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The Torbay household and business directory 1911-12 published by Wm . J.
MCKENZIE, at the "Torquay Times" Office, 64, Fleet Street, Torquay includes
a number of STEER/STURE entries. It is an alphabetical list of householders
with the letters at the end of each name and address signifying the wards In
which the homes are located - B-Babbacombe, M-St. Marychurch, TD-Torwood,
C-Chelston, S-Strand, W-Waldon, E-Ellacombe, T-Torre, U-Upton.
The STEER/STURE entries are:-
STEER Alexander H., 43 South Street, T
STEER John H., 183 Lymington Road, U
STEER Alfred L., 3 Farley Terrace, U
STEER, William, 5 Balaclava Cottages, B
STEER, Henry C., 24 Compton Place, M
STEER George, 17 Corporation Buildings., S
STEER George D. 16 CarIton Road, B
STEER Frederick, 24 Sherwell Hill, C
STEER, Ernest George, 10 Westbourne Rd.
STURE, Richard, 5 CarIton Road, E
Does anyone know any more about these people. Two at least are cousins of
mine. My 3x great grandparents were:-
John STEEAR/STEER/STEAR - 10.9.1780 baptised South Milton - 30.3.1863 died
South Milton. Married 10.7.1806 in South Milton to Elizabeth MADDICK -
1.11.1778 baptised Dean Prior - 27.1.1866 died South Milton.
The youngest child of John STEER and Elizabeth MADDICK was
Alexander STEER - 4.4.1824 baptised Thurlestone - >1880 Torquay. Married
7.5.1848 in South Milton to Sarah LUCKHAM - 29.2.1824 baptised South Milton
Children of Alexander STEER and Sarah LUCKHAM
Alfred L. STEER - 1850/1 born Torquay
Probably Alexander H. STEER - 1850/1 born Torquay. Married <1882 in Torquay?
to Elizabeth ? - 1850/1 born Torquay
I use Archive CD Books to help with my research
Hello Listers! My Steers can be traced to Derbyshire when Dorothy Steere was Christened 30 November 1584 in the parish church in Darley. She married my ancestor Raffe Wilgoose 23 September 1610 and was buried 27 March 1657. Her father was Henri Steer who died in 1627. I wonder if anyone knows whether they are connected to the Devonshire Steers or are a completely different branch? Best wishes for successful digging, K
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Does anyone know any descendents of this couple? Jessie was my great aunt and I would like to know more about her.
There is a family of STERRE or STORRE of Seaton who are believed to be 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 and a whole family collection in
the 1851 census in Exmouth. 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 poem:
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.
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
STEER is one of those names that appears to have more than its fair share of
spelling variations. Early spellings include STYR, STIR, STUR, STURE, ESTUR,
FITZSTUR and apart from the more obvious ones like STEER, STEERE, STEAR,
STEARS and STEERS, I am also aware of STEIR, STEEIRE, STAR, STARE, STERRE
I am not at all sure, but perhaps STARR is a corruption of STURE.
Many thanks for taking the time to share the information on your STEER
family with us all. It made sense and put into context both the snippet that
Philip found and also of a fair number of other comments that have been made
about a STEER being vicar of Ecclesfield.
The only query I have is an admission of my woeful ignorance. You wrote:-
<8 i. Elizabeth STEER was born about 1750? She died without issue according
to the SoG STEER pedigree. Elizabeth died before 4 September 1781 in Belton,
Lincolnshire, at approximately 31 years of age. Elizabeth STEER, d. of
William STEER of London.>
It is the SoG STEER pedigree that I know nothing about and I'd be grateful
Pam Bowring has very kindly passed on a copy of the STEER records for
Dodbrooke that she collected from the SoG library.
Do let me know if you want a copy.
>From this week's Genuki Family History News (89)
An absolutely wonderful site concentrating on medieval
genealogy. If you are lucky enough to be able to trace a line of
your family back to medieval times then this site will
be absolutely essential for your research. Medieval
genealogy is notoriously difficult, and sources become
more confused and more vague. This site easily guides
you through the different types of source material you
might find and why they are relevant. There are links
to online genealogies and further information on
medieval genealogy as well. Wonderfully simple and
easy to navigate this is a really well put together
This is a webpage dedicated to Stoke Dameral in Devon,
although the Section I particularly liked had a far wider
relevance. Most of the site is collections of small
pieces of information, and links to further
information. However there is one section of the site
which i found superb. This was an index to middle
names occurring in the IGI. Middle names can be good
pointers in our family history, but the IGI does not
include them in it's index, and cannot search by them.
