Biography - John A. Stewart

JOHN A. STEWART. The genial Supervisor of Penn Township, and who owns two hundred acres of fine land located on section 36, is he whose name is found above. He was born in Center County, Pa., in Shore Creek Valley, November 3, 1848. He is a son of John G. Stewart, who was born in the same State, and the father of John G., the grandfather of our subject, was born in Scotland, and came to America at an early day, and with his parents located in Pennsylvania, settling in Huntington. He was there engaged in the mercantile business and passed the remainder of his life in that place. Our subject's father learned a trade but did not follow it long, turning his attention to farming. He removed from Pennsylvania to Illinois in 1867, and resided in Moweaqua until 1884, then went to Missouri and settled in DeKalb County, and there made his home until his death, which occurred in 1888.

The mother of our subject was in her girlhood Miss Mary Ann Elder. She was born in Pennsylvania and was a daughter of Abram Elder. She still survives, making her home in DeKalb County, Mo. She is the mother of nine children. Our subject was reared and educated in his native State, and coming to Illinois when quite young, with his parents, again located on the farm and there remained until his marriage, after which he came to Penn Township and bought eighty acres of land on section 27.

Our subject did not occupy the farm that was his first purchase, but rented other land and worked it until 1887, when he bought the place he now occupies that is located on section 36. It is well improved and bears striking evidence of the energy and industry Mr. Stewart has brought ito bear on his work. It has a good class of buildings with a pleasant and comfortable residence and the most advanced ideas as regards agriculture are employed in his care and cultivation of the place.

In January, 1876, our subject quit the bachelor ranks and merged his life with that of Miss Mary E. Thompson. She was born in Pennsylvania and is a daughter of Gardner and Eliza (Baird) Thompson. Five children have been vouchsafed to the care and guidance of our subject and his estimable wife. They are by name Maude A., Frank G., Harvey, Edith, and Mary Belle. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart are members of the Presbyterian Church and are consistent and noble Christians. He of whom we write is a Republican in politics. He was elected a member of the Board of County Supervisors in the spring of 1891. Socially he belongs to the Prairie Home Lodge, No. 3574, of the Knights of Honor.

Extracted 17 Aug 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 681.

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