Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Photo by Brian Zoldak, 2102, used with permisson

So many women who were named Mary are called Polly, that it can be hard to be sure that you have the right female in a line. That's why I was glad to see that this gravestone lists Polly's maiden name right on the stone and says that she was the widow of George Palmer STEWART. Her date of death, 15 Mar 1870 and the place she is buried (Stewart Hill Cemetery in North Stonington, New London, CT) next to her husband plus the 79 years, 7 months and 19 days matches up. Don't you love when that happens?

Wheeler's History of Stonington tells us a lot about Mary/Polly's ancestors, which is a good thing as I can't add them into my database until I am sure they are not already there as a husband/wife/child of someone else in my tree. It could take me a while to get them all in my database.

Mother of eight children, as was common in her time, Polly, surely lived the busy life of a farmer's wife. Her last baby, a girl named Julia, was born when Polly was 45 years old.

Polly6, (Isaac5, Charles4, Israel3, Benjamin2, Thomas1 HEWITT) was born 26 July 1790.  

Her maternal ancestors came from families with familiar area surnames like Swan, Stanton, Breed, Fanning and Palmer.

According to the 1870 US Federal Mortality Schedules Index, she died of apoplexy (a stroke). [MRT197_317651] This census is called a non-population census. Polly was already dead by the enumeration of the 1 Jun 1870 census. In 1860, she was living with her youngest daughter, Julia and her husband, Henry TOMLINSON.

According to some land records, the Hewitt family is important to research because they were involved with the Stewart family and their land might have abutted the area of the cemetery.

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