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Good morning Listers
I am resubmitting the following names searching for any little titbit that may be of interest.
STEERE: From Aveton Gifford, Dodbrook, Kingsbridge & Modbury
Regards from South Australia
ELLIS: Oswestry pre 1815
HASTINGS: Kent, New Zealand from about 1843.
PAUL: North Molton, Devon & New Zealand
MAUNDER: South Devon
MORGAN: St Brides Major pre 1865
NIGHTINGALE: London pre 1818
PAUL: Devon, North Molton & Cornwall
Web page: http://www.users.senet.com.au/~morgansa
Extracted from A.F. Pollard (1964). Tudor Tracts: 1532-1588. London: Cooper Square.
Tract title page (in Gothic script):
A compendious register in metre, containing the names and patient sufferings of the members of Jesus Christ, and the tormented, and cruelly burned within England; since the death of our famous King, of immortal memory EDWARD the Sixth, to the entrance and beginning of the reign of our Sovereign and dearest Lady ELIZABETH of England, France and Ireland, Queen; Defender of the Faith; to whose highness truly and properly appertaineth, next and immediately under GOD, the supreme power and authority of the Churches of England and Ireland. So be it. Anno 1559.
Then follows a lengthy poem entitled The Register (of the Martyrs), providing a record, year by year of those martyred in the Marian persecutions. The following verse records the martyrdom on August 23, 1555 of "The Six Godly Men of Kent".
August 23 When LAURENCE, COLLIER, COKER and STERE
At Canterbury were causeless slain,
With HOPPER and WRIGHTE; six in one
Converted flesh to earth again;
When ROGER CORRIAR was done to death:
We wished for our Elizabeth.
The story: from G.A. Williamson (1965). Foxxe's Book of Martyrs. London: Little- Brown, p. 277.
"Mention was made in the story of Bland and Sheterden of certain other Kentish men with them, examined by Thornton, Bishop of Dover. The condemnation and execution of them was deferred until the end of August. Coming now therefore to the time of their suffering, we will briefly touch some part of their examination and answers as we find them in the registers. The names of these were William Hopper, Henry laurence, Richard Colliar, Richard Wright, and William Stere".
(Then several paragraphs about the examination of each by Bishop Richard Thornton of Dover).
"Stere likewise was brought to appear the 16 of August, where he, being required to make answer to the judge, made answer that he should command his dogs and not him; and declared that Dick of Dover had no authority to sit against him in judgment and asked where his authority was. Who then showed him certain bulls and writings from Rome. Stere denying that to be of sufficient force, the said Dick said also he had authority from the queen. Then the martyr alleging that the archbishop of Canterbury (who then was in prison)(ie Thomas Cranmer then imprisoned at Oxford)- was his diocesan, urged him to show his authority from the archbishop, or else he denied his authority to be sufficient. And as touching the sacrament of the altar, he found it not (he said) in the scripture; and therefore he would not answer thereunto.
And moreover, the judge, speaking of the sacrament of the altar, with reverance thereof, and putting off his cap, he said that he need nor reverence that matter so highly, and thus (saying to the judge that he was a bloody man etc) the sentence was pronounced against him; after which sentence being read, he said that the sacrament of the altar was the most blasphemous idol that ever was etc.
And thus these six heavenly martyrs and witness bearers to the truth, being condemned by the bloody suffragen and the archdeacon of Canterbury, master Collins and master Faucet, were burned altogether in the same town of Canterbury, at three stakes and one fire, about the latter end of August.
The copy of the their sentence condemnatory, you may find above in the story of John Rogers; for the papists in all their condemnations, follow one manner of sentence of course, commonly against all that be condemned through their unmerciful tyranny.
18 years, 4 months
by Roger Stone
Jack Steer asked me to post an E mail explaning who is who in the book
Beesands & Hallsands of yesteryear. This is the reply to the previous query
which will aid this explanation.
Alfie 'Rishun' Steer is Alfred Shepherd Steer b 15/4/1888 d 4/2/1970 son of
1859 William Steer & Jane Randall. Alfie married Edith Goodman of Plymouth
at Stokenham on 4/2/1920. No children. Alfie comitted suicide by walking
into the sea exactly 50 years to the day that he was married.
Edith died in 1968 aged 83.
'Johno' Steer is John Ambrose Steer b 1900 the son of John Steer b 1875 &
Mary Jane Weeks b 1873.
He married Mabel Courtney (widower) in 1933 at Stokenham. No Children.
