Charles Stewart and Elizabeth --- of Patrick Co, VA, Surry, Buncombe and Henderson Co, NC

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I (Marty Grant) do not know how (or if) I'm related to Charles Stewart.

Charles Stewart (also spelled "Stuart" on some records) was born ca 1770/75 or thereabouts.  In 1810 he was age 26-44 (born ca 1765/84), and in 1820 he was age 45+ (born before 1775). In 1830, he was 50-59 (born ca 1770/75). These all reconcile to ca 1770/75. If he is a son of Nathaniel Stewart, as I suspect, then he was probably born in Surry Co, NC.

I have no direct proof, but I suspect that Charles was a son of Nathaniel and Mary Stewart of Buncombe Co, NC. Charles did live in Buncombe Co, NC, apparently in the same area as Nathaniel Sr, and Nathaniel Sr did have an unknown son the right age to be Charles, and Charles did witness some of Nathaniel's land transactions, and they followed the same migration route, and were associated in other counties as well (Surry Co, NC and Patrick Co, VA). If they weren't father and son, they were still somehow closely related.

Assuming that his father was Nathaniel Sr, Charles was apparently home with his parents for the 1786 census (age "under 21", born ca 1765/86), and in 1787 (age "under 21", born ca 1766/87).

Charles was apparently home with Nathaniel for the 1790 census also, age "under 16", born ca 1774/90.

Around 1795, Nathaniel Sr and family moved to Greenville Dist, SC. It looks like Charles remained in the Surry Co, NC / Patrick Co, VA area, and did not go with them.

There are deed records in Patrick Co, VA showing Charles witnessing deeds of his father Nathaniel (in 1795) and also witnessing deeds in conjunction with Joseph Stewart (son of John and Rachel of Surry). I don't have complete abstracts of these deeds, but they place Charles in Patrick Co, VA in 1795, 1798, 1801 and in Surry Co, NC in 1802 and back in Patrick Co, VA by 1807.

Charles was not listed on the 1800 census in NC or SC. If he was married by then, and living in Virginia, his record would be lost (1800 census for Virginia is no longer extant).

Charles Stewart married ca 1800/1810, either in Patrick Co, VA or Surry Co, NC. I believe his wife was named Elizabeth --- (maiden name unknown), but I'm not positive that Elizabeth was his wife. I've found no records with her name on, associating her with Charles, until she was listed as head of household on the 1840 census, an apparent widow. I've not found any direct evidence proving she was Charles' widow, but it looks like that is the case.

Charles Stewart was still in the Stewarts Creek area of Surry Co, NC / Patrick Co, VA in 1810, and was listed on the 1810 census in Surry Co, NC as head of household. He apparently had one slave in 1810.

1810 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1810 Surry Co, NC pg 162 Charles Steward 20010-10010-0-1
Analysis:
1 Male(s) 26-44       (1765-1784)	Charles STEWART (1770/75) s/o Nathaniel
2 Male(s) 0-9         (1800-1810)	Isam STEWART (1804) son
					Son? (1804/10)
1 Female(s) 26-44     (1765-1784)	Elizabeth ___ STEWART (1775/80) wife
1 Female(s) 0-9       (1800-1810)	Daughter? (1800/10) --> gone by 1820

Charles Stewart moved his family to Buncombe Co, NC between 1810 and 1812 and settled on McDowell Creek (now Henderson County), near Nathaniel Sr and family.

On 25 Sep 1812, Charles Steward purchased 100 acres from John Rogers. Land on McDowell Creek. (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book G page 305).

On 24 Oct 1812, John Rogers and Robert Rogers sold 100 acres to Charles Stewart. This land was also on McDowells Creek, "above Estabys Path". Witnesses were Robert Rogers and David Russell. (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book H page 103).

I don't have a reference for it, but on 3 Jan 1814, Charles Stewart "of Buncombe Co, NC" sold his Stewart Creek land in Patrick Co, VA. The deed was recorded in Patrick Co, VA and is proof that it is the same Charles Stewart that went to Buncombe. I'm not sure where I found this, possibly in the D. C. Stewart records in the Stewart Folder at the N.C. Archives. (I'll try to verify that is where I got it).

