Descendants of Danielordonald Stewart

Generation No. 1

1. Danielordonald1 Stewart was born Abt. 1776, and died in NY. He married Catherine Abt. 1800 in Saratoga Co NY. She was born Abt. 1780, and died in NY.

Notes for Danielordonald Stewart: STEWART, Daniel from West Galway Cem West Galway, Saratoga Co NY 77 Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.4, p. Serial. This revolutionary soldier could been the father of Donald or Daniel Stewart.

Donald Stewart b1747-85 d? lived Galway NY "married Catherine son Angus b 1805 June 19 baptized Nov 2, 1806 in the church of Manny’s Corners, now the Second Presbyterian Church, Amsterdam. Three other children were baptized in the West Galway Presbyterian church in Fulton County—Caty b Mar 3, 1807; baptized July 12, 1807; John b June 7, 1809; baptized July 15, 1809; and Archibald b Sept 25, 1811, baptized Oct 20, 1811." Source page 155 tome F Stewart Clan series by George Edson who quotes the records of Mrs Catherine Taggart, 808 Washington St, Ogdensburg, NY 1947. Amazing coincidence or possible error? Since I probably have the only family evidence of Angus’s birth date isn’t it interesting that up pops an Angus with the same exact birth date but father named Donald. So we must open the possibility that Angus’s father could have been named either Daniel or Donald.

Daniel Stewart who was born in Scotland about 1750-1785 lived near W. Galway, Saratoga County and Fulton County NY. His estate was administered in May of 1852. It referred to wife Catherine and children Duncan, Angus, John, Catherine, Janette (wife of Alex Stewart of Williams Upper Canada) Archibald, and Daniel. Source The Stewart Clan Series XXVIII p150 #12 tome F

Since there were several Daniel Stewarts living near Galway there is confusion to us now not knowing which one was our ancestor. Several did come from Perthshire Scotland and may have come from related families over there. Daniel Stewart born Perthshire 1766 died aug 14 1850 aged 84 his widow Catherine died june 23 aged 85. buried at Broadalban Cemetery in Fulton County NY.

Daniel Stewart born 1753 in Perthshire died Aug 29 1845 aged 92 buried in the W Galway Cemetery in Broadalban Twp of Fulton Co NY. It was reported that he was a revolutionary soldier.

All Stewarts are descended from Alan son of Flahald a Norman (from Normandy France) who came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. Alan was given lands and a castle of Oswestry, in Shropshire England. The Lord of Shropshire had three sons William, Walter and Simon. William stayed in England became the ancestor of the Fitz-Alans, and Earls of Arndel (Arundel). Walter went to Scotland became the Lord High Steward of Scotland. He assumed "Steward" as a surname. The sixths Lord High Steward married Marjorie the daughter of Robert Bruce (King Robert 1) and founded the royal branch of the family. The name was spelled Stewart until Mary Queen of Scots who was raised in France (French has no w) changed the spelling to Stuart. The father of Mary Queen of Scots spelled his name Stewart, and so did her son King James VI (James I of England).

The original patrimony of the Stewarts was the Barony of Renfrew & parts of the Highlands of Scotland.

Family legend has it that five brothers came over from England or Scotland. The family I have been able to trace goes back to Amsterdam NY. I have a letter reading "W Galway Ap 30, 1864 Dan Stewart" "Your Father" "Dear Son",

A Daniel Stewart lived in Galway, Saratoga County NY the census showed the family there. Angus his son lived in Covington (Wyoming Co. NY) about 1885-1890. Daniel J Stewart referred to Great Uncle John of W Batavia NY and Uncle Archie. Could be Uncle Archie of Rochester NY. Also Joseph W of Georgetown PO Ontario Canada. A Duncan Stewart settled I Galaway about 1777 from Scotland relationship unknown. In Thurston’s attic was a document pertaining to the 1886 final accounting of Great Uncle Archibald. Could be who Daniel J referred to in his letters as "Trusted Uncle Archibald M of Wheatland Co. of Monroe NY" The document showed the following: Daniel J Stewart lived in California MI George E. of California MI

Angus of California MI

Kate D of Union Grove Racine Co. Wis

Daniel W. of "unknown"

not named John and Archibald residing at Pavillion NY and Archibald of Amsterdan NY.

In Thurston’s attic was found a document pertaining to the 1889 proving of the will of Margaret Stewart (27 July) The parties were: Archibald W. Stewart of Pavillion NY

Angus Stewart of Ray, Steubieu Co Ind. (Close to California MI)

George E Stewart of Montgomery, Hillsdale MI (Close to California MI)

Daniel J Stewart of Montgomery, Hillsdale MI (Close to California MI)

Kate D Stewart of Union Grove Racine Co Wis

Daniel W Stewart of Gaylord, Otsego Co MI

Daniel A Stewart of PO Chestnut Grove, Ont Canada

Angus A Stewart of Wyoming PO Ont Canada

Catherine J Stewart of AilsCraig PO Ont Canada box 34

John D. Stewart of AilsCraig PO Ont Canada

Christy Ann M Stewart of AilsCraig PO Ont Canada

Janette E. S. Stewart of AilsCraig PO Ont Canada

Joseph W. Stewart of Strathrey AilsCraig PO Ont Canada

John Stewart of Pavillion NY

Daniel & Stewart of Amsterdam NY County of MtGomery

Margaret Stewart of Amsterdam NY

Not listed was Duncan Stewart unknown address but perhaps of Linden, county of Gollarapry NY (1847)

Dan J Stewart ESQ Peoria, Wyoming Co NY Could be the Uncle Dan who raised TDS as I have a metal plate with this wording showing ESQ on it in Thurston’s attic.

Child of Danielordonald Stewart and Catherine is:

+ 2 i. Angus2 Stewart, born June 19, 1805 in Galway Saratoga Co NY; died May 3, 1851 in Covington NY.

Generation No. 2

2. Angus2 Stewart (Danielordonald1) (Source: Family record.) was born June 19, 1805 in Galway Saratoga Co NY, and died May 3, 1851 in Covington NY. He married Elvira Margaret Selfridge (Source: (1) Family record., (2) Several censuses.) January 28, 1839 in York Peoria Livingston Co NY, daughter of John Col. and Sally Smith. She was born December 17, 1815 in Galen Wayne Co NY, and died December 8, 1900 in Fairgrove MI.

Notes for Angus Stewart: Narrative on Angus Stewart b 1805. He first lived in Galway NY then moved to York (Town of) located in Livingston Co NY where he married Elvira Margaret Selfridge on Jan 28 1839 in York. She was b Dec 17 1815 in Galen probably near Clyde, Wayne Co NY daughter of John or Alex Selfridge born about 1790. Her mother name may have been Euice or Mary.

Grandfather Selfridge may have been a general. General Selfridge’s sister or mother was Daniel J Stewarts’ (b1839) great grandmother.

Angus’s property after he moved over the county line into Wyoming Co town of Covington village of Peoria which is just south of Pavillion consisted mainly of lots 5 Risdon Tract which was forty four acres plus, and lot 12 which was about 32 acres near Batavia and Peoria roads. See maps in book. Angus was a farmer. He and Elvira were members of the Covenanter Church (Reformed Presbyterian following Scotch custom) of York NY. It was at his request that he be buried near the house of the Rev David Stang. The little cemetery straddles the county line. He died May 3 1851 aged 46 in Covington. In 1978 his tombstone very worn but still standing was still readable in Olivet Cemetery in the NE corner of

Wyoming Co NY. Next to it was a small stone bearing the initials D.S. and another stone buried on the grave site without lettering. Could be upside down. I did not have permission or time or tools to check.

