Samuel¹ Steele was born in Pennsylvania in 1775, but he may have grown up in Kentucky; he was certainly there by 1799. His wife Sarah Kirkpatrick was born in Kentucky around 1779, when it was still a single county of Virginia. Sarah’s parents, George Kirkpatrick and Jane Whiteside, had arrived in Kentucky a couple of years earlier from Pennsylvania, among the first wave of settlers from the newly independent states. Where they lived when they first arrived is a matter for debate, but the Kirkpatricks eventually settled in an area that would later (in 1794) become Harrison County, Kentucky. Samuel Steele first appears in the records of Harrison County in 1799. He and Sarah (recorded as Sally) married in Harrison County on 12 February 1801. It appears that at that time, Samuel was following the same trade as Sarah’s father, that of a fuller. A fuller processes woollen cloth to make it cleaner and thicker. This may have been an occupation passed down through Sarah’s mother’s family.
Sarah and Samuel remained in Harrison County until about 1803, when they moved to Ohio. They may have lived in what is now Clark County, near Springfield, until about 1809, by which time they settled in Sugarcreek Township, Greene County, Ohio. In about 1822 the family moved to Parke County, Indiana, and built the first mill at what would become the town of Portland Mills, on the border between Parke and Putnam Counties. Sarah died between 1832 and 1835; her grave has not been found, but was probably in the same area. Portland Mills, Indiana suffered a decline in the first half of the 20th century, and since 1960 the site has been under the surface of the artificial Raccoon Lake. Sarah’s grave may also be under the lake now.
Samuel remarried in Putnam County on 13 June 1837 Elizabeth Ramsey, the widow of James Strahan. Elizabeth was born on 16 December 1793 in Pennsylvania, to Alexander Ramsey and Ann Moore. In about 1837 Samuel and Elizabeth moved to Illinois, living in the part of Warren County that would become Henderson County in 1841. In the census of 1850, Samuel and Elizabeth appear twice: in Henderson County, Illinois with four of Elizabeth’s children, and one month later in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa with Samuel’s son William and his family. Samuel’s occupation is listed as “clothier” both times. Subsequently, they may have lived close to son Samuel Jr. in or near Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa. Samuel died on 19 October 1859, and Elizabeth died on 07 October 1857. Both are buried in South Cemetery, Bloomfield. No will or probate administration has yet been located.
Known and supposed children of Samuel Steele and Sarah “Sally” Kirkpatrick:
John² Steele (Samuel¹) was born in Ohio in 1804. In the late 1820s he married Elizabeth Proctor, who was born in 1809 in Jessamine County, Kentucky to Catlett Proctor and Hannah Sodowsky. A courthouse fire in 1833 destroyed the Parke County, Indiana records of marriages that took place before October 1829, which probably included that of John and Elizabeth. In 1832 and 1833, the couple bought two parcels of land directly adjacent to the land patented by Elizabeth’s father, Catlett Proctor. It appears that John and Catlett attempted some sort of business venture; in the later 1830s, the two of them together were sued by at least four different plaintiffs, always for outstanding debts. In 1839 or 1840, John and Elizabeth moved to Iowa. The 1840 census shows them in Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, but they may have been just visiting or stopping briefly, before settling in the farmlands of Johnson County, Iowa, near a farming village known as Green Castle, a few miles north of North Liberty. John died of “fever” on 28 October 1849, and Elizabeth died on 09 October 1857. They are buried in Green Castle Cemetery, Johnson County.
Children of John Steele and Elizabeth Proctor:
Joanna² Steele (Samuel¹) was born sometime before 1810, perhaps about 1806. Probably in the mid 1820s, she married (1) James Rhodes, and the couple lived near his family in Ohio. James died in 1829 in Champaign County, Ohio. In the 1830 census Joanna seems to have been living in her parents’ home with her three young sons. On 03 November 1831, she married (2) James Harbison, who was born on 15 April 1800 in Chester County, South Carolina to Alexander Harbison and Sarah Susannah Spencer. The family moved to Warren County, Illinois around 1837, at about the same time Joanna’s father and stepmother did, and to the same township (which was part of Henderson County as of 1841). The same three Rhodes sons appear in their household in the 1840 census. I have found no later records of them. Joanna died in Henderson County on 13 March 1842. James remarried in November of that year, to Isabelle McCulloch, and had one daughter who died in infancy. He died on 07 July 1859. James and Joanna are buried together in the Hopper Cemetery in Henderson County.