Ned is Edward Steer one of the six sons of George Henry Steer 18/2/1866 and
Mary Elizabeth Stone 1865. Ned used to own the only petrol station in
Beesands (now closed) and was a carrier who transported the local crabs to
the railway station. The other sons were Robert, William, Samuel, Fred and
George (my grandfather).
Den is the son of George, Ken is the son of Fred and Peter is the son of
Robert. Dave is a misprint, it should have read Den.
Page 7. Johno & Fred Steer (as above). Freda Steer (nee Courtney) is Freds
Page 9. Glad Steer (nee Courtney, sister of Freda) who is married to William
Steer (Freds brother)
Babe in arms Colin Steer is child of Fred and Freda as are the
other 2 children Tony & Audrey.
Fred & Freda's other son Robin is pictured on page 32 wearing
the dads army uniform)
Page 9. Graham Lynn great great grandson of William James Lynn & Mary
John Henry (Jack) Crispin, son of William Crispin & Edith Steer
(dau of John Steer & Elizabeth)
(Jacks brother Bert is pictured on page 15 with his son George)
William Moore, grandson of Albie Gillard & Emma Mary Steer (dau
of Thomas Roper Steer and
Page 12 Carrying the kissogram girl is Andrew Steer, son of Den. Dens wife
(nee Marr) is pictured on page 32 sitting on the bar.
Page 13 William Steer & nephew Den.
Page 15 Reg Lynn grandson of William James Lynn & Mary Elizabeth Steer.
William Stone my father who married Betty Steer, the daughter
of George Steer (on the right)
and Blanche Lynn (dau of William James Lynn & Mary Elizabeth
Page 16 Robert Steer (nickname Bob Summers, son of Charles Steer & Mary Jane
Roper) is the father of
Isabella Steer. Isabella is pictured on page 22 standing at
the front in the glasses, with her second
husbamd Frank Crocker). Previously Isabella was married to
Franks brother John who was
killed in WWII. John Cocker the son of John & Isabella is
pictured on page 15(top) taking a
crab out of a pot. Lewis Crocker page 10 is Franks' younger
Frank, John & Lewis are grandsons of Peter Crocker & Jane
Louisa Steer b 18/2/1864
Page 19 The woman sitting next to Robert Steer is Jane Steer or married Mr
Perring from Strete.
Page 25 Frank (Dubby) Steer is the son of George Steer b 17/3/1867 and Ann
John (Uncle) Steer is the father of Johno Steer and the
brother of Robert Steer.
Hope thats reasonably clear. Any queries I'll be glad to answer
I know very little about our branch of the Steer family. My grandfather -
Thomas Spurgeon Steer - was born in the London area ( we believe!) around
1875-80ish. He is said to have worked in an early branch of Sainsburys
before moving to Cardiff. For most of the rest of his life he worked a
travelling salesman. He married Edith Rosen from Cardiff in around 1900 and
they had two sons. The elder was Herbert Trevor b 29.06.04.( my father).
We have no contact with the younger son, or any family members, so that's
all I know.
Thomas died in the forties and Edith in about 1952.
Does any of this mean anything to anyone?
Now seems clear that the John STEER, a native of Dartmouth, who lost his
life by falling under the ice in this harbour 25.2.1825 age 41 years was not
related to the John STEER who became a pillar of St John's Methodist
This shop keeper born in Tormoham (now Torquay), baptised in the parish
church of St Saviours on 23.9.1827 (born 9.10.1824)
His brother Thomas was baptised the same day, having been born 7.9.1827
Their parents were John (a sailor) and Elizabeth (nee SATCHWILL) of Torquay.
This couple were married 1.1.1823 in Tormoham.
It looks like Thomas may have died early as a Thomas STEER was buried
13.5.1828 aged 8 Months at St Saviours.
I have been sidetracked (not again, I am being told!) by a different
branch of the family.
Michael Steer suggested you might have picked up some Spurrier's when
researching the Newfoundland records for Steer. The Spurrier family
were Newfoundland cod traders from Poole in the 17/8/9th Centuries and
(temporarily) became rich and famous. One or two family members may
have settled in Newfoundland.
I believe that the Wessex Newfoundland Society and the Poole Local
History Group have conducted extensive research, which I am beginning to
explore. So please do not allow yourself to be distracted from the
excellent and interesting Steer discoveries, which one day you never
know, I may get around to making a contribution to - I shall try.
