Peter, Vicki et al,
Thanks for writing Peter, am absolutely delighted and grateful.
I did wonder whether John trotting off to Whitstone to marry into another
family of yeomen was mere coincidence or whether there was some more
tangible connection. I haven't looked at this very hard, yet.
Afraid I have a couple of queries too, but based on your magnus opus.
Was Peter STEER a witness to his mother's will, in which case he could not
have been able to inherit, or simply nominated as an executor?
I thought that John STEER born 1792 was also listed in 1828 as the licensee
of the Merry Harrier, Abbotsham, Devon and in 1850 as the licensee of the
Hearts of Oak, Abbotsham, or was the 1850 listing for his son John?
You have a burial for Richard HEADON at Hoops. I cannot think where that can
be, help please.
I have a little more on the John who married Mary Ann KELLY
John STEER - 4.2.1821 baptised Abbotsham, Devon - 30.5.1897 died Buckland
Brewer of chronic bronchitis many years, pleuritis 9 days, buried in
Buckland Brewer, Devon
Mary Ann KELLY - 10.6.1821 baptised Northam, Devon - 25.7.1901 died Buckland
Brewer of natural causes, buried in Buckland Brewer, Devon
And these are the baptism dates for the children of Richard STEER and Mary
nee STONE that I have, all in Huntshaw, Devon
6.5.1810 Betsey STEER
12.7.1812 Susan STEER
15.1.1815 John STEER
4.6.1817 Thomas STEER
2.3.1820 Mary STEER
Richard was described as a farmer of Parsonage in the last three entries
And I have Richard marrying Mary STONE on 15.1.1810 in Monkleigh, Devon
Susan born 1812 was buried in Huntshaw, Devon on 31.7.1822 aged 10. She died
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 11:56 PM
Subject: [STEER] Steer of Whitsone, Bideford and Australia
Firstly my apologies to Vicki Ellison for missing the reference to
Steer, mariner of Bideford. Due to other pressures I was skim reading
after an initial appraisal dismissed the Steers of Whitstone and the
ups. How careless can one be?
John Steer was born in Northam, the fourth son of Peter S and Grace Hortop
(the spelling can vary Har.. or Hor.. but Hortop is the most consistent).
(b Huntshaw 1790) was the son of Richard Steer b 1746 and Susannah (White)
1750 - the name White occurs frequently amongst the later generations of
and it is worth a bob or two on John's daughter Susanna W b 1864 Sydney
being a White too! John's eldest brother Thomas b1818 Parkham was my
greatgrandfather so it could also pay off to back John's son Peter T b
1866 Sydney NSW
to be a Thomas!
The search for Peter's wife was called "the hunt for the three Graces" for
there were three N Devon Grace Hortops who could have qualified. The first
was based on Grace H having her first child at home with Mum as Thomas was
born in Parkham whilst Peter and Grace's home is recorded as Northam (6 or
miles away). This was subsequently proved correct by the 1841 Census
Peppercombe Farm (in Parkham) being run by Ann Hortop (75) mother of Grace
Thomas, Jane Sanders (became my great grandmother!) and John (age 14), the
future South Seas mariner, working on the farm.
I thought at one time that nearly all the North Devon Steers were farming
folk but more recently it has come to light that Thomas' sons John and
were seafarers and Thomas senior's failure to appear anywhere in the 1861
Census could suggest he was at sea at that time. Add to this John's
William was a ships carpenter and probably Thomas senr's son Henry was
also a ships
carpenter. As the Steers in N Devon in the 19C were all brought up within
mile of the sea perhaps it is not surprising that even more were not
Welcome to Vicki, in particular from the North Devon Steers - she is my
cousin once removed according to Family Tree Maker
ps how was it my Aunt Jinny could do the "3rd cousin once removed" type of
analysis without a computer?
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