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 Alexander Stewart

Alexander Stewart

Death 17 Aug 1912 (aged 75)
Burial Sligo, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 30875498 · View Source
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Son of William and Elizabeth Jane (McCall) Stewart.

Alexander Stewart. one of the most prominent and most highly respected citizens of the southern part of Clarion county, died at his home in Sligo Saturday, August 17, 1912, aged 75 years. Mr. Stewart has been quite sick for some time past and but for his rugged constitution he doubtless would not have withstood the ravages of disease as long as he did. And yet his rugged physical strength and great vitality and endurance was gradually forced to yield to the insidious force of disease. He patiently and bravely battled for a return of health and strength but when that would not be, he faced the inevitable with courage and fortitude born of a Christian faith. Alexander Stewart was born in Clarion county May 20, 1837. He was married to Miss Sarah J. Livermore of Callensburg, January 28, 1858. Surviving him are his wife and nine of twelve children born to them, as follows: George W., Leatherwood; Bortley B., Rimersburg; Amos C., Callensburg; Mrs. L.L. Texter, Mrs. Margaret Wyman, Mrs. Katharine Hahn and Mrs. Nora Dickey, Sligo; Walter W. and Maude, at home. Hosts of friends tender their sincerest sympathy to the bereaved family. Mr. Stewart was a man of quiet, modest demeanor, honest and just in all the affairs of life-a man of great force of character, and of substantial influence for good. He was a member of the Presbyterian church of Sligo. The funeral services were held at his late home, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Kenneth MacLeod, and interment was made in the Sligo Cemetery. Source: Clarion Democrat August 22, 1912

Alexander Stewart Biography
including the counties of CENTRE, CLEARFIELD, JEFFERSON and CLARION containing

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Alexander Stewart, who is now successfully conducting the "Sligo Hotel," at Sligo, has throughout life been actively identified with the business interests of Clarion county, and through his own efforts has secured a handsome competence. The spirit of self-help is the source of all genuine worth in the individual, and is the means of bringing to man success when he has no advantages of wealth or influence to aid him. It illustrates in no uncertain manner what it is possible to accomplish when perseverance and determination form the keynote to a man's character.

Mr. Stewart was born May 20, 1837, in Perry township, Clarion county, of which township his parents, William and Eliza (McCall) Stewart, were also natives. The birth of the grandfather, William Stewart, Sr., occurred in Ireland, but at an early day he immigrated to the United States and took up his residence in Perry township Clarion county, where he owned and operated a large tract of land. He wedded Miss Mary McCibbin, and to them were born the following children: Thomas; Robert; John; William; Polly, who married William McCall; and Margaret, wife of Alexander McCall, a brother of her sister's husband. all are now deceased except Margaret, who lives on the old homestead in Perry township. After the death of the mother of these children, William Stewart, Sr., married a Miss Parker. While they were out walking he became ill, and they sat down on the roots of an old tree, where he died, in 1821, at a ire old age. His remains were interred at the concord Church, in Perry township.

Robert McCall, the maternal grandfather of our subject, was born in Ireland, and on coming to the New World located in Perry township, Clarion county, on the banks of the Allegheny river, where he secured a large tract of land. He first married a Miss Thompson, who bore him the following children: Esther, who died unmarried; William; John; Thomas; Alexander; Sallie, wife of Robert Stewart; Eliza, mother of our subject; and Margaret, who died unmarried. For his second wife, Robert McCall chose Hannah McGarrah, and the children born to them were as follows: James deceased; Matthew, a resident of Perry township; Elanor, who married John McCibben, and both are now deceased; Jane, widow of William Stewart, is a resident of Toby township, Clarion County; Harriette, wife of Samuel Logan, a farmer of Perry township; Robert, and agriculturist of Butler county, Penn.; Allen, a farmer of Perry township; and Lavina, wife of Isaac Latchaw, who is also engaged in farming in that township.

William Stewart, Jr., our Subjects father, was a farmer by occupation, and became quite well-to-do. Becoming blind, he spent the last twenty years of his life in retirement from active labor. In politics he was a lifelong Democrat and he was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. In October, 1892, he was called to his final rest at the age of eighty years and two months, and his estimable wife died in March 1867, at the age of sixty-one, both being buried at the Concord Church in Clarion county. Their children were: David, a farmer of Perry township, Clarion county; Alexander, of this sketch; Robert, an extensive farmer of Porter township, Clarion county; Amos, an agriculturist of Perry township;, William who died on the old homestead, where his widow and family still reside; and Roslinda, wife of Israel Butler, a farmer of Madison township, Clarion county.

