seth Woods Pearl of 419

My Stewarts came to Amite county sometime 1820-? Robert Stewart born 1790 Scotland came and hs brother also, John Allen Stewart. They had come from Laurens SC. First to Caledonia, Lowndes, then Old Hamilton Monroe CO., MS to Clay Co to Choctaw Co to Amite Co.

Do you know who your John's parents were? wonder if they tie in to my Stewarts. HEre is what I have so far on my line:

We have not yet made the connection from this continent to Scotland or Northern Ireland with our Stewart family but finding the Estate papers of John Stewart who died 3 January 1806 in Laurens District, South Carolina gave us what I consider proof that he is our earliest known ancestor. In his estate papers was a WILL of a Francis Stewart of Laurens District, South Carolina. In Johns Will he lists as his oldest son, Francis Stewart. From this we know that Francis Stewart is indeed Johns son. In the WILL of Francis Stewart it mentions his 4 children, Mary, William, Robert and John Allen, it also mentions the mother of those children as Sarah Lipp. Then we have Mary Anna Riggin, who was hired by Odelle Hood to do research on our family. Mary Anna found some papers of Dr. Leonard Crosby (a descendant of Moody Burt Stewart who was a son of William Stewart and Nancy Burt) which tells of 3 Stewart brothers, William, Robert and John, coming to Monroe County, Mississippi. She also found a written document stating that in fact the first 6 children of Williams were all born in Laurens District South Carolina and the 7th, John Robert, was named for his 2 brothers. From this we believe we have the connection that our Stewart family in Monroe County, Mississippi came from Laurens District South Carolina, through Francis Stewart, the son of John Stewart.

The 1790 census for Laurens South Carolina has no Francis Stewart but the 1800 census for Laurens does. Francis is in the category of between 25 and 45 years old with a female in the same age bracket. Also living with them is a male in the age bracket of over 45 and I assume that must be Francis’s father, John. The only other Stewarts in the 1800 census are a Walter Stewart and family and they are listed in the Captain John Templetons Company and a Robert Stewart with 4 male children under 10, 1 male child under 16 and himself in the age bracket of between 25 - 45 and 3 females under 10 and a female (his wife) listed between 25 – 45. This could possibly be Francis’s son Robert but where are William and John Allen? I am assuming that Robert is Francis’s second son as the order they are listed in his Will shows Mary first, then William getting first choice of his land and Robert getting 2nd choice and finally John Allen getting what was left over. In the 1820 census of Laurens South Carolina there is a Francis and a female in the same age bracket of over 45 years old. The descendants of the Walter Stewart are all over Laurens by 1820 and from what I have been told by Mary Rawlinson, a descendant of our earliest John Stewart and the Walter Stewart in the 1800 census, the two families are not related.

In Dr. Crosby’s papers, given to us by Mary Anna Riggin, we find a paper which is titled “The Stewart Brothers”, it basically is a summary of William, Robert and John Allen, sons of Francis, coming into Mississippi in the 1820’s with their mother Sarah. The author of this paper is Lois Gore of Natches Mississippi, a descendant of John Allen Stewart. In her paper it is assumed that the Robert Stewart went to Amite County Mississippi. In the cemetery records of Gloster, Amite county, Mississippi it says that John Stewart (possibly John Allen Stewart) with no dates is the first grave in the cemetery and it is covered by and old brick vault and is says John was the brother of Robert. Roberts tombstone says he was born in Scotland in 1790 and died January 1859 in Amite county. It is not clear that this Robert and John of Amite county are the ones we are looking for although we have never found Robert anywhere else and we don’t know what happened to John Allen, he could have gone to Amite with his brother Robert.

Another interesting tidbit found online and e-mailed to me by Doris Simonis and Linda Nichols:


"From the Heart of Caledonia"

Just how did Caledonia get it's name? No one really knows for sure, but many believe that it was named by the early settlers from South Carolina with Scottish decent. Caledonia word origin is from Scotland and is usually a female name.

This territory was occupied by Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians. In 1816, un-incorporated Lowndes County acquired land under the Choctaw Cession. The records show the first settlement by a white man, to be that of John Stewart, born in Laurens District, SC, and died in Monroe County in 1845. He had 3 children...Francis born about 1750; Mary and Nelly. Francis's son was William born in 1769 in Monroe County. Some of the wills that have been located of this family, mention land left to their heirs south of the Buttahatachie river and to the Alabama state line. Stories from our elderly remember hearing that there was a young girl named "Caledonia" that was very beautiful and believed to be a niece to Mr. Stewart and that is why he choose the name for this area. He felt this was beautiful country and had great potential for home establishments.”

The above is a little confusing as it was Francis who died in 1845, not John. John, Francis’s father, died in 1806. So was it really Francis who was the first white settler of Caledonia or one of his sons? Anyway at least we know they came to Caledonia first. Maybe it was John Allen Stewart - we also found the following from papers in Dr. Crosby’s things:

“Family legend has it that the three Stewart brothers, William, Robert and John came together from laurens District, SC to the area of the Alabama Mississippi State line and that Robert and John settled on the Alabama side, but William came on across with his family and settle on the Buttahatchee River a few miles above its jucture with the Tombigbee River, south of Hamilton the first county Seat of Monroe County. His first six children were born in Laurens Co., SC. The first child born in Monroe County, MS was John Robert, born June 26, 1826, evidently named for his brothers, Robert and John.

William bought his first land in Monroe County, MS Feb 12, 1825, 80 acres. He next bought the adjoining 80 acres on July 12, 18225. He continued buying land until he owned 580 acres.

He started clearing land and building a home for his family, and established a Sawmill to help in utilizing the timber as it was cleared from the land. He had a ready market for his lumber, selling much of it in Aberdeen.” (paper from Lois Gore in Dr. Crosby’s things)

It is interesting to note that there was a William Stewart in Monroe County in 1820 and we’re not sure who he was. I don’t believe he was our William as he had many more female children according to the census. It is interesting because we have absolutely no idea who he was. We have traced many Stewart families in South Carolina and in Mississippi but we have no idea where this William Stewart fits in.

A new found cousin, Malinda Smith (a descendant of William Stewart Jr. and Salina Tedford) sent us the following in June 2002:

“Stories that were passed down our line that I remember my great-grandfather (James Jackson Stewart) telling when I was a child include one of a grandfather in South Carolina & a grandfather that married 3 times with the last marriage around the age of 80, the 3rd wife was his stepdaughter (?) & they had a child (?). From the stories the man was quite a character. I also remember a story about owning a plantation & slaves in the TomBigbe bottoms then losing it in a card game. It was also told that we came from Scotland - left rather than face punishment and settled in South Carolina.”

This is all we know of the 3 Stewart brothers as they came into Mississippi from South Carolina.

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