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I am interested in the family of Albert Steer. They lived in Marinette
Albert Steer was born in 1880 and died in 1949. He is buried in Pound,
WI. He married Anna Hanneman. They had 10 children: Gladys, Laura,
Myron, Albert, Eleanor, Milton, Everett, Linda, Loren, and a daughter.
Albert had a brother, Christoph, who was born on May 6, 1885, and died
on July 11, 1900. He is also buried in Pound, WI.
The following names have been sent me by Ethelda Peshko, OPC for that part of North Devon
Here are the Abbotsham STEERs from 1812 to 1856.
John STEER son of Anne and John (farmer) 2/4/1821 Pushil (usually spelt
Richard " " ' " 3/13/1822 Pushil
Mary Jane STEER Dau of Mary Ann and John 11/10/1844 (Heart of Oak Inn)
Sarah Ellen " " " 6/23/1850 "
Janet FEW - BucksMills(a)fewiow.freeserve.co.uk - is in the process of
preparing a booklet on the inhabitants of Bucks Mills, Devon to coincide
with a living history project in the village scheduled for next May.
She is very interested in obtaining a photo of a nineteenth century Bucks
If anyone can help Janet will they please get in touch with her.
>From Steer-D #175 Richard and Susannah Steer, who farmed in Huntshaw circa
1780 to 1810, had four daughters and two sons. One daughter, Betsey
Steer/Holmandied in 1833. The remaining children are all referred to in
Susannah's will of 1836. The mystery "child" was Ann Burdick for there was no
record of her birth or marriage to Mr. Burdick.. There was anisolated
marriage of Ann Steer to Richard Cook in 1807 that might have had relevance.
Thanks to the leg work of Helen Walker (no pun intended!) and Nicola
Aldridge's archives the story can be completed.
Ann Steer (d of Richard and Susannah) married Richard Cook on 30 January 1807
in Abbotsham. The witnesses were Catherine Cook (Richard C's sister) and
Richard Steer. This confirmed that Richard was in my direct Cook descent
line. To put it another way my ggg aunt married my ggggg uncle which confirms
reality in that the average life expectancy of a Steer has been some 10 to 15
years more than a Cook.
Sometime between 1816 and 1825 Richard Cook died for by 1826 Ann was
re-married to James Burdick, a widower since 1817. The essential information
is contained in the 1841 Census viz
James Burdick (60) carpenter, Ann (55), lodgers Elizabeth Cook (25) and
Samuel Burdick (15) joiner.
This puts Ann's birth about 1776 and nicely completes the unresolved issue in
Thank you ladies for your help.
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I am researching the families of Albert & Anna (Hanneman) Steer. If anyone can help, please contact me.
Two thoughts about George Spencer STEER (1889-1965).
1. Have you managed to get his birth certificate yet?
2. It is possible I can find his family on the 1891 census, but only if I
have an address. The 1891 census for London that I have is simply a copy of
the enumerators' sheets and has not been transcribed.
If you let me have the addresses of your new STEER cousins, I'll invite them
to join the list, unless you have already done so.
The STEERS entry is a photograph of a gravestone for Isabel Elena COATES
(nee Steers) born Montevideo 14.4.1917. Died Bath ?.1.199? and buried in All
Saints, Christian Malford, Wilts.
Has anyone come across a Uruguayan connection before?
Interesting commercial website at
A wide variety of reasonably priced UK Genealogy Data CDs and Discs,
a.. Devon - Tri-County CD of Devon, Norfolk, and Warwick. This CD pack contains photographs of churches, maps and details of these Counties. Only S&N.£9.95
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Just reposting my STEER interests as Ive recently been in touch with 2 new Steer cousins! Mine are from Wandsworth in South London and then Australia. My main interest is George Spencer STEER (1889 - 1965), an actor, whose stage name was Herbert MANSFIELD and his sister, Edie STEER, an actress - stage name sadly unknown, who apparently died very young sometime around the start of the First World War. Any information would be gratefully accepted!
I use ARCHIVE CD BOOKS
for my research
Found this by chance.
