James Stewart Sr

James Stewart Sr (1664 - 1750)

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James Stewart Sr aka Steward
Born in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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James Stewart (son of Duncan and Anne Winchurst) was born in Newbury, Mass., in 1664. He was a " Carpenter and Planter." His name first appears on the Newbury tax list in 1688, and he served in the Canadian Expedition, (King William's war) from that town. His first wife's name was Elizabeth, and he later married Sarah Prime, of Rowley. He removed to Rowley where he died in 1750.[1]

"JAMES, Newbury, s. of Duncan, by w. Elizabeth had James, b. 29 July 1688; and Charles, 10 Jan. 1690." - From Savage

James and Elizabeth also had the following children: James, Charles, Edward, Abigail, Benjamin, David, Hannah, Elizabeth, Mehitable, and Moses.

Burial: Specifically: Unknown

Created by: Ed Poulin Record added: Apr 29, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 51768429

"James Stewart (son of Duncan and Anne Winchurst) was born in Newbury, Mass., in 1664.

James Stewart was a "Carpenter and Planter." His name first appears on the Newbury tax list in 1688, and he served in the Canadian Expedition, (King William's war) from that town. His first wife's name was Elizabeth, and he later married Sarah Prime, of Rowley. He removed to Rowley where he died in 1750." - From "Sprague Journal of Maine History, Vol. VIII" Ancestry of the Stewarts Posted 2014 by jpaxton1951


Tony Varey writes (March 2017):

First the full biographical entry for James Stewart in the Stewart Clan Magazine of December 1923 Vol II, No 6 :

JAMES STEWART, born Oct. 8,1664, in Newbury, married about 1687 Elizabeth ——, who was the mother of all his children. His name appears on the Newbury tax-list of 1688. He served from that town in the Canada exped- ition of 1690. He is first mentioned in the Rowley records in 1693: his wife was admitted to the Rowley church on Oct. 20, 1695, and he was baptized and admitt- ed on Feb. 12,1698-9. From 1709 to 1723 they lived on the John Pickard farm in Boxford [Essex deeds, 69:192], attending church in Bradford. On their return to Rowley about 1723 they located in that part of Rowley now Georgetown. There Elizabeth died and was “buried in Bradford” Oct. 28, 1732. James married (2) June 25, 1733, Sarah Prime, daughter of Samuel Prime. She died Dec. 29, 1747, and he died Sep. 17,1750, in Rowley. Children: 1 James, July 19,1688, Newbury 2 Charles, Jan. 16, 1689-90, Newbury; =1712 Mehitable Dennet 3 Edward, Sep. 20,1693, Rowley; i=June 5,1718, Hannah Green, Bradford 4 Abigail, Nov. 26,1695, Rowley; =Nov. 29,1736, John Yell of Ipswich 5 Solomon, July 24,1698, Rowley; =June 28,1727, Martha Farrington, Andover 6 Benjamin, Mar. 3, 1700-1, Rowley; X Mar. 20,1701-2 7 David, Jan. 9, 1702-3, Rowley; X Jan. 10,1706-7, “choked with a croqier” 8 Hannah, bp. Apr. 22, 1705, Rowley; =Dec. 28,1730, Samuel Trask of Salem 9 Elizabeth, bp. Nov. 10, 1706, Rowley; =Mar. 28,1728, Ebenezer Gove 10 Mehitable 1710; +-Jan. 3, 1728, Benjamin Foster of Salem 11 Moses, July 9,1712, Boxford; =Nov. 7,1734, Lydia Lindsay, Salem 12 James 1715-6; =Jan. 11,1741-2, Mary Boynton of Rowley

Now concerning his wife Elizabeth:

We know from the Stewart Clan Magazine that James Stewart (son of Duncan) born 1664 married an “Elizabeth ------“ in about 1687 – the year before her first child James.

It has been stated on many Ancestry.com family trees and on Wikitree that James Stewart’s wife Elizabeth was an Elizabeth Cash. However, there is much confusion on this matter.

On Wikitree there have been two profiles for her, attached to James: Cash-297 (profile manager Jerry Kezar) Cash-341 (profile manager George Kellogg).

They have both said that she was born 19 July 1667. And that her parents were William Cash and Sarah Flinder. However, William and Sarah were born in 1668 and 1670 respectively, and their marriage is recorded as having taken place in 1693. However, they did indeed have a daughter Elizabeth, but born 19 July 1696 (see below). So clearly this is not her.

However, there are not one but two Elizabeth Cashes in the births:

  • Salem Births record (Massachusetts, Town and Vital records 1620-1988:

CASH, Elizabeth, d. twin, William and Elizabeth (Lambert), July 10, 1672. ct. il Eliz[abeth], d. W[ilia]m and Sarah (Flinder), July 19, 1696.

(all already on Wikitree)

So could this earlier Elizabeth (b. 1672) (currently appearing in Wikitree as Cash-59 and the sister of the William married to Sarah Flinder) be James Stewart's wife, married to him in 1687? She would have to be about 15, so it looks doubtful.

And in any event we have two marriages for two Elizabeths in the Salem marriages, 1692 and 1697, both good marriage dates for the Elizabeth born 1672. However, it has not been possible to identify which marriage applies to Elizabeth born 1672, and Wikitree does not specify.

