Shortly after 8 o'clock p.m., Thursday, August 5th, life departed from the body of one of the oldest citizens of this town and county. For many years, J.B. Stuart stood as a power in this community; for all that was straight-forward and manly.
He was born near Somerville in 1825, and spent his early day in that place, where he worked for his father, Robert Stuart, who at that time was in the mercantile business and also ran a hotel. Robert Stuart was one of the original settlers of this section, and came here from East Tennessee in his early manhood.
In the year 1846, J.B. Stuart married Miss Graham, of Madison County, and shortly afterward moved to Decatur, where he acted as clerk for A. Houck, then in the mercantile business. Shortly after this, he was elected to the office of Circuit Clerk for the county, a position he held with credit for four years. As soon as he took the duties of his office upon himself, he moved back to Somerville.
When the war brook out he joined the Confederate Army as a private and was successively promoted to be captain of the Thirteenth Alabama Infantry, which office he held until peace was declared.
After the war he settled down in Decatur and built the store that now holds his business. During this life in the place he was the recipient of many honors and distinctions such as come to prominent men. At one time he came within a few votes of being the probate judge of the county.
His married life was blessed by two children, a son, Robert, and a daughter, Mary. Miss Mary Stuart married Dr. W.H. Banks and is now living in this city. His son died of yellow fever during the epidemic while it raged near Hanceville.
As years settled down of Captain Stuart, he clung to his home life, where he was surrounded by his wife, daughter and grandchildren. He was a hard worker, and it was very seldom that he was not to be found at his store, even during the last year of his life.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon, under the charge of the Masons, of which order he was a member.
NEW DECATUR ADVERTISER - August 7, 1903
Sarah Jane Graham Stuart
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