Person:Samuel Steele (11)

Samuel Steele
b.1709 Ireland
m. bef. 1709
  1. Samuel Steele1709 - 1790
m. Est. 1730-1735
  1. James Steele1735 - bef 1802
  2. Samuel Steele1736 - 1808
  3. Sarah Steele1737 - bef 1818
  4. David Steele1739 -
  5. Martha Steele1741 - 1824
  6. Andrew Steele1743 - 1800
  7. Jean Steele1746 - Aft 1807
  8. Margaret Steeleest 1747-1750 -
  9. Mary Steele1753 -
m. Est. 1747-1753
  1. James SteeleEst 1748-1758 -
  2. Sarah SteeleEst 1750-1765 -
Facts and Events
Name[2] Samuel Steele
Gender Male
Birth[2] 1709 Ireland
Alt Birth[3] 1709 Ireland
Census[4] may be the Samuel Steele listed in "Tennessee Bible and Marriage Records" pg.130
Marriage Est. 1730-1735 to Margaret Fulton
Marriage Est. 1747-1753 to Sarah Campbell
Death[3] 30 JAN 1790 Waynesboro, Augusta County, Virginia

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


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Samuel Steele's land (Beverley Manor SE, 400 acres acquired from Silas Hart in 1744) 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: this tract was originally patented to John Hart, brother of Silas Hart).


Samuel Steele's land (Beverley Manor SW, 590 acres, 1749) 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 Robert Steele (relationship undetermined), (Beverley Manor SW, 309 acres, 1749) adjoins Samuel Steele's land to the northwest).

Acquisition of Land in Orange County, VA Records:

  • Pg. 232-233. Indenture 17 Nov. 1744 between Silas Hart of county of Augusta and Samuel Steel of same... Witnesseth that Silas Hart for divers good causes, him thereunto moveing.. more specifically for £40.. paid by Samuel Steel.. for 400 acres.. bounded.. to George Robinson's line.. lines of Beverley Manor... (signed) Silas Hart (Seal). Witnesses: Jno. Finley, Henry Pickens. Recorded Orange County, 23 November 1744. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 9, Dorman, pg. 25]. (Note: the tract sold by Silas Hart to Samuel Steele was originally patented to John Hart, Silas Hart's brother in 1740).

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Wm Beverley to Samuel Steele, 590 acres in Beverly Manor.corner to James Huston; David Steel's land; corner to Robert Alexander; corner to Patrick Hayes. Teste: Robert Alexander, Robert Ramsey, John FULTON. Proved by two Roberts, 18 Nov. 1747. (Deed Book #1)

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 205.--7th November, 1759. Samuel Steel and Sarah to Robert Steel, £20, 330 acres in Beveriey Manor, part of 590 acres granted Samuel by Beverley; corner Robt. Alexander and Patrick Hays. Teste: Wm. Peerviance, Patrick McCorkle. Delivered: Samuel Steel, June, 1766.

Advisory on Samuel Steele

WARNING! Some other sources claim that Samuel Steele's father was Richard Steele, but there is considerable doubt that Richard Steele was the father of this 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.

Processioning List of 1748, 1756 & 1767/8

"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 settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Vol. 2 - Page 17.--James Fulton and John Mitchell make returns, viz: 1748, 26th March, processioned for Samuel Doak, present Samuel Braford; processioned for John Mitchell, present Samuel Doak; processioned for Samuel Braford, present Samuel Doak; processioned for John Buchanan, present James Cowen; processioned for Martha Mitchell (widow), present John Buchanan; processioned for James Cowen, present David Mitchell; processioned for David Moor, present Jas. Cowan; processioned for Robert Wilson, present Andrew Alexander; processioned for Andrew Alexander, present Robert Wilson; processioned for Patrick Campbell, present Joseph Reed; processioned for Joseph Reeds, present Chas. Campbell; processioned for Chas. Campbell, present Pat. Campbell; processioned for Patrick Hays, present Wm. Robinson; processioned for Robert Alexander, present Robert Ramsey; processioned for Robt. Ramsey, present Pat. Hays; processioned for Sarah Ramsey (widow), present Robt. Ramsey; processioned for John Lockhart, present Pat. Hays; processioned for Thos. Beard, present John Lockhart; processioned for Samuel Wilson, present Robert Wilson; processioned for David Doak, present Samuel Wilson; processioned for Eleanor Mitchell (widow), present Robert Wilson; processioned for John Teats, present Thos. Beard; processioned for James Linn, present Samuel Doak; processioned for John Brownlee, present Wm. Smith; processioned for George Breckinridge, present, Breckenridge; processioned for James Robinson, present Anthony Black; processioned for Anthony Black, present Jas. Robinson; processioned for Wm. Robinson, present Robinson; processioned for Jas. Fulton, present Alex. Brownlee; processioned for Samuel Steel, present John Fulton.
  • Page 176.--1756: Processioned by John Tate and Samuel Doak, in Capt. 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.
  • Page 441.-(1767-68)-Processioners' returns, by Thos. Shields and Jas. Meteire, viz: For Patt. Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for Robt. Willson, for Thos. Brown, for Wm. Thompson, for Pat. Hays, for John Ward, for Wm. Purrens (Purvens), for James Henry, for Nathl. Steele, for Geo. Bright, for Roben Mitchel, for Robt. Alexander, for Wm. Walker, for Roben Willson, for John Mitchell, for James Mitchell, for John Buchanan, for David Cunningham, for Wm. Campbell, for Thomas Mitchell, for James Meteire, for Hugh Hays, for Reuben Steele, for Thomas Steele, for Thomas Shields, for David Doake, for John Teate, for Samuel Doake, for Samuel Brawford, for James Cowan, for Saml. McCutchen, for Alex. Campbell, for James Moffett, for Wm. Cunningham, for David Doake, for Hugh Fulton and James Fulton, for Saml. Steele, for Alex. Brownlee, for John Brownlee.

