ROBERT STEWART. The name of this gentleman is familiarly known in Yates Township where he has a snug farm homestead, pleasantly located on section 15. He is a native of the North of Ireland, born in County Donegal, in December, 1833, and possesses the generous characteristics of the warm-hearted Celtic race. His parents, John and Eliza (Glenn) Stewart, emigrated from their native country with their family in about 1850, making their first location in the city of Philadelphia, Pa. Afterward they removed to New Jersey and in 1857, to Illinois, locating in Peoria County. Later they removed to this county, where the father died in Yates Township, Sept. 22, 1884. The mother had passed to her long home nearly eighteen years before, at Chenoa, Ill. The five children of the parental family were all born in Ireland, and came to the United States with their parents; Martha became the wife of John Florida and resides in Peoria County, Ill.; Robert is living in Yates Township; Elizabeth married Chester Brown and resides in this county; Margaret, Mrs. Samuel Baird, lives in Chenoa Township, and John in Yates Township.

Robert Stewart was seventeen years of age when he came with his father's family to the United States. He worked first in a cotton factory in Philadelphia, where he remained until 1857, then started westward toward the Prairie State. His first location was in Peoria County, where he worked as a farm laborer, his father joining him in the fall of that year and the balance of the family the following spring. The second year of his residence in Peoria County our subject rented a tract of land and followed farming there until 1864. He then removed to McLean County, and in company with his father and brother, purchased 120 acres of land in Chenoa Township, all of which was wild prairie. He at once set about the improvement and cultivation of the new farm, which he occupied until 1875, then purchased his present homestead in Yates Township. He is now the owner of 160 acres of land, which he has placed under a fine state of cultivation.

Robert Stewart was married on the 4th of July, 1867, to Miss Nancy, a sister of William Hanna of Yates Township. She was born in County Antrim, Ireland, and by her union with our subject became the mother of two children, one of whom died in infancy. Robert J., born Sept. 13, 1871, is living at home with his parents. Mr. Stewart is Republican in polities, and religiously coincides with the doctrines of the Presbyterian Church.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 562. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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