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J. S. BURNS
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CHRONOLOGICAL
Compiled and Written by
J. S. BURNS
"One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh :
but the earth abideth forever." Eccl. 1 :4.
History and biography we have known from the earliest dates. We have
national history, both ancient and modern. These are usually written by
persons who have gained the distinction of historians. But family history
is often written by some member of the family. Family history is generally
of a biographical nature, inasmuch as it is usually made up of the social and
religious standing and character of individuals, and is chronological so far
as the order of events is concerned.
History, of whatever kind it may be, to be interesting and useful, should
be accurate both in detail and chronological order. This requirement has
made this history all the more difficult to prepare.
One hundred and fifty-eight years, the period covered by this history, is
a long time. And reaching back, as it does, into the primeval period of
Western Pennsylvania, we are sure it abounds with deeds of daring which
would add pith to this narrative. But our ancestors were too busy making
history to take time to write it, and duly authenticated details have been
hard to secure.
So far as we know this is the first attempt to gather up the scattered
fragments of the records of the Stewart family and tabulate them in form for
the use of future generations. And our information, coming as it has from
such varied sources, we have endeavored to classify and arrange in such a
way as to be easily understood.
We accord all due credit to the many friends who have rendered valuable
assistance. All have our sincere thanks This little history is submitted
to the reader with a full consciousness that it is by no means replete with
that pithiness which is essential to dispel the monotony of a multiplication
of names and dates.
And in years to come may some one write,
The names of others now unborn,
And add to this History pages bright,
And each milestone of the Stewarts adorn.
J. S. B.
History of the Stewart Family
JOHN STEWART, a covenanter, fled from Scotland to near Belfast,
Ireland, in 1665 to 1685, on account of religious persecution. He died in
1720. His son,
ROBERT STEWART, was born near Glasgow in 1665 and died in
Drumorsirop, County Down, Ireland, in 1730. He moved to Ireland at the
time of his father's death. He had a large family. His son,
SAMUEL STEWART, was born near Glasgow in 1698. He was a man
of large stature, 6 feet tall, Roman nose, gray eyes, brown hair, and ruddy
complexion. He married Mary McClay, who was noted for her dark com-
plexion and large person. They came to America in 1735, and he died in
Dauphin County, Pa., in 1770. They in turn had a large family. Their
JOHN STEWART, was born in Ireland; came to America and on May
25, 1776, he enlisted under Capt. James Grier ; Co. — ,1st Pennsylvania Reg-
iment. He was killed at the battle of Germantown April 19, 1777.
(Note — Hugh Stewart, a brother of John, was the eighth son of the above couple, and represents
another family of Stewarts that came from Carlisle in 1794 or 95 and settled in the Northeastern
corner of Findlay Township. He was the great-grandfather of the writer of this history. See
biography of John Edward Stewart. I
This brings us down to the most ancient family record which we have
been able to find as relates to the STEWART FAMILY OF WESTERN
PENNSYLVANIA. It is contained in a little book of ten leaves, written
on linen parchment. On the opposite page is a reproduction of its cover
page. We have no knowledge of the writer, nor when it was written. But
it indicates having been written with a quill ; and the penmanship is of such
a character as would set at naught the writing of most business men of the
present day. From it we learn that the pioneer father was
who was born April 25, 1754, a son of JOHN and JANET STEWART.
His father died (was killed) April 19, 1777, and his mother died November
1797. James Stewart was married August 25, 1779, to
(Note — We use MeOowan, as we find it in this family record ; but from some unknown cause, in
later years, their name was changed to McEwing. )
She was born February 19, 1759, a daughter of John and Eleanor Mc-
Cowan. Her father died April 1789, and her mother July 5, 1816. These
ancestors were Scotch-Irish. The record reads: "Removed from Dauphin
County to Washington County, Pennsylvania." No specific date of their
removal is given, but tradition says they had two children at the time; con-
sequently it must have been about 1783.
They located on land bordering on Potato Garden Run. It was known
as the "Leeom" tract, and adjoining the "Hopewell" tract, which later be-
came the property of the Burnses. The title from the Commonwealth for
this tract bears date December 31 , 1774, and contained 400 acres. But it is
asserted by some, that he at one time owned 800 acres located on both sides
of Potato Garden Run; and later sold 400 acres located on the west side of
the run, for the same price he paid for it, which was one dollar per acre.
But when we compare this price with that paid for other lands, we must con-
clude that this transaction occurred a good many years after they settled
here. Be that as it may, their first cabin was located on the farm now owned
by George Miller, commonly known as the Thomas Stewart farm. Their
nearest neighbors lived some two miles distant.
"Heaven gives us friends to bless the present scene." ( Young. )
This farm being located in Findlay Township, Allegheny County, leads
to some confusion as to their locating in Washington County. But Alle-
gheny County had not yet been formed when they came to this section.
By Act of Assembly passed September 24, 1788, being some five years after
their arrival here, Allegheny County was taken from Westmoreland County.
And by another Act passed September 17, 1789, the boundaries of this county
were enlarged by the annexation of a large tract from the northern part of
From the best evidence obtainable it would seem that James Stewart
came to this section, made his location, and built his cabin soon after pro-
curing the land. A comparison of dates shows that something like nine
years elapsed between the date of his title (1774) and the time he moved his
family here, (1783). Some have wondered at this delay in coming. But
we are constrained to believe that the fearful depredations of the Indians had
much to do with this delay; and by the time they came these hostilities had
to some extent abated. But in better answer to this it might be well to
take a glance at the conditions as they then existed in Western Pennsylvania.
Near the close of 1781 the independence of the United States had been
sealed. The winter of 1782-83 had been spent in comparative quiet by the
settlement ; the Indians being convinced by this time that the cause of the
British, who had instigated and supported them, was hopelessly lost. And
the conclusion of the war with Great Britain gave new impulse to the settle-
ments, and weakened the confidence of the Indians, and a new era may be
said to have dawned upon Western Pennsylvania, so long accustomed to the
alarms of war. But, notwithstanding this, the Indians were still loath to
permit their vast hunting grounds to become the farms of their enemies, and
they continued to pay them unfriendly visits, sparing neither age nor sex,
while the torch laid waste the rude homes of the frontiersmen. From this
brief statement we can get but a slight glimpse of the hardships which con-
fronted the "initial subjects" of this history.
We have no positive date as to their method of transportation ; but tra-
dition hands down the statement that some of their newly made neighbors
remarked, "They mau be risch, they come in a wauggon." And again it is
said that on their arrival there was no door in the cabin, and they lived in
their wagon until an opening was sawed in the logs, and a door placed in the
The most common method of transportation at that age in this part of
the State was by pack horses; and not until 1789 was the first load of mer-
chandise brought over the mountains by wagon. The wagoner was John
Hayden, who drove four horses and was nearly a month in making the trip.
But it is quite possible that some of the emigrants used the wagon before any
attempt was made to transport merchandise.
After the family were installed in their new home, the father began clear-
ing the land, and in due time corn and potatoes were planted; and later
wheat was sown; but when the crop had grown and was reduced to flour and
made into cakes it proved to be unfit for use, and they dubbed it "sick
wheat" because after eating of its product, not only the family, but even
the dog became sick. Some have claimed that the nature and condition of
the soil had much to do with this unnatural quality of the crop. For a
time the greater part of their supplies had to be brought from east of the
mountains; and not infrequently they had to resort to herbs and wild fruits
On one occasion the father returned East for supplies and was detained
longer than was expected. The scant supplies of the home became exhausted
to the extent that the mother was obliged to "beat the sack" to secure suffi-
cient flour to appease the hunger of the children. Our sons and daughters
of the first part of the Twentieth Century will, no doubt, be struck with
amazement from a statement of this kind. The sacks used in those days
were made of tow. Their dimensions were sufficient to hold at least three
bushels of grain, and their texture was such as would retain considerable
quantities of flour after being emptied. By "beating the sack," as the saying
went, of this kind sometimes quite a quantity of flour was secured.
Soon after they had settled in their humble home it so happened that
the father was absent at milking time. The forest was their only pasture,
and the cows, being supplied with bells, were at large in the great forest.
The mother left her two children in the cabin and proceeded to hunt the
cows. The luring toll of the bells led her on and on through the forest and
finally she located them at or near where Hopewell church afterward stood,
possibly three miles distant from their cabin. Think of the mother's solici-
tude for her children, left in a cabin not oversecure against the depredations
of the wild animals with which the forests were infested at that time.
"In desert wilds, in midnight gloom,
In grateful joy. in trying pain.
In laughing youth, or nigh the tomb,
Ah! when is prayer unheard, or vain?"
On December 31, 1784, James Stewart secured a warrant for another
tract of land. The patent for this is still in existence, and in an excellent
state of preservation. It is written on sheepskin parchment, and the pen-
manship is of a high order. It was issued from "The Supreme Executive
Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;" and dated June 7, 1786,
the tenth year of the Commonwealth. It conveys "a tract of land called
"Juan" located on Montour's Run, Robeson Township, Washington County,"
"containing Four Hundred Acres, and six percent allowance for roads." The
consideration was One Pound, Five Shillings, and six pence. It was signed
by Hon. Charles Biddle, Vice President of Supreme Executive Council, and
bears the seal of the State of Pennsylvania; and is recorded in Patent Book
No. 4, page 533.
The farms of A. J. Purdy, Joseph McNall heirs, and Isaac Meanor heirs
are parts of the "Juan" tract of land. This pioneer couple being Scotch-
Irish, were naturally allied to the Presbyterian faith. Churches were few
and far between in those days. From the best authority obtainable they
were members at Raccoon. From the history of that congregation we learn
that he, among a number of others, signed a call for the Rev. Joseph Patter-
son, the first stated pastor the congregation ever had. This call was dated
April 9, 1789, and was made in conjunction with Montours Church. But
during this pastorate of more than 27 years there is no record of the officers
or members of this congregation. However, it is asserted on good authority
that James Stewart was a member of session. The last resting place of this
pioneer couple is in the cemetery at Raccoon. We have no positive proof as
to the time of their deaths, but those most intimate with them assert that
he died in 1826 and his wife in 1844. The stones that mark their graves,
being sand-stones, have crumbled, and the names and dates have become ob-
"Rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." Luke 10 : 20.
James Stewart and Margaret (McCowan) Stewart were the parents of
eleven children: John, Jane, Eleanor, James, Margaret, Mary, Anne, Joseph
P., Richard, Thomas M., and Sarah.
the eldest son of this couple, was born June 4, 1780, and, as we believe, his
birth place was Dauphin County. It is plain enough he was named for his
grandfather. He was married March
15, 1808, to Elizabeth Glass. We
have no history of her early life.
After their marriage they lived on
part of the "Juan" tract previously
referred to. Like their parents
they were well schooled in frontier
life. When he went out to plow his
wife frequently went with him and
carried the gun, in fear of being
surprised by the Indians. They
were Presbyterians an J were ad-
mitted to the Valley Church on
certificate in 1840, presumably from
Raccoon congregation. To this
union were bom James, Robert,
Margaret, Jane Hillis, John M., ELIZABETH (GLASS) STEWART
and Elizabeth. John Stewart, the father, died January 9, 1843. Elizabeth
(Glass) Stewart died October 19, 1869. Her picture appears on the preced-
the eldest member of this family, was born February 11, 1809. He was
married October 1840 to Rachel P. Cherry of Cherry Valley, Washington
County, Pa. They located on the eastern end of the "Juan" tract where
they spent the remainder of their days. They were life-long Presbyterians,
and were admitted to the Valley Church in 1840. He was elected a ruling
elder early in life and served in that capacity until his death, which occurred
October 10, 1882. His wife Rachel P. died December 13, 1882. To this
union were born six children: John Edward, Sarah Jane, Elizabeth Amanda,
Matthew Rankin, Margaret Ellen, and Martha Ann.
JOHN EDWARD STEWART
was born April 5, 1842. On August 10, 1871, he was married to Jennie M.
Stewart. For some years they followed farming in Cherry Valley, Washing-
ton County. About 1880 they moved to Washington, Pa., where his widow
still lives, he having died March 8, 1910, leaving no children. The follow-
ing is quoted from an item in the Presbyterian Banner: "Mr. Stewart was a
good citizen and served the county in several important offices. In politics
he was a Democrat, but was elected to office in Republican strongholds. In
religion he was a Presbyterian and a member of the Third Church of Wash-
ington from the time of its organization, in which he was highly esteemed,
and held the offices of treasurer and financial secretary for a period of ten
years. He was a man of quiet habits and disposition, strong convictions,
and decidedly loyal to the church. In his decease the State has lost a good
citizen, the church a faithful and loyal member, and the widow an affection"
With the mention of his wife we have introduced to the reader another
family of Stewarts. It will be noted that John Edward Stev/art married a
lady of his own name. The question has often been asked what relation, if
any, existed between these two families? She was a daughter of Joseph
Stewart of Findlay Township, Allegheny County. Her grandfather was
Samuel Stewart, who came from Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa., about
1794 or 95. He was a full cousin of James Stewart, the initial character of
this history. And Hugh Stewart, the father of Samuel, and John the father
of James, were brothers.
tiote. John Stewart was tin- first; and Hugh Stewart was the eighth son of Samuel Stewart,
the man of large stature n ferred to on page one.
Whose biography, with that of his wife
Rachel Cherry Stewart, appears on the
RACHEL CHERRY STEWART
SARAH JANE STEWART
was born April 12, 1844. She received her education at the public school
nearby and at a select school in Clinton. On November 23, 1871, she mar-
ried Samuel Aten of Nevada, Ohio. Soon after they moved to their farm
in Wyandotte County, Ohio, where they still live. To them have been born
four children: Lyman Sobeiski, born September 12, 1872; Franklin Stewart,
born June 18, 1874; James Samuel, born December 12, 1876, and Myrtle
Edith, born February 6, 1880. These children are all single except Franklin
Stewart. He was married March 11, 1902, to Edith Lee of Marion, Ohio,
who was born April 7, 1880. To this union have been born: Samuel Lee,
May 6, 1905; Esther Elizabeth, October 22, 1908, and Charlotte Luella,
August 13, 1912,
ELIZABETH AMANDA STEWART
was born November 10, 1848. She was married November 8, 1888, to
George W. Jardine. They own a farm located on Potato Garden Run, which
presumably is a pari of the original tract of 800 acres taken up by Mrs.
Jardine's great-grandfather. In the same connection they have a store, and
Mr. Jardine has been in the mercantile business for a number of years. Be-
fore the introduction of free delivery of mail it was known as Virsoix Post-
office, and is still known by that name. They are Presbyterians and mem-
bers of the Valley Church. They have no children.
