DARLING NELLY GRAY
Benjamin R. Hanby - 1856


There's a low green valley
On the old Kentucky shore,
There I've whiled many happy hours away.
A sittin' and a singin'
By the little cottage door,
Where lived my darling Nelly Gray.

Oh! My poor Nelly Gray,
They have taken you away,
And I'll never see my darling any more.
I'm a sittin' by the river
And I'm weepin' all the day,
For you've gone from the
Old Kentucky shore.

One night I went to see her
But "she's gone," the neighbors say,
The white man bound her with his chain,
They have taken her to Georgia
For to wear her life away,
As she toils in the cotton and the cane.

Oh! My poor Nelly Gray,
They have taken you away,
And I'll never see my darling any more.
I'm a sittin' by the river
And I'm weepin' all the day,
For you've gone from the
Old Kentucky shore.

 

Descendants of Alexander Thomas and Clemma Lacy Stewart


Alexander Thomas Stewart, (1878 to 1956) married Clemma Lacy on April 20, 1915(1894 -1984) Alexander and Clemma raised six children in Stanton, Kentucky. Stanton, the seat of Powell County, was an early settlement first known as Beaver Pond. The Beaver Pond post office opened in 1849. In 1852, with the formation of Powell county, the town and post office were renamed Stanton to honor Richard M. Stanton, representative from Maysville.

 

Clay City Times

Obituary of Alexander Thomas Stewart

December 6, 1956


Alexander Thomas Stewart, 78-year old Stanton attorney, died early Friday morning, November 30, 1956, at the Guerrant Clinic, Winchester, where he had been ill since Wednesday with double pneumonia.


Formerly of Rowan County, he received his early education there, and served one term as Morehead Police Judge. He taught at the Morehead Normal School, which later became Morehead State Teachers College. He received his bachelor of law degree at

Powell County Courthouse

Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mr. Stewart began a law practice here in 1910. He was president of the Powell County Bar Association. In later years, he taught school in this county. He was an ordered Christian minister and a member of the Stanton Christian Church, and was active in local Republican politics and served one term as County attorney, 1922-26. He was defeated for office in two other elections, once by a single vote and the second time by two votes. He declined recounts in both contests.


Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Clemma Lacy Stewart; two daughters, Mr. Virginia Prewitt, Rangoon, Burma, and Mrs. Hazel Dale, Grayson, Kentucky; three sons, James Stewart, Hazel Green, Ky., Dr. Ivan Stewart, Haines City, Florida, and Hoover Stewart, Willimantic, Connecticut. One son, A.T., Jr., preceded him in death.


Mr. Stewart was born February 17, 1878 in Rowan County, Kentucky, the son of the late William and Elizabeth Patton Stewart.

 

 

Virginia Alexandria Stewart (February 28 1916) the oldest girl, became a teacher and now lives in Connecticut with her husband, Dr. Charles Walker Prewitt, a Fulbright Scholar and an advocate for world peace. Her life has been full of wonderful travel. Dr. Prewitt is a Eastern Connecticut State University Professor Emeritus. They have lived in India, Afghanistan. For an interesting article on Charles Prewitt, click here. Virginia passed away on January 29, 2007. She will be greatly missed by her family.

 

Their three children are:


Charles Walker "Walkie" Prewitt who is in his late 50s and teaches in Alaska. He taught in Iran at one time.

 

Walkie Prewitt, Alice Stewart O'Hara and Charles Stewart

 


David Prewitt lives in Doha, Qatar, where he is a school guidance counselor and his wife teaches. They also have lived and taught in Iran, Japan, and in the pacific islands.

 

Mary Prewitt ,Wellesley graduate, lives in Colorado and raises a special imported breed of horses.

 

Hazel Stewart, (May 14, 1917) their third child, also became a teacher. She was an elementary school teacher and a piano teacher. She married the Reverend Andy Dale (1907-1988). Andy was a teacher and preacher at Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Kentucky. They both passed away in the early 1990's. They had 2 children.

