Shelby  County,  Indiana

William  P.  Steuart

          William P. Steuart,  a prominent citizen of Fairland, was born in Johnson County, in this State, May 24, 1839.  He was the eldest of nine children born to  James R. and  Mary (Pierce) Steuart,  both natives of Wythe County, Va.  He was reared upon a farm in his native country, and at about twenty-three years of age, he took up the avocation of a farmer for himself.  He continued in that pursuit in Johnson County until in 1865, and for about three years thereafter he was engaged in the buggy trade anddealing in horses, in Franklin and Greenwood, of Johnson County.  He then engaged in mercantile pursuits, in Whiteland, and thus continued about six years.  In 1874, he engaged in saw milling, in Johnson County, to which his entire attention has been directed ever since. He came to Shelby County in April, 1878, and located at Fairland, where he has ever since conducted a saw mill.  He was married, December 25, 1876, to  Mary F. Browning, who was born in the State of Missouri, September 29, 1846.  She was the daughter of  Charles and Elizabeth (Webb) Browning, both of English descent.  To them, two children have been born:  Stella May, born April 7, 1879, and  William O., born March 5, 1883.  Mr. and Mrs. Steuart, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  The former is a member of the F. & A. M. Lodge, and a Democrat in politics.  He is an influential and enterprising man, whose portrait appears elsewhere.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Brandywine Sketches", pages 624-25.  Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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