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The Mountsberg Stewarts of Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada

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  1. Introduction
  2. The Mountsberg Stewarts
    1. John S. Stewart of Mountsberg
    2. Alexander Stewart of Mountsberg
  3. Fellow Researchers
  4. Index & Personal Information Pages (GEDCOM)
  5. Legend
  6. Contact

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  4. Stewart Families in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada

    1. The "Comrie" Stewarts

    2. The "Crieff" Stewarts

    3. The "Mountsberg" Stewarts

    4. Stray Stewart Families

    5. Stewart Burials in Puslinch Cemeteries

Introduction

This page is a continuation of the study of pioneer families in Puslinch Township with the surname Stewart.  If you are just arriving here from somewhere else then you may wish to begin with the introduction page From Perthshire to Puslinch -- The Stewart Pioneer Families of Puslinch.

Please Note: This page is intended only as a narrative historical overview of this family.  There is additional detailed information available for almost ever person presented on this page.  To avoid the unnecessary work of double-entering some data, the additional information can be found in the accompanying GEDCOM database.  Please make sure you click on the INDEX button at the bottom of the page so you don't miss out on potentially valuable additional information.

Acknowledgments

The research presented on this page is not mine alone.  It contains information submitted by all the Fellow Researchers listed below.  I am indebted to them for their generous contributions.  This page is intended as a place for researchers to freely and cooperatively share our research with each other.  It would be too cumbersome a task to reference each piece of data as to which researcher it has come from.  The information shown on this page should be understood as a product of ALL of the Fellow Researchers.  I am merely the editor and not the sole author. - Ryk

The Mountsberg Stewarts

The Mountsberg Stewarts are so-called because they settled in the Mountsberg area of Flamborough Township in Wentworth County. You might rightly ask why then they would be listed in a website of Stewarts from Puslinch Township in Wellington County. The simple reason is that in the 19th century Mountsberg was part of Puslinch Township. Later 20th century county realignments changed its jurisdiction to Flamborough. Furthermore the early Stewarts were all Scots Presbyterians, and those in southern Puslinch all attended Duff's Presbyterian Church (and later also Crieff). The Mountsberg Stewarts were also members of Duff's Presbyterian Church and many members of this family were buried in Crown Cemetery in Puslinch.

All that can be said of the origins of this family, so far, is that they came from somewhere in Perthshire, Scotland.  Judicious use of IGI data suggests that they may have come from Fortingall, Perthshire, Scotland, however this is not confirmed.  If the Mountsberg Stewarts did come from Fortingall, then it must be noted that the Crieff Stewarts also came from Fortingall. If both families share a common last name, a common parish of origin, a common time of emigration, and a common destination for immigration, the prospect of these families possibly sharing a common ancestor must be raised. This is discussed more fully below under Research Leads.

Upon their arrival, the Mountsberg Stewarts lived with another family in Badenoch, Puslinch for their first few years in Canada, before settling on their Mountsberg property. We don't know who that family was.  Were they living with relatives? Or perhaps their future in-laws, the Kennedy family, or another Scottish immigrant family?

This family was later related by marriage to this author's family, the Comrie Stewarts, through the marriage of Margaret Stewart, a daughter of Peter Stewart of the Comrie family, and her husband Harvey Alexander Stewart, a grandson of Alexander Stewart of the Mountsberg family.

An early family biographer wrote the following about the Mountsberg Stewarts:

John Stewart, a widower from Perthshire, Scotland came to Upper Canada during the 1830s. He was accompanied by his grown children four boys and two girls and it appears that they may have spent a brief period in the small Scottish community of Badenoch in Puslinch Township before moving south to Mountsberg….

John Stewart and his sons settled on Lot 11, southeast, concession 13. Alexander Stewart, born in 1806, was probably John's eldest son* and helped his father choose the site of their first home [now located at 77 Campbellville Road, East Flamborough Township]. He married Catherine Kennedy of Badenoch, Puslinch Township in 1844 and inherited the property when his father died in 1856.

Alexander's sister, Ann (1802-1885) married an ancestor of the Organs of Concession 6, East Flamborough. Alexander had a niece, Agnes (1830-1915) who married Peter Davidson of Freelton.

In order to obtain legal title to land, settlers were required to build a home within the first year. Many settlers built rough shacks which were later replaced by more permanent stone homes. The initial home that the Stewarts built was such a solid log cabin that it still stands today, and after recent restorations the name of "Alex Stewart" is still visibly engraved over the original front door.

Alexander and his wife had a large family, but only six children reached adulthood. The birth of triplet daughters on 9 November 1855 was announced in several area papers…. Sadly one child died at birth and another, named Agnes, died in April 1860, the victim of a virulent scarlet fever epidemic that broke out in Mountsberg during the spring of 1860. The epidemic also caused the death of a younger sister, Jane, a month earlier, as well as several other children in the community.

Around 1885, the family farm was divided between two of Alexander's sons, Robert and William. Two older sons had already left the family farm. John moved to Beverly and Charles to West Flamborough, while the youngest son, Lachlan, became an architect in New York State.

In 1906, Robert sold his land to William and left the property. With a young family that numbered six children, William moved into the frame house, but the log cabin was still retained to be used by the next generation of Stewarts as their first home. When the farm was sold in June 1966, five generations of the Stewart family had spent part of their life in this Mountsberg log cabin.