MATTHEW RANKIN STEWART
was born December 16, 1852. He owned and operated the old Stewart farm,
after the death of his father until his own death which occurred December
14, 1899, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he had gone in search of
MARGARET ELLEN STEWART
was born June 3, 1855, and died December 5, 1873, being seventeen years of
"Lessons so dear, so fraught with holy truth
As those her mother's faith shed on her youth;
And like some low and mournful spell
To whisper but one word — farewell.'"
MARTHA ANN STEWART
was born May 17, 1858. On November 27, 1895, she married A. J. Purdy,
a resident of Findlay township. To this union were born Melva Margaret
November 27, 1897; Rachel Evelyn May 11, 1901, and James Stewart April
7, 1904. They live on a part of the original "Juan" tract of land where
Mrs. Purdy's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather lived, now known as
"Silver Lake Farm," located on the Imperial and Clinton macadam road,
where they are engaged in dairying and general farming.
The picture opposite represents the house built by her grandfather.
It was remodeled in 1898, and an addition put to it, but it embodies the
original log house built years ago.
the second son of John and Elizabeth (Glass) Stewart, was born August 17,
1811, and died in youth.
lor man. his days are as the grass: as a [lower of the held, so he flourished,. For the wind
ovi r it, and it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more." Ps. 103:15
the eldest daughter of this same couple, was born May 31, 1814. She was
married February 20, 1834, to John Smiley, a resident of Allegheny County.
He was a farmer, tanner, saddle and harness maker. The couple resided for
a time in Allegheny County. Then Mr. Smiley bought a farm in Hancock
County, West Virginia, where they resided for several years; afterward mov-
ing into Hookstown, Pa. In the fall of 1875 they moved to Burgettstown
where they celebrated their golden wedding February 20, 1884. Mr. Smiley
died July 10, 1886, and Mrs. Smiley died February 20, 1898, on the 64th
anniversary of her marriage. This couple were members of the United Pres-
byterian Church. While living in West Virginia Mr. Smiley was elected
ruling elder in the Tomlinson's Run Church. They are buried in the old
United Presbyterian cemetery at Burgettstown. They left no descendants.
JANE HILLIS STEWART
the second daughter of this couple, was born November 5, 1816. She was
married September 28, 1843, to Henry Aten, who was born September 25,
1813. He was a son of Richard and Nancy Aten, old residents of Moon
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HOME OF A, J. PURDY
township. Their son Henry and his wife settled on the farm owned by his
father, where they spent their entire lifetime. They were members of Sharon
Presbyterian congregation, and Mr. Aten was a ruling elder. He died . . . ,
and his wife died January 5, 1895. To this union were born four children:
John Sobeiski, Richard James, Henry Albert and Elizabeth Margaret.
JOHN SOBEISKI ATEN
their oldest son, was born July 10, 1844, and was married June 28, 1876, to
Eleanor E. Wilson. She was born May 17, 1852, and was a daughter of
Thomas and Nancy Jane (Scott) Wilson, who lived near Stevenson's Mills,
Moon township, and were from Scotch-Irish ancestry. To Mr. and Mrs.
Aten were born the following named children: Harry Albert, born April 23,
1877, and died December 6, 1897; Jennie Agnes, born March 21, 1880;
Charles McClelland, born January 9, 1884; Paul Mercer, born September
12, 1888, and John Eugene, born June 20, 1896. Mr. Aten was in poor
health for a number of years and died May 19, 1909. The last four children
named are all single and live with their mother on their farm in Findlay
township. This is the farm formerly owned by Josiah W. Guy, and by his
father Josiah. A part of the "Warsaw" tract. The Aten family are Pres-
byterians and members of the Valley Church.
RICHARD JAMES ATEN
was born in Allegheny County, October 24, 1846. Early in 1878 he left his
native State and went to Montgomery township, Ashland County, Ohio, and
settled on a farm his grandfather had acquired from the Government at $2.00
per acre. Here he spent the remainder of his days. He died January 26,
1902. He had married Anna Margaret Sill November 28, 1878. She was
a resident of Ohio, was born July 5, 1857, and died August 15, 1893. They
were faithful Presbyterians and good citizens in every respect.
They left two sons, Harry John and Albert Sobeiski. The latter was
born October 29, 1888, was never married and died January 22, 191 1 .
Harry John was born July 20, 1883, and was married July 26, 1904, to
Rella Lena McQuate, who was born July 28, 1884. To this couple the fol-
lowing children have been born: John James, June 9, 1905; Howard Albert,
June 16, 1909, and Esther Elizabeth, January 23, 1913. They are Presby-
terians and live on the farm formerly owned by his father.
HENRY ALBERT ATEN
was born October 18, 1848. On June 21, 1876, he married Olivia M.
Stewart of Findlay township, a daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Glass)
Stewart. They are residents of Moon township, and live on the farm form-
erly owned by his father. They, too, adhere to the Presbyterian faith, and
are members of the Valley Church.
To this couple were born five children: Delia J., born April 19, 1877;
died November 9, 1885.
"A lovely being, scarcely formed or molded,
A rose with all its leaves yet folded." (Byron l
Joseph Howard Aten was born December 5, 1878, and was married June
15, 1905, to Alice May Fife of Bridgeville, Pa. They are residents of Cor-
aopolis and are members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a civil engineer.
Henry Sidney Aten, was born October 28, 1880, and was married August
10, 1909, to Jennie Leech of South Dakota, where they now reside. He is a
Presbyterian minister. To them have been born two children: John Stewart,
January 5, 191 1, and Mary Irene, August 20, 1912.
Mary Hannah Aten was born March 28, 1884, and was married June 20,
1912, to T. Hilliard King, formerly of Moon township. They now reside
near Beaver Falls and are engaged in farming. They are United Presbyter-
John Ernest Aten was born April 29, 1888. He was educated in the
common schools, and at Washington and Jefferson College, and is now a
a student in the Western Reserve Medical College, Cleveland, Ohio.
JOHN M. STEWART
the third son of John and Elizabeth (Glass) Stewart, was born May 20, 1819,
and was married May 1, 1845, to Margaret Armor, a daughter of William
and Nancy Armor. She was born March 27, 1818. For a number of years
this couple lived on the same farm with his brother James. Mrs. Stewart
died May 31, 1856, leaving four children: William Armor, Levi J., Jennie
M., and Agnes Margaret.
WILLIAM ARMOR STEWART
was born February 11, 1846, and died May 1, 1864. He and the writer of
this history were school mates. We attended No. 5 of Findlay township
in the old building which stood on a steep bank on the Stewart farm. A
very intimate friendship sprang up between the two boys mentioned. We
were always ready to defend each other against the pranks of others. At the
age of eighteen he was stricken with that dread disease, diphtheria, which at
that time was new, and the doctors were unable to cope with it. I recall a
day when I visited him. He bore his affliction manfully, and spoke cheer-
fully of a day when he would be able to walk out with me. But the disease
did its work quickly, and in a few days he was a corpse. The writer and
three others of his own age lowered him to his last resting place.
"Oh death where is thy sting? Oh grave where is thy victory?" 1 Cor. 15:55.
LEVI J. STEWART
was born March 10, 1848, and was married to Allena G. Hays, October 12,
1876. She was born January 15, 1853. She was a woman of high Christian
character, and an active member of the Valley Presbyterian Church, and
was one of the first organists of that church. She died May 30, 1911.
Four children blessed this union: Myrtle Edith, born February 26, 1878;
John Hays, born August 15, 1883; Jay Vance, born February 8, 1886, and
Emily Nickel, born February 9, 1889.
Myrtle Edith Stewart married Lawrence H. McMichael, December 28,
1905. To them one son, James Harold, was born June 24, 1907.
John Hays Stewart married Sara Knox Lester, August 19, 1908. To them
a daughter, Margaret Grace, was born July 1 1, 1909.
Jay Vance Stewart and Emily Nickel Stewart are both single, and with
their father they live on the old Hays homestead in Findlay township. The
entire family are Presbyterians and identified with the Valley Church.
JENNIE M. STEWART
was born January 7, 1853. She was married October 5, 1881 , to Thomas M.
Nickel, a farmer of Beaver County. He was born October 30, 1849. To
them the following named children were born: Margaret Birdella, July 13,
1882; Lola Ethel, May 14, 1884; Allena Gertrude, January 18, 1888; Maud
Stewart and Mable Patterson, twins, born June 20, 1891. These children
are all single, and live with their parents on their Beaver County farm.
They are United Presbyterians and members of Tomlinson's Run Church.
AGNES MARGARET STEWART
was born December 21, 1855. She was married April 17, 1879, to John
Moody, Jr., of Clinton, Pa. Soon after their marriage they moved to their
farm in Washington County. To this union were born three children, as fol-
lows: Estella May, born February 6, 1880; John Stewart, born August 17,
1881, and Ralph Armor, born October 10, 1883. The daughter is a stenog-
rapher, and the sons are bookkeepers, and employed in Pittsburgh. They
are all single and make their home with their parents in Crafton, Pa. They
are United Presbyterians.
John M. Stewart was re-married September 1, 1857, to Sarah McBride,
a resident of Findlay township. She was born November 12, 1828. To this
union a son was born August 1, 1867. They named him George McBride.
He died March 10, 1877, and the stone which marks his resting place bears
the following epitaph.
"He is not dead, the child of our affection,
But gone into that school
Where he no longer needs our poor protection
But Christ himself doth rule."
John M. Stewart was a life- long Presbyterian, a staunch supporter of his
church, a man of quiet disposition, and sterling qualities. He died suddenly
on July 3, 1881, after having attended preaching services at the Valley
Church. His second wife, Sarah McB. Stewart, spent the closing years of
her life in Burgettstown, where she died November 29, 1902.
the yoimgest daughter of John and Elizabeth (Glass) Stewart, was born April
25, 1822, and was married to Thomas Armor, October 24, 1844. Mr. Armor
was born March 2, 1811, in Hanover township, Beaver County.
His parents, William and Nancy Armor, were early settlers in that county,
and experienced many of the hardships of frontier life. On one occasion he
was obliged to carry his wife across Raccoon Creek on his back, to avoid
capture by the Indians. In 1836 they moved to Findlay township. His
son Thomas, with his wife Elizabeth, began housekeeping on a rented farm,
but after the death of his father they moved to the farm which his father
bought about the time he moved to Findlay township. To this couple
three children were born, namely, James McClelland, Jane Elizabeth, and
james McClelland armor
was born September 30, 1845. On November 13, 1879, he married Sadie A.
Walker, daughter of John and Ann Walker. About this time a new house
was built on another portion of the Armor farm where his parents resided
until their death, and James M. and his wife took up their abode in the old
house. To this union was born October 3, 1881, Anna Mary, who died
July 7, 1882. The second, John Walker, was born September 4, 1882, and
died December 23, 1895. Ida Elizabeth was born May 11, 1886, and is
still living. Lulu Mattie was born June 7, 1889, and died September 1,
1890. Sadie Belle was born September 4, 1891 . She with her sister Ida are
single and reside in Burgettstown.
Sadie A. (Walker) Armor died in the 38th year of her age, and James M.
Armor was remarried May 25, 1898, to Amanda E. McCulloughof Frankfort
Springs. To this union no children were born. Mr. Armor died December
15, 1905. This family were Presbyterians.
JANE ELIZABETH ARMOR
was born March 10, 1849, and was married November 4, 1875, to David Mc-
Bride of Findlay township. To this union three children were born:
Thomas Armor, Martha Eleanor and Maud Elizabeth.
Thomas Armor McBride was born October 9, 1876, and was married
September 6, 1911, to Mary A. Purdy, a daughter of James and Elizabeth
(Burns) Purdy. To them a son was born May 27, 1912, and died soon after.
Martha Eleanor McBride was born August 10, 1878, and was married
February 14, 1907, to Walter W. Purdy, a son of James and Elizabeth
(Burns) Purdy. To them three children have been born, namely Dav d Mc-
Bride, born July 3, 1908; James Lee, born October 28, 1909, and Olive
Elizabeth, born July 10, 1911.
Maud Elizabeth McBride was born May 30, 1883, is still single and lives
with her parents. David McBride, the father, and Thomas Armor, his son,
live on the same farm, which is located near Potato Garden Run, and are
among the successful farmers of Findlay township. They are United Pres-
WILLIAM STEWART ARMOR
was born June 5, 1860 and was married September 17, 1885, to Nora Mc-
Michael, who was born in Robinson township, Allegheny County, on July
29, 1864. But before her marriage she, with her parents, moved to a farm
in North Fayette township, near Santiago. To this union have been born
five sons as follows: William McClelland, born August 22, 1886; John Mc-
Michael.born November 16, 1888; Thomas Howard, born September 7, 1894;
Alva George, born July 19, 1901, and Harlan Ewing, born April 3, 1907.
These sons are all single and live with their parents on that portion of
the farm where their grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth (Stewart) Armor,
died, the former on June 25, 1887, and the latter on June 28, 1890. They
are Presbyterians and members of the Valley Church. Mr. W. Stewart
Armor now owns the entire tract of land containing 170 acres, which his
grandfather purchased in 1836 from Alexander McClelland. After the death
of his brother James he purchased that portion which had been allotted to
him, and on which is located the house in which his parents and grandpar-
ents lived. The accompanying cut is from a photo recently taken.
THE W. S. ARMOR HOUSE
With this ends the biographical history of John and Elizabeth (Glass)
Stewart. And it is thar branch of the Stewart family with which the people
of Imperial and surrounding neighborhood are more familiar than any other.
They were good citizens, well to do, and were always more or less identified
with the affairs of the community. By referring to the history of the Valley
Church it will be found that John Stewart and his son James were closelv
identified with it in its organization and for many years later. They were
among the number who, June 1, 1840, signed a petition asking Presbytery to
form the organization, and during the year, they with their wives, were
admitted on certificate. And his sons and daughters, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren, have in turn been identified with this church. James,
the son, was elected elder early in life and served in that capacity until his
We will now turn to the oldest daughter of this pioneer couple.
was born June 19, 1782, and was one of the two children who made the jour-
ney over the mountains to Western Pennyslvania. She was married March
16, 1808, to Matthew McCoy, (and was married but one day later than her
brother John). We have no data as to their whereabouts for more than 25
years after their marriage except the births of six children in the following
order, which we gathered from the little book referred to on the first page.
James Stewart McCoy, was born March 18, 1809. William, born March 19,
1811. Thomas, born May 13, 1812. Matthew, born April 4, 1815. John,
born January 11, 1819, and Margaret J. born November 28, 1820. In 1834
they moved to a farm near Cadiz, Ohio, where they spent the remainder of
their days. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church.
