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gt. grandfather's Sunday trousers, cut out a new pair with
sheep shears, and then made both. Every young wife in those
days wore a cap, so with the same shears, (the war had made
scissors unattainable,) she cut out her cap, made it, and ironed
it with a trowel.

"They stayed at Carlisle for about a year, and hearing that
llagerstown was a thriving place, the puncheon floor came up,
and taking their hoardings, they moved there. I have heard
this told many times by the aunts when visiting at the old home
on the hill, with other stories which I wish 1 had written down.

"The Stewarts were landed people always, and their first
act, wherever they located, was to invest in large tracts of land.
Hugh's father is said by Thomas Fullerton, to have done this at
the mouth of the Schuylkill River, which included stone quarries,
and Hugh himself became possessed of land at Ringgold Manor,
Hagerstown, Md., with the stone quarries there, from which
were built many of the old stone buildings; and when driven from

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there by political strife, his sons, James and Robert, were sent
ahead in 1807 to Ohio, and purchased several thousand acres of
land in Fayette and Ross counties, which he bequeathed in his
will to his children."


Note : — From the dates of births, Hugh Stewart left Hagerstown
between 1798 and 1802 and went to Greencastle, Pa., where the two
younger children, Mary and Hugh, Jr., were born. (Some members of
the family say Chambersburg, Pa., but that seems to have been an earlier
date.)— F. S. W. and E. S. L.

"He must have gone to Ohio about 1809 as he sent his
sons James and Robert to buy land there in 1807. On 'Alt. Pleas-
ant", called also 'Prairie View', great grandfather built the man-
sion mentioned in the will which he often spoke of, as 'Castle',
saying it was modeled after the Castle of Bonkyl, in Scotland, a
Stuart possession. This was built entirely of huge hewn timbers,
squared and used as panels, mortised in, and hand rubbed. The
hall which was finished in walnut ran to the attic floor without
break, with a broad stairway and balustrades of the same ma-
terial, down which the children used to romp. While always a
dominant disposition, here it seemed, he became a 'peace-parted ?
soul. What a picture it was of baby Hugh, only six, leaving
his mother, to ride with his brother, Robert, six hundred miles
on horseback. (In 1812.) Was it for an education alone or to
take him away from a mind-disturbed father?"

'"Note: — Undoubtedly an education, for as he, Hugh, Jr., rode away
his father said, T have made a scholar of George; I will make a gentle-
man of Hugh'. This is explained by those sections of the will, made when
Hugh, Jr., was but seventeen, when his father evidently desired by an
estate to make him a 'gentleman'. The old world passion for this posses-
sion of land for himself and descendants, to create a name and family, no
doubt was in his thought and plan. At this date we have no way of know-
ing why the plan miscarried, by Hugh, Jr., choosing his own career, or
the passing by sale of the old home estate to another son, ere Hugh, Sr.,

"I do not think Hugh, Jr., came back until he was grown,
and then to Bloomingburgh, and not the old home. And yet,
his father, we have evidence, was 'a king' to his children' ; but
gt. aunt Mary Ustick must have had very good reason
for taking gt. grand-mother h^me with her. There must

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have been a terrible trouble behind, more than the 'sideboard'
caused, or the terrific temper could account for. Was the cause
back of 1776 or 1780, in the parting from his family, or did it
date from the exodus from Ringgold Manor? What conscience,
what regret, (we will not say remorse,) what compunctions
stirred the memory of the turbulent, but withal great, old Scotch-
man, that drove wife and children from his door, leaving him to
desolate living, and to finally die from the exercise of his famed

"Since we must acknowledge this temper, his descendants
accept that it was distinctive, and a royally hue one, and if his
father had a better, no wonder they parted ! Cousin Robert
Ustick asked me if I knew what the mystery of it was. He knew
gt. grandfather kept his 'sideboard,' so he must have guessed
of some other ill fate. His will, made two years before his
death, is so fair, so just, we know there must have been a large
manhood within him, though incapable of repose, a breeder of
storms, taciturn of results, intolerant of opposition to those who
crossed him, he lived until his death unshaken in purpose to bear
this torment in silence to the end.