[The original text above comes from an early out-of-print history of Mountsberg, later excerpted without credit in, And They Came To East Flamborough, by Patricia and Maurice Green and Sylvia and Robert Wray, ©1997, Waterdown, East Flamborough Heritage Society.]

*The original unknown biographer suggests that Alexander was probably John's eldest son.  However such a claim is without basis in fact and presumes too much.  The claim is probably based solely on the fact that John later resided with Alexander and that Alexander inherited the family farm.  However, we see from Alexander's own family that the farm did not necessarily pass to the eldest son.  In the 19th century land was much more easily available than today.  As such, elder sons often acquired their own farms long before their fathers died so it was not uncommon for family farms to pass to younger children.  Indeed, this is exactly what happened with Alexander's children.  So it's quite possible, if not likely, that John had older sons who established themselves elsewhere while Alexander, possibly a younger son, remained on the family farm with his elderly father.  Present research shows that it is in fact more likely that Alexander was not the eldest son.

John S. Stewart of Mountsberg

John S. STEWART b: 1773 in Perthshire, Scotland.  John's exact birth has not been identified.  His date of birth is calculated from his age as given on his gravestone.  However it is common for such references to be slightly inaccurate.  All that can be confirmed is that he was born in Perthshire and died in 1856 at the age of 83.  John S. Stewart married in Perthshire, but his spouse is not certain.  Onomastics would suggest that her name was probably Agnes (or its Scottish equivalent, Ann) or possibly Margaret.  No births have been found for any of his children in Scotland.  John came to Canada in the early 1830s and settled on a farm in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  John S. Stewart had the following children:

  1. Has Children Ann STEWART b: 1802 in Perthshire, Scotland.  She married Donald Stewart
    1. Their descendants are presented below.
  2. Has Children Alexander STEWART b: AUG 1806 in Perthshire or Inverness, Scotland. (Sources conflict over Alexander's exact place of birth.)  He married Catherine Kennedy.
    1. Their descendants are presented below.
  3. Has No Children Daughter STEWART b: BET 1795-1815 in Perthshire, Scotland
  4. Has No Children Son STEWART b: BET 1795-1815 in Perthshire, Scotland
  5. Has No Children Son STEWART b: BET 1795-1815 in Perthshire, Scotland
  6. Has No Children Son STEWART b: BET 1795-1815 in Perthshire, Scotland

The Descendants of John S. Stewart

Ann Stewart and Donald Stewart in East Flamborough

Has Children Ann STEWART b: 1802 in Perthshire, Scotland, shown above as a daughter of John S. Stewart.  According to They Came to East Flamborough, "Alexander's sister, Ann (1802-1885) married an ancestor of the Organs of Concession 6, East Flamborough. Alexander had a niece, Agnes (1830-1915) who married Peter Davidson of Freelton." Ann's death is witnessed by Thomas Organ, farmer, East Flamboro. Ann's religion is given as Roman Catholic. Her birth is given as 1802, Perthshire, Scotland. The Thomas Organ who witnessed Ann's death is the same person as "the Organ's of Concession 6". Thomas Organ's wife was Margaret Stewart whose parents are given only as "Stewart and Stewart". Peter Davidson's wife can be identified as Agnes Stewart. From these two accounts we can conclude that Ann Stewart's husband was also a Stewart. Unfortunately 1851 census records for East Flamborough are non-existent; only the farm census survives listing only heads of household without ages. Included in the farm census is a listing for a Donald Stuart in East Flamborough.  The 1881 census shows only one Roman Catholic couple living in Flamborough who are the right age, named Donald and Ann Stuart. Also the Organ's eldest two children were Donald Stewart Organ and Annie Organ. This would seem support the suggestion that Ann Stewart married Donald Stewart and had children as shown here.

Ann's death in 1885 records her as a widow. As Donald and Ann are found living in East Flamborough in 1881 then Donald must have died between 1881-1885. No corresponding death record has been found.

Donald and Ann must have married in Scotland prior to emigration. Their daughter, Agnes, was born in Scotland in 1830 and Ann's family arrived sometime in the early 1830s (ca 1834). However the only family for a Donald and Ann Stewart found in the IGI is: Donald Stewart, married 11 DEC 1831 in Blair Athol, Perth, Scotland to Ann Stewart, with the following children:

  1. William STEWART, b 1/12 MAY 1834 in Blair Atholl (could be the second William in the E Flam 1852)
  2. Isabell STEWART, b 12/20 MAY 1837 in Blair Atholl
  3. Robert STEWART, b 12/20 MAR 1840 in Blair Atholl

There is no daughter named Agnes and the children above do not fit onomastically with Ann's family. (i.e. There is no son named John.) And this couple are shown having children in Scotland after Donald and Ann are believed to have emigrated. Thus it would appear that this is not the family of Donald and Ann who came to East Flamborough and that the correct Donald and Ann are not found at all in the IGI (probably because they were Roman Catholic.)