Children of Joanna Steele and James Rhodes:
Children of Joanna Steele and James Harbison:
George K. Steele
George Kirkpatrick² Steele (Samuel¹) was born in Ohio on 25 November 1808. When his family moved to Parke County, Indiana, he found his lifelong home, although he left his parents’ house by 1828. He married (1) Mary Ann Ball (possibly Bell), who was born 14 June 1813; she died in Parke County on 03 April 1835 and is buried in the Thomas Cemetery in Union Township. Mary Ann was somehow related to John White, who later left property to her son in her memory. He may have been her grandfather, her uncle, or some other relation, but he was apparently very fond of her. On 05 March 1840 George remarried in Putnam County, to (2) Mary Govane Hammond; she was born in 1820 in Frederick County, Maryland to John Hammond and Mary Govane Owings. They lived first at Mansfield, later in Rockville in Adams Township. George had a distinguished career as a state legislator and delegate to the Republican National Convention, and met Abraham Lincoln while working to get him elected to the presidency. In 1874, George and Mary moved to Terre Haute, in neighboring Vigo County, and bought the elegant house that still stands at 824 South 5th Street. George died at home on 06 May 1879; Mary, on 17 January 1880. They are buried in Rockville Cemetery, in Adams Township.
Children of George Kirkpatrick Steele and Mary Ann Ball:
Children of George Kirkpatrick Steele and Mary Govane Hammond:
William² Steele (Samuel¹) was reputedly born on 05 May 1810 in Greene County, Ohio. He was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows. On 12 April 1833 he married Sarah Ann Robinson in Boone County, Indiana. She was a daughter of the Rev. James Robinson, and was born in Kentucky around 31 December 1813 or 01 January 1814. William and Sarah lived in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois until about 1840, when they moved to Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa. William died in Keosauqua on 21 August 1853. Around 1856, Sarah moved to Moundsville, Marshall County, Virginia with all her children except Mary, the oldest, who was already married. As of 1863, Marshall County was part of West Virginia. Sarah later remarried, on 13 September 1871, to James Taylor in Marshall County. He died before 1880, and Sarah died on 25 April 1888.
Children of William Steele and Sarah Ann Robinson:
Samuel Steele, Jr.
Samuel² Steele (Samuel¹) was born on 01 January 1814. He was a merchant by trade, and left the family home in Parke County in about 1837 with his father. While they lived in Warren County, Illinois, on 01 August 1839, Samuel married (1) Grizella Strahan, who was a daughter of Samuel’s new stepmother Elizabeth, née Ramsey, with her first husband, James Strahan. Grizella was born 25 December 1823 in Fleming County, Kentucky and grew up in Putnam County, Indiana. In 1840 they moved to Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa, and in 1845 settled in Davis County, Iowa, in or near Bloomfield. About 1859, Samuel retired from mercantile trade and became a farmer. He and Grizella were members of the Congregational Church in Bloomfield when it was founded in 1870. Grizella died on 27 November 1876 and was buried in the South Cemetery in Bloomfield. Samuel married (2) Isabella Brewster, née Frame, a widow with six daughters, in Davis County on 12 October 1877. Isabella was born in 1831 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Samuel died suddenly on 10 March 1889, in the middle of teaching a Sunday school class. The cause of death was unknown. He is buried with Grizella in the South Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Children of Samuel Steele and Grizella Strahan:
James R.³ Steele (John², Samuel¹) was born about 1829 in Portland Mills, Parke County, Indiana. He often appears in written records as “J. R. Steele”. When his father John died, he took over farming duties on the family farm in Monroe Township, Johnson County, Iowa. On 23 April 1853 he married (1) Almira Barnes in Johnson County. She seems to have died before 1861. James married (2) Elizabeth H. Keesee on 05 January 1861 in Johnson County. Elizabeth was born in Pike County, Kentucky, about 1840, to John Keesee and Lucinda Bevins.
Around 1865, James and Elizabeth moved to Bloomington, Illinois; in the 1870s they moved again, to Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois. What became of them after 1880 is not yet known to me.
Children of James R. Steele and Elizabeth H. Keesee:
Julia Steele Babcock
Orville G. Babcock
Julia Ann³ Steele (John², Samuel¹) was born in Portland Mills on 04 August 1831. She and Orville Gould Babcock were married on 14 May 1848 by justice of the peace S. G. Barnes, in the Steele home in Johnson County, Iowa. Because she was only 17, her father had to give consent; the letter he wrote and signed is included in the Johnson County marriage files. Orville was born in Springfield, Erie County, Pennsylvania on 16 May 1822 to Joab Babcock and Mary Gould. He and Julia had farmland in Madison Township. Orville also served as the first postmaster of the Chase post office, which was in operation from 1868 to 1902. He died on 17 March 1890. Julia died on 11 February 1901. They are buried in Green Castle Cemetery, in Johnson County.
Children of Julia Ann Steele and Orville Gould Babcock:
Amanda³ Steele (John², Samuel¹) was born in Portland Mills on 23 March 1835. She married John Sherman on 14 October 1858 in Johnson County, Iowa. John was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, on 23 February 1836, to Gustavus Sherman and Eleanor Nichols. In the 1890s the family moved to Le Roy, Coffey County, Kansas. John died there on 02 March 1908. Soon after his death, Amanda moved to the city of Yates Center, Woodson County, just south of Coffey County, with her unmarried daughter Flora. In the 1920s, Amanda moved to Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon to live with her oldest daughter, Mrs. Josephine Karr. She died there on 19 October 1927, at the age of 92, and was buried in Rose City Cemetery in Portland.
