Death of Alexander Stewart


            Alexander died in early 1835 at the age of eighty and was survived by his wife and his children except Charles. He is buried in the Woodson Cemetery between Stinking and Turkey Creeks. Footnote He is said to have been buried in his Revolutionary War uniform. See Stewart Clan Magazine, page 313, 314 (March 1943). His last will and testament was dated January 22, 1835, appointed his son, Isaac, as executer, and was probated in April 1835. Footnote



Will of Rev. Alexander Stewart, Footnote 1755-1835

From Knox Co., KY Will Book A, pp.139-141


        Knox County Court April Term 1835


The last will and Testament [sic] of Alexander Stewart dec'd. was produced in Court by the Executor there in named, and proven by the oath of Wade N. Woodson and Anderson Stewart subscribing witnesses there to, to be the act and deed of the said Alexander Stewart, where upon the said will with the proof was ordered of record to wit,


"In the name of God amen: I Alexander Stewart of the County of Knox, and the state of Kentucky, being weak and feeble of body, but being apprehensive that the time of my departure is near at hand, but being of sound and disposing mind + memory, do make this my last will and testament in manner & form following (hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made, viz,

1st. That my body be interred in a plain decent manner, and the expenses there of paid out of my Estate.


2nd. That all my just debts be paid.


3rd. I give and bequeath to my wife Catharine Stewart during her natural life, my negro woman Priscilla, and twelve dollar in cash, one feather bed and furniture, and such cooking utensils as she may stand in need of; and one cow and calf.


4th. I give unto my daughter Peggy Edwards my negro girl Sally and her in evolue (underlined) provided she pay to my Executor here after mentioned the sum of fifty dollar within twelve months after my decease, which may be discharged in property valued at cash price, and if she refuse to pay the fifty dollar, then I direct that the said negro shall be taken from her, and the sum of two hundred dollar paid her in lieu of the said negro; also I give unto my said daughter one big kettle which she now has.


5th. I give unto my daughter Ann Alsup the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars in cash or in property valued at cash price.

 

 

6th. I give unto my Daughter Euphemia Culton my negro girl Pamela, provided she pay my Executor the sum of twenty dollar within twelve months from my decease, which may be discharged in property valued at cash - and should she refuse to do so, that the said negro be taken from her, and the sum of two hundred dollar be paid to her in lieu of the said negro. I also give unto my said daughter a large kettle which she now has possession of.


7th. I give unto my daughter Polly Wyatt fifty two dollar and a half, which with thirty two and a half dollar I charge him for a [mare?] he got from me, forty dollar in Cash I lent him, and twenty

five dollars paid him by my son Isaac Stewart make the sum of one hundred fifty dollar.


8th. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Walker one dollar, having heretofore given her two hundred dollar in the price of land sold to her husband.


9th. I give unto my son William Stewart five dollar, having heretofore given him two hundred dollars.


10th. My Will and desire is that my negro woman *Priscilla [asterisk present in court copy] remain with my son Isaac until she is forty five years old, and that she then be free, and that her three children, viz. Mary, Jane + Ann be valued; and that the amount of their valuation added to the residue of whatever estate I possess at my death, not heretofore disposed of shall be equally

divided between all my children. But that my son Isaac if he thinks proper to do so may keep the said children at their valuation as his own property on his paying my other children their respective proportion of such valuation and residue as aforesaid.

 

Lastly - I appoint my son Isaac Stewart Executor of this my last will and testament. In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and offered my soul the 22nd day of January 1835.


signed and acknowledged before as

 

Signed: Alexander Stewart


Witnesses:


Wade N Woodson Footnote

Anderson Stewart

Nelson Stewart Footnote


            In August 1835, an inventory of Alexander’s property not covered by his will was presented to the Knox County Court by his son Isaac. Footnote This assessment recorded:


        Knox County Court August Term 1835

An Inventory of the appraisement of the estate of Alexander Stewart

dec'd. was returned into Court by the appraiser there of and ordered of

record, to wit,


1 Negro girl named Mary 9 year old worth $300.00

1 Do 3 years old worth $200. Footnote

1 Do one year old worth $150 .

Books worth $2.50 Cents.

3 knives+forks 50 cts.

1 hoe worth 25cts

1 sorrel mare $30.

1 saddle+blanket $5.

1 pr of spectacles worth 50 cts.


                                                                     -----

                                                                  $688.75

 

Henry Woodson, Dan'l Baker, John Caine, George James, appraisers.


In addition, inventory notes by his son, Isaac, dated July 2, 1835, reveal the following:


Inventory of notes taken by Isaac Stewart as Executor of the last will and testament of Alexander Stewart dec'd. for the sales of property.


1 note on John Culton & Alex'n. Hays due the 5th June 1836 for $11.00

1 note on Danny Grindstaff & Alex'n. Hays due the 5th June 1836 for 4.75

1 note on Malachi Gregory & John Culton due 5th June 1836 for 62 ½


also a memorandum of notes that came into the hands of Isaac Stewart

belonging to the estate aforesaid, to wit,


One note on John Mills, due 14th of July 1835 for 62.57

One note on James Culton due the 11th day of February 1834 for 87.75

with a credit of $5 paid Ap'l. 5th 1834.

One note on Alexander Moon, due in September 1835 for 50.00

One note on Benjamin Sewell due the 1st November 1834 with a credit of

$25 p'd. Nov 4th 1834, and a credit of $25 p'd. 3rd December 1834 for 90.00

Also in cash left by Alexander Stewart at his death 13.00


                          2nd July 1835 Isaac Stewart


Alexander’s wife, Catherine, died around 1842 and presumably she was buried her beside her husband in the Woodson Cemetery in Knox County.

 

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