This site includes a middle name index for the IGI for
Devon, and may help to strengthen possible ties. Easy
enough to navigate i had no problems with the
structure or design of the site
I can't see anything obvious for your New Jersey/Pennsylvania STEER family,
but that does not mean very much as that area is not one for which I have
much information. Have you tried a Google search on http://www.google.com/
for John Steer New Jersey or whatever you choose.
Is there anyone out there who can help with this query? Just to remind
everyone Helen is looking for John Wesley STEER (also known as Jack) son of
Edward (a painter) from NJ and Anna Elvira (maiden name FETTEROLF, past
married names GREEN, FIZELL with 1 other possible marriage) from Ohio.
Edward's father was a cabinet and coffin maker.
John and Anna STEER had 2 biological children Eva Virginia STEER - born
16.4.1923 and George Fredrick - 1.3.1926, also 2 children from Anna's
previous marriage Raymond and Melvin FIZELL and 1 adopted son Everett Warren
Doesn't anyone have anything in Virginia pre 1726? My Abel Steers bought a tract of land in Spotsylvania County, Virginia in 1726. In the deed he was described as a "planter", of King William County, VA. HELP!!!
Dear cousins all,
I have found two or three curious items or anomalies.
I inherited from my father, Herbert Philip, several photocopies from PRs
sent to him by the DRO in the 1970/80s. One is a page (maybe a Bishop's
Transcript), which is a copy of the Moreleigh register from Ladyday 1788 to
Ladyday 1789. My father put a red star against the third entry : 17th June
1788 baptism of George, son of Mr George Steer (sic) and Ann his wife.
However I now notice further down there is also an entry of a marriage by
license between Stephen Gardener, farmer of Stokenham, and Sarah Steer,
widow : dated 25th November 1788.
The final entry on the page is for the burial of Mrs Frances Laskey, and
this is followed by the signature of the Rector, John Laskey, (?her
son/brother-in-law) and that of George Steere (though the final "e" may just
be a flourish!), who presumably was the churchwarden that year.
My first question is "to whom does this George Steer belong and where" ?
My second is "could he be the George Steer of Aveton Gifford, who married
Mary Winsor of Churchstow, at Churchstow on 28th November 1786" ? The
signature of George Steer is the same in the Churchstow register as on the
transcript at Moreleigh, including the final "e" or flourish.
However, question three is "what about the wife's name" ? Is is Ann or
Mary ? The banns and the marriage entry both state "Mary Winsor,
spinster", but when it comes to the signature it says "The mark of Ann +
Winsor" This is a puzzle, unless, of course, she was Mary Ann (as so many
then as now seem to have been)
But how, if I am right, did George Steer from Aveton Gifford become
churchwarden at Moreleigh so quickly, unless he had had links there
earlier...i.e. as a descendant of George Sture and Sarah Foale perhaps ?
I think I need a helping hand and, as there is a Steer Roots Group, I know
that helping hands are near at hand. A handsome sentence !!
Best wishes as ever,
ENGLAND. Yorkshire Strays, from the 1851 and 1881 Census.
"Strays" refers to those born in Yorkshire who were elsewhere
when the census was taken. More than 10,000 are listed so far.
Earlier this month Rebecca wrote the following :-
> Now onto the Modbury Robert Steer, who was born to Francis Grills Steer and
> Mary Ann Morgan in Modbury in 1802. To give some idea of the distances the
> family travelled (as far as Bishopsteignton hopefully)
> 1.Agnes Grills born in Woodleigh 1722.
2.Her son, Francis Grills, born in 1761 in Bigbury, married in 1786 in
3.His sons, Robert, born in 1802 in Modbury - married???? AND Francis
> b. 1795 Modbury and married in 1813 in Plympton St Mary (although all of
> his children were then christened in Modbury).
> All of these places are in East South-East area, is it likely that if one
> son Francis travelled to Plympton St. Mary to get married, then another
> travelled to Bishopsteignton? Sure, I know Bishopsteignton is a lot
> further, but still...
> Keep in mind that Robert Steer and Sarah Turner called two of their
> children Francis and Mary Ann. The original research I had found was from
> the Ancestral Files, and a lady a few suburbs from me had written that
> Robert's father was Robert Grills Steer, who doesnt seem to have ever
> existed. She had to have got this notion from somewhere.
