Guide to the Samuel Steward (1760-1833) Blacksmith Records 1809-1823 MG 170
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Inventory prepared by Jeff McMillan, August 2000, as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
The parentage of Samuel Steward (1760-1833) is unclear. It is believed he was a grandson of Josiah Steward (d. 1751), and possibly the son of Joseph Steward (fl. 1712-1760) and Martha Down of Burlington County, who were married in 1956. Josiah Steward’s youngest brother, Joseph Steward (1712-1780) was a blacksmith in Shelltown who in 1759 willed his shop and tools to one of his sons, Abner. In 1780, Abner Steward (fl.1749-1789) sold the business to Samuel Steward. By the age of twenty, Samuel Steward was a blacksmith in Shelltown (now Ellisdale), Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County. He married Lydia Steward (1762-1794) and they had two children together: Elizabeth (1790-1861) and John (1792-1871). Soon after, Lydia died at the age of thirty three, and Samuel married Rebecca Herbert (1775-1857) with whom he had six more children: Thomas (1793-1837), Jesse (b. 1795), Lydia (b. 1800), Hannah (1802-1861), Arminta (b. 1806), George H. (b. 1812).
The records consist of a ledger detailing Steward’s business transactions including the repair of wagon parts, forging of tools, and shoeing of horses. The ledger is indexed and appears to be one book in a multi-volume set as there are references to other numbered folios. The names “George Steward” and “Ann Robbins” are written, along with Samuel Steward’s own name, on the first page of the ledger. Ann Robbins (fl.1767-1815) was the wife of Joseph Steward (1746-1813), who was a brother of Abner Steward (fl.1749-1789).
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