Ann Stewart is presumed to have married ABT 1830 in Perthshire, Scotland to Donald STEWART b: 1810 in Scotland, although no record of their marriage has been confirmed.  They had the following known children and likely others which have not been discovered:

  1. Has Children Agnes STEWART b: 30 APR 1830 in Perthshire, Scotland.  Census and death records indicate that Agnes was born 30 APR 1830 in Perthshire, Scotland. No corresponding birth record has been found -- likely because she was Roman Catholic.  Agnes is known to have married to Peter DAVIDSON b: 1829 in Scotland, although no record of their marriage has been found.  They resided in West Flamborough and had the following children:
    1. Has Children James S DAVIDSON b: 13 JUN 1856 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
    2. Has No Children Isabella DAVIDSON b: 20 OCT 1857 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
    3. Has No Children John DAVIDSON b: 1860 in Freelton, West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
    4. Has No Children Annie DAVIDSON b: 1862 in Freelton, West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
    5. Has No Children Jessie DAVIDSON b: 1864 in Freelton, West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
    6. Has No Children Margaret DAVIDSON b: 1866 in Freelton, West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
    7. Has No Children Alex DAVIDSON b: 1870 in Freelton, West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
    8. Has No Children Charles S. DAVIDSON b: 1872 in Freelton, West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
  2. Has Children Margaret STEWART b: 18 SEP 1846 in East Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Margaret is presumed to have married to Thomas Organ, although no record of their marriage has been found.  Thomas ORGAN was b: 09 JUL 1844 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, as the son of John and Margaret Organ from Ireland.  Margaret and Thomas had the following children:
    1. Has No Children Donald Stewart ORGAN b: 1865 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    2. Has No Children Annie ORGAN b: 1868 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    3. Has No Children William G. ORGAN b: 1870 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    4. Has No Children Agnes ORGAN b: 05 JAN 1873 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    5. Has No Children Edward T. ORGAN b: 1874 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    6. Has No Children James Henry ORGAN b: 1876 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    7. Has No Children Charles ORGAN b: 10 JAN 1879 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    8. Has No Children Frederick ORGAN b: 16 SEP 1881 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    9. Has No Children Ormond Francis ORGAN b: 02 OCT 1884 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    10. Has No Children Arthur Leo ORGAN b: 21 JAN 1887 in Flamborough East, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada
    11. Has No Children Winnifred M ORGAN b: 1888 in East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada

Alexander Stewart and Catherine Kennedy in Mountsberg

Has Children Alexander STEWART b: AUG 1806 in Perthshire or Inverness, Scotland, shown above as a son of John S. Stewart. (Sources conflict over Alexander's exact place of birth.)  Alexander's birth record has not been identified.  Alexander was born in Scotland.  His gravestone says he was from Perthshire, but the death record of one of his children lists Alexander's place of birth as Inverness.  Badenoch, Perthshire, Scotland boarders with Inverness.  Many other Puslinch residents came from Badenoch and they named their settlement in Puslinch Badenoch after their home in Scotland.  Alexander and his father and family stayed with an unknown family in Badenoch in Puslinch when they first arrived in Canada.  It's quite possible that they were part of the group who emigrated from Badenoch in Scotland.  If Alexander was born in Badenoch, Perthshire, Scotland which is near Inverness, this could explain the confusion over his birth.

Alexander's gravestone reads: "Alexander Stewart died 23rd December 1889, Aged 83 years and 4 months, A native of Perthshire, Scotland."

Alexander and his father settled on a farm on Lot 11 Southeast, Concession 13, Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada in the mid-1830s.  Their original pioneer log cabin still stands today and still bears the name of "Alexander Stewart" carved above the front door.

Alexander Stewart married on 23 OCT 1845 in Duff's Presbyterian Church, Morriston, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada to Catherine KENNEDY b: ABT 25 AUG 1816 in Badenoch, Inverness Shire, Scotland, daughter of William Kennedy and Elspeth McLean. Alexander and Catherine had the following children:

