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FROM: Colin MOORE - colin_m_moore(a)yahoo.com.au
I am not sure what info you have but will give you a list anyhow.
Henry STEER (m) Lydia ETHERTON 1804 Wisborough Green Sussex
Children: Richard, Henry, Hannah, Mary, Zebedee, Elizabeth, Job and James.
As there were three James Steer's born within a year of each other it has
not actually been proven that Henry and Lydia Are my Steers but James birth
at 1805 fits but at this stage I have still got it listed as (possible)
James is my G/G/Grandfather.
James STEER (b) 1805 Wisborough Green (m)Martha MANN at Wisborough Green
Children;Harriet Tickner (b) 1824,
Ann (b) 1833,
Jesse (b) 1831,
William (b) 1847
Frances (b) 1829.
James, Martha and children migrated to Australia in 1852 on the "King
William" first to Tasmania then Victoria.
Harriet Tickner (m) 1846 Hobart Tasmania to Edward Ashton WOODHEAD
Jesse (m) 1853 Geelong Victoria to Mary GOODE (my g/grandparents who had 15
William (m) 1847 Hobart Tasmania to Elizabeth DUNKLEY. (migrated to New
Zealand circa 1858)
Frances (m) Sydney N.S.W. to Thomas STONE.
I have quite an extensive volume on children and siblings of the above for
anyone interested unfortunately I am a slow typist and am not up to sending
my full tree as such.
Hope this will be a start and hope someone will be able to improve on my
By the 1851 census there are quite a lot of STEER etc entries in the
Warwickshire census and as I have found very little evidence of them coming
from Devon, rather assumed they had migrated from Derbyshire, Yorkshire etc.
If anyone looking for STEER family members who think they may be in
Warwickshire or Norfolk in 1851 posts a message to the list, I'll have a
look for them.
The 1851 LDS CD only covers the counties of Devon, Norfolk and Warwickshire.
Hi Jack and Arthur,
>Many thanks for the information. This all started as a simple query on a
>STEER baptism in West Alvington and I'm beginning to wonder what other STEER
>lines in the South Hams are linked to this group, but it is going to take
>time to build the links.
It should be quite interesting when the links are built - from my
experience a lot of the SOUTH HAMS families are well intertwined, often
more than once.
To find living relations of any of the Rhode Island Steeres you might try
contacting the Steere Family Association. They try to keep track of all the
descendants of John Steere the emigrant from Ockley, ENG to Rhode Island. All
descendants who have made themselves known to the Assn get invitations to the
annual Reunion, so they may have up-to-date addresses.
The current Registrar is
Ms Elizabeth Petz, 193 Orchard St, Elmhurst IL 60126.
I am pretty sure she would be the one to contact.
You can also leave a message on the SteereFamily.com website.
Bonnie in Oakland, California
Hi fellow Steer researchers,
Have just joined the discussion list, although what I know about my STEAR
ancestors is very limited.
My 8xgt-grandmother was a Ruth STEAR who married William MAXEY at Wollaston,
Northamptonshire on 3 March 1711/1712.
The only other Northants reference I have is from the 1777 Militia List for
a John STERS, farmer, at Easton Maudit (which is close to the village of
Does anyone on the list have ancestors from this area of England?
Would like very much to contact any living relative's of the above
couple?? George Bishop Steere b. 12 Dec 1879 in Glocester, Providence,
RI, the son of Arnold Brown Steere and Mary Elizabeth Arnold. George
died on 1 Sep 1969 in Putnam, Windham, CT.
On 26 Oct 1912 in Machias, Washington, ME, George marr. Ruth Mae Harmon,
b. 17 Mar 1891 in E. Machias, Washington, ME. Ruth Mae died 1959, where
unk?? Ruth was the daughter of Austin Turner Harmon and Harriet H.
Armstrong, also of Machias, Washington, ME.
The following page reference's can be found in the "Steere Family
Genealogy, pages, 164.5 (25) and 164.2.
The following children were of this marriage:
Stanley Harmon Steere b. 25 May 1913
Doris Mae Steere b. 23 Nov 1914, d. 5 Jun 1968
Ruth Verna Steere b. 15 Apr 1916
Harry Lorenzo Steere b. 19 Dec 1918
Thanks for any help.
Fred Harmon Sr. In Wakarusa, KS
Jackie---I tried again...and....I FOUND your STEEREs!!!!
The ""Leech" name led me to this. Topsey's last name was not given.