On 5 Sep 1814, John Rogers sold Charles Stewart two tracts, 50 acres each on McDowells Creek. (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book 12 page 129).

ON 28 Jun 1815, Jeremiah Pace sold Charles Stewart 250 acres on McDowell Creek. (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book 13 page 80).

On 12 Jan 1816 Charles Stewart sold 250 acres on both sides of McDowell Creek to Nathaniel Stewart. I'm not sure if this was his father or brother. I think it might have been his brother Nathaniel Stewart Jr. Witnesses were Jacob Stuart (brother or nephew) and William Cockerham. (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book H page 247).

On 3 Mar 1817, Charles Steward and Jacob B. Steward (his nephew) witnessed a deed between Nathaniel Steward (don't know if Sr or Jr) to Edward Steward. (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book 11 page 434).

On 1 Aug 1817, Charles Steward and Jacob Stewart witnessed a deed between Nathaniel Stewart Jr (their brother) to Edward Stewart Sr (their brother). (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book 11 page 431).

Charles Stuart was listed on the 1820 census in Buncombe. He was listed between the households of John Rush and Wiley Causby. He was listed two houses from Jacob Stuart (c1777) (his brother), and three from his brother Nathaniel Stewart Jr.  A few more houses away was Edward Stuart (c1782), relationship unknown. Charles had no slaves in 1820, though he had one back in 1810.

1820 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1820 Buncombe Co, NC pg 125 Charles Stuart 011101-30010
Analysis:
1 Male(s) 45 & up   (before 1775)	Charles STEWART (1770/75) s/o Nathaniel
1 Male(s) 16-25       (1794-1804)	Isam STEWART (1804) son
1 Male(s) 16-17       (1802-1804) 	*
1 Male(s) 10-15       (1804-1810)	Son? (1804/10) --> gone by 1830
1 Female(s) 26-44     (1775-1794)	Elizabeth ___ STEWART (1775/80) wife
3 Female(s) 0-9       (1810-1820)	Daughter? (1810/20) --> gone by 1830
					Daughter? (1810/15)
					Daughter? (1810/15)

On 25 Dec 1820, Charles Stewart purchased 50 acres on the French Broad River from Thomas Ballard. (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book 16 page 392).

Charles was mentioned in the Buncombe Co, NC Court records of October 1824 pertaining to the Administration of Nathaniel Stewart's estate. He was security for Edward Stuart, who was named administrator.

Charles Stuart was listed on the 1830 census in Buncombe County. He was either on McDowell Creek (in present Henderson County) or very nearby. His neighbors on either side were Benjamin Richardson and Noah Green. His nephew William Praytor (son-in-law of Edward Stewart) was two houses away.

1830 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1830 Buncombe County, NC pg 217 Charles Stuart 0000100100000-0002000100000
Analysis:
1 Male(s) 50-59        (1770-1780)	Charles STEWART (1770/75) s/o Nathaniel
1 Male(s) 20-29        (1800-1810)	Isam STEWART (1804) --> m by 1833 Hd 1840
1 Female(s) 50-59      (1770-1780)	Elizabeth ___ STEWART (1775/80) wife
2 Female(s) 15-19      (1810-1815)	Daughter? (1810/15) --> gone by 1840
					Daughter? (1810/15) --> gone by 1840

On 30 Aug 1830, Charles Stewart sold 240 acres on the French Broad River to William Prater (his nephew). (Buncombe Co, NC Deed Book 17 page 103).

The above deed (30 Aug 1830) is the last record I found for Charles in Buncombe County. He either died shortly thereafter or moved away.

On 18 Mar 1832, someone named Charles Stewart entered 50 acres of land in Haywood Co, NC on the waters of Hominy Creek, adjoining Henry Miller and George Miller. I don't know if this is the same Charles Stewart, but the timing works, however, I have no other data to support or refute it being the same Charles. (Haywood Co, NC Land Entry Book page 304 number 35, thanks to Kathi Bobb for this record).

In 1835, Congressional Elections were held in Western North Carolina, and many of the Stewarts were listed as voters, however, I found no record of Charles voting, so he was probably dead (or moved away) by 1835, or just didn't vote.

