Welcome to the Genealogy Page for the Alexander Stewart Family of Kentucky
--in the Counties of Rowan, Knott and Knox
Builders of Destiny
by Jesse Stuart
They lie, our
pioneers, where highways run.
They lie where railroads go and cities stand.
Their brittle bones have been exposed to sun
And wind. Their bones are restless in this land.
What does it matter if their bones do lie
Beneath the turning wheels where millions pass,
Builders and dreamers born to live and die
Like white plum petals on the April grass?
What does it matter if their bones turn stone,
Their flesh be richer dust our plowshares turn,
Builders who made America our own,
Whose blood has fed the roots of grass and fern?
Dreamers and builders of our destiny,
They left their epitaph for all to read;
A land of dream and wealth and energy,
A land where freedom is the greatest greed.
Overview of the contents of this site
Welcome to the genealogy site for Alexander Stewart and his Kentucky Descendants through his first wife, Mary Anderson, and his second wife, Catherine Sheets. This site provides information primarily on the descendants of Alexander Stewart and his second wife, Catherine Sheets.
Alexander was born in the Galloway area in the lowlands of Scotland in 1755. He was probably the grandson of James Stewart, the Fifth Earl of Galloway, and his wife Catherine Montgomery. After he emigrated to the Colonies, he fought in the Revolutionary War and thereafter settled in Washington County, Virginia. Later, he moved his family through the Cumberland Gap to Knox County, Kentucky in 1800. Around 1840, his youngest son, William Charlie Stewart (Alexander's only child with his second wife, Catherine) moved with his family first to Knott County Kentucky (at the time Perry County) and then on to Rowan County, Kentucky in 1862. Similar to his father who played an important role in the early history of Knox County, William Charlie and his children and grandchildren had a significant influence on the development of Knott and Rowan counties.
Gallery of Family Photographs
The Stewart clan motto Virescit vulnere virtus translates from latin as: A wound brings in the courage.
Alexander Stewart (1755-1835) and his family
William Charlie and Mary Polly Crank Stewart and their family
William Charlie Stewart was Alexander Stewart's youngest child. He married Mary Polly Crank and they had several children. After the death of his father and mother (Catherine Sheets Stewart), William Charlie moved with his family to Knott County in the early 1840's and then around 1862, he moved to Rowan County during the Civil War.
Alexander and Martha Patton Stewart and their family
Alexander Stewart II was the second son of William Charlie and Mary Polly Crank Stewart. He and his wife, Martha Patton, moved with his parents to Rowan County around 1862. He purchased a farm on the Triplett Creek that included much of the area along what is now McBrayer Road leading out of Clearfield.
Morgan Thomas and Mary Jane McClurg Stewart and their family
Morgan was the second son of Alexander and Martha Patton Stewart. He and his wife Mary Jane McClurg lived outside of Clearfield on the old family farm. Morgan was a stone cutter, teacher and member of the Rowan County Board of Education.
Mary Ethel Stewart Crager
March 11, 1911 - September 5, 2004
Georgia Fern Crager
November 25, 1931 - January 16, 2006
The Families of Jasper Bird Stewart
In the Kingdom of Yellow Mountain
by Albert Stewart
And I have walked the hollows here
In the still and breathing night
Along the creek bed roads and winding paths.
I have heard the jewelled drip of dew
On dead leaf beds, the hoot owl's jocular gossip,
And the tiny screech owl's shivering,
I have listened for the first morning whippoorwill,
And, in the deep well of Night and sleep,
For the lost to return.
Certainly the most colorful and interesting child of William Charlie and Mary Polly Stewart was their son, Dr. Jasper Bird (Byrd) Stewart. Jasper remained behind in Knott County. Jasper and his descendants have contributed greatly to the development of that county.
The Family of William G. and Elizabeth Patton Stewart
Although little is known about William G. Stewart, the youngest child of William Charlie and Mary Polly Crank Stewart, two of William G.'s children played significant roles in the politics of Rowan County. Cora Wilson Stewart, his daughter-in-law, a politician and educator, was one of Rowan County's most interesting personalities.
By James Still
I shall not leave these prisoning hills
Though they topple their barren heads to level earth
And the forests slide uprooted out of the sky.
