Three Generations of Ellen Stewart's Family

After a failed attempt to escape slavery aboard the Pearl, Ellen Stewart found herself at a crossroads. Her mother, Sukey, Dolley Madison’s ladies maid, had been sold. Her siblings had been sold by Dolley as well, or died. A newspaper article implored those against slavery to purchase Ellen’s freedom and provide her with education. Abolitionists raised the money to purchase Ellen and other Pearl participants, so that Baltimore physician Joseph Snodgrass could “receive into freedom Ellen Stewart, slave of Mrs. Madison” from the Campbell & Co. slave jail. Once free, she moved to Boston and associated herself with the activist “Fugitive Slave Church.” Ellen’s activist attitude and passion for learning was passed on to her daughter, Gertrude, who trained to become a teacher. Gertrude married W. Johnson Bishop, an activist Baptist preacher, teacher, and orator, who educated others throughout the DC region on the need for racial equality. He held a Sunday Afternoon Lyceum in his large home library where prominent African American scholars, politicians, and preachers met, exposing his daughter Helen Adele Johnson at a young age to the issues of race, education, and equality. Helen would take those lessons to heart, earning multiple degrees at Howard University, becoming a prominent educator, and fighting at the national level for African American access to education. She became the Area Coordinator of Student Teaching of Atlanta University Center, served on White House Conferences regarding African American education in the United States and wrote national educational texts? Within three generations removed from slavery, Ellen Stewart’s descendants continued to persevere and work to educate fellow African Americans.

Ellen Stewart
b: ABT 1832
d:
Facts
  • ABT 1832 - Birth - ; Virginia
  • 1850 - Residence - Age: 18 ; Boston Ward 10, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1860 - Residence - Age: 27 ; Washington Ward 1, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • 1870 - Residence - Post Office: Washington; Age: 35 ; Washington Ward 1, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • Race - Colored
  • Race - Black
  • 1850 - Residence - Age: 18 ; Boston Ward 10, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1860 - Residence - Age: 27 ; Washington Ward 1, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • 1870 - Residence - Post Office: Washington; Age: 35 ; Washington Ward 1, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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Ellen Stewart
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Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (U) ?
Birth
Death
Father?
Mother?
PARENT (U) ?
Birth
Death
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
FEllen Stewart
BirthABT 1832Virginia
Death
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Thomas White at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Thomas White at Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Thomas White
BirthABT 1825Maryland
Death
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Ellen Stewart at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Ellen Stewart at Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Father?
Mother?
PARENT (F) Ellen Stewart
BirthABT 1832Virginia
Death
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Thomas White at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Thomas White at Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
FGertrude Adele White
BirthAUG 1857District of Columbia
Death
Marriage28 FEB 1880to William Bishop Johnson
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Thomas White
BirthABT 1825Maryland
Death
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Ellen Stewart at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Ellen Stewart at Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Father?
Mother?
PARENT (F) Ellen Stewart
BirthABT 1832Virginia
Death
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Thomas White at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Marriage25 JAN 1852to Thomas White at Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
FGertrude Adele White
BirthAUG 1857District of Columbia
Death
Marriage28 FEB 1880to William Bishop Johnson
Evidence
[S14]1850 United States Federal Census
[S15]1860 United States Federal Census
[S16]1870 United States Federal Census
[S18]Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915
Descendancy Chart
Ellen Stewart b: ABT 1832
Thomas White b: ABT 1825
Gertrude Adele White b: AUG 1857
William Bishop Johnson b: 11 DEC 1858 d: 31 JUL 1917
Helen Adele Johnson b: 13 FEB 1885 d: 1959
Joseph Livingston Whiting b: 12 FEB 1877
Irene Johnson b: 8 JUL 1888
Unnamed Johnson b: 1 JUN 1893
John Bishop Johnson b: 17 DEC 1880
Parthenia M. Tyler b: 14 SEP 1891 d: 24 OCT 1966
Adele Johnson b: 20 SEP 1910 d: 11 AUG 1932
Robert Hayes Cheeks Jr b: 30 DEC 1908
Robert Hayes Cheeks III b: 18 MAY 1931 d: 22 MAY 1951
? Johnson b: 1912 d: 7 MAR 1912
Thomas White b: ABT 1825
Gertrude Adele White b: AUG 1857
William Bishop Johnson b: 11 DEC 1858 d: 31 JUL 1917
Helen Adele Johnson b: 13 FEB 1885 d: 1959
Joseph Livingston Whiting b: 12 FEB 1877
Irene Johnson b: 8 JUL 1888
Unnamed Johnson b: 1 JUN 1893
John Bishop Johnson b: 17 DEC 1880
Parthenia M. Tyler b: 14 SEP 1891 d: 24 OCT 1966
Adele Johnson b: 20 SEP 1910 d: 11 AUG 1932
Robert Hayes Cheeks Jr b: 30 DEC 1908
Robert Hayes Cheeks III b: 18 MAY 1931 d: 22 MAY 1951
? Johnson b: 1912 d: 7 MAR 1912