An early settler of Salem, N.Y. The History of Washington County states that he settled three miles south of Salem Centre. It seems that sometime during the Revolution he served as a soldier. The following letter was written by him to his brother Samuel of Royalton, Ohio.
"Salem, 27 Feb. 1821.
"Dear Brother and Sister.
"It is with great satisfaction that I have the pleasure of addressing a few lines to you, to inform you of our welfare which I have longed an opportunity to do through your neglect, as I knew not where to find you, as you have never thought worth while to write to me, to let me know where you was, and I thought very hard of it, but it is a great satisfaction that our heavenly parent will not forget or forsake us unless we first forsake him, therefore I trust he will be my support and guide me until his death and there be my everlasting portion forever. I received yours of the 6th which was a great satisfaction to us all to hear of your welfare but it would serve a great deal more if you had given us an account of all your situation and how far you are from brother Moore, as you inform me you was there last week, and as you have broke the ice in three or four years, I and some of the family will not let it freeze again, so that we may have a communication by letter which is a great satisfaction to me. You mentioned in your letter that you had heard of the death of my dear companion; true she departed this life on the 2d of May 1819, with only nine days sickness, she died with inflamation of the head, she is gone and we must all follow sooner or later the Lord only knows when. I suppose I am contented to submit to his will, for blessed be his will in heaven let it be done on earth. I have seven children, two of them are married, the others live with me and they are all well. I was at brother Archibald's not long since, they were all well, it is a great time of health in this country, though there is a vast many old people about here, has just paid the debt of heaven this year. Uncle Joseph Stewart died last week, and was 100 years old 17th last Jan.
"I hear send you a power of attorney as you requested me. I cant add any more on this sheet without I fringe on the power. I wish you to write give a full description of the country, my children all join me in my love to you all,
"I remain your loving brother till death,
"Mr. Samuel Stewart Robert Stewart.
The following seems to be discussing an attempt by the brothers to recover the estate of their brother James, who had been killed in a battle with Indians near Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1791. It is a power of attorney, signed by Robert Stewart and sworn to before Anthony Blanchard, First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Washington, State of New York, on the 27th day of February, 1821:
"For me and in my name to ask, demand, sue for, recover and receive of and from the legal representatives of my Brother James Stewart deceased, all such sums of money or other things as I may be entitled to as an heir to the estate of James Stewart deceased, of the state of Kentucky who was killed in Harmar's Defeat by the Indians."