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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.
Here I present some of the remaining Stewart families of Puslinch that do not fit into one of the three principal families. These families are "stray" only in that they do not fit into my arbitrarily chosen principal families. They are no less pioneer Stewart families of Puslinch.
If you are aware of any other Stewarts who were pioneers in Puslinch Township, or who lived in Puslinch prior to 1900, whom you feel should be added to this page, then please contact me.
The following includes excerpts from the article "The Stewarts of Crieff" by the late Anna Jackson of the Puslinch Historical Society. Reprinted with permission.
"William Stewart 1800-1878, no relation to the [Crieff] Stewarts*, was born at the foot of Ben Nevis and emigrated to lot 23 rear first in 1835. On December 31, 1840 he married Catherine McPherson, daughter of Donald Dhu McPherson. Walter Scott and John McDiarmid were the witnesses. William was one of the movers for a Presbyterian congregation in Puslinch, and it was he who was delegated to carry the petition for the first church property to Toronto in 1837.
Their family was Donald who married Margaret Bell; Isabella (Mrs. Gillies McBain); Margaret (Mrs. Alexander McCallum); and Angus 1848-1929 who married Mary Ann (Polly) McWilliams.
Donald and Margaret Bell Stewart lived on lot 22 rear first. Mrs. Stewart 1859 was the daughter of Richard and Mary Thompson Bell; she died in her 100th year. Their family was William who died age 37; Mary 1891 (Mrs. Marshall Cochrane); Annie 1893 (Mrs. Richard Paddock); and Jennie May 1896 (Mrs. G.H. Gillies). This family all moved away.
Isabella Stewart (Mrs. Gillies McBain), and Margaret Stewart (Mrs. Alexander McCallum) immigrated to different parts of Michigan and the two sisters never saw each other again.
Angus Stewart continued on the homestead, married Mary (Polly) McWilliams in 1885 and raised three daughters Catherine (Mrs. Hector McCaig); Isabel 1892 (Mrs. Arthur Evans); and Margaret 1889-1983 who did not marry. This family was very active in the church. Angus Stewart served both as Secretary and as Treasurer on the Board of Managers. Angus was known locally as Angus "King" Stewart, and his wife was "Queen."
The family of William Stewart of Ben Nevis, Inverness, Scotland, was later related by marriage to the Crieff Stewarts, as members of both families married daughters of Donald Dhu MacPherson.
William Stewart was born in 1800 at the "foot of Ben Nevis" in Inverness, Scotland. He married on 31 MAY 1840 in Duff's Presbyterian Church, Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ont. to Catharine McPherson. She was born 14 NOV 1803 in Kingussie (Badenoch), Inverness, Scotland as the daughter of Donald Dhu McPherson and Catharine McPherson. William and Catharine had the following children:
*Although the late Anna Jackson believed there to be no relationship between this family and the Stewarts of Crieff, the reader should refer to the Stewarts of Crieff page for a possible link.
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This family is being researched by John McEwen.
John STEWART was born in 1798 in Perthshire, Scotland (according to his gravestone). His exact place of birth is not known. John Stewart married Jane, whose last name may have been McLean. They were married about 1822 in Scotland and began their family there. They had three children before 1829 and then sometime between 1829-1835 they emigrated from Scotland to Canada. However no record of their marriage or the births of any of their Scotland-born children has so far been found. John and Jane settled on lot 12-front, concession 2, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario (according to the old concession numbering system). In Puslinch they had two more children. John is buried in Killean Cemetery in West Puslinch.
John and Jane Stewart had the following known descendants:
This Stewart family's farm passed to the son James Stewart in 1861 who also owned the adjacent front lot. Sometime after 1871 (probably 1875) James sold both lots and moved to an unknown location "out west". The original family farm was sold in 1875 to John Gilchrist and the front lot was sold in 1875 to Hy Shaumberg. Although diary records indicate James went "out west", his family can be found in the 1881 census in Bruce County, Ontario. Whether that was considered "out west" by the unknown diarist, or whether they later moved further "out west" after 1881 is not known.
"Another John Stewart pioneered lot 12, front Second. We have only the record of a diarist who noted that, a difficult spot in the trail that was to become the Second concession, west of Sideroad 10, was known as Stewart's hole because John lost several loads of goods into that quagmire. John Stewart was a subscriber to the lot 15 church in 1851; he died in 1861 (sic. 1858) and his son James, with his wife was Betsy Sinclair had several of their children baptized here before their removal west. One of them may have married Alexander Easton. The children baptized here were Catherine 1853; John 1855; Jane 1857; Mary 1859; Alexander 1861; Elizabeth 1864; and James 1866." -- Excerpted from the article "The Stewarts of Crieff" by the late Anna Jackson of the Puslinch Historical Society. Reprinted with permission.