>From John Steere Family Branches p (54) 1 [the Asso. has their own numbering
"Caleb STEERE, #54 in the 1890 Genealogy, page 96, was the son of William
(20). He married 29 Oct 1772, Anne LEACH, daughter of Stephen and Sarah
(HOOPER) Leach of Scituate, RI, according to Root. His place of birth, death
,residence and his death before 12 Apr 1823 was Glocester, RI. In the town
records of Glocester there are several references to land transactions he
made. It is recorded that he divorced Anne (of Anna_ in Sept 1807. On 13 May
1803 their eight children were recorded as below. Root ascribed them
seventeen children. In error, he included those of Caleb's brother William
(55), possibly because William's wife was also named Anne. The recorded list
of children is as below:
1-Stephen b 15 Jun 1773
2-Sarah b 30 Jan 1775
3-Mary or Molly b 26 Mar 1777; m Nehemiah SPRAGUE of Smithfield
4-Esek b 6 Nov 1779
5-***Caleb Jr*** b 24 Feb 1785; m **Topsey.....**[no surname given]
6- Samuel b 7 Jan 1788
7-Thomas b 7 Jan 1788; d. young (Root's record) [sounds like twins?]
8-Thomas b 27 Nov 1790; d 26 July 1807
There is no record of any descendants of any of Caleb's children that have
come to light in the 1969 search for family data." [end of entry]
So--- Jackie, in view of this lack of data, I expect the Steere Family Assn.
will be very happy to hear from you! You might be interested in their
publications too! :-)-- with all the details on the ancestry back to the
emigrant John Steere.
When writing to the Assn, include the number for Caleb Steere Sr "(54) 1"
from John Steere Branches. It could be that some info has come in to the
Assn. since the 1969 writing...
Glad to have been able to help, after all!
Bonnie in Oakland, California
On a quick look through Root's Steere Genealogy dealing mainly with the
Steeres of RI, I didn't find your Oliver in the index. It certainly seems as
though your line is belongs to the RI Steeres-- so MANY being from Glocester!
I suggest you contact the Steere Family Assn. (steerefamily.com) and see if
there is any other record of your line, as it just may have missed being
The LDS site (familysearch.com) has this info, but no parents listed--so it
does not appear to be from a parish record:
Oliver Leech STEERE
Birth: 1 Mar 1808
Gloucester, Providence, Rhode Island <<<< "Glocester" is the correct RI
Joseph B. NOBLE
Film Number: 183493
Page Number: 513
Reference Number: 18730
I will bet your ancestor is a descendant of John Steere the father of the RI
line. That middle name of LEECH bears checking out. It HAS to be a family
surname somewhere. You might look up the NOBLE ancestry and see if you can
come up with a LEECH?
Bonnie in Oakland, California
I am thrilled with your find!!! I had information on Oliver L. Steere
down to my family, but nothing on his parents backward.
My mother is 101 (on July 10) and is MOST interested in what I can find
on her G-G- grandfather Oliver. She has a picture of his tombstone in the
Clemons Cemetery, Dresden, NY. He died 20 June 1882 and his wife Lucy
Noble Steere is also buried there.
I will have to research the NOBLE family too as Oliver's grand-daughter
Lillian Melissa Allen married first John HUNT and second William NOBLE.
We are descended from the Lillian Allen/John Hunt union.
Thank you so much for your work. I have already contacted the Association
thanks to an earlier posting by you and am looking forward to joining the
group. Gratefully, Jackie in VA
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Just in case there is someone out there who hasn't already got/wants a copy,
there is a booklet published by Obelisk Publications called Beesands and
Hallsands of Yesteryear.
Costs 2.99 (UK) plus p&p. It is loaded with photographs of members of this
large STEER family.
Obelisk's email address is ObeliskExe(a)aol.com
I have no connection with the firm, just thought it might be useful. They
have about 150 titles on their list - all connected with South Devon.
Many thanks for the information. This all started as a simple query on a
STEER baptism in West Alvington and I'm beginning to wonder what other STEER
lines in the South Hams are linked to this group, but it is going to take
time to build the links.
I have just started to research the Steere line and know very little
about it at this point. My G-G-G-Grandfather was OLIVER L. STEERE. He
was born March 1, 1808 in Gloucester, RI and died 1882 in Clemons, NY. His
parents were said to be CALEB STEERE AND TOPSEY HULETT.
Oliver Steere married Lucy Noble and had a daughter, Lucy Ann.
Lucy Ann married Andrew Smart Allen and had 2 children:
Lillian M. Allen and Oliver Allen
Other names in the line are: HUNT, WASHBURN living mainly in Dresden/Fort
Ann/Whitehall area of upper New York State.