Civil Parish of Marazion, Eccl. Parish of St Hilary
Steer Villa,1,Thomas Richards,Head,M,62,,Artist In Hair,,Helston Cornwall,
,,,Harrietta Richards,Wife,M,,61,,,Truro Cornwall
Further to my pieces to Steer-D on 30/7/2002 #175 and 23/8/2002 #193,
further contributions from Helen Walker and Nicola Aldridge (with regard to
the Holmans) has firmed up the information as follows:
>From the headstone inscriptions in Abbotsham Churchyard Richard Steer was
born circa 1746 and died on 14/2/1833. His wife Susannah was born circa 1750
and died on 29/3/1839. Their fourth daughter Betsey was born in 1798, she
married Edward Holman on 13/5/1821 and had a daughter Susan White Holman (b
1821). The first son of Richard and Susannah, Peter (b Huntshaw 1790) and
Grace Hortop had a daughter Susan White Steer (b Northam 1829) so it is very
likely that the matriarch Susannah was surnamed White. Betsey died on
22/5/1833 so does not figure in her mother's will that was drawn in 1836.
Frances Cock married Thomas Holman on 16/10/1807 and he died on 5/10/1826.
One of their children, Jane married a Burdick which explains the grand
daughter, Frances Burdick, recorded in the 1851 Census being at Orchard with
John Steer (b Huntshaw 1792) and his second wife Frances, the widow of Thomas
Holman, who married John on 13/3/1828.
Transcribed by Kathryn Farrell, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Pedigree of STEER of Wirksworth
In 1702 Roger STEERE in Dale held under WIGLEYs Copyholders a Copy deed
Med W[irkswor]th Ch yd these obits
Edward STEAR ob 25 May 1769 = 19
Ruth STEAR ob 11 Apr 1770 = 22
Robert STEAR ob 11 Apr 1770 = 39
James STEAR ob 25 Apr 1767 = 27
Edward s[on] Robert STEAR 2 July 1777
Esther STEER 2 July 1770
Mary d Robert STEER 29 July 1768
01 James STEAR of Wirksworth Co Derby [c 16 Jul 1707 Wirksworth son Robert]
02 Hester daur of John BURTON* of Wirksworth Co Derby Tailor
[mar 6 Oct 1736 Wirksworth] In July 1790 she living a Widow & is
desc[ribed]d as dar & devisee of J. B. She conveyed a house on the
Causeway to her son Thos. Called a W[idow] in 1764 July
03 Robert STEER of Wirksworth afs Miner. [c 8 Dec 1738 Wirksworth] Made his
will 23d of March 1778. Bror-in-law James WRIGHT & bro Thomas STEER Exors.
Burd 15 July 1778 aged 36 yrs in 1775 on his being Interrogated in
04 Mary el dar of John WRIGHT of Bolehill in Wirksworth Yeoman. Marriage
Sett[lemen]t 5th Augt 1772 after marriage [mar 18 Oct 1759 Wirksworth]
05 James STEER [c 10 Feb 1744 Wirksworth] Burd 12 Apr 1767 as son of
James aet 27
06 Edward STEER [c 20 Apr 1750 Wirksworth] ob 25 May 1768 aet 19
07 Ruth STEER bur 16 Apr 1770 da of Esther ob 11 Apr 1779 aet 22
08 Thomas STEER of Wirksworth Shoemaker [c 19 Feb 1746 Wirksworth] Made his
Will 12 Novr 1805 Died 13th Nov 1805 aet 60
09 Sarah dar of John YATES of Middleton by Wirksworth Miner
[mar 14 May 1772 Wirksworth] died 14 July 1821 aet 70+
10 Esther STEAR bur 2nd July 1770
[children of Robert STEER & Mary WRIGHT]
11 James STEER of Wirksworth Miner [c 23 May 1768 Wirksworth]
[husband of Mary]
12 Mary STEER d Robert STEAR [c 26 Dec 1763 Wirksworth] bur 29 July 1768
13 Robert STEER of Wirksworth Cotton Spinr [c 5 Jun 1775 Wirksworth]
14 Hannah WOODHOUSE
15 Esther STEER [c 18 Apr 1760 Wirksworth] mard .... [Joseph] PEAT of
Kirk Ireton Co Derby Mason [mar 21 Jun 1779 Wirksworth]
16 Edward s[on] Robert S[TEER] [c 9 Apr 1777 Wirksworth] burd 2d July 1777
17 Martha STEER [c 16 Sep 1778 Wirksworth] bur 23 Feb:1779
18 Mary STEER of Wirksworth [c 1 Jan 1773 Wirksworth] mard John PEARSON of
Wirksworth Miner [mar 28 Apr 1807 Wirksworth]
19 Hannah STEER [c 20 Jan 1762 Wirksworth] mard Samuel COLLINSON of Wirksworth
Joiner [mar 8 Dec 1784 Wirksworth]
[children of Thomas STEER & Sarah YATES]
20 Phoebe d Thomas S[TEER] [c 13 Sep 1780 Wirksworth] bur Wirksworth 7 June 1776
21 Thomas son of Thomas STEAR [c 17 Sep 1777 Wirksworth] bur 10:Feb 1780
22 Thomas STEAR of Wirksworth afsd Shoemaker [c 18 Sep 1782 Wirksworth] by his
