Children of Alexander and Martha Stewart

 

"I didn't,t have any choice as to where I was born but if I had, had my

choice I would have chosen Kentucky"

(Jesse Stuart)

 

Descendants of Alexander Stewart and Martha Patton - July 2000

 


THE PIG AND THE DRUNKEN MAN

It was early last December, how distinctly I remember
I was walkin’ down the road in drunken pride
When my feet began to stutter, and I fell into the gutter
And a pig came up and lay down by my side.

Now, as I lay there in that gutter thinking thoughts I must not utter
A lady passing by was heard to say
“You can tell a guy that boozes by the company he chooses”
And that dadblamed pig got up and walked away.

 


 The Descendants of Alexander and Martha Patton Stewart

 

           Alexander, born February 16, 1826, and Martha Patton were married in 1861 when he was thirty-five and she was eighteen. Martha was born on May 14, 1842, and died on August 8, 1920. She was the daughter of Charles Patton and Nancy Sutton Patton of Floyd County, Kentucky. The Pattons had also moved to Rowan County in 1863. On May 2, 1882, Alexander died at the age of fifty-six and was the second person buried in the Stewart Cemetery, McBrayer Road, Clearfield. Alexander and Martha had five sons and three daughters. At the time of his death, his oldest child would have only been sixteen years old. The Olive Hill News reported in its June 1, 1882 edition that: “Died on Saturday evening at his home 1 3/4 miles below Morehead, of lung affection [sic] and abdominal dropsy, Alexander Stewart, about 50 years old.”

 

                      Nancy Stewart ( January 18, 1861- November 10, 1878) Nancy, named after her grandmother Patton, was the first person to be buried in the Stewart Cemetery, Clearfield. Nancy died as a young woman. As she was always afraid of the dark, her father promised her that he would be a shelter over her grave. He built the shelter and it remained for many years in the cemetery.

 

                      Charles Stewart (1866 -?) Charles was named after his grandfather Patton. As a young man, Charles moved to the Dallas area. It appears that Charles, William Henry, and James Andrew, three brothers, were part of the "Rowan County Feud" diaspora. Although there is no evidence to suggest that any of these men were ever involved in the feud, many Rowan countians fled the county for a better life elsewhere during the dark days of the feud.

 

Charles, Andrew and William Stewart

 

                      William Henry Stewart (1867-1933) William was named after his grandfather Stewart. William moved to the Dallas, Texas area around 1900. William’s wife was named Lou Kelley. She had a daughter from an earlier marriage. This daughter died in child birth. They had no other children. He operated a saloon next to his brother's business, James, in Dallas, Texas. He also worked for the railroad.

 

Mary Ann Stewart and her son, Gomez Littleton

 

                      Mary Ann Stewart (March 18, 1869 to August 6, 1922). She married A.J. (Andrew Jackson) Littleton (February 18, 1862 to January 21, 1930) of Carter County, Kentucky on February 15, 1886. They are buried in the Everman Cemetery in Carter County. Footnote The descendants of Andrew Jackson and Mary Ann Stewart Littleton are:

 

                                        Roscoe Clonking Littleton was born on February 1, 1892, in Grayson, Carter County, Kentucky. He died in March of 1977 and is buried in Everman Cemetery, Carter County, Kentucky. He married Ella Belle Everman on August 16, 1913, in Gregoryville, Carter County, Kentucky. Ella Belle Littleton was born in 1893 and died in 1973. She is buried in Everman Cemetery, Carter County, Kentucky. Roscoe attended local schools at Gregoryville, Grayson High School, then a part of Lusby High School at Christian Normal Institute, but graduated from the Berea Academy in 1912. In 1913, he attended the University of Kentucky Law School for one year. After leaving law school, he taught in the Carter County School System at Fultz and Gregoryville during 1913 and 1914. Ella Belle and Roscoe moved to Grayson in 1915 and he began his law practice. He recalled that when he came to town he was driving a horse drawn wagon loaded half full with furniture. He was active in Rotary Club and Masonic Lodge. R.C. also held several political offices including County Attorney, Clerk of the Carter Quarterly Court, Master Commissioner and Deputy Assessor, and Kentucky Circuit Judge for Carter, Elliott and Morgan Counties. He was connected with the First National Bank of Grayson serving as president from 1933 to 1940 and again from 1962 to 1965. He then became Chairman of the Board and served until his retirement in 1969. His father, A.J. Littleton, was one of the original stockholders of the Bank with a share of $500.00.