To supplement Mike's posting and just in case someone has lost a John STEER,
I have the following directory etc entries.
John STEER, granted land at Upper Long Pond, 1863 (Nfld. Archives, Registry
HUTCHINSON'S 1864 DIRECTORY - St. John's - STEER, John, dry goods & c.
1877 ROCHFORT BUSINESS DIRECTORY - Burgeo and La Poile District - STEER,
John - agent H. Garland - Channel
1877 ROCHFORT BUSINESS DIRECTORY - ST. JOHN'S CITY DISTRICT - Drapers and
general merchants STEER John, 379, 381 and 383 Water Street
MCALPINE'S MARITIME BUSINESS DIRECTORY 1880-81 - STEER John, general
merchant, 379, 381 Water, See adv above
MCALPINE'S 1898 DIRECTORY - ST. JOHN'S - STEER BROS - General Merchants and
Grocers, Wholesale and Retail - 379 to 383 Water See adv marginal lines
STEER Chas R. of STEER Bros h 121 Hamilton
STEER F. H. of STEER Bros h 379 Water, sum res Hope Cottage, Belvidere
STEER John bds The Maples, Patrick
STEER John E. of STEER Bros 379 Water, sum res Hope Cottage, Belvidere
MCALPINE'S 1904 DIRECTORY - CITY OF ST. JOHN'S DISTRICT
STEER Bros. General Merchants 379, 381-383 Water See Adv.
STEER Charles R. of STEER Bros. h 121 Hamilton
STEER Frank H. of STEER Bros. h "Hope Cottage", Sand Pit Road
STEER George J. Agent, Lawrence & Co. bds 137 LeMarchant Road
STEER John E. of STEER Bros. h "Maples", Hamilton
NEWFOUNDLAND 1921 CENSUS ST. JOHN'S WEST
STEER Charles M Head Married 1861 May 60 St John's
STEER Janet F Wife Married 1863 Mar 58 Twillingate
HAYWARD Mary F SIL Widow 1865 Feb 56 St John's
HAYWARD Cecil F NIL Single 1899 Oct 22 New York
HAYWARD Edith F NIL Single 1901 Sep 20 St John's
DUDER Althea F SIL Single 1873 Dec 48 St John's
CASEY Alice F Nurse Single 1893 Sep 28 Hr Grace
NIL= Niece in Law as stated on original document.
New site which might just have something related to Ockley.
ENGLAND. Book Index: A History of WOKING; 172 records; The Mavrogeorge
Collection - http://userdb.rootsweb.com/uki/
>From a book entitled Newfoundland Men (p.95). Printed in the 19th century (abt 1870) and located at Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's.
John Steer is a native of Torquay, Eng. having been born there October 9, 1824. He narrowly escaped being a Newfoundlander, however, as he reached the colony just three years later in 1827. He was educated in the schools of his adopted home, St John's which he was apprenticed to the dry goods business of Job Brothers & Co. At present he is conducting a large trade as general importer and supplying merchant, and has extensive interests in the general trade of the country. In the prosecution of his business as buyer etc., he has crossed the Atlantic nearly a hundred times, and his experience dating so far back as it does, is at once novel and interesting. Noteworthy events innumerable are naturally crowded into the long life of a man like Mr Steer, but, unfortunately space does not here permit their narration. He is among the earlier participators in the benefits of "Responsible Government", and was a colleague of the late Sir William Whiteway and the late Hon. John Warren!
in the representation of Trinity Bay in the House of Assembly, which constituency he ably represented for several years. Mr Steer has been for long years actively and prominently connected with the Methodist church, not only so far as church membership and class leader is concerned, but in all the various undertakings promulgated and extended in her behalf. In this connection he has been contemporary with Hons. C.R. Ayre, James J. Rogerson, and Mr George Gear, four names that will live as long as the church with which they were devoted members has a place in Newfoundland colonial history. Mr Steer married Miss Amelia Ayre, sister to the Hon. Charles R. Ayre of Exeter, Eng. He has now associated with him in business two sons, and if they imitate, approximately even, the character and integrity of their father they will have as exalted a place in the colony as he has attained to.
A photograph of a heavily bearded John Steer accompanies the text.
This incident is mentioned in Rev Hornby Steer's family history (Antiquary, 1887). The passage is extracted from A.J. Robertson (1939). Anglo Saxon Charters. Cambridge University Press. The Anglo Saxon original appears in a column on each page beside its modern English translation.
