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"The churchwardens of Seton aforesaid hold there one tenement with a
curtilege adjoining containing half an acre which is worth 8d. And two acres
of pasture worth each yearly 16d. And now the premises are granted to John
WALROND and Robert COBULE and William STORRE for the term of their lives
according to the customs of the manor by the aforesaid surveyors for a fine
of 6/8dpayable before and for confirmation 3/4d to be paid in the account
after the next account. And they pay yearly for all 5/8d.
NOTE - 1524 Subsidy Roll entries - Roger COBBEHILL G16. William STERRE G3.
Seton is now Seaton.
>From A survey of West country manors 1525 - The lands of the Marchioness of
Dorset, Lady HARINGTON and BONVILLE - Edited by T.L.STOATE 1979.
This Marchioness of Dorset was the great grandmother of Lady Jane GREY,
beheaded for treason in 1557, aged 17.
STEER, John of Sandford, weaver.
Date of Will 4 May 1741.
Proved 22 May 1741 by Mary Steer one of the executrixes.
To my cosen Jonas Steer best suit.
To my cosen William Steer son of Jonas 2nd best suit.
To John Plemsole, clothing.
To my wife Mary Steer and my child Elizabeth Steer (under 21) residue of my goods and I make them executixes.
If my child dies leaving no child my brothers sons shall have 20 pounds each and their daughters 10 pounds between them.
Witnesses: John Challacombe, Benedict Pain.
Inventory by John Cook and Benedict Pain, 20 May 1741.
22 serges and money in the tuckers hands 63 pounds 18s.
Warp and wove, glue and furral yarn and harness 11 pounds.
7 pair of looms 6 pounds.
2 dressing bords and their furniture 14 pounds 5s.
Bible and other books 5s.
household goods in detail.
One dwelling house in Crediton 16 pounds.
Sum 198 pounds 10s.
(Consistory Court, Exeter)
STEER, Bernard of Sandford, mason.
Date of Will 8 February 1760.
Proved 12 June, 1760 by executrix.
To Francis Norrish my sister, widow, 5 pounds.
To Charles Mawry son of Thomasin my sister 1 pound 10s a year, during his apprenticeship and 40s more at the end of his apprenticeship .
To my brother Charles' 2 sons Robert and William 1s each.
Residue to my wife Sarah, executrix.
Witnesses: John Treneman, Susannah Treneman, Alexander Vicary.
(Consistory Court, Exeter)
John STEER - a 26 year old mason arrived on his own in Galveston on 11 May
1849 on board the barque Issabella from Torquay.
Was this the start of the STEER tribe in Texas?
And where did he come from?
STEERE, Bartholomew, junior of South Tawton, batchelor.
date of Will 7 July, 1719.
Proved 28 january 1719-20, by William Steer, brother and executor.
To Mary Steere daughter of my brother William Steere 50 pounds.
To Grace Steere daughter of my brother William Steere 30 pounds.
To my sister Prissilly Brocke 10 pounds.
To my brother John Steere 10 pounds.
To my sister Grace Battishill 3 children one silver spoon to each.
To William Steere son of my said brother William Steere a silver cup.
To Elizabeth Steere daughter of John Steere of Cullyford 2 silver spoons.
To Philip Burgoyne 4 ewes and lambs (son of Robert Burgoyne and Jane Steer).
I give to Oliver Boden all that is due from him to me.
To my 7 workmen 2s each.
To Grace Bery 1s.: To Mary Tooker 5s.
To Jane Heard 1s.
The right and interest I have in a tenement called Little Cocktree in South Tawton to my brother William Steere on condition that he suffer my father Bartholomew Steere and my sister Grace Battishill and her children to have their dwelling and pasturing for one horse and one cow on the premises.
All debts which my brothers and sisters owe to me I give to them.
Residue to my brothers and sisters which have no legacies here given to them.
Executor my brother William.
I desire my brother John Steere of Cullyford and my brother John Steere of Jusment to be rulers and trustees.
Witnesses: John Crispin, Mary Bremelconde, Robert Hore.
I have just sent the following to Stephen, so here it is for all. Hope it
may be useful
At Stoke Fleming
SF1 HENRY STEER born 1754 died 1823 (his is the will I posted)
JOANNA STEART born ???
SF1-1 HENRY STEER born 1785 died 1792
SF1-2 JOANNA STEER born 1786
SF1-3 MARY STEER born 1795
SF1-4 SUSANNA STEER born 1798
SF1-5 WILLIAM STEER born 1801
SUSANNA ??? born 1802 died 1828
Is the Mrs STEER one of the Hornby STEER tribe?
And two more Borough entries!
