Stewart and Honeybus Surname
Contributed by: Sasha Mitchell
I am a
long-time family history researcher and this past week had the rare
and exciting experience of having an oral "family legend" somewhat
confirmed by research. Please include my information below for
others who are searching Our family's oral history included this
information told to me by my grandmother Mary Elizabeth (Stewart)
Gwyn's half-sister, Florence "Pat" (Stewart) Hicks.
Stewart Sr.) told us that when his father was freed from slavery the
master told all of the slaves they could choose between the names
STEWART and HONEYBUS. Our family chose the Stewart name."
Years of searching
yielded very few Honeybus families, and we didn't know the names of
Reginald Stewart's parents until last year (via a death
On the Ancestry.com
website I finally located my family as they changed over 6 decades.
1870 United States Federal Census > Missouri > Lafayette > Davis
Thomas age 43 (born 1827) M B Laborer b. Virginia Martha 36 (b 1834)
Keeping House Kentucky Donalle 18 F B at home b. Missouri Sandford
15 (b. 1855) M B West 11 (b. 1859) M B Walker (Walter) 10 (b. 1860)
M B Virginia (Jenny) 8 (b. 1862) F B Tillie (Jillie?) 6 F B
(NOTE: This census does
not list family relationships. In 1910, Martha Stewart was recorded
as having 7 children born to her, 7 still living. I do not know
which of the above children are Martha's besides Virginia (who I
believe is Jenny).
1880 United States
Federal Census > Missouri > Lafayette > Dover > District 49 Thomas
Honeybuss Mu M. 53 (1827) Farmer Virginia, father Virginia mother
Africa Martha Honeybuss Keeping House Kentucky, KY KY Jennie 17
daughter General House Work MO Juda (Julia) 14 school MO Walter 18
son works on farm MO Robert 12 son at home MO Dora 5 at home Odella
10/12 July (?)
1900 US Federal Census
Arizona Territory, Navajo Co., Fort Apache Samel Wylie/Weslie Head
age 47, born Tennessee "Enumerated on form 7-413" Jennie, Wife
married 8 years, 2 children born, 2 living Ollie step-daughter (to
Samuel Wylie) age 17, born May 1883 her father born Ohio Shannon Son
age 6, born Feb 1894 Della Stewart sister in law (to Samuel Wylie)
1910 Census California,
Los Angeles Co., Los Angles Martha (Honeybus) Stewart listed as 5
children born 3 still living living with her daughter Jennie.
I am seeking any
descendants of this family. I am in contact only with the children
of Robert aka Reginald aka Rex Honeybus/Stewart.