The family of John Stewart of Scotland raises some interesting prospects. According to descendant John McEwen they came from either Argyllshire or Perthshire, but that does not sufficiently narrow the search enough to identify John Stewart in Scottish records. It is certainly possible that he came from Scotland on his own and settled in Puslinch without any connection to any of the other Stewart families featured in this project. However three tantalizing possibilities are impossible to ignore:
1) He is a reasonably close age to be the John Stewart of the first generation of the Comrie family and that John Stewart's whereabouts are unknown. However his children do not match the naming pattern for the Comrie family -- assuming all the first generation children are known.
2) He is also close to the right age to be one of the unknown sons of John Stewart of the Mountsberg family. Although only the name of Alexander is known among the first generation of that family, if the Mountsberg Stewarts were following Scots naming customs (which it appears that Alexander does, then Alexander would certainly have had a brother named John. Again, however, the naming pattern does not fit.
3) This family moved to Tiverton, Bruce County, not far from the family of Duncan and Archibald Stewart shown below. The names Peter and Archibald feature in both families. Duncan and Archibald below came from Killean, Argyll, Scotland. This John is buried in Killean cemetery in Puslinch. John is recorded as being from Perthshire, but family tradition claims that he may have been from Argyll. John would fit perfectly as an unrecorded brother with Duncan and Archibald below.
No corresponding match for this family has been found in the IGI. The closest one is:
John STEWART and Jane Nichol m 11 APR 1822 in Perth, Perth, Scotland.
- Alexander STEWRT, b/bap 25 FEB/2 MAR 1823 in Perth, Perth, Scotland
- James STEWART, b/bap 27 MAR/3 APR 1825 in Perth, Perth, Scotland
- John STEWART, b/bap 22/30 SEP 1827 in Perth, Perth, Scotland
- Isabella STEWART, b/bap 15/30 MAY 1830 in Perth, Perth, Scotland
- Christina STEWART, b 13 MAR 1836 in Perth, Perth, Scotland
- Catherine STEWART, b. ABT 1840 in Perth, Perth, Scotland (LDS member submission - probably identical to Christina)
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The following families or individuals are Stewarts who lived in Puslinch but who are not included in any of the three principal families, nor are they included in any of the prominent stray families. They are not included in my computer database either so they do not appear in the family data pages of this website. I have included them here simply because in the course of my research I have stumbled across scraps of information that is convenient to include here. I hope it will be of value to those who may be researching one of these smaller families. What you see here is all I know of these families. If you can add further information on any of these families, please contact me.
This family is being researched by Kelly Gyurkovits.
There was a family of Stewarts who were early settlers in Beverly Township in Wentworth County, Ontario. Beverly township is the next township south of Puslinch and the two townships form the border between Wellington County on the north and Wentworth County on the south. Although this family never actually lived in Puslinch, they did attend first Duff's Presbyterian Church and later Crieff Presbyterian Church, both in Puslinch, and their children's baptisms are recorded in the Puslinch churches. Some members of this family later moved to Petrolia and Enniskillen, near Sarnia, in Lambton County, Ontario.
This family originates with John STEWART and his wife Agnes DAVIDSON (see photo at right). They emigrated from Fife, Scotland in June 1834 and settled in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario. John died in Beverly while Agnes survived him and moved to Enniskillen with her son John, where she later died.
According to Kelly's family records:
"John Stewart, born near Inverness, Scotland and Agnes [Davidson] born in Inverness, Scotland immigrated to Canada about 1830 to a farm in north Wentworth. Three sons, William, John, and Robert, were all born in Scotland. Three daughters, Anne, Christina and Jessie were all born in Scotland. A fourth daughter, Cartha, was born at sea when coming to Canada."
According to the late Anna Jackson in her article on the Crieff Stewarts for the Puslinch Historical Society:
"Robert Stewart [son of John and Agnes] and Isabella MacKenzie Stewart of lot 18 Tenth of Beverly had their children baptized by Rev. MacLean and they occupied a pew. It is quite possible that it was this Robert Stewart who was the contractor of the building of the 1854 church. It is also presumed that it was this Robert Stewart who led the Service of Praise in the English language while Neil Currie was precantor in Gaelic, before 1864. Their children were John 1858; Donald 1860; Alexander 1862; Margaret Isabella 1864; Agnes 1866; and William 1868."
The Commemorative Biographical Record of Lambton County, Ontario (Toronto, Ontario: J.H. Beers, 1906) presents a thorough biographical sketch of this family. This material can be found on the Government of Canada website at http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=9187 . Click on the thumbnails at right to read the entire biographical account.
Crieff Cemetery transcriptions show the following:
Stewart, William A. died 12 Nov. 1871 at 3 years and 1 month, son of Stewart, Robert & Isabella. Daughter, Margaret died 6 Nov 1871 at 7 years and 6 months, and daughter Stewart, Agnes, died 17 Nov 1871 at 5 years and 6 months.
