Jack: Is it really you old trout? Can't tell you how much I've missed you.
It's a great story as usual and helps give genealogy the solid core that's
needed. You've probably been working it up meanwhile? I hope you're feeling
much better and that you'll be back with us all again, just as before. It's
been a while. Hearing from you has made my day. In fact my month. Lets go
further, my year. If I was a drinking man I'd raise a glass of Ozzie red to
your return, and savour those antioxidents. Mike.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack Steer" <jacks(a)bukanin.fsnet.co.uk>
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2004 6:15 AM
Subject: Re: [STEER] Luscombe Steer
Just to prove I am still alive.
Alfred Samuel STEER was born 1.11.1878 at Waterhead in the parish of
Gifford. His mother was Eliza Jane LUSCOMBE and described as a single
On 25.1.1879 Eliza Jane married Jarvis Veale STEER of South Milton, a farm
labourer. Eliza Jane signed with a cross.
In the 1881 census the family are in South Milton and in February 1882
Alfred STEER was admitted to South Mlton school. I believe he left school
1885 at the age of seven to work as a bird scarer, for which he was
sixpence a week and his father was allowed to keep his job and cottage. If
he allowed any birds to land in the field and was spotted by the farmer,
was beaten with the farmer's walking stick. ASL retained a deep
farmers all his life.
In 1891 Alfred was living with a farmer's family in Milton and was
as a plough boy.
On 1.11.1897 his mother died. That morning he put down his hoe, left his
and returned home claiming that he knew that she was dying. She was
on the fourth, close by the south door of South Milton church.
Immediately after the funeral he left home with his belongings in a
cardboard suitcase to walk to Plymouth. He told no-one that he was
In 1901 he was in Plymouth, living with cousins and was then working for
contractors working on improvements to the dockyard.
His young woman - Ada Eliza SKELTON - was working in Kingsbridge as a
I have great sympathy for her employers. ASL and Ada Eliza regarded a
to Dodbrooke as a good night out.
On 12.10.1908 Alfred Samuel Luscombe STEER married Ada Eliza in West
Alvington. That seems to be the first record of the Luscombe name and may
well have been done in memory of his mother. At that time he was working
a rigger in Bristol docks and living in St Gabriel's parish,
By 1910 they had moved to Barnes, Surrey and a year or two later to 114,
Claxton Grove, Fulham, London SW6.
On 10.4.1912 their only child, Alfred John Jarvis STEER, was born in his
SKELTON grandfather's house in West Alvington, but returned to Fulham
a month or so.
ASL died on 27.6.1953 in West London hospital and was cremated at Mortlake
Crematorium. He is recorded in the book of remembrance as Alfred Samuel
STEER, so the LUSCOMBE bit was dropped, but I do not know why.
ASL was a lovely grandfather to have. I'm only sorry that we did not have
long together as we should have done. But I am aware that he was
capable of causing the odd bit of mischief. I like to think that I've
inherited some of his abilities and most of his attitudes.