Regards, Jackie in VA
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WILCOCKSON, Shirley, N. Harrow married to STEER, Richard E. Preston Sussex, no date..est. 1950's.. Married St. George's Headstone. Information from a newspaper clipping with no date.
Shirley was daughter of Harold E. Wilcockson and his wife Iris Joan TWEED, and Richard son of A.G. Steer.
Looking for family members to complete tree and have several photos of this family to be identified.
----- Original Message -----
From: jack steer <jacks(a)bukanin.fsnet.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 11:59 AM
Subject: [STEER] Was STEER of Bigbury
> Whilst looking at the IGI for Modbury I noticed the baptisms of the children
> of Francis Grills STEER and his wife Mary Ann.
> So it looks as though this family arrived in Modbury some time in the 1720s,
> part moved to Bigbury, then back to Modbury whilst others moved to Aveton
> Gifford, West Alvington and Kingsbridge before spreading out to Plymouth,
> Australia and so on
Here's some more detail. I have cut out some of the GRILLS family who didn't
have STEER connections. I haven't checked the 1851/1881 Censuses yet for this
Francis GRILLS born Moreleigh, Devon, occupation: Constable, married 1710, in
Woodleigh, Devon, Agnes CHURCHILL, died 1772, Woodleigh, Devon. Francis died
1759, Woodleigh, Devon.
(3 children omitted)
IV. Francis GRILLS born 1716, Woodleigh, Devon, married 1740, in Charleton,
Devon, Sarah STEER, born Woodleigh, Devon, died 1785, Woodleigh, Devon. Francis
died 1784, Woodleigh, Devon. Moreleigh, Churchstow, then Charleton. Sarah:
Probably dau of George Steer and Sarah née Foale of Woodleigh & Sherford. Tree
A. Sarah GRILLS born 1740, Woodleigh, Devon, married 1765, in Churchstow, John
LIDSTONE, born 1738, Churchstow, (son of Robert LIDSTONE and Elizabeth BUCKLEY)
occupation: Foundry owner, died 1803, Kingsbridge, Devon. Sarah died 1823,
Kingsbridge, Devon. John: Of Dodbrooke.
B. Agnes GRILLS born 1741, Woodleigh, Devon, died 5 May 1825, Woodleigh, Devon.
Of Lidstone, Charleton.
C. Francis GRILLS born 1743, Woodleigh, Devon, married (1) 1772, in West
Alvington, Devon, Jane BATH, born 1747, died 1773, Woodleigh, Devon, married (2)
aft 1773, Jane _, born 1754, died 1824, Woodleigh, Devon. Francis died 1783,
Woodleigh, Devon. Of W Alvington.
D. George GRILLS born 1746, Woodleigh, Devon, occupation: yeoman, married 1774,
in Charleton, Devon, Ann PILLAGE, born 1752, died 10 Aug 1841, Woodleigh, Devon.
George died 1827, Woodleigh, Devon. Of Modbury; Coombe, W Alvington;
Bishopsteignton. Ann: late of Charleton.
E. Ann GRILLS born 1747, Woodleigh, Devon, died 1772?, Woodleigh, Devon.
F. Henry GRILLS born 1749, Woodleigh, Devon, occupation: yeoman, died 18 Jan
1825, Woodleigh, Devon. Of Charleton.
G. John GRILLS born 1751, Woodleigh, Devon, married 1775, in Loddiswell, Devon,
Alice KING, born 1752, died 1831, Loddiswell, Devon. John died 1848,
Loddiswell, Devon. Of Charleton.
H. Philip GRILLS born 1754, Churchstow, married (1) 1779, in Charleton, Devon,
Mary BLANK, born 1758, died 1821, Woodleigh, Devon, married (2) 1826, in
Woodleigh, Devon, Sarah REDWOOD. Philip died 1829, Woodleigh, Devon. Of
Lidstone. Osp Sarah: Prob. marr. Jas B Wingyett, Kingsbridge 1830.
I. William GRILLS born 1755, Churchstow, married (1) 1796, in Woodleigh, Devon,
Alice Weekes Adams, born 1764, Sherford, Devon, (daughter of Richard Adams and
Ann ???) died 1818, Woodleigh, Devon, bapt: 11 May 1765, Sherford, Devon,
married (2) 1825, in West Alvington, Devon, Joanna ADAMS, born 1803, Charleton,
Devon, bapt: 12 Jul 1803, Charleton, Devon, (daughter of William ADAMS and
Joanna JARVIS) occupation: Farmer's wife, died 1 May 1875, Fursdon, Sherford.
William died 1836, Woodleigh, Devon. Will 1832: Of Woolston, W Alvington.
