Mary E. (Younkin) Stewart was born on Christmas Eve 1854 in Addison, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Henry F. and Mary (King) Younkin.
She was but a baby when her eldest brothers were settling in Kansas.
At about the age of 20, in 1874, Mary may have made the migration to Kansas when her parents sold their Somerset County farm and made the trek to the sunflower state.
In Kansas, Mary married Frank Stewart ( ? -1877), a native of Lowell, IL. His first name also has been given as "Will."
The young couple resided in Wakefield, but their lives were doomed by fate.
On New Year's Eve 1877, Frank died in Wakefield at a young age.
Mary survived him by less than two years. She died in Clay County, KS on Nov. 18, 1879 at the young age of 24 years, 10 months and 24 days.
Her remains were entombed in the Timber Creek Cemetery near Wakefield. [Find-a-Grave]
On her grave marker were inscribed these words, written by Englishman Sir E.B. Lytton: