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Posthumous Relatives



OF THE LATE



Alex. T. Stewart.



Proceedings



Before the Surrogate,



Extracts from Newspapers, &c.



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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 187(5, by

GEORGE F. NESBITT & CO..

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washinortou.




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NOTE.

The publication of tlie following correspondence is not made
for the purpose of casting any reflections upon the writers, but
merely that the letters may be preserved in a convenient form for _
reference ; also to show how many persons suppose themselves
related to Mr. Stewart, of whom he had not heard during his
lifetime, and who for a period of over fifty years had never
crossed his threshold.

Many of these letters are evidently written in the sincere belief,
by the writers, that they are related to Mr. Stewart, and some are
from friends, giving what is their opinion respecting certain per-
sons claiming relationship. Of the latter class may be specially
instanced that from Hugh McCall, an old and esteemed friend of
Mr. Stewart, and who writes from motives of friendship alone,
evidently supposing that the advertisement in the Belfast news-
paper was inserted by those representing Mr. Stewart's estate. It
is hardly necessary to say that this was not the case, and to add
that the cause for this publication has not yet been developed.



COKEESPONDENCE.



Office of The Prescott^ Ontario, Plaindealer,

C. Cliffe, Editor and Proprietor.

Prescott, Ont, April 14:th, 1876.
Judge Hilton,

New York.

Dear Sir — Under the circumstances you will please excuse me,

a stranger, for writing you concerning the will of the late A. T.

Stewart, whose unexpected decease is the subject of such deep

regret in your city I write you for the reason, that, according

to the New York Press, you have the future management of all

his business affairs. My desire is to glean what particulars you

are at present at liberty to make known concerning the disposition

of his estate. The New York press, say that he has no living

blood relations which is a mistake. My mother-in-law, a widow

lady, a resident of Kincardine, Ontario, Canada, being a cousin.

Her maiden name was Stewart, and her mother was a sister of

Mr. Stewart's father. I am unable to give many particulars of

the relationship otherwise ; but if the will makes any provision

foi* the consideration of relatives of her distance, she will be able

to furnish what evidence of relationship may be necessary. It is

asking considerable from a stranger as you are ; but if you are at

liberty to give me any facts that may be of interest to me in the

matter, you will confer a special favor.

Yours very respectfully,

C. CLIFFE.



PostmarTced Urhana, 0., Apl 2-76,

Addressed—

Mrs. A. T. Stewart,

New York.

Urbana, Ohio Ai)ril 19^A 1876.
Mrs, A. T. Stewart,

New York.

Dear Madam. I would approach you By these few Lines ask-



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ing you to Bo Hemcmbr by you as I am one of the family of the
Stewarts. My Grand Parents came from the Ould Country and
my Grand farther and mother oftimes wonderd ware his Brother
was and 1 Donte Hear his Name Butt was too small to ask ques-
tions and I have been with father or mother for since I have Be
12 years old and 1 have now a small family wife and 2 cidldren
Boy and girl and I would like to give them a good Eigucation
and I have not the meanes. You and yer Husband ware fortu-
nctt to gather Welth, and I am a Poor man and if I had a small
amount of money at this time I could fix myself so that Wen
I get old I will have sompthing to live on. I Pray j^ou to help
me at this time and I will always Excep what secret it gives me
and with thanks and with Prayer to almighty god to Bless all
feal the Nead of Help. I would be pleased to see you and have
a short intervew with you in Person and I would Extend you an
Envertation to Corn to the West and Col and see me and we will
make all things plesent as possbel and I would like to hear from
you pcrsonny, and I will wate to hear Wile you have the
abundans of means and to spare I am tryn to Kun a Coal
Yard and have not got Means sufichant to make a success
or a good living. Can you and will you help me, and if you
wish a History of my Life I will give it to you. Pleas ansur
me.

Respectfully yours,

S. B. STEWAHT,

Urbana, Ohio.



Lunenburg Apl 19-76.



Postmarlced Fitchhurgh, Mass.,

Addressed —
Mr. Alexander T. Stewart,
Broadway, New York.

Mr. Stewart Sir.

I have been thinking of writing to you for some time to know
if you are a Relative of the Stewarts of the Highlands in Scot-
land, my Grand-father Jeremiah Stewart came from that place
and descendant of the Royal family, but that Stewart family is
dying out in this country, my Grand-father and Father are dead.
I have too Brothers and have three sisters besides mvself living



that descended from that family. I have too children (a son k

Daughter.)

Yours Very Respectfully,

MARY STEWART FRY.

