James Alexander Stewart was born September 8, 1834 in Pittsburg, Pa, the son of Henry Stewart (B: November 8, 1798 and D: January 12, 1871) and Ruth Castor Stewart (B:1801 D:?).  James migrated to Fort Madison Iowa in the year of 1855 and was married to Melissa Eliza Pooler (daughter of Thankful and Anthony Pooler) on February 25, 1857. This family imigrated to Missouri sometime after Henry Stewart passed away in 1871. We note that James and Melissa's daughter, Ida May Stewart was born in Lancaster Mo. in 1876, thus giving us a time frame for their departure from Van Buren County, Iowa.  It is believed that Ruth Castor Stewart also accompanied her son James on this trip to Missouri, but there is no proof that she ever arrived in Missouri.  There is no tomb stone with her name on it in Iowa where Henry is buried.

James and Melissa were the parents of:

Thomas Henry
B: 12-26-1857
Ruth Elizabeth
B: 10-7-1859
John Valiant
D: 7-31-1932
Cynthia Ellen
B: 5-20-1866
James A.
B: 7-3-1868
Nancy F.
B: 3-28-1871
D: 3-18-1945
Rebecca J.
B: 5-20-1874
Iday May
D: 3-27-1959
Katie Curilla
B: 7-24-1877
D: 7-19-1948
B: 11-6-1880
D: 8-28-1881

James Alexander died August 17, 1916 and is buried in the Logsdon Cemetery, Harrison County, MO.
Melissa died March 24, 1906 and is buried in the Logsdon Cemetery in Harrison County, MO.





   On this 8th day of September, A.D. one thousand nine hundred and nine, personally
appeared before me a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid,
James A. Stewart, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 75 years
of age, and a resident of Washington Township county of Harrison, State of Missouri;
and that he is the identical person who was ENROLLED  Mt. Pleasant, Henry County Iowa
under the name of James A. Stewart, on the 14th day of August, 1862, as a
Private, in Co. H. 25th Iowa infantry Volunteers. in the service of the
United States in the Civil War, and was HONORABLY DISCHARGED 
at Washington, D.C., on the 6th day of June, 1865.

That he also served:______

That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise that as stated above.  That his personal description at enlistement was as follows: Height, 5 feet 9 inches; complexion, light; color of eyes, Hazel; color of hair, auburn; that his occupation was farmer; that he was born September the 8th, 1834 at Alleghany County Pennsylvania.

That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows:

Henry County Iowa, moved there from 1866 to Van Buren County, Iowa, moved from there to Davis Co. Iowa 1875 from there to Schyler Co. Missouri 1877 from there to Harrison Co. Missouri.

That he is __a pensioner.  That he has _____heretofore applied for pension.

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  That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of February 6, 1907.

  That his post office address is Martinsville, RR No. 1, county of Harrison, State of Missouri.

James A. Stewart
Claimants Signature in Full

Attest: (1) Charles Wright

           (2) John Eisenbarger

   Also personally appeared Charles Wright, residing in Martinsville, Mo. and John Eisenbarger, residing in Martinsville, Mo, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw James A. Stewart, the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the foregoing declartion; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 20 years and 28 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents to be, and they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Charles Wright
John Eisenbarger
Signature of witnesses

  SUBSCRIBED and sworn to before me this 8th day of September, A.D., 1909, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words _______, erased, and the words_________, added;  and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

James Wright
Notary Public
my commission expires July 6, 1913.

Source: copied from a copy of declaration for pension in the personal papers of Clara Smith, granddaughter of James A. Stewart, now in the possession of M.Beery,great great grandaughter of James A. Stewart

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