Timothy Steward & Hannah Harbord
Privateers, Merchants and Brewers, 1500 to 1963
St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth
St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth
The Stewards were a family of Yarmouth privateers and merchants. According to the family history, they can be traced to Nicholas Steward of Wells-next-the-Sea (died c.l52O), however Timothy Steward (1696-1769), who left Wells to settle in Yarmouth, is the first that we can verify.

If Timothy does indeed descend from Nicholas, we have a gap in the family history of about 200 years, ie about 8-10 generations are missing.

From about 1820 the family became closely involved in the Norwich brewery of Steward & Patteson, which was managed by the families of the shareholders until 1963. A summary of the history of the brewery is included in the last section below.

The book "Norfolk Beers from English Barley - A History of Steward and Patteson 1793-1963" by Terry Gourvish contains considerable information on the family and much of the information here is drawn from it.

Gourvish references two sources (5 & 6) for his information on the family, hopefully finding these will throw light onto these gaps.

See the extract in the footnotes from "The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth". This confirms the story of the Stewards linking the Yarmouth family to Wells-next-the-Sea and also provides some fascinating insights into the family.

Steward Coat of Arms
Steward Coat of Arms

The arms confirmed to the Yarmouth family by authority are - quarterly or. and arg., on a fess sa., three fleur-de-lis of the first; in the first and fourth quarters a fesse cheque of the second and third; and in the second and third quarters a lion ramp. gu., debruised by a bend raguly or.; and for a crest, on a mount vert. within a crown valley or., a lion ramp. gu.

Timothy Steward (1696-1769) (G7)
G7 Timothy Steward
= 1732
Hannah Harbord
G6 Timothy Steward
= 1758
Mary Palmer
Hannah Steward
= 1753
Rev Peter van Sarn
( - )
Yarmouth Quay and Town Hall
Yarmouth Quay and Town Hall, 1842
From "The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth, vol i, p248:

Row, No. 45 from North Quay to George Street, called St John's Head Row, from a sign of a public house at the south-west corner ...
...Christopher Harbord had a house in this row. His only child Hannah married Timothy Steward, the founder of the Steward family in Yarmouth, of whom we will have occasion hereafter to speak. Tobias Harbord, his brother (note 1), voted at the Norfolk election in 1714 for Sir Jacob Astley and Mr. de Grey. By his will made in 1755 he devised to Mrs. Steward his dwelling house, and he also made a settlement in favour of her son, Timothy Steward, of whom Charles Le Grys, Esq., and John Ramsey, Esq., were the trustees.

According to "The Perlustration" (see sidebar), Timothy was "the founder of the Steward family in Yarmouth", having moved there from Wells, this was presumably early in the 18th C. well before 1732 when he married Hannah Harbord, the only daughter of Christopher Harbord.

There was another brother, Thomas Harbord. Timothy and Hannah had a daughter, Hannah, who was married to the Rev. Peter van Sarn, and they had an only child, Peter van Sarn.

Another Harbord family, the Barons of Suffield, lived at Gunton Hall near Erpringham in Norfolk. The Hon Edward Harbord, barrister-at-law and MP for Yarmouth ca 1809, was the brother to William Lord Suffield, may be a link between these families.

Notes & References
  1. Borough of Great Yarmouth
  2. Great Yarmouth History, including the original and a modern updated version of "The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth" (Great Yarmouth 1872) by C.J. Palmer. (Site of Mark Rumble)
  3. Sepulchral reminiscences of a Market Town ... Gravestone inscriptions at St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, 1845. Google Books
  4. History of Medieval Yarmouth
  5. http://yourlocalhistory.info/newyourlocalhistory.info - unfortunately the site seems to have been closed.
  6. "The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth" (Great Yarmouth 1872) by Charles John Palmer.
    Perlustration means "the act of viewing all over" and appears to be a street by street, house by house description of Great Yarmouth, including the genealogies of it's prominent citizens,
  7. "The Steward Pedigree Book", lent to Mr Gourvish by the late Donald Steward.