Andrew Stewart (c1695 – c1754)

What follows is the genealogy as published in various issues of the Stewart Clan Magazine, a  journal of Stewart-related genealogical records edited by George T. Edson and published monthly between 1922 and 1970.  I have not independently verified any of this information.  Note that, while Andrew Stewart is identified as either a second or third-generation Stewart, the editor was clearly uncertain of his ancestry.

The first mention of this family appeared in the Stewart Clan Magazine in 1929 as part of an issue devoted to “Stewarts of Cumberland County, Pa.” that was evidently based on “various records dug up by Dickerman [the associate editor at the time] and Edson”:1

Andrew Stuard of Hopewell

Andrew2 Stuard was born about 1695 or earlier. He married Mary ——–.  He dated his will Apr. 25, 1947, in Hopewell, Cumberland county, and it was probated just seven years afterwards, Apr. 25, 1754 [wills, A:17, docket 4].  The executors were his wife Mary2 and his son Moses, and the witnesses were Patrick Hanna and William Anderson. He referred to his wife’s one-third of the property; also Margaret Stuard (signed by her X mark). He mentioned the following children, calling Hugh Huey:
Moses c. 1724; [m. Apr. 26, 1769, Isabella Levers, at York]: executor of father’s will
Hugh
Samuel c. 1720; m. Mercy ——-
Rose
Elizabeth

Samuel3 Stewart (Andrew2) was born about 1720. He married Mercy —— His name was on the list of taxables in Hopewell, Cumberland county, in 1762. His will was dated Apr. 15, 1789. in Hopewell, but the date of probate was not copied [wills, E:148 and 215]. His wife was living but her name was not stated. Samuel mentioned his son-in-law John McKnight of Hopewell, and John McCarle, who had married his granddaughter Mary McKnight.  The will of Mercy Stewart of Hopewell was dated Jan. 16, 1790, and probated Mar. 23, 1791; the witnesses were Josias Brown, Robert Coffee, and John Coffee. She gave her possessions to her daughter Elizabeth, wife of John McNeight [wills, K]. Child:
Elizabeth m. John McKnight: had a daughter married by 1789

 

Almost eight  years later the Stewart Clan Magazine published a more detailed item in 1937 as part of “A Notebook of Pennsylvania Stewarts”:3 [I have broken the text into paragraphs to improve readability.]

Andrew Stewart of Hopewell

Andrew3 Stewart , born about 1695 or earlier, was, we suspect, a brother of Robert Stewart of West Pennsboro, page 214.4   Both may have been sons of Andrew and KatherineStewart of Londonderry, Ireland, who had Robert, baptized Jan. 26., 1691, and Elizabeth, baptized Nov. 2, 1693.  It may have been this family, rather than of Andrew of Paxtang, to which Archibald Stewart of Augusta County, Va., belonged.  Andrew was an early settler in Hopewell township, in the part of Lancaster county which was set off in 1750 as Cumberland county.

His will was dated Apr. 25, 1747.  In it the name was spelled Stuard, but as Andrew and Margaret signed by their marks the spelling may not have been theirs. The witnesses were Patrick Hanna and William Anderson.  The executors were Andrew’s son Moses and wife Mary. To his wife [not named but evidently Margaret] Andrew allowed one-third of the income from his plantation.  To his son Moses he gave the plantation and two-thirds of the income, and all his goods and chattels.  To his sons Hugh and Samuel and his daughters Rose and Elizabeth Stuard he gave five shillings each.  He died, it is thought, in 1754, and may have been the Andrew Stewart who was killed in an Indian raid; that Andrew was traditionally a son of Samuel Stewart of Hanover, –B:455

His will was proved Apr. 25, 1754, at Carlisle.  Children:
Moses c1724; m. Mary Hanna
Hugh
Samuel ; m. Mary _____; d. 1789
Rose
Elizabeth

Moses4 Stewart (Andrew3), born about 1724, inherited his father’s farm in Hopewell and was executor of his father’s will in 1754.  He married a daughter of Patrick Hanna of Monaghan, York county, whose undated will was probated Nov. 27, 1758, at Carlisle and referred to “my son Moses Stuart”; one of the witnesses to this will was John Starr.6  Moses, Samuel, and Robert Stuart were in a list of taxable in Hopewell township for 1751. [In 1768 Moses and James Stuart were each assessed on 50 aces of land in Peters township (now in Franklin county).]

Hugh4 Stewart (Andrew3), was given five shillings in his father’s will Apr. 25, 1747, at which time he was probably living in Hopewell township.  We hope later to find out about his family. [Twelve years later the magazine published a brief article about Hugh Stewart, identifying him as the resident of Murderkill Hundred in Kent county whose will was dated Feb. 17, 1770 and proved Apr. 9, 1770 in Kent County by the witnesses William Hughley and Elizabeth Lemon.   The executor was William Gray.  He mentioned his sisters Rose Scott and Elizabeth Lemon and his sons Andrew and Moses.7 ]

Samuel4 Stewart (Andrew3), born about 1728, perhaps earlier, was on a list of taxables in Hopewell township in 1751. He married Mary ____.  He made his will Apr. 15, 1789 in Hopewell, naming his son-in-law John McKnight executor and asking that McKnight, who was a tailor, “take my wife home to his dwelling house after my decease.” He gave to McKnight notes to the value of £400 owed by another son-in-law, John McKee. Mr. McKee didn’t like this arrangement, and after the old gentleman’s death soon after the will was made he contested it. McKee presented a paper to teh probate court from the widow Mary, saying she was dissatisfied with teh will. But an understanding was reached, and the will was probated Apr. 30, 1789. Samuel in his will had also mentioned John McCarle, who had married his granddaughter Mary McKnight; Daniel Duncan, merchant of Shippensburgh; Alexander Laughlin, esq., of Jopewell; and Robert Donovan, late of Shippensburgh, now of Franklin county. Mary Stewart of Hopewell, widow of Samuel, made her will Jan. 16, 1700, which was probated Mar. 23, 1791. She appointed as executor John McKnight, giving to her daughter Elizabeth McKnight one-half of all the bonds, notes, etc., left behind by her husband’s will, and giving the other half to her son-in-law John McKnight. Only children identified:
Elizabeth c1752; m. John McKnight: dau. Mary married John McCarle
Margaret ; m. John McKee

 

  1. Stewart Clan Magazine, Vol. VII, No. 11 (May 1929), pages 126-127. []
  2. Note that in the later article, Mary was identified as the wife of Moses rather than Andrew. []
  3. Stewart Clan Magazine, Vol. XIV, No. 8 (February 1937), page 219. []
  4. This refers to Vol. XIV, No. 7, page214. []
  5. This refers to Vol.VI, No. 12, page 45. []
  6. This will was undated.  It divided the land and chattels among four sons named John, Joshua, Samuel and Archibald Hanna, and two presumed daughters named Martha Hanna and Rosanna Hanna.  No wife was mentioned.  The will also gave one crone each to “my son William Eger” and “my son Moses Stuart”.  Whether Egers and Stuart were stepsons or sons-in-law is perhaps debatable.  If they were sons-in-law the names of their wives were not mentioned.  “Crone” was probably a misspelling of “crown”, a coin worth five shillings.  Executors were named as John Hanna and Joshua Hanna, and the witnesses were John Starr and William Smith. []
  7. Stewart Clan Magazine, Vol. XVIII, No. 3 (September 1949), page 179-180. []