"Grandfather Robert always hushed in thought as well as in
words, when he would speak of him, and that epitaph of an un-
finished finality, that was carved upon his tombstone, expressed
some condition of life unanswered.

'God is his own interpreter.
And he will make it plain.' "

.Vote: — If gt. grandmother knew, she was just as reticent, and
seemed equally separated from the Roxburgh line.


"Grand-mother Patton gives tribute to gt. grand-mother of
the Roxburgh strain, whom she admired, and said that she was a
remarkable woman for her youthful looks and gait, rather small,
but walked like a girl of sixteen, and you would never have
guessed she was eighty years old if you did not see her face,
bright and alert, with snapping black eyes. The family were
very proud of gt. grand-mother, but with her great business
ability and independent ways, she was perhaps too thorough-

Xote : — In that day whiskey with a pitcher of water and bowl of
sugar was placed on the side-board and offered to any chance comer.

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going for them. So gt. grand- father, even with his doubtful
disposition, may have been the greater favorite. Step grand-
mother rather blamed st. aunt Mary Ustick for not allowing her
to have something to do. It nearly killed her to be idle. After
she was confined to her bed, some one furnished her shirts to
make, which she did, tucking them out of aunt Mary's sight'
but she finished the six shirts with hem-stitched ruffles. She
was Scotch throughout, and talked with a strong Scotch accent.
It is told of her business ability and power to command, that
the dairy product of Ringgold Manor was sent to Hagerstown.
A law had just been passed that any roll of butter short in weight
would confiscate it all. So at the market they weighed one
pound, and claiming it was short, took the whole. She imme-
diately got into a chaise, and going to the market, required the re-
weighing of all the butter, saying, 'The law works both ways.'
They never questioned the Manor products again. No wonder
gt. grand-father always had entire confidence in her business

"Margaret Roxburgh Stewart was buried at Bloomingburgh,
Ohio, in 1842, and on her tombstone is the inscription 'A Moth-
er's Grave.' "


written about 1896, to Fanny Stewart White.

" But too much about ourselves and nothing, as yet,

of the far more important, yourself. We thoroughly enjoyed
your letter; it was so Fanny Stuartish. Your account of your
pets took me back to the days of the cats, birds, squirrels, etc.,
and other small and less intelligent creatures, almost without

"As to the horses, I know little of them since my faithful
"McClellan," a much better soldier than was the general after
whom he was named, fell in the bleak woods of Chickamauga,
and I have taken little interest in horses since. My heart goes
out to dogs, and in a rather slight measure, to cats, but I regard
the horse in general, as an animal which gets more honor than
his wits deserve, simply because of his beauty; a sort of ball-
room belle among the lower animals.

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"This is no doubt rank heresy to you and Dr. White, but I
do not govern my belief — my belief governs me. I am nol
heterodox, even with regard to horses, with malice aforethought,
and in matters in general, 1 follow the good old paths with con-
tent. They were rougher to our fathers than to us; yet they re-
joiced to go to heaven on those rugged ways.

"Now for a little talk about family pedigree: I have
about given up hope of getting farther back along the Stuart line
than Hugh Stuart's Phila. father. The breach between parent
and child seems to have been complete. Both were hot tempered.
( )n account of this quarrel and separation, Thomas Fullerton's
people opposed his marriage to Elizabeth Stuart. Even though,
according to her grand father, when he threw a quarry stick at
a workman, 'she was one of the Stuarts of Scotland.' The
irascible old gentleman thought that a sufficient excuse for run-
ning the risk of killing a common workman."

Note: — This is the only reference we have to the character of
great-grandfather. — F. S. W. and E. S. L.

"Your grand-father, my gt. grand-father, was an energetic,
far-sighted and successful man. He was kind to his children,
who were all prosperous for many years. He gave to my
grand-mother Fullerton the fine farm which uncle George after-
ward owned, six or eight miles from Bloomingburgh, up the
Columbus road. That he drank at times is a fact. Few men did
not do so in the days, when, as a woman said, 'A barrel of whiskey
went a mighty little way with such a family of children as she
had to bring up.' Grand-father Fullerton drank entirely too
much for a sober man, but father had for him the most sincere
reverence, as he had for his mother, the most devoted love. It
was not the liquor so much as Hugh Stuart's high temper that
made his wife, Margaret Roxburgh Smith, spend so much of
her time with her children in, and near Bloomingburgh. At least
that is what I have always understood, for I do not think you
and I have the blood of drunkards in our veins, though we do
have the blood of erring men, as well as of noble and saintly
women ; but I shall never have done this letter, which I meant to
be little more than a cousinly note. I wish that I could see you,
dear Fanny, but probably we will not meet in this world. I

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hope that in the next, you will be as 'soncy' and sweet as you
used to be. and I rather guess you will.

