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Presbyterian Church of Concord, which was for many years under
the pastoral care of Rev. James Dickey, late of Hennepin, 111.
He was a ruling elder in this church, most of the time he re-

Genealogy of Hugh Stewart and Descendants. 67

mained in its connection. In [826 his wife died, leaving six chil-
dren. In about a year from this time he married Margaret Pat-
ton of Chillicothe, Ohio, who is still living.

A.S a man he was possessed of a strong cultivated mind, a
kind and affectionate disposition, and a tender conscience. As a
christian he did not rest his hope on a mere external profession,
but endeavored to adorn the doctrine of God his Savior in all
things, by a walk and conversation becoming the gospel. 1 1 is
first inquiry seemed to be "what is duty?" and when the path of
duty was plain, he had faith and moral courage to walk therein,
even though the popular voice was against him. He was a pio-
neer in the anti-slavery and temperance reforms. In the early
history of the agitation of the slavery question he was convinced
that slavery was a sin against God, an outrage against humanity
and a reproach upon the religion of Jesus, hence he endeavored
to bear a faithful testimony against it, not only in his political
actions, but in his church relations.

After having labored with others for many years to
induce the church with which he was connected to take what he
believed to be Christian ground on the subject, viz.: — -entire
separation in its ecclesiastical relations from the sin of slave-
holding, without seeing any prospect whatever of accomplishing
the desired object, he resolved, as for himself, he would no longer
give countenance to this great iniquity by fellowshipping it in
the church, hence he separated himself from the church with
which he had been connected for so many years, and joined the
"New School" Presby terian church which had been in existence
for a short time. There being no organization in the vicinity, he
and his family with a few others, organized themselves into a free
church and called the Rev. J. R. Gibson to take charge of it as
its pastor. It was not designed, however, that his labors in the
cause of his Master should stop here, for shortly after the little
church had become self supporting, and in this respect inde-
pendent, the greater portion of the large property which by a
life of industry and economy he had accumulated, without any
fault of his own, was suddenly and unexpectedly swept away,
leaving only the lands at Champaign, and upon his removal there,
his first business was to find a home in the church. There being
no New School Presbyterian church, (to which he had become
greatly attached) in the bounds of his new home, but a small

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Congregational church, orthodox in doctrine and reformatory in
practice, after a careful consideration he cheerfully united with
it. and now with the energy and Christian zeal, for which he was
characterized in his younger days, he went to work in the cause
of the Redeemer, sacrificing his time and means, in the promotion
of the great work. He was the friend of education in general,
and showed his friendship by contributing of his means for the
building up and endowment of institutions of learning. He
assisted more or less in the education of several young men for
the ministry, among whom may be mentioned the Rev. Hugh S.
Fullerton of South Salem. Ohio. The agents of a number of
benevolent societies made his house a stopping point and usually
went away with a liberal donation. He remembered some of
these Societies in his will. His beneficence was not, however,
confined to the public objects of charity, but the poor of his own
neighborhood were charitably remembered. The stranger was
never turned away hungry from his door. The fleeing fugitive
from injustice found a resting place and sympathy under his roof-
He was always kind and charitable toward his pastor, endeavor-
ing to obey to the letter the injunction: "Let him who is taught
in the word, communicate unto him who teacheth in all good
things." He seldom entered the minister's house without leav-
ing with him some token of friendship. His last illness which
was protracted, and at times very severe, was borne with Chris-
tian patience and resignation. For some months before his death,
he felt that the time of his departure was near at hand, and made
his arrangements accordingly. Having settled up all his business,
with as much precision as he could have done in health, he re-
marked, "My work is now done. I know of nothing further than
to wait my Master's will, 'for I know whom I have believed and
am persuaded that He is able, to keep that which I have commit-
ted unto Him against that day.' "

He stated that he had for many years tried to live a Christian
and that he had in some degree sustained a Christian character,
but he placed no confidence in anything he had done, his only
hope was in the Lord Jesus Christ. When speaking of human
freedom and Christianity, he felt that he could leave the interests
so dear to his heart in the hands of Christ, with the full assurance
that the right would prevail. His faith endured to the last, and

Genealogy of Hugh Stewart and Descendants. 69

his death was a triumphant testimony of the truth, power and
blessedness, of the religion of Jesus.

Thus has passed a beloved and faithful member and officer
of the church militant, to the church triumphant. We can but
feel and mourn his loss but we mourn having hope.

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord henceforth.
Yea, saith the spirit that they may rest from their labors and their
works do follow them."

