Henrietta Eleanor Stewart was the eldest daughter of Charles Grey Stewart, she was born in Quebec. In 1821, Henrietta Eleanor married William Phillips, son of John and Anne Phillips of Quebec. William was Flour Inspector and Quebec City grain merchant.
Henrietta’s mother was Eleanor Morris “Nellie” MacLean. She married Charles Grey Stewart in 1801. Nellie was the daughter of Donald MacLean. Donald MacLean emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland, to New York in 1780, to join his uncle Dr Donald MacLean, a surgeon in Water Street, Manhattan.
Donald MacLean was born in Ardton, Mull, Scotland, son of John MacLean and Margaret Campbell. The Isle of Mull is the seat of the Clan MacLean where Duart Castle is still owned by the family. MacLean descendants can join in reunions and events.
. Donald's father John MacLean was son of Lieut. Colonel Charles MacLean 5th Laird of Drimmin and Morven, who fought valiantly and died along with three sons at Culloden. (his story is told below in a letter.)
When young Donald arrived in New York in 1780, his Uncle, ( his father John MacLean's brother) Dr Donald MacLean, had recently married (1780) Henrietta MacDonnell, the daughter of another surgeon, Captain Allan MacDonnell of the 84th Emigrant Regiment of Breakish, Inverness-shire (later of Glengarry, Ontario). Two years later, Dr Donald died suddenly. The following year, on 26th March 1783, young Donald married his uncle’s widow, Henrietta MacDonnell MacLean.
At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), U.E.Loyalists in New York were evacuated to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax became the offical entry point for Canada (much like Ellis Island in New York).
In 1786, Donald and Henrietta McLean, along their two children Nellie and John, came to Halifax to join Henrietta's father, Captain Allan MacDonnell, of the 84th Regt., who by then resided on a farm in Quebec. Captain Allan MacDonnell, was deeded land after the war, on the St Lawrence River near Cornwall and farmed there until his death. It is unknown whether Henrietta’s mother was living or if she had other siblings.
Soon afterwards the young family emigrated to York, (now known as Toronto) where Donald, became a clerk to the Legislature Assembly of Upper Canada.
My dear Nelly,
"I certify that D.MacLean, fatehr of Lieut. Allan MacLean of the 31st Regt. held an office at York, the captial of the Province of Upper Canada and he being a resident there, when that place was attacked by the enemy on the 21st April 1813 volunteered his serivices, carried arms on that occasion, gloriously fell opposing the enemy wiht zeal, intrepidity and devotedness which will not be surpassed.
R.H Sheaffer, Lieut. General,
formerly counsul and Administrator in Upper Canada.
click link above to view letter online with the rest of LeMoine's book.
Comptroller of Customs, to his father.)
"MY DEAR FATHER,--I was overjoyed to hear by a letter from Mr. Gray, that you and my dear mother were in good health. Nothing can give me greater pleasure than to hear so. I was very sorry to hear that my sister had been ill. I hope she is now getting better.
that time had not got better with a pain which obliged me to stay in the country, where I had been all the summer, although greatly against my inclination.
their attack upon the town on the 31st December, the Yankees were obliged to demand assistance of the country people to join them. I had spoken and done what I could to hinder the people of the village where I resided from going and taking arms with them. This came to light, and I was told at their head-quarters their general, one Arnold, a horse jockey or shipmaster, who then had the command, threatened to send me over to the (New England) colonies. After being detained a ...
and two days, Arnold asked me, if he had not seen me before in Quebec. I said he had, and put him in remembrance of having once dined with him; upon which he said, on condition that I gave my word of honour not to meddle in the matter, he would allow me to go away. I told him the inhabitants were a parcel of scoundrels, and beyond a gentleman's notice; upon this I got off, and remained for upwards of two months without molestation, till the tracks of persons going to town from Beauport had been observed; the country people immediately suspected me, and came with drawn cutlasses to take me; luckily I was from home, having gone two days before about fifteen miles to see an acquaintance, and when I got back they had found out who had gone in (to town).
five miles up amongst the woods, the Hermitage which being vacant I immediately retired to it, and carried all my papers with me. Mr. Peter Stewart had gone from his house in Beauport, down with his
family to the Posts, and gave me the charge of it, and having heard that they (the Yankees) were going to put 150 men in it, I sent all his furniture, &c., to the house I had taken, so that I had my house all furnished; this was in the beginning of March; since which I have remained there. The people who left the town in the fall have not been allowed to go back. A Mr. Vi... one of the most considerable merchants, went in immediately after the 6th of May, (the day when the town people made a sally with about 900 men in all, who drove nigh 3000 of the Yankees from their camp, and relieved the town) and was sent to prison and kept several days. Major John Nairn was so obliging
as to come out 8 or 9 days after that affair to see me; he asked me why I had not been in town. I told him the reason; I had got no pass.
only stay there a few months."Nor must we forget the jolly pic-nics the barons held there some eighty years ago. 
were desolate. The fire had resounded in the halls, and the voice of the people is heard no more. The thistle shook there its lonely head; the moss whistled to the wind. The fox looked out of the windows, the rank grass of the wall waved round its head. Desolate is the dwelling of Moina, silence is in the house.... Raise the, song of mourning, O bards! over the land of strangers. They have but fallen before us: for one day, we must fall."
Charles Grey and Eleanor Morris MacLean Stewart's children.
- Henrietta Eleanor Stewart b. Feb 2 1802 Married William Phillips June 5 1821. d.
- JaneStewart b. Aug 2 1805 Married William Price of Wolfesfield July 16 1825 d.
- Isabella Allan Stewart b. ?- died 1877
- Anne Stewartb 1809-1830
- Charles Hamilton Stewart b 1803-1884
- Donald MacLean Stewart b 1813-1884
- Alexander George Gill Stewart b 1816-?
- James Stewart b 1818-?
- John David Stewart b 1820-?
- Robert Frederick Stewart b 1822 -
- Eleanor Jane Stewart b 1824-?
- Eliza Stewart b 1827 - 1828