Mary Ann Stewart

24 May 1837–27 December 1927 (Age 90)
Edgar, Illinois, United States

The Life of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Stewart was born on 24 May 1837, in Edgar, Illinois, United States, her father, James Stewart, was 34 and her mother, Mary Ann Henderson, was 32. She married John Wesley Ryan on 13 January 1864, in Edgar, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Shiloh Township, Edgar, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Paris Township, Edgar, Illinois, United States in 1900. She died on 27 December 1927, in Paris, Edgar, Illinois, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Paris, Edgar, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Wesley Ryan
Mary Ann Stewart
Marriage: 13 January 1864
Mary Etta Ryan
Lucretia J Ryon
Sarah E Ryan
Newton S. Ryon
Ada M Ryon
Willie Ryan
Ollie Frederick Ryan
Estella Blanche or Ryan Ryon

Spouse and Children

13 January 1864
Edgar, Illinois, United States


    Mary Etta Ryan


    Lucretia J Ryon


    Sarah E Ryan


    Newton S. Ryon


    Ada M Ryon


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Stewart


    Mary Ann Henderson




    Adam Allen Stewart


    Rebecca Stewart


    Newton Stewart


    Jane Stewart


    Rachel Stewart


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 24

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

Scottish: originally an occupational name for an administrative official of an estate, from Middle English stiward, Old English stigweard, stīweard, a compound of stig ‘house(hold)’ + weard ‘guardian’. In Old English times this title was used of an officer controlling the domestic affairs of a household, especially of the royal household; after the Conquest it was also used more widely as the native equivalent of Seneschal for the steward of a manor or manager of an estate.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary A Stewart in household of James Stewart, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary A Stuart in household of James Stuart, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary A Ryan in household of John W Ryan, "United States Census, 1870"

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