 

Ivan and Herbert Stewart

 

 Dr. Tom Dale is a physician and professor at University of Kentucky. He travels each summer to work in medical clinics in Africa. Dr. Dale is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the UK College of Medicine. He completed an internship in Savannah, Ga., and a residency in family practice at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida. He is board certified in family practice. During the summer, he performs volunteer work at Mashoko Hospital in Zimbabwe, Africa. He joined University Health Service in 1976. His clinical activities are primarily in the gynecology clinic.

Alexis Jones, like her mother is a teacher and received her masters in organ music. She married the Reverend Terry Jones who is the senior pastor in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in the Christian Church. They had 3 children.


Alexander Thomas Stewart, Jr., (August 10, 1918) their oldest son was valedictorian of his high school class, and won every award and contest possible in the Powell County. He loved electronics and would have probably been very involved in the computer age if he were not killed in a tragic car accident when he was a senior at the University of Kentucky . Read his
Valedictory Address by by Alexander Thomas Stewart, Jr. given on Tuesday, May 5, 1931.

 

James Lacy Stewart, (April 26, 1920) their second son, married Elizabeth Day Hollon from Hazel Green, Ky. Jim was the very definition of a quiet southern "gentleman." He was a funeral director in West Liberty and Hazel Green, Kentucky for many years. He loved to fish and hunt and was well loved in his community.

 

Dr. Ivan Stewart (July 24, 1922) married Gladys Witt White of Irvine, Kentucky on August 30, 1947. He was a research bio-chemist with the University of Florida Citrus Research Station in Lake Alfred, Fl. from 1951 until his retirement in 1987. He now works in his citrus groves daily. Gladys was a secretary until her first child was born, She has since raised her family, worked as a volunteer, and is very gifted at taking care of all the domestic and business needs of the family. Their 3 children are:

 

Dr. Charles Prewitt, William Blackburn, Jim Stewart, Bob Cooper

 

 

Alice O'Hara, who works for the Florida Department of Education overseeing the education of migrant children. She has a daughter, Sara Blyn who is 24, a Florida State University graduate, who works for the State of Florida in Tallahassee.


Sarah, is married to Robert Davis Godwin in 1976. She is a kindergarten teacher for Leon County Schools. In 2002, she became a National Board Certified Teacher, and now serves as a mentor to other teachers. Bob has a lawn care business. They live in Tallahassee, Florida. They love the outdoors (canoeing, hiking, camping), gardening, and nature.

 

They have two sons David Robert Godwin, 21 and Daniel Stewart Godwin, 17. David is a senior at Florida State University, majoring in Geography and minoring in History. Daniel is a junior (and an honor student) in high school. He serves as the state president for the Junior Classics League (Latin, etc.) He is also active in Mu Alpha Theta, a competing math club. Like his brother, he represented his school in the Youth in Government at the state capitol. The family is very active in Boy Scouts. David is an Eagle Scout. Daniel is working toward earning his Eagle by the summer of 2003. Bob is the scoutmaster for their troop and David is an assistant scoutmaster. Daniel has been a summer camp director at the local camp for the past two years and David worked at Philmont, BSA Reservation in New Mexico as an elite Rayado Ranger during the summer months of 2002.

Ivan and Gladys Stewart with their children and grandchildren.

Charles Stewart, their youngest child, graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in citrus. After a few years of working for other citrus companies, he operates the family farm with his father.

 

The Ledger

Lakeland Florida

Senior Spotlight: Ivan Stewart

Published Sunday, January 26, 2003

FAMILY: Stewart has been married to Gladys for 55 years. Their children are Alice O'Hara, who lives in Lake Placid and works in the migrant program; Sarah Godwin, who lives in Tallahassee and is a teacher, and Charles Stewart who lives in Haines City and is a citrus grower. Stewart has one granddaughter and two grandsons.

EDUCATION: Stewart was a student at the University of Kentucky when he joined the Army in World War II. He was in the Army's Division of Chemical Warfare, served in the the Pacific and trained for the Japanese invasion. He was discharged as a first lieutenant. After the war, he returned to the University of Kentucky where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agronomy, then a Ph.D. in soils and plant physiology from Rutgers University. His whole family has been involved in teaching, having worked their way through college. A brother teaches at Florida Atlantic University. An older sister and her husband taught at the University of Kabul. She wrote a home economics book on serving a balanced diet using Afghan food. Another sister married a minister who taught in college.

