Husband: Bryan Lafferty Stewart (1 2 3 4 5 6)
Born: about 1763 in Pluckemin, Somerset, New Jersey (7)
Married:
Died:
Father: William Stewart
Mother: Priscilla Lafferty
Spouses:
Wife: Ruth Leonard (8 9 10 11)
Born: about 1757
Died: 13 Apr 1830 in Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada (12)
Father:
Mother:
Spouses: Thomas William Sr. Condon, U.E.L.
Children
01 (M): John Fitz Stewart (14)
Born: 1787 in New Brunswick, Canada
Died:
Spouses:
Additional Information

Ruth Leonard:

Buried: Tapleytown United Cemetery, Saltfleet Twsp, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada 13

Notes:

Some think this may be the woman, Ruth Leonard, named in Priscilla Lafferty's will. Considering the fact that three of her sons were given the middle name of Lafferty, She may have been a Lafferty. R. Cox in his family tree says he believes she was Ruth Lafferty, born about 1754 in New Jersey,

2/24/2005 - I have a new theory. Wayne Olsen said in one of his Emails that he thought Ruth was Bryan Leferty's youngest daughter. But the generations are wrong. That daughter is Priscilla's younger sister. That would make the Stewart boys, one of with whom Ruth had a child, her nephews. This is possible, but not likely. This is what a New Jersey Historical Society article had to say about Priscilla's sister, Ruth "(Bryan Leferty's) children probably were . . . 5. Ruth, said to have been one of the most beautiful and most wayward girls in the county." We know that a Ruth Leonard was named in Priscilla Lafferty's will along with her sons. My theory is that Ruth Leonard is the child of Ruth Leferty and that Ruth Leonard had an illegitimate child with one of her Stewart cousins, John Fitz Stewart. Someone pointed out that in olden days "Fitz" was used to indicate an illegitimate child. So our ancestor Ruth Stewart Condon is quite possibly the girl named in the will as Ruth Leonard. This is my theory. I know of no way to prove it. But it's my Hunch.
Dianne

December 8, 2009

Dear Children

Tonight I'm going to tell you the story of Mary Stewart Condon's mother, Ruth

The Ruth Leonard Lafferty Condon Story

1757 – 13 Apr 1830

This is a mystery story. Who was Ruth? She married our ancestor, Thomas William Condon, Sr.

Here is what we know about her. She had a son, John Fitz Stewart, with one of the sons of William and Priscilla Lafferty Stewart in 1787. In olden times the prefix “Fitz” was used to denote illegitimacy.

Priscilla Lafferty's father, Bryan Lafferty (Lefferty Leferty), was a judge in Somerset County, NJ. He was born about 1705 making him in his early 50's when our Ruth was born. So its not impossible for him to have been the father of our Ruth. Priscilla had a younger sister, Ruth, said to be one of the most beautiful and wayward girls in Somerset County, NJ, the type that might have a love child.

William and Priscilla's sons were William, Alexander, and Brian Lafferty Stewart. They were Loyalists, members of The Kings American Dragoons who went to Canada after the Revolutionary War. William was a captain and Alexander a lieutenant.

Apparently the Stewart boys were real Tories or scrappers when younger, for they appeared thusly in a Newark Journal article, "the notorious Bill Stewart and his brother B. Lafferty Stewart were confined to jail."

Thomas Condon, who married our Ruth, was also in the Stewart brother's Company of The Kings American Dragoons.

Thomas Condon was also a Loyalist and was continuously with the Stewart brothers, both during the Revolutionary War and settling nearby, after the war, so much so he married Ruth (Stewart) when her first husband(or boyfriend, father of her child) died.

Priscilla Lafferty Stewart died 1785 leaving a will mentioning her sons William, Alexander and Brian Lafferty Stewart, and a girl Ruth Leonard, thought to be the affianced of one of her sons.

Thomas and Ruth Condon had Canada land grants in 1790,1792, 1795 and 1802. Ruth as a widow had property before she was married to Thomas Condon.

Now our Thomas Condon & Ruth had 4 sons and a daughter, Mary:
Thomas Lafferty Condon 1789
? Bryan Lafferty Condon 1790
Mary Stewart Condon 1795
Johnson Lafferty Condon 1799
Nathaniel Bloodworth Condon 1803

Looking at these names really makes you think she was definitely a Lafferty, doesn't it?

However, there was also a family, the Thomas Leonard family of Somerset County NJ, who were also Loyalists and also had a daughter, Ruth. Perhaps this was the Ruth Leonard mentioned in Ruth Lafferty Stewart's will.

