This is the final resting place of Captain Ralph Stewart Sr. Stewart was a soldier in the American Revolution and became the second permanent settler in Wyoming County. In addition to his service on behalf of the patriot cause, he was known as a frontier warrior for his role in several conflicts with Native Americans.
Second settler Ralph (Rafe) Stewart, son of James
(1720-1757) and Anne O’Lafferty Stewart, was born December 17, 1749, at Cow
Pasture, Augusta County, Virginia.
Ralph (Rafe) Stewart was born at Cow Pasture, Augusta
County, Virginia, on December 17, 1749 to James and Anne O’Lafferty Stewart.
James Stewart was captured by Indians in 1757 and burned at the stake causing
Ralph Stewart to develop a hatred towards Indians that he would hold all of his
In 1773 Stewart was commissioned as a Captain of Indian
Rangers by Lord Dunmore, who at the time was the Royal Governor of Virginia.
Virginia Governor Patrick Henry renewed Stewart’s commission in 1778.
Captain Stewart was involved in the Battle of Point Pleasant
in 1774. At the battle, the Shawnee Indian forces who were led by Chief
Cornstalk were defeated. He was also involved in engagements at Guilford
Courthouse, Charlottesville, Yorktown and many more. When the English army led
by General Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Stewart was part of the
troop assigned to guard the defeated General.
Stewart married twice. His first wife, Mary Elliot, he
married in Augusta County, Virginia. The couple moved to Kentucky were Mary
Elliot died in around 1787. He later married Mary Clay. Stewart and Mary Clay
lived in Kentucky for nearly 12 years before moving to Wyoming County in 1800. Between his two marriages, Stewart fathered
Captain Stewart died on November 18, 1835. He was buried at
a small cemetery on a wooded hillside in Crany, West Virginia. Both his birth
and death date were hand-chiseled at the bottom of the stone. The military
marker in his honor reads: Ralph Stewart, VA. MIL., REV. WAR.