Woolston bought of Earl of Morley, let to John Pearse. Freehold of Chapple parks
and Smallacombe. Joanna: Sometimes 'Johanna'.
J. Richard GRILLS born 1757, Churchstow, married 22 Jan 1782, in Bigbury,
Devon, Elizabeth STEER, born 1759, Bigbury, Devon, bapt: 16 Nov 1759, Bigbury,
Devon, (daughter of George STEER and Agnes GRILLS). Richard died 1795,
K. Mary GRILLS born 1758, Churchstow, married 1782, in Charleton, Devon, Roger
1. Roger HYNE married 1807, in Malborough, Devon, Elizabeth GRILLS, born 1782,
Woodleigh, Devon, (daughter of Richard GRILLS and Elizabeth STEER).
(7 more children).
L. Elizabeth GRILLS born 1760, Churchstow, married 1782, in Charleton, Devon,
V. Mary GRILLS born 1718, Woodleigh, Devon, died 1718, Woodleigh, Devon.
VI. Mary GRILLS born 1720, Woodleigh, Devon, died 1721, Woodleigh, Devon.
VII. Agnes GRILLS born 1722, Woodleigh, Devon, married 30 Apr 1751, in Dartmouth
St Saviour, George STEER, born 1729, Modbury, Devon, bapt: 14 Nov 1729, died
1807, Modbury, Devon. Agnes died Apr 1793, Bigbury, Devon.
A. Sarah STEER born 1754, Bigbury, Devon, bapt: 11 Jan 1754, Bigbury, Devon,
married 7 Feb 1776, in Bigbury, Devon, William COWLE.
1. Sarah COWLE born 1783, Bigbury, Devon, married Richard PARTRIDGE, born
1774, East Portlemouth, Devon, bapt: 15 Nov 1774, East Portlemouth, Devon, (son
of Richard PARTRIDGE and Susanna KING) died Feb 1837, Chivelstone, Devon,
buried: 9 Feb 1837, Chivelstone, Devon. Sarah died 9 Apr 1864.
a. Susannah PARTRIDGE born 1814, Holset, Devon, married Edward VINCENT, born
1812, East Portlemouth, Devon, (son of William Pridham VINCENT and Elizabeth
COLLINGS) died 28 Nov 1892, East Portlemouth, Devon. Susannah died 5 Mar 1894,
East Portlemouth, Devon.
(1) Sarah Arabella VINCENT born 27 Jul 1853, East Portlemouth, Devon,
married Samuel George EDWARDS, born 7 Jun 1853, Plymouth, Devon, (son of
Nicholas EDWARDS and Sarah Pepperell HANNAFORD) died 27 Jun 1932, Plymouth,
Devon. Sarah died 16 Dec 1939, Plymouth, Devon. Samuel: d. 14 Glenwood Rd.
(a) Winifred Bella EDWARDS born 17 Dec 1890, Plymouth, Devon, married 22
Sep 1931, William Reginald TRETHEWEY, born 16 Mar 1890, Liskeard, Cornwall, (son
of William John Hill TRETHEWEY and Ellen KNIGHT) occupation: mining engineer,
died 12 May 1969, Coventry, Warwicks. Winifred died 31 Jul 1980, Louth.
 John Edwards TRETHEWEY born 13 Jul 1932, married Apr 1956, Ingeberg
REINHARDT, died Jun 1990.
 Living TRETHEWEY, m Graham John BREALEY, born 9 Nov 1928.
(children and grandchildren living)
B. Agnes STEER born 1756, Bigbury, Devon, bapt: 29 Oct 1756, Bigbury, Devon,
married 22 Jun 1777, in Bigbury, Devon, John COLE, born Modbury, Devon.
C. George STEER born 1758, Bigbury, Devon, bapt: Jan 1758, Bigbury, Devon,
married 13 Jun 1784, in Bigbury, Devon, Fanny PROUSE.
1. Henry STEER born 1795, bapt: 1 Feb 1795, Aveton Gifford, Devon, married bef
1822, Sarah LOWRY, born abt 1794, Ashburton, Devon.
a. Henry STEER born 1822, bapt: 7 Oct 1822, Dodbrook, Kingsbridge, Devon,
married (1) bef 1844, Susan WILLIAMS, born abt 1819, married (2) in Dodbrooke,
Devon, Joanna _, born 1819, Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon.
(1) Elizabeth A STEER (daughter of Henry STEER and Susan WILLIAMS) born abt
1844, Dodbrooke, Devon.
(2) William H STEER (son of Henry STEER and Susan WILLIAMS) born abt 1846,
Dodbrooke, Devon. Possibly born 1851?
(3) Sarah J STEER (daughter of Henry STEER and Susan WILLIAMS) born abt
1847, Dodbrooke, Devon.
(4) Susan STEER (daughter of Henry STEER and Susan WILLIAMS) born abt 1848,
(5) Eva STEER (daughter of Henry STEER and Susan WILLIAMS) born 15 Jan 1854,
Dodbrook, Kingsbridge, Devon, married 20 Aug 1878, in Kingsbridge, Devon,
William Taylor WOOD, born 1844, bapt: 19 Feb 1844, West Alvington, Devon, (son
of William Taylor WOOD and Mary SHERRIFF) occupation: carpenter.
(a) William T C WOOD born abt 1872, Plymouth, Devon.
(b) Gwendoline WOOD born 1879, Plymouth, Devon.
(c) Henry S WOOD born 1881, Plymouth, Devon.
b. George STEER born abt 1827, Dodbrooke, Devon, occupation: Smith.
c. John STEER born abt 1831, Dodbrooke, Devon, occupation: smith.
d. Sarah Ann STEER born abt 1833, Dodbrooke, Devon.
e. James STEER born abt 1835, Dodbrooke, Devon, occupation: ropemaker.
f. Philip STEER born abt 1837, Dodbrooke, Devon.
g. Robert STEER born abt 1839, Dodbrooke, Devon, occupation: ropemaker.
D. Elizabeth STEER born 1759, Bigbury, Devon, bapt: 16 Nov 1759, Bigbury,
Devon, married 22 Jan 1782, in Bigbury, Devon, Richard GRILLS, born 1757,
Churchstow, (son of Francis GRILLS and Sarah STEER) died 1795, Woodleigh, Devon.
1. (see children above)
E. Francis Grills STEER born 1761, Bigbury, Devon, bapt: 13 Nov 1761, Bigbury,
Devon, married 27 Feb 1786, in Bigbury, Devon, Mary Ann MORGAN.
1. Francis STEER born abt 1795, Modbury, Devon, bapt: 6 Mar 1795, Modbury,
Devon, married abt 1813, Grace _.
a. Francis Grills STEER born abt 1814, bapt: 1 Apr 1814, Modbury, Devon.
b. William STEER born abt 1815, bapt: 20 Oct 1815, Modbury, Devon.
c. Francis Grills STEER born abt 1822, bapt: 3 Apr 1822, Modbury, Devon.
2. Peter STEER born 1797, bapt: 29 Dec 1797, Modbury, Devon.
3. Elizabeth STEER born abt 1800, bapt: 11 Jul 1800, Modbury, Devon.
4. Robert STEER born 1802, bapt: 3 Dec 1802, Modbury, Devon.
5. William STEER born 1805, bapt: 22 Nov 1805, Modbury, Devon.
6. Nancy STEER born 1809, bapt: 6 Oct 1809, Modbury, Devon.
F. Anne STEER born 1764, Bigbury, Devon, bapt: 27 Mar 1764, Bigbury, Devon,
married 13 Nov 1786, in Bigbury, Devon, Arthur COLE, born Loddiswell, Devon.
VIII. John GRILLS born 1724, Woodleigh, Devon, died 1726, Woodleigh
Hope this helps.
As I understand it, the Steere Family Association has been around since 1930
or so. They offer reprints of the Steere Genealogy--a Record of the
Descendants of John Steere Who Settled in Providence, Rhode Island, about the
Year 1660--With Some Account of the Steeres of England by James Pierce Root,
originally published 1890. Pages 4-11 deal with the Steeres of England.
In 1972 the Assn. put out a supplement to the Root genealogy, entitled John
Steere Family Branches.
A hardcover, glossy page, illustrated book, The John Steere Family Album, was
published by the Steere Family Association in 1981.
There is tremendous interest in the English Steeres, particularly those of
the Ockley area, on the part of the Association. The first 17 pages of the
Family Album book contain many photos from Ockley. Tables in the back of the
Table 1: Hypothetical Lineage for John Steere of Vann: table 2 The Lineage
of the Lee-Steere Family (entries taken from the Lee-Steere lineage
registered with the College of Arms; a copy of the Steere arms; Table 3 Tax,
Court and Abbey records (1290-1507) Summary; Tax Court, Abbey and Estate
Records (1290-1507) Abstracts, including Steere- Surrey Taxation Returns,
Charter 1004, British Museum, Carshalton Court Rolls, Surrey, Steere-
Chertsey Abbey Cartularies; Table 4 Exerpts from the Index to the Lee-Steere
Estate Papers, Ockley, Surrey; Table 5 Steere- Surrey Hearth Tax, 1664; Table
6 Excerpts from Court Records; Table 7 Surrey Muster Rolls; Table 8 Abstract
of Surrey Feet of Fines 1509-1588; Table 9 Surrey Wills (Herringman Registry)
and several pages of notes re these tables.