James Stewart McCoy was married, but we have no history of them beyond
the fact that his son Bentley McCoy and his daughter Margaret Jane (now
Mrs. Hill McCleary) live near Crawfordsville, Iowa.
William McCoy has a son, Wm. H. H. McCoy, who lives near Muscatine,
Matthew McCoy, Jr., was married to Harriet Crawfords and to them were
born four daughters: Mary W., who died January 17, 1912. The second is
Mrs. R. M. Coulter, Big Run, Pa., and Janette and Isabel, who are now liv-
ing in Cadiz, Ohio. They still own the farm that belonged to their grand-
father, and it has been in the McCoy name for 78 years. Matthew McCoy,
Jr., spent his entire life on this farm, and died in 1889. The foregoing is
but a brief history of this family, for our efforts to secure more, and better
was the first child born to this pioneer couple after they came to Western
Pennsylvania. Her birth occurred September 19, 1784. She was married
October 5, 1813, to James Simpson. And were it not for that same little
book referred to before we would be entirely "at sea" in regard to the early
history of this family. But from it we learn that they had six children,
named as follows: Jane, James, Isaac, Margaret, Hannah and John. The
father died May 25, 1839. The statement has been handed down that he
was a Presbyterian, and an elder in that denomination.
the first child of the above couple was born September 3, 1815, and was mar-
February 12, 1833 to J. S. Russell. To them were born the following chil-
dren: Ellen, Cynthia, Margaret, Ophelia, W. Simpson, C. Agnes, J. C. and
D. A. Mrs. Russell died July 1850, and Mr. Russell died September 15,
was born November 24, 1834. And according to the best evidence obtain-
able she is still living.
was born October 19, 1836, and died April 1910. She was a Sabbath School
teacher in the Raccoon Church.
was born November 10, 1838. She married James Dunbar. He died May
1891 , and she died October 1906, leaving two children: Mary E. and Thomas
R. Mary E. Dunbar, the daughter, married John France and Thomas R.
Dunbar married Sarah Stevenson.
was born December 2, 1840, and married Hugh Wilson, and to them one son,
John, was born.
W. SIMPSON RUSSELL
was born February 12, 1843. He married Mary McBride and their union
was blessed with nine children. Their history follows :
GENEVARA JANE RUSSELL was born April 4, 1871, and was mar-
ried December 29, 1897, to M. M. Baily. They are residents of Salem, Ore-
gon, and he is engaged in the lumber business. They belong to the Presby-
terian Church and are the parents of four children.
JOHN McBRIDE RUSSELL was born December 7, 1872, and married
Edna Smith June 30, 1909. He is an attorney and practices in Pittsburgh.
They reside in Ingram and are Presbyterians.
HOLLAND SIMPSON RUSSELL was born April 4, 1874, and was mar-
ried May 16, 1899, to Martha McNall. He is employed in the auditors de-
partment of the Pennsylvania R. R., Union Station, Pittsburgh. They re-
side at Rennerdale, Pa., and belong to the U. P. Church. They have three
MARY SUSANNA RUSSELL was born June 22, 1876. She is single
and is employed as teacher by the Freedmen's Board of the Presbyterian
CLEMENT KERR RUSSELL was born February 20, 1878. He is sin-
gle and is at home with his parents.
SARAH CYNTHIA RUSSELL was born June 15, 1880, and was mar-
ried September 12, 1907, to James M. Rea. He is engaged in the U. S.
mail service. They are members of the Raccoon Church.
WALTER STRAIN RUSSELL was born September 18, 1882. He is
single and employed by the S. W. Black Real Estate Co. of Pittsburgh.
LOU ELLA RUSSELL was born June 4, 1884. She is single and at
DWIGHT MOODY RUSSELL was born September 17, 1886. He also
is single and works on his father's farm.
It is worthy of note that we have been able to record the names of W.
Simpson Russell, his wife and nine children, and make mention of seven
grandchildren without being obliged to record a single death.
"A hand divine shall lead you on.
Through all the blissful road,
Till to the saered mount you rise.
And see your smiling Go.!."
Mr. Russell is a Washington County farmer located near Bulger, on the
Panhandle R. R., and has been a life-long Presbyterian. Since 1875
he has been a ruling elder in Raccoon congregation.
J. C. RUSSELL
was born November 5, 1847, and married Eliza J. Brimner. He died May
1911, and his wife died March 1912, leaving three children, namely John V.,
J. S. and Jane.
D. A. RUSSELL
was born July 29, 1850. He married Mary Neal. He died March 1886.
To this union were born Elsie, John A., Norman N., Glen, Charles H., and
David A. Elsie, the daughter, died 1876.
This ends the chronological history of the family of James and Jane
(Simpson) Russell, and we now return to the second member of the family of
James and Eleanor (Stewart) Simpson.
was born November 25, 1817. He studied medicine and located in Illinois
where he married, but we have no further history of him.
was born February 22, 1820. He married Margaret Campbell. They own
a farm near Bulger, Washington County. To them were born the following
named children: James W., Alice, John, Margaret and Lilly. James, the
oldest, died 1906.
was born September 14, 1822, and died September 20, 1826.
was born July 19, 1824. She married William Dunbar and gave birth to
was born February 7, 1827. He died in New Philadelphia, Ohio, in July
was the first child born to our pioneer couple after they came to Western
Pennsylvania. His birth occurred January I, 1787. He first married Eliza-
beth Dickson, August 15, 1811. She died February 4, 1815. If there were
any offspring of this union we have no knowledge of them. May 9, 1816,
he was re-married to Isabella Gladden. She was born April 1, 1792. They
resided on the western portion of the "Juan" tract of land previously referred
to, and later owned by his nephew, John M. Stewart. They were admitted
to the Valley Church in 1840, and he was a ruling elder. He died October
10, 1872, and his wife died June 7, 1857.
To this union were born seven children, namely: Margaret M., William
G., Mary Ann, Elizabeth Jane, James, Isabella A. and Julia Ann.
the first child of the above named couple was born July 27, 1818. She was
married to Joseph Bartlett. We have no history of this couple, except they
died leaving no issue.
WILLIAM G. STEWART
their first son was born September 14, 1820. He married Lucinda Imly.
They are both deceased. They left some children but nothing has been
learned of their whereabouts.
MARY ANN STEWART
was born June 4, 1823. She married George Wilson. They had two chil-
dren, Amanda and Seth. The parents are dead and we know nothing of the
ELIZABETH JANE STEWART
was born in Findlay township, May 4, 1826. She was married February 10,
1848, to John M. Lewis, who was born February 25, 1824, on the old home-
stead of his father, John Lewis, near
Noblestown, North Fayette township.
For miny years they lived on a farm
near Virsoix which, by the way, was
part of the "Leeom" tract originally
owned by her grandfather. But event-
ually the infirmities of age compelled
them to give up farming, and they
moved to Canonsburg where Mr. Lewis
died December 20, 1910. Mrs. Lewis
makes her home with her daughter,
Mrs. Cook, in Canonsburg. She is now
86 years old and is one of ten living
grandchildren of the initial couple of
To the above union five children
were born, namely: James Stewart and
Margaret M. (twins), Mary I. G.,
Perry A. and Samuel Wilson.
ELIZABETH J. (STEWART)
James Stewart Lewis
was born September 14, 1849. On November 6, 1873, he married Ella Hamil-
ton of Washington County. She was born December 4, 1849. They live
on a farm near Burgettstown, Pa. Their only child, Orilla Maude, wss born
August 27, 1875. She was married March 2, 1899, to Oliphant Clark Dun-
can, a farmer of Washington County, where they still live. He was born
May 6, 1853. To this union two daughters have been born: Margaret Lu-
ella, born January 29, 1900, and Elizabeth Stewart, born September 19, 1902.
Margaret M. Lewis
was born September 14, 1849. She was married April 3, 1878 to G. M.
Cook, a carpenter by trade. To them four children were born, namely:
Harry L. and Alice Anna (twins), Elizabeth Rosella and Maud Rebecca.
Harry L. Cook was born April 9, 1880, and married Nellie D. Layburn
June 27, 1911. He is a tailor.
Alice Anna Cook, the twin sister of Harry L., was married to Alfred S.
Newton, May 9, 1910. He is a merchant. To them one daughter, Margaret,
was born February 26, 1911.
Elizabeth Rosella Cook was born July 8, 1883. On July 5, 1904, she
married Curtis Eugene Gumpper, a machinist. To them have been born
two sons: John Curtis, born August 11, 1908, and Donald Eugene, born
December 4, 1910.
Maud Rebecca Cook was born April 11, 1888, and married Russell C.
Rich, a surveyor, July 11, 1907, and to them one son, George Willard, was
born September 21, 1908.
Margaret M. (Lewis) Cook with her husband and her entire family of
children and grandchildren are all living, and are residents of Canonsburg.
They are all Presbyterians, and her son Harry L. is an elder.
Mary I. G. Lewis
was born March 14, 1854, and was married February 18, 1873, to Robert C.
Hamilton. He was born February 27, 1851, in Nottingham township,
Washington County, Pa. Soon after their marriage they bought a farm in
Findlay township, Allegheny County, being a part of the "Hopewell" tract,
where they followed farming and dairying. Mr. Hamilton died January 6,
1904. To this couple had been born eight children, namely: James Lewis,
R. Erven, Luella Jane, Howard W., boy and girl (twins), Bessie B. and
James Lewis Hamilton was born March 28, 1874, and was married March
27, 1901, to Minnie M. Gould of Clinton, and to them have been born the
following: M. Olevia, born June 9, 1904, and James L., born May 19, 1909.
They are members of Hebron Presbyterian Church.
R. Erven Hamilton was born March 13, 1876. He married Laura B.
Wilson of Clinton October 22, 1902. Their children are Helen R. G,, born
August 12, 1903, Robert A., born August 26, 1906, M. Louise, born October
11, 1908, and Nettie E., born September 17, 1912. They are United Pres-
byterians and members of the Clinton Church.
James Lewis and R. Erven Hamilton are both farmers and live on the
farm formerly owned by their father in Findlay township.
Luella Jane Hamilton was born March 17, 1878, and died June 6, 1880.
"For you the secret tear is shed,
You cannot be too young to love."
Howard W. Hamilton was born May 2, 1881, and married Mary J. Mor-
row of Beaver County September 5, 1901. They have two children: R.
Floyd, born June 28, 1903, and Melvina A., born January 15, 1909. They
are residents of Coraopolis and he is employed by the Atlantic Oil Refining
The "Baby Twins" were born September 2, 1882. The boy died Sep-
tember 22, 1882, and the girl died October 12, 1882.
"And ye shall be the children of the Highest."
Bessie B. Hamilton was born September 6, 1884. She married D. Stew-
art Giffin, August 24, 1910. They have one son, Hamilton D. S., born June
17, 1912. Mr. Giffin is a teacher by profession. They reside in Canons-
burg and are Presbyterians.
. Mary S. Hamilton, the youngest daughter of this family, was born June
25, 1889. She is single and lives with her mother in Canonsburg.
Perry A. Lewis
the second son of John and Elizabeth Lewis was born 1857. He was mar-
ried April 15, 1880, to Jennie Hooper He died January 19, 1886, leaving
one son, Perry Lewis, Jr., who was born December 21, 1885, and married
Margaret Cochran June 20, 1907. They have been blessed with three sons
as follows: Perry, born May 4, 1908, Robert Earl, born November 3, 1910,
and John Johnston, born October 13, 1912.
Samuel Wilson Lewis
was bom June 13, 1863. He married Nannie E. McAyeal, March 6, 1884.
They live on the McAyeal farm in Findlay township. They have one son,
Carl C, born April 13, 1888. They are Presbyterians and members of the
Thus ends the lineage of John M. and Elizabeth Jane (Stewart) Lewis,
and we now direct attention to the second son, being the fifth child born to
James and Isabella (Gladden) Stewart,
whose birth occurred October 9, 1828. He was married November 1853 to
Lydia McHenry, who was born July 1 1 , 1831 . Mr. Stewart died November
26, 1899, and his wife died September 26, 1900. We have no history beyond
the fact that they had seven children, namely: John M. Stewart, Belle
(Stewart) Lyons, Eva (Stewart) Shilling, James Elmer Stewart, Mattie
(Stewart) Weber, Sadie Stewart and Lula (Stewart) Hoffman.
ISABELLA A. STEWART
was born July 27, 1831. She is one of the
ten grandchildren still living and her
picture appears on this page. She is now
82 years of age and lives near Cumberland,
Ohio. She married S. Greer Wilson and
five children were theirs.
Margaret Wilson was born December 5,
1851, and died July 29, 1854.
John Wilson was born August 26, 1854,
and died February 12, 1864.
Marinne Wilson was born November 27,
1860, and died August 16, 1887.
Alexander J. Wilson was born August
Frances Belle Wilson was born May 14,
JULIA ANN STEWART
was born August 20, 1834. She married William Imly. They are both de-
ceased and we have no data relating to them whatever.
uiii □ one ula
are dust, and all tu:n to dust again."
was the fifth member of this pioneer family to leave home. She was born
January 15, 1789. She was married March 17, 1814, to Josiah Guy, a son of
COL. JOSIAH GUY end MARGARET STEWART GUY
William and Martha (Peoples) Guy, who were natives of Cumberland County,
Pa., where they were married, coming to Find lay township soon after, and
settling on lands known as the "Warwick" tract, (and at that time a part of
Washington County), containing 328 acres, with an allowance of six percent
for roads conveyed by patent of the commonwealth dated December 18, 1788.
for the sum of 6 pounds and three shilling;, lawful money. The warrant
for this property was dated April 28, 1785, and no doubt this was about the
time they were married and moved to Western Pennsylvania. They were
of Scotch-Irish anceslry and Presbyterians.
Their first son Josiah was born July 21, 1786, and as before stated, he
married Margaret Stewart and they lived on the same farm owned by his
father. And like his parents, they were Presbyterians and for many years
he was a ruling elder in Montours Church.
He held different offices in his own township from time to time. On
August 8, 1857, Governor James Pollock of Pennsylvania appointed him one
of his aids with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, which commission he held
until his death. He died February 14, 1873, his wife having died June 17,
To their union nine children were born, as follows: Matilda, Margaret,
Rebecca Jane, Sarah Ann, William H., Eleanor, James, Josiah W., and
was born March 23, 1815. She was married February 4, 1833, to Rev. John
King Cunningham, a son of Archibald and Nancy Cunningham. He was
born in Darlington, Beaver County, Pa., in 1800. He graduated at Prince-
ton in 1828, and at the time of their marriage he was pastor of Montours
congregation. The ceremony was preformed by Rev. Samuel C. Jennings,
D. D. The last pastorate charge of Rev. Cunningham was at Wooster, Ohio,
where he died May 28, 1855, and his wife died June 29, 1849. To them
were born the following named children: William Plumer, Margaretta Stew-
art, Nancy Jane Greer, Josiah Guy, Mary Neely, and John Plumer.
