He married Nellie Leola Allen on 23 Jan 1911 in Piper City, Ford county, Illinois. They had one daughter - Harriet Louise (Stedman) Peterson.
He passed away in 1912, just a month before the birth of his daughter. His obituary was published in the Piper City (Illinois) Journal.
"DEATH OF J.E. STEDMAN
When, on Sunday afternoon, April 28, the news was received that James Stedman had passed away at the home of his brother in Kankakee, the relatives and his friends here were both surprised and shocked. Mr. Stedman had been ill for several weeks, but his condition had not been regarded as nearly so serious as it evidently was. About three weeks before his death he went to a Chicago hospital for treatment and was thought to be improving. He came down to Kankakee after staying a couple of weeks in Chicago and expected to return, but shortly after arriving there he suffered a relapse and failed rapidly until the end came. His wife and her mother joined him at Kankakee the morning after his arrival there and remained with him.
The body was brought to Piper City and on Wednesday afternoon funeral services were conducted, under Masonic auspices from the First Presbyterian church, Rev. M.C. Long of Chicago had charge of the services at the church being assisted by Rev. L.J. Albert.
A large concourse of friends was present to pay the last tribute to one whom all regarded as a useful and upright citizen. The body was laid to rest in Brenton cemetery, and the Masonic service at the grave was conducted by William Pfeiffer of Rantoul, who made of it a very impressive ceremony.
James E. Stedman was born on a farm in Pella township, in Ford county, Illinois on the 13th of October, 1872, and made his home there until a few years ago. Upon leaving the farm he came to Piper city to reside. Soon afterward he was made manager of the Piper City Telephone and Telegraph company, which position he held until his death. He was a successful businessman, and amassed considerable property, most of it being Illinois lands. In fraternal circles, also, he was quite prominent, being in the Masonic order a member of the Blue lodge and the Eastern Star chapter of Piper city, the R.A. chapter at Gilman, the Commandery at Fairbury and the Shrine at Peoria. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. and M.W.A. orders.
Mr. Stedman was married on Jan. 23, 1911, to Miss Nelle Allen of this place. Besides her he leaves to mourn his death three brothers and two sisters. They are Earl, of Piper City; John, of Kansas City, Mo.; Henry, of Kankakee; Mrs. Nellie Stofferan, of Oroville, Wash.; and Mrs. Nora Hanson of Kankakee.
In attendance at the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Perkins and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Morse and daughter of Hamlet, Ind.; Mrs. G.L. Moore, La Porte, Ind.; Lloyd Read, Upland, Ind.; Mastin Read, Grand Ridge, Ill.; Dr. John Stedman, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Nora Hanson and daughter, Helen, Henry Stedman, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Read, Thomas Sanders, of Kankakee; Guy and Harry Stedman, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Hull, Ashkum; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Leiserowitz, Mrs. Mattie Dancer, Cullom; Mrs. Henry Stedman and daughter, of Freeport and J.H. Nelson of Paxton."
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