Another researcher found this information, referring to Ruth Lafferty, “her son's half-brother, William McDonald, made a runaway match with a sister of Jennie McCrea, who was murdered by Indians near Fort Edward, during the Revolution.” This would place Ruth Lafferty's birth well before the revolution and in line with our Ruth who was born 1757. However, we don't know of anyone named William McDonald.

Perhaps the wayward Ruth Lafferty married a Leonard, and had a daughter Ruth Leonard who took up with the Stewarts and then married Thomas Condon.

It's intriguing to me. What do you think? Maybe someday you will unravel the mystery of William Condon's wife, Ruth.

Here's how we're related to Ruth: Ruth had Mary Condon, Mary had Harriet Boslow, Harriet had Mary Derrick, Mary had Flora Balis, Flora had Harold Stevens, Harold had Paul Stevens, Paul had Dawne Stevens, Dawne had ... Sarah, Hannah, Timmy, and Becky!

So Hooray for Ruth! She adds mystery to our family.

Love,
Granny

Footnotes
  1. Contact: Ron Cox<roncox@cam.org>, Ronald Cox's Ancestors, Cousins, and Allied Families.

    It is uncertain as to whether Ruth was married previous to her marriage to Thomas Condon. The facts that three of her sons had Lafferty as their middle name, and that her first son continued to use the surname Stewart after her marriage to Thomas Condon, suggest that Lafferty was her maiden name and that surname of Stewart came from a previous marriage.

  2. Ancestry.com, Message Board 9 Mar 2007.

    Ruth was Married to Bryan Lafferty Stewart Son of William & Percilla Stewart Percilla's Maiden Name was Lafferty I beleive she named her youngest son Bryan Lafferty Stewart to carry the name on her other two sons were Named William & Alexander Stewart also I beleive that Ruth leonard was possibly a cousin to the Stewarts or a close freind of percilla's and carried the name on Bryan & Ruth had one son John Fitz Stewart before Bryan Died after she Married Thomas Condon in New Brunswick they Had three sons she Named them all Lafferty Condon Ruth and Thomas are both buried in Tapleytown Cemetary.I am looking for William Stewart Parents and Grand parents. William F Stewart

    [Post by W.F.Stewart]

  3. Ibid., MessageBoard 12 Mar 2007.

    Re: Thomas Condon m. Ruth Leonard Stewart, lived in Canada 1776
    Posted: 12 Mar 2007 3:16AM
    Classification: Query Surnames:
    That's great news - a number of us have been looking for the connection you mentioned for a number of years. As info like this turns up, that always leads to more questions! For instance: 1. What documentation do you have that Bryan Lafferty Stewart was Ruth's first husband? When and where were they married? 2. What was Ruth's maiden name? Leonard? (I couldn't tell for sure from your posting.) When and where was she born and who were her parents? 3. When and where did Bryan Lafferty Stewart die? I was under the impression that he had returned to New Jersey, while his brother William remained in New Brunswick. (if so, why did Ruth stay in New Brunswick?) Just an observation: Ruth must have been a pretty strong woman,.. naming her second husband's children after her first husband. Wonder how Thomas handled that! Sorry I can't come up with William Stewart Sr.'s parents... had searched thru the New Jersey archives with no success. Thanks, Wayne Olsen

    [Posted in reply by Wayne Olsen]

  4. Ibid., MessageBoards 12 Mar 2007.

    Re: Thomas Condon m. Ruth Leonard Stewart, lived in Canada 1776
    Classification: Query Surnames:
    Thomas Condon served in Stewarts Dragoons under Lord Corwallis Capt William Stewart Commanded them Alexander his brother was second in command Bryan Lafferty Stewart was also in this troop they were brothers (look under stewart troops muster role) It was noted by family members that Ruth was a widow who Thomas married and he served with her husband. William & Alexander came to Canada as Loyalist so it was always believed that Bryan was her husband because of the Lafferty connection and he never came to Canada.I have no marrage documentation of this marrage yet. Look up (I have a story to tell)google it if you cant find it I will forward it to you it is believed Ruth was a leonard I dont know much about her yet. This area is a bit grey I was to beleive Ruth was a widow before she came to Canada and Bryan possible died or was killed in the States You beleive Alexander was here husband my info tells me William & Alexander came to Canada and Stayed I would like to Know for sure if Bryan was her Husband I cant Prove it.You ask how Thomas Handled the naming of the Children good question I beleive he was close to Her husband (Bryan Lafferty Stewart) and didnt have a problem with.I think Thomas was a very easy going Man. I would like to know if my info is correct and would welcome corrections if possible.

    [posted by wfstewart170]

  5. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, RS686::Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784-1997.