Here are the two marriages:

  • Elizabeth Cash

in the American Marriages Before 1699 Name: Elizabeth Cash Spouse: Edwin Bishop (more probably Edward, as in many references) Marriage Date: 9 Mar 1692 Marriage Place: Salem, Massachusetts

  • Elizabeth Cash

in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Name: Elizabeth Cash Event Type: Marriage Marriage Date: 7 Mar 1697 Marriage Place: Salem, Massachusetts Spouse Name: William Tapley

  • Salem Marriages

The full list of Salem “Cash” marriages does actually contain a third Elizabeth from the era, who indeed marries a James Stuart – but not til 1714. Could this be James and Elizabeth’s son, their first born in 1688? He would be 26 by that time…

CASH, Christian, and Clifford Crowningsheild, Jan. 6. 1736-7* Eliza[beth], and Edward Bishop, Mar. 9, 1692-3. ct. r. Eliz[abeth]. and William Tapley, Mar. 7, 1697. [Mar. 7, 1698-9. ct. a 3] Eliza[beth]. and James Stuart, int. Apr. 17, 1714. Elizabeth, and George Trafford, July 23. 1811* Hester, and Joseph Flanders, Aug. 5, 1700. John, and Sarah Neal. Oct 18, 1723 Mary, and John Meacham. May 28, 1697. ct. a. Mary, Mrs., and Capt Thomas Dean, jr., Apr. 9, 1754 * Mary. of Marblehead, and David Mayberry, at Marblehead, Oct. 12, 1794. Rich[ar]d. and Abigail Davis, int. May 1. 1731. Sarah, and Benja[min] Gray, Nov. 15, 1722. [Nov. 16. dup.] William, and Elizabeth Lambert. 8 m:1667. ct. a. W[il!ia]m, and Sarah Flinder. May —, 1693. Will[ia]m, jr.. and Christian Bray. June I, 1716.

Here’s the record of Elizabeth marrying a James Stuart, 17 April 1714

  • Elizabeth Cash

in the Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850 Name: Elizabeth Cash Gender: Female Spouse: James Stuart Marriage Date: 17 Apr 1714 City: Salem County: Essex Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0761210.

It would be reasonable to conclude that our James Stewart born 1664 did not marry a Cash, and for Wikitree to reflect this, and that perhaps his son did marry a Cash.

James (b. 1664) should therefore be shown as married to “Elizabeth Unknown” and for any connections between him and the Elizabeth Cashes (-341 and -297) to be severed.

These two Cash profiles have been amended to reflect this and should now be merged.

The family trees on Ancestry seem terribly confused, mixing up the Jameses and the Elizabeths also, and so should therefore be ignored.


  1. Ancestry of the Stewarts, Howardstown, Canaan, Bloomfield, Skowhegan (Early History), By A. W. STEWART, AUGUSTA, MAINE, Sprague Journal of Maine History Vol. VIII, Aug., Sept., Oct., 1920, No. 2, page 151-153.
  • Ancestry of the Stewarts, Howardstown, Canaan, Bloomfield, Skowhegan (Early History), By A. W. STEWART, AUGUSTA, MAINE, Sprague Journal of Maine History Vol. VIII, Aug., Sept., Oct., 1920, No. 2, page 151-153.
  • WikiTree profile Stewart-4884 created through the import of Kezar Family Tree.ged on Dec 12, 2011 by Jerry Kezar. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Jerry and others.
  • Stewart Clan Magazine Dec

ember 1923 Vol II, No 6 Souther Family - Stewarts, etc http://rdsouther.com/p590.htm#i17677

  • "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch
James Steward
Birth Date 08 Oct 1664
Birthplace Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Father's Name Duncan Steward
  • New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.)
Spouse Elizabeth UNIDENTIFIED
Later Residences Rowley
1688 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
STEWART, James (1664-1750) & 1/wf Elizabeth ____ (-1732); by 1688; Newbury/Rowley {Stewart Clan Mag. 1:69-70; Bassett-Preston 277; GDMNH 661; Rowley 359} Marriage
  • Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016).
Town Info Rowley
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States James, and Sarah Prime, June 25, 1733. Marriage
Town Info Rowley
1750 Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
James, Sept. 17, 1750, in his 86th y. Death

James Stewart was born on 8 October 1664 at Newbury, Massachusetts. He was the son of Duncan Stewart and Anne Winchurst. James Stewart married first to Elizabeth circa 1687. James Stewart married second to Sarah Prime on 25 June 1733 at Rowley, Massachusetts. James Stewart died on 17 September 1750 Massachusetts, at age 85.

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Name: James Stewart Event Type: Birth Birth Date: 8 Oct 1664 Birth Place: Newbury, MA Father Name: Duncan Stewart

Military 1690 Served in the Canada expedition (King William's War).

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Name: James Stewart Birth Year: 1664 Spouse Name: Elizabeth Spouse Birth Year: 1669 Marriage Year: 1688

Birth of Benjamin Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Name Benjamin Steward Event Type Birth Birth Date 3 Mar 1700 Birth Place Rowley, MA Father Name James Steward Mother Elizabeth

Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, MD, USA; Volume Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700 James Stewart Birth Year1664 Marriage Date 1688 Marriage Place New England Death Year 1750 Spouse Elizabeth Stewart

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On 8 Mar 2017 at 22:43 GMT Sir William (Arbuthnot) Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster Bt wrote:

A search for either Stewart or Steward will not find this profile. LNAB should be Stewart and OLN Steward

On 1 Mar 2017 at 18:32 GMT Rick Parrott II wrote:

Stewart-4884 and Stewart-4273 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be the same person.

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