In 1866 the widow sold the land owned in Covington and relocated I California, Branch Co MI where Daniel Thurston Stewart was born. Sons Daniel J and Angus went with her. The family sold the farm about 1889 and relocated with relatives in Fairgrove MI a few hundred miles northeast. The Federal census shows her in Fairgrove Michigan in 1900. She was age 84 then. The record shows that of five children four were living in 1900. She stated that her father was born in NY and her mother in Vermont. The 1900 census of California MI page 7 line 28 shows Angus’s son Angus and his wife Martha. Stewart

All Stewarts are descended from Alan son of Flahald a Norman (from Normandy France) who came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. Alan was given lands and a castle of Oswestry, in Shropshire England. The Lord of Shropshire had three sons William, Walter and Simon. William stayed in England became the ancestor of the Fitz-Alans, and Earls of Arndel (Arundel). Walter went to Scotland became the Lord High Steward of Scotland. He assumed "Steward" as a surname. The sixths Lord High Steward married Marjorie the daughter of Robert Bruce (King Robert 1) and founded the royal branch of the family. The name was spelled Stewart until Mary Queen of Scots who was raised in France (French has no w) changed the spelling to Stuart. The father of Mary Queen of Scots spelled his name Stewart, and so did her son King James VI (James I of England).

The original patrimony of the Stewarts was the Barony of Renfrew & parts of the Highlands of Scotland.

Family legend has it that five brothers came over from England or Scotland. The family I have been able to trace goes back to Amsterdam NY. I have a letter reading "W Galway Ap 30, 1864 Dan Stewart" "Your Father" "Dear Son",

A Daniel Stewart lived in Galway, Saratoga County NY the census showed the family there. Angus his son lived in Covington (Wyoming Co. NY) about 1885-1890. Daniel J Stewart referred to Great Uncle John of W Batavia NY and Uncle Archie. Could be Uncle Archie of Rochester NY. Also Joseph W of Georgetown PO Ontario Canada. A Duncan Stewart settled I Galaway about 1777 from Scotland relationship unknown. In Thurston’s attic was a document pertaining to the 1886 final accounting of Great Uncle Archibald. Could be who Daniel J referred to in his letters as "Trusted Uncle Archibald M of Wheatland Co. of Monroe NY" The document showed the following: Daniel J Stewart lived in California MI George E. of California MI

Angus of California MI

Kate D of Union Grove Racine Co. Wis

Daniel W. of "unknown"

not named John and Archibald residing at Pavillion NY and Archibald of Amsterdan NY.

In Thurston’s attic was found a document pertaining to the 1889 proving of the will of Margaret Stewart (27 July) The parties were: Archibald W. Stewart of Pavillion NY

Angus Stewart of Ray, Steubieu Co Ind. (Close to California MI)

George E Stewart of Montgomery, Hillsdale MI (Close to California MI)

Daniel J Stewart of Montgomery, Hillsdale MI (Close to California MI)

Kate D Stewart of Union Grove Racine Co Wis

Daniel W Stewart of Gaylord, Otsego Co MI

Daniel A Stewart of PO Chestnut Grove, Ont Canada

Angus A Stewart of Wyoming PO Ont Canada

Catherine J Stewart of AilsCraig PO Ont Canada box 34

John D. Stewart of AilsCraig PO Ont Canada

Christy Ann M Stewart of AilsCraig PO Ont Canada

Janette E. S. Stewart of AilsCraig PO Ont Canada

Joseph W. Stewart of Strathrey AilsCraig PO Ont Canada

John Stewart of Pavillion NY

Daniel & Stewart of Amsterdam NY County of MtGomery

Margaret Stewart of Amsterdam NY

Not listed was Duncan Stewart unknown address but perhaps of Linden, county of Gollarapry NY (1847)

Dan J Stewart ESQ Peoria, Wyoming Co NY Could be theUncle Dan who raised TDS as I have a metal plate with this wording showing ESQ on it in Thurston’s attic. Notes for Elvira Margaret Selfridge:

From: "Jim Selfridge" <radarjim@prodigy.net> I'm a "New York State" Selfridge Jim Selfridge

Lady Lake FL. 1. Elvira Margaret6 Selfridge (John5, John "Patriot"4, Oliver3, Edward A.2, William1) was born Abt. 1815 in Galen, Wayne Co., NY, and died in Fairgrove, MI. She married Angus Stewart January 23, 1839 in Peoria, NY. In the "History of York", p. 93, the marriage of Margaret Selfridge and Angus Stewart is mentioned. True to Selfridge tradition, she was known by her middle name, 'Margaret' rather than 'Elvira'.. .. Here's an 'upward tree' starting from her and working backwards to our family origins, or at least when they arrived in Boston way back when. , I've got to sift out the Canadian Selfridges from the imported East/Central New York Selfridges. There were several loads of Selfridges that got here back in the early 1700's, mainly thru Halifax NS, Boston, Philadelphia, and So. Carolina.. In the latter half of the 1800's a few of them came thru Ellis Island, thus throwing confusion into the mix. about a branch of our tree that went up to Saranac Lake, NY and another that went to Livingston Co, NY

General Selfridge http://www.agro.agri.umn.edu/~lemedg/wis26/corps10.htm and: (about a third way down the page, right side) and http://www.grandreview.com/troops.html

Sherman's army The Army of the TENNESSEE, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, Commander.

15th Corps.

Gen. W. B. Hazen, Commander and Staff.

First Division

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ARMY OF GEORGIA, Maj. Gen. Slocum, Commander.

20th Corps.

Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Mower and Staff.

FIRST DIVISION

Maj. Gen. A.B. Williams, Commander.

1st Brigade, Brig. Gen. James L. Selfridge, Commanding.

5th Conn.

46th Penna.

123rd. N. Y.

141st N. Y.

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Twentieth Army Corps, 1865

O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XLVII/1 [S# 98]

JANUARY 1-APRIL 26, 1865.--The Campaign of the Carolinas.

No. 2.--Organization of the Union Forces commanded by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, January-April, 1865.

TWENTIETH ARMY CORPS.

Bvt. Maj. Gen. ALPHEUS S. WILLIAMS.

Maj. Gen. JOSEPH A. MOWER.

FIRST DIVISION.

Brig. Gen. NATHANIEL J. JACKSON.

Bvt. Maj. Gen. ALPHEUS S. WILLIAMS.

First Brigade.

Bvt. Brig. Gen. JAMES L. SELFRIDGE.

5th Connecticut, Lieut. Col. Henry W. Daboll.

123d New York, Col. James C. Rogers.

141st New York: Capt. William Merrell. Lieut. Col. Andrew J. McNett.

46th Pennsylvania, Maj.Patrick Griffith.

Children of Angus Stewart and Elvira Selfridge are:

3 i. Daniel J3 Stewart, born October 6, 1839 in NY; died Abt. 1903 in Fairgrove MI. He met Elvira Margaret Ball; born May 20, 1843 in Winfield, DuPage, ILL; died July 15, 1900 in Fairgrove MI.

Notes for Daniel J Stewart: Narrative on Daniel J. Stewart b 1839 His father died when he was only twelve. As the oldest son he tried to do his share.

