Name: Joseph Stordeur
Born: 20 March 1847
Place: Hamme-Mille, Brabant Wallon, Belgium
Died: 19 Sep 1930
Place: Agnews Hosp., Santa Clara Co CA
Buried: 22 Sep 1930
Place: Decoto Cemetery
Married: 10 Nov 1867
Place: Brown County, Wisconsin
I'm a fifth-generation Californian tbrough the Stewards. Some of my
Cooley cousins have carried the line through to seven generations with their
own grandchildren. They are not only seventh generation Californians but
seventh generation East
Although the spelling of J J's last name shows up on most of the federal
census entries as Stewart there is sufficient reason to believe he
used the spelling Steward. The death certificate of his wife, Fannie
Steward, is listed as such--he himself, being the informant, as J J
Steward. The death certificate for his daughter, Marguerite
Hennequin, names John Joseph Steward as her father (the informant
being "commitment records") and the death record for her daughter,
Marie Cooley, records her mother's maiden name--Marguerite Steward.
Finally, J J's own death certificate has both his name and his father's name
spelled Joseph Steward (both born in Belgium)--Frank Steward
of San Bruno, provided the information.
This is the couple's poorly transcribed marriage record:
Name: Joseph Starden
Spouse's Name: Fanny Laurend
Event Date: 10 Nov 1867
Event Place: Brown, Wisconsin
We now know that his last name was Stordeur and that her full name was
Timeline for J J Steward
- 1842, Sep 1. Born in Belgium.
- 1860-1861. Probable arrival to the US, place unknown. He was 18 or 19
years old suggesting that he might have immigrated alone.
- 1867, Oct 4. Marriage to Fanny Laurent, Brown County, WI.
- 1868, Aug 16. Birth of first child, Jenny, in Green Bay (Brown co WI).
- 1870, Aug 6. Enumerated as Joseph Stewart, age 24 on the 1870
census for Brown county WI. Age 24, occupation painter. Note that he is
not tallied under column 19, "Male citizen of U.S. of 21 years and
- 1880, Jun 4. Enumerated as Joseph Stewart on the 1880 census for
Winnebago county WI. Age 41, occupation painter. He and his wife are
erroneously listed as being born in France. Coincidentally, he's living
next to Walter Cooley, same age, also a painter.
- c1885. Emigrated to California, per his death certificate.
- 1890, 14 Apr. Birth of daughter Rose in Ft Bragg, Mendocino county CA.
- 1900, 14 Jun. Enumerated as J. J. Stwart for Santa Rosa twp,
Sonoma county, CA. Age is stated as 65 (born Sep 1834) which is at odds
with other record. Occupation is day laborer. It states that he
immigrated in 1856 and that his wife immigrated in 1859. Fannie's
birthdate is given as Dec 1844. Also living in the household is his
daughter-in-law, Ethel, wife of Charlie, occupation also day laborer.
- 1910, Apr 25. Enumerated as Joseph Stewart living at 1217
Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA, age 72. Grandson Alex Beaudin, born in
Wisconsin c1889, is living with them. The entries for him and Fannie
(age 62) state that they were born in "Belg - Dutch" and that French is
their native language. He immigrtated, it says, in 1861 and Fannie in
1853. Grandson Alex Beaudin, born in Wisconsin c1889, is living with them.
I suspect this was the son of their oldest child, Jenny. On the next page
and next two entries are his daughters, Rose Marshall and Mary J (Conran?)
and their families.
- 1920, Jan 20. Joseph and Fannie Stuart are living in Washington
township, Decoto precinct, Alameda county, CA. They are both listed as
being born in Belgium, as were their parents, and were naturalized US
citizens, Joseph in 1860 and Fannie in 1843. However, look at the entry for 1870.
- 1923, Oct. Per Fanny's death certificate, living in Mountain View, Santa
Clara co CA.
- 1930, Sep 19. Died Santa Clara county CA.
John Joseph Steward and his wife, Fanny Laurent, had
the following children. (The quotes are from a 5 May 1977 history typed by
Russell Nees of Smithville, Texas.)
||Born in WI, 16 Aug 1868, married Xavier
Beaudin in 1886.1 This would be the Jennie M Beaudin living
with husband "Exevier" in Coburn, Chippewa county WI, 1900. Parents
are listed as being born in France. Six children listed, including
daughter Fannie. The family is also found in the same place in 1920.
It states that Jennie's father was born in France and mother in
Belgium. Their son Alex Beaudin is living with his Steward
grandparents in 1920. Xavier Baudin (1836-1920) is buried at the St
Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery, Cadott, Chippewa, Wisconsin. An
obituary for Jennie appears in the Stevens Point Daily Journal, 15 and
18 Feb 1946. She is buried in the Forest Cemetery, Portage co WI.
(Find A Grave Memorial# 75608214) "Several children were teachers." I
see Florence Beaudin listed as being a teacher in Portage co.
|Alexander Steward ||1870-1920+ ||Born in
WI, 6 Mar 1870. "A farmer. Was burned to death." He is found with his
father's family, 11 years old, on the 1880 census, Oshkosh, Winnebago,
WI. He's divorced and living with his parents in San Franciso in 1910.
||Married Louis Francois Hennequin 1891, Oregon.
|Charles D Steward
||Born 8 Mar 1874 WI, married Ethel ___. Charlie and
his wife are living with his parents in 1900. "Charlie had a lumber
business in San Francisco. He was a great wit. Had been bicycle
champ of the world but was not awarded medal because of an accident."
