Bryce Stewart1,2,3

ID# 486, (1811 - 1894)
FatherBryce Stewart4,5 ( - bef 1825)
MotherMarian Kerr5,6 ( - a 1825)

Key Events:

Birth: 22 Apr 1811, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland7,8,9
Marriage: Eliza J. McClure, 29 Oct 1839, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee10,11,12
Marriage: Sallie West Cobb, 20 May 1873, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee13,14,15
Death: 22 Jan 1894, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee16,17,18
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee19

Spouse: Eliza J. McClure (31 Dec 1820 - 26 May 1866)
     Children:

Bryce and Eliza also had another son, who died in infancy.50,51
  • Marion Stewart46,20,47 (abt 1845 - bef 1887)
  • Norman Stewart47 (abt 1849 - )
  • Col. Bryce Stewart20,48,49 (18 Jun 1857 - 29 Feb 1936)

Spouse:Sallie West Cobb (11 Apr 1849 - 29 Sep 1922)
     Child:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     
Bryce Stewart
from Picturesque Clarksville20
Bryce Stewart was born on 22 Apr 1811 in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland.7,8,9
     Bryce immigrated in 1825 to Richmond, Virginia, to join his brother John, who was then a tobacco merchant there.21,22,23
     Bryce moved to New Orleans in 1832 and engaged in business there for two years.24,25 He moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1834, when it was a very small town with only three tobacco houses.4
     Bryce married first Eliza J. McClure, daughter of Alexander McClure, on 29 Oct 1839 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.10,11,12 He was took charge of tobacco factory which his brother helped him start, building his business up over the years. In addition to his stemmeries there he had operations in Glasgow, Brunswick, Missouri and Mayfield, Kentucky. He had begun to remove himself from active participation before the War, and removed himself entirely after it began.4,5,26,27,28
     Bryce appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, with a household consisting of one male age 20 to 30 (himself), one female age 15 to 20 (wife Eliza J. McClure), 17 male slaves and 6 female slaves.29
     Bryce and Eliza J. McClure appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 14 Sep 1850, reporting real estate valued at $30,000, and 42 slaves, 37 males and 5 females. Their children Marion and Norman were listed as living with them, as was Jessee S Melloo, a 28-year-old tobacconist.3,30
     Bryce and Eliza appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 16 Sep 1860, reporting real estate valued at $45,000 and personal estate of $30,000. Their children Marion and Bryce were listed as living with them, as were 6 slaves, 1 male and 5 females, housed in 5 slave houses.31,32
     His wife died on 26 May 1866.33,34,35
     Following his wife's death in 1866, Bryce took their daughter Marion on an extended trip to Europe. They returned to New York aboard the RMS Persia on 3 Sep 1867, traveling in first class. The ship had boarded passengers in Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland, and it is not clear in which port they boarded.36,37
     His wife died on 4 Nov 1869.38,39
     Bryce appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 24 Jun 1870, reporting real estate valued at $50,000 and personal estate of $20,000. Also listed as living with him was J. Mitchell, a female cook, age 25.40
     Bryce married second Sallie West Cobb, daughter of Dr. Joshua Cobb and Marina Turner Bryan, on 20 May 1873 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.13,14,15
     Bryce was building a castle on eleven acres on North Second St. for his first wife when she died in 1866. It was nearly complete but he did not finish it. According to local legend, when he married Sallie he offered her a choice between finishing the castle or a tour of Europe. She supposedly choose the trip, as the building was never finished, and was razed in the early 1900's and the lots sold at auction.41 Whether or not that choice was actually offered, they did take an extended tour of Europe after their marriage. In fact, their son was delivered in Scotland, and they remained another six months before returning with their infant son. They arrived in New York on 20 Aug 1874, aboard the Bothnia, traveling in cabin class, the highest class available on that ship. The ship had boarded passengers in both Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland, and there is no indication of which port they boarded.42,37,43
     Bryce and Sallie West Cobb appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 14 Jun 1880. Their son Norman was listed as living with them, as was Susan Dortch, the daughter of her half-brother.44
     Bryce died on 22 Jan 1894 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at age 82.16,17,18 He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.19
     After his death the local newspaper described him as the richest man who ever lived in Clarksville.45