Elvira was a member of the Covenenter Church. After selling the farm to Uncle John Selfridge in 1889 for $3,630 they moved to Fairgrove MI several hundred miles NE. The trip to Fairgrove was made by wagon. They raised Daniel Thurston Stewart b1884 and George L Stewart their nephews as their own children of which they had none. They lived in a little house two miles south of Fairgrove and ¼ mile east of Main Street. One house E of Big Jennings farm house just east of Hinson on Gilford Rd. Both houses are both long gone.

Elvira (Aunt Vie as she was called) died July 15, 1900 at age 57. She had been ailing since at least May and feeling very tired the days prior to her death.

Daniel J was a farmer working both his own land and also hired out to others to bring in extra money. He was a member of the "National Christian Temperance Union and pledge to abstain from all Intoxicating Liquors as Beverage."

The 1900 federal census shows: June 5, 1900 in Fairgrove #53 Stewart, Daniel Jf born October 1839 age 60 married 39 years born in NY, his father born in NY, his mother born in NY. He was a day laborer with 2 months unemployment, no education but could read & write, lived in a rented house. His wife Elvira M was living, born May 1843 in Ill, had no children, was age 57, her father and mother were born in NY, she could red and write. D. Thurston born May 1884 then age 16 lived there occupation farm laborer. George L age 21b Tx occupation sailor lived there. And Elvira Dans mother born Dec 1817 age 84 a widow who had 5 children four still living, she was born in NY as was her father, her mother was born in Vermont. S363 v73 ed114 sheet 3 line 28 Daniel most likely buried at Brookside cemetery at Fairgrove MI where there is a stone but no inscription. Unfortunately the cemetery records were burned in the caretakers house fire. The last entry Daniel J Stewart made in his last diary was July 29, 1902 "A fine summer day. George wento to Bay City with 17 bus of fine early potatoes nice & dry Market Flooded. Sold them for .35 cts pr bush 5.95 Thurston drawing rails & fencing garden fences so as to keep the hogs out of the garden." Daniel had been seeing the doctor a lot and taking much medicine. His handwriting was getting shakier. We have no other records of what happened. He probably died prior to Feb 1905 when Thurston appointed his brother as his guardian after the death of his father in 1904 as Thurston was still a minor. The Tuscola County Clerk has no records of Dan’s Angus, Archy, or their mother’s death. Brookside cemetery records start at 1921. There are no probate records either in Tuscola County.

Notes for Elvira Margaret Ball: On 26 Nov 1872 a train trip was made to Chicago from Jonesville. Arrived at Batavia at Fathers. Dec 16 broke up housekeeping. Mother Vi Souisa and Children started for Nebraska. [Alvin Ball had moved to Plattford precinct, Springfield Nebraska and lived with his son James R. Ball)

From Daniel J Stewart's Diary July 1900 The Death of Vie

Tues 10 Cloudy with a light sprinkle of rain about noon Faired up in an hour or

so I helped E B Jennings 3 1/2 h hay-g Dr to the same .40

Thurston helped C B Jameson 2 days

Wedns I I A fine day. Thurston & I were at home. He was spraying potatoes cultivating corn went to Town etc. Dr Avery was here to see Vie again but can give us no encouragement & say every symptom is against her. She undress & went to bed this aftern. Mrs Campbell, Rose & R J Jameson are going to stay all night with us

Thurs 12 A fine day. I was helping take care of Dear Vie. She is feeling rather worse today. Thurston was cultivating corn & potatoes Cousin Mary, John, Eliza Morrow are going to stay with us tonight

Frid 13 Quite warm. I was helping take care of Vie She complains a great deal of being very tired, tired oh so tired Thurston finished cultivating & drove up Town this eveg


Sat 14 An excessive heat today Vie appeared to suffer very much from the effects of it. We moved her from the bedroom to the square room this eve. Mrs Parker & Mrs Young staid last night. R J Jameson & Rose, Elmer & Sarah are going to stay with us tonight. Vie was very restless this eve. We thought due to extreme heat Thurston was helping C B Jameson


Sab 15 A warm day with heavy showers. We were around this morning about 5 oc as the watchers thought Dear Vie was failing very fast. She appeared to be unconcious when we reached the bedside at 5.30 She yielded up her Spirit to God who gave it Loving & gentle was her life peaceful was her death. The only complaint of her last few days was of being tired, oh, so tired, but she our loved one has now entered into that rest prepared for all Gods dear children where sickness sorrow & suffering are unknown


Mon 16 A very warm day with a shower about noon or after We were making arrangements & geting ready for the burial tomorrow Mr Cookingmaster & wife & Mr & Mrs Parker are going to stay tonight


Tues 17 Warm with a heavy shower about one oc P.M about the time people were gathering for the funeral. We left the house about 1.30 followed by a great number of friends. Rev T. C. Sproul preached a very comforting sermon at our Church from Psalm 94.12 after which the remains were viewed by the many friends when we followed the body of our loved one to their resting place in Brookside Cemetery there to sleep until called to the glorious resurection by the voice of the Archangel

May we always remember the love & kindness of the many friends who ministered to our wants

through this season of sickness, death & bereavement From Daniel J Stewart's Diary July 1900.

4 ii. Archibald Wylie Stewart, born October 6, 1841 in Covington NY; died Aft. 1900 in Fairgrove MI. He married Mary Stroud January 4, 1872 in California Branch Co MI; born Abt. 1840.

Notes for Archibald Wylie Stewart:

In Wyoming County Notes is an entry "wounded in Civil War Battle of Rosaca GA Enlisted as Private Aug 21 1862 mustered Sept 25 1862 Covington 136 Inf Co E wounded MAY 15 1864 Discharged June 13 1865 Near Washington residing at Peoria" As the 1900 census shows Elvira his mother age 84 i Fairgrove MI indicated that four of her five children were living in June of 1900. We can infer that Archibald was alive in 1900. But the soundex does not list him in the State of Michigan.

Narrative on Archibald Wylie Stewart b1841. His father died when he was ten years old. The family moved to California MI to an 80 acre farm. In 1889 the family moved to Fairgrove MI. In the Wyoming County notes is an entry as follows: "Stewart, Archibald Wylie, res. Covington, B Oct 6, 1841 son of Angus Stewart & Elvira Selffridge; farmer; Enlisted as private Aug 21, 1862; mustered Sept 25, 1862, Covington, 136th Inf., Co. E. Wounded Battle of Rosaca, Ga., May 15, 1864; discharged June 13, 1865 near Washington. Residing at Peoria."

The 1900 census shows Elvira his mother age 84 in Fairgrove MI indicated that of five children four were living in June of 1900. The soundex does not list him in the State of Michigan in 1900.

+ 5 iii. George Elliot Stewart, born August 9, 1843 in Covington Wyoming Co NY; died December 7, 1904 in Alpena MI.

+ 6 iv. Angus Stewart, born September 14, 1845 in Covington Wyoming Co NY.

7 v. Duncan Stewart, born May 14, 1847 in Covington NY; died 1847 in Covington NY.

