Scudder Research Led to New Perspectives about Samuel and Lydia Stewart:
Long Island Roots and Relationships for Stewart, Scudder, and Harrison, in New York, Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina; and add Potter et al. in Delaware
© Margery Boyden, Spring 2022, Scudder Association Foundation Historian
Map of Oyster Bay 
Most of us want to know who our ancestors are and from whence they came. For some, this means a family history mystery that requires gathering enough clues to put the puzzle pieces together accurately. This is especially true for those who feel a gnawing skepticism about speculations others have published. For more than 100 years, Samuel and Lydia Stewart/Stuart of Long Island, New York, Sussex County, Delaware, Augusta County, Virginia and Rowan County, North Carolina have presented their very large posterity with opportunities for interesting family history adventures—and misadventures for those who have chased speculations that are errors. A definition of speculation is “the forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence.” This suggests that one’s theory needs thorough testing to prove or disprove it before claiming it as valid. Samuel2 and Lydia Stewart and their ancestors now have thousands of descendants and not all have the same opinions about them and what constitutes their true history. This issue of the Journal continues the story of the Stewart branch of the Scudder family from the Summer/Fall 2021 issue, volume 3, no. 3 tests a few speculations by detailing Samuel2 and Lydia Stewart’s roots and family relationships at Long Island and that also pertain to their relationships in Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina. Samuel2 Stewart was a great-grandson of John2 and Mary2 (King) Scudder of Newtown and a great-great grandson of Thomas1 Scudder, immigrant ancestor of the Scudder (T) line. The theory that Samuel2’s wife Lydia Stewart was a daughter of Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr. has stood the test of time and a serious review of their records in New York, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina. These Stewart and Harrison families had initial points of contact at Oyster Bay and Smithtown, Long Island and environs, and multiple points of contact through a large extended family network as Scudder research helped open to view. After twenty plus years of research by this author, and a review of many records of various types in five colonies, and their continuing associations in those colonies, no conflicting evidence has been found to suggest otherwise. In addition to constructing their thorough timelines with primary sources in these colonies, and even integrating these timelines between the families, writing their history in narrative format with the goal to reveal inconsistencies or conflicting data has only solidified the theory. This is a very different approach than speculation based on little or no sound evidence.
These articles in the Spring 2022 issue of the Scudder Family Historical & Biographical Journal are from chapters in A Guidebook to the Records for Samuel and Lydia (Harrison) Stewart: New Perspectives from New Data and from Reviewing 100 Years of Collaborative Research, Part I, Long Island Roots and Relationships. This work cross references to their earlier detailed ancestral family history that can be found in its predecessor, this author’s narrative history From Conscience to Liberty: Early Long Island Families in a Crucible that Gave Rise to Religious Freedom, 1526–1664, volume 1, Parts A & B, that documents Samuel2 Stewart’s maternal ancestral roots in the Old World and New England and New York. Scudder material in From Conscience to Liberty applies to descendants of HenryA Scudder of Horton Kirby, Kent, England who died there sometime between 29 September 1594, when he made his will, and 5 November 1595 when his will was proved. His son, Thomas1 Scudder (T), was the Stewart’s immigrant ancestor on their maternal Scudder line. His famous brother, Rev. Henry1 Scudder, remained in England but his remarkable history is included in the book. The founding branches of the other two Scudder family lines in America were Thomas1 (T’s) nephew John2 Scudder (J), and niece Elizabeth2 Scudder (E), who were children of Thomas1 (T)’s brother John1 who died in England.
Similarly, From Conscience to Liberty also includes the history of the ancestral roots of families allied by marriage to Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr.’s first wife, Elizabeth1 Wright (Gideon2, Peter1) and to Isaiah1, Sr.’s supposed second wife, Abigail___?Smith, proposed for him by J. Houston Harrison in Settlers by the Long Grey Trail and numerous other associated families. Significant evidence to the contrary has been published since Long Grey Trail was written that indicates it is time to revisit some of his speculations which will be done from various perspectives in this issue.
Samuel2 and Lydia Stewart’s history begins where all our histories do, within the context of our birth family or the family that raised us, and within the context of our extended family who also welcomed us as babes: such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and so forth. Family, social, historical and geographical situations influence us and are all part of one’s history. By studying in-depth, Samuel2 and Lydia Stewart’s Long Island roots and relationships from their nuclear, ancestral and extended families, this approach has added valuable perspective to the history of Samuel2 and Lydia (Harrison) Stewart that had already been founded on more than 100 years of collaborative research by their descendants and by professionals.
