|Allan Melville (1823-1872) via The World of Wolcott Wheeler|
New York probate records show that Herman's younger brother Allan Melville also borrowed from Stewart. I can't tell if Allan's "note" reflects an independent debt, or if it is connected somehow with the repayment of Herman's old debt. Ancestry has images of New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999. Probate date there is given as June 10, 1859. The Queens Accounts for 1859 include the final accounting by John A. Crum as Administrator for the estate of Tertullus D. Stewart. Stewart's brother and business partner William H. Stewart (1807-1866) successfully pressed large claims on the estate that included a promissory note to WHS for $23,675, dated August 1, 1856. Stewart's widow Catharine got $150 as required by 1842 legislation.
The name of Allan Melville occurs under "Debts due the estate and mentioned in the Inventory which have been collected." In the next year after Stewart's death on July 11, 1857, Allan Melville paid off his debt to the estate.
May 14 On Acct. of Note of Allan Melville 100.00
April 13 Ball. In full of [Allan Melville] 249.19
The probate records give the name of Stewart's widow as Catharine Augusta Stewart. Their children, both minors, were named John Dickson Stewart and
Leeman Luman Hitchcock Stewart. "Luman H. Stewart of Albany, N. Y." is named as her surviving son in the New York Times obituary notice for Mrs. T. D. Stewart, who died in Morristown, New Jersey January 8, 1900. Tertullus D. Stewart's son Luman Hitchcock Stewart was born May 20, 1853 in Astoria, according to the biographical entry in Who's who in Railroading in North America.
Is the D in Tertullus D. Stewart for Dickinson?
Tertullus D. Stewart died July 11, 1857 age 54. For in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive. Stone broken in half. Tertullus, son of John and Eliza (Dickinson) Stewart. The marriage index to the Lansingburgh newspapers shows that Tertullus D. Stewart married Augusta Hitchcock of Albany 10/19/1847. --The Burial Grounds of Lansingburgh