Generation No. 3

5. George Elliot3 Stewart (Angus2, Danielordonald1) (Source: His son's statment.) was born August 9, 1843 in Covington Wyoming Co NY, and died December 7, 1904 in Alpena MI. He married Clara Mann (Source: Her son's statement.) Abt. 1878 in TX, daughter of William Reed and Charlet Stanton. She was born February 14, 1854 in Corpus Christi TX, and died November 15, 1928 in Indianapolis Ind. Notes for George Elliot Stewart: Narrative on George Elliot Stewart. His father died when he was only seven. He managed to get some education. I had a copy of his BA degree from Hillsdale College which reads "Praeses et Cnratores Collegii Hillsdalis Reipublicae Michiganiensis, OMNIBUS AD QUOS PRAESENTES LITERAE PERVENERINT, S.P.D.; Scitoto Georgium E. Stewart eptimis Disciplinis et Artibus adec studaisse et dignus rideatui cui piacmica laudis usitata defeiantui Quamcliem nos PRAESES et CURATORES Collegii Hillsdalis, cundem Georgium E Stewart artium liberaliam BACCALAUREUM ununciavimus atgue constituiiimus eique virtute hiyus Diplomatis singulis Turibus Privilegiis et Honoribus ad Prinium Gradum in artibus abivis pertinentibus fiuendi potestatem detulimus. Datum er acdibus academicis die XIV Kal Jul Anno domini MDCCCLXX Jame Caleler Piaeses F V Reynold Scriba." In English George received a BA degree S.P.D. in College of Liberal Arts with honors. on 16 July 1870. He later became a teacher of the blind. He may have served in the civil war as he was appointed to the office of County Judge of Kimble County TX on July 28, 1878. The family legend has it that he rode horseback over three county area as a circuit judge. Dorothy Arnold claims someone made a movie about him based on his wife's book the Burnhams. During this time as judge he came across a young divorced Mrs. B. L. Mann first name of Clara and married her about 1878. George Lionell was born in 1879. In early 1884 the family moved to California MI. I am in possession of a short diary which may have been his indicating a person not in good health. This fits into the family legend that George suffered from poor health. He and Clara did not get along very well. They dumped their kids off on George's brother Dan J Stewart and his wife Elviria who did not have children of their own. It appears that they did very little for their kids and especially very little for Thurston. My mother Dorothy who was Thurston's daughter indicated that George and Clara helped both Warren Mann and George L get an education but left out Thurston. Dorothy also stated that he was so mad at his father that he broke the glass on his fathers picture in about 1952. or so. George traveled a lot and so did Clara. They probably did so sometimes together sometimes separately. It is unknown why George left Texas. Clara seems to have spent time in Cleveland, and New London Conn. She had come from a wealthy family. In later years George was a salesman. He belonged to the Michigan Knights of the Grip.

As his great grandson I know that my grandfather Thurston talked very little about his father or mother. He spoke mainly about Uncle Dan J Stewart and Aunt Vie who raised him. This may explain the wrong grandparent information on George's death certificate. After all he was not raised by his father or mother. As his historian I can say that there is very little to go on regarding this person. The only surviving items that he wrote are as follows:

In a little memory book given by his wife Clara to his son Thurston he wrote

"Thurston D Stewart Read Solomon's Proverbs, think them over, then re-read them, afterward choose your companions. You will find then that you have no tattlers, no deceivers, no sloths, in your list, and some others your will readily find names for, and none whose steps lead down to death. Alpena Dec 31 - 1899"

On another page he wrote "Thurston: Today you are standing on the threshold of a new Century - long before its close you will be called away, and life's work left - whether done or undone. Then buckle on the harness and be manly, be brave, be noble. It is your time now; then rise up to the task. 'So live, that when thy summons comes, to join the innumerable caravan that moves to the pale realms of shade, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death, thou go, not like the quarry stone oh might scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to peaceful dreams. your father G. E. Stewart Fairgrove Jany 1st 1901"

And on one other page he wrote "Thurston: There are two vacant chairs, before the hearth - stone, where in early childhood you played the long day through and caught the first glimpses of the world that lay outside. Do you carry, day by day, the memory of those who have gone? Do you hear their words speaking to you? or bye, [could be Aye] perhaps, in the still hour, when you are separate from the world, -lo -ing [yes it clearly reads lo - ing] patient, heavenly, you will see their glorified faces, beseeching & beckoning you onward and upward, then may you, my dear boy, have the wisdom to act wisely and nobly. Your father, Fairgrove Jany 14 1901"

Even though he had had time and he was an educated person, he did not record the family history or write anything else for as a legacy for his grandchildren.

George died in Alpena MI Dec 7 1904 of apolexy age 63. The Alpena Hospital certificate shows the name as George E. Stuart, married, married at age 35, father of 2 children. His son "Thurston Stuart" then a minor gave George's place of birth as New York, George's father as Daniel Stuart born in Scotland and George's mother as Margaret E. Straud born in Scotland, George's occupation was that of an agent. Thurston took care of the arrangements. Thurston mentioned to me that he rode with the casket on the train to Fairgrove and before the service noticed that his fathers mouth came open. He used a toothpick to keep it closed. George is buried at Brookside Cemetery Fairgrove Michigan lot 261 8s, 2e SE section. Clara joined him there in 1928. Notes for Clara Mann: Clara Stewart born 1854 was Clara Alice Reed (Summerville, Burnham) Mann, Stewart, Bissell, Kincaid She was born Clara Alice Reed Somerville February 14, 1854 Corpus Christy Texas. Her father is believed to be William Alexander Reed, her mother is believed to be Charlotte Stanton. Her mother's father is believed to be Thurston Stanton. Clara's stepfather was believed to be Alexander Summerville. The person who did most of the research on her was Murza Mann her granddaughter and the above is what her notes stated. Many Letters were found in her papers to and from Cousin Jennie Jerome mother of Winston Churchill. The link I found to her was that her ninth mother back was Margaret Reed. Of course there could be closer links but I don't have the hundreds of hours it would take to find them. This means that we are distantly related to Winston Churchill the great Leader of England during World War II. and the Duke of Marlborough. The family legend has it that Clara was born on a ship going to Corpus Christy. Thurston her son stated that her father owned a large plantation at mouth of a river. At first it was assumed to be located at Corpus Christi TX but other research by Murza Mann indicated that it may have been near Robert E Lees home in Stratford VA or Reedville near the Potomac River that flows into Chesapeake Bay. He lost 6000 head of sheep in the first devastating flood about 1864. It was reported that Warren Mann (who was not a religious man) was visibly shaken when visiting Robert E Lee home near Stratford VA. He stated that his mother had appeared to him and stated that she was glad he had visited her people's place or something that meant she had close ties to, or memories of Stratford Hall and the Lees. Stratford Hall is north of Williamsburg VA.

On her first visit to Colonial Williamsburg on hearing about the Peyton Randolph House, and the St George Tucker House Murza stated that "Those are names in my Grandma's papers." There is a town of Reedville on Chesapeake Bay. Clara's parents may have roots in Virginia, Connecticut, Texas and Louisiana.

There were three separate family notes that mention Reed, Summerville and Burnham as part of Clara's past. These were scraps of paper that were found in the Richard Prior family, the Murza Man family and the Thurston Stewart family that point to but do not prove some kind of connection. The unfortunate fact is that Clara either did not record her family history or it has been lost.