"This, Esther, is Father Robert's obituary written by Mr.
Van Dyke, pastor of Urbana Church. I have it in my scrap
book, as I wanted it to preserve for my own dear children to
know what a noble, good man their father's father was. There
are few such men in this day. 'Father Stewart is a noble man,'
as I used to hear my good old father say of him ; he greatly ad-
mired his strong principles, among others, his work in the anti-
slavery cause, as my father was in sympathy with all such move-
ments at that time.

"Your Aunt, frT „ „

Lavinia Smith Stewart.


"When grandfather Robert died your father and gt.-aunt
Mary Ustick came on for a few days, until all was over. I am
glad to have grandfather's letter and will return it, but it shows
a broken and dispirited man. I will try to give those things of
him which I remember, briefly :

When eighteen years old he went to New York to live with
his oldest brother, George, a minister and teacher in the German
Reformed Church and school, at Bloomingburgh, N. Y.

He often told how he went into New York City to bring
lecturers out, and how the people would take sleds and tramp
the roads after the first snow, to make the sleighing good all
winter. Here he learned the mercantile business with Joseph
Gillespie, and they exchanged sisters. Joseph Gillespie had
favored his sister Esther's marriage to a wealthy old merchant,
but grandfather, then a gallant young man of twenty-two or
three, rescued her from a life of unhappiness, though one of ease,
he could not give, when they became pioneers. She was a society
girl and a great beauty. Father remembers how the luxuriant

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mass of golden brown curling hair fell below her knees. To her,
beauty was such a curse, she prayed that no child or grandchild
might inherit it. Grandfather was a great reader and a man of
excellent judgment, generous and jolly in disposition and gained
friends wherever he went.

Besides Bloomingburgh, N: Y., they were in business in Bal-
timore, but a cloud coming over affairs they came to Ohio, trav-
eling in a 'dandy wagon' to the lakes. This was in the spring of
1820, and uncle George Stewart was a baby. Great grandfather
Hugh was living alone in his castle on the hill, as great aunt
Alary Ustick had taken her mother home with her. It was Rob-
ert's first intention to live there, but they soon found great
grandfather an uncomfortable man to live with, and as a result
they left the old mansion and went to their own estate, where they
built a one-story, rambling, brick house quite southern in style.

Here it was, I was taken weekly by grandfather, that I might
be near school, and where I met many of the notables of the day,
who often came on political missions and consultations, Salmon
P. Chase, Birney, and others. Air. Chase often brought his
charming, brilliant daughter Kate who was the most active, bird-
like girl I ever saw. You know grandfather ran for Congress in
one of the Congressional districts in Ohio in 1844. He came
home from Illinois in 1854 m time to vote for his life-long friend,
Salmon P. Chase for Governor of Ohio. Grandfather had been
the means of bringing Ross County into the Republican ranks,
where it has remained ever since.

Tf you will not leave us,' begged his friends, 'we will send
you to the Legislature.' The brothers were Abolitionists, not of
the Garrison, but rather of the Birney type, who maintained, 'that
law was supreme', but this appealed to their Scotch lawfulness,
'that state officers could not rightfully be obliged to enforce the
fugitive slave law, while the Nation recognized slavery.' How-
ever, he, his brothers and sons were those of the 'Underground
Railroad' chain, which action they took after serious deliberation,
not against the law, but a private right of their tender human-
itarianism and that belief in personal liberty left in their blood
by the persecutions of their old Scotch Covenanter ancestors.
Here in this dear and generous home, cheerful and happy, the
long table was always crowded with cousins, and men and women
of the day. Here grandmother Esther had a short-lived happi-

Genealogy of Hugh Stewart and Descendants. 71

ness, dying when baby Robert was but ten months old, at the age
of twenty-eight, in 1826.

Note: — It lias been suggested that the strange mortality of this
time was a form of the cholera that desolated the country the following

year. — F. S. W„ E. S. L.