1st wife Sarah W[idow] of John HAWLEY of Wirksworth Miner & Innkeeper she
had no issue [she died] 13:July 1818 aet 40+ Mard to Mrs HAWLEY at Wirksworth
8 Jany 1816. Died at Hulme 6 May 1845 aged 63
23 .... [Elizabeth] daur of James WALL of Wirksworth Innkeeper & Haymaker
[mar 18 Jan 1819 St. Margaret's Leicester]
24 Robert STEER of Buxton Co Derby Shoemaker [c 18 Jan 1788 Wirksworth]
25 .... [Frances] dar Thomas WETTON of Hole House Wirksworth Farmer
[mar 7 Jun 1810 Wirksworth]
26 James STEER of London Watchmaker a[nn]o 1814
27 John STEER of Wirksworth afs Shoemaker of Belper 1828 md St Werburghs
28 Eliz da of .... BROWN of Outseats [mar 7 Mar 1831]
29 Sarah STEER [c 13 Jan 1773 Wirksworth] wife of John CHEETLE late of
Wirksworth but now 1825 of Manchester Butcher
[children of James STEER & Mary]
30 Robert STEER [c 1 Aug 1790 Wirksworth]
31 James STEER [c 29 Dec 1793 Wirksworth]
32 .... [Mary STEER c 1 Jul 1795 Wirksworth]
33 .... [Ann STEER c 26 Feb 1797 Wirksworth]
34 .... [Esther STEER c 11 Sep 1803 Wirksworth]
[There is also Elizabeth STEER c 3 Jun 1792 Wirksworth]
[child of Robert STEER & Hannah WOODHOUSE]
35 Robert STEER [c 26 Jan 1800 Wirksworth]
[children of Thomas STEER & Elizabeth WALL]
36 James STEER [c 25 Jan 1825 Wirksworth]
37 Thomas STEER el[dest] [c 17 Sep 1821 Wirksworth]
38 John STEER dead [bur 15 Nov 1829 Wirksworth]
[There is also Ellen STEER c 23 Jan 1825 Wirksworth]
*Thos BURTON's will dated 25 March 1727 & Proved at Lichfield 22nd Sept
same year. He had a son John & a son Edward & daur Esther & a wife Ruth.
John died before his father made his will as testator wishes to be buried as
near him as may be. He therein devises House & premises near the Wellstones
Wirksworth to his daughter Esther wch house being on the Causeway formerly
Wellstones her grandson Thomas STEER now 1826 belongeth.
Janet Few, 12 Ranelagh Road, Lake, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8NX UK. Email: BucksMills @ fewiow.freeserve.co.uk
At present the study concentrates on the thirty or so dwellings which comprise the modern village of Bucks Mills, formerly known as Buckish. At this stage Bucks Cross, now part of the parish of Bucks Mills, is not included. Until 1862 Bucks Mills was divided between the parishes of Parkham and Woolfardisworthy West. Sources used include:- parish registers, census returns, tithe schedules, Land Tax Assessments, monumental inscriptions, leases, oral evidence and estate papers. Over 500 people can be shown to have dwelt in the village at some time between 1780 and 1920. Predominant family names include (in order of frequency) Braund, Sanders, Pennington, Harris, Slee, Brend, Steer, Dark, Bagelhole, Crews, Hamlyn & Davey
Most of the stuff I have found on the NEWMAN family of Dartmouth indicates
that they were merchants with particular interests in Newfoundland and those
trading interests continued for about 300 years up to 1907.
There are various Newman Company Records at
ngb.chebucto.org/Articles/newman-idx.html and a description of the business
Neither the Universal British Directory - 1798 nor Pigot's Directory of
1822-23 have NEWMAN listed as a ship builder, but it may well be that ship
building was a minor part of their commercial activities and simply not
mentioned. They were clearly prominent business people in the town. For
example in 1798:-
Robert NEWMAN Esq. Mayor
Justices included Holdsworth NEWMAN
And traders listed included
Robert NEWMAN and Co. - Merchants
Susannah NEWMAN - Draper
William NEWMAN - Merchant
But in Pigot & Co.'s Devonshire Directory of 1830, not only are they in the
Nobility, gentry and clergy section:-
Rev. Richard NEWMAN, WadStray
Rbt. Wm. NEWMAN esq. Stokelee House
Rbt. Wm. NEWMAN esq. Sandridge House
William, NEWMAN esq. South Town
Other NEWMAN entries are under
Chymists and druggists - Thomas NEWMAN, Lower St
Linen and woollen drapers and mercers - Susan and Mary NEWMAN, Lower St
and finally a ship builder - Robert NEWMAN, Sand Quay
They are not listed as ship builders in 1850.