On the home farm Alexander Stewart grew to manhood, was married in Callensburg, January 28, 1858, to Miss Sarah J. Livermore, the ceremony being performed by Joseph Reynolds, Esq. The following children blessed this union: George W., a traveling salesman for an implement house of Johnson & company, who married Vira Henry, and resides in Pittsburgh; William I., who married Jennie Sloan, and is a contractor living in New Kensington, Penn.; Boartley B., who married Anna Craig, and is engaged in the hardware business in Rimersburg, Penn.: Amos who married Laura Altman, and follows farming in Licking township, Clarion county; Lizzie wife of W. J. Teichert, a farmer of Piney township, Clarion county; Maggie, wife of Jesse Wyman, of Sligo; Maud, Elzora, Walter and Nora, all at home; Dalla A., who died at the age of four years; and Carried E., who died at the age of nineteen months.

Mrs. Sarah J. Stewart, was born in Mercer county, Penn., March 20, 1837, a daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Shaffer) Livermore, who spent their entire lives in that county, where the father followed farming as a life work. he died January 20, 1881, age eighty years, and his wife passed away in 1875, aged sixty-one. The remains of both were interred in the Cottage Church cemetery of Mercer county. They were faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and politically the father was a stalwart Democrat. His parents were Jeremiah and Barbara (Keitlinger) Livermore, who were of English extraction. Hearing that he had inherited a fortune, Jeremiah Livermore started after the same, and was never again heard from, having probably been murdered. The maternal grandparents of Mrs. Stewart were Obediah and _____(Fisher) Shaffer, of New Jersey, where the former engaged in farming and carpentering.

In the family of Abraham and Elizabeth (Shaffer) Livermore were the following children: Rebecca the widow of Patrick Gallagher, is a resident of Dutch Hill, Clarion county; Jeremiah and William (both deceased); Wilson died in California; George is a farmer of Mercer county, Penn., Sarah is the wife of our subject; James and Joseph both died in childhood; John is an agriculturist of Iowa; Watson was a Union soldier during the Civil was and is now a resident of Clarksville, Penn.; Nancy is the wife of William Cook, a farmer of Mercer county; Catherine is the wife of W. A. Laughlin, a merchant of Leatherwood, Clarion county; and Samuel is deceased.

After his marriage our subject purchased ninety-six acres of land in Porter township, Clarion county, for $1,600, to which he later added a tract of fifty acres, paying $1,600 for that amount. As he prospered and his financial resources increased, he bought more land until he owned four good farms in that township. Much of his land he has give to his sons, and also established on son in the hardware business. Coming to Sligo in April, 1881, Mr. Stewart purchased a farm of 104 acres within the corporation limits, which place he still owns, and which has principally been operated by hired help. Two years after locating here he purchased his present hotel, which contains thirty large and comfortable rooms, and he has since successfully conducted the same in a most approved manner. For some years he devoted considerable attention to buying and shipping cattle, but discontinued that business in 1893. In his business enterprises he has ever met with a well deserved success, and is to-day numbered among the prosperous and wealthy citizens of his community.

Alexander Stewart had been called upon to serve in a number of local offices of honor an trust. In the spring of 1884 he was appointed to fill an unexpired term of three years as mail agent between Clarion and Parker, under President Garfield, and made a daily trip twenty-five miles each way. Later he served in the same position for eleven months after the death of the regular agent, and in 1893 was appointed to carry the mail between Clarion and Sligo, his term expiring June 30, 1897. In politics he is a pronounced Democrat, and is one of the leading members of the Presbyterian Church, of which he has served as trustee. Two years previous to this writing (in 1897, Mr. Stewart was in very poor health, in fact the doctors gave him no hope o f recovery, but to-day he weighs about 200 pounds and enjoys excellent health. He is always courteous, kindly and affable, and those who know him personally have for him high regard. A man of great natural ability, his success in business from the start was uniform and rapid, and he is looked upon as a model of honor and an example of a truly honest business man.





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