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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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THOMAS E. STEWART, Mayor of Yellow Springs, Greene County, had previously filled other offices of public responsibility and is well known as an official, an enterprising farmer, and a man of Christian character. His parents were John K. and Ann (Elder) Stewart, both natives of Dauphin County, Pa. The father came to Ohio in 1806, settling in the midst of a heavily timbered country on the Little Miami River, three miles cast of Clifton. Indians were still numerous in the section through which no roads were yet laid out, the few settlers finding their way from point to point by following Indian trails or a route marked by blazed trees. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Stewart settled on the homestead where they spent the remainder of their lives, the former passing away in 1850, and the widow surviving him thirty years. He was a man of promise whose name will long be remembered in this section of Ohio as that of a capable and honorable public servant. He was a Justice of the Peace for twenty-one years, and also served on the bench as County Judge. Both he and his wife belonged to the Presbyterian Church. They were the parents of ten children, eight of whom are now living.

The seventh member of the family was Thomas E. who was born in September, 1830, received a good common-school education, and had instilled into his youthful mind the principles of right living. He began his personal career in life at the age of twenty years and has followed farming the most of the time. He spent one year in the livery business at Charleston, Clark County, but returned to his farm which is located one and a quarter miles north of Clifton. It comprises one hundred and thirteen acres of well-improved land which is now rented. Mr. Stewart embarked in the lively business in Yellow Springs a year ago and has the largest patronage in that line in the place. On May 2, 1864, he became First Lieutenant of Company D, One Hundred and Forty-sixth Ohio Infantry, with which he served in West Virginia until his discharge September 7, 1864.

The wife of Mayor Stewart bore the maiden name of Delilah Ann Marshall. She is a daughter of Robert and Sarah (Huffman) Marshall, who removed from the Old Dominion to Clinton County, Ohio, a number of years ago. Her father was a farmer and a prominent business man. He died at the age of forty-two years; his widow is still living and is now eighty-two years of age. Of the eight children born to them, six are now living. Mrs. Stewart was born in 1838, and received an excellent education and the training which fitted her for useful womanhood. She has borne her husband five children — Sarah Ethel, Anna May, Lucy M., Edward Earle and Bertha. The oldest daughter is the wife of R. F. Corry, of Springfield, and the mother of two children.

Mr. Stewart has always taken an active part in politics and given his vote at all times to the Republican party. He has been Clerk and Trustee of Green Township, Clark County, and Justice of the Peace in the same. He has also been a member of the School Board at Clifton for several years, and has been a Trustee in the church to which he belongs. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and both he and his wife are members in high standing in the United Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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