Lunenburg, Worcester County, Mass.

P. S. Please write an answer to this as we are quite anxious

to know.



Seaforth, OntarioJ Dominion of Canada,

Aiml 20th, 1876.
His Honor Judge Hilton,

New York.

Your Honor — I note a paragraph going the rounds of the
press, since the demise of Mr. A. T. Stewart, that he had no living
blood relative.

I am glad to say such is not a fact. My wife's grandfather, and
Mr. Stewart were first Cousins, and she has a sister living in
Washington, D. C. I am led to understand he visited Mr. A. T.
Stewart at New York, at which time Mr. S. endeavored to induce
him to remain and put him in business. Should you doubt this
statement, my wife's sister, as I have already mentioned living in
Washington, can furnish the necessary proof. ' I do not thus ad-
dress you with any pecuniary view, but the first mentioned fact
in view, and I have the honor to be

Your humble serv't,

D. D. ROSE.



Addressed

Mrs Cornelia A. T. Stewart
New York City
Post marked Clinton Mass. May 23d

Clinton Mass April 2\st 1876.
Mrs Cornelia Stewart

New York City. Dear Madam please excuse this

Liberty. Dear Madam through the publick Papers i notice the
decese of your Beloved Husband i Have Been indused to send
you this Letter for your consideration Mr. Stewart viseted this
town last sommer if i had a knew i would mad it my Business



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to iiuluce Ilim to her my simple but nevertheless trae story for
if you see fit to make aney enquiries i stand readey to give you
all the Proof i can command in the first Place my name is Hugh
Stewart I was born in Gray Abbey County Down Ireland thirteen
rals from Belfast in the year of ower Lord and Savour Jesus
Christ 1833 i was named after Hugh Stewart of Lisburn the same
town your Beloved husband came from as did also my fathers
family Belong to the same town and although pei^aps it
might Be rather Hard for me to leave the impression on your
mind that I am in any way related to your Husbands family still
I think I am and Has felt so for years i Have stood in Broadway
and gazed into that Grand store 15 years ago and never had
courage to enter And tell your Husband my beleaf But now that
he is gone i hope to that Haven of Bless where there is rest for
the werey And i sincerely Hope that he will receive that Heavenly
reward as he did an erthly one if you wish to serch the records of
my Ancestry i would refair you to the Eev Mr. Pooler d d of
Newtownards County Down or Rev. Mr Hall of Grey Abbey
where i was born they could satisfy you perhaps Better than i
Could for they could enquire into my family records and would
i think Be glad to do so But I suppose you will think I am verry
foolish to rite this letter to you However God has prompted me
to do so whether you acknowledge it or not i am a married man
a wife and five children named William John Stewart aged 13,
Mary Jane aged 11, James aged 9, Hugh aged 7, Francis Alex-
ander Stewart aged 2 years. With my wife Eliza this is my
whole family i am a machinest by trade work in the wire mill in
this town Has worked in it for the Last 12 years Mr. C. H.
Waters Agt i Hope you write to Him for farther information or
the Hon. J. D. Stevens of this town i could mention many more
gentlemen if i deemed it Nessery i must here say that this is a
hard world for some and flowers for others there was only four
in familey of us three boys one girl named William, Eliza, James
and myself Hugh i am the youngest my brother was killed in the
late war at the Battle of Cold harbor he fell in a holey cause i
mean James my sister lives in this town My mothers name was
Johnston. My dear Ladey i Hope you Will not think i rote you
this letter through the expectation of reaping Any Benefitt from



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your worldly treasure. But on the other hanrl if you see it
Becoming in you to Acnowle<1ge my name and i Deleave a rela-
tive of your Dear and departed Husband it will be thankfully
received and may Grods will be done from your ever namesake

and sj^mpathizing friend

Hugh Stewart. Clinton Mass

My dear Madam as i wrote this when I read the Account of your

Husbands death i Had not courage to send it still through Per-

susion i Have Been indused to send this Letter to you at this

Later date.

Yours Sincearley

HUGH STEWART.

Please enquire of C G Stevens. Clinton Mass



Addressed,

Mrs. A, T. Stevtart, Postmarked,

Hanover Street, New York. Manchester, April 2-i, '76.