  1. Has Children John STEWART b: 24 MAY 1846 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  John and his family moved to concession 10, Beverly Township, Wentworth County.  John is presumed to have married to Penelope HANNING (or HENNING) b: 17 APR 1853 in Canada, daughter of James Henning and Margaret McLean, although no record of their marriage has been found.  John and Penelope had the following children:
    1. Has Children Margaret Ann STEWART b: 17 OCT 1871 in Beverly Township, East Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Margaret married on 07 JUN 1919 in Galt, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada to William Joseph HENDERSON b: 05 APR 1874 in Morris Township, Huron County, Ontario, Canada, son of Thomas Henderson and Charlotte Gregg.  Margaret and William had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Thomas Robert HENDERSON b: 02 OCT 1912 in Galt (Cambridge), Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      2. Has No Children George William HENDERSON b: 20 OCT 1914 in Galt (Cambridge), Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
    2. Has Children Catherine Elizabeth STEWART b: 31 MAR 1875 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Katie Stewart married on 28 FEB 1906 in Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario, Canada to Joseph NICKERSON b: 01 JAN 1871 in England, son of Robert Nickerson and Catharine Goodacre.  Katie and Joseph moved to Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario, Canada and had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Dorothy McLean NICKERSON b: 01 MAR 1908 in Morriston, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      2. Has No Children Donald NICKERSON b: 29 JUN 1911 in Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario, Canada
      3. Has No Children Lillian NICKERSON b: 15 AUG 1915 in Niagara Falls, Welland County, Ontario, Canada
    3. Has Children Harvey Alexander STEWART b: 30 MAY 1877 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Harvey lived in Morriston in Puslinch and married on 26 FEB 1902 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada to Margaret Isabella STEWART b: 03 AUG 1880 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Peter Stewart and Catherine McLean of the Comrie Stewart Family.  Harvey and Margaret had the following children:
      1. Has Children Catherine Isabela STEWART b: 29 JUN 1903 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Catherine married Alexander MILNE b: 17 SEP 1894 in West Garafraxa Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada and had issue.
        1. Their children are not published for privacy reasons.
      2. Has Children John Harvey STEWART b: 16 JUL 1905 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  John married to Helen Munro BROADFOOT b: 22 DEC 1902 and had issue.
        1. Their children are not published for privacy reasons.
      3. Has No Children Helen Hanning STEWART b: 20 JAN 1907 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.  It is believed that Helen and her husband moved to British Columbia.  Helen marred to Anthony Thompson GOWAN b: 1886.  They had the following child:
        1. Joseph Lister OAKES b: 25 OCT 1902
      4. Has Children Jean Elizabeth STEWART b: 13 DEC 1908 in Morriston, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.  Jean married to Albert Edward ROBINSON b: 09 SEP 1906 in Kemptville, Oxford Township, Grenville County, Ontario, Canada, son of Thomas Albert Robinson and Harriett Mills.  Jean and Albert had issue.
        1. Their children are not published for privacy reasons.
      5. Has Children Kenneth McLean STEWART b: 14 MAY 1912 in Morriston, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.  Kenneth married to Margaret Minerva MILLER b: 23 FEB 1912 and had issue.
        1. Their children are not published for privacy reasons.

        Kenneth McLean Stewart married secondly to Lois ADAMS.