Book found in Clara's possession had "Genealogical Records of Thomas Burnham the Emigrant who was among the early settlers at Hartford, Connecticut, U. S. America, and His Descendants. second Edition by Roderick H. Burnham Hartford Conn. Hartford" The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co. Print 1884. This book was given to Mrs. George Elliot Stewart by the author Dec 25 1884. At the end of her book is a poem that says that the Burnhams were from Danish Normandy, to Saxon Villages of Burnam England, Turneys Murnic War Hartfield Court, to New England. This book shows on page 182 that Thomas Burnham born 1771 of E Hartland Conn who died 1854 married Phebe Fairchild and had a daughter they named Loe who was born Mar 12, 1795 who married Lothrop Reed in 1820. Also on page 167 Timothy Burnham born 1773 in Hartford Conn who died in 1815 whose widow Lydia Tucker married Justus Reed of E, Windsor or Torrington in Aug 7, 1816. This doesn't prove a connection to Clara but is interesting because Somewhere the Reed family was a William Alexander Reed who Murza Mann declared as Clara's father. So unless and until other substantial records are found we will not know. But the hope is that someone working on a family history in the future will discover records and publish them. It is not of any great importance that we know other than it brings a minor form of happiness to have solved the mystery of one's heritage. Does the fact that she wrote a book named Burnhams and that she was given a book about them indicate anything other than an acquaintance, friendship with them? Was she a Burnham cousin? Not proven. It appears that her family was fairly well to do.

She stated she had Southern blood meaning she was raised in the south. Whether or not she ever went to Colonial Williamsburg we do not know. She was reportedly born at Corpus Christy Texas. Some how she met and married Benjamin Lincoln Mann of Galveston TX and they had a son Warren Walter Mann born Jan 1875 in Galveston Texas. Warren had a daughter Murza whose daughter Valerie A Lauder is her historian.

Benjamin Lincoln Mann was born in Hanover Mass Apr 19 1812 the graves for his parents had a GAR marker but his daughter was a member of the United Daughters of Confederacy. Clara was reportedly his forth wife. According to records of the New Orleans Westminster Presbyterian church: B.L. Mann married Clara Alice Sommerville on March 4 1874. This record also states Clara A (Reed) Somerville born Feb 14, 1854 at Corpus Christi Texas. Ben Mann had been one of the richest men in the South but had a crooked partner who took the money. He had dealings in Galveston and New Orleans Louisiana. Warren Mann visited the plantation there where her Clara's sister still lived. Murza found a note about Metarie Plantation in Louisiana. Later Clara divorced him. We do not know why. He was nearly blind and later was buried in a pauper's field.

Murza Man stated that he appeared to her when she was a little girl while she was visiting with her grandmother Clara at her house in Indianapolis Ind. He appeared as a well dress distinguished man but was partly transparent. Her house was a red brick house had a room like a chapel. Clara would clean up and dress up special to visit this room.

After some time Clara met a traveling Circuit judge George Elliot Stewart. George had been appointed by the County Commissioners Court and R. B. Hubbard Governor to the office of County Judge of Kimble County on 29 July 1878 in the independence of the United States of America the One Hundred third and to Texas the Forty Third year by I. G Searey Secretary of State and R. B Hubbard Governor State of Texas.

She married Judge George E. Stewart about 1879 probably in Austin TX. Their son George Lionell Stewart was born December 3, 1879 in Austin Texas.

Clara and George moved to California in southern Michigan in 1884 where Daniel Thurston Stewart was born on May 24 1884 in a farmhouse on Haight Rd. Clara sold bibles and books to support family. I was reported by Ruth Stewart that Clara suffered from headaches. And George had times of bad health. We know they visited Fairgrove Michigan which was located more in the middle of Michigan. Clara sold Bibles and George was a traveling salesman when he died in Alpenia Michigan in Dec 9, 1904. They had been married 25 years.

Clara wrote a book 1882 while still in Texas titled "The Burnhams or The Two Roads". It was a novel about life in New York and Texas. Then with help of Jos W. Stewart revised it published in 1883. Publisher G. W. Carleton & Co., Publishers New York, London: S. Low & Co MDCCCLXXXIV. It had a quote on the title page that stated Let those love now who never loved before; Let those that always loved now love the more." Parnell, Pervigilium Veneris. Writer Mrs. George Eliot Stewart. 760 pages long. The book was dedicated to Francis Murphy The Great Apostle of Gospel Temperance. Mr. Murphy was a leader in the National Christian Temperance Union. "With malice towards none, and charity for all. They had many men sign a pledge to abstain from all intoxicating liquors as a beverage and encourage all others to also abstain. She also wrote poems and short stories.

After George died she may have married a wealthy man by the name of Bissell who rumor has it killed himself. Legend has it that she had four husbands.

She later married David L. Kincaid about 1905 and moved to Indianapolis Ind. She later became a D.O. She died a widow in Indianapolis Ind. Nov 15, 1928 at age 65. She was buried in Brookside cemetery Fairgrove Michigan next to her husband of 25 years George Stewart.

Time line on Clara: Born Texas but has ties to New England. Travels a lot.

Marries B. L. Mann in 1879 New Orleans LA. Lives in Texas.

In 1881 Mrs. George E Stewart has her picture taken on 8th Ave in New York

Clara moved to California in southern Michigan in 1884 where Daniel Thurston Stewart was born on May 24 1884 in a farmhouse on Haight Rd. Not too long after that George turns up in Michigan.

In 1890 she is with Warren Mann in Saginaw Michigan.

In 1896 she is in Cleveland Ohio on Dec 26, 1896. per dedication in Thurston's memory book.

In 1897 Daniel Thurston Stewart is in Fairgrove, now age 13 living with Uncle Dan and Aunt Vie.

In 1899 Thurston is told to read the proverbs by mom or dad in Alpena Michigan.

In 1900 Thurston attending Coventer Church in Fairgrove Michigan

In 1901 George visits Thurston in Fairgrove Jan 14, 1901

In 1902 Clara has her picture taken in New London Conn. on Feb 26.

On December 7 1904 George E Stewart dies in Alpena Michigan. Thurston is living in Fairgrove. There is a petition to have his brother appointed as his guardian as he is under age.

Picture from Frank Buck Hotel in Alpena dated 1905.

It is believed Clara went to Cleveland and then to Indianapolis Indiana.

Clara married a man by the name of Bissell

She moves to Indianapolis.

Ruth has her picture taken in Indianapolis Indiana. It is assumed she is visiting Clara.

Clara marries doctor David L. Kincaid about 1905. We still need to find the record of the marriage.

Thurston and his wife Flossie move to Indianapolis. A postcard shows them there in 1907.

In 1907 Clara presents Thurston and Flossie Stewart with a bible on May 20 signed from Clara Bissell Kincaid Indianapolis Ind.

In 1909 Flossie and Thurston still in Indianapolis as shown by postcard.

By 1910 Thurston and Flossie living in Oxford Michigan working for Brace Beamer the actor who played the Lone Ranger. In 1919 they are in Pontiac Michigan.

Clara becomes a D.O.

As far as the evidence shows Clara remains in Indianapolis until her death Nov 15, 1928 in Indianapolis.

Is buried in at Brookside Cemetery in Fairgrove Michigan next to George Stewart Plot S. E. 261. I am placing a marker there where I believe Clara, George, Daniel J Stewart and Elvira Margaret Ball are buried.

Children of George Stewart and Clara Mann are:

+ 8 i. George Lionell4 Stewart, born December 3, 1879 in Austin Tx; died November 3, 1951 in Lakewood OH.

+ 9 ii. Daniel Thurston Stewart, born May 24, 1884 in California MI; died June 25, 1966 in Mt Clemens MI.