William Plumer Cunningham
was born February 9, 1834, and died April 26, 1835.
"How soon we're called to part!"
Margaretta Stewart Cunningham
was born April 2, 1836, and was married October 26, 1858, to James Ewing,
Jr., a son of David K., and Fannie (Woods) Ewing. They resided at Ew-
ings Mills, Allegheny County. They were members of Forest Grove Pres-
byterian Church. He died 1871. To this couple were born six children,
namely Fannie Woods, Matilda Guy, John K., Mary Cunningham, Margar-
etta and Sarah Denniston.
FANNIE WOODS EWING was born August 11, 1859, and was married
March 16, 1884, to William M. Talcot. To them two children have been
born, Guy Munson and Marguerite. This daughter was married June 22,
1904, to Lawrence King. They have two children, Lawrence Emery and
MATILDA GUY EWING was born September 12, 1862, and was mar-
ried April 30, 1890, to Andrew Kuby. They reside in Chicago and have
two sons, Andrew Ewing and John Plumer.
JOHN K. EWING was born February 13, 1864, and was married Feb-
ruary 2, 1888, to Bird Stockdale. They reside in Pittsburgh and have one
son, John K. Jr.
MARY CUNNINGHAM EWING was born May 30, 1866, and was
married October 17, 1889, to William C. Groetzinger. They are residents
of Chicago and have two daughters, Rachel and Helen,
MARGARETTA EWING was born January 19, 1868, and died 1870.
"And with yon bright angelic forms.
She lives to die no more "
SARAH DENNISTON EWING was born September 22, 1871, and was
married March 31, 1897, to William C. Rae. They have two children,
Margaret Cunningham and James Ewing. Margaretta Stewart Ewing, the
mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of the above detailed family, is
still living and is a resident of Chicago.
Nancy Jane Greer Cunningham
was born September 23, 1838, and died 1861.
•Beneath the droppings of Thy blood,
.Tesu<. I lay my soul."
Josiah Guy Cunningham
was born February 3, 1842. He received the early part of his education in
the public schools of Moon township, making his home with his uncle, Wil-
liam H Guy. L~ter he studied medicine. He married Sarah D. Reynolds
December 3, 1868, and they resided in Kittanning, Pa., where he followed
his profession. He died March 1899, leaving his widow, but no children.
Mary Neely Cunningham
was born July 3, 1844. For many years she made her home with her uncle,
Dr. McCandless of Pittsburgh. She is single and is now a resident of Chi-
John Plumer Cunningham
was born March 24, 1847. He was married in 1894 to Edith Barnard of
Camden, New Jersey. He died 1909. To this couple one son was born.
They named him John Barnard. He resides in Philadelphia.
The foregoing is all the data placed at our disposal, as relates to the
Rev. and Matilda (Guy) Cunningham family, and we now direct attention
to other members of Col. and Margaret Guy's family.
MARGARET GUY and REBECCA JANE GUY
were born February 7, 1817, and March 16, 1819, respectively. The former
married Dr. Alexander G. McCandless and the latter John B. McCandless.
Two brothers selected two sisters, and they were married on the same day,
February 15, 1838, by their brother-in-law, Rev. J. K. Cunningham. Re-
becca Jane (Guy) McCandless died January 29, 1839, leaving no children.
Dr. Alexander G. and his wife located at Frankfort Springs, Pa., where
he practiced medicine for a few years, after which they moved to Pittsburgh,
where he followed his profession until age and ill health compelled himtodesist.
For many years he was an elder in the Sixth Presbyterian Church of Pitts-
burgh. He was born June 7, 1816, and died February 24, 1875, and his
wife died March 9, 1903. To this couple were born three children, namely
Josiah Guy, Elizabeth Jane and Alexander E.
Josiah Guy McCandless
was born January 1, 1839. When about 16 years of age he became a mem-
ber of the Sixth Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh. He studied medicine with
his father. In 1861 he entered the army as surgeon of the 52nd Pennsyl-
vania Volunteers. After the battle of Gettysburg he was placed in charge
of the Cotton Factory Hospital at Harrisburg. At the close of war he be-
gan the practice of medicine in Pittsburgh. He was ordained an elder in the
Sixth Presbyterian Church June 17, 1877, and for almost 36 years he has
served in this capacity. Dr. McCandless was married September 14, 1876, to
Margaret E. Cluley, and to them three children were born, namely Walter
Cluley, Ida and Alexander Wilson.
WALTER CLULEY McCANDLESS was born June 16, 1877. When
fourteen years of age he became a member of the Sixth Church. When nine-
teen he graduated from the Pittsburgh High School and entered the Bellevue
Medical College, New York City, and graduated in three years. He was an
interne in the Western Pennsylvania Hospital for a time, after which he
practiced medicine with his father for five years, and on July 10, 1903, at
the age of twenty-eight, death claimed him.
IDA McCANDLESS was born September 20, 1878. When twelve years
of age she became a member of the Sixth Church. At the age of nineteen she
graduated from the Pennsylvania College for Women. On March 20, 1901,
she married Stephen Stone and they have been blessed with four daughters,
as follows: Margaret, born February 25, 1902, Natalie, born February 15,
1905, Ellen, born October 11, 1907, and Marion, born June 26, 1909.
ALEXANDER WILSON McCANDLESS was born October 9, 1883.
When thirteen years of age he was admitted to membership in the Sixth Church.
When eighteen years of age he graduated from the Pittsburgh High School
and entered Lafayette College, where he graduated in four years. He then
took up the study of law in the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in
three years, and is now a member of the law firm of Stone & Stone. On
September 3,1912, he was married to Elizabeth Pauline Showalter.
Elizabeth Jane McCandless
was born February 24, 1845, and was married October 14, 1871, to Phineas
R. Gray of Pittsburgh. He died December 26, 1873. There were two chil-
dren born to this union.
MARGARET McCANDLESS GRAY was bom April 3, 1873, and died
May 3, 1873.
GUY McCANDLESS GRAY was born March 16, 1874. By profession
he is a civil engineer. He was married September 21, 1905, to Marie John-
son. To them the following children have been born: Elizabeth T., born
January 3, 1907, Nancy, born July 9, 1910, and Dorothy, born October 17,
1912. This latter family are all living and are residents of Greenville, Pa.
Alexander E. McCandless
was born May 24, 1849, and was married September 30, 1874, to Maggie
Hays. He practiced medicine for some years, when he entered the political
field and became sheriff of Allegheny County, and at another time was
treasurer. They are residents of Pittsburgh at the present time. To them
were born four children, as follows:
ALEXANDER HAYS McCANDLESS was born December 24, 1876, and
died September 10, 1889.
MARY GERTRUDE McCANDLESS was born June 22, 1879, and was
married November 1, 1905, to Robert B. Petty, Jr. To them have been
born: Margaret Jane, October 17, 1906, Robert Blakeney and William Mc-
Candless, twins, July 23, 1909, and John Frazier, April 9, 1911.
MARGARET McCANDLESS was born December 15, 1882, and mar-
ried Charles S. Lambie June I, 1904. They reside in Denver, Colorado.
WILLIAM JOSIAH McCANDLESS was born November 24, 1886, and
is still single. He also is a resident of Denver, Colo.
SARAH ANN GUY
the fourth daughter of Col. and Margaret (Stewart) Guy, was born August 3,
1821, and was married November 3, 1842, to Andrew Burns, who was born
October 18, 1818. He was a son of John and Jane (Crooks) Burns. They
followed farming for some ten years. They then removed to New Cumber-
land, W. Va., where he operated a saw-mill two years. From there they
moved to Washington County, Pa., where they kept store for some years.
In the spring of 1855 they moved to Pittsburgh where he engaged in the
real estate business. He became vice-president of the Smithfield National
Bank. In the spring of 1872 they moved to Sewickley, where they spent
the remainder of their days. He died June 9, 1872, and his wife died Jan-
uary 19, 1873, leaving no descendants.
WILLIAM H. GUY
was the first son born to Col. and Margaret (Stewart) Guy. His birth oc-
curred September 11, 1823. He was educated in the public schools of Find-
lay township, finishing at Frankfort Springs Academy, where he became ac-
quainted with Mary Jane Duncan, a daughter of Elisha and Mary (Hyatt)
Duncan. She was born in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., August 3, 1826.
They were married October 29, 1844. For many years they lived on a farm
in Moon township, where they raised their family. They were members of
Sharon Presbyterian Church, where he was a ruling elder and was Sabbath
School superintendent for twenty years. In 1852 he went to California,
where he spent two years. He held various offices of trust in his native
township, such as school director, justice of the peace, etc., and in Novem-
ber 1883 he was elected Director of
the Poor and was elected for the
eighth time in succession. He had
served more than twenty-three
years at the time of his death.
In 1890 they rented their farm
and moved to Coraopolis. On Oc-
tober 29, 1894, they celebrated their
"Golden Wedding." They were
permitted to enjoy more than sixty-
three years of wedded life and died
within three days of each other.
His death occurred January 21,
1908, and that of his wife January
24, 1908. A most beautiful ending
of two such long extended lives.
To this couple nine children were
born, namely: Anna Margaret,
Mary Arabella, Josiah Walter, Wil-
liam Elisha, Samuel Jennings,
Janettie, Alexander Duncan, Mc-
Candless and Sarah Burns.
WILLIAM H. GUY
Anna Margaret Guy
was born September 10, 1845, and was married February 23, 1869, to John
Sylvester Burns, the writer of this history. He was born February 22,
1847, a son of John and Margaret (Stewart) Burns, residents of Findlay
township. When seven years of age his father died and from that until he
was 21 years of age he worked as a laborer on the farm where he was born.
In the spring of 1872 he purchased this same farm and with his wife pro-
ceeded to make the money to pay for it. It is a part of a large tract orig-
inally called "Laencio" by patent of the Commonwealth. Through the
recommendation of several influential men of the county the writer was
made a member of the State Board of Agriculture in 1883, which position he
filled for fifteen years. Soon after becoming a member of this Board he was
placed on the list of lecturers for Farmers' Institutes, and for a number of
years spent the winter months in this service, and has lectured in every
county of the State, also some in Ohio and West Virginia. On account of a
serious and permanent ailment he has largely abandoned this work as well
as active farm labor. At present he is applying his bit of agricultural knowl-
edge to a family garden and trying to adjust the differences of his fellow
men through the office of justice of the peace. And we only regret that the
past cannot be at our disposal once more and an opportunity afforded for a
better effort. To this couple three children were born. The first, Anna
Margaret, was born December 27, 1869 The third, John Sylvester, was
born April 12, 1885. They both died on the day of their birth.
Their spirits await us in the realms above:
With angels to guard from every ill,
Or Jesus to fold in his arms of love.
Lord, WE humbly bow to Thy sov'reign will.
MAUD LUELLA BURNS was the second of these children and was
born January 14, 1872. She was married September 1, 1892, to Harry
Moody, son of John and Margaret Moody of Clinton. He was born Decem-
ber 22, 1866. They followed farming for some years. They were members
of Hebron Presbyterian Church, and he was a ruling elder. After leaving
the farm he had employment in Pittsburgh for several years. In 1907 they
purchased a home in Coraopolis, where they now reside, and are members of
the First Presbyterian Church, and he is a member of session. He is em-
ployed by the W. S. Tyler Co. They have one daughter, Mary Guy Moody,
born September 15, 1894. She is a student in the Coraopolis High School.
Mary A. Guy
was born December 29, 1847, and was married October 20, 1869, to Samuel
J. Ewing of Moon township, who was born September 1, 1838. He was a
farmer and fruit grower and in addition was an undertaker. He died Feb-
ruary 17, 1880, leaving his widow and three sons, named William Guy,
James Fin ley and Harry Woods.
WILLIAM GUY EWING was born July 30, 1870, and was married
August 7, 1895, to Mary D. Stroud, who was born September 14, 1870. To
them Margaret A. was born April 26, 1896, and Mary Duncan, born Octo-
ber 24, 1912. They are residents of Coraopolis and adhere to the Methodist
faith. He is employed as street commissioner.
JAMES FINLEY EWING was born October 18, 1872, and was married
November 21, 1900, to Sarah Williams of Pittsburgh. For a number of
years he has been in the employ of Jones & Laughlin, South Side, Pittsburgh,
and their residence is in the same section of the city. They are members of
the Sixth Presbyterian Church. They have two sons: William Humphrey,
born December 30, 1901, and James Finley, Jr., born July 21, 1906.
HARRY WOODS EWING was born March 4, 1875, and was married
May 2, 1901, to Erma M. Smoose. They are residents of Coraopolis and
members of the Methodist Church. He is a tinner and slater by trade and
a member of the Fire Department. This couple have three children: Zelma,
born February 24, 1902, Harriet Woods, born March 1, 1904, and Samuel
Harold, born August 31, 1910.
Josiah Walter Guy
was born January 30, 1850, and died April 19, 1866, aged sixteen years, two
months and nineteen days.
William Ehsha Guy
was born August 8, 1852, and was married September 29, 1881, to Pauline
DeF. Dye, daughter of John L. and Elizabeth Dye, of Washington, Pa.
She was born July 22, 1858. They were married in Elsworth, Kas., by Rev.
J. Carouthers. For a few years they lived near Denmark, Lincoln County,
Kas., and were engaged in farming. Afterwards they returned to Pennsyl.
vania and later he was an employee of W. H. Keech & Co., furniture dealers
of Pittsburgh. He continued in the service of this company for many years.
Finally a complication of diseases rendered him unable for work of any kind
and after a protracted illness he died in Washington, Pa., September 26,
1912, and was buried in the Washington cemetery, lot 171, Section N. To
this couple were born two sons and two daughters.
WALTER DYE GUY was born January 29, 1883, while they lived on
their farm in Kansas, but was raised in Washington, Pa. Was graduated
from Washington Business College. Received his technical education in the
Engineering Departments of Jones & Laughlin, American Steel Co., Ameri-
can Bridge Co., and Armour Technical Institute of Chicago. He is em-
ployed at present by the firm of Ritter & Mott, civil engineers, Chicago,
as mechanical structural designer. He married a daughter of G. H. Buck-
man, an attorney of Winfield, Kas., and Speaker of the House of Represen-
tatives of that State This daughter, Helen Buckman, was born June 2,
1887, and was educated in the Common and High Schools of Winfield and
graduated from Mont ice llo Seminary, Godfrey, 111. They were married June
30, 1908, and have one son, George Buckman, born April 30, 1912.
