Biography of Wayne Stewart
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Stewart, Wayne, son of John and Sophia A. (Potter) Stewart, was born on his father's farm in the town of Leray in 1847. His grandfather, John Stewart, sr., was the first supervisor in the town of Pamelia in those early days when the unbroken wilderness everywhere confronted the early settler and pioneer of Jefferson county. Both of Mr. Stewart's parents were natives of Pamelia township, his father dying in 1863, and his mother in 1875. Wayne Stewart's early life did not vary much from the ordinary of the sturdy country youth. His summers were spent on the farm, while the winter months were passed in the district schools, mastering the studies they afforded as a preparation to the higher education which he received later at the academies of Antwerp and Gouverneur, where he completed his studies previous to the decease of his mother, and in order to remain with her he settled down to the life of a farmer. He continued as such until her death in 1875, when he removed to Evans Mills. Mr. Stewart has been twice married, first in 1872 to Wealthy M., daughter of Randall Barnes, who died in 1879, leaving one child, Ada W. (deceased). In 1884 he married Zerviah L. Davenport, and they have one daughter, Mayme. Mr. Stewart lives the life of a retired farmer and gentleman at Evans Mills; his residence is one of the finest in that pretty village, while his farms which receive his attention contain upwards of 500 acres and are among the finest in Jefferson county, one of which is the historic Delafolia farm in the bend of the Indian River. Independent in politics, Mr. Stewart acts and votes for the greatest good possible to the greatest number in the community, acting on the principle that a good party does not always govern a bad politician and that only good men are desirable in public office. A word concerning Mr. Stewart's ancestry on his mother's side may be of interest in a sketch of this kind Her genealogy, although fragmentary, if the term is permissible, owing to no special effort having been put forth to complete it accurately, is of a most interesting historical nature. Through the lineage of the Potter family she can trace back to the beginning of the seventeenth century in English history, while through the Steele and Wolcott families there is an unbroken descent from Roger Wolcott, first colonial governor of Rhode Island. Mr. Stewart is a genial, pleasant gentleman and highly respected by all.

 

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