Chapter LXIII. The crimes and forfeitures of Wulfbold.
These are the crimes by which Wulfbold ruined himself with his lord, namely first, when his father had died, he went to his stepmother's estate and took everything that he could find there, inside and out, great and small. Then the king sent to him and commanded him to give up what he had siezed, but he paid no attention and his wergeld was assigned to the king. And the king sent to him again and repeated his command, but he paid no attention to it and for the second time his wergeld was assigned to the king. Over and above this he went and took possession of the estate belonging to his kinsman, Brihtmaer of Bourne. Then the king sent to him and commanded him to give up the estate, but he paid no attention and his wergeld was assigned to the king for the third time.. The king sent to him once again and commanded him to leave the estate, but he paid no attention and his wergeld was assigned to the king for a fourth time. Then the great meeting was held at London. Earl Aethelw!
ine was there and all the king's councillors. Then all the councillors who were there, both ecclesiastics and laymen, assigned the whole of Wulfbold's property to the king, and himself likewise to be disposed of as the king desired, either to remain alive or to be condemned to death. And he made no amends for all this up to the time of his death. And after he was dead, over and above all this, his widow along with her son went and slew Eadmaer the king's thegn, Wulfbold's uncle's son, and his fifteen companions on the estate at Bourne which he had held by siezure despite the king. And then Archbishop Aethelgar had the great synod at London, and he himself and all his property were assigned to the king.
These were the men who took part in the decision: Archbishop Aethelgar and Archbishop Oswald and Aelfstan, Bishop of London, and Bishop Sigeric and Aelfstan, Bishop of Rochester, and Bishop Ordbriht, Bishop Aelfheah and Bishop Athulf and earl Aethelwine and earl Brihtnoth and earl Aethelweard and Earl Aelfric and Earl Thored (?) and Abbot Eadulf and Abbot Brihtnoth and Abbot Germanus and Abbot Wulfsige, and Leofric, Abbot of Michelney and Leofric, Abbot of Exeter and Abbot Aelfhun and Aelfhelm and Wulfheah and Wulfric and Wulfun's son and Stir, Ulf's son and Nafena and Northwine his brother and Leofwine, Leoftaeta's son and Leofsige of Morden and Bonda and Aelfhelm Poga and Aethelwold the Stout and Aelfgar, the Honiton man, and Wulfgest and Aethelmaer and Aethelric and Aethelnoth, Wi(s)tan's son, and Leofwine, Athulf's son, and Sigebriht and Leofstan of Sussex.
Text Note (p. 375).
l. 17. Stir Wulfes suni. Stir the son of Ulf (the Anglicised form of the name has been substituted here), appears as a benefactor of the new church at Durham in 998. He is seen in rather a different light when his daughter Sige became the second wife of Earl Uhtred quam pater suus ideo ei dedit ut Turbrandum sibi inimicissimum interficeret. Simeon of Durham. R.S.I.pp. 83, 216. The signature Styrr is attached to K. 710, a charter dated 1004.
The story (Hornby Steer, 1887).
In the reign of Ethelred, a nobleman named STIR or STERE, the son of ULF, made a grant of land at DERLINGTON together with other lands to the Cathedral Church of St Cuthbert at Durham. This was witnessed by the King, the Archbishop of York, and Aldhun, the first Bishop of Durham (995-1017).
Ughtred, Earl of Northumberland, who was successful against the Scots in 1006, put away his wife to marry the daughter of the above named STERE, who was a rich man, on condition that he should kill Thurbrand, the enemy of STERE. Ughtred failed to do this. He afterwards put away STYR's daughter too and married the King's daughter Aelgifu. In the end, the tables were turned he himself being killed at the instigation of Thurbrand in the reign of Knut.
I have among my papers a STEER birth certificate, purchased in error.
If anyone would like this document, please let me know, and I will send
it to you.
I think the details are as follows (poor handwriting I'm afraid):
January 11, 1848. ??, Little Bovey, Parish of Bovey Tracey, Mary Ann
STEER, Daughter of Benjamin STEER and Mary STEER (formerly BALL), etc,
With best wishes,
>From the Ferryland, Newfoundland Surrogate Court Records
SOURCE - http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Heritage/NGB/Ferryland/court-fer-2.html
30.7.1785 - Jasper STEER - This cooper and storekeeper of Chris PULMAN
reported that John CARROL was causing a racket.