While recognizing that challenging some deeply held traditions may meet resistance, if one finds additional historical evidence that calls some old traditions or claims into question, there is an obligation to share it. Such is the case with Samuel2 Stewart and his wife Lydia2 Harrison and with their ancestral histories. Not to suggest infallibility, this work is a sincere effort to offer new findings from historical records, professional journal articles, and professional experts consulted, that expose discrepancies found in some previous published conclusions. Traditions and speculations that have no basis in historical or primary source records can be contradicted by historical facts or by additional records that lead to different conclusions. More recent articles published in well regarded journals, after Edson and J. Houston Harrison published their works, correct misinformation to enable a more accurate picture of some Harrison and Scudder family relationships. These have also revealed previously unknown or unappreciated extended family relationships. Reviewing an individual’s records while considering their geographical, social, cultural and religious contexts, has aided in solving family history mysteries, or debunking errors.
The work of many people has made possible this survey and report of the Stewart, Scudder, King, Townsend, Wright, Ludlam and Harrison families and allied families. This includes multi-generational research specific to these families and work by numerous historical societies and individuals who have transcribed and compiled other invaluable resources. Special thanks go to generations of immediate relatives and to generations of Scudder Association historians, to the Townsend Society of America newsletters and journals and their Townsend Y DNA Study, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record articles, The New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Great Migration Project and its New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The American Genealogist, and countless persons who have transcribed centuries’ worth of town records, land records, probate records, wills and more in New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina to make them available. Y DNA studies for Stewarts and Harrisons has also eliminated speculative claims. Also important was the work of local historians in the areas of interest. Two resources initially were useful for basic histories of these Long Island Stewarts and Harrisons and served as finding aids to records for these families: George Edson in Stewart Clan Magazine and J. Houston Harrison in Settlers by the Long Grey Trail, both of whom dedicated a lifetime to their work. While this Spring 2022 issue of the Scudder Family Historical and Biographical Journal challenges some of their speculations, there is so much they did give us that would probably not be known otherwise. Without all this prior work by many to draw upon, this project to gather, research and review and report the data pertinent to the history of Samuel2 and Lydia2 (Harrison) Stewart and their children, progenitors and associates, would have been impossible. As it is, it has taken over twenty years to review data collected and to begin publishing the results. More than anticipated, this intriguing journey has revealed personal and family identity, and early American history. The same could be a rewarding activity for you.
This Spring 2022 issue of the Scudder Family Historical and Biographical Journal introduces new research to promote discussions about J. Houston Harrison’s claims that the identity of Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr.’s 2nd wife, and, from a new-found court record, adds the correct relationship to Isaiah1 Sr. and Abigail Harrison, of a son Joseph2 Harrison who died in 1748 in Augusta County, Virginia, and a daughter Lydia2—if she is different than Isaiah1, Sr.’s daughter Elizabeth2 by his first wife. As this court record proves, J. Houston Harrison erred on page 114 in assuming that the Isaiah who was Joseph2’s executor was his brother Isaiah2, Jr. and that Joseph2 was Isaiah2, Jr.’s “son.” This court record found specifies that Joseph2’s administrator was Joseph2’s son Isaiah3. His descendants are 100% matches to the rest of Isaiah1’s clan. Just as with the others of Isaiah1’s second family, identification of Joseph2 and Lydia2 Harrison is from probate, court and land records, and from various other sources, including the invaluable “Harrison Y DNA Study” at FamilyTreeDNA that also exposes some of the false relationship claims to other, unrelated Harrison families. We briefly call into question speculation about the identity of Isaiah1’s father.
This history of Samuel2 and Lydia2 (Harrison) Stewart begins with their important roots and surprising relationships at Long Island within the context of their large extended family network that began three decades before Samuel and Lydia Stewart married in Delaware and includes some new perspectives about them and about their parents’ Scudder connections at Long Island. These ties were to family members from all three sons of Thomas1 Scudder (T), the immigrant ancestor of the America Scudder (T) line: John2, Thomas2, Jr. and Henry2 Scudder. Samuel2 Stewart’s grandmother was Elizabeth3 Scudder (John2, Thomas1 (T)). Henry2 Scudder’s son David3 Scudder intersected with Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr. at Huntington/Smithtown. His son, David4 Scudder, was at Smithtown, and later in Delaware with Harrisons and Stewarts, to be covered in a future issue.
Table of Contents
Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr., the Enigmatic Blacksmith, and His Long Island Roots:
Why Was He at Smithtown in 1684, with Scudders from Huntington, Long Island,
Three Years before His Supposed Arrival in America at Oyster Bay?