OWNER ADDRESS OF OWNER A.R.P ESTIMATED GROSS RENTAL
STEER James Calmstock 22.2.- £39.10.0
STEER John Churchstone 40.-.15 £70
STEER John Moreton 18.1.14 £47
STEER Mary Diptford 80.-.4 £90
STEER Mrs Whitchurch, Hereford 153.3.19 £188.10.0
STEER Philip Borough 71.-.39 £82
STEERE Thomas Borough 57.3.4 £89.5.0
STURE Samuel H. East Prawle 39.2.28 £40.8.0
ARP = acres, rods, poles
Only two entries in the 1887 transcript by Col Chester
STEERE, John, of Wootton, co. Surrey, gent., bachelor, about 26, son of John
STEERE, of same, gent., who alleges, and Mrs. Fiducia LEE, of Kirford, co
Sussex, spinster, aged about 16, consent of father and mother, at St
Mildren, Broad St or . 30 Oct 1675 V
STEERE, Thomas, Taylor, and Isobell KNOWSLEY, spinster, of St Edmund,
Lombard Street, daughter of William KNOWSLEY, late of Denbigh, in Wales,
weaver, deceased . at St Bennet, Paul's Wharf. 13 Aug 1585. B
STEER, John of Huxham, senior.
Administration of above John.
Bond of John Steere of Huxham, gent., Batholomew Steere of South Tawton, yeoman and John Adams of city of Exeter, inn holder.
Dated 10 January 1700.
Condition that John Steere shall administer goods of John Steere his father late of Huxham.
Inventory 9 January, 1700 by Bartholomew Steere and Thomas Kelland and Edward Cokayne.
Sum 136 pounds 14s.
Exhibited 10 january 1700 by John Steere son and administrator.
STEER, William of South Tawton.
Administration of abovementioned William, granted 7 January 1666 by John Steere his brother.
Bond of John Steere of South Tawton, gent., and William Coggan of Huxham, gent., in 100 pounds.
Dated 7 February, 1666.
Condition that John Steere shall administer goods of William Steere his brother.
(Archd. of Exeter).
STEERE, Richard of Crediton.
Administration of abovementioned Richard, granted 19 February, 1700 by John Steere brother of deceased (Grace Steere the relict having renounced).
Bond of John Steere of Colebrooke, yeoman, Christopher Cobley of Crediton, weaver and Philip Lendon of Crediton, sleamaker in 100 pounds, dated 19 February, 1700.
John Steere being admitted administrator of Richard Steere his brother, late of Crediton, shall administer.
Renunciation of Grace Steere of Crediton, widow and relict of Richard Steere of Crediton in favour of John Steere of Colebrooke, yeoman who is the greatest creditor of my late husband.
18 February 1700.
Witnesses: David Vicarye, William Steere, Christopher Cobley.
Inventory by William Steere of Crediton, yeomen and james Venn of same, coardwiner, 18 February, 1700.
for combwooll and yearne 1 pound 7s.
for one standard, two quill Turnes, one willay, two swift stooks and swifts 6s.
3 pair of Wooll Combs and wrench 5s 6d.
46 lbs of wooll out to spinsters 3 pounds 1s 4d.
Sum 32 pounds 4s 21/2.
(Consistory Court Exeter)
I joined the Steer list alittle while ago but until now have had no chance to contact you all.
I have seen some wills posted, and thought that it might be of interest that the following Webb site is said to calculate sums from 1600 onwards into current values - www.eh.net/hmit
My Steer interests - I am related to the Steers of South Milton (and Jack Steer ) my Great great Grandfather was Jarvis V Steer.
I am related to the Jaspers via Jane Steer (my great X4 Grandmother )who married John Lethbridge.
My husband is related to the Steer/Grills via Sarah Steer who married William Cowle ( his Great x 4 Grandparents ).
It is possible that he is also related to Philip the Blacksmith - if anyone has worked out the Relationship to the Edwards - Ann Sture who married Richard Edwards( his great x 3 grandparents ) Has this link been made does anyone know ?
Looking forward to more Steer research
Jacqueline Edwards Researching Devon Names -
Edwards, Trute/Trout, Luscombe, Palmer, Seccombe,
Elliot/Elliott, Lethbridge, Hyne/Hine, Steer/Stear, Beer,
Damerall/Damarel, Shephard, Wills, Burgoyne, Diggins,
Browning,Pillage,Whiting,Farley,Wakeham, Hatch, Pridham,
Lillicrap, Rhyall, Eastcot, Cole,Voyzey/Voysey/etc,Foot,Drown,
Lapthorn, Partridge, Burnell,.........
STERE, George, the elder of South Tawton, husbandman.
Date of Will 11 November, 1668.
Proved 27 October, 1669 by John Stere, son and executor.
To my wife 4 pounds, and she shall have the bed she now uses and the little crock and the great kettell and one messe of pewter vessells and the little new chamber and a quarter of the garden, so long as she lives.
