Page Text: William (11), Alice (9), Margaret J. (7), Elizabeth (4) Ada (2)
Elizabeth (14) Ada (12) John (8)
John Stewart does not appear in the 1911 census, so it is assumed he died before the census, possibly in Q1 1910 in Stockton district. There is, however, another John Stewart, aged 68, born in Ballybay, Co. Monaghan found in the 1911 census, and some family trees.
Given the age discrepancy between the marriage registration and the census data, I have some concerns that I may be mixing up two John Stewarts, however there is at least more evidence connecting the two families.
The 1901 census shows an Alice Stewart, aged 18, born in Stockton-on-Tees as a visitor to William Stewart. There is only one Alice Stewart recorded as being born in the Stockton registration district between 1880 and 1885. This is most likely to be the Alice Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, as recorded in the 1891 census. In this case she would be visiting her uncle and family.
The last census stray is Frederick Frazer, who is also a visitor at the house of William Stewart. It is possible that Frederick is the son of Annie Stewart and William McCrea Frazer. This couple are recorded as getting married in Q1 1889 in Stockton registration district. As Annie was the daughter of William Stewart he would be the grandson of William Stewart, although he is not recorded as such in the census.
Putting all this information together I think that both William and John Stewart are the sons of John Stewart, my gg-grandfather. There is nothing that directly contradicts this hypothesis. More importantly the links between the William and Charles and William and John Stewart support this idea.
It would be helpful in this research if DNA testing would show a link between my known Stewart relatives and descendants of both William and John. Sadly I’ve yet to identify any living descendants from either of these two lines. Even though William had 8 children and John 5, there are no clear records of any great-grandchildren from either brother. In part this is because they would have been born and grown up in the period between the last publicly available census (1911) and the 1939 Register . The publication of the 1921 census (expected in 2022) may help clarify this.
I have built a publicly-available family tree of the William and John Stewart families at ancestry.co.uk. This covers all suspected descendants of both William and John.
If it is the case that both family lines petered out, there is still the possibility that other Stewarts exist from John Stewart’s first marriage. Maybe someday I will get to find and read the original Lissan parish records, that may give some clarity on the whole Stewart family. As genealogists, we can only dream of these things!