MAY MeDORA GUY was born May 8, 1885, in Washington, Pa.,
where she was educated in the Common Schools and Washington Seminary.
She was further educated in Mansfield State Normal and Stevenson's Art
School, Pittsburgh. She is an artist by profession.
WILLIAM ELISHA GUY, Jr., was born in Washington, Pa., Novem-
ber 5, 1889, and died the same date and is buried in Washington Cemetery.
ELIZABETH PAULINE DeFAUNTIFIEUX GUY was bom July 30,
1892. Her early education was received in the Public Schools of Washing-
ton, Pa., and she is now a student in the High School.
Samuel Jennings Guy
was born December 20, 1854. He graduated from Rush Medical College,
Chicago, February 22, 1881, and in March of the same year he began the
practice of medicine in Homeworth, Ohio. On June I, 1882, he married
Janette Parry, a resident of Moon township. In December 1885, they moved
from Homeworth to Winfteld, Kas., where he still followed his profession.
Their oldest son,
WALTER PARRY GUY was born in Homeworth, Ohio, March 14,
1883. He graduated June 1, 1909, from Rush Medical College, Chicago,
and began the practice of medicine as interne, in the St. Luke's Hospital
Chicago, and continued there one year. At the end of this time he returned
to Winfteld, Kas., and was married July 9, 1910, to Naomi Margaret Talbot.
They have one daughter, Janette Elizabeth, born June 13, 1911. Their
"shingle" in Winfteld, Kas., bears the names, Dr. S. J. Guy and Dr. W. P.
PAUL DUNCAN GUY, the second son of Dr. and Janette (Parry) Guy,
was born March 24, 1887. He graduated June I, 1911, at Manhattan, Kas.,
and is an electrical engineer. This family all adhere to the Presbyterian
was born March 4, 1857, and was married October 13, 1881, to Rev. John
Jay Srodes. He was a native of Moon township. He was a student of
Washington and Jefferson College, 1884-87. He graduated from the West-
ern Theological Seminary, class of 1890; and was ordained a minister of the
gospel June 10, 1890. He became pastor of the Monaca Presbyterian
Church during the same year and served them until 1897. He was located
at Mt. Prospect, Hickory, Pa , 1897-1902, and at Moundsville, W. Va., 1902
to 191 1 . His present charge is at New Athens, Ohio. He has received the
title of D. D., and is professor of Economics and Sociology in Franklin Col-
lege. To the above couple the following children have been born:
WILLIAM GUY SRODES was born January 1, 1883.
MARY DUNCAN SRODES was born December 28, 1884.
LOIS GLENN SRODES was bom May 13, 1893.
JOHN JAY SRODES was born April 26, 1897.
The above children are all single except William Guy, who was married
March 10, 1909, to Eleanor Jane Humphreys. By profession he is a civil
engineer and at the present time is superintendent of the Providente Mine,
Alexander Duncan Guy
was born February 5, 1860. He was named for his mother's only brother of
Burgettstown, Pa. He was educated in the public schools of Moon town-
ship and Oakdale Academy He was married May 13, 1885, to Maggie L.
Neely, the only daughter of Samuel B. and Nancy (Stewart) Neely of Moon
township. He followed farming for a time. In 1886 he entered the mer-
cantile business and so continued for ten years, most of the time in Cora-
opolis. From 1896 to 1902, he held a clerical position in the County Com-
missioners office. He was twice elected Justice of the Peace in Coraopolis,
and at the present time is Burgess of said borough. In 1901 he enlisted as pri-
vate in Company B, 14th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guards. In
1905 he was commissioned Batallion Adjutant by Governor Pennypacker,
and Governor Stewart and Governor Tener have each in turn re-commissioned
him to the same position. His wife was born September 1 1 , 1862, and died
April 27, 1910. She was the mother of four children, viz.: William Harvey,
Samuel Boyce, Eula Neely and Mirgaret Elva.
WILLIAM HARVEY GUY was born March 24. 1887. He was educated
in Coraopolis Public and High School, after which he took a four-year course
in Union High School, Turtle Creek, graduating in 1906. The same year he
was admitted to the University of Pittsburgh, and at the end of four years
he graduated from that institution with the title of M. D. For one year
following he served as interne in the Allegheny General Hospital. In 1911
he located at 3725 Brighton Road, North Side, Pittsburgh, for the practice
SAMUEL BOYCE GUY was born May 27, 1890, and died July 21 , 1890.
EULA NEELY GUY was born January 6, 1894. After the death of her
mother she made her home with her maternal grandparents until the death
of her grandfather Neely, after which she and her grandmother moved to
Coraopolis, where they now reside. She is a student in the High School of
MARGARET ELVA GUY was born December 24, 1894, and died Aug-
ust 14, 1895.
was born September 19, 1862, and died May 3, 1874.
Sarah Burns Guy
was born January 30, 1865, and died May 7, 1874.
"With flowing tears we give them up to Thee,
Receive them Lord, Thine may they ever be."
the fifth daughter of Col. and Margaret (Stewart) Guy was born March 23,
1826, and married Norris Duncan, a resident of Washington County. He
died early in life, leaving his widow and the following named children: Josiah
Guy and John Alexander, twins, Nannie Elizabeth, William Chalmers,
Margaret Anna Stewart and Norris Morrison.
Josiah Guy Duncan
was born January 30, 1847, and died in Cleveland, Ohio, March 4, 1910.
John Alexander Duncan
was born January 30, 1847, and was married in Wellsburg, W. Va , Febru-
ary 29, 1872, to Miriam Fleming, who was born February 23, 1851, in
Brooke County, W. Va. Mr. Duncan died in Chicago May 20, 1909. The
above couple had three children, viz.:
NORRIS CRUZEN DUNCAN was born in Wellsburg, W. Va., January
14, 1873, and died March 21, 1877.
ORI MAY DUNCAN was born in Lima, Ohio, September 23, 1875, and
died in Wellsburg, W.Va., March 21, 1877.
CARL FLEMING DUNCAN was born in Toledo, Ohio, April 4, 1879.
He and his mother are the only survivors of this family. They are residents
of Cleveland, Ohio.
Nannie Elizabeth Duncan
was born April 5, 1849, in Washington County, Pa. She was married at
Adrian, Mich., September 8, 1877, to Daniel R. Gibson. Soon after they
took up their abode on his fruit farm located at Clinton, Mich. She died
October 13, 1907. She was the mother of three sons.
LYNN DUNCAN GIBSON was born March 29, 1879, and died Febru-
ary 20, 1880.
OTTO GUY GIBSON was born June 2, 1881, and was married Septem-
ber 13, 1902, to Mabel Monroe. They reside at Adrian, Mich., and to them
two sons have been born: Robert Chalmers, February 7, 1904, and Duncan
Guy, October 10, 1907.
LEO PERCY GIBSON was born November 14, 1882. He is single and
a resident of Clinton, Mich.
William Chalmers Duncan
was born August 17, 1851, and was married December 1902, to Marie Swine-
back. He died in Cleveland, November 1938, his wife having died Novem-
ber 1904. There are no descendants of this couple.
Margaret Anna Stewart Duncan
was born in Washington County, Pa., January 26, 1854, and died in Cleve-
land, Ohio, October 18, 1909.
Norris Morrison Duncan
was born September 27, 1857, and was married April 24, 1889, to Janie N.
Rogers, of Jackson, Tenn. To them, one daughter,
MARY ELEANOR DUNCAN was born June 15, 1891. Mr. Duncan
died in Jackson October 1 1, 1896. His widow and daughter are residents of
Eleanor (Guy) Duncan, the mother and grandmother of the above family,
died in Cleveland, August 18, 1911, aged eighty-five years, four months and
the second son of Col. and Margaret (Stewart) Guy, was born April 14, 1828,
and died January 6, 1829.
"Suffer little children to come unto Me. and forbid them not."
JOSIAH W. GUY
the third son, was born March 23, 1830, on the old homestead in Findlay
township, which later came to him by inheritance. He married Tirzah R.
Wylie and they reared a family of seven children. He became a member of
Montours Church early in life and was yet a young man when chosen ruling
elder, which position his father and grandfather had filled before him. In
1874 they sold the farm and moved to Oakdale, where he was at once called
upon to fill the same office in the church of that place. They lived on what
was known as "Guy's Hill" and for many years he was engaged in the in-
surance business and thus became widely known. His wife died August 31,
1897, and he died April 21, 1905. Their children were named as follows:
Margaret Elizabeth, Amanda Matilda, William Wylie, Harry, Emma and
Daisy, twins, and Ella Mabel.
Margaret Elizabeth Guy
was born September 8, 1852, and was married June 10, 1879, to Rev. Ardven
Linn. He was of the United Presbyterian faith, but seme ten years after
their marriage he became identified with the Presbyterian Church. His
last pastoral charge was in Canonsburg, where he died December 11, 1910.
This union was blessed with two children.
GUY LINN was born March 9, 1880. He graduated from the Univer-
sity of Pittsburgh in 1902, as a mechanical engineer and is in the employ
of the American Water Works and Guarantee Co., of that city. He was
married October 11, 1911, to Anne Munro of Pittsburgh.
DOROTHY LINN was born October 22, 1892, and is a student in Wil-
son College, Chambersburg. Pa.
Amanda Matilda Guy
was born November 12, 1854, and was married March 17, 1908, to Prof. I.
M. McClymonds, of Slippery Rock, Butler Co., Pa. He is professor of mathe-
matics in the State Normal of that place.
William Wyhe Guy
was born March 29, 1856.
was born October 23, 1861, and was married December 24, 1886, to Margaret
Depre. She was born July 17, 1866. They are residents of Pittsburgh and
he is employed by the Radium Chemical Co., of that city. They are the
parents of four children, as follows:
MABEL LINN GUY was born May 5, 1888. She was married August
19, 1908, to Arthur Yardley Shellaby and they have one daughter, Dorothy
Margaret, born November 15, 1912.
ARTHUR DEPRE GUY was born March 28, 1890.
ADELAIDE MARGARET GUY was born February 20, 1892.
GLADYS IRIS GUY was born July 10, 1894, and was married Septem-
ber 16, 1912, to Louis G. Huntley.
was born July 13, 1865, and was married May 19, 1887, to George Piper.
She died October 29, 1892. She was the mother of two children, namely:
MARIE PIPER, born June 5, 1888, and RAYMOND PIPER, born Jan-
uary 18, 1890.
was born July 13, 1865, and was married June 25, 1903, to Samuel McClurg.
They are residents of Wilmerding, Pa.
Ella Mabel Guy
was born October 28, 1871 , and died July 1 1 , 1889.
the youngest child of Col. and Mar-
garet (Stewart) Guy, and one of the
ten living grandchildren of the initial
characters of this history, whose pic-
ture appears on this page, was born
February 4, 1834, and was first mar-
ried March 1854, to Joseph Duncan,
a farmer of Florence, Washington
County. He died February 23, 1858.
To this union two children were born,
namely Ida and Joseph Smith.
MARY IT JOHNSTON
was born October 5, 1855, and died January 28, 1864.
Lord, at Thy call we bring our Ida
And give her up to Thee.
Joseph Smith Duncan
was born April 15, 1858. When twenty-two years of age he left Pennsyl-
vania for the West ; first locating in Kansas. From there he went to Iowa.
While in that state he became engaged in the hardware and machinery busi-
ness, after which he returned to Sioux City, Iowa, and became an inventor
and manufacturer. He first invented the Addressograph. His later inven-
tions were the Dupligraph, Graphotype and Icecubator. His principal office
is in Chicago where he resides, but he has offices in all the principal cities
of the United States, employing more than one thousand people. He was
first married January 27, 1886, to Margaret Sullivan, who died three weeks
later. His second marriage was to Adelaide Yochey February 9, 1888.
On November 15, 1866, his mother, Mary E. (Guy) Duncan, was mar-
ried to Jacob Johnston, a farmer. His lands are located in Findlay and
North Fayette townships and border on the waters of Montours Run.
They were members of Montours Church. He was born February 12, 1816,
and died March 22, 1886. To this union four children were born as follows:
Paul, Margaret E., Elizabeth, and William Guy.
was born April 11, 1868, and died March 3, 1869.
"Remember how short my time is." Ps. 89:47
Margaret E. Johnston
was born January 21, 1870, and was married July 21, 1892, to James R.
Noss. They are residents of Aliquippa, Pa., and he is engaged in the hard-
was born July 12, 1872, and married James H. Gibson, November 15, 1898.
He is a building contractor and they are residents of Pittsburgh.
William Guy Johnston
was born April 12, 1875. He was a graduate of Washington and Jefferson
College, and by profession a civil engineer, which calling he followed until
the time of his death, which occurred February 14, 1906.
was the sixth child born to our pioneer couple and the sixth one to leave the
home of her parents by marriage. She was born March 15, 1791, and was
married June 4, 1816, to James Moore. He was born near Cadiz, Ohio, and
was a plasterer by trade. The house they lived in still stands. It was
erected by her brothers, Richard and Thomas, on a lot stricken from the
original "Leeom" tract. Mrs. Moore died in middle life and is buried in
the Valley cemetery. He was a man noted for his peculiar characteristics
and of a roving disposition. After his wife's death he left for parts un-
known. This couple left no issue.
"They lived and passed away : this we know,
And naught beside
No record of their names is left to show
How soon they died ;
They did their work, and then passed away.
An unknown band ;
But we hope they live in endless day. in the
Fair shining land
No glory clusters round their names on earth ;
But in God's heaven
Is kept a book of names of greatest worth,
And there is given
A place for all who did the Master's will,
Though here unknown ;
And there lost names shine forth in brightest rays
Before the throne."
the fifth daughter of this pioneer couple, was born February 27, 1795, and
was married October 21, 1817, to William Guy, a son of William and Eliza-
beth Guy. The former was born 1768, and died May 9, 1830. The latter
was born 1772, and died August 16, 1842. They were Scotch-Irish. Their
son William was a miller by trade, but in the same connection he owned a
farm located on Montours Run. It is now known as Guy's Mills, on the
Montour R. R. He marketed the product of his mill in Pittsburgh, often
making two trips per week with his large "schooner" wagon. He became a
man of some means and at one time owned over one thousand acres of land.
