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Antrim / Re: James Stuart CB of Gracehill
« on: Friday 20 November 20 16:24 GMT (UK)  »
I just spent some time going over the older posts and I think I might be able to make some connections now. Please point out any and all inaccuracies  :)

In regards to the Duffin/Lynd connection:
- Maria Duffin (b 1785) was married to Colin Johnstone and then to my Major General James Stuart. Her father was Charles Duffin.
- Charles Duffin died about 1814 in Dublin. I believe he was a linen merchant. He had a brother named William Duffin who was an acquaintance of the famous Ann Lister. He was also something like a head surgeon for the HEIC and then lived in York.

- Grace Lynd nee Bell died in about 1783. She was the wife of Rev Charles Lynd. The abstract of her Will mentions her daughter Jane Duffin and som William Lynd. William was the father of Grace Lynd (my 4th great-grandmother) who married James Stuart and would have been the mother-in-law of Maria Duffin.

I donít know how it all fits in. I think Jane Lynd might be too old to be Maria Duffinís mother but could she her her grandmother?

Now back to the Stuarts. I was reading about the Siege of Londonderry and it talks about the Brigadier General Stuarts:
- Brigadier Stuart, colonel of the 5th now 9th regiment of foot was descended from the Stuarts of Blackhall in Scotland. One of his ancestors was a member of the Church of Rome and settled in Ballylusk, Antrim.
- this Brigadier Stuart was implicated during the Troubles of 1641, forfeited his lands in Ireland and fled back to Scotland.
- he eventually joined the Spanish service and fought beside James, Duke of York, at Dunkirk and died there in 1688
- a younger brother of the Brigadier decided to join the opposite side and became a Brigadier General in King Williamís army. He had a very successful career but was not repaid by William. He supposedly married a daughter of the Earl of Drogheda and had one son who was a captain in his fatherís regiment. This Brig-Gen Stuart purchased land in Leitrim and settled there but also had lands in Cavan and Cork until sold by a Bernard Stewart in 1798 when he (Bernard) went abroad.

I believe this son of the Brigadier General was Henry Stewart who married Jane Irwin and the father of Irwin Stewart. I donít know if thereís any connection to the Brigadier General Steuarts that have been mentioned previously.

What do you think?

Antrim / Re: James Stuart CB of Gracehill
« on: Friday 20 November 20 14:31 GMT (UK)  »
So Irwin and Elizabethís children were:
-   James Stuart (c1743-1824) m. Grace Lynd
-   Rev. Charles McDaniel Stewart (c1745-1826) m. Sarah Dunlop
-   Archibald Stewart (c1750-?) m. Jane Henry
-   Frances Stewart (alive in 1791) m. John Stewart
-   Christopher (?-?)
-   Henry (?-?)
-   3 other daughters

And Bernard Stewart was Irwinís brother? Iím getting so confused  :)

So where are these Stewarts from? They arenít Stewarts of Ballintoy. Are they the Stewarts of Ballyhivistock?

I was reading about Bernella or Bernarda Stewart who married her relation James Stewart, son of John Stewart of Straidh. Sheís buried in the Church of Ballintoy and died in 1663. I wonder if sheís who the Stewart children were named after. Probably too much of a stretch but Iím not seeing the name anywhere else.

Antrim / Re: James Stuart CB of Gracehill
« on: Friday 20 November 20 14:27 GMT (UK)  »
I may have missed this but has anyone looked at the Stewart Will Abstracts at the NAI? See

Excellent find! Thank you. I have no luck with searching for these records. I donít know why Iím so limited. I wonder why he didnít leave anything to his son James. Was it because he was over in India? Very interesting. I wonder if thereís an abstract for Henry Irwin Stuart. He must have left the house to his brother James or let him live there when he retired from the HEIC.

Worcestershire / Re: Interest in Pardoe/Brooks/Wooldridge in Lye
« on: Saturday 31 October 20 17:20 GMT (UK)  »
Haha Iíd like to think so!

Worcestershire / Re: Interest in Pardoe/Brooks/Wooldridge in Lye
« on: Saturday 31 October 20 17:13 GMT (UK)  »
Nice! Thanks so much for sharing. I love seeing these old pictures. I donít recognize my George in that picture but maybe Betsy is there. By April of 1912 George was living in Stourbridge with my great-grandmother Maggie and their daughter.

