Mansions of Elk Garden
The Stuart Family
Leads to Politics
Benjamin Harrison IV married Ann Carter, the daughter of
Harrison was a delegate to the Continental Congress and was a
signer of the Declaration of Independence.
He was an ancestor of U. S. President William Henry
Harrison, sister of Benjamin, married Alexander Stuart.
These Stuarts were Irish Presbyterians.
However, their lineage went to the Scottish royal family.
Henry Stuart, better known as ‘Lord Darnley’, was
famously murdered in a Scottish castle, and interestingly
enough, a ballad about that event was collected in Wise County,
Virginia, having been forgotten in Scotland.
Furthermore, they were related to Mary, Queen of Scots,
and Kings Charles I &
II, and James I & II of England.
Archibald, Sr. of Londonderry immigrated to
Augusta County, Va. about 1738, and acquired large estates,
which were divided at his death among his four children.
His second son was the Alexander mentioned above,
identified as the “Major”.
He commanded a regiment at the Battle of Guilford Court
House, and was captured after having two horses shot out from
under him, and of having been so severely wounded that he was
abandoned on the battlefield.
Major Alexander Stuart had a son known as “Judge”
The Judge’s eldest son was another Archibald, and was an officer
in the War of 1812.
He was an attorney, and was both in the General Assembly and in
the Federal House of Representatives, where he was a strong
supporter of John C. Calhoun’s drive for ‘Nullification’.
Representative Archibald Stuart had two sons, J. E. B.
Stuart, the Confederate cavalryman, and William Alexander
Stuart, whose wife was descended from King Carter.
William Alexander Stuart
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