It has been said he was blessed with a benevolent disposition; that the poor
scarcely ever left his mill without something to supply their needs. He was
born 1795, and died February 12, 1874, and his wife died February 11, 1858
They were Presbyterians and were the parents of seven children, namely:
Elizabeth, Margaret, Israel, Sarah Ann, William, Mary and James.
was born July 27, 1818, and was married January 16, 1840, to Matthew
Scott. He was a resident of Moon township and a United Presbyterian.
They had one daughter, Anna Mary, born August 25, 1842, and died Octo-
ber 22, 1843.
Life at best is but a span.
Anna Mary's had scarce began .
the second daughter, was born January 11, 1821, and was married January
17, 1857, to William Quinn, who was born September 22, 1823. This couple
were members of Mt. Union Church. She died June 25, 1875, and he died
October 29, 1909. They left one son,
WILLIAM J. QUINN, who was born March 26, 1861. He was mar-
ried November 28, 1888, to Martha Elliott. She died April 10, 1891, leav-
ing no children. He was remarried October 4, 1899, to Emma B. MacKen-
zie. This union has been blessed with two daughters: Anna Margaret, born
April 4, 1901, and Helen May, born May 22, 1903. They live on the farm
formerly owned by his parents on the Steubenville pike.
the first son of William and Anne Guy, was born October 12, 1823, and died
December 20, 1824.
Sarah Ann Guy
the third daughter of the above couple, was born June 19, 1827, and married
Alexander E. Stewart November 1, 1849. He was a son of Joseph P. Stew-
art, and a cousin of the lady he married. He was born in Florence, Pa.,
October 8, 1821. When he was nineteen years of age he, with his parents,
moved to Meigs County, Ohio. Two years later he returned to his native
State, and for a time followed the carpenter trade. After his marriage he
engaged in farming and dealing in stock. For many years he bought stock
in the country districts, drove to the city, and sold them on the Pittsburgh
market. This couple were members of Montours Church. He died Decem-
ber 5, 1898, and she died September 2, 1905. To them were born four chil-
dren, namely Margaret Guy, Joseph Patterson, Anna Mary and Erne D.
Margaret C. Stewart
the oldest daughter, was born July 21, 1850, and was married to William
Jeffrey, March 1. They are residents of East End, Pittsburgh, and are the
parents of seven children.
CHARLES GLY JEFFREY was born December 17, 1870, and was
married to Mildred T. Zimmerman, July 6, 1909. To them two daughters
have been born: Constance, born October 24, 1910, and Mildred, born De-
cember 13, 1911. They reside in East End, Pittsburgh.
BERTHA VIRGINIA JEFFREY was born August 13, 1873, and was
married August 20, 1904, to Thomas E. Barwick. He is a bookkeeper and
they reside in Pittsburgh.
HARRY ALEXANDER JEFFREY was born May 11, 1876. He is
single and is a resident of Cleveland, Ohio.
NELLIE E. JEFFREY was born July 30, 1878, and was married April
II, 1901 , to John B. Townsley, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Press.
ANNA PEARL JEFFREY was born February 15, 1882, and was mar-
ried October 21, 1909, to Luther B. Weidlein, an electrician. They have
one daughter, Margaret Jane, born June 20, 191 1 . They reside in Youngs-
"BABY" JEFFREY was born August 1885 and died August 1885.
JOHN W. JEFFREY was born August 18, 1887. He is a machinist
and is not married.
JOSEPH PATTERSON STEWART
the only son of Alexander E. and Sarah A. (Guy) Stewart, was born July 8,
1852. Plain enough he was named for his grandfather and without doubt
his grandfather was named in honor of the Rev. Joseph Patterson, the first
minister ever installed at Raccoon Church. Mr. Stewart was married March
22, 1876, to Margaret J. Adams. She was born January 24, 1853. To this
union the following children have been born:
IRA L. STEWART was born April 8, 1877, and died April 13, 1877.
"And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."
HARRIET B. STEWART was born May 20, 1878, and was married
April 12, 1899, to John M. Rhodabarger, an oil operator. To them have
been born four daughters: Margaret Ellen, born January 29, 1900, Beula
Virginia, born May 2, 1906, Jennie May, born May 24, 1908, and Gladys
Annetta, born June 26, 1910. They are Presbyterians. He is Sabbath
School superintendent at Montours.
ALEXANDER GUY STEWART was born October 9, 1880, and is a
carpenter. At present he is erecting superintendent for the Armstrong Cork
JESSIE P. STEWART was born June 11, 1883, and died March 22,
JULIA A. STEWART was born June 20, 1885, and died March 14,
"Why should our tears in sorrow flow
When God recalls His own ;
And bids them leave a world of woe
For an immortal crown ?"
R. GRIER STEWART was born June 17, 1887. He is a carpenter, and
is located at Wilkinsburg.
J. PAUL STEWART was born April 16, 1890, and was married July 6.
1910, to M. Estella Marshall. She was born September 1, 1890. He, with
his father, live on the farm formerly owned by his grandfather at Stewart's
station on Montour R. R. Like his parents they are Presbyterians and
members of Montours.
Anna Mary Stewart
the third child of Alexander E. and Sarah (Guy) Stewart, was born Decem-
ber 4, 1856, and was married to Robert J. Grier. They are residents of
East End, Pittsburgh, and are Presbyterians. Mr. Grier has been treasurer
of the Sixth Church, Pittsburgh, for a number of years. Two sons have
been born to them: Harry W. and George L.
HARRY W. GRIER was born December 30, 1877, and was married to
Anna J. Ryall. To them have been born two children: Janette Ryall, born
January 20, 1909, and Robert J. born November 1, 1910.
GEORGE L. GRIER was born April 29, 1890, and died July 6, 1912.
'When blooming youth is snatched away
By death's resistless hand,
Our hearts the mournful tribute pay,
Which pity must demand."
Effie D. Stewart
was born December 25, 1866. She was married November 29, 1911, to
Charles Spangler. He is foreman of the paint department of the Pittsburgh
Coal Co., Montour Junction. They are residents of Coraopolis and are
the second son of William and Anne (Stewart) Guy, was born April 9, 1830,
and died January 4, 1831. His sister,
was born July 11, 1832, and married John Meanor January 24, 1856. They
were members of Montours. To this union were born the following named
children: William Guy, Anna Louise, Margaret G., May M., John B., and
William Guy Meanor
was born May 14, 1857, and was married to Lou Ada Phillips, October 26,
1882. She was born May 1859, and died May 15, 1893. They reside on a
farm in Moon township and are Presbyterians. To them five daughters
have been born:
MARY GUY MEANOR, bom March 28, 1884.
MARGARET BLANCHE MEANOR, born August 7, 1886.
BESSIE PHILLIPS MEANOR, born January 17, 1888.
ARRIE HAZEL MEANOR, born September 23, 1890.
NELLIE MAY MEANOR, born October 26, 1892.
These daughters are all living and single except Bessie Phillips, who was
married December 17, 1908, to John Henry Metzger. They have two chil-
dren: John Raymond, born July 23, 1909, and Ada Blanche, born April 9,
Anna Louise Meanor
was born July 15, 1859, and was married June 2, 1887, to James R. Hunter.
He was born June 13, 1848, and died December 24, 191 1 , leaving his widow
and four children, namely:
IDA MAY, born May 20, 1888.
JOHN ARTHUR, born June 13, 1890.
ELSIE G., born February 12, 1894.
MARGARET ANNA, bom May 10, 1896.
This family are United Presbyterians.
Margaret G. Meanor
was born . 18. . , is single, and a school teacher by profession. She has
been a resident of Carnegie for a number of years.
May M. Meanor
was bom March 29, 1868, and was married March 30, 1893, to Clayton S.
Phillips. He was born October 22, 1866, and died .... To this couple
one son, J. RUSSELL, was born June 2, 1895, and died August 27, 1907.
"Give me the wings of faith to rise.
That through the veil I'll see
My sainted ones above the skies,
How great their glories be."
John B. Meanor
was bom February 23, 1870. He was married February 24, 1897, to Cora
B. Shields. She was born May 20, 1874. Their home is in Moon township.
Farming is their occupation, and they are United Presbyterians. Mrs.
Meanor died May 31, 1900, leaving one daughter, Ethel May, born Decem-
ber 19, 1898.
Bessie Viola Meanor
was born August 17, 1872, and died August 25, 1873.
"And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, rereiveth me."
the youngest son of William and Anne (Stewart) Guy, was born August 13,
1835, and was married April 22, 1858, to Charlotte Meanor, a resident of
Moon township. She was born March 25, 1838. He died August 6, 1907.
Anna Janette Guy, the only child of the above couple, was born June 1 1 ,
1859. She was married March 6, 1879, to Cyrus W. Harper. They had
one son, Willie Guy, born December 8, 1879, and died March 12, 1880.
They are residents of Ingram, and Mrs. Guy, her mother, makes her home
with them. They are Presbyterians.
This closes the history of the lineal descendants of William and Anne
(Stewart) Guy, so far as we have been able to collect it.
JOSEPH P STEWART FAMILY
Written by MARTHA L. STEWART
The third son of James Stewart was Joseph Patterson, who was born
February 15, 1795, in Allegheny County, Pa. He was married to Mary
Ewing, January 8, 1819. They moved to Ohio in 1840, and settled in Salem
township, Meigs County, where he spent the remainder of his life in farm-
ing. His wife, Mary Ewing, was born October 26, 1798, and died Septem-
ber 9, 1864. There were born to this union eleven children: Margaret,
Alexander Ewing, Martha Ewing, James, John, William Ewing, Josiah Guy,
Anna Eliza, Mary Jane, Joseph Cunningham, and Richard Cobb.
Margaret, the oldest of the children of Joseph Patterson and Mary Ewing
Stewart, was born October 28, 1819, in Allegheny County, Pa., and moved
to Ohio with her parents in 1840. She was married to John Deemer on
April 1, 1841, and died August 16, 1895, in Salem township. Mr. Deemer
died August 27, 1863. There were born to this union three children: Mary
M., Stewart, and Catharine.
Mary M. Deemer was born February 23, 1843. She spent her girlhood
days on the farm after which she moved to Wilkesville, and lived there a
number of years. At the present time she is living at Middleport, Ohio.
Stewart Deemer was born May 19, 1845, and died September 3, 1861 .
Catharine was born September 3, 1847. She spent a number of years
teaching school. On March 10, 1892, she was married to Eli Barrett. Mr.
and Mrs. Barrett are now residing on the old Deemer farm in Salem town-
Alexander Stewart, the eldest son of Joseph Patterson and Mary Ewing
I The history of this family will be found in history of William and Anne Guy I
Martha Stewart, second daughter of Joseph Patterson and Mary Stewart,
married Levi Standish December 25, 1876. She resided at Standish Mill,
W. Va., where she died May 16, 1877. There were no children.
James Stewart, the second son of Joseph Patterson Stewart and Mary
Ewing Stewart, was born March 24, 1825, in Allegheny County, Pa. In
1840 he moved with his parents to Meigs County, Ohio, and settled in
Salem township. He followed the business of farming all his life except
during the Civil war, when he enlisted in the service. After the war he
moved to Bradbury, near Middleport, and continued farming till his death
which occurred February 3, 1900. On July 28, 1853, he was married to
Nancy Ann Addis. She was born December 5, 1824, and died November 15,
1906. They had one son, Alexander Fisher Stewart.
Alexander Fisher Stewart, son of James and Nancy Ann Stewart, was
born September 17, 1856. He is living at the present time in Columbus,
Ohio, where he is engaged as a steel worker in one of the Columbus Mills.
He was married to Mollie Williams March 21, 1882. Mollie Williams was
born January 26, 1851. There were born to this union two children: Jessie
W. and Wallace J.
Jessie W., was born January 11, 1883 and was married June 5, 1906, to
Francis G. Fissell, who was born December 4, 1882. There was one child
born to this union, Harold Francis, born December 1, 1907.
Wallace J. was born July 3, 1885, and was married July 1, 1907, to Ada
Cole, who was born December 8, 1883.
John Stewart, third son of Joseph Patterson Stewart and Mary Ewing
Stewart, was born in Allegheny County, Pa., June 1, 1827, and came to
Ohio with his parents in 1840. He remained on the farm till 1860, when he
moved to Middleport, where he resided till his death which occurred Decem-
ber 20, 1905. He learned the cooper's trade and on moving to Middleport.
engaged with his brother William in the cooper business. He was married
March 28, 1860 to Isabel Quinn who died March 3, 1904. There were two
sons born to this union, William Patterson and Otis Hugh.
William Patterson was born March 19, 1862. He took up the profession
of school teaching which be has followed continuously. He graduated from
the University of Pittsburgh with the degree of A. B. For the past fifteen
years he had charge of the Verona and Dormont schools of Pennsylvania.
He was married to Clara Smith December 26, 1899. There have been born
to this union three children: John Alexander, born February 14, 1902; Don-
ald, born March 7, 1905; Miriam Isabel, born December 6, 1907.
Otis Hugh Stewart, the second son of John and Isabel Quinn Stewart,
was born July 26, 1863. He is a lawyer. He was a member of Ohio's
Fourth Constitutional Convention. He resides at Middleport, Ohio.
William Ewing Stewart, the fourth son of Joseph Patterson and Mary
Ewing Stewart, was born in Allegheny County, Pa., December 1830, and
came with his parents to Ohio in 1840. He remained on the farm till the
breaking out of the Civil war. when he enlisted as a musician in Co. A, 140th
0. V. I. At the close of the war he took up his residence in Middleport and
engaged with his brother John in the manufacture of salt and flour barrels.
Later on he took up his residence in Wilkesville, Ohio, where he resided till
his death, which occurred September 19, 1894. On December 30, 1867, he
was married to Elizabeth Fletcher, who died June 5, 1875. They had no
Josiah Guy Stewart, the fifth son of Joseph Patterson Stewart and Mary
Ewing Stewart, was born April 26, 1833, in Allegheny County, Pa., and
moved to Ohio with his parents in 1840. He spent a number of years on
the farm in Salem township and later moved to Middleport, Ohio, where he
engaged in the livery and undertaking business up till within the last few
years of his life, at which time he retired from active business. He was a
member of the Grand Army of the Republic having enlisted in Co. E, 140th
0. V. I. He died August 21 , 1906. On November 8, 1860, he was married to
Rosetta B. Douglas, who died March 23, 1911. There were five children
born to this union: Nell M., Martha L., Carrie S., T. Guy and Dwight L.
Nell M., was born August 18, 1861. After completing her school studies
she equipped herself as a professional nurse, graduating in May 1905, from
Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. At the present time she is associated
in the management of the Bethany department of the Winona Assembly
Association. She resides at Middleport, Ohio.