The 1881 census shows:
Location: Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario (source: LDS)
|Name||Marital Status||Gender||Ethnic Origin||Age||Birthplace||Occupation||Religion|
|Robert STEWART||M||Male||Scottish||57||Scotland||Farmer||C. Presbyterian|
|John STEWART||Male||Scottish||22||O <Ontario>||Farmer||C. Presbyterian|
|Donald STEWART||Male||Scottish||20||O <Ontario>||Farmer||C. Presbyterian|
|Alexander STEWART||Male||Scottish||18||O <Ontario>||Farmer||C. Presbyterian|
|Margrate I STEWART||Female||Scottish||9||O <Ontario>||C. Presbyterian|
It shows Robert Stewart without his wife Isabella and without the two youngest children, Agnes and William, but with a second daughter named Margaret, born after the death of her same-named sister. Cemetery records confirm that Agnes and William died in 1871. Robert is mistakenly shown here as married rather than a widower.
The family can now be reconstructed thusly:
JOHN STEWART was born Unknown near Inverness, Scotland, and died Unknown in Ontario, Canada. He married AGNUS DAVIDSON December 29, 1816 in Saint Martins, Perth, Scotland. She was born Unknown in Inverness, Scotland, and died Unknown in Ontario, Canada. They arrived in Canada on July 31, 1834 at the Porte de Québec (present day Québec City), Québec, Canada aboard the ship Cartha. They had the following children:
JAMES STEWART, b: 25 MAR 1815, baptized: 22 JUN 1817 Saint Martins, Perth, Scotland. He is believed to be the James Stewart of Beverly Township who married Robina Horn. According to Lambton CBR James died "in boyhood", but this would seem to be an exaggeration. James died about 1837 and his widow, Robina Stewart, married on 7 FEB 1838 to Oliver Wedge.
ANN DAVIDSON STEWART, b. November 10, 1816, Near St. Andrews, Fifeshire, Scotland; baptized: 22 JUN 1817 Saint Martins, Perth, Scotland; d. August 06, 1896, Beverly Township. Wentworth County Ontario. She married GEORGE TENNANT 1840 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, son of DAVID TENANT and MARY THOMSON. He was born April 1812 in Crawford, Lead Hills, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and died May 14, 1877 in Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada. They are both buried in Kirkwall Presbyterian Cemetery, Kirkwall, Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario. They had the following children:
MARY ANN TENNANT, b. December 04, 1841, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. September 10, 1931, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
JOHN TENNANT, b. Bet. 1842 - 1843; d. May 24, 1882, Burial: May 1882, Kirkwall Cemetery, Wentworth County, Beverly, Ontario, Canada
JANE TENNANT, b. September 1844; d. August 10, 1847, Burial: August 1847, Kirkwall Cemetery, Wentworth County, Beverly, Ontario, Canada
AGNES TENNANT, b. January 1846; d. August 11, 1847. Burial: August 1847, Kirkwall Cemetery, Wentworth County, Beverly, Ontario, Canada
DAVID TENNANT, b. 1848; d. March 09, 1892; m. MARY UNKNOWN; b. Bet. 1850 - 1851, Scotland. Burial: March 1892, Kirkwall Cemetery, Wentworth County, Beverly, Ontario, Canada
JAMES TENNANT, b. May 26, 1849; d. July 09, 1921.
JANET TENNANT, b. Bet. 1850 - 1851, Ontario, Canada; d. Bet. 1920 - 1930, Indiana, United States of America.
WILLIAM TENNANT, b. Bet. 1850 - 1851.
THOMAS TENNANT, b. Bet. 1853 - 1854.
GEORGE TENNANT, b. Bet. 1855 - 1856.
ROBERT TENNANT, b. Bet. 1857 - 1858.
SARAH TENNANT, b. Bet. 1859 - 1860.
JOHN STEWART in Enniskillen, b. 24 MAY 1819 in Fife, Scotland; d. 1877 in Lambton County, Ontario. He married on 30 April 1847 in Duff's Presbyterian Church, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario to Jane MCINTOSH. She was born about 1821 in Ontario (Lambton CBR says she was born May 1821 in Inverness, Scotland). Jane's mother, Ann McIntosh was born about 1797 in Scotland or Ontario. In 1855 they moved to Enniskillen, Lambton County, Ontario "when the Indians were practically the only inhabitants of that region." John d. 28 OCT 1877 in Enniskillen. Jane d. 24 FEB 1902 in Enniskillen. They are buried in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia (Sarnia), Lambton County, Ontario. For more information on the descendants of this branch, please refer to the Lambton CBR article above. John and Jane had the following children:
Agnes STEWART, born 9 Jun 1848 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, baptized 6 Apr 1849 in Duff's Presbyterian Church, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario. She married John MCLELLAN. They had seven children.
