When Lafayette Stewart was born on 14 July 1844, in Washington, Ohio, United States, his father, John C Stewart, was 38 and his mother, Catherine Pifer, was 34. He married Mary Vashti Slyter in 1896. He lived in Greeley, Weld, Colorado, United States in 1910 and Olio Township, Woodford, Illinois, United States in 1920. He died on 17 June 1927, in Eureka, Woodford, Illinois, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Eureka, Woodford, Illinois, United States.
Scottish (Lanarkshire) and English: originally an occupational name for an administrative official of an estate, from Middle English stiward, Old English stigweard, stīweard, a compound of stig ‘house(hold)’ + weard ‘guardian’. In the Anglo-Saxon period this title was used of an officer controlling the domestic affairs of a household, especially of the royal household; after the Norman Conquest it was also used more widely as the native equivalent of Seneschal, for the steward of a manor or manager of an estate. In Scotland the term was also used of a magistrate originally appointed by the king to administer crown lands, forming a stewartry.
History: Stuart or Stewart is the surname of one of the great families of Scotland, the royal family of Scotland from the 14th century, and of England from 1603, when James VI of Scotland acceded to the English throne as James I. There were many minor branches of the family left in Britain after the flight of James II in 1688, but not every bearer of the surname can claim relationship with the royal house, even in Scotland. Every great house in medieval England and Scotland had its steward, and in many cases the office gave rise to a hereditary surname. The fall of the house of Stuart in Britain, conversely, led to the establishment of several highly placed branches bearing this surname in continental Europe, which are in most cases related to the old Scottish royal family.
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