"Yours faithfully,

"Thomas Fullertox.

"P. S. Do you know our gt. grandmother Stuart was
rather hypochondriacal?"

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Note: — This is not surprising as the energetic wife of a high-
tempered man, and mother of fourteen children.

"She would go to bed in an alarming state of collapse, out
of which she presently recovered. One Friday she had a very
severe attack — it was in Bloomingburgh — the children gathered
to see her die. On the Sunday following, she rode to Frankfort
to see her husband die. If you have the dates of her birth and
death, I wish that sometime you would send them to me, and I
would like also to know where she came from. Can you tell me
who it was in the Stuart family who was captured in the Rev.
War, taken to England, compelled to nurse in Chelsea Hospital,
nursed Sir Hew or Hugh Dalrymple, and married him? Father
told this story once and your father told us the same story, with
variations. I suppose that the girl must have been a sister* of
Hugh Stuart.

''She was taken at sea ; whether she was going to Xew York
I do not know. Strange, the silences of history !

"And can you tell me who fought the hydrophobic wolf, and
had herself bathed in a kettle of hot lye to kill the venom? I
trust that no other lye or lie had crept into the story as father
used to tell it. He always said that the brave woman was one of
the Stuart connection. The scene was laid in western Pa. on
the Allegheny slopes, time midnight, moonlight night, on porch
of dwelling, husband away from home, wife and mother allow-
ing the wolf to mangle her at its own will, but making no out-
cry, for fear that her two daughters would come out and be
bitten. A fine tradition ! Tell it to your pets and warn them
not to go mad.

*Note: — Possibly a sister of Hugh, Sr.. but probably gt. gt. grand-

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A copy of the last will and testament of Hugh Stewart
of "Alt. Pleasant" at "Prairie View" near Oldtown (Frankfort),


"In the name of God, Amen.

"I, Hugh Stewart, of the State of Ohio, now being in perfect health
of body and soundness of mind, but considering the uncertainty of life
and the certainty of death, and desiring to arrange my worldly affairs in
a proper manner, before it may please God to call me hence by death, do
make and acclaim this to be my last will and testament, viz. :

Item 1 : I desire that after my decease my body shall be decently
buried on the hill above my mansion house, a high place which I desire
and appoint as a family burying ground.

Item 2 : I desire that immediately after my decease or so soon as
convenient thereafter, my executors herein after named, shall pay my
debts, (if any there should be at my death,) and the balance of my
property I will to dispose of as follows:

Item 3: I will and bequeathe to my wife, Margaret Stewart, the
one-third of the yearly income of all my property.

Item 4 : I will and bequeathe to my son Hugh, two hundred and
fifty acres of the farm on which I live, on the North side of said farm,
so as to enclose my barn, mansion house, and peach and apple orchards
adjoining the house, and so as to enclose a portion of the timberland on
the ridge, towards the Little Creek.

Item 5: I will and bequeathe to my son Robert, all the land be-
longing to me on the South side of the Little North Fork of Paint, it
being a part of a tract on which I live, and adjoining Elijah Johnson's,
Edward Tiffin's, and William Snyder's, land.

Item 6 : I will and bequeathe to my son James, all the balance of
said tract of land on which I now live, on condition that he shall pay
$3,000.00 in manner as hereinafter directed.

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Item 7 : I will and bequeathe to my son Archibald, all my demands
on the property known as John Latta*s Mills, as also all my demands
against said Latta of whatever description, he paying all costs which
ma)' have accrued on said concern.