30.7.1785 - John COLLINS - This servant of Chris PULMAN also accused of
hitting this person - Jasper STEER
Is this our Jasper who died in Churchstow in 1845 or an uncle or someone
<From: Michael STEER>
The William STERE who was burned at the stake in Ashford, Kent in 1555 was
from a large family that also spelled their names STARRE on occasion. One of
them was apparently instrumental in founding Harvard. They seem to have been
Can anyone provide any more information?
<From: Michael STEER - msteer(a)ozemail.com.au
These STERRE or STORRE of Seaton, mentioned in your posting are, I suspect,
part of a large family calling themselves variously STARRE or STURE, from
the general Beere, Sidmouth, Axminster, Colyton (East Devon) area. There are
lots of them in the IGI listed as STARRE. There's an old manor house at
Seaton, once the home of John STARRE that has an inscription under the eves
from the 1600's. It shows his initials and a star, and the
Starr on hie.
Where should a starr be,
But on hie
Tho underneath he now doth lie
Sleeping in dust
Yet shall he rise
More glorious than
Starres in the skies.
It gets into the tourist books as a curiosity. Their arms (STURE of
Sidmouth) were "or a star sable". This was the coat used by Edmund STURE
(STARRE) Recorder of Exeter during the Civil War and it appears on the walls
of Exeter Guildhall. Rev Hornby STEER mentions him in his article.>
Does this mean the STAR family are ours too?
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I have a Philip STEER (born 1789) married Elizabeth FOALE.
Children - Mary (b.1813), Thomas L. (b.1816), Ann (baptised 28.3.1819), Philip (b.1821), Caleb (b.1822). All born in Bigbury. Two others born East Allington.
If Ann's father was a barrister, sounds like the family of Rev. W.Hornby STEER - not mine.
But there are very knowledgeable people on the STEER list. It may well be worth subscribing.
I've only just started researching my mother's Steer family. This is what I know from information handed down to me through the family (which may or may not be true as I have not fully checked it)
Philip STEER(b about 1784) married Ann Richardson 1st July 1811 at Plymouth Old Church.
Philip died aged 50 17.10.1834 and is burried at Plymouth Old church.
Ann died aged 73 25.11.1858 and is interred at Plymouth Cemetery.
They had the following children:
Philip Richardson Steer b 19.4.1812 baptised Stoke Dameral 17.5.1812
Valentine Steer b 18.9.1813 baptised Stoke Dameral 26th Sept
Benjamin Steer b 10.2.1816 baptised Stoke Dameral died 11.3.1817,burried Stoke Dameral
Ann Steer b 4.2.1818 baptised Stoke Dameral
Sarah Steer b 30.6.1819 baptised Stoke Dameral died 12.11.1836 aged 17 (?burried Plymouth Old church)
Philip Richardson Steer (a chemist) married Catharine Christianne (or Christina or Christiana) Watkins in april 1841 (in London I think)
they had the following children
Philip Watkins Steer b 1842
Catharine Mary b 1843
Thomas Richardson b 1845
Walter Fox b 1846
Ann b 1847 died young
Margaret ?Billinghurst b1849
Nellie died young
Thomas Richardson Steer married Kate Wallis in 1888 in Swanage where he moved to become minister of a nonconformist chapel.
They had the following children:
Catherine Emily Steer b1889
Philip George Steer b1890 died France 1916
Walter Waliis Steer b1891
William Lavington Steer b1894, my grandfather
Thomas Watkins Steer, b 1898
does anyone else connect with this family in any way?
The last will of Walter HAMLYN of Widecombe in the Moor, 8th April 1783. He
leaves his wife Ann an annuity of £8 to issue out of "Wooder"; to second and
fourth sons, John and James £100 each. To daughter Mary, wife of Digory
HILL, of the County of Cornwall, £100.
Mentions an illegitimate son, the child of one Margaret STEER, who is
entitled to "a legal settlement" at Bovey Tracey.
He leaves the Wooder estate to son Thomas and his heirs in fee-simple. To
son Richard, East Southway , in Widecombe. His "little mare" to John, son of
the said son John HAMLYN. Residue to wife Ann, who is sole executrix.
Sealed with the HAMLYN arms.
Proved 16th April, 1783.
(Archdeaconry Court of Totnes)
NOTE - Testator was the descendent of the third son of Robert HAMLYN of
Dunstone, etc., who dies 1556.
>From Charles WORTHY - Devonshire Wills: A collection - 1896.
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