Person:Robert Steele (22)

Robert Steele, Sr.
b.abt. 1725
d.bef. 28 July 1800 Augusta County, Virginia
m. WFT Est 1708-1711
  1. Martha Steele1710-1712 -
  2. Isabella SteeleABT 1720 - ABT 1797
  3. Nathaniel SteeleABT 1722 - 1796
  4. Robert Steele, Sr.abt 1725 - bef 1800
  5. Samuel Steele, of Augusta County, VA1730 - bef 1795
  6. Rebecka SteeleABT 1738 -
  7. Janet SteeleABT 1738 -
  8. Thomas SteeleABT 1747 - 1803
m. abt. 1750
  1. William Steeleabt 1750 - BEF 1799
  2. James Wendel Steeleabt 1752 - 1820
  3. John Steeleabt 1754 - bef 1800
  4. David Steele1759 - 1840
  5. Martha Steele1764 - 1846
  6. Eleanor SteeleABT 1765 - BEF 1826
  • HRobert Steele, Sr.abt 1725 - bef 1800
  • WMary UnknownABT 1728 -
m. est. 1774
  1. Mary SteeleABT 1775 - 1806
Facts and Events
Name[1] Robert Steele, Sr.
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1725
Marriage abt. 1750 prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Elizabeth Wendell
Marriage est. 1774 to Mary Unknown
Death[2] bef. 28 July 1800 Augusta County, Virginia

Robert Steele was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Robert Steele's land (Beverley Manor SW, 309 acres) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note: Land of Samuel Steele (SW, 590 acres) adjoins Robert Steele's land to the southeast.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 568.—28th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to Robert Steel, 309 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Robert Alexander and Robert Ramsey; corner Nathaniel Steel; James Fulton's line; corner Samuel Steel. Teste: Samuel Steel, John McClure.

Advisory on Robert Steele

Some sources indicate that Robert Steele married Elizabeth Wendel (believed to be included in "The Steele's of Steele's Tavern"), who must have died prior to the writing of Robert Steele's will, since Robert named his wife "Mary" in his will (listed below). James Wendel Steele is most likely among those children of Robert and his probable first wife, although he is not listed in Robert's will and was likely given his due before Robert's will was written. Robert's probable second wife Mary appears to have probably been the mother of at least one daughter, Mary and perhaps more of Robert's children (more research and sources necessary).

Will of Robert Steele

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • 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 Allen, 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 anrl Thos. Paxton, of Rockbridge, be summoned. They relinquish.

Processioning List of 1756

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settler’s lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Page 176.--1756: PRocessioned by John Tate and Samuel Doak, in Cap. James Mitchell's Company, viz: for Widow Mitchell, for Wm. Thompson, for james Robinson, for Charles Campbell, for Saml. Brawford, for John Mitchell, for Saml. Doak, for Widow Fulton, for Robt. Alexander, for Nathl. and Robt. Steele, for David Hays, for Helen Mitchell and Jno. Tate, for David Doak, for James Cowan, for Robert Sayers, for John Campbell, for Pat. Campbell, for John Ward, for Widow McTyre, for John and Alex. Brownlee, for Saml. Steele, for Patrick Hays, for John Fulton, for Thomas Tate, for Robert Willson.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - (undated, abt. 1753/4) - Inhabitants of head of South River petition that they have to keep their roads only 1/2 mile apart for space of four miles and ask that the three be reduced to one. William Smith, Samuel Steel, Robert Alexander, Robert Steel, Nathaniel Steel, George Breckenridge, Chas. Campbell, Patrick Campbell, John Broundlee, Alexander Broundlee, Hugh Fulton, Patrick Campbell, Jr., John Fulton, John Ward, Samuel Doack, John Campbell, Seth Wilson.
  • Vol. 2 - FEE BOOKS OF AUGUSTA COURT - Robert Steel, Borden's Land; page 150.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 19, 1767. - (351) Hemp certificates: Gabriel Alexander, Nicholas Solles, Israel Christian, James Henderson, David Robinson, John Buckanon, Robt. Steel, Wm. Wordlow, John Brown.
  • Vol. 2 - Page 428.- (1767) -Processioners appointed, viz: Hugh Crockett and Isaac Taylor, from head of Roanoke to Fort Lewis. Edward Carvin and Nathaniel Evans, from Fort Lewis down on Waters of Roanoke. Thomas McFerran, James Moore, Jr., James Alcorn, Wm. Rolands, on waters of Cuttawba and James River on South Side. James Simpson, John Maxwell, John Mitchell, Jonathan Whitley, between Buffelow and James River. Joseph Lapsley, Wm. Hall, Wm. Paxton, Saml. McClure, John Gilmer, Jonathan Cunningham, between Buffelow and North River to the North Mountain. John Lyle, David Gray, Wm. Caruthers, John Paul, from North River to Beveriey's Line on South Side of Burden's land road that leads to John Paxton's. William Kennady, Robt. Steel, Archibald Reach, William Reach, John Thompson (James's son), Henry McClung, from North River to Beverley's Line between the Great Road to the Court House by Cap. McDowell's and to North Mountain. William McFeeters, Jr., George Berry, James Sawyers, Jr., William Bell, Jr., from Burden's line to the Road that goes from Staunton to Jenning's Gap on the North Side of Kennady's Road.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1768. - (335) Saml. Weer, Saml. Steel and Robert Steel (miller) -- to view a road from Steel's Mill to James Telford's. (Note: appears to be this Robert Steele, James Telford lived nearby).
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1787--March 24, Peter Alexander and Samuel Steele, surety. Peter Alexander and Jinny Steele, daughter of Saml. Steele (consent). Teste: Saml. Steele, Ro. Steele.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1787--December 1, John Thompson, of Rockbridge, and Robt. Steele, surety. John Thompson, of Rockbridge, and Catherine Steele, daughter of Saml. Steele (consent). Teste: Saml. and Robert Steele.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1790--September 29, John Allen and Eleanor Steele, daughter of Robert Steele; surety, Robert Steele.
  • Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1791--April 19, Thomas Paxton and Martha Steele, daughter of Robert Steele; surety, Robert Steele.
  • 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.
  • Vol. 1 - Page 119--Saml. Steele, aged 67, deposes, ditto (at Brownsburg, July 1805), son of Andrew Steele, to whom 40 acres were conveyed; bought about 50 years ago. Saml. had brother Robt. Saml. Nesbit went out as a pack horseman on an Indian Expedition in order to raise money to pay for his land.
  1. Brøderbund Software, Inc. World Family Tree Vol. 13, Ed. 1. (Release date: August 14, 1997), Tree #3598.

    Date of Import: Aug 9, 1998

  2. Chalkley, - Augusta County, Virginia Court Abstracts.
  3.   Goeller, Mildred S. (Mildred Searson). The Steeles of Steeles Tavern, Virginia: and related famlies : Moore, Moon, Calvert, Massie, Strother, Searson. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978).