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Comment by Jimmie on March 6, 2017 at 8:11pm

I am searching for Warren Rosilius Steel who was born in 1839 in Illinois.  I know the names of his kids and grandkids, but I do not know who his parents are.  If you have any information I would greatly appreciate it.

Comment by Curt Watke on July 20, 2015 at 9:48pm

I have been researching the Steele family of my wife's grandmother, Grace Florence Steele Wallace (1901-1968) of Scioto county Ohio.  Her father was Samuel Albert Steele -- and her grandfather was John Steele - who was born in Armstrong county, PA.  Here is a link to the tree:   Does anyone have any ideas of how to proceed - or anything they know about this family?

Comment by Aaron Steel on March 13, 2013 at 5:38pm
Lawrence is my 4th great grandfather. I would love to talk to Charles to find more information about the family! I live in Fort Worth and am very proud of our history there. My e-mail is and phone # is 8174541143
Comment by Donna Nichols on March 13, 2013 at 7:30am

I just had your message pop up, Jane.  I would also like to talk to you about the Steele family since the Rev.William Steele was my great great grandfather.  I have a lot of the records on his grandfather, Rev. John Steele and also pictures of graves, etc.  I realized after reading back in messages, I never went into my books that I told Aaron Steele that I had, and dug out information. 

Comment by Jane Steel Kelly on March 12, 2013 at 1:37pm

My father,  Charles Winston Steel,  lives in Dalhart, Tx. and would like to talk to you about the Steel family history.  His grandfather was Lawrence Gibbens Alexander Steel.

 He is very knowledgeable and has family records dating back to 1700.

Thank you.    J. Kelly


Comment by Diane Hearne on March 11, 2012 at 6:38pm

I think my Steeles originated in Tolland, CT, moving to Oneida, NY, Beaver Co,, PA, Monroe Co, Ohio and settling in Dearborn County, Indiana.  My Thomas Steele who died in Dearborn about 1833 was married to Roxanna West, daughter of Zadock West and Roxanna Parsons.  I have yet to make the connection for sure.     Diane Hearne

Comment by Donna Nichols on November 30, 2010 at 7:59am
Aaron, I just read your last entry in March, and my lightbulb turned on. I am sitting here with the two volume edition of Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia by Bishop Meade, published in 1852. Yep, it is NOT a second edition, etc, but the actual 2 old volumes, falling apart. William Steele is in here. I am going to carefully try to find all I can from the book. I have the book also because of Stiths (same area who came into Virginia by 1624). I wish I could find someone to transcribe this or get it digitally saved. It is an absolute treasure because it has church records in it, too.
Comment by Aaron Steel on March 31, 2010 at 2:43pm
This shows that William was in Virginia in 1835, and he submitted a review of his churches in 1834. This is from the Journal of Proceedings of the Diocese of Virginia. Though he might have gone to Texas in this time to survey the condition of the area for a new church. In his early days he was sent to West Virginia to do this same thing.

Journal of the Proceedings of 1835
Lynchburg, VA, USA
Journal of the proceedings of a convention of the Protestent Episcopal Church of Virginia, which assembled in the town of Lynchburg, on the 20th day of May, 1835.

St. James Parish, Mecklenburg County. William Steel rector.
There is greater prospect of good resulting from our ministration at the present then any former time since our removal to this parish. the congregations are greatly increased. Several interesting cases have come to our knowledge, of persons who will join the church when the opportunity is offered. Communicant deaths five, removed four, additions four, total thirty eight, baptisms fifteen, funerals ten. A new church has been built in Abbyville, and St. James church has been removed during the last winter, for the convience of members four miles lower down the country.
Comment by Donna Nichols on March 30, 2010 at 11:25am
I knew I had to have some more family out there! I gather you are in Fort Worth. My husband is a graduate of Steven F, and my DIL is the head women's basketball coach at Sam. We may be moving back to Texas this summer. My hsuband is a native Texan. We are very familiar with Marshall, and Caddo Lake. I have talked to the historian at the Episcopal Church in Marshall and they also have records about him. The records I have show he was in Texas by 1834. I also have found a lot of the land grants given to him. I can send you the information. Got it through the Bureau of Land Management..and it is in Spanish, BTW. I used the old maps to find the locations of the grants.

I have been to fact as a kid, my grandparents had me there frequently. I have pictures of graves, another cousin has pictures of the tavern, I have a lot of info about Rev. John Steele and his involvement in the development of Pennsylvania. Also have copies of the wills that I got at the courthouse when we were there last. They kindly copied them for me out of the will books, and I have transcribed them.
My grandmother carried the name Amelia from her mother and grandmother. She was born in Murrayville, IL in 1876. Her father was Dr. Charles Vertrees.
I would love to see all of this info. Oh, I was cradle Episcopalian..
Comment by Aaron Steel on March 30, 2010 at 9:53am
Hi Donna, My name is Aaron Steel. I am also a descendent of William Steel and Mary Catherine James, but I go through Lawrence Gibbens Alexander Steel, brother to Amelia Vertrees. I have alot of information on William Steel and Lawrence Steel.
FYI: William was born in Carlise, PA in 1780. In 1802 he started he ministry in the Baltimore Conference serving Virginia and West Virginia. He was the first minsiter to preach a Methodist sermon in West Virginia. Lawrence, along with some of the other kids of William, was born in Dumfries, Va. In 1823 the family moved to Mecklenburg county, VA in which most of the kids attended the Mecklenburg academy. In 1837 the family moved to Fayette county, TN and then moved to 1839 Shreveport, La along the border of LA and TX. In the same year they moved to Harrison County TX. William preached the first Episcopal sermon in the state of Texas. In 1840 Mary Catherine James died and was buried next to the Border Episcopal Church, a church that William founded. William died in 1857 and was buried in Mimosa Hall plantation in Marshall, Tx. Mimosa Hall Plantation was the home of Julia Steel Webster, William's daughter. Please look up Texas historical marker concerning Mimosa Hall Plantation. In 1853, Lawrence moved away from Harrison County, TX and moved his family to Fort Worth, Lawrence was one of the original settlers of Fort Worth. Lawrences life is a long story and if any one wants to here about it i will gladfully share. There has been 8 generations of Steels in Fort Worth since lawrence's arrival. If you want to research him, please look up in google "Fort Worth Masonic Bell". or just ask and i will share.

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