Hi Rob, thanks very much for your message.
Have you plans to obtain John's birth certificate? It would be
invaluable in identifying his parents and his place of birth.
Looking at the 1881 Census on my CD's, I have some difficulty with the
spelling of "Coal Brook, Devon". (In case the LDS people transcribed
the name incorrectly, have you a copy of the original transcript?)
I suppose this could mean Colebrooke, near Crediton or Colebrook, near
Cullompton. I'm afraid the different spellings of these two places may
not be too helpful either, as looking in detail through the STEER's born
at Colebrook(e), I suspect the spellings may be interchangeable anyway!
According to the census, the Robert STEER (Licensed Victualler) at
Bedwellty in 1881 was born at Colebrook (without the "e"). My wife
Sue's STEER ancestors definitely hailed from the Colebrooke district
(with an "e").
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get to Exeter yet to look through
the various parish registers, which could be quite a long and difficult
task, I suspect. The IGI isn't very helpful to our line either, I'm
afraid. Though you may have more success.
A majority of the many S Wales STEER's migrated from Devon (I've been
looking through the Wales 1881 Census CD). I have no information about
the relationships between them, though I have found 3 more families with
family members born at Colebrooke - quite a STEER migration from one
small area! We will have to get hold of those Colebrook(e) parish
But so far, no John STEER in Sue's family tree, I'm afraid. Sue's Mary
Ann married her first William Henry Wright at Colebrooke in October 1871
and I suspect they travelled immediately to Newport (she married the
second William Henry Wright at Newport; he was also born at Colebrooke,
in 1880). I see that John STEER's eldest son was born at Newport around
1872 and would have been exactly the same age as Mary Ann's eldest
child. The only address I have is the one quoted on the marriage
certificate in October 1871 - Holy Trinity, Pillgwenlly (Newport) - I
suspect they hadn't found a place to live yet. Do you have an address
for John STEER at around that time? If so, I will look it up in my map
of Newport! We have a prayer book inscribed by Mary Ann's pastor on the
occasion of her first marriage, "the Revd. Thomas Crozier, Colebrooke,
Devon". As to the Caerleon link (the place where Sue and I were
married, incidentally), no family links there, either, though I have to
confess that one of Sue's ancestors did marry someone called Davies (but
with an "e", I'm afraid - oh dear, here we go again).
Please let me know if you have any more information. Like you, I would
enjoy putting some of this STEER jigsaw together. Perhaps your STEER
line will prove easier to find - I have certainly enjoyed geater success
elsewhere in our family tree....
Best wishes for now,
"Grey, Rob" wrote:
Hi Peter I don't know if this is of any use to both of us.My GGGrandfather
is one John Steer who at the time of the 1881 census was living in
Baglan,South Wales,having picked up a wife Sarah Ann (Davis I think) at
Caeleon en route fron Colebrooke where he was born sometime before 1850 I
believe.There is that interesting Gwent connection also.It seems likelt that
he is a member of the family you mention.Any ideas?Regards Rob Grey