Children of Amanda Steele and John Sherman:
Wm. Wallace Steele
Wallace Steele and family
William Wallace³ Steele (John², Samuel¹) was born in Indiana on 16 April 1837. He married Hester Ann Day in Johnson County on 10 October 1861. Hester was born in Fountain County, Indiana on 18 June 1844, to Andrew Day and Sarah Myers. Wallace served as a corporal in the Civil War, with Company E of the 28th Iowa Infantry, beginning in 1862. On returning home to Johnson County, Iowa, he initially returned to a life of farming. In late 1875, the family lived for three months in Poweshiek County, and then moved to Des Moines, Polk County, where Wallace worked as a carpenter. Hester died in Des Moines on 04 May 1882, and Wallace never remarried in the three decades he remained there. He died from a stroke at the home of his daughter Nellie, about an hour before midnight on 25 August 1914. Wallace and Hester are buried in Green Castle Cemetery, Johnson County. (His military marker currently shows an incorrect date of death, which I think may be partly my fault. I’m going to try and get it corrected, now that I have his death certificate.) Four of their five surviving children appear in an 1897 directory of Des Moines, and three (Nellie, Alice, and Edward) lived together in 1900, all still single.
Children of William Wallace Steele and Hester Ann Day:
Paulina P.³ Steele (John², Samuel¹) was born in Iowa, probably in late 1840. She married William Weekland Ewing on 29 November 1860 in Johnson County. William, a farmer, was born 18 April 1830 in Huntingdon or Centre County, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Ewing and Amy Bailey. William and Paulina briefly moved to or visited Missouri in 1871, returned to Iowa, then moved to Missouri again around 1877, settling in Colfax Township, Harrison County, Missouri. This township is actually on the border with Iowa, and they seem to have once again returned to Iowa by the 1890s. Paulina died 02 January 1891. William died 05 November 1897 in Rockwell City, Calhoun County, Iowa. He is buried in Rosehill Cemetery, in Rockwell City; Paulina may be buried there with him.
Children of Paulina P. Steele and William Weekland Ewing:
Sarah K. Steele
John W. Gardner
Sarah K.³ Steele (John², Samuel¹) was born 28 November 1843 in Iowa. On 08 December 1864 she married John W. Gardner in Johnson County. John was born about September 1840 in Falls Township, Muskingum County, Ohio to Adam Gaertner and Elizabeth Schmitt. John’s parents came from the Grand Duchy of Baden, which is now part of southern Germany. John was orphaned when his father died in the Mexican-American War, his mother having died a year earlier, and it isn’t clear who raised him after that. He served in the Civil War as a private and a sergeant, with Company G of the 6th Iowa Infantry. He suffered gunshot wounds in his right hand and rectum at Missionary Ridge in Tennessee (25 November 1863); interestingly, the wound to his rectum is not mentioned in later medical reports. It seems he was never quite the same after the war. He bigamously married another woman in Indiana in 1869, with whom he already had a year-old daughter, and then apparently abandoned them forever a year later. Sarah and John appear to have moved to Iowa City around 1881, and then to Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois by 1882. Sarah’s brother James had been living in Mattoon for some years already (see no. 5 above). At some time after this, Sarah and John separated. By 1885, John had apparently gone to live with or stay near his brother George in Chula, Livingston County, Missouri, and in 1886 he was admitted to the home for disabled veterans in Leavenworth, Kansas, apparently for some reason related to his wounds. He died on 17 January 1891 while on “furlough” (whatever that means in this context) in Laredo, Grundy County, Missouri, which is just a few miles due north of Chula. He is buried alone in Richardson Cemetery, near Laredo. Sarah stayed in Mattoon, along with her sons Frank and Milton. She died in Oxford, Johnson County, Iowa on 20 April 1909, probably after attending her son Robert’s funeral there about ten days earlier. She is buried in Oxford Cemetery next to Robert and his wife.
Children of Sarah K. Steele and John W. Gardner:
Maria J. “Jennie” Steele
and Lewis H. Markham
Maria Jane³ Steele (John², Samuel¹), was born in Iowa on 12 July 1845. Although census returns only list her as “Maria” or “Maria J.”, the back of an old family photo names her as “Aunt Jennie Markham”, from her middle name Jane, which is given in full on her death certificate. (Jennie wasn’t used as a nickname for Jennifer until the name Jennifer became popular outside of Cornwall, England, around the turn of the 20th century.) She married Lewis Henry Markham in Johnson County on 01 January 1866. Lewis, a carpenter, was born 14 June 1832 in Windsor, Broome County, New York, to James S. and Minerva L. Sherman. In 1861 he lived in Clymer, Chautauqua County, New York, from where he served in Company G of the 49th New York Infantry in the Civil War.
In late 1869, the Markhams moved to Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, but they only stayed there for a year before returning to Johnson County. They moved to Cedar Rapids, Linn County, in 1879, and finally to Des Moines, Polk County, in the spring of 1885. Lewis died there on 03 December 1910, and Jennie died of heart failure on the evening of 29 January 1912, also in Des Moines. They are buried together in Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines.
