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Captain Ralph Stewart was born ca 1752 on Cowpasture in  Augusta County, Virginia.  He died 18 Nov 1835 in Logan County, Virginia.   He was married first to Mary Elliott ca 1768 in Augusta County, Virginia.  Mary seems to have died in Kentucky ca 1787.  Their children:


- 1   John Stewart was  born ca 1769.


- 2   Absolum Stewart was born ca 1770.  He died ca 1829 in  Lawrence County, Kentucky.  He was married first to Susannah Smith, born ca 1777 in Rockingham County, Virginia.  Their  marriage was 30 Jul 1793 in Montgomery County, Virginia.  Susannah died prior to 1798 in Montgomery County, Virginia.    Absolum's second wife was Tabitha Clay.  They were married on 26 May 1798 in Montgomery County, Virginia.


-3   Ralph Stewart, Jr., was born ca 1772.  He married Elizabeth Elliot.


-4   Mary Ann "Annie" Stewart,  born ca 1773, married first Peter Phinny.  Her second husband was William Walker.  They were married  on 15 Nov 1791 in Montgomery County, Virginia.


-5   James Stewart, born 1774, died 1835.  He married Nancy Ann Burgess  on 7 Jun 1798 Montgomery County, Virginia


-6   Richard Stewart was born ca 1775.


-7   Elizabeth Stewart was born ca 1778.  She married Lewis Phinny.


Capt Ralph Stewart married second Mary "Polly" Clay who was born ca in  Bedford County, Virginia.  They were married on 25 Jun 1788 in Montgomery County, Virginia.  Mary died 25 Apr 1851 in Wyoming County, West Virginia.  Mary was the daughter of Mitchell Clay, Sr., and Phoebe Belcher Clay.   Children of Ralph and Mary:


-1  Phoebe Stewart was born ca 1789 - 1791.  She was married to Samuel Morgan on  3 Jun 1806 in Tazewell County, Virginia.


-2   Catherine "Katie" Stewart, born 15 Jun 1790 in  Giles County, Virginia,  died on 26 May 1888 in Wyoming County, West Virginia.   She married William Cook who was born  in Jun 1784 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, or in  Montgomery County, Virginia.  Their marriage date was  16 Aug 1806 in  Giles County, Virginia.   William died 10 Aug 1853 in Wyoming County, West Virginia.  William's parents were  John (Cooke) Cook and Nellie Gooodall Pemberton.  Catherine's second marriage was on 28 May 1861 to Reverend Layne (Lain) Shannon.


-3   Mitchell Stewart was born ca 1791.  He died ca 1880-1883,  probably in Lawrence County, Kentucky.  Mitchell was married to Frances ______  ca 1816.


-4   Rebecca "Becky" Stewart was  born ca 1793.  She died after 1850, probably in  Lawrence County, Kentucky.  Rebecca married Isaac Chapman who was born ca 1790 and died ca 1840, probably in Lawrence County, Kentucky.   Their marriage date was 15 Aug 1811 in Giles County, Virginia.  His parents were George Chapman  and  Patience Clay Chapman.


-5   Robert Stewart, was born ca 1795 - 1798, and died after 1881.    His first wife was Mary Clay, believed to be the daughter of David Clay.   Robert was married second to ______ Ball  ca 1850.  Her father was  James Ball.


-6   Sarah "Sallie" Stewart, born ca 1797 in Montgomery County, Virginia, died ca 1821.  She and Henry John Clay who was born ca 1781 in Mercer County or Bedford County, Virginia were the parents of  one child.   Henry died 12 Jan 1866 in Wyoming County, West Virginia.  His parents were Mitchell Clay, Sr., and Phoebe Belcher Clay.  Sarah was married on 12 Nov 1815 in Giles County, Virginia, to Daniel H. Gunnoe who was born ca 1789 in Giles County, Virginia, and died after the 1860 census.    His parents were John Gano and Mary Stites Gano.


To view marriage bond.


To view permission from Ralph Stewart.


To view affidavit by Mitchel and Henry Clay.


-7   William R Stewart, was born 24 Mar 1800 in Virginia.  He died  6 Feb 1883.  William married first  Susanna Selvage, a daughter of James Selvage.  His second wife was Eleanor "Ellen" Canterbury, born 16 Apr 1808, died 28 Nov 1895.  They were married ca 1824 in Giles County, Virginia.  Her parents were Samuel Canterbury and  Jane Dick Canterbury.

-8   Margaret "Peggy" Stewart was born ca  1803 Giles County, Virginia.  She married Francis Hendrix who was born ca  1802 in Virginia.  Their marriage date was  29 Mar 1820 in Giles County, Virginia.  His parents were Daniel Hendrix and Ann Keatley Hendrix.

                            To view marriage bond.

-9  Amy Stewart was born ca 1805.  She married Reverend John Quincy Canterbury who was born ca 1800.  Their marriage date was  21 Jun 1820 in Giles County, Virginia.  John was the son of Samuel Canterbury  and Jane Dick Canterbury.

-10   Henry C Stewart, born ca 1806, married June Taylor ca  1835.

-11  Charles Stewart, 8 May 1808, died  9 Feb 1898.  Charles married Nancy Cook who was born  20 Jun 1807 and died 16 May 1877.   His parents were John "Old Jack" Cook, Jr., and  Jennie Albert Cook.

-12   George Pearis (Pemberton?) (Peter?) Stewart born ca  Jun 1810 in Logan County,  Virginia, died 11 Oct 1864.   George married Margaret Cook who was born ca  1812.  They were married  3 Jan 1832 in  Giles County, Virginia.   Her parents were  John "Old Jack" Cook, Jr., and Jennie Albert Cook.

-13   Ora (Aura Belle) Stewart, born ca  Jan 1812, died ca 1893-1894 at Bee Branch, Raleigh County, West Virginia.   She married Charles Lewis Clay, born ca 1801 - 1804 in Montgomery County, Virginia.  They were married ca Aug 1828-1830 in Logan County or Fayette County, Virginia.  Charles probably died in Raleigh County, West Virginia.   His parents were Mitchell Clay, Jr., and  Judith "Juda" Clay.

                Obituary of Rebecca Jane Clay Cantley (Ora and Charles's daughter) 

Ralph Stewart was allowed a Revolutionary War pension based on his application, which was executed 10 Jan 1834.  At that time, he was a resident of Logan County, Virginia.  Ralph died on 18 Nov 1835.  His widow, Mary Clay Stewart was allowed a pension on her application, which was executed on 17 Dec 1846.  A that time, she was 74 years of age and living in Logan County, Virginia.

Some documents and articles relating to Ralph Stewart follow.  All transcripts are by Rita O'Brien.


Affidavit by Edward Burgess
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Affidavit by Patience Clay Chapman
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Deposition of Mitchell Clay
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Letter Concerning Ralph Stewart and John Cook


Marriage Bond and Related Information for Ralph Stewart and Mary Clay
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Newspaper Article Entitled "Ralph Stewart - Second Man to Follow Cooks


Partial Transcript of Interrogatories from a Deposition Taken of Captain Ralph Stewart
Contained in His Pension Records from National Archives in Washington, D.C.


Statement of Rev. Richard Brook, Francis Hendrex, and Charles L. Clay
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Pictures of Ralph Stewart's and Mary Clay Stewart's Tombstones


Please let me know if you can correct any of the above information.  I do not recall who sent me the pictures of the tombstones.  If you are the person, please let me know so I may give you credit for these wonderful pictures.  Thank you.   My mail address is


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