ACTIVITIES AND HOBBIES: With his son, Stewart is a citrus grower with 180 acres of groves. He works in his groves every day. He is a past president of the Rotary Club and served on the Board of Directors of Haines City Citrus Growers Association. He was involved with founding Heart of Florida Hospital and also served on its board of directors.

RETIRED FROM: Stewart was a professor with the University of Florida for 36 years. He was a biochemist at the Citrus Research and Education Center at Lake Alfred.

BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: "In my research I worked the first 10 years on the nutrition of the trees. I found one of the problems was molybdenum deficiency. Another fellow and I worked on iron deficiencies in the trees. We were able to develop a correction using a chelated iron mixture."

Other accomplishments include isolating some nitrogen compounds not known to exist in citrus or other plants, discovery of two pigments not known to exist in nature, developing methods to very accurately measure carotinoids in citrus and identifying all the common carotinoids in citrus. Stewart has published 86 scientific papers, won several awards and is a member of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame.

FAVORITE BOOKS: "I have a book going all the time. Books I really like are biographies, particularly when they write about experiences in the 1800s. It was a very interesting time with the Civil War, great statesmen and the western expansion. I like first-hand accounts. I get a better perspective on how people were thinking then."

BEST THING ABOUT BEING YOUR AGE: Stewart said jokingly, "I haven't found too many good things," then, "I've enjoyed life. I grew up in the Depression days and I knew what a penny was worth. I don't look back. I've always enjoyed the present. It's been a good life."

Dr. Herbert Hoover Stewart (July 8, 1928) is the youngest and married Dotty Stovall from Hazel Green, Kentucky. Her father was the Head Master at the Hazel Green Academy for many years. Dotty was a librarian and Hoover (Herb) is a professor of science education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. They have 3 children:


Dr. Herbert Stewart, is a psychologist in Virginia.


Allison Stewart Brightly, s an elementary teacher, lives near Austin, Texas with her husband Paul Brightly.


Tom Stewart is an attorney in Palm Beach County, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valedictory

by Alexander Thomas Stewart, Jr.

Tuesday, May 5, 1931

Powell County Grade School


To the friends gathered here, to the teachers who have so wisely guided and counseled us, and to our fellow students and classmates, it is my privilege to give a farewell greeting. This day finishes another year of our school life and many of us have come today for the last time. The more fortunate of us may go on to high school. The rest of us must go forth into the wide world and put our hand to the wheel of active business life, and learn to shift for ourselves. But where we go we shall find abundant cause to remember our school with gratitude. Our teachers who have labored so faithfully for us, whose patience we have often tried, whose best laid plans, we have often foiled by our heedlessness, our friends who have taken such an interest in our work, and have helped us through many difficulties, our deal old school whose halls have echoed with our tread or resounding with our voices, are vivid memories of the past connection which forbid us to forget each other. May we long cherish these memories, and let us tell to those who have come after us the pleasures of our school days, our blunders, our triumphs, so that they may profit by our experience.


And now dear classmates, we have come to the parting of the road. For years we have traveled the highway together, and save an occasional bypath or some shady nook to ensnare the unguarded, we stand today beneath the guide post. Today we have to decide which of these two roads we shall take. In a distance, I see nothing would mar our happiness or check our progress should we mistake our way. Both roads are apparently well traveled but it seems to me that the left has a gentle and almost imperceptible slope downward, while the right fork seems quite level for a considerable distance. But through the long distance, it apparent that the road inclines upward. I cannot see where the road again branches or where it ends but I am sure it is better to gain higher grounds, for there we will be better able to decide our future course. So let us take the road indicated by the guide post as the road to success, and if any of our friends chance to pass this way they will see our foot prints and know we are just ahead. Let us make sure that we leave distinct impressions as we go, and let the impressions be natural, so as not to mislead our friends, for they will look for characteristics particular to us. Now, let us start all together, not tomorrow or tonight but at once and tomorrow we will pitch our tents beside those whose names are inscribed high on the banner of truth, uprightness, honesty and sobriety, which are the fundamental principles of greatness.


And now the graduating class of this year bids you all a respectable farewell with hopes that prosperity and happiness attends us all in the future as in the past.

 

 

 

 

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