Children of Maria Jane “Jennie” Steele and Lewis Henry Markham:
Leonidas³ Harbison (Joanna² Steele, Samuel¹) was born in Warren County, Illinois in April 1838, in the part that became Henderson County in 1841. He married 1) Abigail Collins on 29 September 1861 in McDonough County, Illinois. They are not known to have had any children, and the marriage may have ended in divorce or in Abigail’s early death. He is known to have fought in the Civil War, which may have caused some disruption to their marriage. Leonidas married 2) Sarah Sterling on 24 September 1868 in Olena, Henderson County, Illinois. Sarah was born in 1849 in Greene County, Indiana, to Israel Sterling and Cinderella Sultzer. She was often known as Sadie. Leonidas and Sadie moved to Montgomery County, Iowa for a couple of years in the 1870s, and to Columbia County, Washington Territory by 1880. They were divorced by 1887. By 1900, Leonidas was living alone in Wilbur, Lincoln County, Washington. He may have moved to Los Angeles, California soon afterward. He died on 07 March 1907 and is buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery. Sadie married Henry Sharpnack in 1887, and was widowed in 1916. By 1920 she lived with her son James in Ashwood, Jefferson County, Oregon, and she died in Jefferson County in 1932.
Children of Leonidas Harbison and Sarah “Sadie” Sterling:
James S.³ Steele (George Kirkpatrick², Samuel¹) was born in Parke County, Indiana on 26 December 1832. On 19 February 1855 he married Margaret Jane Polson in Orange County, Indiana. She was born in Indiana in February 1834, to Benjamin Polson and Nancy Price King. James and Margaret (known in her youth as Jane or Jennie) remained in Parke County as farmers. James died on 08 July 1888. Margaret died on 09 December 1900. They are buried in Rockville Cemetery in Adams Township.
Children of James S. Steele and Margaret Jane Polson:
Sophronia Isabel³ Steele (George Kirkpatrick², Samuel¹) was born on 05 February 1844. She married William Wallace McCune, a grain and stock dealer, on 18 June 1863. Wallace was born on 17 March 1839 at Mecca Mill, in Wabash Township, Parke County, to Alexander McCune and Rosilla Chaney. In August 1862, he was commissioned as captain of Company G of the 71st Indiana Volunteers, but after heavy losses and a swift capture in Kentucky, he resigned his commission, in December of the same year. Wallace and Sophronia lived in Rockville. Sophronia died on 07 July 1880; she is buried in Rockville Cemetery in Adams Township.
Children of Sophronia Isabel Steele and William Wallace McCune:
>Mary Ida³ Steele (George Kirkpatrick², Samuel¹), known as Mollie (at least in her youth), was born in May 1853. On 09 October 1879, she married John William Cruft in Vigo County, Indiana. John was born on 20 December 1844 in Terre Haute to John Foster Cruft and Elizabeth Armstrong. He had been married previously, in 1874 to Mary Modisette, who died in 1875 after fourteen months of marriage. John is listed merely as a “clerk” in the 1880 census, but by 1887 he was serving as treasurer of the Terre Haute & Indianapolis Railroad, a position he seems to have held for some time. He was also on the Terre Haute city council in the early 1890s, and generally had a successful and lucrative career and was able to travel frequently in later years. John and Mollie were visiting Colorado Springs when Mollie died unexpectedly of peritonitis after a rapid illness, on 13 August 1907. John died on 03 February 1913, of pneumonia, while vacationing in Los Angeles. Both are buried in the Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute. (Thanks to John Bakke for much of this information.)
Child of Mary Ida Steele and John William Cruft:
Mary Jane³ Steele (William², Samuel¹) was born on 22 July 1835 in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois. She married Philander Townsend Mayne in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa on 15 August 1854. Philander was born on 02 October 1831 in Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio to Emmanuel Mayne and Grace Magruder. He died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah on 07 August 1893. Mary died in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio on 18 April 1922.
Children of Mary Jane Steele and Philander Townsend Mayne:
Joanna I.³ Steele (William², Samuel¹) was born in May 1837 in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois. She married James Whittingham in Marshall County, Virginia on 12 November 1857. James had at least one child from a previous marriage. He was born in February 1825 in Ohio County, Virginia, which like Marshall County is now in West Virginia, and he fought on the side of the Union in the Civil War, in Company C of the 12th West Virginia Infantry. He and Joanna lived in Marshall County for three or four decades, and moved to Douglas County, Nebraska by 1900. James died in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska in February 1909. Joanna died before 1930, possibly in Los Angeles, California.
Children of Joanna I. Steele and James Whittingham:
George K.³ Steele (William², Samuel¹) was born 09 January 1843 in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa. He served in the Civil War in at least two distinct units: Company F, 2nd Iowa Infantry, and Company K, 15th Iowa Infantry. On 10 December 1878 he married Nancy A. Williamson in Tyler County, West Virginia. Nancy was born in November 1855 in Tyler County to Theodore Williamson. George and Nancy never had any children. George died in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio on 22 February 1922. Nancy was still alive in 1930.