Jane Anne STEWART, born 9 Apr 1850 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, baptized 11 Aug 1850 in Duff's Presbyterian Church, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario. She married on April 22, 1875 in Petrolia, Lambton County, Ontario to Angus MCLELLAN, age 24, farmer of Enniskillen s/o Kenneth and Margaret. They moved to Sanilac, Michigan, USA. They had seven children.
Jessie STEWART, b. bef 1855. died in childhood.
John STEWART, b. bef 1855, died in childhood.
Janet/Jessie STEWART, born 2 Jan 1853 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, baptized 8 Mar 1853 in Duff's Presbyterian Church, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario. She married John WATSON. They had two children.
Robert STEWART, born 1856 in Enniskillen, Lambton, Ontario. M. Lizzie SOMMERVILLE and had three children. Died 1924, Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia, Lambton County, Ontario
Peter STEWART, born 1858 in Ontario. Died 1920, Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia, Lambton County, Ontario. Married Racheal Harley 1862-1946.
William STEWART, born 21 NOV 1864 in Ontario, died 1927, Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia, Lambton County, Ontario. m. Geneva HARLEY. Had four children.
John STEWART, born about 1863 in Ontario, twin to his brother James. (Lambton CBR gives birth of twins as 2 MAR 1870)
James STEWART, born about 1863 in Ontario, twin to his brother John.
Maggie STEWART, born about 1866 in Ontario. (Lambton CBR gives birth as after 1870 and still single in 1906.)
ALEXANDER STEWART in Beverly, b: 15 NOV 1821 and baptized: 09 DEC 1821 Cameron, Fife, Scotland. He had relations with, but did not marry, Hellen Clark in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario. However, Lambton CBR says they did marry and remained in Beverly where he later died young. They had the following child:
James STEWART, born 17 May 1847 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, baptized on 13 Feb 1848 in Duff's Presbyterian Church, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario. Recorded as a "natural child".
ROBERT STEWART of Beverly, was born about 1824 in Scotland and died after 1881. He married about 1855 probably in Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario to Isabella MacKenzie. She was born about 1827 in Scotland and may have died prior to 1881. They had the following children:
JOHN STEWART, b. about 1858 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario.
DONALD STEWART, b. about 1860 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario.
ALEXANDER STEWART, b. about 1862 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario.
MARGARET ISABELLA STEWART, b. May 1864 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario. d. bef 1872
AGNES STEWART, b. May 1866 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, died 17 Nov 1871 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario.
WILLIAM A. STEWART, b. Oct 1868 in Beverley Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, died 12 Nov. 1871 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario.
MARGARET ISABELLA STEWART, b. 1872 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario.
WILLIAM STEWART in Australia, b. Scotland; d. aft 1851. Lambton CBR records him as being younger than his brother Robert. He witnessed his brother John's wedding in 1847. 1851 Farmer's census shows him two doors away from his brother John. According to the Lambton CBR, William and his family immigrated to Australia "and spent a successful life there and died in 1900." William married Catherine MCNAUGHTON and had the following child:
John STEWART, b: 24 APR 1844 in Beverly, Wentworth County, Ontario and baptized in Duff's Presbyterian Church on 9 MAR 1845.
CHRISTINE STEWART, b. Scotland; d. Unknown. Lambton CBR records Christina as the third child. She married Peter MCCALL of Galt. They had the following children:
Jessie (d. bef. 1906)
JESSIE STEWART, b. Scotland; d. Unknown. Lambton CBR records Jessie as the second child. She married firstly to John MCDONALD of Beverly. They had two sons. She married secondly to James ROSS. They moved to Indiana. They had two children:
William ROSS who resided in Indiana in 1906.
Mary ROSS who resided in Indiana in 1906.
CARTHA MORRISON STEWART, b. Bet. June - July 1834, on route from Scotland to Canada aboard the barque Cartha; d. May 28, 1882, Beverly Township Wentworth County, Ontario; Burial: June 1882, Crieff Cemetery, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario. Lambton CBR says that Cartha was born just before the family emigrated, however the fact that she was named after the ship they sailed on makes it more likely that she was born aboard ship. She married DAVID GALBRAITH December 15, 1854 in Galt (Cambridge), Wellington, County, Ontario, son of JOHN GALBRAITH and ISOBELLA BULLOCK. He was born June 10, 1828 in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland, and died November 27, 1901 in Westover, Ontario. They had the following children:
JOHN GALBRAITH, b. March 17, 1855, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. March 10, 1934, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
AGNES GALBRAITH, b. October 22, 1856, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. May 14, 1932, Lamotte Twp., Sanilac Co. Decker, Michigan, USA.
ISOBEL GALBRAITH, b. February 28, 1857, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. February 09, 1943.
JANET GALBRAITH, b. February 28, 1857, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. October 08, 1948.
HANNAH JANE GALBRAITH, b. February 02, 1860, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. April 01, 1938, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada.
MARY GALBRAITH, b. May 25, 1861, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. 1933, Westover, Ontario, Canada.
