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To liven the list up here is an early Westerham, Kent family.
I've been in contact with a Paddy Buckley (his line) about the early
Westerham, Kent STEER's that turned into STEERS.
We have a John STEER born about 1640? Married wife unknown, no burial found.
Mary bapt 23 April 1661 Westerham. Married 27 Feb 1704 Westerham to John
Mercy bapt 5 May 1662 Westerham. Probably buried Westerham 27 July 1698
(affidavit changing it from December).
John bapt 8 March 1663/64? Westerham. Married Elizabeth YOUNG 14 December
1693 St Saviour Southwark, as John STEERS, had 12 children. Details later.
Ann bapt 16 December 1666 Westerham. Married Henry TOLLER date unknown.
Lidathe bapt 16 August 1668 Westerham (probably Elizabeth).
Elizabeth no bapt found, married WILLETT, details unknown.
A child of John was buried 29 April 1669 Westerham.
John seniors wife died, no burial found. He re-married 28 October 1699
Westerham to Mary KING a widow.
John senior Yeoman of Westerham was buried 23 August 1708 Westerham. His
Will made 1704 proved 1709 names John STEER the younger, daughter Ann
TOLLER, daughter Mary SUMMERS and daughter Elizabeth WILLETT. He names
grandchildren of John as John, Henry, Elizabeth, Mary, Martha & Ann. John
senior is the one who purchased the parsonage at Westerham together with
James Hudson of London from Sir Marmaduke GRESHAM.
Second wife Mary was buried 17 October 1708 Westerham.
Children of John STEER junior:
Elizabeth STEER bapt 7 January 1694/95 Westerham died a spinster in 1767.
(Will as Elizabeth STEERS).
Mary STEERE bapt 3 June 1696 Westerham died a spinster in 1770. (Will as
Martha STEER bapt 2 May 1698 Westerham married Alexander PUXTY 10 May 1715
St Saviour Southwark, died before 1773, had one son named Alexander.
John STEER bapt 12 April 1700 Westerham buried 11 June 1714 Westerham.
Ann STEERE bapt 29 August 1702 Westerham died a spinster 1785. (Will as Ann
Henry STEER bapt 5 Jan 1705 Westerham. Married as Henry STEERS, Lisbon
merchant 26 October 1737 Cranbrook, Kent to Mary COOKE. Had 12 children some
in Lisbon, Portugal and others in the City of London. Died 1772. (Will as
William STEER bapt 6 December 1706 Westerham buried 7 July 1708 Westerham as
Thomas STEER bapt 9 April 1708 Westerham buried 11 April 1708 Westerham as
Sarah STEERE bapt 18 April 1709 Westerham died a spinster c1781. (Will as
William STEERS bapt 26 June 1711 Westerham, married Susannah KENT 17 August
1738 St John the Baptist, Clerkenwell, London. Had 11 children. Buried 7
February 177 All Saints Edmonton as STEERS.
Thomas STEERS bapt 13 October 1713 Westerham buried 14 Aug 1715 Westerham.
Susannah STEERES bapt 2 September 1718 Westerham buried 17 January 1719
The surviving children are all linked by Wills proving relationships. It
must be nice to research a family that has so many. The Parsonage at
Westerham was often offered for sale and it was not until the 1770's that it
was sold off. As far as I am aware only a couple of the Steer(s) spinsters
remained in Westerham, and the family did not return.
It would be nice to find out where John came from originally. However there
are eight John's baptised in Surrey and one in Kent between 1633 and 1643
The film of the early Westerham parish register is poor quality. Many of the
entries have been obtained by staff at the centre of Kent Studies at
Maidstone, who obviously have the original to hand. I have not found any
earlier Steer's in Westerham.
As yet there is no link to the Edward STEER who was in Westerham from 1699
to 1716, though he too was a Farmer. Edward's children are:
Mary STEERE bapt 12 November 1699; Ann STEER bapt 1 February 1701/02;
William bapt 21 November 1703; John STEER bapt 7 July 1706; George STEER
bapt 12 October 1709 and Martha STEER bapt 20 April 1716. No more STEER's
appear in Westerham again until 1774 as far as I can see.
I have searched the List archives but cannot find any mention of these early
Steer's, so if anyone has any information on them I would be delighted to
hear from you.
Hello List, it has been quiet!
While browsing in the SoG Library I found the missing baptism for Edward son
of George & Mary STEER (nee Creasy).
It was at Hever (St Peter's) on 10 October 1830, showing George as a
Labourer and from Whistler's Green, Brasted. His two sisters Anne & Hannah
who are on the IGI also have the same family information.
While digging for early Steer's in Westerham I was referred to this site:
By another contact. I note it is all about the Derbyshire Steer's and many
other families of course so may be useful to others on the list.
Orpington, Kent, UK.