Julia A.³ Steele (William², Samuel¹), born 12 March 1848 in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa, married Frank Humphrey Blake on 31 March 1881 in Marshall County, West Virginia. Frank was born in Elizabeth Town, Marshall County on 19 October 1856 to William and Anne Blake. Julia died in Moundsville on 07 May 1915, after which Frank moved to Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, where he died on 15 March 1920.
Children of Julia Steele and Frank H. Blake:
Jane³ Steele (Samuel², Samuel¹) was born in 1848 in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa. She married Robert B. Ferguson in Bloomfield on 16 November 1867. Robert was born in Iowa in March 1847, to David Ferguson and Elizabeth Roderick. Jane died in Bloomfield on 09 June 1876. On 14 April 1878, Robert married Isabelle Donaldson, the widow of Felix T. Smock; Robert and Isabelle had one child. By 1900, Robert and Isabelle had moved, with Robert’s son Vincent, to Boulder County, Colorado, where he worked as a miner of precious metals. Robert died in 1915, and Isabelle died in 1929. Jane, Robert, and Isabelle are all buried together in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Child of Jane Steele and Robert B. Ferguson:
The Hildreth family
Anna C.⁴ Steele (James R.³, John², Samuel¹) was born on 12 February 1868 in Illinois. On 01 May 1886, she married Carley Fremont Hildreth, a railroad operator, in Kankakee County, Illinois. Carley, a son of William S. Hildreth and Lavonne Y. Carley, was born in Cameron, Clinton County, Missouri on 15 August 1860. He and Anna appear to have lived in Michigan early in their marriage, and then moved back to Illinois around 1890. By 1900 they had moved to the city of Tipton, Tipton County, Indiana, and by 1920 they moved to Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Carley died in Chicago on 06 March 1926, and Anna died there on 14 September 1927.
Children of Anna C. Steele and Carley F. Hildreth:
John S.⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in December 1850 in Johnson County, Iowa. His middle name may have been Smith. Sometime between 1875 and 1880, he married 1) Maria Florence Wray (known as Flora), who was born on 18 November 1852 to Carson B. Wray and Mary Ault of Madison Township, Johnson County. By 1880, John and Flora lived in Arapahoe County, Colorado, in or near what would soon become the town of Littleton. Flora died in Arapahoe County on 26 December 1880, and is buried in Littleton Cemetery. John married 2) Eva A. Boughton in Arapahoe County on 15 October 1884. Eva was born about 1860 in Lee County, Iowa, to George Boughton and Louisa Case. John and Eva appear to have lived in Denver, which was included in Arapahoe County at the time. Eva died in Denver in 1892; the date of her death record is 16 October, but there is a grave in Littleton Cemetery marked “A. Babcock” with the dates 22 July 1861 – 27 September 1892, which could possibly be hers. After several years, John got remarried again, to 3) Maggie Pezoldt, who was born in March 1871 in Cold Spring, Phelps County, Missouri, to German parents: Theodore Pezoldt from Saxony and his wife Catherine from Darmstadt. Maggie registered to vote in Arapahoe County in 1902, the same year Denver formed its own separate county. John was listed in an 1892 city directory as being in the real estate business, but in 1900 and 1910 he was a miner. Maggie died on 27 January 1937 at the age of 65, and John died on 08 April 1947 at the age of 96. They are buried together in Littleton Cemetery, near a few other Babcocks whose relationship to John has yet to be determined.
Children of John S. Babcock and Eva A. Boughton:
Child of John S. Babcock and Maggie Pezoldt:
Mary Elizabeth⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born 15 March 1852 in Johnson County, Iowa. She married Mahlon K. Wolfe in Johnson County on 12 June 1872. Mahlon was born in Ohio on 29 January 1848, to Lewis R. Wolfe and Elizabeth Lindsley, who settled in Johnson County in 1854. Mahlon and Mary lived on his family farm near the village of Chase until their children were grown up, and then moved to Iowa City, Johnson County, by 1910. Mary died there on 04 January 1930, and Mahlon died there 05 February 1934. They are buried in Ridgewood Cemetery, Penn Township, Johnson County.
Children of Mary Elizabeth Babcock and Mahlon K. Wolfe:
Amanda⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), who was born in February 1854 in Johnson County, Iowa, married Charles F. Doty in that county on 23 June 1875. Charles was born in Oxford Township, Johnson County, on 02 November 1852, to Lewis Doty and Hannah Mason. Amanda and Charles lived in Oxford Township until the 1920s. Amanda died in 1928. In 1930, Charles lived in the home of fellow widower Mahlon K. Wolfe in Iowa City (see preceding entry).
Child of Amanda Babcock and Charles F. Doty:
Milton⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Johnson County on 27 October 1857. He was in Colorado by the census of 1880, living in the household of Peter and Sophia Anderson in Leadville, Lake County. He was listed as a laborer, but Peter and the other males in the household were miners. On 13 November 1883, Milton married Anna Elizabeth Wray in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa; he probably returned home to get married. Anna was a daughter of Carson B. Wray and Mary Ault, and a sister of Flora Wray who married Milton’s brother John. In the census of 1880, she and another sister, Catherine Wray, appear as visitors in John and Flora’s household in Denver.