6. Angus3 Stewart (Angus2, Danielordonald1) was born September 14, 1845 in Covington Wyoming Co NY. He married Martha Jameson 1875 in Branch Co MI, daughter of John Jameson and Leah Dickson. She was born December 1847 in Ohio, and died in St Louis? buried in. Notes for Angus Stewart: Narrative on Angus Stewart b1845. He grew up on his fathers farm where his father died when he was only six years old. His mother purchased an eighty acre farm from John French and his wife Margaret on Sept 2 1867 (2 9 400 600 township 12-8-5) Note French’s father or brother had purchased that farm from a " J. J. Stewart." His mother sold a farm through her son Daniel J Stewart to their uncle John A. Selfridge of Jonesville MI on Jan 29, 1889 for $3,630. The 1880 Census taken in June shows in California Michigan an Angus Stewart age 33 his wife Martha age 31, son George age 4 and an unnamed female baby. Also living there was Seah Jameson his wife’s mother who was born in PA, Phebe Jameson age 34 his wife’s sister and an Elenor age 35. Martha is buried in St Louis.

George an artist married Helen or Nellie moved to Denver Colorado and lived at 2152s. Downing or Dowinging St He lived there in the 1950’s. In 1952 he made a trip with Daniel Thurston Stewart and visited his fathers grave in a cemetery in Montgomery MI. They had a son William A Stewart who was a PFC in the army and visited DTS on 8-1-53 The name Tom was mentioned in the visit by DTS who was ill at the time and didn’t allow him to stay long in fear of giving him the flu.

The 1900 census of California MI page 7 line 28 shows Angus age 54 occupation day laborer, could read and write, living in a rented house with wife Martha who was born Dec 1847 age 52, married 24 years of three children only one was living as of June 1900, she was born in Ohio both of her parents were born in Penn. The soundex code is S363. Children of Angus Stewart and Martha Jameson are:

+ 10 i. George E4 Stewart, born April 21, 1876 in Branch Co MI; died April 1964 in CO.

11 ii. Mary A Stewart, born April 19, 1880.

12 iii. Unknown Stewart, born June 10, 1885.

Generation No. 4

8. George Lionell4 Stewart (George Elliot3, Angus2, Danielordonald1) was born December 3, 1879 in Austin Tx, and died November 3, 1951 in Lakewood OH. He married (1) Lucinda Edith Jennings February 20, 1901 in Caro MI, daughter of Emory Jennings and Margaret Bedell. She was born February 24, 1880 in Fairgrove MI, and died November 3, 1971 in St Charles MI. He met (2) Margaret Alice Burch Abt. 1903 in Cleveland ? OH. She was born September 12, 1878 in N. Fairfield OH, and died June 27, 1952 in Rocky River OH. Notes for George Lionell Stewart: George first married Lucinda Edith Jennings dau of Emory B Jennings of Fairgrove on Feb 20, 1901 at the Evangelical Church at Caro MI. They had a daughter Ruth Elvira Stewart b Dec 19, 1901 at Fairgrove MI. Ruth had a son Richard Prior b 1927 who married Carol Fogt of Fenton. Richard became a Doctor and was researching the family history. After his daughter Ruth was born for some unknown reason George left the family and established a new identity and life in near Cleveland Ohio. He changed his name to "Stuart" He married Margaret Alice Burch (b Sep 12, 1878 in N Fairfield Ohio died June 27, 1952 Rocky River Ohio) They had a daughter named Margaret who lived at 1334 Beach Ave Lakewood Ohio near Cleveland. She married Richard A Strouse. The Strouse family later moved to Plant City Flordia, near Ft Meyers and had a house on a canal. Dick had a job in real estate. The Strouses know TDS as Uncle Thurston. Ruth was in attendance at George's death and stated that, "He died a terrible tortured death and wanted to tell her something but Alice wouldn't allow it. This caused George great anguish on his death day." George died Nov 3 1951 of a hemorrhage at Lakewood OH is buried in Lakewood Park Cemetery Rocky River Ohio lot 628-6. Notes for Lucinda Edith Jennings: Ruth reported that her mother Lucinda had a psychic sense that she was sometimes able to foretell events, letters coming etc. Ruth told how one day in the morning Lou was very disturbed and distraught but wouldn't talk. Finally she stated that a white car was going to kill a relative that day. Later as the family was sitting on the porch Lou stood up and pointed at a white car coming in the distance and stated that is car 13. Couple minutes later there was a terrific accident at the corner crossing and a member of the family was killed. Lou cried. I was assured that this was a true story being personally told this by Aunt Ruth while working on this family history. I was in my thirties at the time so she had no reason to entertain me.

Long after Ruth was born and Ruth's dad deserted them she married Jesse Bennet, then Bert McFall of Brant MI and after he died she had married Bristol Burgess who died in 1858. In 1934 they lived on a farm 3-4 miles southwest of Brant Mich. They moved to St Charles Mich. They traveled a lot saw Chicago Fair, Florida, California. Both buried at Brant cemetery.

I do remember going with my mother and her father Thurston Stewart to visit Aunt Lou and Mr Bristol. Aunt Lou who was a wonderfully pleasant and warm person. I remember her home in St Charles Michigan filled with interesting nicknaks, an old piano, a big swing in the yard, and good cooking. There was a sort of long dirt drive along the side of what now is remembered as a somewhat long white house. As a lad I liked to explore the long back garden yard. I regret that the idea of recording the family history had not occurred to me then as she, my grandfather and others alive them and could have given us much interesting information to pass on to future generations. She died in St Charles Michigan in 1971.

Child of George Stewart and Lucinda Jennings is:

+ 13 i. Ruth Elvira5 Stewart, born December 19, 1901; died October 2, 1989 in Reese MI.

Child of George Stewart and Margaret Burch is:

+ 14 i. Martha Alice5 Stuart, born Abt. 1904.

9. Daniel Thurston4 Stewart (George Elliot3, Angus2, Danielordonald1) (Source: Record of Birth.) was born May 24, 1884 in California MI, and died June 25, 1966 in Mt Clemens MI. He married Flossie Mable Shaver (Source: Marriage Certificate.) May 24, 1906 in Saginaw MI, daughter of Philander Shaver and Louisa Aldrich. She was born December 18, 1887 in Faigrove MI, and died March 8, 1949 in Center Line MI. Notes for Daniel Thurston Stewart: Daniel Thurston Stewart born 1884 May 24 California MI

Thurston, as he was known by was born in a farmhouse in a rural area near California, Branch County Michigan. The farmhouse is located one half mile east on the south side of Haight Road from Locus Road. The eighty acre farm was located on the east half of the southwest quarter of section twelve of California Township 8 range 5 west. See map. Uncle Daniel J. Stewart noted in his diary "Georges folks had a son born shortly before midnight. Dr Merry Physician. " Thurston’s mother was from a plantation at the mouth of a river near Corpus Christi Texas or further East. His family used his middle name because there were so many Daniels in the family.