> Any ideas/thoughts would be appreciated
As to the distances Rebecca mentions, I would comment that it was usual to
be married in the bride's home parish, after which their new home could be
anywhere : so I don't think that journeys to Plympton St Mary or to
Bishopsteignton would be unusual.
Now I have the following for this family, and am interest that Rebecca says
that FRANCIS (G5/5) was married in Plympton St Mary in 1813. I have him
married to GRACE, but no surname for her and no place or date of marriage.
Can anyone confirm this ?
> FRANCIS GRILLS (G5) and MARY ANN had nine children, as follows :-
> G5/1 BIDDY MORGAN STEER baptised 4th May 1787 at Bigbury [PR]
> G5/2 AGNES STEER baptised 6th March 1789 at Bigbury [PR]
> G5/3 MARY STEER [twin ?] baptised 5th August 1792 at Bigbury [PR]
> G5/4 GEORGE STEER [twin ?] baptised 5th August 1792 at Bigbury [PR]
> buried 20th February 1835, aged 43 years, at Modbury [MI]
> G5/5 FRANCIS STEER baptised 6th March 1795 at Modbury [PR]
> married to....... GRACE (no surname yet)
G5/6 PETER STEER baptised 29th December 1797 at Modbury [PR]
> G5/6a ELIZABETH STEER baptised 11th July 1800 at Modbury [via John Parke - PR
> G5/7 ROBERT STEER baptised 3rd December 1802 at Modbury [PR]
> G5/8 WILLIAM STEER baptised 22nd November 1805 at Modbury [PR]
> G5/9 NANCY STEER baptised 6th October 1809 at Modbury [PR]
> married 1828 (?) at Modbury to JAMES FOX
> FRANCIS (G5/5) and GRACE STEER had three children, as follows :-
> G5/5-1 FRANCIS GRILLS STEER born 1814 : baptised 1st April at Modbury :
> died 1816 aged I year and 10 months
> G5/5-2 WILLIAM STEER born 1815 at Modbury
> G5/5-3 FRANCIS GRILLS STEER born 1822 : baptised 3rd April at Modbury
As ever still on the search,
I've just had a really nice message from Pam Bowring which includes
<I then discovered the STEER Rootsweb site. That was like Christmas!>
She is not a STEER but is doing work on behalf of an old friend (Maria) who
lives in Wembury and does not have a computer. Maria is a member of the
Local History Society which is mounting an exhibition on 6th and 7th of
April entitled "Landlords to Labourers, an exhibition of Local and Family
History". Maria is keen to show her work but Pam feels they need to ask
permission to show her STEER ancestry before the George STEER who married
Fanny PROUSE. I've told her that I could not envisage any copyright issues,
but she may write to one or two list members just to make sure.
She has also passed on a couple of bits of information
1. The marriage of Henry STEER, b 1822 to Susan WILLIAMS was on 14.3.1843 at
Dodbrooke Parish Church. Source, GRO cert.
2. There seem to be 2 different dates given for the burial of Agnes STEER
nee GRILLS. Arthur has her buried April 1793 at Bigbury (STEER-L 23.6.2001)
and Philip has 16.9.1766 again Bigbury (STEER-L 22.1.2002). I think the 1766
is the correct one for this Agnes and the 1793 date seem to be for Agnes
Grills STEER, daughter of George STEER and Fanny nee PROWSE.
3. There has been some correspondence re looking at the Ashprington PR. The
following are STEER entries but might not be exhaustive as I was looking for
Betsey STEER daughter of Philip and Mary 30.10.1786
John STEER son of Philip and Mary (buried age 6 in 1796) 5.5.1790
Sarah STEER daughter of Philip and Mary, private bap 26.4.1798
Could these be children of Philip and Mary nee PAIGE?
William STEER to Mary HEAD, 16.11.1790, both sojourners.
William STEER of Halwell to Mary MAUNDER OTP, 14.6.1791.
Found this BROWN family web site which includes a Hannah STEER, born 1779
daughter of John and Mary nee GEORGE.
The site is at http://www.angelfire.com/me3/families/beckler/brown.htm and
there are a lot more BROWNs on it.
Can someone please confirm that this is part of the Ulster STEER family that
migrated to Pennsylvania and then Virginia
Richard BROWN born 31.3.1693 New Garden, Chester, Pa. married (1) 6.11.1717
Hannah REYNOLDS (11.1.1697-13.5.1726) at Pa. (2) 9.2.1730/1 Rachel BEESON
(d/o Edward BEESON) - no issue. (3) 24.10.1733 Mary NORTON (d/o Edward
NORTON) died 10.4.1745 Loudoun Co, Va.
