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Mary Elizabeth Stewart Alley
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Birth: Jan. 18, 1845
Rome
Floyd County
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 28, 1918
Milam County
Texas, USA

Mary Elizabeth (Stewart) Alley was born Jan. 18, 1845, in Rome, Floyd Co., GA to Robert Hanes and Freelove (Cornutt) Stewart. The family moved to Milam Co., Texas around 1851, when Mary was six years old. On July 12, 1860, Mary married John H. Alley who was living and working on the Stewart farm. Shortly afterward, her husband joined the Confederate army and left to fight in New Mexico, where he was taken as a Prisoner of War.

While her husband was being held as a POW in Camp Douglas in Chicago, IL, Mary was home alone, pregnant with the couple's first child, Martha Bowlin Euzene Alley, called "Mattie." A family legend has been passed down of how a dark hand crept through the crack in the door of the Alley house one night, trying to unlatch it. Mary Alley grabbed a butcher knife and sliced off the fingers. T he man to whom the hand belonged quickly fled. Mary was described by her granddaughter as "a red-head with a temper to her."

After the war was over, the Alleys had two more children, Robert Henry, who died as an infant, and Sarah Freelove "Susie," who married Thomas B. Fowler. Mattie Alley married John Wesley Lantrip.

John H. Alley died in 1869, leaving Mary a widow at age 24, with two small daughters. At one point, to support her family, she ran a store in Hanover, Milam County.

Mary Alley died of the Spanish Flu on Oct. 28, 1918, two days after her son-in-law John Lantrip died of the same illness. She is buried in Liberty Community Cemetery, near Milano in Milam County, Texas.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Haynes Stewart (1820 - ____)
  Freelove Cornutt Stewart (1824 - 1860)
 
 Spouse:
  John Henry Alley (1829 - 1869)*
 
 Children:
  Martha Bowlin Euzene Alley Lantrip (1862 - 1935)*
 
 Siblings:
  Albert Stewart*
  Hiram Stewart*
  Mary Elizabeth Stewart Alley (1845 - 1918)
  Sarah Evelyn Stewart Fisher (1847 - 1927)*
  Noah Adolphus Stewart (1849 - 1922)*
  William Robert Stewart (1855 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
GRANDMA
MARY ALLEY
JAN. 18, 1845
OCT. 28, 1918
 
Burial:
Liberty Community Cemetery
Cameron
Milam County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Arlene Schroeder
Originally Created by: Karen Neal Morey
Record added: Dec 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16870230
Mary Elizabeth <i>Stewart</i> Alley
Added by: Arlene Schroeder
 
Mary Elizabeth <i>Stewart</i> Alley
Added by: Karen Neal Morey
 
Mary Elizabeth <i>Stewart</i> Alley
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Added by: Arlene Schroeder
 
 
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Some "Blue Bells of Scotland" for my great-great-Grandma Alley, the "red-headed Scotch-Irish woman with a temper to her." Rest in peace.
- Arlene Schroeder
 Added: Dec. 11, 2008
 
 
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