Typhoid fever raged through the country. Grandfather and
grandmother, when great aunt Elizabeth Eullerton and family
were stricken, brought them to their home where they were ten-
derly nursed, but Elizabeth died, and was taken to the burying
place on the hill. A year later grandmother Esther, worn and
exhausted from care of the sick, was left alone with father
(Samuel), a small boy, and she begged for something to eat,
but the old-style cupboards were too high, and he could not reach,
so the gentle, needed, little mother was carried over to the old
graveyard too. Great grand mother, (Margaret Roxburgh. Stew-
art.) came to Robert in his dire distress and stayed a year, car-
ing for the children and enforcing the laws of economy and thrift,
and Robert began a greater prosperity. Then she said, 'Robert,
you must find a mother for these children, I am too old for this
care.' T had never thought of it a moment, before,' he told me,
'and walked the floor all night,' for my heart was in the grave
with my lovely wife Esther.' But once his mind was made up,
he was not a man to tarry, so he dressed and went for his second
courtship. He passed through Chillicothe, across Paint Creek to
the old Patton estate, where he called for Margaret Patton.
She came, and he told her he had heard of her goodness of char-
acter, and he wanted a mother for his children. 'You will always
have my respect, though my love I cannot give.' Her noble and
characteristic reply was, 'The respect of Robert Stewart is more
than any other man's love, and I will go.' So in little less than a
year the dear little mother's place was filled. The respect prom-
ised was always given, and she proved a woman worthy of the
confidence reposed in her. Not a beautiful woman, except in
faith, and patience, and the doing of good deeds to those around
her. She outlived grandfather seven or eight years, making her
home with her son, John Patton Stewart.

Robert, with his family, were 'blue Presbyterians,' until in
uncle George's church at Bloomingburgh, X. Y., he became a
German Reformed ; emigrant Presbyterians having gone into this

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church, rather than form a new one. In Ohio, the old Concord
Church gave them the shelter they needed, and thereafter they
were back in the old faith. In 1855 grandfather and the 'clans',
because of financial disaster, moved to Champaign, 111., then a
cluster of a few houses. A property, even in those moderate
times, worth over eighty thousand was taken by the banks, they
realizing every dollar, and turning over the lands in Champaign
county, to Robert. Enough was left to give comfortable homes
to those who went with him. Grandfather died broken hearted
from the ruin of his hopes, dyspepsia set in, and at the age of
seventy-one, with uplifted face, as seeing the hosts of the de-
parted, with the name of 'Esther' on his lips, he went from us."


"Grandfather, Robert stood for the worth-while and prin-
cipled things of life, and it is told of him that while absent in New
York on business, 'the sideboard' war of temperance (about 1840,)
developed at Frankfort, and the men said, 'If Col. Stewart will
abolish his sideboard we will ours.' When he rode into the yard
step grandmother hurried out and eagerly told him, before he
alighted, what the community said. He flung himself off his
horse exclaiming, 'I will, for no man shall stumble into hell over

"He also abandoned the use of liquor to his men (as this
was a custom,) which made some of his neighbors very indignant,
and one man in, defiance, went and brought so much liquor that
all of his men drank till they fell asleep in the field, and he was
so discouraged that he went to engage more helpers, as his crop
was likely to be lost. He hunted all day, and came home at night
saying, it wasn't any use, he could not get enough men, and would
have to lose his wheat. Then his wife told him he need not be
worried, for Col. Stewart and his men had seen the trouble he was
in, and they had been over and got his wheat into the barn.

"For some reason a Mr. Pancake had taken a dislike to him,
and was on the watch to catch him helping fugitive slaves on
their way to Canada, and in hopes of learning how best to trap
him, went one night to stand at the window and listen. Grand-
father was kneeling under an open window leading at family
prayers, so near, the man could have laid his hand on his head,

Genealogy of Hugh Stewart and Descendants. 73

and there as he listened he heard him pray for himself (Mr.
Pancake) and family, and was so impressed he stole away, but
afterwards told grandfather that it turned his bitter hatred into
life-long friendship.

"One night other enemies sent a boy to the door and told him
a hungry man wanted him at the gate. 'Wait,' he said, and gath-
ered a loaf of bread from the table and hastened out to relieve
the man's necessity ; but that was too much for the crowd armed
with sticks and stones, and they hurriedly scattered to their

"lie was a magistrate and known as 'Squire' Stewart, and
did much to control and enforce Sunday, and other laws. He
became Colonel of the 13th Ohio Militia, when he was thereafter
known by that title. Some of these men in after years, declared
him to have been rough and intolerant in the discipline of his
regiment, but if this was true, in all other walks of life he had a
charming manner, was sunny-tempered and full of jollity, a
tower of strength to those who needed him, generally clear in
judgment, but careless in detail, resulting in his broken fortunes,
shared by his sons w T ho although the deeds were made, had never
received them, and a large share was lost under the forced sale."



245. (5) William, (b. and d. July 18, 1788.




246. (6) Col. Robert Stewart, (b. July 13, 1789, Hagerstown, Md.

1st m. Feb. 17, 1814, Bloom-
ingburgh, N. Y.,

247. Esther Gillespie, (b. Jan. 10, 1797, Walden, N. Y.

(d. Oct. 25, 1826, Frankfort, O.
Dau. of
Lieut. Samuel (b. 1742; d. 1815, Walden, N. Y.

