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Joseph "Isaac" Stewart Family


Posted By: Cathy Joynt Labath (email)
Date: 10/13/2006 at 16:42:20

--From Graettinger [Palo Alto Co, IA] Centennial 1893-1993

p. 298-299

Joseph “Isaac” Stewart Family

Joseph “Isaac” Stewart was born at Waterloo, Ontario on June 27, 1839 to Charles and Catherine (Burkin) Stewart. Charles was born in Ohio but we don’t know the reason why he moved to Canada. His wife was born in Germany.

In 1863, in Waterloo, Ontario Isaac married Catherine Brennan. Catherine Brennan was the daughter of James and Catherine (Welsh) Brennan, born May 6, 1844. Her father, James Brennan died in Emmetsburg in June of 1866 at the age of 89, so must have been born around 1707, in the county of Roscommon, Ireland. Her mother, Katherine or Catherine Welsh was born in Kilkenny, Ireland on November 2, 1807 and when very young crossed the ocean with her parents and located in Canada. At the age of 18, Catherine Welsh married James Brennan. Mrs. Brennan died at the age of 97 in 1904 in Emmetsburg. Fifteen children were born to this union, and ten came here in July of 1865 to settle in the area.

Isaac Stewart and wife Catherine, daughter of the James Brennans also moved and settled on a farm west of Graettinger in 1865. In 1882 they moved to town, where according to his obituary, he opened a meat market. He also purchased livestock for several years. Around 1902 he became ill and was taken to the Independence Hospital. He never fully recovered and died on January 29, 1904.

Isaac and Catherine had eight sons and three daughters.

Charles, born in February of 1864 and died in January of 1919 in Seattle, Washington.

John, born in February of 1866 and died in September of 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Margarette Ann, born in 1886 [1868]and died in June of 1950. She was married to John Schnieder, Minnesota.

James, born in July of 1871 and died in September of 1932 in Graettinger. He never married.

Edward, born in April of 1873 and died in May of 1930. He never married and farmed southwest of town.

Henry, born in May of 1875 and died in June of 1954 in North Dakota.

Martin John, born in January of 1877 and died in June 1949 in Graettinger. He was a farmer.

Mary, born in March of 1879 and died in May of 1916 in North Dakota. She married George Smith.

Anna, born in July of 1881, death unknown. She married Harry “High” Jones.

Michael, born in July of 1883, death unknown.

Isaac’s obituary stated:

Mr. Stewart was for many years one of the rugged, hearty, industrious men of this county. He was frank and outspoken, but it did not take much to bring out the kindness and warmth of his nature, and he had a big heart and a generous soul. He was honest and well meaning and, while not a perfect man, he was good citizen and a pleasant, well disposed, loyal friend and neighbor.

Descendants of James Brennan and Catherine Walsh

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