(by 1st wife)
Richard born 1.3.1717/8 died 26.5.1725
Henry born 8.5.1720 Nottingham, Chester, Pa. married 31.5.1745 Esther HARRIS
(1724-1807) at Loudoun Co, Va. Died 1801 Loudoun Co, Va.
Hannah born 9.3.1747 Loudoun Co, Va. married 10.4.1776 Stacy JANNEY
(1745-1817, s/o William & Elizabeth (MOON) JANNEY) at Loudoun Co, Va. Died
1806 (7 children)
John born 16.12.1749 Loudoun Co, Va. married (1) 10.4.1776 Martha BALL
(18.12.1754-27.6.1784) at Loudoun Co, Va. (2)-? 1803 Phoebe HARRIS (3)-?
1817 Elizabeth DAVIS died 2.6.1828 Lincoln, Loudoun, Va. bur. Goose Creek
Mary born 1752 married 8.8.1770 James BALL (born ca 1751, s/o John Ball) at
Fairfax MM, Waterford, Loudoun, Va.
Esther born 1755 married 1.8.1794 Jacob SANDS (30.11.1744-1804, see SANDS
Henry married 26.3.1785 (wife's name unknown) at Loudoun Co, Va.
Anne born 1761 died 1763
Mercer born 1763 died 1769
William born 1766 married 1804 Hannah STEER (born 1779, d/o John & Mary
(GEORGE) STEER) died 1829
John Van Deventer born 1805 married (1) Harriet UMBAUGH (2) 1850 Asenath
STOCKS (1818-1898) died 1892
(by 1st wife)
(by 2nd wife)
Sarah Elizabeth born 1850 died 1943
Pleasant Hannah born 1852 died 1931
Stephen Sands born 1854 died 1928
Isaac born1856 died 1857
Roberta Ellen born 1858 died 1936
Mahlon Thomas born 1861 died 1908
Mary Steer born 1807 married Sidney WILLIAMS died 1892 (3 children)
Pleasant Hannah born 1814 married John WILLIAMS (1807-1874) died 1893 (8
Esther Rachel born 1817 married Henry VIRTS (1815-1887) died 1893 (4
These five turned up on various web sites whilst I was looking for that
STEER/DENNEY reference. Can anyone add any more to them.
DEBRETT'S BARONETAGE OF ENGLAND CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF ALL EXISTING
ENGLISH BARONETS 1828
SOURCE - www.accessgenealogy.com/baronets/harington.htm
HARINGTON, of RIDLINGTON, co. Rutland - 29 June 1611
Sir JOHN-EDWARD HARINGTON, Bart., born 1760, succeeded his father, Sir
James, in 1793 ; born 1764, married, 1787, Marianne, da. of Thomas Philpot,
esq., by whom (who d. 20 Dec. 1824) he has issue, 1. James, b. 30 Sept.
1788, m. in India 1816, Sophia, daughter of ___ STEER, of Chichester, esq.,
and has issue, John, b. 22 May 1821; 2. Edward-John, b. 26 Oct. 1793; 3.
Richard, b. 26 April 1800; 4. Robert, b. 22 Sept. 1801; 5. Maria, b. 13
April 1803, m. Charles Balfour, esq.
FAMILIES OF ROADE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, ENGLAND
SOURCE - Name Index - http://www.tech2u.com.au/~normtew/roade/ndxs.htm
John STEARS was born before 1764 in England
Known from marriage of his son. A weaver.
He had the following children:
STEER, Benjamin born about 1784 in Slapton, Northamptonshire. He married
Elizabeth PANTER on 27.6.1842 in Roade, Northamptonshire. Marriage (1842)
from Roade Parish Records, NRO ref 281p/59, no.29, a gardener of full age, a
bachelor of Roade. Spelling of surname taken from this record.
1851 census for Roade, enumerator 2, folio 246, page 11, schedule no.47. Age
66, a gardener. Surname unclear, read as STEARS here.