The Steere Family Association hosts annual summer reunions in Rhode Island,
with attendees numbering well over a hundred.
The Association has a website at SteereFamily.com where you can Learn a bit
about the Association and make contact.
I am cc-ing the president of the association, Mr. Randall Steere, with this
post so that he might correct or add to the information on the Steere Family
--Bonnie in Oakland, CA, descendant of John Steere of RI through Thomas
Frederick Steere who left RI for the California and the Gold Rush in 1852,
starting the Steeres of California branch.
John STEERE (b1634 Ockley-1724 Rhode Is) - Hannah WICKENDEN
-Samuel STEERE (ca 1673-1745) - Hannah FIELD
--Jeremiah STEERE (1722-1803) - Mrs Mary WADE Thornton
---Jesse STEERE (1772-1865) - Barbara TOURTELLOT
---- Rev.Whiteman STEERE (1806- 1848) - Lucy STANFIELD
-----Thomas Frederick STEERE (1830-1886) - Mrs Julia Emma CONNER Leonard
------Julia Willie STEERE (1865- 1895) - Frank Harper RICHARDSON
Can you tell us something about this association? I had not heard about it
it may have significant information for others on this list. Do you know what
families it covers? Does it still exist? Has it got any publications? How
we get in contact with it?
Jack, Arthur, and David--
Thanks to all of you for your responses.
I have learned from David the most detail:
<<There is also a Vann House and a Vann Farm. That's all there is to Vann -
just a farm, a large country house and later [Vann] lake.....constructed in
the 18th century to provide water power >>
Then--in re-reading some material acquired so many years ago, that I forgot I
had it, I found that someone had, indeed, checked out the Vann farm and
Steeres in the OCKLEY area:
[from The John Steere Family Album, compiled and edited 1981, Steere Family
Assn., p. 9+. I have put some surnames and place names in caps for easier
"Out of the more than 2800 [parish] registers examined throughout England,
only four John Steeres were found to have been born in 1634: one in South
Tawton (Devonshire), two in Dorking (Surrey) and one in Ockley (Surrey). The
South Tawton register also shows two burial possibilities for that John
Steere; the Dorking registers show a burial possibility for each of those two
John Steeres. Although it is possible that the Ockley Steere moved to nearby
Dorking and one of the Dorking John Steeres migrated to America, it is not
likely. This leaves the Ockley John Steere as the probable John STEERE of
PROVIDENCE [Rhode Island] since there is no record of a marriage or a burial
for him. (An examination of the registers for 1633 also supports this
conclusion.) The evidence, together with that presented by Root  seems
very strong indeed.
"Mr. Steere [James B. Steere, author of the 'Origins in Ockley' section of
which I am quoting] found that the greatest concentrations of Steere families
in England were in Sussex, Surrey, and Devon. Of these, the parish with the
greatest number of Steere entries was St. Margaret's in Ockley, with 68
baptisms from 1539-1636, 28 marriages from 1539- 1660 and 57 burials from
1539- 1734. From the foregoing baptism and marriage entries 31 Steere
families are identifiable, of which 14 were extant in the Ockley area in the
1630's when John STEERE of PROVIDENCE and SMITHFIELD was born. In these 14
families there were 9 John Steere marriages and 5 John Steere sons were
"Unfortunately, John STEERE of VANN, whose son John was baptized in St.
Margaret's in 1634, is difficult to trace. A firm baptismal date has not been
found for him. Attempting to extend the family lineage farther back,
therefore, presents enormous difficulties. Names were then spelled
phonetically so that one can find Stere, Steer, Steare, Sterre and Steere,
all in the same male line. Documentation from this period consisting of
wills, deeds, and other legal documents is practically non-existent for the
yeoman class and below. Since the VANN FARM is still in existence, although
not occupied by a Steere family for many generations, a search was made by a
local genealogist for documentation related to 1731 and before, but without
"By a process of genealogical rationalization based on the St. Margaret's
parish register, however, it is possible to project a *hypothetical* lineage
to an actual marriage date of John STEERE and Margaret CONSTABLE on 21 Oct
1546 (See Appendix I, Table 1.)
