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Info on General Walter Stewart, Ireland-PA,1756-1796

Info on General Walter Stewart, Ireland-PA,1756-1796

Posted: 1229522673000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Stewart
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
1)William,1781-1808
2)Robert,1784-1806
3)Ann, 1786, who married Phillip Church of NY
4)Walter,1787-1807
5)Henry,1788-1823
6)Mary Ann,1791-1844
7)Caroline, died @ 7 months of age
8)Washingon,1796-1826

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

Happy Holidays and a good New Year to all

Sincerely
Maggie Pulgar-Thompson

Re: Info on General Walter Stewart, Ireland-PA,1756-1796

Posted: 1232053832000
Classification: Query
STEWART, WALTER
Service: PENNSYLVANIA
Rank: BRIGADIER GENERAL
Birth: 1755
Death: 6-14-1796 PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA
Service Description:
1) CAPT; ADC; MAJ; COL; BGEN. BY BREVET

spouse 1)
DEBORAH MCCLENACHAN
children
ANNA MATILDA / married [1] PHILIP CHURCH

from your dates on the children looks like they all died fairly young and died before any useful census was available
good luck in your search



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