Perspectives shared in this issue of the Journal are only a fraction of the history to be made available about Scudder descendants from these Stewart and Delaware branches of the Scudder family and about some “who married in.” A more detailed history of Samuel2 Stewart’s parents, Dr. John1 and Elizabeth3 (Alburtus) Stewart, will be given in a future issue of the Journal when their separate, detailed Guidebook is ready for publication. Their Guidebook will include the other Dr. John1 and Elizabeth Stewart descendants who remained in Delaware, as well as their David4 Scudder family Scudder cousins and other closely allied families from Delaware.
Articles in this issue are excerpts from A Guidebook to the Records for Samuel and Lydia (Harrison) Stewart: New Perspectives from New Data and from Reviewing 100 Years of Collaborative Research, Part I, Long Island Roots and Relationships, (Electronic version, Scudder Family Store, https://scudder.org/product-category/books/.]
The appendices of Part I of Samuel and Lydia Stewart’s Guidebook explore several claims made in Settlers by the Long Grey Trail pertinent to Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr.’s roots, by reviewing them within the context of other historical sources available.
Appendix A. Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr.’s Long Island Timeline with Research Notes.
Appendix B. Research notes: Abridged Timeline for John1 Harrison of Flushing, Jamaica, Oyster Bay and Harrison, N.Y, and Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (Mentions his ties to Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr.’s in-laws).
Appendix C. Research notes for Rev. Thomas Harrison, 1619–1682. This includes a more than 50 page biography, a timeline and an analysis of claims in Settlers by the Long Grey Trail.
-  Oyster Bay, satellite view, Google Maps.
-  See the lead article of the Summer/Fall 2021 issue, volume 3, no. 3, Scudder Family Historical & Biographical Journal that introduces the Stewart branch of the Scudder family at https://scudder.org/john-and-mary-king-scudder-17th-century-pioneers-on-long-island/.
-  Margery Boyden, A Guidebook to the Records for Samuel and Lydia (Harrison) Stewart: New Perspectives from New Data and from Reviewing 100 Years of Collaborative Research, Part I, Long Island Roots and Relationships. (Electronic version Coming Soon in the Scudder Family Store, 2022, https://scudder.org/product-category/books/.)
-  Margery Boyden, From Conscience to Liberty: Early Long Island Families in a Crucible that Gave Rise to Religious Freedom, 1526–1664, Parts A & B, (By the author: (2020). A list of the primary families featured in volume 1 may be viewed at, a “Look Inside” with Table of Contents and part of the Introduction are available at https://scudder.org/product/from-conscience-to-liberty/, Family Store at scudder.org.
-  “Our Story Begins with Henry Skudder (Scudder), Yeoman, of Horton Kirby, Kent,” Scudder Family Historical & Biographical Journal, Scudder Association Foundation, volume 1, no. 1, April 2019, https://scudder.org/henry-scudder-yeoman/. Volume 1, no. 1 also contains “The 400-year-old Will of Henry Skudder, Yeoman of Horton Kirby, Kent,” https://scudder.org/the-will-of-henrya-scudder/.
-  Scudder Family Historical & Biographical Journal, volume 2, no. 1, (Spring 2020): “Which Is Your Courageous Immigrant Ancestor? John Scudder, b. 1618 or His Sister Elizabeth Scudder, b. 1625 or Their Uncle Thomas Scudder, 1587?” https://scudder.org/american-scudder/ and “Thomas Scudder, b. 1587, Ancestor of the American Scudder (T) Line,” https://scudder.org/thomas-scudder-t-line/ and “Early Life and Times of John Scudder (J), b. 1618, Strood, Kent, England, 1635 Immigrant to New England, Later Known as John Scudder of Barnstable,” https://scudder.org/john-scudder-of-barnstable/ and Scudder Family Historical & Biographical Journal,” volume 2, no. 2, (Fall 2020), “Elizabeth (Scudder) Lathrop, Ancestress of the Scudder (E) Line,” https://scudder.org/elizabeth-scudder-born-1625-biography/.
-  Harrison, LGT, 37.
-  Chapter 1, “Isaiah1 Harrison, Sr., the Enigmatic Blacksmith, and His Long Island Roots: Why Was He at Smithtown in 1684, with Scudders from Huntington, Long Island, Three Years before His Supposed Arrival in America at Oyster Bay? A Guidebook to the Records for Samuel and Lydia (Harrison) Stewart, Part I, 12.
-  Ibid.
-  Chapter 7, “Samuel & Lydia Stewart of New York, Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina: A Sample of 100 Years of Collaborative and Non-collaborative Research Reviewed. Includes Y DNA Data.”