Martha L., was born August 24, 1864. Upon her graduation from the
Middleport High School she took up the profession of school teaching and
has had charge of one of the primary departments of the Middleport schools
for a number of years. During the summer for a number of years she has
assisted in the management of the Bethany department of the Winona
Assembly Association. She resides at Middleport.
Carrie S., was born June 3, 1870. She was married to W. B. Besserer
June 8, 1893. For a number of years she has been superintendent of the
Bethany department of the Winona Assembly Association with headquarters
at Chicago for the year excepting during the summer period when the head-
quarters are removed to Winona Lake, Ind.
T. Guy was born May 21 , 1874. After attending the Middleport schools
he associated himself with his father in the management of the livery and un-
dertaking business in which business he continued till his death, which
occurred August 13, 1904. On October 12, 1889, he was married to Claire
Graham, who survives him.
Dwight Lawrence was born April 19, 1881, and died February 3, 1894.
Anna Eliza Stewart,
the third daughter of
Joseph Patterson and
Mary Ewing Stewart, was
born December 29, 1835,
in Allegheny County, Pa.
She came to Ohio with her
parents in 1840. On March
12, 1871, she was married
to Henry McCluskey. Mr.
McCluskey died January
9, 1893. On January 5,
1904, she was married to
James McCutcheon. Mr.
McCutcheon died February
18, 1909. At the present
time Mrs. McCutcheon is
residing at Coraopolis, Pa.
ANNA ELIZA McCUTCHEON
Mary J. Stewart, fourth daughter of Joseph Patterson and Mary Ewing
Stewart, was born February 4, 1838, in Allegheny County, Pa. She re-
moved to Chio in 1840 with her parents, and died August 26, 1856.
Joseph Cunningham Stewart, the sixth son of Joseph Patterson Stewart
and Mary Ewing Stewart, was born May 4, 1840. He followed the business
of farming all his life except that for two years he was enlisted in the ser-
vice during the Civil war. He lived in Ohio up to 1887, when he moved to
Kansas, where he died February 17, 1899. He was married to Esther Booth
January 31, 1864. To this union were born two children: Emma J. and
Emma J. was married to Perry A. Hull January 12, 1886. To this
union were born three children: Grace Belle, born November 21, 1886; Ernest
Stewart, born March 14, 1893, and Ruth Hazel, born June 1 1 , 1899. Grace
Belle was united in marriage to Dien A. Edmuston November 21 , 1902. To
this union two children were born: Eudora, born October 3, 1908; Wilma
Lucile, born July 25, 1911.
Charles B. Stewart, son of Joseph, was united in marriage to Ceneth E.
Hunt, August 21, 1891. To this union were born five children: Ethel Cyn-
thia, born May 7, 1892; Esta Clemency, born November 24, 1893; Everett
Dewie, born August 1, 1898; Emma Hunt, born February 8, 1904; Edith Es-
telle, born May 20, 1907.
Richard Cobb Stewart, the seventh son of Joseph Patterson Stewart and
Mary Ewing Stewart, was born in Salem township, Meigs County, Ohio,
August 18, 1843. He remained on the
farm till the time of the Civil war at
which time ht enlisted in the service.
He was a member of Co. H, 140th 0.
V. I. After the close of the war he re-
moved to Middleport where he engaged
in the meat business for a number of
years. In 1893 he removed to Colum-
bus, Ohio, to continue in the same
business, in which business he is at
the present time. He was married to
Addie Hysell February 18, 1870.
Addie Hysell was born February 1 1 ,
1846, and died April 17, 1905. To this
union there were born five children:
Harry Taylor, Herbert Patterson, Ellen
Gertrude, Katie May and Benjamin
RICHARD COBB STEWART
Harry Taylor, was born August 6, 1870, in Middleport, Ohio. In 1893
he removed to Columbus with his parents, where he still resides. He is en-
gaged in government service as a machinist. On December 15, 1908, he
was married to Margaret Byron. She was born September 15, 1870.
Herbert Patterson, second son of Richard Cobb and Addie Stewart, was
born August 26, 1872. He resides in Middleport, Ohio, and is engaged in
the dry goods and grocery business at Middleport, Ohio, with his father-in-
law, Mr. Griff Michael. He was married December 26, 1900, to Jennie
Michael, who was born July 18, 1872.
Ellen Gertrude, eldest daughter of Richard Cobb Stewart and Addie H.
Stewart, was born May 25, 1875. She is residing at Columbus with her
Katie May, second daughter of Richard Cobb Stewart and Addie H.
Stewart, was born January 1, 1880, and was married to Herman John Schaef-
fing April 29, 1903.
Benjamin Blaine Stewart, third son of Richard Cobb Stewart and Addie
H. Stewart, was born October 23, 1884. On July 5, 1910, he was married
to Celia Hadler, who was born July 15, 1887. Benjamin is living at the
present time in Detroit, Mich., where he is engaged in the automobile
was the fourth son and the ninth child born to our pioneer couple. He
was born August 14, 1797. He was married April 12, 1821, to Mary Stew-
art. She was born February 12, 1799. They lived on part of the "Leeom"
tract of land which came to him by inheritance. The house they lived in
still stands and is owned by David Hughs. The cut on this page is from a
HOUSE WHERE RICHARD STEWART LIVED
photo recently taken. They were members of Hopewell Presbyterian
Church and he was a ruling elder. They were the parents of the eight fol-
lowing named children: James, Catherine, John B., Margaret, Mary, Joseph,
James Ray and Richard D. The father of this family died January 2, 1860,
and the mother died February 14, 1872.
the first child of the above couple was born January 27, 1822, and died Aug-
ust 28, 1824.
MARY (STUART) STEWART
the second child, was born September 10, 1823, and died April 30, 1833.
"Children of God, oh glorious calling: !
Surely His grace will keep you from falling ;
Passing from life to death at His call.
Come unto Me, He says unto all."
JOHN B. STEWART
was born May 7, 1825. In due time he graduated from Washington and
Jefferson College and also from Western Theological Seminary. His first
charge was at Richmond, Ohio, where he was married April 27, 1850, to
Nancy MacGregor, a graduate of Steubenville Seminary. He also had two
different charges in Cincinnati. From there he went to Milwaukee, Wis.,
later to Davenport, then Des Moines, Iowa, after which he went to Pasadena,
Cal., where he ended his life's work, July 22, 1894. He fell in the pulpit
in the midst of a dedication sermon, and died some three hours later, bring-
ing the fulfillment of his wish, that he might "die in the harness." Some
years previous to this the degree of Doctor of Divinity had been conferred
(Since writing the above th" f<
ime to hand I
The Rev. Dr. John B. Stewart
By A. S. HUNTER
I loved and honored my uncle, the Rev. Dr. John B. Stewart. He was
a great preacher and a great man. It is with pleasure that I undertake to
prepare this brief sketch.
Dr. Stewart was a son of Richard and Mary Stewart and was born near
Clinton, Allegheny County, Pa., May 7, 1825; he graduated at Washington
and Jefferson College, 1848; he became an alumnus of the Western Theolog-
ical Seminary in 1851; he was licensed by the Presbytery of Ohio in June of
the same year and was ordained by the Presbytery of Wooster in 1854.
During his work in the ministry
he served as pastor in the following
pulpits: Fifth Presbyterian Church,
Cincinnati, Ohio, Milwaukee, Wis.,
and in Davenport and in Des Moines,
Iowa. These were all important pul-
pits to which he was called without
effort on his part. I remember as a
boy being greatly impressed by hearing
him say that he had never solicited a
He was a most original, impressive
and attractive preacher. The interest
and admiration of the audience for the
speaker continued and increased from
the beginning to the end of his sermon.
When quite a lad, I remember
hearing my mother speak of her clerical
brother for whom she had a very great
admiration. I distinctly remember
her describing one of his first sermons on the text, "Take us the foxes, the
little foxes that spoil the vines." I note with interest that he preached on
this same text on the last day of his life, and it is with no surprise that I
read that one of his hearers said that it was the best sermon that he had
REV. JOHN B. STEWART, D. D.
This summer at the General Assembly at Atlanta, I fell in with one of
my uncle's old friends. In speaking of his attractiveness as a speaker, he
said: "If Stewart preached in a vacant church it was not worth while for
any one else to try."
Early in his ministry he married Nancy MacGregor, a woman of Scotch-
Irish ancestry of the illustrious family of MacGregor. She had a good in-
tellect and attractive personality and great charm of manner. She lived a
serene, sweet, helpful life. She was an ideal minister's wife — loved and ad-
mired by all who knew her.
Dr. Stewart was a strong as well as an attractive man. He thought
deeply, believed profoundly, and walked humbly with God.
The originality of his thought and the incisiveness of his style compelled
attention and always left an impression for good. He was not only broad-
minded, but what is perhaps a rarer virtue, he was always fair-minded.
His quiet, sociable manner endeared him to all who knew him. He did
much for his fellowmen and in the service of God. He, in short, lived a
life that was worth while.
the only child of the Rev and Nancy (MacGregor) Stewart, was born 1856.
In due time she graduated from the Steubenville Seminary. She is the
author of several books; "The Higher Court" is the title of the last one
written. She was married 1875 to Charles Daniel Daggett. This union
was blessed with four children, namely:
RUTH DAGGETT was born 1876.
HELEN DAGGETT was born 1877 and was married 1902 to Byron
Schimmerhorn Harvey. They reside in Chicago, and to them three son s
have been born as follows: Byron Schimmerhorn, Jr., John Stewart and
JOHN STEWART DAGGETT was born 1878, and was married to
Martha Behr, 1904. She died 1905. He is a business man of Pasadena,
MAUD DAGGETT was born 1888. She is an artist of some note.
She has produced a number of fine pieces of sculpture, two of which were
given recognition in France in 1910 and 1911.
the fourth child of Richard and Mary Stewart, was born November 25, 1827,
and died January 23, 1896. She was educated in the common schools and
JOSEPH P. HUNTER MARGARET STEWART HUNTER
Washington Female Seminary, and was married October 10, 1854, to Joseph
P. Hunter, a merchant of Bavington, Washington County, Pa. To the above
couple two children were born, viz.: Ella Mary and Alexander Stewart.
Ella Mary Hunter
was born October 27, 1855. She received her education at Frankfort
Springs Academy and in the graded schools of East Liverpool, Ohio, and
graduated from the Washington Female Seminary in 1879. She was mar-
ried August 23, 1894, to Robert H. Campbell, of Paris, Washington County,
Pa., where they still live. They have no children.
Alexander Stewart Hunter
was born March 30, 1857. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson
College in 1880, receiving the degree of L. L. D. He later graduated from
Western Theological Seminary. He then took a post-graduate course at
Wooster College, Ohio, and from there received the degree of Ph. D. For
one year he preached in Brownsville, Pa. He then became connected with
Hanover College, Ind., being one of the faculty for several years. From
there he came to the University of Pittsburgh and is still connected with
that institution. He contributes to different papers and magazines, and is
the author of a book on "Ethics." He was married January 1, 1885, to
Laetitia Hunter, a daughter of the Rev. Joseph Hunter of Wilkinsburg, Pa.
Their union has been blessed with three children:
LAETITIA HUNTER, the daughter, is a graduate of Dobbs Ferry
ALEXANDER HAYS HUNTER is a senior in Princeton College, and
will graduate June 1913.
JOSEPH FISHER HUNTER is a Junior in the same college.
MARY J. STEWART
the fifth child of Richard and Mary Stewart, was born February 14, 1830,
and was married May 3, 1854, to William Wilson, a farmer of near Baving-
ton, Pa. She was the mother of two children. The second, an infant, and
its mother died November 3, 1856. The older one
Mary Etta Wilson
was born April 12, 1855, and was married September 12, 1879, to George
Moore, of Hookstown, Pa., and to them two children were born.
WILLIAM STEWART MOORE was born September 3, 1880.
KATHERINE AMANDA MOORE was born August 12, 1882. They
with their mother still live near Hookstown. The father was killed April
the sixth child, was born December 7, 1831, and died April 20, 1856.
"Thine i>ves shall behold the land that is very far off."
JAMES RAY STEWART
the seventh child, was born October
19, 1833. He is one of the ten grand-
children of our pioneer couple that is
still living, and his picture appears on
this page. He was first married May
30, 1861, to Susanna White and to
this union one son, William White
Stewart, was born. They first located
near Virsoix, in Findlay township, on
part of the farm owned by his father
but later they sold it and bought near
Hookstown, where they still live.
He was again married September 4,
1866, to Ella E. Morton, and to them
three sons have been born: Harry M.,
James R., and John Walker.
JAMES RAY STEWART
Harry M. Stewart
was born August 24, 1867, and was married September 14, 1898, to Flora J.
Nelson. They live in Hookstown. He is interested in oil production and
has farms near the town. They have two children.
JOHN NELSON STEWART was born July 24, 1900.
MARY ELEANOR STEWART was born September 12, 1911.
James R. Stewart
was born February 25, 1869, and was married October 3, 1906, to Ethel M.
Campbell. They reside on his father's farm near Hookstown, and he is a
breeder of Red Poll cattle and fine wool sheep.
John Walker Stewart
was born July 6, 1873, and died August 14, 1899.
"Here we have no eontinuinji city."
RICHARD D. STEWART
the eighth child of Richard and Mary
Stewart, was born June 5, 1838, and
was married May 11, 1864, to Sarah
M. Moore. They first lived on the
same farm and in the same house
where his parents lived. He also sold
and moved to Hookstown and from
that until his death, which occurred
March 4, 191 1, he was engaged in the
undertaking business. To the above
couple six children were born, namely
Mary Emma, Margaret J., Nannie
M., John M., Frank E., and Harry C.
RICHARD D. STEWART
Mary Emma Stewart
was born April 26, 1865, and was married August 20, 1884, to James Harris
McCready of Kansas.
( For their children sec history of Henry Cowan family I
Margaret J. Stewart
was born August 30, 1867, and died October 26, 1910.
Nannie M. Stewart
was born April 17, 1870, and was married December 24, 1897, to James
Stewart, a farmer located near Hookstown. They are the parents of
ROBERT STEWART, born November 10, 1898.
EVA LORANA STEWART, bom February 6, 1901.
John M. Stewart
was born April 4, 1873, and was married September 5, 1894, to Eva Duff.
They are located in Ohio, and he is an undertaker. He also owns and
operates some coal lands near Hookstown.
Frank E. Stewart
was born June 25, 1877, and was married November 26, 1903, to Dora M.
Leister, of Hookstown.
Harry C. Stewart
was born March 22, 1887. When twenty-four years of age he became part-
ner with his father as funeral director and embalmer in Hookstown, where
he continues in the same business.