 

Huntington Dispatch
Huntington, West Virginia
March 13, 1977

 

Judge Littleton Taken by Death

 

Former Circuit Judge Roscoe C. Littleton, 85, died Friday at his residence in Grayson.

 

His death brought to an end a career that had long seen him involved in legal, business and civic activities in Carter and surrounding counties.

 

Judge Rosecoe C. Littleton had served as city attorney in Grayson, Kentucky and Carter County attorney and two terms as circuit judge of Carter, Morgan and Elliot counties. He also served as a special judge in Lawrence, Perry and Pike Counties.

 

He was active in the Republican party, having served as Carter County chairman, and as a member of GOP’s state central committee.

 

In addition, he served twice as president of Grayson’s First National Bank and as its board chairman; as district governor of Rotary International; five times as master of Trimble Lodge No. 145 F&AM, and as a member of Chapter No. 10, Order of Eastern Masonic organizations for 50 years.

 

Judge Littleton was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, which had conferred on him the title of senior counsel in recognition of more than 50 years of service to the legal profession, former chairman of the Carter County Red Cross and a Kentucky Colonel.

 

He was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

 

He was born February 1, 1892, at Fultz, a son of the late Andrew J. and Mary Ann Stewart Littleton. His wife, Ella Belle Everman Littleton, died December 1973. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. June Savage and Mrs. Alene Ratcliff, both of Ashland, and Mrs. Olive Tewes of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; a brother Gomez Littleton of Grayson, a sister, Mrs. Ruby Henritze of Logan, West Virginia; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

 

                                 Milford Littleton was born June 29, 1894 in Carter County, Kentucky and died in July of 1942. He is buried in Everman Cemetery, Carter County, Kentucky. He married Estelle May Bryan on July 9, 1923 in Missoula, Montana. Estelle May Bryan was born August 10, 1890 in Auselle, Michigan and died in February of 1971 in Missoula, Montana. Subsequently, Milford married Jesse Gee on July 29, 1935. Jesse Gee was born in 1893 and died in 1973. She is buried in the Everman Cemetery, Carter County, Kentucky.

      

Milford was a Sergeant with Company K of the 23rd Infantry of the ADF. Milt was a member of Company K Infantry fighting in France when he had single handedly cleaned out a German machine gun crew and captured the gun. The gun and crew were discovered and a captain asked for volunteers to take the outfit. Milford offered to go and his captain told him to pick some men to go with him, but his reply was that he could do the job himself and he did it. He cleaned out the gun crew with dispatch and tied the machine gun to his body and dragged it into the lines. For this act of bravery, Milford Littleton was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. After World War I, Milt moved to Missoula, Montana to recover from poison gas used against him in the war. He studied forestry at the University of Montana.

 

                                 Charles Littleton was born on December 24, 1896 and died in July of 1942. He is buried in Everman Cemetery, Carter County, Kentucky. He married Martha? Martha was born October 27, 1896 and died on April 2, 1960. She is buried in Everman Cemetery, Carter County, Kentucky. She married a Morris after the death of Charles.

 

 

                                  Gomez Littleton was born on April 29, 1898 in Fultz, Carter County Kentucky. He died on April 10, 1984 in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky. He is buried in the Everman Cemetery, Carter County Kentucky. He married Clara Taylor Stamper on January 13, 1923 in Grayson, Carter County, Kentucky. Clara Taylor Stamper was born December 14, 1903 and died on May 8, 1952 in Boyd County, Kentucky. She is buried in the Everman Cemetery, Carter County, Kentucky. After her death, he married Sally McCormick in January of 1954. Gomez was a farmer in Carter County, Kentucky.

 

                                  William J. Littleton was born on September 8, 1904 in Carter County Kentucky. He died on June 3, 1966 at Patrick AFC Hospital, Cocoa Beach, Florida. He is buried in the Everman Cemetery, Carter County, Kentucky. He married Mary McDowell on January 6, 1923. Mary McDowell was the daughter of Charles and Fannie McDowell. He married Wylie Garvin on December 28, 1927. Wylie Garvin was the daughter of J. S. Garvin. He married Vale Montgomery. Retired from the Army, he was a Staff Sergeant with the Army during World War II.

