William Sherman STEELE

William Sherman STEELE

Male 1865 - 1915  (49 years)

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  • Name William Sherman STEELE  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 09 Dec 1865  East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
    Gender Male 
    Buried Mar 1915  Paxtang, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Died 11 Mar 1915  Age: 50/Lakewood, Ocean, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I626  Steele Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 

    Father William STEELE,   b. 06 Jan 1825, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jan 1897  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Asenath SPEAKER,   b. 24 Jul 1826, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1900, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 08 Mar 1849  East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F375  Group Sheet

    Family Ella Loring PRIME,   b. 31 Oct 1861, Age: 0/Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1950, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 06 Jul 1897  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 10
    Children 
    +1. Dorothy Mae STEELE,   b. 17 Mar 1899, Olean, Cattaraugus, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1974, Age at Death: 75/Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +2. Eleanore L STEELE,   b. 05 Aug 1905, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1991, Age at Death: 86/Long-Term Care Facilities Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 
    Family ID F177  Group Sheet

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    William Sherman Steele
    William Sherman Steele

    Histories
    History of William Steele and Eliza Pitkin family
    History of William Steele and Eliza Pitkin family
    Written by Emily Rebecca Headlee Peery

    William Steele was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and came to East Bloomfield, New York as a young man. William’s brother, Joel, was one of the first settlers of East Bloomfield—the town was established in 1789, and Joel built the town’s first grist (corn or flour) mill in 1795. Joel was also co-founder of The First Bank, along with Henry W Hamlin.

    Eliza Pitkin was also born in Connecticut, and must have come to East Bloomfield, New York as a young woman, because they were married 8 March 1822, when she was 23 years old and William was 40. Eliza was a strongly religious woman and the oldest member of the Congregational church when she passed away.

    They had seven children in fairly rapid succession: Eliza (1823), William (1825), Joseph Stanley (1826), Alfred (1828), Abigail (1831), Henry Goodwin (1833), and Edward (1836). All of the children were born in East Bloomfield, New York.

    William was a farmer, and purchased 500 acres of land. He later gave land to each of his four living sons William, Joseph, Henry, and Edward.

    Alfred Steele died as a young child in 1830.

    William Steele (the son) married Aseneth Speaker in 1849. They had 3 children: Homer Russell (1850), Frank (1862), and William Sherman (1865). Frank died as an infant. Aseneth died suddenly from heart disease at age 75.


    Abigail Steele died as a young woman, age 19, in 1850, and was buried in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

    Joseph Stanley Steele married Elizabeth Smith in January 1858. They had seven children: Stanley (1858), William (1859), Emily (1861), Anna (1862), James (1864), Luther (1868), and Elizabeth (1872). Joseph built the blue farm house on County Road 30, which was lived in by six generations of Steeles. More information about this family is covered at length elsewhere in this book.

    Just 3 months after Joseph’s marriage, William Steele, father of this family, passed away at the age of 77. He was buried in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

    Eliza Steele married Russell Belden Goodwin in 1859, when she was 36 years old. They had no children of their own, but were very involved in the church, community, and extended family. Eliza was a key personality in the establishment of the East Bloomfield Historical Society, served as its secretary, and taught Sunday school. Several of her birthday and social parties were highlighted in the local newspapers.

    Russell was a tailor, and lived in St Louis for about 10 years. He also worked as a book keeper, fruit grower, gardener, and a farmer.

    Henry Goodwin Steele married Lydia Lucretia Hudson in 1861. They lived in the yellow house across the street from the blue house built by Joseph Stanley Steele.

    Henry and Lucretia had three children: Abigail (1862), Grant (1864) and Lincoln (1867). Lincoln died as an infant, and was buried with his parents in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

    When Joseph Stanley Steele’s wife Elizabeth died in childbirth, Henry and Lucretia cared for baby Elizabeth until she was old enough to be returned to the care of her father. Fittingly, this daughter Elizabeth Lucretia Steele shares her aunt’s name.

    In her youth, their daughter Abigail won a walnut as a prize for having perfect attendance at Sunday school. The walnut was planted, and grew to be a large tree.

    Henry was very active in public affairs, and served as a trustee of the East Bloomfield Congregational church and the East Bloomfield Cemetery association. When Henry died, Lucretia moved to Michigan to be with her children. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Abigail Steele and Charles H Pittinger). She died in Michigan, but was returned to East Bloomfield to be buried with her husband in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

    Note: Abby Steele Pittenger helped provide many details about her family line to the authors of this book.

    Edward Steele married Mary Edna Winslow in 1869. They did not have any children.

    Eliza Pitkin Steele died in 1886, at the age of 88. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Eliza Steele and Russell Belden Goodwin) for the last 20 years of her life, and passed away in their home.

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