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Pa's History: UV Stewart

A history of Urban Van Stewart written by his daughter, Eunice Ann Stewart Valantine

Pa’s history


U V Stewart


By Eunice Ann Stewart Valantine

Urban Van Stewart


A Utah Pioneer of 1847 was born Nov 9th 1817 in Overton County Tennessee a son of Wm Stewart and Elizabeth Van Hooser.  When five years old he moved with his parents to Madison County, Illinois where he lived till 1835 when he went to Missouri where he was convert to Mormonism, was baptised July 15, 1836 by Seymour Brunson in Log Creek near Far West, Missouri.  He was married in the same place to Lydia Gage Jacobe 1837.  at this time the mob was very hostile and by the advice of the prophet Joseph Smith the family moved into Far West where Bro Stewart stood guard during those troublous times.  In the early Spring of 1839 he moved to Quincy Illinois and in 1840 he located on Sugar Creek Iowa where his house and nearly everything he had was destroyed by fire in the spring of 1841.  He moved to Nauvoo working much of the time on the Nauvoo temple until 1843 when he and his brother Levi were called on a mission to Southern Illinois but were recalled shortly after on account of the death of their mother and Urbans little son Henry.  He took part in the trials incident to those times in and around Nauvoo and besides his labors in the public works he spent much time on guard duty.  In 1845 he was ordained a Seventy by Daniel S. Miles and at the time of the exodus in 1846 he traveled west and located temporarily with his co-religionists at Winter Quarters on the west bank of the Missouri River.  He went up the river to what was called “Brigham’s Farm” and helped to put in crops and in June 1847 he left for Great Salt Lake Valley, where he arrived in September 1847 bringing provisions for ten months together with farming tools and other articles in one wagon.  Brother Stewart took part in the White Mountain Mission and helped to put in crops, in Clover Valley, now in Nevada, which place afterwards was given up to the Indians.  Bro Stewart endured the hardships incident to the early settlement of Utah uncomplainingly and frequently subsisted on roots and whatever could be obtained to keep himself and family alive.  He was one of the pioneers of Beaver Utah, where he resided for a great many years taking a most active part in establishing the institutions of that place subsequently he moved to Wayne County and became a resident of Grover where he acted as presiding Elder, and where he died Dec 25, 1898 eighty-one years old. Brother Stewart had five families and had thirty-three children twenty-four of whom survived him at the time of his demise he also had seventy-four grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and a number of great-great grandchildren.  Bro Stewart and his wife Elizabeth Luck also adopted one child Joseph Stewart.   Brother Stewart was a man of the word of wisdom and a faithful latter day saint.

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