 

                                  Ruby Littleton was born on July 11, 1907 in Carter County, Kentucky, and died on August 5, 2003, in Logan, West, Virginia. She married Thomas Lynch Henritze. She spent most of her life in West Virginia working for federal agencies. They included the Office of Price Administration, the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, and the Bureau of Hearing and Appeals. She was very civic minded, serving as a charter member of the League of Women Voters, Women’s Club of Logan, President of the South western District of West Virginia Women’s Clubs and was a deaconess in the First Baptist church. They had two children: Mary Janet6 Henritze was born ca. 1930s. She lived in 1995 in Guyandotte, West Virginia. Thomas Lynch Henritze, III was born ca. 1933, and was alive in 1995. He married (1) Arcola McDonald. They had children. He married (2) Margaret Ward Gregory. They had no children.

 

 

Gomez Littleton and Clara Stamper


            Gomez Littleton and Clara Stamper must have had a passionate courtship. In 1922, Bert James was tried “in the Carter circuit court under an indictment charging him with willfully and maliciously cutting and stabbing Gomez Littleton with a knife, . . . was convicted and sentenced to serve a term of two years in the penitentiary.” The circumstances surrounding this conviction reflects the great passions of Gomez.


            In July of 1922, Gomez and a friend, Roy Barber, attended a church service in Gregoryville, Kentucky, and then went to another church on Smith Branch. They arrived shortly before services were to conclude. “Both [Gomez] and [Roy] were drinking, and [Gomez] was carrying in his belt a large German Luger 9-millimeter pistol. [Gomez] took a seat by [Bert James], and the [James] went from the building into the churchyard as soon as the services closed. [Gomez] remained in the church while the members of the congregation were going out until all the lights, which were furnished only by lamps and lanterns, were either extinguished or taken from the building, with the exception of one lantern near the front door and a lamp in the hands of someone who was on the small platform immediately in front of the door. Near the door on the inside [Gomez] met Clara Stamper, with two of her sisters, and he requested the privilege of accompanying her home, which she declined upon the ground that he was drunk. About that time Willie Buck, who had also been paying attentions to Miss Stamper, appeared, and by which time the trio was at the door. Miss Stamper stated that neither of the two could take her home, and Littleton replied, ‘No other son of a bitch can go if I can't.’ About that time Willie Buck took hold of the arm of Miss Stamper, and said, ‘I want to see you in the yard,’ whereupon [Gomez] struck him, and knocked him down, and back from the door. He immediately arose, and the parties clinched, but they afterwards fell or were thrown

upon the floor, and a general fight ensued, during which time [Gomez] was cut at two or more places upon his back. It was practically dark in the room, and none of the witnesses could see exactly what happened. [Bert James] was out in the yard, and he heard a number of expressions ‘that Littleton was going to shoot Willie Buck,’ and he with some difficulty made his way through the congested crowd on the platform into the church building, where he found the parties on the floor fighting, and, according to James’ testimony and that of other witnesses, he attempted to separate them. The fight was near the door, and as he attempted to enter it, Roy Barber, according to his testimony, grabbed [James] by the suspenders, and while he was pulling on them they broke, but, according to the testimony of [James], Barber cut his suspenders with a knife. After the fight was over Littleton told a number of people that other and different persons than [James] inflicted the wounds upon him. Two witnesses testified that [James] had a knife in his hand as he entered the church building, and one or perhaps two witnesses testified that they saw him striking at [Gomez] with a knife in his hand. The commonwealth's witnesses who testified to such incriminating facts were not only contradicted by other disinterested witnesses, but they each showed considerable bias toward, as well as interest in, the prosecution . . . ”

            James appealed his conviction to the state’s highest court, the Kentucky Court of Appeals. See James v. Commonwealth, 247 S.W. 945 (1923). Critical of Gomez’s attire and his motivation for attending church services, the court noted that “ . . . the disturbing factor at the little country church service on that Sunday night was . . . Littleton . . . not only saw proper to attend the church services in his shirt sleeves, with a young cannon on his outside, but with an abundant supply of ‘moonshine’ on his inside, which is an unhealthy combination under any circumstances; and the conclusion is inevitable that he was seeking the whereabouts of Miss Stamper with the determined purpose to force his company upon her, or to see that ‘no other son of a b____’ did. What we

Memorial Stone for Mary Ann Stewart Littleton, Everman Cemtery, Grayson, Kentucky

conceive to be the preponderance of the evidence sustains the theory of [James] that when he came upon the scene of the fight the belligerents were down on the floor, and all the evidence goes to show that the cutting occurred while they were clinched and standing, since some of the fingers on one of Buck's hands were also cut, and he testified that his wounds were received while clinching Littleton, and before they fell . . . ” Due to the weakness in the evidence, the court ordered a new trial. It is not known whether it was ever held.