To my daughter Elizabeth 4 pounds, the bed she uses and all her own goods and the little new chamber and 1/4 of the garden after my wife as long as she is unmarried.
To every of my grandchildren 2s 6d.
Residue to John my son, executor.
Witnesses Jane Whitte, John Oxenham.
Inventory 23 February 1668 by William Weekes, John Oxenham.
For the estate in Wessweek? after the estate granted by him 3 pounds 10s 10s.
For the colle in the moore 2 pounds.
Sum 19 pounds 6s. 8d.
Exhibited 27 October, 1669 by John Steare, son and executor.
(Archd. of Exeter)
STEERE, John of Crediton
Administration of abovementioned John.
Inventory of goods of John Steere deceased the 22 February, 1656 of Crediton, taken by John Watts and Richard Shillcot of Crediton, 23 February 1664.
2 pairs of lambs 2 pounds.
and household goods
Sum 7 pounds 9s 6d.
Exhibited 3 March 1664 by Thomas Steere son and administrator of John Steere late of Crediton deceased.
(Consistory Court Exeter)
STEERE, John of South Tawton, yeoman.
Date of Will. 7 May 1661.
Proved 10 April, 1662 by Katherine and William Steere, executors.
To my son John 100 pounds to be paid to him within two years of my death, and 30 ewes and 30 lambs, my second best brasspan and two messe of pewter vessel and one crock and two silver spoons.
My son Bartholomew and his heirs shall for ever have and enjoy that tenement in Arscott in South Tawton now in the possession of Allice and Thomsayne Reade or one of them.
To said Bartholomew my third best brasse pan, one messe of pewter vessells, 2 silver spoons, one crocke, 30 ewes and 30 lambs and one gray nag.
To my daughter Elizabeth 100 pounds and 3 silver spoons.
To Nicholas Gidley my brother in law best suit.
To my cousen John Heard second best suit.
To the poor of South Tawton 20s.
To Richard gale my apprentice a ewe.
Residue to Catterine my wife and William Steere my eldest son, executors.
Signature John Steere
heraldic seal (A heater shaped shield bearing 10 roundels 4,3,2,1.)
Witnesses: Bartholomew Gidley
Mark of William Steere
Inventry by William Steere and Nicolas Gidley, 4 June. 1661.
Silver spoons and salt 4 pounds
Oxen 22 pounds.
9 KIne 22 ponds 10s.
Bullock 20 pounds.
Other farm stock.
Woll and yarn.
All 150 pounds. Sum 506 pounds.
Here is the next will : I think I have one or two more. Doubtless there
will be ways of tracing Henry's service in the RN.
The last Will and Testament of me Henry Steer now resident at Stoke Fleming
a superannuated Cook of the Royal Navy made and published this twenty first
Day of October One Thousand and Eight Hundred and Twenty three in manner
following (that is to say) In the first place I will and direct that all my
just debts be fully paid and discharged and in the next place I give and
bequeath to my dear wife Joanna Steer All that my leasehold dwelling House a
cottage situate at Stoke Fleming aforesaid for all the residue and remainder
of my Leasehold Interest therein And I do also give and bequeath unto her
my said wife Joanna All my Household Goods and Furniture and all my other
Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and do hereby make
and constitute her whole and sole Executrix of this my last Will and
Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day
and year first above written.
Henry X Steer
Signed selaed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his
last Will and Testament in the presence of Thos Bold and Isaac Thorn
Henry died on the 27th October 1823. Joanna proved the will on 1st January
Dear Mike and all the Listers,
Going through my notes I have found the following, which fits in with the
wills which Mike has been sending us.
Trinity Term 1606 : 4 James I : DIPTFORD.
Decree of the Court of Wards and Liveries, discharging the manor of
Farleighe, Dipforde and Goosnall with all other lands of Henry Sture, a
minor, son of Henry Sture Esq., son of John Sture Esq., from a charge of 147
pounds and 2 shillings and 9 pence imposed by the Auditors General,
following the Inquisition post mortem of John Sture, taken at Tavistock 22nd
July 1591, for non-prosecution of livery by Henry Sture the father between
2nd September 1601, when he came of age, and 25th March 1605. Charge was
levied at 40 pounds and 17 shillings and 1 and a half pence per annum.
Edward Cooke, Esq., an executor of Henry Sture's will, has proved that the
deceased tendered livery etc., but died 22nd April 1605 before it was sued
out. His inquisition post mortem was taken at Kingsbridge 26th August
1605. Henry, his son, was then aged one and a quarter years.
There are over 500 STEER/STURE etc entries on the Ellis Island site -
I expected to find entries from all the Scandinavian and Baltic states. What
was a surprise was that there are a number from Hungary, which I thought was
a little bit out of the Germanic/Norse sphere of influence.
