Biography of Richard F. Stewart
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Stewart, Richard F., was born in Pulteney in 1819. Joseph and Lydia (Stuart) Stewart, his grandparents, were born in Litchfield county, ConnĄ of Scotch parents from the North of Ireland, where they grew to maturity and were married, thence they removed to Vhitestown, N. Y., and in 1810 came to Pulteney and settled at what is now known as Stewart's Corners, and cleared a large farm. They had fifteen children; Joseph, William, John, Lyman, Spencer (who died at twenty two years of age), Selden, Lydia, Eliza, Hannah, Betsey, Rhoda, Polly, Statira, Harriet, and Arnold, who died at two years of age. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and lived to be over eighty years of age. Belden Stewart, father of Richard F., was born in Whitestown, N. Y., in September, 1782. He came to Pulteney in 1811 and took a 100 acre farm adjoining his father's farm, which he cleared of the timber, where he spent his life. He married Polly Parker, by whom he had eight children: Julia Ann, Melinda, Louisa, Elsie, Richard F., Lyman, George, and Jane. He died in September, 1893. Richard F. remained with his father until he was twenty one years of age, and at twenty two years of age he began lumbering and farming summers, and for several winters was engaged by contract in hewing ship timbers. In 1860 he engaged in the grape culture, which business he has successfully followed to the present time. He was a member of the State militia, first elected as fourth corporal, and promoted along the line to that of captain, which office he held when it disbanded. In politics Mr. Stewart is a Republican, and has held the office of constable ten years, collector two years. and overseer of the poor fourteen years. In 1845 he married Sarah Ann, daughter of John Francisco, who was born in Middlesex, Mass., by whom he had two children: Olive who died at four years of age; Viola, wife of Farcelles Mothersell, of Urbana. His wife died in 1885, and he married for his second wife Mrs. Charlotte (Nichols) Camp, of Seneca Falls.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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