ANNIE GALBRAITH, b. October 01, 1862, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. December 28, 1946, Carmel-Freelton, Ontario, Canada.
CHRISTINA GALBRAITH, b. January 31, 1865, Beverley Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. June 12, 1952, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Burial: June 16, 1952, Ocean View Cemetery, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
WILLIAM GALBRAITH, b. June 10, 1867, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. March 17, 1944, Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
CARTHA GALBRAITH, b. April 21, 1869, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. June 01, 1954, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
KATE GALBRAITH, b. July 18, 1871, Beverly Twp. Wentworth Co. Ontario, Canada; d. January 27, 1931.
Further information on this family (especially the Galbraith and Tennant descendants) can be found by contacting Kelly Gyurkovits.
James STEWART, b 1780 in Scotland; res 1861 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada (widowed in 1861)
James STEWART m 6 DEC 1812 in Kincardine by Doune to Robina HORN, b 28 APR 1782 in Kincardine by Doune to Archibald Horn and Margaret Richardson (m 1768 in Glasgow)
- Margaret STEWART, bap 18 JUL 1813 in Thornhill, Kincardine by Doune, Perthshire, Scotland
- Janet STEWART, bap 1 JAN 1815 in Thornhill, Kincardine by Doune, Perthshire, Scotland, d bef 1895 (LDS)
- Archibald Horn STEWART, b/b 2 FEB/23 MAR 1817 in Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland, d abt 1900 (LDS)
- Jean Wilson STEWART, bap 4 APR 1819 in Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland
- Robina STEWART, b 1823 in Scotland, d 1853 (LDS)
- Joan STEWART, b 1827 in Scotland
cf possible first marriage: James STEWART in Moss and Margaret STEWART
- William STEWART, b 9 SEP 1804 in Moss
__ (William) STEWART, (d bef 1861) wife Agnes, b 1785 in Scotland; res 1861 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada
John STEWART, b 1787 in Scotland, res 1861 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, farmer; wife Agnes, b 1799 in Scotland (Possible brother of Donald who m Ann S of Mountsberg)
John STEWART, b 1821 in Scotland, m 1842 to Jane Ann, b 1822 in New York, USA, res 1861 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada ***Excellent candidate for an eldest son of Donald Stewart and Ann Stewart of Mountsberg
Elisha STUART, b 1822-24 in Beverly Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada. Res 1851 in Onandaga, Brant County, Ontario, Canada. Res. 1861 not found. Res. 1871 & 1881 in Burford Township, Brant County, Ontario, Canada. Scottish. Farmer. Methodist. Obit claims that "his parents came to Canada from New York State about 1820 and settled on a farm in the township of Beverly." Died 6 SEP 1895 in Burford, Brant County, Ontario, Canada. Married to Zillah HOWEL, born 1828 in St. George, Brant County, Ontario of English Methodist background. (St. George is near the boundary with Beverly Township.) This family is being discussed here: http://www.hostmybb.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=658&mforum=rykbrowngenealo#658 .
This family is being researched by Lawrence Blake of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The next family of Stray Stewarts in Puslinch is the family of Agnes Stewart, possibly the daughter of Robert Stewart and Mary Black, who came to Canada about 1856 with several siblings. They were all orphaned when their mother died, and was buried, at sea. This family never held property in Puslinch although Agnes, after her marriage, did attend Duff's Church.
The overlap of names with the Comrie and Crieff families as well as a similar orphan story to the Comrie Family has led to some confusion with the other Stewart families. Hopefully this information will help future researchers avoid the same confusion.
Agnes' siblings include
|Jennet Stewart married and died before the others emigrated|
|Jean Stewart married and died before the others emigrated|
|Jennie Stewart married and died before the others emigrated|
|John Stewart, arrived in Canada as an orphan|
|Hugh Stewart, arrived in Canada as an orphan|
|Mary Stewart, arrived in Canada as an orphan|
|Agnes Stewart, arrived in Canada as an orphan|
|Maggie Stewart had married a Ramage and was already living in Goderich|
Only John, Hugh, Mary, Agnes (age 14) arrived in Canada as orphans. The orphans arrived in Hamilton about 1856. Agnes was employed (1861 census) at Lee's bakery at Main St near John. In 1864 she married Mungo Chapman. Mungo had come to Canada from Scotland in 1856 and, by 1864, was already established as a tenant on lot 19, concession VII in Puslinch. The fate of the other orphans is unknown. Agnes and her husband Mungo Chapman lived in Puslinch for seven years and had 11 children, 4 of them born in Puslinch, and baptized in Duff's Church. The others were born in Arran Township, Bruce County, where the family moved in 1871.
This family is being researched by Glenn King and Clark Satre. Additional descendant information is available from Clarke Satre as this web page only tracks the family as far as their departure from Puslinch.