      6. Has No Children Mary Florence STEWART b: 14 SEP 1913 in Morriston, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      7. Has Children Flying Officer George Alexander STEWART b: 01 JAN 1918 in Morriston, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.  George married in JAN 1940 to Louise PFEFFER b: ABT 1920 in Milverton, Ontario.  George died 02 JUN 1945 in combat in Myingyan, Burma.  George is featured in an article here: Flying Officer George Alexander Stewart.  George and Louise had the following child:
        1. Has No Children Living STEWART
    4. Has Children Agnes Jane STEWART b: 13 AUG 1879 in Beverly, West Flamborough, Wentworth North, Ontario, Canada.  Joan Stewart married on 15 SEP 1908 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada to Alexander Henderson CAMPBELL b: 08 AUG 1878 in Ailsa Craig, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada, son of Archibald Campbell and Ann Henderson. Joan and Alexander had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Alexander Stewart CAMPBELL b: 03 DEC 1909 in Hespeler, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada
      2. Has No Children Archie Henderson CAMPBELL b: 13 JAN 1912 in Hespeler, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada
      3. Has No Children Charles John CAMPBELL b: 03 MAY 1914 in Hespeler, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada
      4. Has No Children Baby CAMPBELL b: 27 FEB 1916 in Hespeler, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada
    5. Has Children Clara Beatrice STEWART b: 25 AUG 1881 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Clara married on 23 JAN 1908 in Dundas, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada to Robert Parker JAMIESON b: 06 APR 1876 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, son of Robert Dickson Jamieson and Mary Parker. Clara and Robert had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Margaret Penelope JAMIESON b: 31 MAR 1914 in Dundas, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      2. Has No Children Living JAMIESON
    6. Has Children Howitt James STEWART b: 02 SEP 1885 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Howitt married on 28 FEB 1917 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada to Jean Henry CHISOLM b: 24 NOV 1892 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Alex Chisolm and Johanna Bell.  Howitt and Jean had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Joanna Penelope STEWART b: 13 JAN 1918 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      2. Has No Children Beatrice Kathleen STEWART b: 26 AUG 1919 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      3. Has No Children James Howitt Murray STEWART b: 25 JUN 1921 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      4. Has No Children Agnes Jean STEWART b: 10 MAR 1924 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      5. Has No Children Living STEWART
      6. Has No Children Living STEWART
      7. Has No Children Living STEWART
    7. Has Children Gordon Lachlan STEWART b: 29 SEP 1890 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Gordon is presumed to have married to Frances May MCINTOSH b: 11 OCT 1895, although no record of their marriage has been found.  They had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Living STEWART
      2. Has No Children Living STEWART
  2. Has Children Charles A. STEWART b: 30 JUN 1851 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Charles and Janet lived on concession 7, West Flamborough Township, Wentworth County.  Charles is presumed to have married to Janet MCBEATH b: 20 JUL 1857 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Malcolm McBeath and Margaret Little, although no record of their marriage has been found.  Charles and Janet had the following child:
    1. Has Children Isabella McBeath STEWART b: 29 APR 1883 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Bella married on 27 JUN 1906 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada to Thomas Henry GOODBRAND b: 12 DEC 1880 in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, son of Charles Goodbrand and Margaret Hall.  Isabella and Thomas had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Jean Isabella GOODBRAND b: 19 AUG 1907 in Greensville, West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      2. Has No Children Charles Murray GOODBRAND b: 11 AUG 1908 in Clappison's Corners, West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      3. Has No Children William Thomas GOODBRAND b: 04 DEC 1909 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      4. Has No Children Stewart Hall GOODBRAND b: 09 NOV 1911 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      5. Has No Children Grace Irene GOODBRAND b: 03 MAR 1913 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      6. Has No Children Laura May GOODBRAND b: 18 JUL 1914 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      7. Has No Children Ross Alexander GOODBRAND b: 23 SEP 1915 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      8. Has No Children John Henry GOODBRAND b: 02 MAR 1917 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      9. Has No Children James Gordon GOODBRAND b: 09 FEB 1919 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      10. Has No Children Living GOODBRAND
      11. Has No Children Living GOODBRAND
      12. Has No Children Living GOODBRAND
      13. Has No Children Living GOODBRAND
  3. Has Children William E. STEWART b: 21 SEP 1852 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  William inherited the family farm on lot 11, southeast, concession 13, Mountsberg, East Flamborough, Wentworth County. Originally William and his brother, Robert, split the farm with 50 acres each, but Robert later sold his half to William. William was the third of five generations to live in the Mountsberg log cabin.  William married on 21 MAR 1888 in Hamilton, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada to Mary Jane CURRIE b: 13 APR 1862 in Freelton, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of George Currie and Margaret Moffat.  William and Mary had the following children:
    1. Has Children David Currie STEWART b: 01 AUG 1888 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  David and his family moved next door to the family farm and occupied lot 10, southeast, concession 13, Mountsberg, Flamborough Township, Wentworth County.  David married on 17 SEP 1919 in Nichol Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada to Jane Garfield PINKNEY b: 15 SEP 1889 in Caledon, Peel County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of John Pinkney and Jane Taylor Smith.  David and Jane had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Living STEWART
      2. Has No Children William Allan STEWART b: 03 DEC 1923 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
      3. Has No Children Living STEWART
      4. Has No Children Living STEWART
      5. Has No Children Living STEWART
    2. Has Children George Alexander STEWART b: 23 APR 1890 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  George inherited the Mountsberg family farm. He was the fourth generation of Stewarts to live in the Mountsberg log cabin.  George is presumed to have married to Annie Isabel CLARK b: 08 SEP 1899 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Robert Clarm and Margaret McLean, although no record of their marriage has been found.  George and Annie had the following children:
      1. Has Children William Robert STEWART b: 26 MAR 1929 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. William and Audrey Stewart and their daughters were the last of the Stewarts to live on the family homestead. They sold the property in 1966 after five consecutive generations of Stewart ownership from the earliest pioneer settlement.  William married Audrey HASKELL b: 11 JUL 1940.  William and Audrey had the following children:
        1. Has No Children Margaret Edith STEWART b: 31 JAN 1962
        2. Has No Children Lynda Marie STEWART b: 19 SEP 1964
        3. Has No Children Living STEWART
        4. Has No Children Living STEWART
      2. Has No Children Living STEWART
    3. Has Children Charles Kennedy STEWART b: 10 DEC 1891 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Charles married on 16 MAR 1921 in Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada to Olive Margaret WYSE b: 27 APR 1898 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Benjamin Wyse and Mabel Hariett Haines.  Charles and Olive had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Marion Olive STEWART b: 22 APR 1922 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      2. Has No Children William Russel STEWART b: 12 JUN 1924 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
      3. Has No Children Living STEWART
      4. Has No Children Donald Wardrope STEWART b: 23 AUG 1929 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
    4. Has No Children Joseph Moffat STEWART b: 06 JAN 1894 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada. Joseph married Gertrude May PLAYFAIR b: 10 DEC 1902 in Bathurst, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada.  It is believed that they had no children.
    5. Has Children Margaret Moffat STEWART b: 09 MAY 1896 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Margaret and James were married in Hamilton. It is presumed they remained in Hamilton, however this is not certain.  Margaret married ABT 1930 in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada to James Walter DAINARD b: 08 JAN 1898 in Marysburg (South/Sud), Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, son of Herman and Annie M. Dainard.  Margaret and James had the following children:
      1. Has No Children Living DAINARD
      2. Has No Children Living DAINARD
    6. Has No Children Robert Russell STEWART b: 04 MAY 1898 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Robert married to Olive Margaret WYSE b: 27 APR 1898 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, the widow of his brother Charles. Robert and Olive had no children. They lived near Strabane in Flamborough Township, Wentworth County.
    7. Has Children Catherine Jean STEWART b: 28 SEP 1906 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Catherine and Nile lived on concession 10, Beverly Township, now part of the city of Dundas, Wentworth County. Catherine was the only child of this family who was not born in the Mountsberg log cabin.  Catherine married to Nile Nathaniel FINCH b: 10 OCT 1908 in Glanford, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, son of Jonathan Wesley Finch and Nancy Ellen Reed.  Catherine and Nile had the following child:
      1. Has No Children Mary E. FINCH b: 1943 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.  She died in childhood.
  4. Has No Children Agnes STEWART b: 09 NOV 1855 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Agnes was one of the triplets. She died as a child.
  5. Has Children Margaret STEWART b: 09 NOV 1855 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Margaret was the only one of the triplets to survive to adulthood.  Margaret married on 20 FEB 1883 in Wellington County, Ontario, Canada to John PHILPOT b: 13 MAR 1833 in London, England.  They had the following children:
    1. Has No Children Catherine PHILPOTT b: 02 OCT 1884 in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
    2. Has Children Lachlan Alexander PHILPOT b: 09 DEC 1885 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada
    3. Has No Children Robert Harvey PHILPOT b: 12 APR 1888 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
    4. Has Children Agnes Hils Ilo PHILPOT b: 07 JUL 1896 in West Flamborough, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
  6. Has No Children Jane STEWART b: 09 NOV 1855 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Jane was one of the triplets. She died as a child. The published biography of this family says that one of the triplets died at birth, and the second died a few years later of scarlet fever. However the gravestones indicate that both girls died during the time of the scarlet fever outbreak. It seems that either the gravestone transcription or the published family history is wrong about the time of death of one of the triplets. It is also possible that Jane's birthdate has been confused with the triplets, and that the third triplet's name is unknown; making Jane the fourth daughter. What is known for sure is that two of the three triplets died as children.
  7. Has No Children Robert STEWART b: 20 MAR 1858 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Robert initially inherited half of the family's Mountsberg farm, but he later sold his half to his brother William. Robert and his wife Janet moved to the end of concession 13 at Brock Road (now Highway 6) where they operated the toll gate.  Robert married to Janet Hellen ROSS b: 14 JUN 1857.  It is believed that they had no children.
  8. Has No Children Lachlan Kennedy STEWART b: 05 FEB 1862 in Mountsberg, East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada.  Lachlan became an architect although later American census records give his occupation as "contractor and builder" and "interior finisher".  In 1882 or 1888 (census records conflict) Lachlan moved to Buffalo, New York, USA.  Lachlan married in 1897 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA to Lillian KIDDER b: SEP 1872 in New York, USA, daughter of William H. and Mary A. Kidder.  They had no children.