Elizabeth PANTER was born about 1797 in Cosgrove, Northamptonshire. Marriage
(18) from Roade Parish Records, NRO ref 281p/59, no.29, a widow of full age,
1851 census for Roade, enumerator 2, folio 246, page 11, schedule no.47. Age
OVERSEAL BAPTISMS, DERBYSHIRE 1851-1855
SOURCE - freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~brett/seal/overseal_bap55.htm
11.10.1855 - Arthur Preston LAKEMAN son of John Steer and Cecilia LAKEMAN of
Grangewood House, Netherseal. Surgeon. Born 7.7.1850
HISTORY OF THE PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS, SAMUEL P. BATES, HARRISBURG PA,
SOURCE - http://pacivilwar.com/cwpa01bornhtml
1881 SHIPS IN PORT IN THE UK
SOURCE - http://www.angelfire.com/de/BobSanders/HMSNANKIN.html
Vessel: "HMS Nankin" at Pembroke Dock
William Henry STEER U 18 M Plymouth, Devon Warrant Officers' Servant
Concerning Anastatia Steer, etc., I beg leave to subjoin, for the amusement of my readers, the following extracts from that curious work — "A View of Devonshire in 1630, with a Pedigree of most of its Gentry, by Thonas Westcote, Gentleman," which, though written so long ago, was only very lately published by subscription. Speaking of the great age of many persons in the county of Devon, the worthy author quaintly says —
"To add somewhat more concerning long life, it is to be proved, that Anastatia Steer, late of Roborough, lived full one hundred and forty years, double the age the prophet David allowed for old men in his time, when he said —
"Our time is three score years and ten
That we do live on mould;
If one see four score, surely then
We count him wondrous old."
The FFHS now have a web site at http://www.ffhs.org.uk/1901.htm#Hansard2 -
which gives some of the history of this nonsense and also invites people to
write to their MP to try and get the matter corrected. They have drafted a
letter for people to send (or email) and I have posted my version to Tony
Baldry, Banbury's current MP.
http://www.locata.co.uk/commons/ provides search facilities linking to a
page for each constituency which identifies its MP.
There is a full alphabetical list of MPs and their constituencies at
www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/alms.htm (with links to their e-mail addresses
and web-sites where applicable).
If anyone wants a copy of my efforts do get in touch.
From: Stanes, R. (2000). A history of Devon. Chichester: Phillimore & Co Ltd. pp. 122-123
ISBN 1 86077 092 4
" Some favoured areas were enabled by the railways to cash in on horticulture. Strawberry growing flourished in the Tamar valley from the 1870's, supplementing the already abundant cherries. Later, narcissi were introduced for the London market. Dawlish grew 'Devon violets"; Coombe Martin grew strawberries for Ilfracombe; Newton Poppleford early peas, and Alphington, gooseberries.
Such prosperity as there was did not filter through to the farm labourer until the last two decades of the century. In the 1860's when farm rents were at their highest, Devon farm workers' wages were only three quarters of the penurious national wage. Labourers were appallingly housed, worse educated and partly stupefied by abundant 'free' cider, which in fact formed part of their wages. It was these conditions which prompted Canon Girdlestone, vicar of Halberton near Tiverton, to harangue the farmers from his pulpit and in the press, and to organise the movement of labourers to better jobs in the north and overseas. He was horrified at the apathy of this 'beaten' class, but even he was reluctant to support the formation of a branch of Joseph Arch's farmworker's union.
The response of Devon country folk to their miserable conditions was to leave. Village populations reached their peak around 1850, wages their lowest level relatively in the 1860s. Between 1851 and 1901, some 371,000 folk, more or less the total population of the county in 1801, left Devon to find work elsewhere. Of these, 126,000 left England altogether. The population of most inland villages was halved. A village of 500 souls might have seen 350 leave in 60 years. These migration figures are higher than for other English rural areas, and higher even than the figures for southern Ireland between 1860 and 1880, after the famine. Economically perhaps, this migration was desirable; there was a need for labour elsewhere; but the human cost was immense. Of those who stayed, many were old and infirm, and the workhouses of Devon, the hated 'Bastilles", had relatively more 'aged and impotent' residents than in other parts of the country.
In contrast, some parts of the county, and some towns grew during this period. Plymouth's population grew from 43,000 in 1801 to 186,000 in 1901. By the latter date nearly a third of the population of Devon lived in Plymouth; in 1801 it had been one-seventh. In 1911 two thirds of the population lived in a few growing towns, or along the coast; in 1801 the figure had been one third. No less than 156,000 folk moved into Devon between 1850 and 1900, almost entirely to those growing towns and particularly Plymouth".
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