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STEWART, CASEY

STEWART, CASEY (?–ca. 1824). Casey Stewart, Old Three Hundred settler, may have been born in Tennessee. He married the oldest known daughter of James Curtis, Sr., and Peggy Isaacs Rutledge Curtis, probably in Lincoln County, Tennessee, before 1813. Stewart family tradition states her name was Margaret, but the name does not appear on any early Texas documentation. They had two sons, John and James. In 1823 Stewart and his family arrived in Texas from Tennessee via Alabama. It is generally believed that the Stewart family traveled to Texas with the families of James Curtis, Sr., and James Curtis, Jr. Apparently after arriving in Texas, Stewart and his wife died. James Curtis, Sr., watched over their sons. In a series of letters to the Mexican government, Curtis, Sr., persuaded the authorities to give title to a land grant in the boys' names. Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families listed the boys, aged sixteen and fourteen, as "Heirs of Cassy Stewart" and stated that they were given "the land on the Colorado River on the west side to the end of the plain known as Tanner's" in Bastrop County. The register was dated February 4, 1830.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Kenneth Kesselus, History of Bastrop County, Texas, Before Statehood (Austin: Jenkins, 1986). Villamae Williams, Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families (Nacogdoches, Texas: Ericson, 1984).

Corine Thomas and Charles L. and Linda A. Reid

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Corine Thomas and Charles L. and Linda A. Reid, "STEWART, CASEY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fstkj), accessed October 31, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.