BIOGRAPHY AND GENEALOGY
Madison County, Alabama
By Lavone Johnson Anglen
From the US Census 1880 of Thomas Stewart’s son, William we discovered Thomas Stewart was born in Delaware. He was of Scottish descent. We have not really investigated his past in Delaware or Maryland. His family might have come with William Penn to Delaware. It seems he moved to Maryland next door to Delaware and spent his youth here. Later he went to Danville, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia where he married Martha (Patsy) Wilkinson on 01 Apr. 1800. However, she is listed as Patsy W. Worsham.
In a book by Mary Bivins Geren Countess, a member of the family. She was the daughter of Thomas Wilkinson,who signed the bond of marriage with Thomas Stewart. They were married by Parson William Wright of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. From the footnotes of the book, it states from the records of Mrs. Vassar Allen, also a descendant of Thomas and Martha Stewart. Mrs. Allen stated that her notes were taken from the Family Bible of William Stewart, son of Thomas and Martha Stewart. We do not know the where the Bible is at the present time, but shelists Martha as Martha Wilkinson. Martha Wilkinson Forsey was named for her grandmother, Martha Wilkinson.
In 1814, Thomas Stewart, who was a Lieutenant in the company of Pittsylvania Volunteers, Commanded by Captain Nathaniel Wilson; Virginia Regiment, commanded by Colonel Daniel Coleman. He was called out of Danville, Virginia for service in the War of the United States with England (War of 1812) for six months service and had served nearly six month when peace was made and he was honorably discharged at Norfolk, Virginia in 1815. (From the bounty land records Warrant # 46061, receipt #272205, General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service, Washington 25, D.C. )
The first definite records we have of Thomas Stewart in Madison County are contained in the Government Tract Book or Land Entry Book now in the Madison County Courthouse. This book shows that land was patented by Thomas Stewart, assignee on Jan. 26, 1815. These two tracts of land totaled some 320 acres and were located in a small valley on the east side of Monte Sano Mountain, with a portion of the property running up the mountain. At this time Alabama was not a state and the area was known as the Mississippi Territory.
It was also before the “Homestead Act” was in effect. Therefore, the fact that Thomas Stewart was assigned land in this Territory does not necessarily imply that he was here in person, for he could have obtained the property through an agent. However, Thomas Stewart sold property in Pittsylvania Co. Virginia from 1816 to 1818. The last sale according to the Stewart Clan Magazine was Feb. 20 when they sold to Samuel Stone for $12,000 two lots and tenements in the old part of Danville. This was probably their home and $12,000 in President Monroe’s day was not alfalfa.
We know that Thomas Stewart and Martha Wilkinson were definitely living in Madison County, Alabama by the marriage of the daughter, Sarah D. Stuart, oldest daughter of Thomas and Martha Stewart on August 16, 1819 (Madison County Marriage Records, Vol. 2, PG. 326.) On August 11, 1820, Thomas Stewart also purchased land for $800. from James McCartney and Eliza, his wife another quarter section of land adjoining the first two plots (Madison County Deed book F. pg. 439).
All this land was sold on December 20, 1825 by Thomas Stewart and Patsy, his wife, to John King, William Hancock, and John Ruby. “for the consideration of 100,000 weight of good merchantable seed cotton” (Madison County Deed Book K, pg. 124). The land contained 480.60 acres and tenements. Later he purchased Land 30 August 1820 from John Peters for the sum of $4,500 land located about one-half mile west of Maysville, Madison Co., Alabama and on the east side of the Flint River. It was on this property that Thomas and Martha Stewart lived until his death, and their younger children were raised. (Madison Co. Deed Book F, pg. 463).
Thomas and Martha Stewart had seven children, two sons and five daughters whom I will list later. In his will Thomas Stewart gave and bequeathed “to the agents of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, fifty dollars, so apparently they belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church. (Madison Co. Probate Records Vol. 13, pg. 388).
The property in Maysville that Thomas Stewart had bought in 1820 was sold at public auction from the Madison County Court House on December 20, 1847, as directed in his will, and was “struck off” to James H. Humphrey (Madison Co. Deed Book X, pg. 60). Thomas Stewart died 29 Sept. 1847 in Maysville, Madison Co., Alabama.
In 1848, Martha Stewart and her son-in-law, John Thompson bought land on the “east side of the Flint River, near Lowesville, about 280 acres more or less. This land belonged to the Estate of William Veazy. The consideration was $2,010.00. Some of this Veazy land” in addition to property in Maysville, was willed by Martha to her granddaughter, Ann Eliza Chambless Hereford (Madison Co. Deed Book X pgs. 216-217 and Will book #1) This property was about 1.2 mile north and west of Maysville. In 1850, Martha was listed as living alone in the 35th District and she is listed as being between 60-70 and that she was born in Virginia.
On 9th of Dec. 1854, Martha bought 1 acre of land with tenements in the little town of Maysville from her son, William Stewart and his wife, Ann B. (Madison Co. Deed Book AA, pg. 42). This was evidently the property in Maysville, “known as the house and lot on which Martha Stewart lived and died” that was inherited by Ann Eliza Chambless Hereford in 1857. (Madison Co. Vll Book #1, pg. 143) Martha died about the lst of December, 1857 (Madison Co. Probate Record #21, pg. 567) a little over ten years after her husbands death. She wrote her will April 16, 1857 and it was probated 14 Dec. 1857. She named her son-in-law, John Thompson, Executor of her will, but he declined and William Stewart was appointed Executor by the court. (Madison Co. Probate Minutes #5 pg. 294).
She requested that she be buried in the Family Cemetery in Maysville and I feel sure this request was carried out although no gravestone is designating her grave. In this cemetery there are a number of unmarked graves and one of them is probably hers; although, William Stewart and his wife, and Richard Forsey and Elizabeth Stewart are buried in the same cemetery with their daughter Eliza, Stewart. The cemetery is called the Maysville Stewart Cemetery. Thomas Stewart is suppose to be buried here, but the cemetery is in bad condition.
We believe the father of Thomas Stewart should be William Stewart as his first son was named William.
The children of Thomas and Martha:
- Sarah D. Stewart b. 26 Jan 1801 Pittsylvania Co., VA. D. 21 Mar. 1823 Unknown, m. Thomas Simmons in 1819.
- William Stewart b. 30 Mar 1803 Pittsylvania Co. Danville, VA. D. 06 Nov 1887 Maysville, Madison
- Co. Ala. m. (1) Lina Ann Roberts 1828 d. 1841 (2) Ann Bauder or Balton in 1844.
- Mary Stewart b. 25 Dec 1805 Pittsylvania Co., VA. D. aft. 1857 Unknown
- Elizabeth Stewart b. 08 Sep 1809 Pittsylvania Co., VA. D. 18 Nov 1840 Maysville, Madison Co., Ala. m. Richard Forsey May 18, 1827.
- Ann Pennington Stewart b. 05 Apr 1812 unknown d. 08 Apr. 1828 Ala.
- Martha C. Stewart b. 23 Jan 1818 unknown d. 17 May 1839, Maysville, Madison Co., Ala. She m. Joel Chambless in 1835.
- Thomas W. Stewart b. 16 Mar 1820 Madison Co., Ala. D. 15 Apr. 1823 Madison Co., Ala.
University United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Kansas, Records, 1919-2009, Members, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, Ministers by Lavone Johnson Anglen
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