From my grandmother (Wilma Caroline Steward (Maiden)Stewart (Married Name), on my mothers side of the family.
Capt. Ezra Steward of New Hamphire /Vermont Johnny's Green Mountain Boys (most likely served in the war of 1812) my great, great, great, great grandfather had three sons all of whom eventually moved to the then Kansas Territory circa 1850's:
1st son William Steward (who was a Sheriff in Ohio and went to the then Kansas territory and in 1855 and was married to a Sarah Yeoman.
2nd son was Ezra Steward, born 1847.
The 3rd son and my great, great, great grandfather was interestingly Willam Ezra Steward (he had both names of the first and second sons as his own) and was obviously born after 1847, I will check family records for dates.
Willaim Ezra Steward was married to Hannah Van De Car and the had two children Ezra B. and Hannah.
Ezra Bates Steward(my great, great grandfather)married Jettah Streeter. Jettah was a Leavenworth County, Kansas school teacher who was the daughter of W. R. Streeter, a Methodist preacher in New York. Ezra B. and Jettah had four children; Mabel, William, Virgil Elroy and Bertha.
William Steward(my great grandfather)married Susie Whittier the daughter of LaForest Whittier and Carrie Van Dorn. LaForest Whittier was a veteran of the Civil War in C Company, ? Regiment, of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry under the command of Colonel French? B. Woodall (regt. cmdr.?), Lt. Col. H.W. Snow (Battalion Commander?), and Capt. C. Cochrane (C. Company Commander ?) The company was formed in Quincy Ill. on 21 February, 1865, and served in the occupation of conquered territory in Georgia following General Shermans "march to the Sea". The Company was disbanded on Feb. 1st, 1866 in Springfield, Ill. LaForest was a relative of the abolishtionist and Civil War poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Interestingly enough, great grandma Susie told my mother and me a story as a child (around 1967) on how she spied the most "magnificent looking men" she had ever seen as a child of approximately 4-6 years old while on the muddy streets of Leavenworth, Kansas. My great, great grandma Carrie pulled her to the otherside of the street and told her not to get near those men for they were wanted by the law. Great grandma Susie said she was attracted to the fancy green silk waist coat and fine watch fob one of the gentlemen in question was wearing and the over-all appearance/presence of these two "gentlemen" had compared to the average farmer or merchant in the town. The men in question were Frank and Jessie James.
Great Grandparents William and Susie Steward had three children; Buelah, Wilma and Claude.
Wilma Caroline Steward, born on January 1st, 1911 in Muscotah, KS.(my grandmother on my mothers side) married William Russell Stewart, born on November 17, 1908 in Heavner, Oklahoma. I was named in honor of my grandfather.
Hope this helps,
yours truly, Russel Stewart Campbell
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