biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN STEWART was one of the pioneer millers of Mahaska County. He is a native of Virginia, and when a young man removed with his parents to Indiana, and were among the earliest settlers of Johnson County in that State, and there he learned the business of milling. In the year 1835 Mr. Stewart was married to Martha Park, a native of Pennsylvania. In 1843 he started to Iowa, making the journey by team, stopping during the winter of 1843-44 near Springfield, Ill., and in the spring of 1844 renewed their journey and came to Jefferson County, in this State. In the fall of that year they settled in Mahaska County near Oskaloosa. Mr. Stewart at once went to work at milling, and presided over the hoppers at the upper mill on South Skunk River for seven years, and the lower mill for one year. He then removed to Union Mills and took charge for one year, and for two years was in charge of the mill near Peoria. After this he purchased 160 acres of land in Adams Township, and engaged in farming until the year 1874, when he sold out and moved to Folk County, Neb., where he now resides and owns a quarter sectlon of land. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart are the parents of six children; two died in infancy, one daughter at the age of eighteen years, and the three living are: William, of Adams Township; James W., of Johnson County, Ind., and John, at Indianapolis, Ind. Mr. Stewart in his political affiliations is a Democrat.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy