Monday, September 10, 2012

George Palmer STEWART

Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2012, used with permission

George Palmer Stewart born in the North Stonington section of Stonington on 6 April 1786 was a younger brother to my Edward Stewart. Sons of Nathan Steward and his wife Barbary Palmer, who are buried the the Great Plain Cemetery in North Stonington, George was the  first in a long line of men named George. The family members that I am working with are descended from this man.

He married Polly HEWITT on New Year's Day in 1812 and moved to Red Hook Landing, Dutchess, New York for two summers. It was a time when that area was more wilderness (with wolves) than North Stonington and the heat and sickness made them rethink this move and they came back to North Stonington. I think their first child may have been born in New York in October of 1812.

Eight children in this farming family must have made for a busy household. I have found that one daughter named Ann Elizabeth Stewart had descendants who owned a photo of her taken later in life. By the time the 1850 census listed all the people in the household, only the last child, a daughter named Julia was living with them. She was born in 1835 so she was 16 when he father was 64.

George Palmer Stewart died on 21 May 1851 at the age of 65 and is buried in the Stewart Hill Cemetery.

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