This Spring 2023 issue of the Scudder Family Historical and Biographical Journal continues the series about descendants of JOHN2 SCUDDER I (THOMAS1 (T)) and Mary2 King (William1). In this issue we give a female Scudder descendant line a turn in the spotlight.
If a curious person meets a brick wall in her family history research, there is no telling at the beginning where that might lead. Not immediately finding the historical record that would answer this question: “Who was Dr. John1 Stewart?” resulted in one question leading to another, until I found myself immersed in the fascinating world of seventeenth century Long Island culture, full of interesting characters including the Scudder family and with unexpected plot twists to enrich appreciation for my roots and this segment of the history of America’s foundation.
Elizabeth3 (Alburtus) Stewart of Long Island, a Second-Generation American-born Scudder, Her Early Life at Newtown
Nobody knew Dr. John1 Stewart better than his wife Elizabeth3 Alburtus (John2, Pietro1) did. Because we know more about her life prior to their marriage than we do about his, we begin their family’s history with what the records tell us about her and her birth family and Newtown environment.
A Timeline for Elizabeth3 A. Stewart’s Father, John2 Alburtus and His Family, and Other Middelburg/Newtown News as Background for Dr. John1 and Elizabeth3 A. Stewart’s History
This timeline of events in the birth family of John2 Alburtus (Pietro1), that includes data for Elizabeth3 A. Stewart’s Scudder and Alburtus aunts and uncles, and her own birth family’s events, illustrates what was going on in town and in her family. It provides historical, social and geographical context and the neighborhood atmosphere of her early childhood.
English Quaker Founder George Fox Visits Long Island in 1672: Elizabeth3 A. Stewart’s Relatives Were among the Populace Prepared for Fox’s Ideas
As Ms. Overton says, “No history of Long Island, religious or secular, would be complete that failed to record the part played by the steadfast, sturdy group of men and women whom Peter Stuvesant and others of his day dubbed ‘the heretical and abominable sect called Quakers;’” neither would the history of Dr. John1 and Elizabeth3 (Alburtus) Stewart be complete without mentioning the Quaker influence in the family of her mother’s parents, John2 Scudder I and Mary2 (King) Scudder