Biography of M. L. Stewart
Rush County, IN Biographies





M. L. STEWART, a worthy native son of Rush county, one of the best known citizens of Noble township and the scion of one of the pioneer families of Rush county, was born in Richland township on July 25, 1860, and is the son of Samuel and Amanda (Limpus) Stewart, the former a native of Rush county and the latter of Fayette county. Samuel Stewart was the son of Harvey and Mary (McKee) Stewart, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Virginia. They came to Rush county in their young days and were married here, being numbered among the earliest settlers in this part of Rush county. Samuel Stewart was reared to manhood in Noble township and secured his educational training in the common schools of that locality. In young manhood he went to Iowa, where he worked as a farm hand for about three years, and during which time his marriage took place. At the end of that period he returned to Rush county and rented a farm, to which he devoted himself until his death, which occurred in 1866. To Samuel and Amanda Stewart were born four children, James, It L., Edgar and Samuel. M. L. Stewart received his education in the common schools of Noble township and on the completion of his studies he went to Warren county, Iowa, where he worked as a farm hand one year and then for two year operated rented land. He then went to Scott county, Kansas, and preempted 160 acres. After remaining on this land three years, Mr. Stewart returned to Rush county and rented a farm in Noble township. which he operated until 1899, when he bought the place where he now lives, his first purchase amounting to 100 acres, which he has greatly improved in various respects, so that it is today numbered among the up to date farms of Noble township. Here he has carried on general farming and stock raising and has gained a reputation as an enterprising and progressive agriculturist. Mr. Stewart was married to Luella Kemptner, the daughter of William and Rebecca Kemptner, to which union have been born three children, Paul, Ruby and Samuel S. The mother of these children died on December 2, 1920. Paul Stewart married Anna Holton. Mr. Stewart is an active member of the Little Flat Rock Christian Church and was formerly a deacon. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while his political affiliations are with the Republican party.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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