Though the waters of Troublesome, of Trace Fork,
Of Sand Lick rise in a single body to glean the valleys,
To drown lush pennyroyal, to unravel rail fences;
Though the sun-ball breaks the ridges into dust
And burns its strength into the blistered rock
I cannot leave. I cannot go away.
Being of these hills, being one with the fox
Stealing into the shadows, one with the new-born foal,
The lumbering ox drawing green beech logs to mill,
One with the destined feet of man climbing and descending,
And one with death rising to bloom again, I cannot go.
Being of these hills I cannot pass beyond.
Information on the History and Personalities of Morehead & Rowan County, Kentucky and of interest to the Stewart Family
|Cora Wilson Stewart, Moonlight Schools for the Emancipation of Adult Illiterates (Dutton 1922)|
New York Times' News Articles on the Rowan County Feud and Other Events
These articles are formatted in Adobe software (pdf files) and you must have Adobe software to read them.
|LAWLESSNESS IN ROWAN COUNTY, New York Times, page 5, November 11, 1879|
|THE HISTORY OF A CRIME - New York Times, page 4, February 25, 1885|
|KENTUCKY BANDITS - HOW UNREAL THEY ARE COMPARED WITH THE COMIC OPERA KIND - New York Times, page 2, April 10, 1885|
|LIVELY TIME IN KENTUCKY - New York Times, June 29, 1885|
|BOTH HAD BEEN DRINKING - New York Times, page 1, December 29, 1885|
|THE ROWAN COUNTY WAR - TROUBLE AGAIN BREAKS OUT BETWEEN THE FACTIONS - New York Times, page 3, July 3, 1886|
|THE ROWAN COUNTY TROUBLES - TROOPS SENT BY THE GOVERNOR TO PROTECT THE COURT - New York Times, page 5, July 10, 1886|
|SHOT BY HIS COUSIN - New York Times, page 2, August 29, 1886|
|THE ROWN COUNTY BUSHWHACKERS - New York Times, page 1, November 26, 1886|
|THE KENTUCKY VENDETTA - New York Times, page 4, June 23, 1887|
|THE TOLLIVER GANG AGAIN - A REPORT THAT IT IS PREPARING FOR ANOTHER FIGHT - New York Times, page 1, June 29, 1887|
|ROWAN COUNTY QUIET - New York Times, page 1, June 30, 1887|
|A DEAD TOWN. RESULTS OF THE TOLLIVER LOGAN VENDETTA IN MOREHEAD - New York Times, page 5, July 29, 1887|
|TROOPS TO GO FORWARD. GOV. KNOTT DECIDES TO SEND TROOPS TO MOREHEAD - New York Times, page 2, July 31, 1887|
|TWO DESPERADOS ARRESTED - MANY WEAPONS SEIZED BY THE TROOPS AT MOREHEAD - New York Times, page 1, August 14, 1887|
|LOGAN'S MURDERERS BRIBED - New York Times, page 5, August 18, 1887|
|CAL TOLLIVER SHOT AT - New York Times, page 5, August 30, 1887|
|WAR ENDED BY MARRIAGE - New York Times, page 5, October 20, 1889|
|THE BALLADRY AND FOLK-WAYS OF KENTUCKY MOUNTAINEERS, New York Times, page B2, January 31, 1932|
|FEUDS DIE OUT BUT FEUD TALES PERSIST - AMONG SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN FOLK MANY OF THE OLD RANCORS LIVE ONLY IN MEMORY - New York Times, Sunday Magazine, page 11, November 26, 1933|
Photographs of Family, Rowan County and Morehead
The photographs include several hundred of Stewart family members, Rowan County, Morehead, Morehead State. Included are photos of the descendants of Alexander Stewart and his wife, Martha Patton Stewart; a baptism in Triplett Creek; Clearfield, Kentucky; old Rowan County schools; family photographs of Ethel Stewart and Louie Crager; the family of James Edward Stewart; the family of Jasper Stewart; the family of Morgan T. Stewart and his wife Mary Jane McClurg.
Farmers, Clack Mountain, Clearfield Elementary School, Clearfield School, Clearfield Hill, Mary Anderson, Mary Pollly Crank, Rowan County
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