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STEWART, SAMUEL

STEWART, SAMUEL (?–ca. 1824). Samuel Stewart, Old Three Hundred settler, may have been born in Tennessee. He married Cassy Curtis, the oldest daughter of James Curtis, Sr., and Peggy Isaacs Rutledge Curtis, probably in Lincoln County, Tennessee, before 1813. 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 Cassy 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. A land transaction in the Bastrop County Deed of Records states that on November 23, 1835, John and James Stewart sold a half league of land “situated on the right bank of the river Colorado being the two middle quarters of the league granted to them as heirs of Samuel Stewart by the State of Coahuila and Texas ….” Documents in the Texas General Land Office refer to the boys as heirs of “Cassia Stewart .”

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Bastrop County County Deed of Records, Bastrop County Clerk's Office, Bastrop, Texas. 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

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Handbook of Texas Online, Corine Thomas and Charles L. and Linda A. Reid, "Stewart, Samuel," accessed July 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fstkj.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on December 10, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.