"Another line of inquiry attempts to relate John STEERE of Vann to the family
of Henry STEERE of CAPEL and OCKLEY (1572?-1659), a yeoman, who heads the
pedigree of the LEE- STEERE family which resides in OCKLEY today. John STEERE
of OCKLEY (1593?-1670). son of Henry, was granted in 1662 the coat of arms
that appears in Root with three lions. According to tradition, this family
has held land in the Ockley area since before the Conquest in 1066. As yet,
however, we have not been able to establish a direct connection with this
family, although the probability that all the Ockley Steeres were more or
less related before 1634 is supported by the frequent use of identical given
names, especially "John," instead of "Johannes," which was the more common
spelling in other parish registers) and the lack of mobility which
characterized the times; under the restrictive economic and social conditions
of the manorial system, there would be little opportunity for a Steere from
somewhere else to move into an area well settled for many generations where
the land and property were already well accounted for, unless he, too, was a
relative. The fact that there were more Steere baptisms (68) for the
ninety-seven years between 1539 and 1636 that there were Steere burials (57)
for the one hundred ninety-five years from 1539-1734 indicates that more
Steeres probably left OCKLEY than arrived.
"The LEE-STEEREs, our presumed contemporary English cousins, are a family of
yeoman stock which rose into the ranks of landed gentry during the century
when John Steere [of Providence] came to America.
"[note: 'The following two paragraphs are largely taken from the findings of
Mrs. Shirley J. Parnell, a Guildford genealogist and Secretary of the West
Surrey Family Historical Society, who investigated this branch of the Steeres
for James B. Steere']
"The earliest reference to this family found in the deeds held at the Surrey
Record Office is a conveyance by Nicholas STERE of CAPEL to his son, William
STERE of OCKLEY of properties in OCKLEY, CAPEL, and DORKING, dated 1507, when
William is described as 'husbandman.' In 1591, John STEERE Of OCKLEY COURT is
described as 'yeoman' when he purchased the Hale, Milwards, Paynes, Letts
Mead and Ruckmans Lagge farms, all of which are in OCKLEY. Seven years later,
John STERE purchased Youngs in OCKLEY from his kinsmen, William and Thomas
STERE, and in 1609 Thomas STERE bought Jayes (earlier known as Joyes, which
is derived from thirteenth century William Ioye), Mayes and Crofts farms in
Wotton. In 1622, John STERE bought Lordings and other property in
BILLINGHURST and PULBOROUGH, Sussex, and in 1646 John STEERE of OCKLEY is
described as a 'gentleman.'
"The farms called Eversheds (from the thirteenth- century Thomas de
Evereheshevede), Wallis and Letts at OCKLEY were conveyed to John STEERE,
JR., in 1682 by John EVERSHED of OCKLEY. (An earlier John STERE had married
Anne EVERSHED, uniting the older EVERSHED family with the STEEREs.) This John
Evershed of Ockley rose from the rank of yeoman to gentleman and had his arms
recognized by the Heralds in 1696, having purchased the MANOR of OCKLEY in
1694. By the early 1700's, STEERES had become the oldest and principal family
in OCKLEY. The above John STEERE, JR. married Fiducia LEE, daughter and
co-heiress of John LEE of Plainstow Farm in Sussex, this combining that
property and others around KIRDFORD, Sussex. This family then became the Lee
Steere, but did not hyphenate the name until the time of Sir Ernest A.
"LEE STEERE purchased the MANOR of CUDWORTH in 1755 and the MANOR of OCKLEY
in 1784. At this time, his family moved to Jayes Farm across Ockley's Stone
Street and up the hill into WOTTON PARISH. This farm had been in the
possession of another branch of the family since 1609. The ancient house was
converted into a mansion and alterations and improvements made. It has
recently been completely restored and modernized....."
I hope that the above quoted material from the 1981 John Steere Family Album
( which also has many photos of the Ockley homes, farms, etc) will be useful
for those researching in England, who may not have access to this book. [The
Steere Family Assn may still offer hard-cover copies of this book and zeroxes
of the Root's 1890 Steere Genealogy. I see that the President of the Steere
Family Assn., Mr. Randall W. Steere of Boston has email: Randy535(a)aol.com.
Perhaps he could answer questions re the current availability of these books
and any other Steere material]
I wonder how many of the above-mentioned 14 Steere famiies extant in the
Ockley area in the 1630s have active researchers today?
