Ordained Minister of Advent Christian Church, traveling as evangelist to many states. Retired to Waterloo, Iowa. Served and was wounded in Civil War. He was married 1865 and to this union ten children were born. Only five attained adulthood; Charles,Alice (Stull), George, Annie May (Ensign;Doane) and Dwight. Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Thurston who wrote the following Memoriam that was probably published in a Vermont paper and retained by the Archives of the Advent Christian Church:
On the afternoon of April 18, 1906, my dear husband, Eld. Wm. C. Stewart was doing some repairing to our house, when he came in, said he felt badly, and asked for something to take, which I at once gave him, but it failed to have the desired effect. He lay down on the couch, and with a few distressing moans, fell asleep in Jesus. It could not have been more than half an hour from the time he came into the house before all was over, and I was left to travel life's journey alone.
Wm. C. Stewart was born in Moretown, Vt., Oct 25, 1844. When but a lad he went to Providence, R.I., and lived with his uncle, H. L. Hastings, attending school at Providence Academy, where he remained till the Civil War broke out, when, enthused with the idea of patriotism, he went to his Vermont home, obtained permission of his parents, and enlisted in the Third Vermont regiment, and remained in the service three years and four months.
After our marriage, Feb. 9, 1865, he felt it his duty to preach the gospel, and was ordained at Concord, N.H., Dec. 12, 1889, by Bro. J. Couch and A.W. Sibley, and he labored faithfully, both as an evangelist and pastor. He held pastorates in Kennebunkport and Biddeford, Me., Concord, N.H., Hinesburgh, Vt., Somerville and Westfield, Mass., Winsted, Conn., and Lafayette, R.I. While at our old home in Exeter, N.H., he was always sure of a hearty welcome.
In the spring of 1883 we came West, where he worked with his accustomed earnestness, for the upbuilding of the church of God. He settled as pastor over the little church at Anoka, Minn., then in its infancy. Then we went to Lexington, Mich., dividing his time between the Lexington and Sanalac churches; also keeping the Shore and Ridge churches alive. Our next move was to Sparta, Ohio, where we stayed two years, when we again turned our faces westward, and as he had before preached much in Iowa, we settled in the beautiful city of Waterloo, thinking there might be a chance to do some good in the surrounding country.
But the Advent people were scattered, and many who could have supported churches of their own faith failed to do so, consequently there was no support from preaching. We thought we could do some good by proclaiming the gospel to another church, rather than laying the work aside. Accordingly, on May 25, 1897, he was received into the Baptist church as an ordained minister, and we trust, both as pastor and evangelist, he has been enabled to do much good. He has never shunned to declare the truth as taught in the Word of God. His last sermon was preached on April 8, just ten days before his death. He was with the church at Livermore, and in a letter from the church I find these words: "His last two sermons here were on the thought of the new life. They could not have been chosen more wisely, if he had known it would be the last time he would speak to us."
We are sad, but we comfort ourselves with the hope of soon meeting the dear ones who have gone from us. We have five children, who deeply feel the loss of a devoted father. The dear old mother, eighty-one years old, was almost brokenhearted as she took the last look at the face of her first-born. He also leaves two brothers and two sisters, all in the West.
The funeral was held at our home in Waterloo, where the pastors of the two Baptist churches talked to us of a risen Saviour, and told us of His near coming. Then we took the dear one to Lake Mills, Iowa, the home of his aged mother.
Robert Carroll, pastor of Fort Dodge Baptist church, came to us and preached a grand sermon on the text: "Set thine house in order;" and he told from the Word the thought of the necessity of right living, as the Lord was soon to come to bring back our dear ones.
We are trying to bear up in our trouble, looking to the great Comforter for help. Brethren and sisters, pray for us.
---Mrs. Wm. C. Stewart
Sarah Elizabeth Thurston Stewart
1847–1925 (m. 1865)
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