Facts and Events
David Steele was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 135.--15th March, 1774. Robert Steel and Mary to Robert's son, David Steel. Teste: William Moore, Thomas Hill, Hugh Torbet.
Revolutionary War Pension Information
Information from “Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Records”, Vol. 5, compiled by Patrick G. Wardell, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Ret. :
- Steele, David, entered service in Augusta County, Virginia, where he resided, in Virginia regiment; severely wounded by numerous saber cuts at Battle of Guilford & taken POW; granted pension 1790 in Augusta County, Virginia for disabilitiy from wounds; pensioned increased there in 1816; resided there in 1820, per County Justice of the Peace Thomas Jackson, County clerk of Court Erasmus Stribling & presiding Justice Alexander LeClair; Archibald C. Stewart affidavit there 1828 states he served with soldier in Revolutionary War, saw soldier after Battle of Guilford, & did expect him to survive; surgeons William Boys & Thomas L. Crather affidavit there 1830, soldier's battle wounds very disabling, per County Justice of the Peace John Wayt; soldier resided there 1834 in Steele's Tavern; last pension payment in file dated 1838; son J H resided there 1843 when soldier deceased; query letter in file 1925 from descendant Mildred Searson (Mr. Leo F.) Goeller, Irvington, New Jersey; query letter in file 1933 from descendant Mrs. L.C. Bulkley of Shreveport, LA, F-S7605, R2278.
Records of David Steele in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 16, 1779. - (396) Elenore Askins, mother of a child bound to Walter Cunningham, complains of Walter for not using her child well.--Summoned. Witnesses: Rosana Steel, David Steel, and Mary, his wife, Hanna and Mary Lessley. (Note: Rosanna Steele mentioned in this record was the wife of David's Uncle Nathaniel Steele).
- Page 244.-(abt. 12th June, 1789) - List of book debts due Thomas Stuart--David Steel (Robert's son).
- Vol. 1 - JANUARY 21, 1789. - (676-678) David Steel proved that he is disabled by wounds received in the service of the United States at Guilford, March 15, 1781.--He belonged to the Militia of this County--resides in this county and is aged 30. (Note: this record establishes David Steele's birthdate as abt. 1759).
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1796--January 21, George McCormack and David Steele, surety. George McCormack and Jane Steel, daughter of David Steele.
- Page 67.--10th April, 1800. Robert Steele, Sr.'s, will--To wife, Mary; daughter, Mary Steele; to grandson John Steele, son of son John, deceased, infant; to son, David; daughters, Aliner Alien, Martha Paxton; to orphans of deceased son William. Executors, son David Steele and Thomas Paxton. Teste: John Tate, Hugh Fulton, Henry Miller. Proved, 28th July, 1800, by Tate and Fulton; on motion of Mary Steele, ordered that David Steele and Thos. Paxton, of Rockbridge, be summoned. They relinquish.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1801--January 30, Wm. McCormack and David Steele, surety. Wm. McConnack, of Rockbridge, and Mary Steele, daughter of Robt. Steele, deceased. Both of age. (Note: Mary Steele was David's younger sister).
- Vol. 2 - John Fulton vs. Moore--O. S. 250; N. S. 88--Bill, 1808. Orator's father, Hugh Fulton, was guardian or executor or otherwise responsible to heirs of Robert Campbell, and loaned the trust property to William Moore in 1800. Hugh assigned William's bond to his son, Thomas Fulton. William gave deed of trust (to secure Thomas) to David Steele, his relation or near connexion. In 1803, Thomas went on a tour to the Western Country and has never been heard of since.
Information on David Steele
From "The Steele's of Steele's Tavern":
"The old log building, Steele’s Tavern, stood on the west side of what is nor Rt. 11 or the Lee Highway, in the field just north of the Hopkins, Steele and later Ramsey store and house. The road and tavern were west of the big spring in the field at that time. It is said, people could step from the stagecoach onto the steps of the tavern porch. It was here that David and Mary (Polly) Moore Steele, daughter of Captain David Moore, were living when the Marquis de Chastilleax and
his companions stopped in 1782 to find refreshments. The Marquis’ book "Travels in North America" details the stop on pages 243-244."
- ↑ Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800. (Rosslyn, Virginia: The Commonwealth Printing Company, 1912-1913 in Three Volumes).
Vol. 1 - JANUARY 21, 1789. - (676-678) David Steel proved that he is disabled by wounds received in the service of the United Stater at Guilford, March 15, 1781.--He belonged to the Militia of this County--resides in this county and is aged 30.