It should be noted that although Thurston mah have been taken advantage of by his brothers he remained a very kind and considerate individual. (This historian was raised by him and can testify to his kind and considerate nature.) Thurston was the youngest of three brothers (Warren and George). His parents dumped the three boys on Daniel J. Stewart and his wife Elvira Margaret Ball Stewart their uncle and aunt. Also living in the home was Margaret Elvira Selfridge Stewart Thurston’s grandmother. His father George had been a judge in Texas who turned salesman who traveled a lot and suffered quite a bit from poor health. Clara was busy writing, selling books and traveling. George and Clara gave custody of their three sons to Daniel J Stewart and his wife Elvira who was called "Aunt Vie." Thurston grew up working hard on the farm. From what I as his grandson heard from others he was the least favored child. His parents helped his two brothers go to college but he was left out. Thurston wrote that he lived for ten years (memory error) with "Uncle Dan, Aunt Vie, Grandma, and Brother George near a cider mill near Ray Indiana." A favorite joke was that the family had one room in Michigan and one in Indiana and that the train would pass by in between. Uncle Dan J Stewart and his mother E. M. Stewart did grant a right of way to the Ohio & Michigan RailRoad and cut a lot of wood for the RR but the tracks were never laid. As of 1977 the old farm house where he was born was still in use and had two big hemlock trees in front. In March 1889 the farm was sold to Uncle John A Selfridge of Jonesville for $3,630. The family relocated to the EB Jennings farm near Fairgrove MI where the house was located two miles south of Fairgrove and four tenths of a mile east on Gilford from Hinson Rd. Several trips to Fairgrove were made by horse drawn wagon although members of the family also used the trains.

In the 1890’s many students either did not go to school or went to a one room schoolhouse. Thurston had one teacher for several grades but in his last year, he wrote "the year… I being 15 finished my school term in the 8th grade, and here is where we had teachers that were teachers, the school a great big building, there were at times 65 to 70 scholars, from 1st grade to the 8th grade reg. But our teacher was very pleased to give some of us work in some advanced work that came up in the 9th and tenth grade as there was no high school anywhere near us at that time. I carried ten subjects and an extra one at times this happened in the year 1899 and the class had its graduation in June 1900. There were about 17 of us. One girl the Valedictorian…in her address mentioned ‘We have reached the summit, but there are peaks beyond.’"

In 1900 at age 16 he tells about his daily life. First he "had chores to do, then look after four acres of potatoes, six acres of corn, and a bog garden, all of course for the benefit of the family, as my uncle with whom I had lived all my life, went out to work for others, so to bring in a little extra money. Then through the year there were other things that came up to work at, and then that same year I had the chance to weed and thin out sugar-beets …and could make about one dollar a day…. I had a job on the farm arose 4:30 AM to kurry and harness four to six horses and feed them, milk two or three cows before breakfast and be in the field by seven AM or earlier. One hour and fifteen minutes for dinner and feeding 2-6 horses, in the field until 6 PM. Later some chores but in bed at 9 most of the time. Don’t let anybody tell you that everybody worked eighteen hours a day, they didn’t except once in a while for a few days when necessary…" In my seventeenth year I worked out by the month on a farm, at fifteen dollars a month."

"In 1901 President McKinley was shot and I was in Cleveland at this time." "In 1902-3 my brother and I worked together on a farm of 120 acres, had 20 acres sugar beets. Lots of work. Then in 1904 we moved to Caro, and I worked in a shoe factory and also in the sugar factory there. I saw piles of light brown sugar as big as our house and four to five feet deep and men had to walk around in it with rubber boots on as it had to be moved and shoveled over somewhat, and workers could go there and fill their empty lunch box at going home time, free. In that year my father died, after quite a long illness, in which I was with him most of the time. This was in a hospital in Alpena Mich. He had kept up a little insurance so after the expenses were met there was about two hundred dollars for each, my brother and I. So that year in the early spring I purchased a pair of young horses, wagon and some farm tools and went to work, on some rented land, put in five acres sugar beets, 12 acres of corn, 10 acres of field beans, and ten acres oats. Then my brothers work took him to another city and I found myself without a home, this was not so good, so after a while I dickered around and got rid of the farm crops, sold off everything and went to Saginaw." "There I went to work for the Herzog Art Furniture Co. for four years. During that time I married to your grandmother (Flossie Mable Shaver) We were married on May 24, 1906 on my 22 birthday, and Mother [his wife] passed away on Mar 8, 1949. This gave me about 55 years of married life." Thurston had been active in young peoples groups in the local church and had met Flossie Shaver there. Her father was choir director. Thurston and Flossie enjoyed picnics, walks, and horse drawn carriage rides. "In march of 1910 we moved to Indianapolis Ind. We were there three years, then moved to Lansing so I could go to Michigan Agricultural College …" He then worked at a big farm near Oxford Mich. For two years. They moved to Pontiac in 1914. In 1920 they moved to a farm in Milford Mich. In 1924 they moved to Detroit. TD adds "Now this looks like a lot of Moving, but it seemed OK & everything worked out fairly well, except that Mother was sick for a lot of the time, and that made it hard for her."

They raised sheep, sheared off the wool and the women spun the wool into yarn which was either sold or made into garments.

He tried to better himself by taking International Correspondence School courses in carpentry, masonry, building etc. Later he became an excellent carpenter. He built several houses. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, the Masons and very active in providing leadership to the Boy Scout movement. He was a generous and friendly person and often helped others. He was a Christian believing in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. He took bible study classes in church and was active in Sunday school. Thurston and Flossie adopted Dallas John Stewart as an infant. Dallas was born Feb 22, 1918 in Ann Arbor. About fifteen months later on June 13, 1919 Dorothy Jane Stewart was born in the old house 290 Oakland at Dixie highway in Pontiac Michigan.

In 1920 they moved to a farm out in Milford Michigan near West Highland near M56. It may have been the Avory Farm, anyway it was owned by Brace Beamer who was the actor who played The Lone Ranger. Thurston continued to help perhaps hundreds of boys by being a leader in the Scouting movement.

His mother died in 1928 when he was 44 years old. Dorothy remembers going to the funeral.

The family lived at 8616 Traverse St. Detroit. He had a lawnmower sharpening business on the side for extra income.

Now a carpenter he built several houses including 11493 Whithorn Ave. Detroit which was taken away from them during the depression. The family went through some very hard times. Rationing, bread lines, doing without many necessities. He even tried to eek out a living selling ScotnFetzer vacuum cleaners, and other items.

In 1934 Thurston now fifty years old worked at Motor Products Corp in Detroit. In 1938 his daughter Dorothy was run over along with several other people by a drunk driver. The aftermath drained the family. About 1939 the he bought a vacant lot in a suburb of Detroit named Center Line. There he started over again and with worn out tools built another house. They saved money by living in one room as it was built. This became the final family residence which they lived in until their death. They raised chickens and rabbits. It is noted that he chose to spare a chicken thief’s life one evening. In 1942 Dorothy left for Texas to get married. In 1944 Thurston was sixty and still working hard at the motor products and doing carpenter work on the side to help pay the bills. One day he surprised Flossie with an addition of an instant bay window for the kitchen. Actually he had done most of the work the day before and just assembled it before she awoke. There was mutual love, understanding, cooperation, and trust in the family.

Son Dallas went off to fight in World War II. Dorothy’s husband Beamon was in the Normandy Invasion and spent many months in combat. Flossie died at home March 8, 1949 from an illness that caused thick stringy brown flem. I remember standing behind the closed kitchen door listening and not being allowed to peek while the undertakers carried grandmother’s body out. And that was the first time I saw my grandfather cry.

I remember in the 1950’s Grandfather Thurston would get up early fix breakfast for everyone, go off to work. Upon his return he would help with dinner and do the chores. Sometimes I would help him feed the animals. Dorothy had left her husband because he was cruel to her and moved back in with her mom and dad. Grandfather Thurston often fell asleep while watching the 11 oclock news. He raised me as if I were his own son. I cannot even once think of an instance when he was unfair to anyone even though I do remember at least two spankings which I probably deserved. But he explained that it hurt him as much as it hurt me.