Item 8 : I will and bequeathe to my daughter Elizabeth Fullerton,
the farm on which she lives, situate in Fayette Co., for her support
during her natural life, or so long as she may continue to occupy it; and
at her death, (or when she ceases to occupy it), I will and bequeathe said
farm to her children hereinafter named, to be equally divided among
them, viz. : Margaretta, Humphrey M., Hugh Stewart, Thomas, David,
Caroline, George, Martha Jane, James, and Robert, and should any more
hereafter be born, I will that they shall share equally with the rest.

Item 9 : I will and bequeathe to my daughter Margaret Gillespie,
$800.00, to be paid by my executors, one-half in one year, and the other
half in two years after my death.

Item 10 : I will and bequeathe to my daughter Sarah Bogle, $900.00,
to be paid one-half in one year, and the other half in two years after my

Item 11 : I will and bequeathe to my daughter Mary Ustick,
$1,000.00, in four annual installments, after my decease, the three last
mentioned items to be paid by my son James, out of the $3,000.00 I have
obligated him to pay.

Item 12 : I will and bequeathe to the children of my daughter
Martha Gillespie, deceased, namely : George Stewart, Joseph Mcjimpsey.
Margaret Mary, each 100 acres of land in Fayette Co., adjoining the land
of the heirs of William Stitt, and others, to be taken out of my tract of
500 acres of land, at the discretion of my executors, and also to each
of them :

I bequeathe $100.00 in cash to be paid when they respectively come
of age, deducting from each the amount of tax which may be paid on
said land, until they come of age, from the time of my decease.

Item 13 : I give and bequeathe to my grand-daughter Eliza (only
child of my son George,) $100.00 to be paid to her by my executors when
she arrives at the age of eighteen.

Item 14 : I give and bequeathe to my grand-daughter Margaretta
McClean, and to my grand-sons Humphrey M.. and Hugh S. Fullerton,
250 acres of land lying in Madison Co.. on the border of Deer Creek,
(which land I have paid John A. Fulton for entering, and obtaining a
patent,) and when Hugh S. comes of age, the land to be appraised, and
Humphrey and Hugh, shall pay Margaretta one-third of the value of said
land, which bequest I declare to be in full of their part of their Mother's
estate, and in lieu of the bequest mentioned in the 8th item of this will.
and Humphrey and Hugh, shall divide the land equally between them.

Item 15: I also bequeathe to my son Hugh, all my household ef-
fects, my cattle, horses and any other stock of which I may die pos-

Item 16: The balance of my property, if any there should be,
either real or personal, which I have not disposed of, I leave at the dis-

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cretion of ray executors, to be by them distributed in any manner they

may think best. And lastly, 1 constitute and appoint ray suns, James and

Robert, Executors of this my last will and testament, and enjoin on them

the due observance of all provisions herein contained.

In testimony whereof, I have set ray hand and seal this 2nd day of

Dec. 1822. ,, c

I hi, 1 1 Stewart.

Signed, published 'and dictated, by the testator in presence of us,

to be his last will and testament, to which we have annexed our names as

witnesses. T c

James Smith,

Highland Lcmm,


Lucy ( X ) Fitzhugh.



"I do not distinctly reemember my grand-father Stewart
(Hugh 1 ). He was rather tall and large boned, quite Scotch in
build, more like uncle James. My father, (Robert), and myself
had more the build of grandmother (Margaret). I shall never
forget dear, good old grand-mother, for when my own dear,
beautiful mother died, and I cried, 'I haven't any mother', she
folded me in her arms and comforted me, saying she would be
my mother. Uncle James was the largest. None were so fleshy
and short as father. Uncle Archibald was thin and spare like
brother George, and uncle George. I shall never forget uncle
Archibald's rapid talk in politics or at prayer. I think he could
say more in half a minute, than any man I ever heard.

"On the death of Elizabeth Fullerton, her children were
scattered among the relatives, and uncle Archie took Robert and
reared him as his own son. Father, (Robert) was a Democrat;
but the uncles were all 'Praying Whigs'. I have seen them pick
up chairs in the family room after prayers, and you would think
they would knock each other down. All the uncles would charge
father with becoming a Democrat for office, I tell you he always
held his own, and came out ahead; but in 1840, when Birney ran
for President, the brothers all united in the old Liberty party,
and ever after voted the same ticket, pointing to the end of
slavery, although not being permitted to see the final victory.

