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Shields and Stewart Families

Family Record Authentically Edited by W. C. Shields, 1860

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Thomas Stewart, father of James Stewart, came from Scotland to America in his early manhood.  Several of his brothers came with him, all of whom settled in Virginia.  He married a lady whose name was Elizabeth Holms, she was of English descent. {handwritten note “Md. Feb 1772 King George Co. Va.”}

He with several of his wife’s brothers joined the army to fight for independence in the revolution.  All of them signalized themselves for bravery and heroism.  Thomas Stewart, died soon after the close of the war from the effects of cold and disease engendered while in the army.  Thus he sacrifised {sic s/b sacrificed} himself for his country though he was not killed by the enemies balls.  He left his wife and five children, James, William, Frances, Joseph and Benjamin, to make their way in the world, having sacrificed his property upon the altar {sic} of his country.  His remains were committed to the dust in the soil of his adopted state, Virginia.

James Stewart, son of Thomas Stewart was born August 29, 1776 on {“Tomonkey” crossed out & “Pamunkey” handwritten over it} River Virginia.  He, like his father was ever ready to do anything for his contry {sic s/b country}. He joined the army and fought in the war of 1812.

Jane Qualls Nunn afterwards wife of James Stewart, and daughter of Thomas Nunn was born April 17, 1780.

Their Children:

1.  Thomas Stewart was born Apr. 3. 1799
2.  Eliza Stewart was born Aug. 30. 1800
3.  John N. Stewart was born Nov. 19. 1802
4.  Benjamin Holms Stewart was born July 1. 1804
5.  William Stewart was born Oct. 5. 1805
6.  Sarah Smith Stewart was born May 9. 1807 {sic -- date later stated as 3 May 1807}
7.  Jane Qualls Stewart was born March 7. 1809
8.  James Stewart was born May 30, 1810
9.  Nancy Holms Stewart was born Nov. 15, 1811
10.  Nancy Holms Stewart {sic, name repeated, but on next page it states there was a “2nd Nancy“} was born Sept. 13. 1813
11.  Thomas Nunn Stewart was born July 30. 1815
12.  Martha Stewart was born Dec. 2. 1816

Thomas Nunn, father of Jane Q. Nunn, was married a {sic} Miss Sarah Smith, hence Mrs. Jane Q, Stewart named her sixth child for her mother’s first name Sarah Smith.

Thomas Nunn’s wife’s mother married a Smith the first time (by whom she had Thomas Nunn’s wife, -- Sarah)  She afterwards married a White by whom she had Gen. William White of Nashville.

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James Stewart and Jane Q. Nunn, were married January 14, 1798

Their Children:

2nd. child.  William C. Simpkins and Eliza Stewart were Married 4, 1824 {sic}.

3rd. John N. Stewart and Isabella J. Hoskins were married December 20. 1825.

4th. Benjamin H. Stewart and Elizabeth Longest were married March 30, 1825.

11th.  Emanuel Haney and Nancy H. Stewart (2nd Nancy) were married August 1. 1833.

6th.  Chapman S. Shields and Sarah S. Stewart were married July 15, 1830

8th.  James Stewart and Mary C. Shields were married Sept. 20. 1833


James Stewart died in King and Queen County, Va. October 6. 1820.  He was a member of the Baptist Church for a long time before his death, and he died in the full triumphs of a gospel Faith.  His remains were deposited in the family cemetery on his own plantation in the above county and state.  Age 44, years 1 mo. 7 days

Jane Q. Stewart, wife of James Stewart died at the residence of her son-in-law C. S. Shields, in Cave-Spring, Floyd County, Georgia, September, 2, 1840.  She was a pius {sic s/b pious} and devoted member of the Baptist Church.  Her remains now lie entered {sic s/b interred} in the cemetery at Cave-Spring, Ga.  Aged 60 years, 1 mo. 21 days

Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart wife of Thomas Stewart, and mother of James Stewart, died at the residence of her son James, in King and Queen County, Virginia April 27, 1803.  She was a member of the Baptist Church.  Her mortal remains were intered {sic s/b interred} in the family cemetery on the plantation of her son James

Children of James and Jane Q. Stewart

1.  Thomas Stewart, died September 21. 1804 Aged 5 years 5 mo. 18 days

5. William Stewart, died January 15, 1807; Aged 1 year, 3 mo. 10 days

9.  Nancy H. Stewart, died September 21, 1812; Aged 10 mo. 6 days.

7th.  Jane Stewart, died July 26, 1816; 7 years, 4 mo. 19 days

11th.  Thomas N. Stewart died February 13, 1817; Aged 1 yr. 6 mo. 13 day.

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12.  Martha Stewart died, March 2, 1817; Aged 3 mo.

2nd.  Mrs. Eliza Simpkins died Dec. 21. 1824; Aged 24 ur. {sic s/b yr.} 3 mo. 21 days

All of these children were buried in the family cemetery in King and Queen Co. Va.

4th. Benjamin Holms Stewart died at his residence in West-Tennessee Feb. 13. 1843, Aged 38 years 7 mo. 12 days.

Thomas Nunn father of Jane Qualls Stewart, died 1/2 past 9 o’clock April 21, 1837.  in King and Queen County, Va.  He was a member of the Bruington Baptist Church.  His mortal remains were intered {sic s/b interred} in the family cemetery on his own plantation, above county and state.

He married a Miss Sarah Smith 1/2 sister to Gen. William White of Tenn.

Their Children are as follows,

John, George, Thomas and William.
1.  Jane Q. married James Stewart
4.  Elizabeth married Lewis Philips
2.  Catharine married John Deshazo.
5.  Mary married Henry S. Nunn
6.  Lucinda W. married Mr. Crouch
3.  Nancy Married Mr. Brown.

Rev. Eli Ball preached the funeral of Thomas Nunn at his late residence on Friday 26, of May 1837.  from the text -- Job 19, Chapter 25, -- 26th and 1st Clause of the 27th verses.  A large congregation of people assembled thereby showing respect to his memory.

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A copy of 12 unnumbered pages of this family record was in my Shields file -- I don’t know where I got it from. James Shields sent me a page on the Carr family that was missing (which has been added to this online transcription) and stated that this record is on file at the LDS library. See Notes about W. C. Shields Biography, Campaign Sketches and Family Record by James Russell Shields, great grandson of W. C. and Amanda Carr Shields.

Revised Online transcription by Susan Shields Sasek, 5 Feb 2004.

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