The California Death Index incorrectly states his birth as being in
New York. We can be sure we have the right record because the birth
date is just as Nees suggested and his mother's maiden name is given
as Lawrence, a common misspelling for Laurent. He died in Santa Clara
county on 2 Sep 1955.
||Born 17 Jul 1877 WI. "Was a sheriff," according to
Nees. Married Caroline Adele Lauber. Nees said that Frank died in San
Bruno but the California Death Index states that he died in Mendocino
co on 25 May 1944. I find Frank and his wife on the 1930 census for
San Bruno (page 262) living at 931 4th Ave. He's listed as
proprietor of a restaurant and she's a cook. The final 't' in
Stewart has been over-written with a 'd' indicating that Frank was
insistent on the spelling. Judging from the entry, they had been
married for about 29 years (since c1901), and he's listed as not
being a veteran. Both parents are listed as being born in Belgium.
Frank was the informant on his father's death certificate. Find A
Grave Memorial #29011932.
||The 1880 census says he was born the previous July
in Wisconsin. According to Nees, he died in infancy.
|William Louis Steward
||Born 27 Sep 1881. "Will was know[n] for his great
strength, once lifted a telephone pole." He died in Lake county, CA on
8 Oct 1955. His obituary, published on 14 Oct in the Lake County Bee,
reads, "Steward Funeral Held Wednesday. Funeral services were held on
Wednesday afternoon from Jones Mortuary, Lakeport, for William L.
Steward, 74, who died Saturday in Lakeport. The Rev. Leonard Miller
of the Assembley of God Church, Kelseyville, officiated, followed by
internment at Ukiah Cemetery. Stewart, a native of Wisconsin, had
been a resident of Kelseyville for the last year. He is survived by
his widow, Mrs. Clare Steward." William had witnessed the
naturalization papers for his brother-in-law, Louis Hennequin, in
|Fred L Steward
||Born 21 Aug 1883. "Fred, a barber, married
Elizabeth [Barbara Carberry] and had a son Raymond. Lived in San
Francisco." They married 17 Feb 1914 in San Francisco. The SSDI
states that he last resided in San Francisco. The California Death
Index says he died in Solano County, CA on 11 Feb 1966. His social
security number was 552-44-0606.
|Mary J Steward
||Born 11 Aug 1885 in Wisconsin, m1 William Conran,
m2 Nicholas Vipond. Mary (as Marie) appears on the 1920 census for
Aromas, San Benito county, CA (page 70) with her family and second
husband, 25 years her senior. According to the SSDI, she died in San
Jose, Santa Clara county CA in Apr 1969. Her SS # was 545-80-0736.
Mary's son "Harry [Conran] was blinded while helping build the San
Francisco Bay Bridge." My cousin, Howard Cooley, says that Harry,
"spent some time during the depression riding the rails and camping
with hobos and had some role in rodeo and also was a radio
personality. He designed [his] house in San Jose and had it built,
all this after he was blind[ed]." Henry W Conran was born 30 Dec 1906,
died in Santa Clara co CA, 13 Dec 1966. His death certificate says
mother's maiden name was "Stewart."
||Born 6 Jan 1888 in California. The SSDI says that
John Stewart died in Oct 1966 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California.
"...was a barber, painter, bachelor."
||Born at Ft Bragg, CA 14 Apr 1890, married John
(Jack) Marshall. According to the SSDI, she died Sep 1973 in Napa
county, CA (zip code 94558). Her SS number was 555-21-6162
||"...died in infancy."
Referring to J J's daughter Marguerite as "Magie," Nees says,
Magie's folks lived in Hayward, California and are buried with Magie in a
family plot about 15 miles south of Hayward. Her father was a carpenter who
made banisters, etc. They had a grocery store in San Francisco in 1906
which was burned in great fire. He was originally from Belgium. Father was
John Joseph Stewart and mother was Marguerite Laurence (Lauerent).
Joseph Stewart and his family appear on the 1870 census for Green
Bay (Brown Co) WI (Series M593, Roll 1703, page 216):
Stewart Joseph 24 m w Painter Belgium
Fanny D 22 f w Keeping House Belgium
Jenny 2 f w Wisconsin
Alexander 2/12 m w Wisconsin
The 1880 census139
indicates that Joseph and his wife were born in France. However, the death
certificates for both, as well as any family history I've seen, state that
they were born in Belgium. It's unknown where they were married but
Wisconsin seems likely. A search of the 1880 census for the name Laurent in
Wisconsin shows several born in Belgium, including the family of August
Laurent140 (born ca. 1840,
Belgium) and his mother Mary Laurent, born ca. 1816, Belgium. On the same
page is B. John Laurent, born ca. 1816, and his wife, Kathrine, born ca.
1821, and three children.
"J J Stwart" is found in Santa Rosa, California, on the 1900 census. It
states that he was born in Belgium in Sep of 1834, which is far different
than other accounts. It also states that he immigrated in 1854. Also at
variance with data found elsewhere is that his wife's birth date is listed as
Dec 1844, rather than 1837 and her year of immigration is given as 1859,
rather than 1843. If correct, the later immigration date would explain why I
can't find her or her family on the 1850 and perhaps 1860 census.
The Joseph Stewart family is found at 1217 Mariposa St, San Francisco on
the 1910 census (series T624, roll 96, page 181). Their birthplaces, as well
as for their parents, are listed at Belg - Dutch. They were native French
Joseph and Fannie Stuart are living in Washington township,
Decoto precinct, Alameda county, CA on the 1920 census. They are both listed
as being born in Belgium, as were their parents. They were both naturalized
US citizens, Joseph in 1860 and Fannie in 1843. They could both read and
Joseph's death certificate states that he had resided in the US for 76
years. If true, that means he immigrated in 1854, when he was about 13
years old. The certificate further states that he had been in California
for 45 years--since about 1885.
for information about her family.
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