The following family is found in the 1851 Census in Puslinch residing next door to Alexander McNaughton
Robert Stewart, age 36 (born ca. 1815 in Scotland), a farmer, and his wife Margaret, age 36, both born in Scotland, and their children (all born in Canada):
In 1881 Robert is shown living in Lucknow, Bruce County, Ontario as a widower, employed as a carpenter. As you will see below, it appears that carpentry was a multigenerational family trade.
The marriage record for his son, Andrew, shows the family residing in Lucknow, Bruce County, Ontario and shows Andrew is also a carpenter:
Ontario Marriage Register - Ashfield township, Huron County - Andrew STEWART, age 29, residing in Lucknow, born in Puslinch, Carpenter, son of Robert and Margaret Stewart, married Mary Jane MALLOUGH, age 26, residing in Ashfield, born in Dungannon [in Ashfield township, Huron County, north of Goderich], daughter of William and Ann Jane Mallough, both Presbyterian, witnessed by Howard Beddie of West Wawahosh and Rebecca Mallough of Ashfield [both just north of Goderich], married on 24 MAR 1880 in Ashfield by Rev. R.W. Leitch. -- submitted by Lilyan Milmosa
Robert STEWART in Buchlyvie, Kippen, Stirlingshire, Scotland, b. ABT 1781 in Scotland. Robert and his family are found in the 1841 census living in Buchlyvie, Kippen, Stirling, Scotland, a property which belonged to the estate of the family of Graham of Gartmore. Robert is working as a wright (carpenter) and his birth place is shown as "outside the county" (presumably in Perthshire). His birth family has been tentatively identified as the Stewarts of Annat Branch IV, however this is uncertain and is still being researched. Robert married on 30 MAR 1806 in Kincardine by Doune, Perthshire, Scotland to Margaret CARRICK and had the following family:
Walter STEWART, b. 1845 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario. He married on 31 DEC 1872 in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario to Isabella Moffat. It is believed that they had no children.
This family is being researched by Kathy Gariepy.
Duncan Stewart came from Argyll and is buried in Crown Cemetery with the following inscription and accompanied by two of his children's graves:
The death registration for Duncan in 1880, doesn't give any additional information. It says: "died 01 July 1880, born Scotland, Pres., farmer, cause: infirmation of age, Register--James McLean, Inform Alexr McKay." (c/o Brenda Dale)
Donald Whyte, in his book, A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada, (vol. 2, pg. 353) presents an article on a Duncan Stewart and his wife Mary from Argyll who went to West Flamborough:
Duncan Stewart, b. 1794, from Paisley, Renfrew, son of Peter Stewart and Margaret Shaw, to Quebec on the Portaferry, ex Greenoch, ca. 1 MAY 1832. Went to West Flamborough, Wentworth with James Black qv and obtained property in Puslinch, Wellington. By wife, Mary, born 1805, had children: 1. Robert, b. 1830; 2. Margaret, b. 1835; 3. Hugh, b. 1837; 4. James, b. 1838; 5. Minnie, b. 1840; 6. Jane, b. 1843. PLP OGF 27, 124.
Whyte appears to have confounded two families here. This error is understandable (in fact I made the same error myself previously). There is no record of any children named Robert, Margaret, or Hugh being born to this couple. Furthermore their genders and ages do not fit with census records. However there was another Duncan Stewart who lived nearby to this Duncan Stewart who did have children named Robert, Margaret and Hugh whose birth dates correspond exactly with those recorded in Whyte. It must be that Whyte has mixed the two families together. The "other" Duncan Stewart can be found on the Duncan Stewart of Puslinch Page.
The passenger list from the Portaferry on May 1832 shows "Duncan Stewart, wife, and three others, from Paisley". On this same ship are: "James Black, wife and child from Paisley". Baptism records confirm that Duncan's eldest son Peter was born in Paisley. It would appear that Duncan immigrated with his wife and his first two children who would have been infant and toddler aged at the time. There is no record of son Peter in Canada thus it us presumed that he did not survive the journey.
The obituary for Duncan's brother-in-law, James Black, reads:
BLACK, JAMES Death of An Old Resident On Sunday, May 9, 1886, in Aberfoyle, one of the pioneers of Puslinch, James Black, died at the advanced age of 88 years. He was one of the early settlers in this section and had to undergo all the hardships and privations incident to a pioneer life. He entered Puslinch when it was a wilderness in the year 1832, together with his wife, and the late Duncan Stewart, his brother-in- law. They took up lot 15, 8th concession, each of the gentlemen clearing 50 acres which they afterwards exchanged for larger farms, Mr. Black taking lot 18 and Mr. Stewart, lot 17 on the 9th concession. Again Mr. Black had to encounter the hardships previously spoken of. In these days Mr. Black and his wife and Mr. Stewart and his wife, when travelling facilities were nothing like what they are now - thought nothing of walking seven miles to Guelph to attend religious services in the Presbyterian church which was then situated near where the market buildings now stand, the late Rev. Mr. Smith then being the minister. Mr. Black was well known and highly respected in the section. He was a native of Ayrshire (sic - Argyllshire), Scotland. He leaves his widow, 82 years of age and a grown up family, namely: James Black of Aberfoyle, John of Marden, Pete, near Port Elgin, Charles who resides at home and also the eldest daughter, Margaret, Mrs. Dunlop of Kincardine and Mrs. Patmore of Harriston, together with several grandchildren. The funeral took place on Tuesday to the East church burying ground, Puslinch and was largely attended. Mr. Black had been in ill health for the past three years and his death was not unlooked for.