There seem not to have been any children, and Milton died in Aspen, Pitkin County, Colorado on 01 November 1885, shortly before his second anniversary. Anna remarried in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, on 18 December 1889, to Charles Dunton Ault, a cousin on her mother’s side.
Ellen⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in September 1862, one of twins. She married John Arthur Colony in Chase, Johnson County on 18 February 1891. John was born in Clear Creek Township, Johnson County, on 29 April 1863, to Charles Eddy Colony and Mary Eleanor McClain Gilliland. He was a recent widower, having been married on 24 December 1889 to Martha E. Zeller, who had died only two months later, on 11 February 1890. John and Ellen lived in Clear Creek Township as farmers in 1900 and 1910, but in 1920 they lived in Iowa City, next door to Mahlon and Mary Wolfe on Sheridan Avenue (see no. 18 above). All were listed in the 1920 census as having no occupation. John and Ellen were both still alive in 1930, living at the same address, still next door to Mahlon Wolfe, and according to that census John was then working as a clerk for the state of Iowa. Their daughter was no longer living with them in 1930.
Child of Ellen Babcock and John Arthur Colony:
Eleanor⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in September 1862. She married Josiah K. Allen on 28 December 1882 in Johnson County. Josiah was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in January 1857 to Samuel Allen and Elizabeth Ensminger. Eleanor and Josiah lived in Chicago by 1890. Eleanor died in Chicago on 25 February 1900. She is buried near her parents and family in Green Castle Cemetery, Penn Township, Johnson County, Iowa. Josiah remarried in 1915. He died in Chicago on 27 February 1935.
Children of Eleanor Babcock and Josiah K. Allen:
Hattie⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in September 1864 in Johnson County, Iowa. She married Charles H. Folker in Chase, Johnson County, on 18 May 1898. Charles was born in January 1863 in Ohio to Swiss parents, John and Sophia Folker. He was a Freemason, and Hattie was in the Order of the Eastern Star. They were farmers in Clear Creek Township in 1900, and in Village Township, Van Buren County, Iowa in 1910. By 1920 they moved to Iowa City, and they were both listed as having no occupation in 1920 and 1930. In 1930 their daughter was no longer living with them. Charles died in Iowa City in 1934, and Hattie died there in 1936. They are buried in that city’s Oakland Cemetery.
Child of Hattie Babcock and Charles H. Folker:
William Henry⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born in November 1866, married Alta Leora Leffingwell on 09 December 1889. Alta, a teacher, was born in December 1866 in Davis County, Iowa, to Cyrus Leffingwell and Cinderella L. Redfearn. William and Alta may have lived in Oklahoma in the 1890s. By 1900 they were back in Johnson County, Iowa, and William’s mother Julia was living with them. By 1910 they moved to Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, and Alta died there before 1920. William was still alive in 1930.
Children of William Henry Babcock and Alta Leora Leffingwell:
Charles Wesley⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born April 1868, married Mary Florence Roberts on 08 December 1888. Florence was born in Johnson County on 22 April 1870, to Charles E. Roberts and Anna Martha Horak. According to a 1912 biographical sketch of Charles Roberts, Charles and Florence Babcock lived in Walford, Benton County, Iowa. They were both alive in 1930.
Children of Charles Wesley Babcock and Mary Florence Roberts:
James G.⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born in February 1870, married Lucy M. Statler in Johnson County on 09 March 1892. Lucy was born in September 1871 in North Liberty, Johnson County, to Andrew H. Statler and Eliza Jane Ault. (Eliza was a sister of Charles Dunton Ault; cf. Milton Babcock above.) James and Lucy lived in Oxford Township in 1900. Later they may have moved to Linn County, but by 1920 they lived in Iowa Township, Cedar County. James died there in 1929, and Lucy died in 1944. James is listed in an index of headstones for Green Castle Cemetery, but he and Lucy also share a stone in Ridgewood Cemetery.
Adopted son of James G. Babcock and Lucy M. Statler:
Daniel Welch⁴ Babcock (Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born in July 1876, married Martha Ann Wolfe ("Mattie") on 09 September 1897. Mattie Wolfe was born in Chase, Johnson County on 25 April 1880, to Christopher Douglas Wolfe and Sarah Ann Stake; she was a niece, therefore, of Mahlon K. Wolfe, husband of Mary Elizabeth Babcock above. In 1900, Daniel and Mattie lived in York Township, Iowa County, Iowa; they later lived in Fairfax Township, Linn County (1910) and Monroe Township, Madison County (1920) before apparently settling in Des Moines, Polk County. Daniel died in 1942 and is buried in Green Castle Cemetery. Mattie died in July 1977 in Des Moines.
