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J. Stewart Annan

J. Stewart Annan, a highly respected citizen of Einmitsburg, Md., and one of the present County Commissioners of Frederick County, was born in. the town in which lie now resides, March. 9, 1874. He is a son of James Cochran and Rosa J. (Stewart) Annan, the former deceased.

Andrew Annan, the grandfather of J. Stewart Annan, was of Scotch-Irish descent. He lived at Emmitsburg, Frederick County. The name of his wife was Anna Motter. They were members of the Presbyterian Church. They were the parents of these children: Robert L., deceased; David, deceased; Isaac S., deceased; Andrew A.; James Cochran; and, Anna Elizabeth, the widow of Major 0. A. Horner, of Emmitsburg, Md.

James Cochran Annan, son of Andrew and Anna (Motter) Annan, was born in Emmitsburg, Md., in 1836, and died in August, 1894. He was a general merchant at Emmitsburg for many years, being junior member of the firm of I. S. Annan & Brother. He was a highly esteemed citizen. In politics he was a Republican, but never asked for office. He was a life long member of the Presbyterian Church, being one of the pillars of that denomination. For thirty years he was superintendent of the Sunday School and one of the trustees. Mr. Annan was married to Rosa J. Stewart, a member of an old and well known Scotch-Irish family of the Cumberland Valley, Pa. There was one son by this marriage : J. Stewart. (For further history and ancestry of the Annan family see sketch of Edgar L. Annan, of Emmitsburg).

J. Stewart Annan, son of James Cochran and Rosa J. (Stewart) Annan, spent his early inc and received his education in his native place. He also attended New Windsor College, and the Chambersburg Academy, Chambersburg, Pa., and was one year at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. Upon the completion of his education, he returned home, and has been engaged in various occupations. Much of his, time and energy he devotes to the management, of his farms, which comprise about 700 acres of land in Emmitsburg district. From time to time he has been interested in various enterprises of the county. He is a director in the People's Fire Insurance Company of Frederick. County, and in the Emmitsburg Water Company; Emmitsburg and Frederick Turnpike Company, and a member of the Banking House of Annan, Horner & Co., of Emmitsburg, Md.

Mr. Annan has been all his life a loyal supporter of the Republican party. In November, 1907, he was elected to the office of County Commissioner of Frederick County for a term of four years. During the time lie has served: he has filled the position with general satisfaction. Fraternally, he is a member of Tyrian Lodge, No. 305, A. F. and A. M., Emmitsburg; St. John's Chapter, R. A. M., of Baltimore; and Jacques de Molay Commandery, No. 4, Frederick City. Religiously, he is affiliated. with the Presbyterian Church.

J. Stewart Annan was married March 10, 1896, to Elizabeth A. Morrison, daughter of William and Helen (Agnew) Morrison, of Emmitsburg, Md. (William Morrison was the son of Emmitsburg's wealthiest landholder, David Morrison, who was married to a sister of Robert Morris, the financier of the American War of Independence.) Stewart and Elizabeth were the patents 3 children, James Cochran, Margaret, and Jane.

Shortly after their marriage, Stewart and Elizabeth bought the Horner ancestral home, Fort Henry, and over the following years, enlarged and refitted the old farm house into a show piece mansion. 

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