I received correspondence from the late Anna Jackson, of the Puslinch Historical Society, which pertains to this family:
Lot 15, R 8, Registry Office records show that Duncan Stewart and James Black received the patent for the whole 100 acres of Rear Lot 15 from the Crown 1 July, 1856. . They sold it to John McGill 14 Dec. 1850 reserving burying ground.[??] The same day he sold the eastern 50 acres back to Duncan Stewart.
The 1877 atlas map of Puslinch shows Duncan Stewart on F9 lot 17 i.e. across the road and two farms south of the above described farm. James Black was on lot 18.
Duncan Stewart remained on the farm until about 1900 (sic) moved to a house on lot 7 concession 8. She [his wife] is remembered as being fond of gruel with a stick (liquor) in it.
BLACK, MRS. JAMES (Nee Stewart) The body of Mrs. James Black, a former resident of Aberfoyle, who died at her daughter’s residence in Kincardine on Saturday 12, March 1898 passed through the village today on the way to Crown Cemetery. She was an old resident of this place and was highly respected by all who knew her.
The following records from Crown Cemetery pertain:
C-192 In memory of James Black who died 9 MAY 1886, aged 88 years, native of Argyleshire. His wife Margaret is not listed as being buried with him, but her obit (above) says she was buried in Crown Cemetery. It is presumed that her grave is unmarked.
C-193 In memory of Margaret, daughter of James and Margaret Black, died 7 MAY 1890, aged 50 years.
The cemetery transcriptions reveal that James Black was actually from Argyll even though he was listed in the Portaferry passenger list as being from Ayr. The grave transcriptions also confirm James' wife as Margaret (Stewart). This is further confirmed by census records below.
The 1840 census shows Duncan "Stuart" residing next door to James Black. Duncan's household has 1 male under 16, 1 male over 16, 3 females, under 16 and 1 female over 16. These would be:
Duncan Stewart (m>16)
Mary Stewart (f>16)
James Stewart (m<16)
Mary Stewart (f<16)
daughter (f<16) (Possibly Jane, as there is no record of any other daughter, so it may be that Jane was born earlier than believed.)
The 1851 census presents Duncan's household as:
Duncan STEWART, b. ABT 1794 in Scotland. Mary, b. 1805 in Scotland. Children:
Margaret STEWART, b. 1835 in Ontario
James STEWART, b. 1838 in Ontario
Minny STEWART, b. 1840 in Ontario
Jane STEWART, b. 1843 in Ontario
Residing two farms away from the Duncan Stewart is his brother-in-law::
James Black age 54, farmer in Puslinch with his wife Margaret, age 40, b. Scotland. Children:
Margaret, 20, Scot
James, 16, Ont
John, 14, Ont
Peter, 12, Ont
Barbara, 6, Ont
Janet, 4, Ont
Charles, 2, Ont
The IGI shows James BLACK married on 16 FEB 1830 in Paisley Abbey, Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland to Margaret STEWART. However this is a member-submitted record and not an original OPR transcription. There is no record in the IGI of any child born to this couple. As daughter Margaret Black would have been only a couple of months old at most when her parents emigrated, then her parents may not have had her baptized beforehand. This entry could also explain why Duncan was described in the ship's passenger list as being from Paisley. Data on Margaret Stewart, shown here, matches with the birth information for Duncan's sister, back in Argyll.
Duncan Stewart is found in the 1861 census in Puslinch as follows:
Duncan Stewart, farmer, 60, Scotland and Mary Stewart, 55, Scotland
Minnie Stewart, age 20
Jane Stewart, 17
The 1871 census for Puslinch reveals Duncan living with his recently immigrated brother Archibald and his family.
Stewart, Duncan - farmer age 76; [married]; Mary age 66;[married] Archibald farmer age 59 [married], Mary age 51 [married]; Peter farmer age 17; Janet born Canada age 15; Duncan age 13 born Canada
Duncan died in 1880 and thus is not found in the 1881 census. However, his widow is found:
Mary H. STEWART, age 75, born in Scotland, widowed, landlady, Scottish, Presbyterian, residing in Puslinch, Wellington South, Ontario. (LDS)
She is living two doors from her sister-in-law:
James BLACK, age 80, born Scotland, Farmer, Presbyterian
Margaret S. BLACK, age 70, born Scotland, Presbyterian
Margaret BLACK, 45, born Scotland, Presbyterian
Charles BLACK, 25, born Ontario, farmer.