Henderson County was formed in 1838 from Buncombe County, including the McDowell Creek region where the Stewarts lived. (The border was the ridge between McDowells Creek and Avery Creek, so many of the Stewarts who were still neighbors, now lived in two different counties, Buncombe and Henderson).

I didn't find Charles on the 1840 census, but I found an apparent widow, Elizabeth Stewart, in Henderson County. I don't know for sure that she was Charles' widow, but I suspect she was. She was in the same area he had been in, and her age is a perfect match for Charles' wife, per previous census records. I'd be more comfortable listing her as his wife, if I could find some other document with her name on it, in conjunction with his name.

In 1840, Elizabeth Stuart was listed between Edward Praytor (son of William Praytor, I think), and John Clayton Jr. She was living alone, with no children still at home, apparently.

1840 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)

1840 Henderson County, NC pg 152 Elizabeth Stuart 0000000000000-0000000010000
Analysis:
1 Female(s) 60-69      (1770-1780)	Elizabeth ___ Stuart (1775/80) wd/o Charles?

Elizabeth did not appear on the 1850 census in Henderson County, nor elsewhere in Western North Carolina, as far as I have found. There is a "mystery" Elizabeth Stuart who appeared in Union Co, GA in 1850, however, she was 60 then (born ca 1789/90) and is not likely the same person. (See page for John and Mary Ann Stuart for more about this other Elizabeth).

The 1850 Henderson County census is a complete mess. It appears that the census taker got the pages all out of order, and instead of trying to put it back together, he just renumbered it. Entire communities also seem to be missing as well from the official "Federal" copy (this is the one that is widely available via the National Archives). The original copy still exists, but I don't have access to it. It is in much better shape than the copy, and contains families left off of the duplicate. Although Elizabeth is not found on the Federal copy, she may, in fact, be listed on the original State copy.


Children

Charles and Elizabeth Stewart and wife had at least six children per the 1810 through 1830 census records. Unfortunately, none of them are proven.

Unknown Son (1802/04)

Unknown Son (1804/10)

Unknown Daughter (1800/10)

Unknown Daughter (1810/20)

Unknown Daughter (1810/15)

Unknown Daughter (1810/15)


Unknown Son (1802/04). Charles Stewart had an apparent son this age with him in 1810 (age "under 10", born ca 1800/10), and with him in 1820 (age 16-17, born ca 1802/04), and possibly still at home in 1830 (age 20-29, born ca 1800/10) though in 1830, this could be his younger brother born ca 1804/10 instead. Only one of them was still home in 1830.

I strongly suspect that this is Isam P. Stewart (1804-1888). Isam was born on 5 September 1804 (per his tombstone), so that might make him fit in the next younger male (c1804/10) instead of this one (c1802/04), but either way, I think he belongs here.

Isam married Serenia T. --- ca 1830/32 in Buncombe (now Henderson) Co, NC. They named their oldest son "Charles", and they remained in Henderson County until their deaths in the 1880's. See their own page for additional information.


Unknown Son (1804/10). Charles Stewart had an apparent son this age with him in 1810 (age "under 10", born ca 1800/10), and with him in 1820 (age 10-15, born ca 1804/10), and possibly still at home in 1830 (age 20-29, born ca 1800/10) though in 1830, this could be his older brother born ca 1802/04 instead. Only one of them was still home in 1830.

I have no strong suspect for this child, but Shementer Stewart (c1810) could be the one, though I tentatively have him as a son of Nathaniel Stewart Jr, but with no strong evidence for that. Shem did live in Henderson Co, NC in 1840, but other than, I have nothing to connect him to Charles.


Unknown Daughter (1800/10). Charles Stewart had an apparent daughter this age with him in 1810 (age "under 10", born ca 1800/10), but she was gone by 1820, so apparently married or dead by then.


Unknown Daughter (1810/20). Charles Stewart had an apparent daughter this age with him in 1820 (age "under 10", born ca 1810/20), but gone by 1830, so apparently married or dead by then.