In hopes of spurring further Steere research and submission of sources,
Bonnie in Oakland, California
Vann House is marked on the modern 1:50,000 OS map, about half-a-mile south of
Ockley Court and Church, a little east of the A29. There are several versions
of OS maps on-line, such as http://uk5.multimap.com/map/places.cgi
----- Original Message -----
From: jack steer <jacks(a)bukanin.fsnet.co.uk>
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2001 9:40 PM
Subject: Re: [STEER] 1600s: Steere of VANN/ Ockley
> Vann does not appear on my parish locator programme. Perhaps it was a house
> or a farm
Hi Lyn: With regard to the 1851 will of John Lamble, Gent. you mentioned,
it's likely that the Grace, Mary and Elizabeth Steer he names as his cousins
are the three daughters of John Steer (b. 21 Jan 1792) and his wife Grace
(Smith)- (b.20 May 1798), both in Bovey. They were married on 14 July 1822
in Bovey and had eight children, of whom Grace (b. 30 Dec 1837), Mary Anne
(b. 1840) and Elizabeth (b. 3 Dec 1836) were the only daughters. Their
father John was described in the various census' of the time as an
agricultural labourer. The family lived in a number of places in and around
Bovey during John's life. These included Southbrook, Little Bovey and Parke
Lodge. John's father was my direct ancestor, Nicholas Steer (b. 1768).
Grace's father was a Thomas Smith, whose wife was named Grace (surname
unknown). I don't know how your family via John Lamble, connects to them,
but that's almost certainly who the swete coz's were. Mike
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lyn Lamble [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Sunday, 17 June 2001 7:20
> To: STEER-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: [STEER] Re Bovey Tracey
> Hi all,
> I am looking for anyone who might be researching the following people as
> I trying to establish if they are a direct link to our family:
> Joan STEERE married William LAMBLE on 24.01.1730 at Bovey Tracey, Devon,
> Also, while transcribing a will from another family member, I came
> across reference to more STEERS. An extract of this will follows:
> "This is the last Will of John Lamble of Bovey Tracey in the County of
> Devon Gentleman made and published this 16th day of Sept 1851 as
> follows. I give to my Cousins Grace, Mary, Elizabeth Steer..."
> Anyone with any clues?
> Lyn Lamble
> DFHS: #10002 in search of..........
> LAMBLE - Bovey Tracey, Ilsington, Ashburton, DEV
> JOLL -Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, DEV
> PARSONS - Highgate, MIDDLESEX; Liverpool & Much Woolton, LANC.
> SCOBLE - Penryn, CON; Exeter, DEVON; London, MIDDLESEX; Lee, KENT
> PARTRIDGE - London, MIDDLESEX
> MEAD - Ashburton, DEV
> SCAGELL - Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, DEV
> SMERDON/TAPRELL - Ashburton, DEV
> IRELAND - Ashburton, DEV
> PHILLIPS - Exeter, DEV
> WALTERS - Nr Exeter, DEV
> HAMLYN - Bovey Tracey, DEV
> MAN(N) - Ashburton, Bickington, Bovey Tracey, Holne, Ilsington,
> Widecombe in the Moor, DEV
> BASTOW -Bovey Tracey, Ilsington, Ashburton, DEV
> IRELAND -Ashburton, DEV
> KINGWELL -Ashburton, DEV
> HEXT -Widecombe in the Moor, DEV
> STANCUMB -Widecombe in the Moor, DEV
> HANNAFORD -Widecombe in the Moor, DEV
> HAMLYN -Manaton, Widecombe in the Moor, Woodland Tor, DEV
> VEAL(E)(L) - Widecombe in the Moor, DEV
> HONYWILL -Ilsington, DEV
> TORR -Widecombe in the Moor, DEV
> Search over 1 Billion names at Ancestry.com!
Williams always seem to cause problems. I rather think I'm collecting them.
<I still can't fathom why he came to settle in Hallsands of all places,
unless he had relatives down this way.>
Agreed unless he moved to Hallsands because a friend from the army told him
he could find a fishing job.
But assuming he came from the area (I assumed a ten mile radius) I think it
is a matter of trawling through registers. If we discount (at least
initially) all those that are on the IGI and those that are known to have
been searched already, then we are left with Blackawton, Buckland Tout
Saints, Charleton, Churchstow, Cornworthy, Dodbrooke, East Portlemouth,
Kingswear, Moreleigh, Sherford, South Pool and Woodleigh. Only Dodbrooke has
an OPC and he does not yet have the PR.
Has anyone access to any of these and if so can they look for a William
STEER born about 1766/7? South Pool and East Portlemouth would be good to
A search of the IGI for William STEER/STEAR etc born some time between 1760
and 1775 in a parish within ten miles of Stokenham produces only two
William STEAR baptised 15.8.1762 in Stoke Fleming. Son of William STEAR and
William STEAR baptised 14.9.1772 in Kingsbridge Son of Richard STEAR and