Child of Daniel Welch Babcock and Martha Ann “Mattie” Wolfe:
Josephine⁴ Sherman (Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born 27 August 1859 in Johnson County, Iowa, married Dugal Campbell Karr around 1880. He was born 01 June 1850 in Stark County, Ohio, to William Karr and Catherine Fickes. He and Josephine spent some time in Beadle County, Dakota Territory (now in South Dakota), and then returned to Iowa to live in Cedar Rapids, Linn County. Later, they moved to Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Dugal died 11 December 1935 in Portland. Josephine then moved to Los Angeles with her daughter Irene; she died in Los Angeles on 21 June 1940.
Children of Josephine Sherman and Dugal Campbell Karr:
James E.⁴ Sherman (Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born in October 1861, married Mary Jane Leffingwell (often called “Maza”) in Johnson County on 15 October 1889. Maza was born November 1868 in Lewis County, Iowa to Cyrus Leffingwell and Cinderella L. Redfearn; she was the younger sister of Alta Leffingwell, who married William Henry Babcock above. In 1900 they lived in Coffey County, Kansas, and both worked as school teachers. By 1920, James had died, and Maza and daughter Alda lived in the town of Carlton, Prowers County, Colorado. In 1930 they lived, along with the younger daughter, Zelma, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. Both daughters were schoolteachers like their parents.
Children of James E. Sherman and Mary Jane “Maza” Leffingwell:
Francis L.⁴ Sherman (Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), often known as Frank, was born December 1865, in Madison Township, Johnson County, Iowa. On 12 September 1889, he married Jennie Eliza Carse in Johnson County or neighboring Linn County. Jennie was born 26 January 1868 to Henry Carse and Mary A. Brown, probably in Shueyville, Johnson County. Francis appears to have worked mainly as a farm laborer from the age of 14 or earlier, all the way through 1900. But some time between 1900 and 1910, he and his family moved to Yakima, Yakima County, Washington. In 1910 he was a Teamster with a lumber company; in 1920, he was a truck driver; and in 1930, he worked as a high school janitor. By 1930, Jennie’s mother, aged 90 or 91, was living with them in Yakima. Francis died on 06 March 1947 in Yakima. Jennie died in Yakima on 26 March 1967, at the age of 99.
Child of Francis L. “Frank” Sherman and Jennie Eliza Carse:
Flora L.⁴ Sherman (Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born April 1874, never married. In 1920 she was a schoolteacher in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, and owned her own house. Her mother Amanda and another teacher, Harriet Howard, lived with her. She died in Yates Center on 09 October 1921, at the age of 47.
Charles Augustus⁴ Sherman (Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born 15 April 1875 in Johnson County, Iowa. On 10 January 1899, he married Phoebe Iowa Rinehart in Marion, Linn County, Iowa. Phoebe was born in Madison Township, Johnson County on 05 June 1870 to Alexander and Sarah Rinehart. In 1900, Charles and Phoebe lived in Coffey County, Kansas, but they moved to Linn County, Iowa by 1910, and by 1920 they lived in Nelson Township, Madison County, New York, where Charles owned and operated a dairy farm in or near the village of Erieville. Phoebe died there on 09 February 1947, and Charles also died there on 16 February 1954.
Child of Charles Augustus Sherman and Phoebe Iowa Rinehart:
William Joseph⁴ Steele (William Wallace³, John², Samuel¹) was born in August 1862 in Johnson County, Iowa. On 04 December 1884 he married Ida Mae Lentz, who was born on 11 September 1866 in Denison, Crawford County, Iowa to Enos Edward Lentz and Nancy Jane Geary. William and Ida lived in Sac County, Iowa, not far from Des Moines. William died at some time before about 1905.
Children of William Joseph Steele and Ida Mae Lentz:
John A.⁴ Steele (William Wallace³, John², Samuel¹) was born on 01 August 1866 in Johnson County, Iowa. For many years he was a band and orchestra musician in Des Moines, at least as early as the city directory of 1889 and at least as late as the census of 1910. In the earliest directories, he is listed as a viola player, but if he was in bands, he may have played another instrument or instruments as well. For some time around 1910, his invalid father Wallace lived in his home. After 1910, but perhaps before Wallace’s death, John moved to Taney County, Missouri, where he had a farm in Swan Township. He died in Branson, Taney County, on 15 December 1922, at the age of 56, and is buried in Branson Cemetery (now known as Old Branson Cemetery).
Nellie J.⁴ Steele (William Wallace³, John², Samuel¹), born October 1868, married Isaac N. Hiatt in Des Moines, around 1901. Isaac was born about 1870 to Enoch and Delilah Hiatt. Isaac worked as a house carpenter in 1920, and as a fireman for an office building (?) in 1930. He died in 1936, and Nellie died in 1937. They probably died in Des Moines, but they are buried in East Cemetery, Guthrie, Guthrie County, with Isaac’s parents.