I canít believe how much time has passed since first posting on this thread. Iíve been able to trace grandad Georgeís biological parents thanks to DNA. He was born Henry Whiting Stuart in Luton, Bedfordshire to a Henry Benson Stuart of the Bengal Army and Sarah Elizabeth Whiting. They werenít married but they must have lived together as a married couple even though HB Stuart was married to another woman. At some point they were no longer together because Sarah Elizabeth went to France with her daughter in about 1887. I donít know why George was given to the Dunns though. I know that SE Whiting was a milliner so perhaps she knew Betsyís cousin, Hannah Maria Pardoe, who was a milliner and dress maker. Thatís the only connection I can make out so far. Itís all very interesting.

Antrim / Re: James Stuart CB of Gracehill
« on: Saturday 24 October 20 17:38 BST (UK)  »
Iíve seen that photo album before. Itís really interesting and so great that the family has it.

I wonder if Scottish naming patterns play a role here. I know that Irwin Stewart had brothers Bernard and Christopher and possibly a Henry. Irwin was named after his mother, Jane Irwin. Christopher would be from Jane Irwinís father. I wonder where Bernard fits in.

Then if the naming pattern is whatís going on, William Stewart would have shared a name with his father and his grandfather, Colonel William Stewart and William Stewart of Mains. Then the brother Captain James Stewart would have named his oldest son, the ungrateful William Stewart, after his father and his second oldest son would be James, after himself. Thatís if I have the naming pattern correct.

Antrim / Re: James Stuart CB of Gracehill
« on: Thursday 22 October 20 21:57 BST (UK)  »
The two William Steuarts make it kind of tricky to follow, especially since they were both Brigadier-Generals.

From what I can tell, the older Brigadier-General was the son of Colonel William Stewart, son of William Stewart of Mains. BG Stewart had brothers John and James. James had several children and then died; BG Stewart became the guardian.

But then where does Irwin Stewart come in? His father was possibly Henry Stewart but who was Henryís father? One of BG Stewarts brothers? But then wouldnít Henry Stewart be mentioned in his Will?

Antrim / Re: James Stuart CB of Gracehill
« on: Tuesday 20 October 20 22:47 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if this is useful:
Theaker Wilder (c.1717 c.1778) was the first Regius Professor of Greek and Senior Register at Trinity College, Dublin and became famous for being Oliver Goldsmith's tutor. Born c.1717, Theaker Wilder was the youngest son of Mathew Wilder (d.1719), of Castle Wilder, High Sheriff of Co. Longford, by his wife Ellinor (d.1729), daughter of Captain James Steuart (d.1689), who was killed at the Siege of Londonderry, the elder brother of General William Steuart. Wilder was a nephew of James Steuart (1678-1757), Admiral of the Fleet and Brigadier-General The Hon. William Steuart (d.1737) M.P., of Ballylane, Co. Waterford, who married Hon. Mary Villiers, the aunt of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. Wilder was tutored at home by Dr. Elwood before entering Trinity College, Dublin as a pensioner (ordinary student) on July 8, 1734. He was awarded a scholarship in 1736, a B.A. degree in 1738, became a Fellow in 1744 and was awarded an M.A. degree in 1748. He received a D.Div. degree in 1753. He was appointed Donegal Lecturer in 1759 and the first Regius Professor of Greek in 1761. He was succeeded in this post by John Stokes in 1764. In about 1746 he married 'Mrs Letitia Wilder' (about 1724 - ), who was probably a Grove of Castle Grove (built in 1695), Ramelton, Co. Donegal. They were the parents of five children: Matthew Wilder (d.1792), inherited Castle Wilder, and in 1772 married Eleanor, daughter of Hugh Carmichael B.L., of Dublin, sister of Lieut.-Gen. Hugh Lyle Carmichael, Governor of Demerara. James Wilder (1764-1788) married Sarah, the daughter of his first cousin The Rev. James Drought (1738-1820), Senior Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, whose mother was Theaker's sister. Henry, Oliver...More: http: //

Antrim / Re: James Stuart CB of Gracehill
« on: Monday 19 October 20 00:32 BST (UK)  »
Iím looking more at William Stewart of the 9th Regiment of Foot. From all the different websites Iíve read it seems like he took over the regiment from John Cunningham. If itís the same man, he was married twice and had no children. He was the guardian of his brother Jamesís children. One of those was a William Stewart of Waterford. He only left that William a shilling for being ungrateful. I read elsewhere that a William Stewart had fought on the opposite side of his own brother. I wonder if itís the same William Stewart and thatís why he was only left a shilling. Itís so hard to piece it all together especially with a name like William Stewart.

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