Does anyone have any info on the life, descendants ect of General Walter Stewart?
Many sources say he was born in Derry(then Londonderry) Ireland in 1756.. descended from Scottish Stewart(Stuart) settlers of Ulster and related to the also Scots-Irish Conyngham & Nesbitt families.
He came to Philadelphia around 1772 and worked in the merchant house of his kinsman,Conynghams. When the Rev War broke out he was an early, ardent patriot, serving with distinction and being wounded @ the Battle of Monmouth. Numerous contemporary sources have called him "The Handsomest man in the Continental Army" and he was also known as "The Irish Beauty" and "The Boy Colonel" for his good looks and his early age of command (age 21)
He married Deborah McClenachan @ Christ Church, Philly, on April 14th 1781 and had 8 children
3)Ann, 1786, who married Phillip Church of NY
7)Caroline, died @ 7 months of age
General Stewart died apparantly of some sort of fever on June 14th, 1796 at the very early age of 40.
I've found only one source, the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, saying he was interred @ St Paul's Burial ground in Philly(which I am assuming is Old St Paul's Church Cemetery). Otherwise not much is known of Gen Stewart or his descendents.
If anyone has any info,I'd love to hear from you
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