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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Obituary Sunday


My Great-great Grandfather "Grampa Fred"
Fairland, Shelby County, Indiana

Civil War Veteran Died At Fairland

William Fred Steward, Retired
Farmer, Passed Away Early
This Morning

William Fred Steward, prominently known retired farmer and a veteran of the Civil War, died at 3:30 o'clock this morning at his home in Fairland following an extended illness due to senility. Mr. Steward had been in declining health for several months and during the past few days his condition had been extremely critical.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning from the Fairland M.E. Church with the Rev. M.E. Able and the Rev. William Ryland officiating. Burial will be in the Brandywine Cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards funeral director.

Mr. Steward had spent practically his entire lifetime in Shelby County and had been engaged in farming until he was forced to retire due to the condition of his health. He was born November 6, 1844, being at the time of death 83 years, one month, and 16 days old.

On Oct. 7, 1861, he enlisted in Co. G of the 29th Regiment and served continuously until Dec. 2, 1865. Before his first period expired on Dec. 2, 1863, he re-enlisted, serving the entire period of the war.

He was a member of the Fairland M.E. Church and had always been active in affairs of the church and of his home community.

He leaves a son, James Steward, a daughter Mrs. Carl Parker, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, all of the Fairland community. Friends are asked to please omit flowers.

The Shelbyville Republican
December 22, 1929
(This obituary was written by James M. Steward, the son of William F. Steward)

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