Tampico Area Historical Society
23 Aug 2007
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885 Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Becky Jones
James Stewart, farmer, residing on section 29, Prophetstown Township, is the owner of 240 acres, located on the section. He was born in Warrensburg, Warren Co., N.Y., April 28, 1820. His father, Daniel Stewart, was a native of Scotland, a farmer by occupation, and in the year 1809 he emigrated to Prince Edward Island and the following year, 1810, he came to New York. He died in Prophetstown Township, July 24, 1864, aged 79 years, 8 months and 23 days. The mother of Mr. Stewart, whose maiden name was Christiann Moon, was likewise born in Scotland, and died in Prophetstown Township, this county, June 15, 1878, aged 94 years and 4 months. They had six children, only tow of whom survived: Alexander, a farmer in Henry County, this State; and James.
Mr. Stewart is the youngest of his parents’ family and was reared on the home farm in the State of New York, alternating his labors thereon by attending the common schools. In 1858, he came to this township with his brother Alexander and their parents. He and his brother bought 80 acres of land, the same being a part of the farm on which James now resides. They farmed it together and subsequently purchased 80 acres more in partnership. In 1879 James bought out his brother, and has since added to his home estate 80 acres additional. He also owns 40 acres of woodland in Henry County, five miles distant from his present residence. He is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, and has a dairy consisting of 16 cows, and usually keeps a number of hogs.
Mr. Stewart was united in marriage in Troy, N.Y., May 28, 1857, to Malvina Ellis, born in New York, Aug. 7, 1822. They have three children: Henry, born April 29, 1858; Charles, born Oct. 1, 1862; and Fred, born July 25, 1865. The mother of Mrs. Stewart is deceased, and her father resides in Johnstown, N.Y., aged 94 years.