Research Leads

David STEWART, b 1781 in Upper Canada, res 1861 in East Flamborough, Wentworth, Methodist; wife Elisabeth b 1891 in USA.  The following are suggested as his sons as they were living nearby in 1861 and show matching onomastics:

  1. George STEWART, b 1822 in Ontario, res 1861 in East Flamborough, carpenter; wife Sarah, b 1828 in Ontario
    1. Anne E STEWART, b 1847 in Ontario
    2. David H STEWART, b 1849 in Ontario
    3. Marion D STEWART, b 1850 in Ontario
    4. William C STEWART, b 1852 in Ontario
    5. Charles McA Stewart, b 1857 in Ontario
    6. Ellen L (P?) STEWART, b 1860 in Ontario
  2. David H STEWART, b 1825 in Ontario, res 1861 in East Flamborough, farmer; wife Eliza Jane b 1834 in Ontario
    1. David Wm. STEWART, b 1852 in Ontario
    2. Catharine STEWART, b 1854 in Ontario
    3. Malvina STEWART, b 1856 in Ontario
    4. Rachel STEWART, b 1860 in Ontario

John STEWART, b 1813 in Ontario, res 1861 in East Flamborough, merchant; wife Eliza b 1813 in Ontario

  1. Hannah E STEWART, b 1844 in Ontario
  2. Matilda STEWART, b 1847 in Ontario
  3. Aaron Howard? STEWART, b 1851 in Ontario

(not at dotted 'i' in the abbreviation, the dot is the tale of the letter above)
?? (Wm?) STEWART, b 1837 in Scotland, res 1861 in East Flamborough, labourer; wife Christie b 1863 in Scotland. residing nearby to...

Alexander STEWART, b 1825 in Scotland, res 1861 in East Flamborough, labourer; wife Isabella b 1831 in Scotland

  1. Elizabeth STEWART, b 1857 in Ontario

David STEWART, b 1792 in Scotland, res 1861 in West Flamborough, Disciples, widowed

  1. Margaret STEWART, b 1821 in Scotland
  2. Elisabeth STEWART, b 1827 in Scotland

William STEWART, b 1793 in Scotland

Possible Ancestors of John S. Stewart in Mountsberg

The following family represents the current best lead for the possible family of John S. Stewart who immigrated to Mountsberg with his grown children:

Previously it had been believed, from onomastics, that the wife of John S Stewart was named Margaret.  From that, the following family was tentatively identified. 

John Stewart and Margaret Robertson in Fortingall, m 14/18 NOV 1800 in Blair Atholl and Fortingall

  1. Katharine STEWART, bap 5 JAN 1795 in Weem
  2. Grisal STEWART, bap 9 MAR 1878 in Weem
  3. John STEWART, bap 14 SEP 1800 in Dull
  4. Niel STEWART, bap 26 OCT 1801 in Fortingall
  5. Susan STEWART, bap 22 DEC 1802 in Dull
  6. John STEWART, bap 20 JAN 1804 in Fortingall
  7. Alexander STEWART, bap 31 JUL 1807 in Fortingall

However, it now appears more likely that John's wife's name was Agnes.  The challenge is that John's son, Alexander's first daughters were triplets, thus identifying which one was actually second born and thus named after her paternal grandmother, is a challenge.  However Archibald and Julia appear to have named their first daughter Agnes.

