Margaret (Whyte) Stewart
STEWART, MARTIN, CONGDON
Posted By: Lisa Walden (email)
Date: 8/17/2020 at 17:25:20
STEWART. At the house of Bro. John Weedmark, Lamoni, Iowa, June 17, 1897, Sr. Margaret Stewart. She was born at Greenock, Scotland, March 11, 1810, and was at her death 87 years, 3 months, and 7 days old.
She married a Mr. Martin in her early womanhood, who went to South America to seek a fortune, intending to send for his wife when able; but instead took a fever incident to the country and died there, leaving his wife a widow with one child, a daughter, now Mrs. Congden, of Oswego, New York.
She afterward married Thomas Stewart, December 25, 1841. They joined the church in Scotland in the spring of 1843; emigrated to America in 1856, landing in New York in July. Thence via Chicago and Iowa City, by rail, and thence by handcart to Utah. The company in which they made the journey suffered much hardship; but Bro. and Sr. Stewart, with their four children, were among those reaching the valley.
The family became dissatisfied with Utah and removed to Colorado, where in 1876 the parents and part of the children united with the Reorganized Church, under the administration of Elder F. C. Warnkey. Later the husband died, and soon after Sr. Stewart and her son Thomas removed to Lamoni.
She was a sturdy woman physically and mentally, and retained her faith unshaken to the last. A broken hip joint, the result of a fall, made her a helpless cripple for the last three years and a half, and she rests from all earthly woes in Christ her Lord.
Source: The Saints' Herald - volume 44 (1897) pg 419 [The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints]
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