Have found another Jasper - this time emigrating to America. He went through
Ellis Island in 1898 and appears to have going to join his brother William.
Jasper STEER, aged 26 of Kingsbridge.
Single farmer, en route for East Bughton?, New York, paid for own ticket, no
onward ticket, brother Thomas in Beckwith?, New York, not a polygamist,
never been in prison, in good health, left Liverpool on the Campania on
26.11.1898, arrived 2.12.1898. Cash in hand £2 or $10 (difficult to read)
Has anyone any further information to link him with others of the same name
and does anyone know what happened to both Jasper and his brother in New
>From J.S. Cockburn (1976). Western circuit assize orders, 1629-1648. Camden Society.
842 (1639). Order discharging William Milford, gent., William Oxenham, gent., Henry Powlesland, Henry Bourne, Mark Slowman, Richard Hole, John langworthy, Richard Weekes and John Steere, all of South Tawton, from petty jury service at this assizes and for the future on the ground that they are tenants in ancient demesne.
Thanks, Jack, for the Who's Who entry about William Reed Hornby Steer.
Oddly my maternal grandfather was one William Reed, who was born at Kirkee
near Poona in India and married his first cousin, Nora Reed of Bristol.
Does anyone know what happened after William Reed Hornby Steer died ? He
must have been the last of that branch, as his uncle, Philip Wilson Steer,
was also unmarried. The art critics, including my friend Dr Ysanne Holt,
don't seem to know where to apply to for permission to reprodice PWS
paintings and sketches, etc. Any ideas ?
STURE, Henry esq., 3 James I. (1605).
Chancery Inq.p.m. Ser. II. Vol. 334 (59).
Bad condition used also W. & L. Inq.p.m. Vol. 51 No 87.
m.1. Commission directed to William Strode knt., Edward Seymour knt., George Southcote knt., Humfry Weare, esq., feodary Thomas Thompson esq., escheator and Richard Wolfe, gent. Dated at Westminster 22 June 3 James I. (1605).
m.2. Devon. Delivered into court 20 April by Thomas Hutton gent.
Inquisition taken at Kinsbridge 26 August 3 James I. (1605) before the feodary the escheator & Richard Wolfe after the death of henry Sture esq., by the oath of Hugh Heale, John Bere, Thomas Gilberd, Robert (Gilberd), Martin Gilberd, George French gentlemen, Robert Prest, Alexander Warde, Geoffrey Yabbe, William harradon, William Howse, John Clarke, William Browne, Thomas French & John Rapp; who say that John Sture esq., father of Henry named in the commission was seised of a messuage &c. in Bradleigh Scobbles Hill & Wheldon. &c. (1).
His lands descended to henry his son named in the commission who on 30 April last past (1605) made his will (recited). He desired to be buried by his ancestors in the church of North Huish. Acknowledges a debt of 780 pounds to Richard Cole of Buclish, & another of 130 pounds to William Strode gent., sometime of Carswell deceased truly part of the 780 pounds. Bequeathes the barton & farm of Slade to his cousin John Ruscombe esq., & to his brother-in-law Edward Cooke esq., to be sold to pay the said debt & to pay 250 pounds to his sister margaret Sture to whom he also bequeaths 50 pounds. Money legcies to his servants, John Tabb, Philipp Foxeworthie, Roger Blanke, John Killard, John Foxeworthie; to the poor of North Huish, Ugborough and Dipford, Two tenements in Moorley in the tenures of William Oldruyve & David darke he bequeaths to his brother in law Sir William Coke knt., in trust for "the child wch now goeth with yf it be a sonne"; is a daughter, the said Two tenements to !
Henry Sture son & heir.
Goods & chattels to his wife and the said son "to be devyded betwixt them by the saide John Luscombe". lands in Woodbury, held of the vicar choral of Exeter cathedral to his wife
(1) See C. Inq. p.m. Ser. II Vol. 229 (141). John Sture.
His brother William Sture has mortgaged to him a tenement in North Huish in the tenure of John Tozer; he cancels the said mortgage & nequeaths the tenement to his said brother. Bequeaths the manor of Halstowe in the parish of Dunsford which he shares with his cousin John Luscombe & also the moiety of the manor of Staverton to the said Edward Cooke & John Luscombe, for 20 years, during which time they shall pay the issues to his wife & son.
Provisions as to the unknown child. 100 pounds to his brother Tristram Sture. Mentions "Sir Edward Grevilles debt"; co. warwick. Appoints his wife executrix & John Luscombe & Edward Cooke overseers.
His wife Frances is yet living.
Lands as in previous inquisition. The tenements in Lapthorne are held by John Gyles esq., the capital messuage of Slade is worth nought during the life of John Prideaux widow after her death 5 pounds yearly.
Henry Sture died 22 April last past (1605)
Henry son & heir aged 1i/4 years.
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