He received his education on the district schools of his native town. He is remembered as a boy of exuberant spirit and activity and his boyish pranks are still told by his old schoolmates.
He was a contractor and builder, and followed that business for over forty years. He was one of the carpenters that helped to build Washington Hall, Greenfield, Mass. In 1855, he had a touch of Western fever and emigrated to Wisconsin, locating in Oshkosh, where he remained about one year, during which time he buried his first wife, Feb. 15, 1856. He then returned to Washington, Macomb Co,. Mich., where he met and married, Oct. 1, 1857, Mary, daughter of Louis and Nancy (Knapp) Davis of Washington, and they resided there for some years. The last 12 years of his life he spent with his son, Haven C. Stewart in the Upper Peninsula at Sidnaw, where he died Aug. 13, 1901, and was taken to Macomb Co., for burial ( (Severance, B. Frank. Genealogy and biography of the descendants of Walter Stewart of Scotland and of John Stewart who came to America in 1718 and settled in Londonderry, N.H. Greenfield, Mass. : T. Morey & Son, 1905, pg. 154-155).
Severance has his death as 8/31/1901 (page 155). Grave stone verifies 8/13/1901 date (findagrave.com)