    Name CONDON, Thomas
    Volume B
    Page 1
    Grant number 43
    Place Dumfries
    County York
    Date 1786-10-10
    Accompanying plan No
    Acres 69
    Microfilm F16302
    Comment Grant Of Prince William/Land Being Pt Of 262 Lots

    Other names on this grant (54):

    ALLOWAY, John 194 acres
    BURCHIL, John 65 acres
    CAMP, Heil 52 acres
    CHRISTIE, William 72 acres
    CLAYTON, Samuel 68 acres
    CLIFF, John 56 acres
    CLIFF, William 56 acres
    COLE, Alben 68 acres
    CURRY, Patrick 0 acres
    CUTLER, Abigail (widow) 62 acres
    CUTLER, Elizabeth 62 acres
    CUTLER, Hannah 62 acres
    DAVIDSON, John 100 acres
    EATON, Francis 55 acres
    ENO, David 0 acres
    FORD, John 54 acres
    FULTON, James 232 acres
    GALE, Thomas 55 acres
    GANTER, Peter 68 acres
    GRAY, Lyman 43 acres
    HARPER, William 51 acres
    HORSMAN, Francis * 71 acres
    HUNTER, Joseph 63 acres
    JENSON, Robert 62 acres
    JOHNSON, ----- (widow) 52 acres
    JONES, Nahum 171 acres
    JONES, Simeon 161 acres
    JOSLINE, David 0 acres
    JOSLINE, Moses 72 acres
    KAIN, Dennis 56 acres
    KENNEDY, John 63 acres
    MURRAY, Daniel 220 acres
    MURRAY, Robert 177 acres
    NICHOLSON, Arthur 158 acres
    ODELL, Jonathan 326 acres
    ORSAR, William 52 acres
    PARKER, Josiah 156 acres
    SCOTT, Edward 0 acres
    SEAMAN, Richard 182 acres
    SMITH, Peter 56 acres
    STEWART, Alexander 219 acres
    STEWART, Brian Lafferty 81 acres
    STEWART, William 237 acres
    STONE, John 62 acres
    STONE, William 58 acres
    TERRY, Daniel 52 acres
    THORNTON, John 0 acres
    TUCKER, Thomas 86 acres
    VEALE, Wilmot 0 acres
    WATERBURY, Peter Cook 500 acres
    WAYHOP, William 48 acres
    WHEATON, James 45 acres
    WOSTER, Henry 56 acres
    YOUNGS, Joseph 0 acres

  6. Nancy Jordan, Email to Dianne Stevens dated 8 OCT 2015.

    When I searched for her (Ruth's) son Bryan Lefferty Stewart on Ancestry.com, I came across some disturbing information. He was convicted of passing counterfeit currency and given a life sentence at Newport Prison in New York, New York. He began serving in 1797 and he is on several subsequent prison lists up until 1806, then nothing. Perhaps those were the only records that survived or perhaps he died or was released.

    [see Ancestry.com "New York, Prisoners Received at Newgate State Prison, 1797-1810]

  7. Ancestry.com, Macdonalds of Baleshare family tree.
  8. Joyce Condon-Warren Joyce Condon-Warren, RE: Condon, Stewart, Lafferty in Canada 1776 (Roots Web.com Message Board).

    ["Joyce Warren" ]

  9. Olsen, Wayne - EMail dated 7 APR 2002 - "Condon, Lafferty, Stewart".
  10. Contact: Ron Cox<roncox@cam.org>, Ronald Cox's Ancestors, Cousins, and Allied Families.

    It is uncertain as to whether Ruth was married previous to her marriage to Thomas Condon. The facts that three of her sons had Lafferty as their middle name, and that her first son continued to use the surname Stewart after her marriage to Thomas Condon, suggest that Lafferty was her maiden name and that surname of Stewart came from a previous marriage.

  11. Ancestry.com, MessageBoards 9 Mar 2007.

    Re: Thomas Condon m. Ruth Leonard Stewart, lived in Canada 1776
    Classification: Query Surnames: Condon Lafferty Stewart
    Ruth was Married to Bryan Lafferty Stewart Son of William & Percilla Stewart Percilla's Maiden Name was Lafferty I beleive she named her youngest son Bryan Lafferty Stewart to carry the name on her other two sons were Named William & Alexander Stewart also I beleive that Ruth leonard was possibly a cousin to the Stewarts or a close freind of percilla's and carried the name on Bryan & Ruth had one son John Fitz Stewart before Bryan Died after she Married Thomas Condon in New Brunswick they Had three sons she Named them all Lafferty Condon Ruth and Thomas are both buried in Tapleytown Cemetary.I am looking for William Stewart Parents and Grand parents. William F Stewart

    [Posted by wfstewart170]

  12. Contact: Ron Cox<roncox@cam.org>, Ronald Cox's Ancestors, Cousins, and Allied Families.
  13. Ibid.
  14. Ibid.
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