Manchester, 53 Beadfoardfoard hulme.
Ladey Stueard : —

I hoap that you will excues me riting as I have seen the
announcement of my cousin's death in the paper which caused
me intence greif as I never got to know wheare he had setteld
down my couison saild out in the Roial Charrter to Charlstown
from Belfast at the age of twenty one he had one Brother named
Sam that inlisted at the age of nineteen I have never heard from
him since I have heard that he is in the East Indies my Dear
couison Roberrt was cald after my Dear father Roabert Chew
wich died 2 years after my dear couison depart at preasant there
is gentellmen in Bellfast that weare coalege Boys with him ol the
name of Chartes I dear say you have heard him speak of ihem I
am soarry that I did not go to Bellfast to get some information of
my couisons wheare abouts during his Holliayadeas he spent his
time with my granmoather and me I was then a chield he used
to nurs me on his nee like a baby wich makes me grieve moai'e
about him wich maid me moare attacht to him once sent a leatter
from Charlstown to bellfast for his sister Margrate and me to go

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to him but I hati gon then to England to my fatlier I am still in
Kiigland tnanied thirtey three years family of 13 children Dear
Mrs. Stuard I am very soary for your sad loss hoaping the Loard
will sustain you umler such a heavy trial I have taken very much
to hart as I have lived in hoaps to see him once moare but my
hoaps in this world is gon hoaping we all meet in the next my
Dear Mrs Stuard do rite to me and let me know soame things
about him and let me know if ever you heard him speak of me
his couison Mary Chew I now conclued dear Mrs Stuard with
kind loave to you hoaping to hear from you soon

Mrs. hull
63 Beadford streat hulrae Manchester



Post marked, Lafayette, Incl, Apl. 2-i, 76.
Addressed —

To the Widow of the h>te A. T. Stewart,

" Merchant Prince" of Xew Yoik City.

Lafayette, Ixd., April 24, 1876.

^[rs. A. T. Stewart, City of Xew York, X. Y. :

Respected Madam — Having read a copy of your late husband's
will in the Newspapers, and finding that the management of bis
ample Estate was entrusted to you under the advice and and
assistance of several legal gentlemen and and personal friends of
many years standing I have come to the conclusion to submit a
matter of rather a delicate nature to your kind and I trust favor-
able consideration. When in the service of the United States as
a private in Company B. 72nd Regiment of Indiana Yolunteers
in the War of the Rebellion (in which war I served three years
and four months) while lying in the hospital at "Nashville, Tenn.,
sicl<: and in great distress, I remembered that my father had t<'ld
me ihat I was a second cousin of A. T. Stewart, the wealth}' mer-
chant at New York city, and in my extremity I wrote a letter
to him, which he kindly answered, as he did also another. I
wrote to him after my return to Indiana — in my last letter, in
which I made mention of my disabled condition, being paralyzed
from the effects of my service in the war, and advised me to



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come to New York city and he would assist me to get a situation

where I could support myself and small family. I was unable

to go, and he has since gone, I trust, to a better world, " where

sipkness.

Sorrow, pain and death

Are felt and feared no more."

and when you meet him there, and to the question, how did you

dispose of the "Steward ship" I left you in the lower world?

you will be able to sa_y, '" About Right — to the best of my

knowledge and belief — Among many acts of benevolence and

gifts to the meritorious poor I remember giving a poor disabled

relative of yours, who lived in Indiana — who claimed to be a

second cousin of yours, the small sum of $ . In his letter

acknowledgine^ the receipt of it he expressed much gratitude, and

said he was a son of your cousin, Chas. C. Stewart, of Hamilton

county, Ohio.

Respectfully yours,

WM. F.. STEWART.

P. S. — You will please give my case proper consideration and
act as you think proper, and I will be content wiih 3^our verdict.
Should you desire further evidence and vouchers as to the truth
of ray statements, I can furnish them. W. F. S.



Addressed — Postmarked,

Mrs. A. T. Stewart, Smithville G. W.,

New York City, April 2Uh, '76.

10th Avenue, U. S.

Smithville, Ont, Aiml 24, 1876.
Mrs. A. T. Stewart:

Dear Madam — Having heard with grief of the death of your
husband, I would fain offer condolence, and especially as I be-
lieve myself to be a niece of your late husband. My father's
name was Daniel Stewart and my mother's maiden name was
Mary Skeliy; they were married by Rev. Mr. Sims, I think, in
the county of Antrim, Ireland. Mr. A. T. Stewart's father's
name — if he was my uncle — was Arthur Stewart. His mother's
name, I think, was Hopkins, She was a large, stout woman.
He owned the estate of Tercloscan, or Tereloschan (spellmg this