"I shall never forget father's final words to me on his
death bed : 'I want you to go to the National Convention in

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Chicago, in June, as you will never have another opportunity to
see such a gathering. Slavery is going down, whether in law-
ful victory or in blood ; it is doomed, and must perish from this
nation !'

"So, like Moses viewing the Promised Land, he could see,
but could not tarry to witness the triumph of his cherished
principles. Uncle Hugh (Dr. H. C. Stewart) was permitted to
see it all. I wonder if the brothers could talk it over on the other
side, and know the results of the greatest war of modern times.
I love our country for what it has done for the oppressed.

"I hope you will come to our golden wedding in 1896. We
expect to have a big time."

Note: — This was not to be as his wife went to her rest before
that date. ■ — E. S. L.


"One time, when gt. grand-father Hugh 1 thought he was
going to die, he sent for his sons and gt. grand-mother and tak-
ing them to the top of the hill, he showed them where he wished
to be buried, as he described in his will. When his grave was
dug between the two beautiful walnut trees, they unearthed the
skeleton of a huge Quapaw Indian Chief, with his weapons be-
side him. It was told that as the last shovel of earth was heaped
on his grave, a great yellow cat sprang from aloft, on the mound
of earth hissing and spitting, and scattering the mourners. The
next morning every walnut leaf had fallen — a frost, — but to
the superstitious it meant the curse of the old Indian's spirit.

"I was born and lived for ten years in the old beautiful castle
on the hill. I don't suppose you remember it, nor the old barn
down on the low land. I wonder where they lived while they
hewed and built those great panels into walls meant to stand
*for centuries. The family who bought the place when the
wreck came, proceeded at once to dig up the low part of the lovely
lawn in front, which was reputed to be the burying place of the
old Scotchman's money, and long looked at with jealous eyes.

"Aiy father, (Samuel Stewart,) had refused to allow any
one to touch it. On finding nothing, they tore down the old
castle, panel by panel, searching in chinked walls, and looking in
every cranny, but nothing was found, and disgusted, they sold
to other people.

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"The old grave-yard was a lovely place for us children,
and not at all gruesome. Father liked to have us go there, for

the cattle gathered on hot afternoons and we could drive them
away. The fence grand-father put up just before we came away
spoiled its beauty. It was high and dry. and a lovely view.
Thomas Fullerton says there are thirty graves: grand-mother
Esther, with a lovely verse on her beautiful character, and little
Robert with, "The Flower fadeth', on his tombstone; gt. grand-
father between those tall walnut trees, with others grouped
around; aunt Elizabeth Fullerton on his left, and eight of the
little Fullertons all in a row, such a long one it seemed to me.
1 think they had only births and deaths. How terrible it must
have been to see so many of them die, one every month. 1
learned to read on those old moss grown tombstones. I remem-
ber asking, more than once, what it all meant. Grand-father had
put up new ones, and black and roomy, the old were laid down
for us to play 'Aunties' and keep house. The new ones were
set in blocks of stone and broke off badly. The fence, Thomas
Fullerton says, is down, and trees have fallen and broken the
stones. I wonder how many of us ever think of the beauty and
sacredness of the place, and that it is our duty to care for it.
It would cost something to build a low stone wall and put up a
tablet; but it would only be right."



Vol. 58, page 311, Ross County Deed Records.

This is a record of a deed given to the heirs of Hugh Stewart, for
a plat of ground in Ross Co., Ohio, given for a family burying ground.

This indenture, made on the 29th day of April, 1856, between A. R.
McNeill, Robert Stewart and others, witnesseth.

Whereas, The late Hugh Stewart, of Ross County, did by his last
will and testament appoint a certain spot of land on the hill of his farm
called "Prairie View," situate in Ross County, Ohio, as a family burying
ground, and

Whereas, Robert Stewart, did, by his deed of conveyance, convey
said "Prairie View" to the Ross County Bank without reserving such
burying ground, now therefore,

I, A. R. McNeill, for the sum of $1.00 to me in hand paid, receipt of
which I do hereby acknowledge, and for other considerations me there-

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unto moving, have this day sold and conveyed, and by these presents do

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