 

                      Samantha Stewart (1871-1942) married Milt Glover (1864-1911) on June 9, 1889. Ethel Stewart Crager informed the writer that after her husband died, Samantha, a strong woman, went to work at a stave factory and was the only woman to work there. Their children included:

 

                                  Charles Glover (October 10, 1897 to April 22, 1947).

 

                                  Willie Glover (died March 15, 1942) - Sergeant in the Infantry in World War I.

 

                                  Henry Glover (1900-1974) married Stella and had two children, Henry Jr. and Lottie. Henry Sr. was a postal employee. His son, Henry Jr. was an Art Professor at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

 

                                  Claude E. Glover (1903-1944) married Pearl and had one son Claude, Jr. (June 6, 1932 to April 15, 1995).

 

                      James Andrew Stewart (April 27, 1877 and died October 29, 1916) James moved to the Dallas, Texas around 1900. He married Martha Jane Jacobs in 1913. She was born on March 8, 1892 in Ironton, Cherokee County, Texas. She died on August 7, 1979 in San Antonio, Bexar County , Texas. James operated a saloon and cigar store in Dallas, Texas. His wife, Martha Jane, was the daughter of Francis Columbus Jacobs and Mary Jane Reynolds. They are buried in the Grove Hill Memorial Cemetery in Dallas. They had one child:

 

James Andrew Stewart

 

                                  Lavonia Anita Stewart was born September 4, 1914, in Dallas, Texas, and died on September 21, 1997, in Midland, Texas. She is buried in the Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. She married Aldei Joseph Bariteau on March 13, 1931. He was born May 1, 1904, in New Bedford, Massachusetts and died on March 23, 1942, as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Corp., in Boerne, Kendall County, Texas. Their children are:

 

                                              Richard David Bariteau, who was born on March 11, 1937, in San Antonio, Texas. He married Jimmie Faye Wood on October 10, 1958.

 

                                              Eva Jane Bariteau who was born on December 31, 1939, in San Antonio, Texas. She married Richard V. Russell on June 19, 1976 in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Lavonia Stewart,

Daughter of James Andrew Stewart

 

                      Morgan Thomas Stewart (1878-1928). He and his family are discussed in a separate Section.

 

                      Jasper Newton Stewart (November 20, 1880 to November 16, 1906) Jasper married Ada Easterly of Morehead on May 7, 1901. He is buried in the Stewart Cemetery, Clearfield next to his sister, Nancy. Jasper and Ada had one child, William Stewart, who relocated to upstate Washington and became a successful farmer there.

 

Jasper had a will in which he left his wife and son one dollar. His will stated:

 

In the Name of God Amen, I, Jasper Stewart of Rowan County Kentucky, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament. I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as conveniently may be, out of my estate. First I give and bequeath to Adie Stewart, my wife, one Dollar, and to William Stewart, my son, one Dollar. Second, I give, devise and bequeath to Martha Markwell, my mother, all the remainder of my personal property, and also all my interest in and to the Alex Stewart farm and on which the said Martha Markwell now resides, the same being a one sixth interest in said farm. Third, I direct that my mother Martha Markwell be made Executrix of my will without Bond — This November 10th 1906. Jasper Stewart (Seal)



In his will, Jasper left all his property to his mother, Martha Stewart, who had then remarried to a Markwell. My Aunt Ethel (Stewart) Crager, born in 1911, recalled from her childhood her grandmother Martha Stewart Markwell. She said that she had always heard that Martha had run Jasper's wife "off." Jasper's son, William Stewart, moved to Washington State and became a very successful farmer out there. Aunt Ethel visited him several times over the years and was very close to him since they had grown up together. He has passed away. Aunt Ethel stated that her grandmother was "strong willed" and not of the best character. That is all I got out of her on that issue. It was clear that Martha was not one of her favorites as Aunt Ethel is seldom that critical of the dead or the direct line of her ancestry. In any event, Aunt Ethel obediently "decorates" her granny's grave every Memorial Day as she has done for the last half century at the family cemetery in Clearfield. His wife must have been written in haste as he died six days after its execution.