In 1952 Thurston, Dorothy, , Cousin George Stewart and his wife Helen made a trip to Reading and Montgomery Mich. To visit Angus’s burial place and Thurston’s birthplace.

In June of 1952 now at age 68 Thurston retired from Motor Products after nineteen and one half years because he had to have a hernia operation which was causing him great pain. He had to sell half of his lot to pay for it Clem Weingartz bought the lot and built a house on it. Clem and his wife Catherine were the great neighbors. The Mosiers a retired couple lived on the other side and had a boarder Frank. Across Lillian Street were the Martins. The street was one of packed dirt with lots of shady elm trees on both sides. In later years it was paved. Thurston has hospitalized again in 1953.

In 1954 Thurston was 70 years old and still doing good only visibly slower. He still did odd carpenter and other jobs to support, Dorothy and who was now age 11. Dorothy’s husband did not support her or the child. So it was all on Thurston. Dorothy was still crippled from the accident. attempted to get paper routes and subbed on paper routes occasionally. The family was very poor but I can’t remember when we were without food. I remember watching grandfather butcher chickens and rabbits to eat. Often on winter days after fixing everyone breakfast he would drive me to school which was about a mile away. We always had old cars which Uncle Dallas, Thurston’s son, fixed when needed.

I remember with great fondness how Thurston took us on camping, fishing, picnic, boat trips, trips to cider mills and other outings. The boats were the great sidewheelers the SS Western States, SS Put in Bay, Bob Lo boats, and the Greater Detroit.

In 1957 at age 73 he rescued Boy Scout Troop 1430 from folding when the scoutmaster quit. And he provided active leadership, true friendship and help to scouts and scouters for many years. He often put others before himself. He often put off buying things he needed so that Dorothy and could get things they wanted. The family was poor but he would not allow us to buy him things. He was not a fool at all rather a very good, decent, considerate human being and Christian.

He and Dorothy made very good chilly sauce and ketchup. They also canned and preserved other food items. Gradually his age placed greater and greater limitations on him and he could no longer compete in the business world of carpentry. Even so into his eighties in spite of pain, fatigue, weakness and illnesses he kept up trying to earn a little extra to help with the bills. The grandson gradually helped support of the family and decided to work full time to bring in money rather than go to college. An army recruiter changed things a lot when fell for the promise of college credits and embassy duty overseas in exotic places. Thurston cried when we parted at Ft Wayne. We were very close.

In 1964 Thurston was 80 years old. Grandson began writing to him asking him to write down his life story. ( was in the army stationed in Germany.) I have preserved the letters he wrote. Unfortunately I did not realize the importance of asking him about his parents and family and about their lives. Perhaps the only fault anyone found with him was that since he had been through the depression and had lost everything more than once, he tended to save anything that he thought might come in handy later. The garage and shed were filled with various tools and objects. It was reported to this historian that a relative came over and commenced to burn some of Thurston’s stuff. Thurston protested, became upset and later had to be hospitalized. Later stomach cancer was discovered and Thurston lay in pain in Memorial Hospital on Van Dyke Ave in Warren. Family was summoned to the hospital. When I arrived on emergency leave from Germany I saw a man with great pain and suffering. There did not seem to be anything we could do to help him. It was hot and I asked for permission to bring in a fan but it was not allowed. We tried to cheer him up but his pain was great. I asked the doctor to give him something to stop the pain but whatever they gave him did not help him much. had to return to the army in Germany. He died almost a month later on June 25, 1966 at Martha T Berry Hospital in Mt. Clemens MI. What a miserable end for such a fine, loving, considerate person.

Before he died he was awarded a medal for the many years of service and veteran status by the National Council Boy Scouts of America. Those scouting ideals were the ideals he lived by, and there are many of us in the community that are grateful for his many good deeds. We salute you Daniel Thurston Stewart. May your dream of peace, freedom and justice for all come true for mankind and may your hope in the eternal life with Jesus come to pass.

He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit Michigan (section 40, lot 73 1 ½ grave 8) as was his wish in his scouter uniform. He was 82 years old.

Children of Daniel Stewart and Flossie Shaver are:

+ 15 i. Dallas John5 Stewart, born February 22, 1918 in Ann Arbor MI.

+ 16 ii. Dorothy Jane Stewart, born June 13, 1919 in Pontiac MI; died March 27, 1982 in Mt Clemens MI.

10. George E4 Stewart (Angus3, Angus2, Danielordonald1) was born April 21, 1876 in Branch Co MI, and died April 1964 in CO. He married Helen Stewart, Mrs Abt. 1905. She was born 1880 in Scotland, and died in Denver Colorado.

Notes for George E Stewart: Social security death index gave verification of birth and death dates 521 46 7884 Thurston claimed a William or Tom grandson of George visited him about 1965 but Thurston was sick and had to send him away. The 1920 census indicated George E faher born in NY His mother born in Ohio. Occupation farmer. Notes for Helen Stewart, Mrs: The 1920 census she reported that she was born in Scotland and borh of her parents were born in Scotland Colorado County Cheyenne Precinct 7 roll T625_156 page 1b Children of George Stewart and Helen Stewart are:

17 i. Elbert5 Stewart, born November 11, 1907 in Missouri; died October 1970 in Englewood Arapahoe Colorado 80110. Notes for Elbert Stewart: 1920 census indicated his language was scotch.

Search shows an Albert E Stewart married a Bertha Swena, Mrs Nov 22, 1938 in Gilpin Co Colorado. don't know if this is same person. Search done on ancestry.com nothing else found on him.

18 ii. Grace Stewart, born 1911 in Unknown was adopted.

Generation No. 5

13. Ruth Elvira5 Stewart (George Lionell4, George Elliot3, Angus2, Danielordonald1) was born December 19, 1901, and died October 2, 1989 in Reese MI. She married Walter Francis Prior Abt. 1926 in MI. He was born March 24, 1902, and died February 1, 1948.

Notes for Ruth Elvira Stewart: Ruth Stringer lived at 1623 Meadow Lane Reese MI 48757 Ruth became a teacher. She stated that Lucinda had a psychic sense and that she could occasionally foretel events.

Child of Ruth Stewart and Walter Prior is:

+ 19 i. Richard Walter6 Prior, born censored

14. Martha Alice5 Stuart (George Lionell4 Stewart, George Elliot3, Angus2, Danielordonald1) was born Abt. 1904. She married Richard A Strouse Abt. 1925 in Lakewood OH. He was born September 6, 1910, and died February 1980 in Elyria OH. Notes for Martha Alice Stuart:

After Richard died she married Robert Young live in Elyria OH Mayhave older child Jim living in Ft Meyers FLa Notes for Richard A Strouse: Social Security Death index 383 07 3595 gave listed birth and death info Children of Martha Stuart and Richard Strouse are:

+ 20 i. Peggy Lou6 Strouse, born Abt.

21 ii. James L Strouse, born Abt.

22 iii. Lawrence Richard Strouse, born

15. Dallas John5 Stewart (Daniel Thurston4, George Elliot3, Angus2, Danielordonald1) was born 19xx in Ann Arbor MI. He married Georgette Julia Marie Provier Abt. 1947. She was born 19xx in Oran Algiers. Notes for Dallas John Stewart: He was adopted. His natural parents lived in area of Flint Michigan.

Children of Dallas Stewart and Georgette Provier are:

+ 23 censored