Web sites that may provide more clues include
Terry Partridge's South Hams family history site -
There is an on line parish clerk for Dartmouth, who may have more
information - Dianne - Dianne.y(a)ntlworld.com -
And there are two Dartmouth local history organisations which may also have
The Dartmouth History Research Group -
http://www.dartmouth.org.uk/history_research_group.htm - they also publish a
series of booklets including The Holdsworth and Newman Families priced at
£2.00, but it is a very brief paper on the families and I think is almost
exclusively about their political and trading activities.
The Dartmouth Museum - http://www.dartmouth.org.uk/museum.htm - Email:
My records show that Henry Steer B.1779 and who is the head of my family that
came over here to the USA was apprenticed by his father for 7 years and for
the amount of L200.I believe that this apprenticeship was done in Dartmouth .
I do show a Newman of New Quay as being the shipbuilder he worked with but
cant find anything about him or his business. Does anyone know anything of
this person - thanks henry steers
With the help of a distant cousin, discovered as a result of my family history research, we have traced our Steer family history back through Bletchingley, Surrey, Crowhurst, Surrey and Rusper, Sussex. The furthest ancestor we have traced is Raph (or Ralph) Steere who lived at Rusper at a farm known as Steers Hill. The farm is no longer there, but there is a modern road bearing that name today.
I think Raph was born in Capel, Surrey around 1530, father: John Steere.
I am aware of the ancient Steeres of Ockley and their country seat, Jayes Park.
I would like to know more of the history of this branch of the family since Capel is very close to Ockley, and I imagine Raph was a descendent of them. I also know that some American Steeres have traced ancestors who lived at Vann Farm, Ockley.
Any help and advice would be appreciated.
Thanks to the modern day Henry STEERS here is a little more background. This
is what Henry has written about his ancestor
<I'm sure he considered himself an engineer. His main focus was the
designing, building and repair of ships. I stumbled across a small blurb in
an old New York newspaper that mentioned him in 1828 as being a repairer of
ships without a shipyard. The article is reproduced here word for word "
there were at this time ten shipyards where vessels of all descriptions were
built... added to which there were several ship carpenters without yards,
that repaired vessels; like Henry STEERS, Cornelius POILLON, etc, etc. "
The journal relates that while in Mexico searching for other treasure he
supported himself and the others with him by setting up a ship repair
station. Henry STEERS b.1779 left a long line of nautical engineers his two
sons - James Rich and George (of yacht America fame) and James Rich's son
Henry (who was aboard the America when it sailed to Cowes). This new Henry
b. 1831 and d. 1903 became famous in his own right building many large ships
in the mid to late 19th Century (which we'll get into some other time).>
Henry has also sent me a copy of a newspaper report of the dinner held to
celebrate the America's victory at Cowes in 1851. A quite incredible binge
with some detail on George's work, numerous toasts, a number of chauvinistic
speeches and a fight between a policeman and an attendant - the attendant
won. It is perhaps a little long to post to the list, but I'll happily post
a copy to anyone who wants it. A taster of this article:-
<The next toast was--"The yacht America and her young designer-- her proud
achievements attest his genius and entitle hi to a name, which like hers,
speaks for itself." Music--"Star Spangled Banner."
Mr. Theodore E. Tomlinson replied on the part of Mr. STEERS as
follows:--Yes, gentlemen, "the yacht America and her young designer!" Mr.
STEERS, when only four years of age, came to this city - the central city of
the Western World - and which is destined to be the commercial centre of all
the world. His father was a shipwright - his brothers were shipwrights, so
that his success was not the success attributable to chance. We need not
look for its source in accident, fortune, or patronage - it sprung from
labour. He studied by night and dreamed by day of the "great ships which go
down to the sea." When fifteen years of age, he asked his father if he might
plan a boat; his father gave him his consent and he planned a boat. Its name
was Martin Van Buren and it outstripped all its competitors.>
STEER list coordinator
America arguably the most famous racing yacht in history was designed and
built to accomplish has single task: her purpose was to demonstrate to the
Old World that New World technology had matured enough not only to be
competitive, goal also to be superior.
In 1851, at the behest of six members of the fledgling New York Yacht Club,
designer George STEERS created plans for a fast "pilot" boat, utilizing the
reversal of the "cods-head-and-mackerel-tail" style of boat design.