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from sound) in the county of Antrim, Ireland. There were at
least two brothers beside A. T. Stewart and my father— John and
Charles. My father was drowned near the Cape of Good Hope
and Charles was killed. With the exception of your famUy
there are none of that Stewart family but my sister and myself
left, li' this is not the family of which your husband was such a
disiinguished member I do not claim any relationship. If you
will give the matter any consideration I will be most happy to
give any further information that you may desire to establish the
relationship of your Husband and myself I ma}' as well state
plainly what you probably are expecting — that I am in very poor
circumstances, and if of the same family with your laie husband
out of the great abundance which he has 'left what would by you
"be considered a mere trifle would be a great deal to me and my
poor family. We are almost without the means of subsistence
now, and the prospect in the future is even darker. If not of the
same family I ask nothing, but would be pleased to have this
letter answered. I believe myself to be a niece of late Mr. A. T.
Stewart. I am living in Smithville in the county of Lincoln,
Ontaria, Canada. I would refer you for any information con-
cerning me to parties living in the village and knowing me well —
viz., Dr. D. ]\IcMurchie, Robt. Murgatroyd, J. P. ; Martin Lally,
Geo. Brant, Revd. Mr. Stobbs, W. P. Buckbee or Robert Thomp-
son, J. P., postmaster.

I am most respectfully yours,

JANE STEWART BURNS, per D. McM.



Addressed — PostmnrJced,

Mrs. A. T. Stewart, Washington, D. C,

Cor. 5th Ave. and 34th St., Apl. 25, 76.

New York City.

Washington^, D. C, Aj^iril 25.
^Irs. Stewart —

Dear Madame — While talking with a lady this morning, who

is a friend of yours & your late husband — She fell into a deep

trance — and said, Will some one here write to my Wife Mrs. A.

T. Stewart and tell her that I now find how much I left behind

me which I now wish some one to do for me with my help. You



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can do them so mucli good — save tliem so mucli pain, sickness

& sorrow by keeping watch & thinking for them in a body, but

not individually. You know they all live in poor, unhealthy

houses ; all suffer, more or less, from malarieux. I want you

to send to Dr. Moore, Broadway, and get thousands of his little

books on chills and fevers, headache and other family medicines,

and see that every boy & girl in the establishment has one to

read so if they are sick they will know where to find a safe

cheap remedy. I knew the Dr. and know he is a truthful and a

reliable man — This will cost you nothing — The judge will send

for the books & see that they are thourally distributed among my

people — Do not say this is a trick of some speculator but believe

it as the medium writes it — I am as poor in the spiritual life as I

was rich in the material when in Earth life — I now see how much

I might have done to comfort and encourage the poor working

people and not cost me a cent of money, and had I done this I

should now have their blessing which would be so much capatal

in spiritual life — I must now try to impress some one to do for

me that work which T left on done before I can progress or be

free from the cares of my earth life — Do this that I may feel that

I have taken one step in spiritual growth. These poor tired boys

& girls hold me down to Earth do help me to care for them in

Spirit. Good-bye.

A. T. STEWAET.



Addressed — Postrnarhed,

Mr. A. T, Stewart, Blue Mountain, Miss.,

New York. " May \st, '76.

Blue Mountain", Miss , April 25, 1876.
Mr. A. T. Stewart :—

Sir — I will endeavor to write you a short letter in regard to
to our relation from all accounts we are undowbtedly related my
mother was a Stewart her parents were born in Ireland, they
moved Irom there to South Carrolina where my mother was born
then moved to Ala. — then to this stale — my mother has eight
children I have three children we were allmost entirely broken
up by the war we barely make a living



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I understand you are quite wealthy, and though I would apply
for aid if you feel disposed to lielp us we will be more than glad
to receive it if you do not feel disposed to give money anything
will be exceptable Please let me hear from you immediately

Yours Truly

M. L. HANKS

If you doubt me refer to John McBride Cotton Plant John

Wright New Albany Miss or John I. Bonner Due West S. C.

I would have writien sooner but embarassment would not allow

me to write. Address

Mrs. M. L. HANKS

Blue Mountain Tippah Cu Miss.



Addressed — Postmarked,

Judge Henry Hilton, Prodorsville, Vt,

New York City. Aj^ril 'im.

Proctorsville, Vt., Apr. 2Qih.
Judge Hilton

Bear Sir 1 am surprised to learn by the papers that the late
A. T. Stewart was a cousin of mine.

We came over from Ireland about the same time, but knew
nothing of each other then he sailed Irom Belfast & landed at
N. Y. as I suppose I sailed from Londonderry & landed at Que-
bec, his father was my own Uncle Thomas ; we were both named
after our Uncle Alexande-, 1 have long been satisfied of this
have written him once but received no reply and was intending
to have had an interview wi h him this summer but am to late
to see him personally, I have no relatives in this country by my
name now, I would be glad to hear from Mrs. A. T. Stewart in
regard to it. Please do me the kindness and greatly oblige an
anxious friend. Yery respectfully yours

ALEXANDER STEWART,

Proctorsville Yt.



