Person:Richard Steele (14)

Sir Richard Steele
b.13 Mar 1671/72 Dublin, Ireland
  • HSir Richard Steele1671/72 - 1729
  • WMary Scurlock1678 - 1718
m. 1 Sep 1707
  1. Richard SteeleAbt 1708 - 1716
  2. Elizabeth Steele1709 - 1782
  3. Eugene Steele1711/12 - 1723
  4. Mary SteeleAbt 1714 - 1730
Facts and Events
Name Sir Richard Steele
Gender Male
Birth? 13 Mar 1671/72 Dublin, Ireland
Marriage 1 Sep 1707 prob. Dublin, Irelandto Mary Scurlock
Death? 1 Sep 1729 Llangynnwr, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Reference Number? Q333148?

Conflicting Information on Richard Steele

There is considerable doubt that this Richard Steele was the father of Samuel Steele of Augusta County, Virginia based upon the following account. More research may be necessary to conclusively prove the parentage of Samuel:

Reprinted with Ernest Thompson's permission:

I am a descendent of Samuel Steele and Margaret Fulton. I regret to tell all that there is almost no possibility that the very famous Sir Richard Steele, author and playwright, and his wife Mary Scurlock were the parents of our Samuel Steele. The life of Sir Richard is extensively documented in at least three biographies (e.g., Life of Richard Steele by Aitken) and there is no record indicating he had a son either by Mary or anyone else including his first wife Margaret Stretch. Sir R. and Mary did have a child in 1709, but it was a daughter named Elizabeth. The theory that the Steeles of Steele's Tavern in Augusta Co. were descendents of Sir Richard has been around for 40 -50 years and seems to have a life of its own. Much as we might like to think we are descendents of Sir Richard (I know I would) we will have to look elsewhere for the origins of the Steeles of Augusta Co.