The following family represents the current best lead for the possible birth family of John S. Stewart:

John STEWART and Ann STEWART m 25 DEC 1763 in Fortingall

  1. Archibald STEWART, bap 20 MAR 1765 in Fortingall (mother given only as "Ann" with no surname)
  2. Duncan STEWART, bap 18 OCT 1767 in Fortingall
  3. Margaret STEWART, bap 10 DEC 1769 in Fortingall
  4. John STEWART, bap 1 AUG 1773 in Fortingall
  5. several in Blair Atholl and Dull but clearly more than one family

If this is correct then Ann Stewart, wife of John, is a perfect chronological and onomastic match to be a sister of Allan Stewart of the Crieff Stewarts, who also came from Fortingall, was close in age to Ann and had an eldest son and daughter named Duncan and Margaret.

Possible Additional Descendants of John S. Stewart in Mountsberg

The following Stewart families are found in East and West Flamborough and represent possible contenders to be the children of John S. Stewart of Mountsberg.

1851/52 East Flamborough Agricultural Schedule

The 1851 Canadian census for East Flamborough does not survive.  However the 1851 Agricultural census portion survives.  Although it is identified as 1851 it was actually conducted in 1852.  The Agricultural Census lists only the name of the head of household and the inventory of the farm production.  No ages or places of birth are given for the heads of household and no additional family members are listed.  The Agricultural Census for East Flamborough lists the following Stewarts/Stuarts (the different spelling is inconsequential):

  1. John Stuart - This would be John S. Stewart in Mountsberg.
  2. Alexander Stuart - Son of John S. Stewart in Mountsberg
  3. Donald Stuart - Son-in-law of John S. Stewart in Mountsberg, married to Ann Stewart, daughter of John S. Stewart.
  4. Charles Stewart - He is identified below as a probable son of John S. Stewart in Mountsberg.
  5. Arch'd Stewart - He is identified below as a probable son of John S. Stewart in Mountsberg.
  6. Wm Stuart - See next William Stuart.
  7. Wm Stuart (second) - It is likely that one of the two William Stewarts is a son of John S. Stewart in Mountsberg.  The other William Stewart is suspected to be a son of Donald Stewart, son-in-law of John S. Stewart.
  8. Jas Stuart - He is suspected to be James Stewart in Waterdown who immigrated from Dundee, Scotland and is believed to be no relation to the Mountsberg Stewarts.

The likely candidates above are described in more detail below.  In addition to these likely candidates in East Flamborough in 1852 there is also a contemporary Peter Stewart in West Flamborough who appears to be a strong candidate to be a son of John S. Stewart.  Peter is also described further below.

Archibald H and Julia Stewart 1803, East and West Flam

Archibald H STEWART, b 1803 Scotland, d 13 FEB 1875 in West Flamborough, age 72, informant Dr George Metherell MD.  Wife, Julia Stewart, b 1822 in Scotland, d 23 APR 1880 in Beverly, "wife of Arch H Stewart", informant Rev. Robert Thyne, Minister in Kirkwall.  Children:

  1. Agnes STEWART, b 1849 in Beverly, dtr of Archibald and Julia Stewart, m 24 AUG 1871 in Beverly to William D RIDDLE, b 1849 in Beverly, farmer, son of Robert and Elizabeth Riddle, Presbyterian.
  2. Jessie STEWART, b 1864 in Kirkwall, dtr of Archibald and Julia Stewart, m 26 JUL 1887 in Wentworth to Alexander AUSTIN, b 1865 in Fergus, Wellington, son of Robert and Mary Austin, Presbyterian.

19 MAR 1845, Alfred ROBERTSON, Beverly, m Ann STEWART, Beverly, wit Archibald Stewart and Charles Barmand.

Charles Stewart 1807, East Flam and Hamilton and Brantford

Charles Stewart, b 1807 in Scotland, d 8 SEP 1874 in Beverly, age 67, informant Dr. George Metherell MD, Freelton.  Probably the same Charles Stewart of East Flamborough, yeoman, who married to Anne Culp of East Flamborough, dtr of Rev. David Culp and Margaret House, marriage bond issued 21 NOV 1832.  Charles is listed as a shoemaker in Carlisle in 1853, just south of Mountsberg.  No confirmed children found, but possible father of:

  1. Charles Edward STEWART, b 1833 publisher, m 10 DEC 1868 in Brantford to Annie Jane Racey/Kessey, b 1852 (he was 35, she was 16!) no parents given.  1851 Charles E Stuart age 20 born Canada, residing in Brantford working as a Clerk for Henry Racey and wife Mary.  Charles E Stewart and Charles A Stewart (Mountsberg Family) were witnesses the marriage of Peter Stewart and Anne Dunbar (below).  Charles E Stewart had the following children:
    1. Mary Ethel STEWART, b 28 JUN 1870 in Hamilton.  Mary Ethel STEWART, b 1870 in Hamilton, dtr of Charles E Stewart and Annie Jane, m 10 SEP 1890 in Hamilton to Frederick Clarence Jarvis, b 1864 in Toronto, son of Frederick and Caroline, witness Isabel Stewart of Hamilton.
    2. Mabel Annie STEWART, b 27 APR 1872 in Hamilton

Note: There is a Charles Stewart, b/bap 28/30 SEP 1806 in Blair Atholl, son of Peter Stewart and Isobel Stewart.

