William G. Stewart


            William was born in 1847 and died in 1881. He married Elizabeth Patton (born around 1851)of Letcher County around 1867. She was the daughter of Charles and Nancy Patton. They moved to Rowan County during the Civil War. After her husband's death, Elizabeth married Mounce B. Pennybacker on February 20, 1900.

 

 

William G. Stewart and Elizabeth Patton Footnote

 

                       James Edward Stewart (August 26, 1868- January 25, 1916) married Clara Hamm. He was a Baptist minister, Rowan County Judge, and Kentucky State Senator. Buried in Caudill Cemetery, U.S. 60 East & Kentucky 519.

 

                      Mary Jane Stewart (1870-1942) She is buried in the Everman Cemetery in Carter County. She married William Littleton. See information about their son, Jake, below.

 

                      Fannie B. Stewart (1872-1880).

 

                      C. L. Stewart (1876) married (1) Lizzie Pope and (2) Florence McIntosh. Died in Carter County in 1917.

 

                      Alexander Thomas Stewart (1878-1956) married (1) Cora Wilson; (2) Clemma Lacy. He was an attorney and educator. He received his early education in Rowan County, 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 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 Powell 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 Powell 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.

 

                      Mona Stewart (1880) married W.L. LeMaster

 

            One of their sons, James E. Stewart (1868-1916), was a Rowan County Judge, Tax Commissioner and Kentucky Senator at his death. He died shortly after serving one term in the Kentucky Senate. James E. married Clara Hamm in 1889. His obituary read:

 

God's finger touched him and he slept. Thursday morning at twenty minutes to 10 o'clock the spirit of Jas. E. Stewart, as peacefully as a babe sleeping upon it's mother's breast, left the tenement of clay and returned to the God who gave him. At his home near Brady, surrounded by those bound to him by the ties of blood and affection, he bade them good-bye, closed his weary eyelids and sank into that dreamless sleep which knows no awakening until that great day when the Savior shall come to gather home the redeemed of earth.

 

Senator Stewart represented the Thirty-fifth Senatorial District composed of the counties Rowan, Bath, Carter, Fleming and Menefee. He was only able to attend the first day's session of the Senate when he took the oath of office and was almost immediately granted an indefinite leave of absence, and returned home. He had not been in good health for years, but it was not until a few months ago that it became evident that tuberculosis had claimed him for a victim.

 

Last Sunday, realizing that his earthly pilgrimage was nearing its journey’s end, he requested his long friend, Nelson Caudill, to call again the next morning, as he desired to have a confidential talk with him. Upon Mr. Caudill's return Mr. Stewart informed his as to his burial arrangements he would like to have carried out, and which were followed to the letter.

 

Thursday morning at 10 o'clock the remains were taken to the school house at Clearfield where services were held by Rev. J. D. Walker, of Vale; Rev. J. H. Bradley, of this city, and Rev. J. T. Thornsbery, of Carter county, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Caudill burying ground near Brady's Switch, in the presence of a vast throng of sorrowing relatives and friends.

 

Deceased was born and reared in Morehead and was aged 47 years; was a member of the Regular Baptist church, and for seventeen years was a leading minister of that denomination. As a citizen, neighbor and friend his life was a most exemplary one. As a minister of the Gospel his labors in the vineyard of the Lord have borne fruit that have built men and women for a Christian life and guided them to the feet of the lowly Nazarene. His life among us has left its impress upon all who knew him for its purity of thought and action, and while he has gone from us to fields that are blooming and fair, the beacon light of faith and hope beaming from the eternal throne of God tells us that he stands upon the battlements of heaven clasping hands with those gone before, and waiting for loved ones to join him in that celestial home where there'll be no more good-byes.

 

Senator Stewart has held many positions of honor and trust. He had served his people as Magistrate, County Assessor and County Judge, and in each official capacity ever exercised prudence, and in the goodness of his big heart tempered justice with mercy. No man ever retired from his official duties with higher praise from his people than this faithful servant of the people.

 

The deceased is survived by his wife and eight children, as follows: Mrs. Effie Caudill, Mrs. Annie Zornes, Allie, Jason, Jesse, Jane, Ettie B. and Cecil. Two brothers and two sisters also survive him, A.T. Stewart, of Stanton; A.L. Stewart, of Winchester; Mrs. Mary J. Littleton of Fultz; Mrs. Nora Lemastor, Ringstead, Iowa.

 

As per request of the deceased the funeral services will be held at the grave on the first Sunday in July by Rev. J. D. Walker with introductory remarks, followed with funeral addresses by Rev. J. H. Bradley, of this city Rev. F. R. Hobbs, of Wolfe county, and Rev. and Rev. B. F. Roberts, of Charleston, W. Va. The services will be closed by Rev. James E. Thornsbury, of Carter county.