Unknown Daughter (1810/15). Charles Stewart had an apparent daughter this age with him in 1820 (age "under 10", born ca 1800/10), and with him in 1830 (age 15-19, born ca 1810/15). She was not home with widow Elizabeth in 1840, so apparently married or dead by then.


Unknown Daughter (1810/15). Charles Stewart had an apparent daughter this age with him in 1820 (age "under 10", born ca 1800/10), and with him in 1830 (age 15-19, born ca 1810/15). She was not home with widow Elizabeth in 1840, so apparently married or dead by then.


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1. Charles1 Stewart , born 1774/75 in Surry Co, NC; died 1830/40 in Henderson Co, NC, son of Nathaniel Stewart  and Mary (---) .  He married in 1800/03 in Surry Co, NC Elizabeth (---) , born 1775/80; died 1840/50 in Henderson Co, NC.

 

      Children of Charles Stewart and Elizabeth (---) were as follows:

+    2          i      Isam P2 Stewart , born 5 Sep 1804 in Surry Co, NC; died 1 Mar 1888 in Henderson Co, NC.  He married Serenia T (---) .

 

Generation 2

 

2. Isam P2 Stewart  (Charles1), born 5 Sep 1804 in Surry Co, NC; died 1 Mar 1888 in Henderson Co, NC.  He married in 1830/33 in Buncombe Co, NC Serenia T (---) , born 10 Feb 1815 in NC; died 15 Apr 1887 in Henderson Co, NC.

 

      Children of Isam P Stewart and Serenia T (---) were as follows:

      3          i      Charles Harrison3 Stewart , born 1832/33 in Buncombe Co, NC.

+    4          ii      Rylent W3 Stewart , born Jan 1833 in Buncombe Co, NC; died aft 1900 in Graham Co, NC.  He married Elizabeth A Moore .

      5          iii      Mary M3 Stewart , born 4 Nov 1835 in Buncombe Co, NC; died 10 May 1875 in Henderson Co, NC.

      6          iv      W L3 Stewart , born 1837/38 in Henderson Co, NC.

      7          v      Avaline3 Stewart , born 1838/39 in Henderson Co, NC.

      8          vi      Melvin M3 Stewart , born 1840/41 in Henderson Co, NC; died 5 Oct 1921 in Henderson Co, NC.

      9          vii      Leah S3 Stewart , born 17 Nov 1842 in Henderson Co, NC; died 7 May 1872 in Henderson Co, NC.

      10         viii      Rachel P3 Stewart , born 28 Jan 1846 in Henderson Co, NC; died 20 Apr 1920 in Henderson Co, NC.  She married  W M Wright .

      11         ix      Thomas3 Stewart , born 1845/46 in Henderson Co, NC.

      12         x      Manervia E3 Stewart , born 5 May 1850 in Henderson Co, NC; died 22 Jul 1875 in Henderson Co, NC.  She married  David Taylor .

      13         xi      Edward3 Stewart , born 1850 in Henderson Co, NC.

 

Generation 3

 

4. Rylent W3 Stewart  (Isam P2, Charles1), born Jan 1833 in Buncombe Co, NC; died aft 1900 in Graham Co, NC.  He married in 1858/59 in Cherokee Co, NC Elizabeth A Moore , born Nov 1839 in NC; died aft 1900 in Graham Co, NC, daughter of (---) Moore  and Catherine (---) .

 

      Children of Rylent W Stewart and Elizabeth A Moore were as follows:

      14         i      William Harris4 Stewart , born 1861/62 in Cherokee Co, NC.

      15         ii      Thomas4 Stewart , born Mar 1864 in Cherokee Co, NC.

      16         iii      Ellen4 Stewart , born 1865/66 in TN.

      17         iv      James4 Stewart , born Jan 1869 in TN.

      18         v      Tennessee4 Stewart , born Jan 1870 in Cherokee Co, NC.

      19         vi      Rachel4 Stewart , born 1872/73 in Swain Co, NC; died 7 Jan 1916 in Cherokee Co, NC.

      20         vii      Margaret4 Stewart , born 1873/74 in Swain Co, NC.

      21         viii      Mary J4 Stewart , born Jan 1876 in Swain Co, NC; died 1900/09 in Graham Co, NC.


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