Esther Raney (Rainey) Gil- (b. 1750; d. 1827, Walden, N. Y.



248. (1) Deacon Samuel Gillespie (b. Apr. 4, 1816, Bloomingburgh,



N. Y.

1st m. Nov. 27, 1839, Hills-


boro, Ohio,

Jane Carson Evans,

(b. Dec.


28, 1820, Bloomingburgh,

Dau. of

(d. Aug.

26, 1867, Champaign, 111.


(b. Aug.

24, 1795, Bloomingburgh,



(d. Mar.

2, 1864, Hillsboro, 0.

Eliz. Dodd (Robison or Robin-

(b. Nov.

6, 1795, Bloomingburgh,

son) Evans,


(d. Mar.

2, 1861, Hillsboro, 0.

Samuel was the eldest son of Robert and Esther (Raney)
Gillespie. He inherited his mother's physique and temperament.
He was left motherless at an early age and was brought up under
strict Scotch discipline and the catechism. His father was ab-
sorbed in many outside affairs, being identified with the political,
religious and temperance movements of the day. His young son
was left a trusty watchman of his temporal affairs, and could
never be spared for the schools and colleges of his brothers and
sisters, a fact he deplored all his life. Their home was "an un-
derground railroad station", and at his father's bidding he spent


Genealogy of Hugh Stewart and Descendants. 75

many weary nights in forwarding the fugitive slave on to Canada.
He was of a gentle, yielding disposition, respected and trusted,
with a bit of the old Scotch training lingering in the training of
his own family. He was early chosen Deacon of the Congrega-
tional Church. His later years were shadowed by broken health.
He lies in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Champaign, 111.



250. (1) Esther Elizabeth Stewart, (b. Oct. 10, 1840, Frankfort, Ohio.

m. June 6, 1861, Champaign,
111., (d. Apr. 3, 1908, Chicago, 111.

251. Timothy T. Hunt, (b. June 6, 1831, Tewksbury, Mass.

Son of Thomas and Ann
(Ingalls) Hunt, Tewks-
bury, Mass. (d. Aug. 8, 1909, Chula Vista, Cal.

Esther as wife, mother and friend, will be best chronicled
by these pages which she had treasured in old letters and mem-
ory, of her beloved ancestry.

Mr. Hunt volunteered to serve in the Civil War, Nov. 25,
1 861, Co. I., 26 Reg. 111. Vol., Col. John Mason Loomis, and
was discharged the following year on account of ill health (June
9, 1862). Died at Chula Vista, Calif., and was buried at Mt.
Hope, Champaign, 111., with his wife Esther.


252. (1) George Thomas Hunt, (b. Apr. 17, 1863, Champaign, 111.

(d. July 8, 1863, Champaign, 111.

253. (2) Frank Stuart Hunt, (b. Mar. 22, 1864, Tewksbury,

m. Feb. 19, 1902, St. Joseph, Mass.

254. Harriette Ailing Cochran, (b. 1869, Stewartsville, Mo.

Frank Stuart Hunt was born at Tewksbury, Mass., and a
year later the family removed to Champaign, 111. In 1870 they
removed to Des Moines, Iowa, on a fruit farm, on account of the
ill health of his father. In 1879 he was in Des Moines High
School, and 1880 went to Iowa College, Grinnell, and was grad-
uated in 1886 with degree of A. B., and highest honors of his
class. In 1886 he entered the service of the C. G. and W. Ry.
and served continuously in Engineering positions until 1890.

76 Genealogy of Hugh Stewart and Descendants.

He was with the Duluth & Winnipeg C. G. W. Ry., until in
1901 he was made Chief Engineer St. Joseph and Grand Island,
St. Joseph, Mo. In 1902 he became Div. Eng. of the E. Dist.
New York Central and Hudson River Ry., which position he still
holds (1914). Frank S. Hunt, 33 Hamilton Ave., Yonkers, N. Y.


FRANK 5 (ESTHER 4 SAM'L 3 ROb't 2 HUGH 1 )

255. (1) Frank Stuart Hunt, Jr., (b. Dec. 24, 1903, New York City.

256. (2) Margaret Esther Hunt, (b. July 16, 1907, New York City.

257. (3) Charles Albert Hunt, (b. Dec. 17, 1908, New York City.


258. (3) Alfred Ingalls Hunt, C. E. (b. June 6, 1868, Champaign, 111.

Was graduated from Grinnell College, Iowa, 1894, with
degree of A. B. Was some years in Wyo. and Colo, and lives now
at Julian Ranch, Calif., (1913).