    

Martha Patton, Wife of Alexander Stewart

        Following Alexander’s death, his wife, Martha who had seven children to raise, married Thomas Markwell (October 8, 17, 1838 to February 10, 1907) on December 12, 1882. Footnote He was the son of Joel Markwell and his wife Esther Evans. They had two children, Maude Eunice Markwell (May 25, 1887 to January 14, 1971) Footnote and Rena Markwell (January 13, 1884 to June 8, 1973). Footnote Both children and their husbands are buried in the Stewart Cemetery, Clearfield.

 

 

John G. Thompson was born August 14, 1879 in Kentucky, and died September 1962 in Kentucky . He married Maude Markwell( 1887-1971) on December 24, 1905 in Rowan County Kentucky (Source: Rowan Co. Marriage Records.). John G. Thompson was a farmer and brickyard employee and they lived in 1920, in Soldier Fork Carter County, Kentucky:


Children of John Thompson and Maude Markwell were:

 

1. Clayton A. Thompson born September 27, 1906 in Rowan County; died December 1967 in Shirley, Indiana. He married Lucy Horton.

 

2. Clarence Edgar Thompson was born 1909 in Rowan County.

 

3. Shirley F. Thompson born March 23, 1915 in Rowan County and died on May 18, 1980 and is buried in the Masters Cemetery Carter County, Kentucky He married Lucy Unknown.

 

4. Mildred Thompson was born August 1918 in Carter County, Kentucky She died in Hagerstown, Indiana. She married Jessie Harvey.

 

5. Bill Thompson was born after 1920 in Carter County, Kentucky

 

6. Chloe Thompson was born 1921 in Rowan County. She married Fred Gowdy.

 

7. Georgie Thompson was born 1925. She married Roy Johns.

 

 

1870 Census for Rowan County

 

115A (Family Unit Number) STEWART, Alex 46 (age) Wh (white) Ky farmer
115A Martha 25 Wh Ky
115A Nancy 6 Wh Ky
115A Charles 4 Wh Ky
115A William 3 Wh Ky
115A Mary 1 Wh Ky

 

W. J. Littleton
Retired Army Sergeant, Dies

 

The Ashland Daily Independent
June 1966

Grayson---William J. Littleton, 61, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., former Grayson resident, died at 2 p.m. Friday at Patrick Air Force Base Hospital. He was a retired Army sergeant and was a son of the late Andy and Mary Stewart Littleton. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Malone Funeral Home, Grayson, by the Rev. Andrew Kiser. Burial will be in the Everman Cemetery. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Vale Montgomery Littleton; one daughter, Miss Machiell Littleton of Cocoa Beach, Fla., one sister, Mrs. Ruby Henritze of Logan, W. Va., and two brothers, Gomez Littleton and Roscoe Littleton both of Grayson.

 

June Littleton Savage

 

1915-2003


June P. Savage, of Ashland, Kentucky, died Monday, July 7, 2003, in Carter County Nursing Home in Grayson, after an extended illness. Mrs. Savage was born June 5, 1915, in Grayson, a daughter of the late Roscoe C. and Ella Belle Everman Littleton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Darrell H. Savage, and one son, Gary Savage. She was a homemaker, member of Beech Street Christian Church, Eastern Star-Ashland Chapter, Past Worthy Matron-District Worthy Matron, Grand International Representative for Order of the Eastern Star, and taught Sunday school at Beech Street Christian Church for teenagers for 35 years. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Robert C. Savage (Shirley A.) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; one granddaughter, Beth Ann Blackburn (Matthew) of Juno Isles, Fla.; three great-granddaughters, Cara, Alyssa and Amanda June Blackburn, all of Juno Isles. Funeral services for Mrs. Savage will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, at the Steen Funeral Home-Marshall Steen Chapel in Ashland by the Rev. Kenneth Vaughn. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Burial Park.


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