The resulting, sharp-bowed, AMERICA-after some growing pains associated with
spar sizing and sail rig configuration-sailed for England to answer a
challenge from the Royal Squadron Yacht Club
LWL: 90' 3"
Sail Area: 5,263 sq. ft
Some early "jousting" with British vessels shortly after America's arrival
in the English Channel ended any element of surprise the Americans may have
hoped to use. Apparently It had become quite evident by all observers that
the schooner was very fast.
After waiting around for weeks for responses to her challenges, a year open
race sponsored by the Royal Yacht Squadron for the Hundred Guinea Cup,
finally provided America with a forum for victory.
August 22, 1851, America was declared the winner of is 53 mile clockwise
race around the Isle of Wight. After broad fireworks display viewed by about
7,000 onlookers, the crew was celebrated by the members of the RYS. And on
August 25, at her anchorage off Osborne House, the schooner was honoured by
a visit from Queen Victoria and her entourage. America was not to be back in
US waters for some time.
Upon returning to New York, Commodore Stevens presented the Hundred Guinea
Cup (now the America' s Cup) to the members of the New York Yacht Club At an
official reception of "ten races and 56 dishes".
America, just ten days after her victory at Cowes, was sold to Lord John de
Blaquicre, a prominent Huguenot. De Blaquierc raced America some, when he
became busy with his remarriage and military duties in the Crimean War, he
put the schooner up for sale. She was bought in 1856 by Henry Assembly Upton
(the Lord Templeton), who renamed her Camilla. Lord Templeton used the boat
rarely and she spent two years falling into disrepair before being sold to
Henry Sotheby Pitcher in 1858.
Pitcher was a shipbuilder and he rebuilt Camilla at his yard near Gravesend
(on the Themes). No major exchanges were made, the schooner's hull was
reconstructed, her masts shortened (due to belch) and the golden eagle was
removed from her transom. (In 1912 the Royal Yacht Squadron would purchase
the eagle and presented it to the New York Yacht Club, where it hangs today
in the club' s lobby, along with the ensign which was flown during the
Hundred Guinea Cup race).
The rebuilt Camilla was sold to Henry Edward Decie in 1860. Decie took her
to America the following year, most likely with the intention of providing
service to the southern rebels during the Civil War. And in fact she was
purchased later that year by the Confederates, in year arrangement that kept
Decie as her captain until 1862. The schooner had a relatively short history
as a blockade runner, (one account shows her renamed have Memphis) and she
was scuttled later in 1862 when Jacksonville was taken by Union troops.
A Union Navy Lieutenant had her raised and repaired. She was renamed America
and could go back to work, this time on the Union side of the blockade. In
1863 she was ordered to Newport into service as a training ship for
midshipmen at the U.S. Academy: She spent three years there, until the navy
tied her up at Annapolis near the Constitution. Drank in 1870 Admiral David
Porter, the Naval Academy's superintendent sent the America to the Brooklyn
Naval Yard, had America recommissioned (at a government cost of $89,000), so
that the schooner could participate in the first race for the "America Cup"
on August 8 of that year. The race, held in New York harbour, was won by the
schooner Magic, with America fourth out of 15 finishers on both elapsed and
corrected time. (The visiting challenger, Cambria, finished eighth one
elapsed time and tenth on corrected time.) America stayed in the navy for
the next three years, mostly day sailing in the Chesapeake.
Then, in a somewhat shady deal involving favouritism and the then Navy
Secretary George Mr. Robeson, America was sold to Benjamin F Butler, his
former Civil War Commander, for $5,000. However, Butler did refurbish the
boat and maintained her well. He used her a great deal, cruising and racing
her until his death in 1893. America passed to Butler' s son, who had little
interest in her and so turned her over to his nephew, Butler Hearts. Hearts
had her reconditioned in 1897. He did some racing and day sailing but did
not use her much after 1901, so Ames commissioned Walter Burgess to sell
With a group from the Cape Verdes interested in using the schooner as its
packet ship between New Bedford and the Cape Verdes . History has one group
on the East Coast of the States dead set against the boat leaving the U.S..
Naval Funds were collected and the boat was repaired and donated to the U.S.
Academy in Annapolis in 1921. Unfortunately America was not well maintained
at her new home and by 1940 she was in a state of serious decay. During
World War II she was hauled and stored in shed and was badly damaged when
the building's roof caved in during a snow storm in 1942.
After years of indecision, what was left of America was finally scrapped and
a scale model, which now sits in the Naval Academy's museum, was built.
This article was published in Summer of 95 in the Wing and Wing - the
official newsletter of the American Schooner Association.