He only made it as far as Marietta, Ohio.
Destitute and depressed, John Stewart decided to drink himself to death.
His story is recorded in Joseph Mitchell's book, The Missionary Pioneer, or A Brief Memoir of the Life, Labours, and Death of John Stewart, (Man of Colour,) Founder, under God of the Mission among the Wyandotts at Upper Sandusky, Ohio (New York: printed by J. C. Totten, 1827):
"The loss of his property, the distance from his friends, the idea of poverty and disgrace, together with the wretched situation of his mind on account of his soul's affairs, brought him to shocking determination that he would immediately take measures to hasten his dissolution.
And for this purpose he forthwith commenced a course of excessive drinking in a public house.
This was continued until his nerves became much affected, his hands trembled so it was difficult for him to feed himself."