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The Steele Family Tree Genealogy

Steele Family Ancestor
Cynthia Aurelia Steele (1853-1936)
2nd Great Grandmother
Donald Scott Lee Steele Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee (1945)
Donald’s mother was Marilyn Maxine Miller (1924-1996)
Marilyn’s mother was Jesse Jewel Heath (1905-1973)
Great Grandfather
Jesse’s father was John James Heath (1881-1920)
2nd Great Grandmother
John’s father was Cynthia Aurelia Steele (1853-1936)
Steele Family Ancestor Genealogy
2 Great Grandmother
Cynthia ‘Arelia' Steele (1853-1936) 13
Arelia was born in Saline County, Missouri on March 30, 1853.1 She married Theophilus Berrian Heath (1846-1926) on December 24, 18731. Arelia was the mother of first great-grandfather John James Heath. John James was Ella Maude Hopkins aka ‘Muzzy’s first husband and mother of my grandmother Jessie Heath Miller Davis, Marilyn Miller Lee’s mother.  Arelia’s mother was Mary Elizabeth Cruzen.2 In 1880 Cynthia and Theophilus were farming in Clark, Atchison County, Missouri.3  Arelia’s father was James Archibald Steele.
3rd Great Grandfather
James Archibald Steele (1825-1899)
James was born in Howard County, Missouri, on April 13, 1825, but most of his boyhood days were spent on a farm in the adjoining county of Randolph.  He enlisted in a company from St. Louis to fight in the Mexican-American War.  He marched to New Orleans, but was mustered out there and then made his way home.
The next Spring, he enlisted again as a Private, in Captain John Reid’s Company D of the 1st Regiment of the Missouri Mounted Volunteers. James took part in that famous expedition to Mexico. The march was over three thousand and six hundred miles and he participated in several engagements with the enemy.
After his return from the war he settled in Saline County, Missouri and married Mary Elizabeth Cruzen.  They were married at the home of her parents, in Saline County. Here, in Saline County, their first two children were born.  In 1856 the family moved to Atchison County, Missouri, in the extreme northwest corner of the state, and there in that sparsely settled country began the arduous task of making a home for themselves.
Here in Atchison County, Missouri, James and Mary Steele reared their family. They saw their farm grow even while menaced by prairie fires. Their sheep and hogs were constantly in danger from the wolves.  All their stock ran at large during the summer months. Deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, prairie chickens, quail, geese, brants, cranes and ducks were abundant. The streams and lakes were filled with a large variety of fish, and they lived off the land and what it had to offer. They made their own clothes from flax, cotton, wool and the skins of wild animals.  Rye coffee and red-root-leaf tea were their drinks, other than milk or water. Sorghum molasses was their sweeter, not sugar.
James enlisted again12 and in March of 1865 the family went to Nebraska where James was to join up with the Southern forces, however the war ceased and they returned to Missouri. James spent the remainder of his life on his farm, dying on August 20, 1899. James and Mary had three children; Cynthia Aurelia, Robert Richardson, and John James.1
4th Great Grandfather
Robert Steele (1783-1848)
Robert was born in 1783 or 1785 in Kentucky. He married Cynthia Vaughn on February 4, 1819, in Kentucky.1 2 Robert and Cynthia were of Scotch-Irish decent. The couple moved to Missouri in the pioneer days and settled on a farm near Roanoke. Robert died on September 25, 1848. Robert and Cynthia had at least three boys: James Archibald, Thomas Singleton, and John, who fought for the Confederates in the Civil War. Robert’s mother was Isabel Jane Hill (1757-1858).  His father was Robert Thomas Steele.
Sir Richard Steele of Dublin
Irish Writer and Politician
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David Steele of Virginia Gravestone
Immigrant from Derry, Ireland
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The Spectator was a daily publication founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele in England, lasting from 1711 to 1712. Each "paper", or "number", was approximately 2,500 words long, and the original run consisted of 555 numbers, beginning on 1 March 1711….read more at
The following is a work in progress. Please Be Advised. Might not be accurate.
5 Great Grandfather Robert Thomas Steele (abt 1743-1812)
Robert was born in Augusta County, Virginia in 1756.3 Robert married Isabella Jane Hill, in Virginia about 1769.  Robert died in Adair County, Kentucky in 1812. He was one of the early settlers, along with his brother Nathaniel (about1722-1796) and Samuel (1709-20 Jan 1790) who was born in Ireland and married 1st Margaret Fulton and 2nd, Sarah Campbell.11 Robert’s mother was Mary Spahr (1737-1828) and his father was Andrew Steele.3
6 Great Grandfather David Steele (1730-1812) married Mary Spahr4 in Rockbridge County, Virginia in 1755. David fought in the Revolutionary War.  He died on December 12, 1812 in Jessamine County, Kentucky and is buried in the Ebenezer Cemetery in the same place.5 David’ mother was Maria Elizabeth Wendell (1730-1778) and his father was Robert Steele.6
7 Great Grandfather Robert Steele (1730-1800) was born in Augusta, Virginia.  Robert was married twice, first to Margaret Campbell when he was about 16 and then secondly to Maria Elizabeth Wendell (1730-1778) when he was 20 years old.  Elizabeth died when Robert was 48.
8 Great Grandfather David Steele (1700-1747) was born in Derry, Ireland.  David married Jannet 7 (1700-after 1747) in Virginia.  Some records show that Jannet was also born in Ireland.  They are both buried in the Old Providence Church Cemetery in Spottswood, Augusta County, Virginia.8  David’s father was Sir Richard Steele of Dublin, Ireland.
References:  1)  Genealogy and History of the related Keyes, North and Cruzen families, by Millard Fillmore Stipes.  2)  Kentucky, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850.  3)  Family Data Collection - Individual Records,  4) U.S., Sons of the American Revolution, 1889-1970.  5)  U.S. Find A Grave Index.  6)  Family Data Collection, Individual Records,  7)  U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900.  8) Find A Grave Memorial # 54057506 courtesy of RaderFarm.  9) Richard Steele, Wikipedia. 10) My Heritage online; Sir Richard Steele. 11) Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia, from 12) U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865. 13) 1870 U.S. Federal Census; Clark, Atchison County, Missouri
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