Samuel Stewart (abt 1711) and Wife Lydia
By Joseph T. Stewart, grandson
The Heritage of Rowan County North Carolina Volume 1, 1991 and Stewart Clan Magazine, May 1947 and May 1950
Samuel Stewart was born around 1711 in Sussex County Delaware. He was a son of David Stewart of that county. David was born around 1690 in Queens County, New York. David was a son of John Stewart and Elizabeth Albertus. John Stewart was born in 1660 in Scotland. His wife, Elizabeth Albertus was a daughter of John Albertus born in 1643 in Kings County, New York. He was a son of Pietro Cesar Alberto, a merchant from Italy. Elizabeth's mother as Elizabeth Scudder. John Stewart and Elizabeth Albertus were married about 1687. They lived in New York, New Jersey and Delaware. They finally settled in Sussex County Delaware. According to my records, John and Elizabeth had seven children: Samuel born in 1688; David born in 1690; John born in 1694; Elizabeth born in 1696; William born in 1698; Hannah born in 1700; and Mary born in 1702. John died in 1705. Elizabeth remarried Thomas Davock and she had at least two children by him.
Samuel Stewart descends from this old Stewart family in America. Samuel, born in 1711, married around 1723 Lydia Harrison of Augusta County, Virginia. To this union were born six sons: David, born in 1725, who married Abigail, last name unknown, died in 1807 in Stokes county NC; Samuel born in 1727, married Elizabeth, last name unknown; John, born in 1729, married Susanna Fulkerson Bledsoe; Isiah born in 1731 married Mary Coe September 1, 1764; Joseph born in 1733 married Sarah Gilbert; Benjamin born in 1736 married Elizabeth Winscott on August 16, 1769.
In 1762, Samuel and wife Lydia moved to Rowan County, now present day Yadkin or Forsyth County. Two of their sons came earlier, David and Samuel Jr. Samuel had a 508 acre land grant by Lord Earl Granville. This grant was dated May 9, 1757.
Samuel Stewart died in 1770. Lydia died about a year later. Joseph and Benjamin got the home-place. They evidently sold this land and moved. Joseph moved to Tennessee and Benjamin probably moved to a Southwest Virginia County or a Northwest County of North Carolina.
Samuel Stewart and wife Lydia were one of the first pioneer families to settle in the Yadkin Valley. According to my records, they lived on Linville Creek in present day Rockingham County, Virginia. They lived near Daniel Boone’s parents in this area. No doubt they knew each other there and they probably made the trip here together to North Carolina.
Samuel Stewart and Lydia have many descendants all over the state of North Carolina and many states of our union. A family of great strength and determination that helped toll the way for growth in Rowan County. Samuel and Lydia will always live on – in the hearts of the ones honored to carry their lineage.