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Af^dressed — Postmarked,

To the Executors of the late Monaghan,

A. T. Stewart, Esq , April 28.

Broadway, New York.

Enclosed in above, letter addressed —

Mrs. A. T. Stewart,

Widow of the late A. T. Stewart,

Broadway, New York.

April 27, 187G.

Madame: — May I presume to address a few lines to you. Hav-
ing seen with regret the death of Mr. Stewart, and being the son
of his nearest Irish relative, I trust you will permit me to bring
myself under your notice. My Father, Thomas Begley, of Lis-
burn, near Belfast, is still living, and Mr. Stewart was his first
cousin. About ten years ago my father sent one of my brothers
(John Begley) to America for the purpose of making the ac-
quaintance of Mr. Stewart and asking him as a relative to help
him on in life. My brother gave up a government situation
which he held in Belfast for that purpose and with the consent of
his employers. Mr. Stewart received him kindly and offered to
give him employment, his manager also spoke to my brother to
that effect. I do not know, Madam, whether my brother had the
honor then of meeting you, but his visit to Mr. Stewart was known
to the person who was then head manager, and if he still lives
the truth of my story can be ascertained. John Begley 's health
(always weak) gave way, and it grew worse he had to return
home and died almost immediately. My three sons were then
quite young children and I could not leave them, nor could I
afford to give up my situation, but I always intended, as soon as
my boys were sufficiently grown, to see Mr. Stewart and ask him
to forward their interest.

I find now I am too late, and I venture to ask you, Madam, to
help me and them as the near relatives of your late husband.
My father is too old and too ill to write, but his respectability
and his relationship to Mr. Stewart can be attested by many near
Lisburn. He has four sons of which I am the second. I myself
am a schoolmaster and have held the same situation 17 or 18
years. I think any enquiries made will result in your receiving



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a goc.il cbaracter both of me and my boys. Two of them are ap-
prenticed as elerks in Belfast, the eldest is but 1^. I now give
my address "Cornngilta Mullaghmore Monaghan Ireland." I
trust you will pardon the liberty I have taken, and that you will
kind!}- notice my appeal. I shall feel grateful.

I am madam your obt. servant,

WILLIAM BEGLEY.



Ad'lressed — Post marked,

Care of the Manager of Business Monaghan,

and Executors of the late April 28.

A. T. Stewart, Esq.,

Broadway, New York.

Mullaghmore, Monaghan. Ireland, )
April 2^, 187f). )

}fadain — Will you forgive a stranger to you for addressing you
ill favor of very near relations of your late husband? Mr. Wil-
liam Begley is the son of Mr. Thomas Begley, and your husband,
Madam, was his first cousin. The son has, I know, written to
you. But I feel that should you from the connection wish to
help and to assist him, you would like to know something about
William Beglev's character. He has lived as a schoolmaster at
a school on my property for seventeen or eighteen years. The
length of time I think proves his high and excellent character,
and testifies to the respect I have for him. His wife (also a
sclioolmistress) is a very highly educated woman and one of very
unusual ability, and they have brought up their boys thoroughly
well. But the salaries in Ireland are small, and my own income
ib also not large, so that theirs has been a struggle through life.
To name myself would be ridiculous, but that at the distance you
and I, Madam, are at from each other, I would feel that to re-
commend is useless, unless the person who writes is of known
respectability. Though my income is not large, I am well known
here, and should you entertain the idea of helping Mr. Stewart's
relations (which I firmly trust and hope you will do), the truth
of my account of them can be attested by the chief people of this
county, viz. : Lord Dartrey (the Lieutenant of the county), by



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Sir John Leslie, (Bart, M. P.); and Mr. Mr. Shirley, M. P. ; all of
thetn being friends of mine personally.

Madam, for the sake of your husband's memory, assist and
forward these cousins of his,

I am, Madam, yours with respect,

GERTRUDE ROSE.
To Mrs, A. T. Stewart, of New York.

Address to me, Miss Rose, Mullaghraore, Monaghan, Ireland.



Addressed — Postmarked^

Judge HiLTOX, of the late firm of Keokuk. loa,

A. T, Stewart k Co., April 28.

Cor. Chambers Street and Broadway,
New York City.

Keokuk, Iowa, Ajjril 2Slh, 1876.


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