259. (4) Ethel Marian Hunt, (b. Jan. 3, 1876, Des Moines, la.

m. Jan. 2, 1902, St. Joseph,

260. Maj. Chas. Alexander Tracy, (b. Oct. 24, 1870, Marshalltown, la.

Iowa Nat'l. Guards,

Son of Chas., Maj. 21st Mo. Civil War, and Mary (Allen)

Charles was graduated from Univ. of Iowa, 1894, L. L. B.
Ethel was graduated from Grinnell College, Iowa, 1899, A. B.,
taking honors; Chicago Univ. 1901. Living near San Diego,
Calif., 1913. Ranch at Julian, Calif.


26k (2) William Erskine Stewart, (b. Jan. 14, 1842, Frankfort, Ohio.

(d. Oct. 20, 1963, Memphis, Tenn.

William Erskine Stewart, while a mere boy, enlisted in Co. I
26th Regiment 111. Vol., Col. John Mason Loomis' Reg. Suf-
fering from fever, he was taken from a point below Vicksburg
north, on a transport, and left at a hospital in Memphis, where
from homesickness he passed away, and is buried in the National
Cemetery, at Memphis, Tenn. He had united with the Congre-
gational Church at Champaign, 111., in 1858.

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262. (3) Martha Ann Stewart, (b. Oct. 28, 1843, Frankfort, Ohio.

m. Sept. 10, 1870, Cham-
paign, 111. (d. Dec. 12, 1881, Pendleton, Ore.

263. Rev. Sanford Lewis Burrill, (b. L843, Pittsfield, Mass.

(d. Oct. 6, 1909, N. Yakima, Wash.

Son of John and Mary (Francis), Burrill, Mass. In Cap't.
G. W. Maguire's Co. C 146th Reg. 111. Vol. En. Aug. 30, 1864.
Discharged July 8, 1865, Springfield, 111.



264. (1) Alvin Stewart Burrill, (b. Sept. 13, 1873, Dayton, la.

m. July 24, 1902, N. Yakima,

265. Annie I. Bullock, (b. July 30, 1873, Dustin, Minn.

Scotch, Eng. and French An.



266. (1) Isadora Ann Burrill, (b. Jan. 23, 1904, N. Yakima, Wash.

267. (2) Mildred Grace Burrill, (b. Oct. 1, 1906, N. Yakima, Wash.

268. (3) Mary Helen Burrill, (b. Mar. 11, 1909, N. Yakima,


269. (4) Robert Sanford Burrill, (b. Mar. 23, 1911, Weston, Ore.

In 1914 removed to Albany, Ore., R. D. r.


270. (2) John Ruel Burrill, (b. Oct. 10, 1875, Sargent's Bluff,

m. Nov. 15, 1905, Harring- la.
ton, Wash.,

271. Lilly Mae Adams, (b. Sept. 8, 1878.

Scotch Ancestry, dau. of Houston S. and Sarah E. (Wil-
liams) Adams, Ga., 214 Exchange Bank, Spokane, Wash.
Ruel prepared himself as an architect.

272. (3) Thomas Oliver Burrill, (b. Apr. 25, 1878, Weston. Ore.

m. Dec. 5, 1907, Harrington,

273. Maud Gibson Graff, (b. July 17, 1887, Harrington, Wash.

Thomas was educated at Univ. of Puget Sound, Tacoma.

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274. (1) Melvin Eugene Burrill. (b. Feb. 27, 1912, Harrington


275. (2) Warren Sanford Burrill, (b. Feb. 1, 1914, Harrington, Wash.


276. (4) Robert Irwin Burrill, (b. Dec. 28, 1879, Pendleton, Ore.

Add. : N. Yakima, Wash.

Educated Puget Sound, Univ., Tacoma, Wash. Has a large
fruit ranch, successful and highly respected, a useful citizen.


277. (5) Mildred Ann Burrill, (b. Dec. 11, 1881, Pendleton, Ore.

m. Nov. 11, 1913, Urbana, 111., (d. Jan. 27, 1913, Bloomington, 111.

278. Hal Marot Stone, Atty., (b. July 21, 1877, Mason City, 111.

Son of Claudius and Mary (Marot) Stone.

Mildred was graduated from Univ. of 111., 19x53, A. B. and
M. A. degree; Alethenai, Eng., and French Club; Chi Omega;
Author of a number of treatises; M. E., and Pres. Church. Mr.
Stone was graduated from Univ. of 111. Law 1903 L. L. B. ; Mas-
ter in Chancery, Bloomington, 111., 30 White Place. Fraternities:
Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Phi, Theta Kappa.



279. (1) Mary Helen Stone, (b. Oct. 25, 1906, Bloomington, 111.

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