(This closes the history of Richard and Mary Stewart and their descend-
ants. Many parts are lacking in detail, but we have used all the data
placed at our disposal.)
HOUSE WHERE THOMAS M. STEWART LIVED
THOMAS M. STEWART
was the fifth son and the tenth child born to the initial couple of this
history. His birth occurred May 23, 1799. He was first married April 11,
1822, to Isabelle Brown. To this couple one son, JAMES, was born. She
died May 13, 1824. His second marriage was to Eleanor Cherry January
20, 1825. They lived on that portion of the "Leeom" tract which came to
THOMAS M. STEWART
ELLEN CHERRY STEWART
him by inheritance and in the house reproduced on page 62, which still
stands and is located but a short distance from where stood the first cabin
erected by his father, James Stewart. They were Presbyterians and he was
an elder in the Hopewell congregation. To this second union were born
seven children, as follows: Margaret, Eleanor, Rebecca Jane, Sara Ann,
Martha Melvina, Edward, and John, who died in infancy.
the son by the first wife, married Eleanor Kelley.
sons, EDWARD and THOMAS.
To them were born two
the first child of the second wife, married George McFarland, and to them
three children were born, Henryetta, Leander and Margaret Helen.
HENRYETTA McFARLAND the oldest, died when about twenty-five
years of age.
LEANDER McFARLAND, was born about 1850. He is married and
is the father of two children: Jessie, born September 1882, and Robert, born
MARGARET HELEN McFARLAND born
the second daughter, married Samuel Ackelson 1857. The following chil-
dren were born: FLORENCE was born March 1859; STEWART was born
May 1863; ELLA was born June 1873; JESSE EFFERT was born August
1882. Samuel Ackelson, the father, died May 22, 1890. The mother is
still living and is one of the ten living grandchildren. Her address is
Robert Lee, Texas.
Rebecca Jane Stewart
the third daughter, married Jesse Scott,
of Washington County. They had
no children. He is deceased, and she
is a resident of McDonald, Pa. She is
another of the ten grandchildren still
living and her picture is reproduced on
this page. She is eighty years old.
REBECCA JANE SCOTT
Sarah Ann Stewart
the fourth daughter, married Henry McCormick, and there were three chil-
dren born: ELLA, EDDIE, and ANNIE E. The parents and the two
children first named died some years ago. Annie E. married Henry Reed,
and is a resident of Washington County.
the only son who grew to manhood, married Martha Ackelson, and there
were three children: PERRY, ALICE and EMMA. The father died Octo-
ber 20, 1872, and the mother died April 7, 1891. The children are living
and reside near Midway, Washington County.
the sixth daughter and the eleventh child of our pioneer couple, was born
April 11, 1801, and was married September 19, 1822, to Henry Cowan, a
man of Scotch-Irish descent. Their first purpose was to locate near Fort
Pitt, where they were offered land at ten shillings per acre, but they refused
the offer and bought land near Frankfort Springs. Mr. and Mrs. Cowan
died in Greene township, Beaver County. They were members of the Pres-
byterian Church and he was a ruling elder. They had six children, namely:
Margaret, Eliza Jane, James Stewart, Henry, William Guy and Sara Ann.
was born January 27, 1823. She married Levi Standish, a descendant of
Miles Standish. For many years they lived at Murdocksville, Pa., Mr.
Standish being a miller. Mrs. Standish died at Murdocksville March 22,
1872, leaving the following eight children: Sara, Elizabeth, Charles, Scott
and Jennie (twins), Alice, Kitty and Harriet.
SARA STANDISH is a resident of Los Angeles, California.
ELIZABETH STANDISH first married John White. They had seven
children. Mr. White died and Mrs. White then married Thomas Armor
Torrence. They reside in East Liverpool, Ohio.
CHARLES STANDISH married Maud Campbell and they have one
child. They reside in Los Angeles, Cal.
JENNIE STANDISH married James Campbell. They are teaching in
the Norfolk University of West Virginia.
SCOTT STANDISH is married and located in Oregon. They have six
children, three boys and three girls.
ALICE STANDISH married Dr. Ogden, of East Liverpool, Ohio.
They now reside in Montana and have one son.
KITTY and HARRIET; we can only mention their names. We have
Eliza Jane Cowan
was born July 27, 1825, and died January 7, 1880. Her home was near
Hookstown, Pa., and she was a member of Mill Creek Presbyterian Church.
James Stewart Cowan
was born June 9. 1828, and was married October 5, 1858, to Pluma Merrill
Bates of New York. She was born May 20, 1829, and died June 15, 1893,
and Mr. Cowan died December 16, 1901. They were the parents of four
children: Louis Albert, Martha Bates, Henry Curtis and Ralph Stewart.
LOUIS ALBERT COWAN was born June 26, 1859, and was married
January 24, 1883, to Clara Balcorn-Pearsell. She was born March 11, 1860.
They are residents of Canonsburg, Pa., and Mr. Cowan is an artist. Their
family consists of Reginald Guy, born August I, 1884, and married June 29,
1911; Mabel Ella, born November 27, 1887, and Raymond Stewart, born
August 4, 1894, and died October 31, 1895.
MARTHA BATES COWAN was born November 16, 1861, and died
June 15, 1862.
HENRY CURTIS COWAN was born October 26, 1863, and died July
RALPH STEWART COWAN was born January 29, 1868, and was
married August 29, 1899, to Lois Wilma Turner. She was born May 25, 1879.
They reside in Canonsburg and have the following children: Pluma Eliza-
beth, born July 8, 1900; Samuel Stewart, born October 7, 1901; and Harry
Louis, born May 21, 1904.
was born September 29, 1830, and was married September 9, 1857, to Har-
riet Smith. Mr. Cowan died February 2, 1899, and Mrs. Cowan died
February 22, 1913. They had five children: Ella May, William Stewart,
Robert Smith, Harry Marshall and Jennie E. (twins).
ELLA MAY COWAN was born July 17, 1858, and was married June
16, 1881, to William Gilliland. They reside at Chester, W. Va. They
have the following children: Earnest Stewart, born July 1, 1883, and died
August 26, 1900; Harriet Dean, born June 8, 1886; Howard S., born No-
vember 18, 1891; and Ray Cowan, born January 18, 1894.
WILLIAM STEWART COWAN was born September 22, 1861, and
was married June 25, 1885, to Eva Spivey, of Fairview, W. Va. They have
two daughters, Edna and Millie. Millie married Mr. Wright of Kansas
City. Mr. William S. Cowan is in California.
ROBERT SMITH COWAN was born June 21, 1864, and died Septem-
ber 1, 1864.
HARRY MARSHALL COWAN was born June 8, 1872, and was mar-
ried June 28, 1893, to Gertrude Elder, of Florence, Pa. Their children —
an infant, born March 1, 1896; Ella Grace, born February 4, 1897; died
May 30, 1899; and Clarence Stewart, born March 1, 1900.
JENNIE E. COWAN is a resident of California.
WILLIAM GUY COWAN
was bom January 13, 1839, and is one of the ten grandchildren of James
and Margaret Stewart that are still living and his picture is reproduced on
this page. He served four years in the Civil war. He is a Methodist min-
ister and preaches at Long Branch, Cal. Rev.
Cowan has been married three times. He was first
married June 1, 1868, to Lucia Sutten. She died
January 11, 1871, and left one son who died at the
age of twenty-one years. His second wife was
Upheme Miller of Fairview, W. Va. They were
married 1874. She died 1904, leaving three chil-
dren: Elizabeth J., Sara and Morrel W. His present
wife was Mrs. David Richmond of Kansas, nee Miss
REV. W. G. COWAN Mart ha Chambers of Frankfort Springs. They live
at Long Branch, Cal. The three children mentioned above are living.
ELIZABETH J. COWAN married Mr. Regno.
SARA COWAN married Dr. Lange. The homes of these two families
are in Texas.
SARA ANN COWAN
was born June 20, 1841. She is another of the ten grandchildren that we
have referred to from time to time and we are sorry we don't have her pic-
ture. She was married April 25, 1861, to John B. McCready of Hookstown.
Later they moved to Kansas, where they are engaged in farming. They
have two sons, James Harris and Frank.
JAMES HARRIS McCREADY was born January 11, 1862, and was
married August 20, 1884, to Mary E. Stewart, daughter of Richard D. and
Matilda Stewart of Hookstown. He is a ranchman, and one of the leading
cattle men of Kansas. They have two children: Edith B., born September
10, 1885, and married May 18, 1910, to Archie White, a farmer of Kansas,
and Neva M., who was born August 27, 1893.
FRANK McCREADY was born May 18, 1874. He is married and
has six children, three boys and three girls.
Thus ends the biographical and chronological history of the STEWART
FAMILY of Western Pennsylvania so far as we have been able to collect.
We are conscious of many omissions, and it would be marvelous if there
should be no mistakes.
We all the while have been burdened with the thought of the negligence
of people in preserving family records. What interesting reading a history
of this kind would make for future generations if interpersed with pithy in-
cidents of actual occurence in the lives of their ancestors.
Again, we have been impressed with the frequent infusion of Scotch-
Irish blood and the predomination of the Presbyterian faith, which almost
invariably go together. Scores of the STEWART family have been identi-
fied with the Presbyterian Church, many of them elders and a number of
And finally, after due credit for the valuable assistance of many others,
our own humble effort is submitted to the friends and casual reader with
the God speed of the writer.
On June 27. 1912, a reunion of the STEWART FAMILY was held on
the Imperial Fair Grounds. The day was all that could be desired for a
meeting of that kind. Two hundred people were in attendance and there
were provisions galore and of a quality calculated to tickle the palate of the
most fastidious. Many of the STEWART FAMILY met for the first time
and it will be a memorable day for all who were present.
Dr. Alexander Stewart Hunter of Pittsburgh read a poem entitled, "The
Stewart Clan," which is hereto appended. A synopsis of the foregoing his-
tory was read by the writer. With this closed the festivities of the occasion
and all agreed that it had been a most enjoyable day.
THE STEWART CLAN
By A. S. HUNTER
And so you want the lyric man
To write about the Stewart Clan,
To climb up in the family tree,
And write in rhyme what he may see.
I know a little prosody,
I write a little verse,
But in my genealogy
I grade from bad to worse.
My sister knows the family tree
In branch and bark and wood,
But I could never clearly see
Why in the world I should.
Why one's importance greatly grows
(A doughty man is he)
Because the family record shows
He is akin to me.
And still there's something, too, in blood,
A sort of friendly feeling.
And though we all are made of mud,
There still comes o'er us stealing
A kind of cheerful friendly glow,
A consciousness of kind
As soon as ever we may know
That we can surely find
For the man we meet, a single man
To whom we both may trace
That if we try, we surely can
Both claim a common race.
Though he may be a sorry scrub
Without much pep or vim
If we can only truly dub
Him relative or kin
We somehow think he's not so bad —
At least he might be worse
And though the sketch be rather sad
We welcome him of course.
The Stewarts are a goodly stock
Of old and noble line,
With character like solid rock —
I'm glad that line is mine.
From Scotch and Irish-men of old
Descend these gentle folk,
And they are apt as I've been told
To see or make a joke.
There are Stewarts with "w," Stuarts with "u,
And I am nothing loth
To tell to all as now to you
That I descend from both.
Grandfather wrote a "w" in
Grandmother used a "u"
The former way she thought a sin
And I believe so too.
Grandmother's line descends direct,
I value it a lot.
Not as my audience would suspect,
From Mary, Queen of Scot.
The "u" has always held its ground,
From "u" the "w" came.
It scarcely modifies the sound,
And faith, they are the same.
Hurrah, hurrah for all the Stewarts,
For we are all of kin,
Whether you spell it with a "u"
Or write a "w" in.
The Guys somehow are counted in
And other names a dozen.
I don't know how, but Mrs. Linn
I think's my second cousin.
I don't disguise, I like the Guys
Of every age and sex and size
Howe'er the kinship comes.
There's Daisy Guy, Daisy and I
Some years ago were chums,
She may resent what I have writ;
Ages are not the same,
But if they differ quite a bit
Should I the fact proclaim?
The Lewises are also kin.
The Johnstons, too, I guess,
McCandlesses somehow come in.
Now I again confess
That I am short on family lore,
And I have little doubt,
As I have hinted once before,
I'm sure to leave some out.
Yes, there's another name, I think,
And doubtless that's not all,
Joined to the Stewarts by unknown link,
The name of James McNall.
I now revert to earlier times,
When first they came this way.
I fain would sing in flowing rhymes,
These Stewarts of earlier day.
There was Richard Stewart, my mother's sire,
And Thomas Stewart, his brother,
And big John Stewart of this same shire,
And possibly another.
To come some generations down.
Among those whom I like,
Are Mattie with her new white gown
And Amanda out the pike.
But then the Stewarts that I know best,
From Richard are descended,
And though we're scattered east and west,
Our friendship's never ended.
There was Uncle Dick and Uncle John
And Uncle James still lingers.
May his pathway keep right on,
Still cleared by angel fingers.
I long remember Uncle James,
I speak with veneration,
My reverence he justly claims,
Last of his generation.
Of the contemporary crew
Who are my nearest kin,
I think I know them through and through,
And I shall now begin
To try if I cannot recall
Some names and times and places.
Would I could picture to you all
My handsome cousins' faces.
There are two Mames, two Harrys too,
And Jim and Frank and Nan,
And John, whose name is nothing new
Among the Stewart clan.
The first Mames in the Golden West,
Her books much fame have brought her,
But the Mamie I know best
Is Mamie, Richard's daughter.
Sweet Mamie with the golden hair,
Companion of my youth,
Who, just as good as she was fair,
Knew naught but simple truth.
John Stewart is sure to wealth amass,
Frank sells diamonds black,
The elder Harry deals in gas
And also has a knack
Of putting holes deep in the ground,
Through sand and stone and clay,
Where fountains of rich oil are found
In quantities that pay.
The younger Harry undertakes,
And Jim still tills the land,
Like John, he makes but few mistakes —
His cattle beat the band.
And now my queer rhyme
I shall finish in time,
Were glad we're together
This beautiful weather,
All nature's in tune
This beautiful June,
And we should be gay,
As I'm sure that we may,
With the Stewarts all around,
On benches or ground.
With good cheer everywhere,
Oh, what is so rare
When all nature's in tune,
As a bright day in June!
I'm glad that I came,
I'm sure you're the same,
May you all prosper well,
In all virtue excell,
And not work too hard,
Is the wish of your bard.
I say, long live my friends,
And so my rhyme ends.
N. MANCHESTER, INDIANA 46962