Dear John and all ,
I recently came across the excellent www.fibis.org
web site that helps people trace their
families in India. There are many entries for the Steer name and it would be well worth
anyone with family connections in India to have a look at the site.
It has though thrown up one anomaly for William Henry Steer who was the son of Charles
William Steer 1758-1810 of Devonshire Sq. London and his wife Mary Wood (of Jamaica).
William Henry Steer (b1798) married Susanna E Carden (might be Cardew) 1st Nov 1826. In
William Henry Steer's will dated 1830 he is described as an Indigo planter. The will
was proved and probate granted to his brother in London on 27th April 1855.
There is though the following entry on the FIBIS web site under "Marriage Index
Marriage date 21 Dec.
Marriage year 1835.
Husband first names Henry
Husband surname Thuillier
Wife first names Susanne
Wife surname Steer.
Entry At Calcutta, Henry Thuillier, Esq., the regiment of
artillery, to Susanne, relict of the late W. H. Steer Esq.
There is a further entry under "Directories and Publications" which says the
Surname Thuillier formerly Steer
First names Susanne Elizabeth
Date Aug. 1857
Entry formerly Steer, wid., of Calcutta, to Henry Edward
Landor Thuillier, Esq. The husband, £20 Pts.
Remarks If duty was payable, this was entered in the Legacy Duty
Registers. (The source of the above info is from "The Prerogative Court of Canterbury
and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Administration Act Books".)
My question is, is it normal for probate to be granted 20 or so years after a death? As
you will have seen from the above, probate was granted on 27 April 1855 for William Henry
Steer's will but his widow Susanne seems to have remarried in 1835.
The following may also be of interest to anyone researching this line of Steers.
I have found out a bit more about the children of William Frederick Steer 1789 -1871(
brother to the above William Henry Steer). William Frederick Steer was an officer in the
Bengal Army. He retired in 1839 and died Marazion, Cornwall 12 June 1871. He married Lucy
Gibbs (widow of Cosmo McDonald). On the 1841 census they were living at Burleigh House,
Trinity Road, St Helier, Jersey. They had the following children:-
1)Fanny Steer 1828-1853 Married William Charles Perry Grant (Royal Navy) 21 Dec 1852.
Fanny died 25th Aug 1853 in Pau, Bassas, Pyrenee
2)Frederick Steer b.1830
3)Isabella Steer b.1833
4)Henrietta Steer b.1834 (I have no proof of a husband for her but on the FIBIS web site
there is a Henrietta Steer who married a Henry L'Estrange in 1868.Whether this is the
same Henrietta is just a guess).
5)Letitia Steer b.1837 Married Hippotyte Henri Buys (Lieut.of the 1st regt.of Cuirassiers,
Belgium Army) 23 April 1857 at St Pancras Church.
Lastly I wonder if any one might know how I can trace Charles William Steer's
connection to Chichester. This is the Charles William Steer 1757-1810 of Devonshire
Square, London who was married to Mary Wood of Jamaica. In addition to being the father of
William Frederick Steer and William Henry Steer (as above) he was father to among others
Frances Steer 1795-1869 and Sophia Steer 1791-1859. Frances Steer married Augustus
Frederick Keppel who became the 5th Earl of Albemarle. After his death in 1851 she married
the Hon Peregrine Francis Cust. Her sister Sophia Steer married Sir James Harington 9th
Bart of Ridlington. I think it will be through these marriages that he is mentioned in
various publications which refer to Peers and Nobility of the time. In all of these
publications he is described as Charles Steer of Chichester In addition to this I have
found in the Times of May 7th 1816 under marriages the following entry:- "May 4 by
special license, by the Rev J.W.Deacon, Lord Viscount Bury, eldest son of the Earl of
Albemarle, to Miss Frances Steer of Chichester". I can find no reason why Charles
William Steer is described as "of Chichester". In his will written 2nd Aug 1810
he is living at Devonshire Square, London, Middlesex. If any one can help solve the
Chichester mystery I would be grateful. Presumably he had a house in Chichester but I have
found no record of it.