Janie Dumville was the daughter of James Dumville and Jane Ellis. When Janie's father died, her mother moved to Port Hill and took care of the house for John Yeo. Janie however always claimed to be a West Pointer and took every opportunity to make her way back there. After she graduated from Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, she became the first teacher at West Point School, West Point, Prince Edward Island. She married Captain James (Jimmy) Augustus Stewart of West Point and there they brought up their children: Angus, Jennie Irene and twins Roy and Myrtle.
Captain Jimmy Stewart was the son of Angus J. Stewart and Louise Ladner. Angus was a farmer of approximately two hundred acres on the West Point shore of the Northumberland Straight in the late 1880s. Captain Jimmy owned two or three schooners over a period of about twenty years. They were used in the commercial trades, shipping coal, lumber, farm products and other cargoes between the Canadian Maritimes and as far away as Central America. He gave up shipping after sinking and losing a ship.
In 1914 the family moved to Quincy, Massachusetts, where Janie helped with the grocery store opened by her husband. At the time of her death in 1932, she was superintendent of the Beginners' Department of the United Presbyterian Church of Quincy. She was also active in the Women's Christian Temperance Union as chairman of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Committee. It was written in the notice of her death: 'As a wife and mother, she was a splendid example of integrity and devotion.'
Mary Jane (Janie)
Stewart née Dumville
Captain and Crew of the Elva Mo
left: Captain Jimmy Stewart, husband of Janie Stewart née Dumville
far right: Edmund Stewart, Jimmy's younger brother
The following poem was written by the Reverend Roy Stewart (b 1894),
son of Captain Jimmy Stewart and Janie Stewart née Dumville,
and is dated 12 March 1931.
West Point Lighthouse
As a child I loved to watch it
And I wondered if my father
Often when the storm clouds gathered
Causing every bolt and rafter
Have I heard my mother murmur
She would wander to the window
Well I knew that she was thinking
And she always seemed contented
For it spoke to her of guidance
May my life be like that lighthouse
The biography, the poem and photographs were provided by Jim Hocking, who is a great-grandson of Mary Jane (Janie) Stewart née Dumville. The information was gathered by him from interviews with Janie's ninety-year-old granddaughter Irene Stewart Reeves, and Edna Stewart Ellis.
James Henry Dumville (1776-c1850), grandfather of Mary Jane (Janie) Stewart née Dumville.