Will of Samuel Steele

From Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia Court Records:

  • Page 202 - - 16th August, 1789. Samuel Steele's will - - Executors, James and Andrew Steel; to son, Samuel; to four daughters, Margaret, Sarah, Martha and Mary; to sons, James, Andrew and Samuel. Teste: Samuel Finley, Andrew Ramsey, Jane Fienley. Proved, 16th February, 1790, by Samuel and Jane Finley. Executors qualify.

Records of Samuel Steele in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 432.--19th November, 1747. £27 current money Virginia. George Brackenridge to Thomas Beard, 309-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor; corner to James Lynn and John Tate; corner to David Steel. Teste: James Fulton, Samuel Wilson, Samuel Steel. Acknowledged by George, 18th November, 1747, and Ann releases dower.
  • 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.
  • Page 659.--28th February, 1749. Same to Jacob Lockhart, planter, 210 acres in Beverley Manor. Teste: William Christian, Samuel Steel, William Campbell.
  • Page 299.--30th March, 1756. David Hays and Jean to Nathaniel Steel, £77, 202-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor. Jno. Fulton's line. Teste: Samuel and Robert Steel.

Information on Samuel Steele

Family Group Record FamilySearch® Ancestral File™ v4.19

Husband's Name

Samuel STEELE (AFN:FNWH-N4)    

Born:  1709  Place:  , , , Ireland 
Died:  30 Jan 1790  Place:  Waynesboro, Augusta, Virginia 
Married:    Place:   

Father:  Richard STEELE (AFN:FNWJ-25)   *(appears to be in error) 
Mother:  Mary SCURLOCK (AFN:FNWJ-3B)    *(appears to be in error) 

Wife's Name

Margaret FULTON (AFN:FNWH-P9)    

Born:  Abt 1713  Place:  , Augusta, Virginia 
Married:    Place:   

1.  Sex  Name  
F  Jane Jean STEELE (AFN:FNWH-5J)    

Born:  1746   Place:  Staunton, Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  Aft 1807   Place:  Jessamine Co., KY  
Buried:    Place:  Ebenezer Cemet, Jessamine County, Kentucky  

2. Sex Name


Born:  1735   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  Jun 1802   Place:   

3.  Sex  Name  
M  Samuel STEELE (AFN:FNWH-RM)    

Born:  1736   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  18 Jun 1808   Place:   

4.  Sex  Name  

Born:  1737   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  1808   Place:   

5. Sex Name

M  David STEELE (AFN:FNWH-T0)    

Born:  bef 1735   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  

6.  Sex  Name  
F  Martha STEELE (AFN:FNWH-V5)    

Born:  Abt 1741   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  

7.  Sex  Name  
M  Andrew STEELE (AFN:FNWH-WB)    

Born:  1743   Place:  , Augusta, Virginia  
Died:  1800   Place:   

According to queries (2/5/99, 6/1/99) of Bobbie J. Glisson, Samuel Steele was married to Sarah Campbell and Margaret Fulton. Whe was researching Elizabeth Jannett Steele, a daughter of Samuel.

  1.   Randy Scott Crain.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Brøderbund Software, Inc. World Family Tree Vol. 2, Ed. 1. (Release date: November 29, 1995), Tree #6075.

    Date of Import: May 3, 2006

  3. 3.0 3.1 IGI Record.
  4. Jeanette Tillotson Acklen (compiled). Tennessee Bible Records and Marriage Bonds, comp. by Jeannette T. Acklen. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1980), pg. 130.

    Steele Family History - Bible records.