Citations

  1. [S728] Montgomery Co. Marriage Register, vol. 5, pg 116, Bryce Stewart to Sallie West Cobb, 20 May 1873.
  2. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 268, 383.
  3. [S3302] Bryce Stewart household, 1850 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  4. [S3316] Speer, Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, pg 386.
  5. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 383.
  6. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, "Folks Families, 101-200," citing History of Tennessee Illustrated.
  7. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 86900957, Bryce Stewart, shows date as 22nd, town, island, and country, and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  8. [S3315] Griffey and Patch, "Clarksville’s Historic Cemetery Trails", shows date, as 24th, town, island, and country.
  9. [S3302] Bryce Stewart household, 1850 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows age 39 and country.
  10. [S3301] Brice Stewart and Eliza McClure, marriage register, shows date.
  11. [S3316] Speer, Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, pg 386, shows year, city, and state.
  12. [S3302] Bryce Stewart household, 1850 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  13. [S728] Montgomery Co. Marriage Register, vol. 5, pg 116, Bryce Stewart to Sallie West Cobb, 20 May 1873, shows date.
  14. [S3316] Speer, Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, pg 387, shows year and city.
  15. [S391] Bryce Stewart household, 1880 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows them in the same household, apparently living as husband and wife (the relationship column is not populated).
  16. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 86900957, Bryce Stewart, shows date as 22nd, city, county, and state, and includes tombstone photo showing same date, city, and state.
  17. [S3315] Griffey and Patch, "Clarksville’s Historic Cemetery Trails", shows date, as 23rd.
  18. [S1639] Sallie Stewart household, 1900 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows his wife as a widow.
  19. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 86900957, Bryce Stewart, includes tombstone photo.
  20. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 384.
  21. [S3316] Speer, Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, pg 386, shows he emigrated at age 15 to join his brother in Richmond.
  22. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 383, shows year, city and names brothers.
  23. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, "Folks Families, 101-200," citing History of Tennessee Illustrated, shows he came to Richmond with two brothers.
  24. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 383, shows year and city, and that he stayed two years.
  25. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, "Folks Families, 101-200," citing History of Tennessee Illustrated, shows he was in New Orleans two years.
  26. [S3302] Bryce Stewart household, 1850 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as tobacco stemmer.
  27. [S3305] Bryce Stewart household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as tobo merchant.
  28. [S3307] Bryce Stewart household, 1870 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as retired merchant.
  29. [S3308] Brice Stewart household, 1840 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  30. [S3304] Bryce Stewart, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, slave schedule.
  31. [S3305] Bryce Stewart household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, date blank, taken from following page.
  32. [S3306] Bryce Stewart, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, slave schedule.
  33. [S3303] Eliza J. Stewart grave marker, Riverside Cemetery, shows date.
  34. [S3316] Speer, Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, pg 386, shows year.
  35. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 383, shows year, as 1865.
  36. [S3318] Persia arrival 3 Sep 1867, Passenger Lists, New York, 1820-1897, pg 2, Mr. B. Steward, age 56 and Miss Stewart, age 23.
  37. [S3316] Speer, Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, pg 387, shows he traveled to Europe in 1866, 1873, and 1881, each time traveling nearly two years over the continent.
  38. [S3345] Mary Aurrelia Tabscott grave marker, Riverside Cemetery, shows date.
  39. [S626] Joshua Cobb household, 1870 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows her husband and one-year-old daughter living with her father and his second wife.
  40. [S3307] Bryce Stewart household, 1870 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  41. [S3315] Griffey and Patch, "Clarksville’s Historic Cemetery Trails."
  42. [S3319] Bothnia arrival 20 Aug 1874, Passenger Lists, New York, 1820-1897, pg 1, shows Bryce Stewart age 63, Julia (or Sulia) W. age 25, and Norman age 9 mo.
  43. [S3317] Norman Stewart, Naturalization Petitions for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, shows month, year, and port of entry.
  44. [S391] Bryce Stewart household, 1880 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  45. [S3315] Griffey and Patch, "Clarksville’s Historic Cemetery Trails", citing the Leaf Chronicle.
  46. [S3316] Speer, Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, pg 387.
  47. [S3302] Bryce Stewart household, 1850 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  48. [S3370] Hickman, "Colonel Bryce and Mrs Georgie Stewart."
  49. [S3305] Bryce Stewart household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  50. [S3316] Speer, Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans, pg 387, shows they had three sons and a daughter, of which only Bryce Jr. was still living.
  51. [S3315] Griffey and Patch, "Clarksville’s Historic Cemetery Trails", show two infants are buried with her at Riverview Cemetery.
  52. [S391] Bryce Stewart household, 1880 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows them in the same household, apparently living as parent and child (the relationship column is not populated).
  53. [S5370] Norman Stewart, Certificate of Death.