 

It is seldom that one's death causes the universal sorrow among his people as that of Senator Stewart, and many were the heartfelt expressions of regrets when it was known that he was no more. He was a quit, unostentatious man, going about doing good in his daily walks, and never letting the left hand know what the right hand gave. His was a noble, Christian life, and if the loved ones left behind would meet him on the other shore they will but have to emulate his pilgrimage here on earth, and when they, to shall answer the summons there will be a grand reunion beneath the shade of the trees beside the waters of the river of eternal life.


            Another son of William G. and Elizabeth Stewart, Alexander Thomas Stewart (1878), a lawyer and teacher, married Cora Wilson on September 24, 1902. Cora Wilson Stewart, a superintendent of the Rowan County Schools, founded the Moonlight School movement in Rowan County. Due to Cora’s busy schedule as a speaker and leader of the adult literacy movement, Alexander T. became increasingly impatient with her. They were divorced in 1910.


            After the divorce, Alexander Thomas married Clemma Lacy in Campton, Kentucky, on April 15, 1915. There, he served as Powell County Attorney. He and his new wife had six children who lived in the Stanton, Kentucky area and lived out their lives in happiness. Their children were:


             Alexander Thomas Stewart, Jr. (1918-1940) died of an accidental death while a senior at the University of Kentucky. Virginia Stewart (1916), attended the University of Kentucky and taught at the Hazel Green Academy. She married Charles Walker Prewitt. Hazel Stewart (1917) graduated from Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Kentucky, and married Thomas A. Dale. James Lacy Stewart (1920) was a funeral home director. Ivan Stewart (July 24, 1922), served as a Second Lieutenant in the Second World War and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kentucky. He received a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1951.


            Alice Stewart O’Hara, the daughter of Ivan Stewart, in note of July 1999 to the writer recalled that:

 

I remember my grandfather. A.T. who died in 1956, when I was five years old was married twice (big family secret). First to the famous educator Cora Wilson Stewart. That was a dark period of time in his life. We are not pleased with the way that he has been portrayed in her documents of her life. However, as an educator I have quite a fascination with her and have collected a number of materials on her work. They had a son who died in childhood and is buried in Morehead.

 

They divorced and in 1915 he married my grandmother Clemma Lacy from Lacy Creek near Hazel Green. The life that they created in Stanton had no resemblance to the dark time from his past.

 

He was a very well respected county attorney, pastor, and teacher. Together they raised six children in a house where until their deaths alcohol was forbidden. He was also very popular with the neighborhood children whom he taught to swim, quote verses, and garden.

 


            Another of William G. and Cynthia Stewart’s grandsons had quite a career. Jacob E. “Jake” Littleton was the son of their daughter Mary Jane Stewart (1871-1942) and her husband William Littleton (1868-1936). According to Alice Littleton:

 

[Jake] is buried in the Everman [Cemetery in Carter County] just up from A.J. and Mary Ann Stewart’s Littleton’s grave. His grave is definitely longer than the others. I have heard my father-in-law, Gomez Littleton, comment on his casket. He said that they carried it on the back of a pickup truck and that someone had to sit on the front of it to keep it from falling off the bed of the truck because it was so long. He did have a son named Jay who was a few years older

than I. He also died at a young age (around 35). At the time of his death he was working in Cincinnati at a TV station. I believe he was playing a giant on a children's program at the time of his death. He was tall but not as tall as his father.


Alice Stewart O’Hara of Bradenton, Florida, reports:

 

J.E. Littleton was 7 feet, 7 inches tall. He was the "Enchanter of the Enchanted Island" at the Chicago’s World's Fair "Century of Progress" in 1933.


Jake spent most of his life entertaining folks in carnivals that traveled throughout the country. My Aunt, Ethel Stewart Crager, recalls seeing him in a carnival in Morehead, Kentucky in the early 1930's.


            Surprisingly, there is no evidence that any of William Charlie's male descendants fought in the Civil War for either side. Kentuckians were split during the war and Lincoln ensured that the commonwealth never withdrew from the Union. Other descendants of Alexander Stewart did fight for the South particularly his descendants through his son Isaac. Although many of Isaac's descendants fought in the civil war, at least, one did not. George T. Edson, the editor of the Stewart Clan Magazine noted that in 1942, he visited Augustus Washington Stewart, a great grandson of Alexander through Isaac, in Paint Lick, Kentucky. At the time, Augustus was 93 years old. Edson noted that “‘Uncle Gus was proud of being a mountain man — somewhat like his highland Scottish ancestors — and he gave me a roguish look when he mentioned that he hid out over in Tennessee, as many Kentuckians did, rather than take part in the Civil war . . .” Stewart Clan Magazine, Vol. 46, page 3-4 (1968).

 

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