From the above information we can account for this family as follows:
Peter STEWART was born ABT 1770 in Scotland. Onomastics and geography would suggest that Peter may possibly be related to the following family of Stewarts from Kintyre: http://www.islandregister.com/stewart2.html . Peter married on 24 APR 1795 in Killean And Kilchenzie, Kintyre, Argyll, Scotland to Margaret SHAW and had the following children:
Duncan STEWART, bap. 02 MAR 1796 in Killean And Kilchenzie, Kintyre,
Argyll, Scotland. He married Mary HAY. They immigrated in 1832
to Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. They had the
following known children: Peter STEWART, bap. 5 FEB 1831 in Paisley Abbey, Paisley,
Renfrewshire, Scotland. The Portaferry ship's manifest
indicates that Duncan travelled with three others. These are presumed
to be his wife and first two children. As there is no record of Peter
in Canada, it is presumed he died during the voyage. Mary STEWART, b. 1832 in Scotland. She is presumed to be
one of the three passengers sailing with her father in 1832. She died young. Margaret STEWART, b. 1835 in Puslinch, Wellington County,
Ontario, Canada. James STEWART, b. APR 1839 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario,
Canada. He died young. Minnie STEWART, b. 1840 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario,
Canada. Minnie married on 17 Apr 1868 in Wellington County to William
PATTERSON, s/o Malcolm and Barbara. The marriage record states that Minnie
was born in Puslinch to Duncan and Margaret Stuart. Minnie and William have
not been located in any later census records so it is possible that they may
have died shortly after their marriage. Jane STEWART, b. 1843 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario,
Peter STEWART, bap. 5 FEB 1831 in Paisley Abbey, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. The Portaferry ship's manifest indicates that Duncan travelled with three others. These are presumed to be his wife and first two children. As there is no record of Peter in Canada, it is presumed he died during the voyage.
Mary STEWART, b. 1832 in Scotland. She is presumed to be one of the three passengers sailing with her father in 1832. She died young.
Margaret STEWART, b. 1835 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.
James STEWART, b. APR 1839 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. He died young.
Minnie STEWART, b. 1840 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. Minnie married on 17 Apr 1868 in Wellington County to William PATTERSON, s/o Malcolm and Barbara. The marriage record states that Minnie was born in Puslinch to Duncan and Margaret Stuart. Minnie and William have not been located in any later census records so it is possible that they may have died shortly after their marriage.
Jane STEWART, b. 1843 in Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.
This family is being researched by Brian Stewart (from Paris, not the one from Hamilton)
Thomas STEWART, b 1807 in Scotland, farmer, anti-burger, wife Hannah, b 1809 in Scotland. Thomas possibly b 20 FEB 1802 in Barony, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, son of Andrew Stewart and Elspeth Oliver.
Andrew and Janet are buried in Crown Cemetery.
Peter R. STEWART, born 15 JUL 1853 in Scotland. According to the 1901 census Peter immigrated to Canada with his wife in 1880. (He may have used his initial "R" to distinguish himself from Peter Stewart of the Comrie Family.) Peter R. Stewart married to Ellen MCCARDY. Ellen was born 18 SEP 1851 in Scotland. They had the following children:
There was a Donald Stewart who spent his entire life as a bachelor farm servant in Puslinch. He should not be confused with Donald, the eldest son of William Stewart of Ben Nevis, as that Donald can be identified separately in various census records. Donald is found in 1881, born ca. 1837 in Scotland, working as a farm servant in Puslinch for the family of James McLaren and Margaret Stewart (b. 1840 in Scotland). In 1891 he is recorded as Donald Steward (with a 'd'), b 1831 in Scotland, residing in Puslinch, working as a labourer with the family of Peter & Christin McLean b 1841 in Scotland. In the 1901 census Donald is shown as being born in 1834 in Scotland with no date of immigration given. He is working as a servant in the household of Peter and Catherine McLean. In 1911, Donald, age 75, is shown as born DEC 1835 in Scotland, working as a domestic servant for Donald Campbell in Puslinch, and has having immigrated in 1854. Donald died 5 NOV 1919 in Fergus, Nichol, Wellington, age 84, no family info given on his death certificate.
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Robert Stewart, shown in the 1901 census as being born on 10 MAY 1830 in Scotland and having immigrated in 1852(?), and working as a servant to Donald and Christina McLean. He is strongly believed to be the son of Duncan Stewart and Margaret Gillespie of the Arden family.
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Mary Ann (or Mrs. Janet? or Mrs James -- hard to read) Stewart born 16 OCT 1837 in Scotland, immigrated 1851, living alone in 1901 as a widow next door to the Kennedys and Clarks, near the Mountsberg family. Stewart would therefore be her married name.
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