Peter Stewart 1815, West Flam

This Peter Stewart had a son Peter whose marriage was witnessed by Charles A Stewart of the Mountsberg family and Charles E Stewart (above).  Based on this marriage witnessing it is suspected that Peter Stewart may be a son of John S Stewart in Mountsberg.

Peter STEWART, b 1815 in Scotland, res 1852 in West Flamborough, farmer.  Wife Marianne, b 1815 in Ireland.  Peter is not found in 1881.  In 1881 his son Peter Jr is shown residing in East Flambrough with siblings Isabella, John and William and with a widow Isabella Stewart, b 1827 in Scotland.  In 1891 he is found residing next door to his son Peter Jr.  He is shown as Peter Stuart Sr (b 1815 in Scotland) residing next door to Peter Jr who is age 35 and whose parents are born in Scotland and Ireland.  Peter Sr died 23 MAR 1894 in West Flam, b 1815 Perthshire, Scotland, informant Peter Stewart farmer in Freelton.

Peter and Marianne/Mary Anne are believed (some are confirmed) to have had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth STEWART, b 1842 in ?
  2. Isabella Stewart, 1846 in Ontario (shown as married, apparently to Peter - sic).  She is found in 1881 residing with her siblings Peter, John and William.
  3. Ann STEWART, b 1850 in Canada
  4. Peter STEWART, 10 SEP 1856, Ontario rural, (parents given as Peter and Mary R Stewart) farmer, res 1901 in West Flamborough nearby to Peter Davidson.  wife Annie DUNBAR, b 1857 in Ontario rural, dtr of Thomas Dunbar and Fanny McK.  m 7 DEC 1881 in Hamilton, witnessed by Charles A Stewart of Flamborough and Charles E Stewart of Hamilton!
    1. Lylia/Leila Grace D. STEWART, b 24 JUN 1886 in Freelton, West Flamborough, m 8 JUN 1910 in West Flamborough to Welcome Yale Marr, b 1887 in Glanford, son of Welcome Yale Marr and Amanda Grace Clark, witness Wallace Roy Stewart of Welland
    2. Wallace Roy STEWART, b 27 AUG 1890 in West Flamborough
  5. John Stewart, 1858,  (poss John Stewart b 1858 son of Peter and Mary, Carpenter, m 15 SEP 1890 in Hamilton to Amarilla Hendricks, dtr of John and Mary).  13085-91 John STEWART, 32, carpenter, Ontario, Hamilton, s/o Peter & Mary, married Amarilla HENDRICKS, 30, Ontario, Hamilton, d/o John & Mary, witn: Harris & Katherine BUCHANAN of Hamilton, 15 Sept 1890 at Hamilton.  In 1891 Amerilla residing in Northumberland with her birth family and without John, shown as married, not widowed. (See detailed entry below)

    HENDRICKS 1891 census @ca.on.098g1 family 014
    @ca.on.northumberland.murray_township division 1 page 3 film T6356 lds1465781
    electoral district of Northumberland East
    4 HENDRICKS John T. m 76 married - Ont Ont Ont CofE farmer
    5 HENDRICKS {?} Mary Ann f 62 married wife Ont Eng Ire CofE
    6 HENDRICKS James m 35 - son Ont Ont Ont CofE farmer
    7 HENDRICKS John m 26 - son Ont Ont Ont CofE day labourer
    8 HENDRICKS Alexander m 22 - son Ont Ont Ont CofE day labourer
    9 HENDRICKS Edward m 19 - son Ont Ont Ont CofE day labourer
    10 STEWART {HENDRICKS} Amarilla f 32 married dtr Ont Ont Ont CofE
    indexed 2003 by OGS Kawartha Branch

  6. William Stewart, 1869.  He is found in 1881 residing with his siblings Isabella, Peter and John.

Others

The following are persons of interest in trying to identify or eliminate candidates to be sons of John S Stewart in Mountsberg.

Alexander STEWART, b 22 MAR 1832 in Scotland (poss bap 24 MAR 1832 in Cargill, Perth, son of Alexander Stewart and Charlotte Reid), farmer, res 1901 in West Flam nearby to Peter Stewart (above) and Peter Davidson. wife Ann, b 10 FEB 1851 in Ont rural

James STEWART, b 1835 in Dundee, Scotland, tailor, res 1881 East Flamborough, d 21 FEB 1914 in Waterdown, East Flam (parent info blank), wife Julia Whitty, b 1840 Ireland

  1. Thomas STEWART, b 1865, Ontario
  2. James STEWART, b 1866, Ontario
  3. Marie STEWART, b 1869, Ontario
  4. Mary Mabel STEWART, b. 6 MAR 1877, Waterdown, East Flamborough, Ontario
  5. Olivia STEWART, b 1879, Ontario
  6. Aylmer Alex Kerr STEWART, b 5 JUL 1879, Waterdown, East Flam,

Calista Stewart, b 1871 in East Flam, d 10 MAR 1874 in Waterdown (no parent given)

Samuel Stewart, b 1804 Scotland, d 25 JUN 1877 in Ancaster, Wentworth, age 73, blacksmith, Presbyterian, informant James Stewart farmer in Beverly.

****SEE West Flam Stuarts/Stewarts in 1891

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