Children of Nellie J. Steele and Isaac N. Hiatt:
Edward Morrisey⁴ Steele (William Wallace³, John², Samuel¹), born 27 September 1875, married Pearl Marion Baker around 1902. Pearl was born in Illinois on 11 September 1877 to E. D. and Ellie or Alice Baker. She was probably raised in Minnesota. Edward was a man of many trades. In the Des Moines city directory of 1897 he is listed as a barber, but by 1900 he was working as a zinc etcher. In 1910, he and Pearl lived in Missouri, where he was a farm manager. By 1920 they moved to Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, and Edward was working as a carpenter for a studio. In 1930 he was a photo engraver with a commercial engraving company, perhaps harking back to his experience as a zinc etcher. He may well have had other occupations, or returned to previous ones, in the years between the censuses. Pearl worked as a saleswoman in a department store in 1920, but is listed with no occupation in 1930. Also in 1920, her mother lived with them; she may have died by 1930. Edward died in Los Angeles County on 18 August 1957, at the age of 81, and Pearl died in the same county on 24 October 1971, at the age of 94. The couple apparently had no children.
Lewis Gardner⁴ Ewing (Paulina P.³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born 25 February 1876 in Johnson County, Iowa, moved to Quay County, New Mexico before 1910 and lived as a farmer, next door to his brother Charles, also a farmer. In 1917 or early 1918, Lewis married Della Tuck, who was born on 15 July 1888 in Fayette County, Alabama, to Richard Lewis Tuck and Dicy L. Bynum. When Lewis died on 06 April 1926 at the age of 50, Della moved in with Charles, perhaps for the benefit of her three surviving children. Sometime after 1930, Della married Lemuel Sanford Smith. She died in Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico on 08 September 1975, and is buried with her second husband in Wheatland Cemetery, in Wheatland, Quay County, New Mexico. Lewis is also buried in Wheatland.
Children of Lewis Gardner Ewing and Della Tuck:
Robert A.⁴ Gardner (Sarah K.³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born 20 July 1867, married Ida C. Barnes on 22 April 1899 in Johnson County. They lived in Oxford Township, Johnson County, where Ida was born on 26 March 1878 to Frank Barnes and Margaret Coglan. Ida died 18 October 1901, and Robert died 06 April 1909. They are buried in Oxford Cemetery, along with Robert’s mother Sarah.
Francis Lee⁴ Gardner (Sarah K.³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), usually known as Frank, was born in Johnson County, Iowa on 21 February 1870. He married 1) Mary G. Corey on 11 August 1892 in Coles County, Illinois. No children are known to have been born to them, and the marriage ended within four years. Mary may have died, or they may have gotten divorced. Frank married 2) Julia D. Grossner on 04 April 1896 in Coles County. Julia was born in Mattoon, Coles County in March 1874 to George Grossner. Frank and Julia may have spent some time living in Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri before moving back to Mattoon by 1900. At that time Frank worked as a railroad brakeman, probably already for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. By about 1903 this marriage too had ended, and Frank married 3) Jennie Kirkley in Craighead County, Arkansas on 30 May 1903. Jennie was born in Arkansas in September 1884 to Robert A. Kirkley and Emma T. O’Donnell. Frank and Jennie lived in the town of Cotter, Baxter County, Arkansas, through the 1910s, during which time Frank advanced from brakeman to conductor. Jennie died on 15 November 1920. Sometime after 1935, Frank married 4) Julia F. Copp, widow of Elbert Wyatt. Julia was born in Arkansas on 09 March 1885, to William E. A. Copp and Anna McGuire. Frank died in Saint Louis, Missouri on 16 August 1940, at the Missouri Pacific Hospital. The death record indicates he was living in Calico Rock, Izard County, Arkansas, which is not far from Cotter (although it says Stone County, so he may have actually lived somewhat outside the town). It also shows he was to be taken back to Cotter for burial, but no grave has been found there so far.
Children of Francis L. “Frank” Gardner and Julia D. Grossner:
Children of Francis L. “Frank” Gardner and Jennie Kirkley:
Milton Babcock⁴ Gardner (Sarah K.³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born on 10 August 1873, moved to Mattoon, Illinois with his family in 1882, and later worked there as a clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1908 he met Maria Adeline Waage (Lena) at the home of his uncle John and aunt Amanda Sherman (see no. 9 above), in Le Roy, Kansas (perhaps on the occasion of John’s funeral). For a short time, Milton lived in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, still working for the railroad, but soon he joined Lena in Los Angeles, and they married there on 15 February 1911. Lena was born on 28 November 1877 in Highland, Madison County, Illinois, to Heinrich (Henry) Christian Waage and Elise (Eliza) Gilomen. Milton died on 08 August 1949, and Lena died on 18 May 1968. They are buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Child of Milton Babcock Gardner and Maria Adeline Waage:
Martin Lawrence⁴ Markham (Maria Jane³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born 13 July 1867 in Iowa, married Gayzella Watson around 1907, probably in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Gay was born in February 1883 in Polk County, Iowa to George Watson and Jennie B. Young. In 1900, Martin was working as a horse trainer. Martin and Gay lived outside of Des Moines, in Saylor Township, Polk County, from before 1910 to after 1925, but they moved back to the city by 1930. Gayzella died in Des Moines on 15 April 1934, and Martin died there on 25 November 1936. They are buried in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Daphne Belle⁴ Markham (Maria Jane³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born 15 July 1870 in Iowa, married George F. Smith on 15 December 1888 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. The census of 1900 indicates they had a child who died prior to 1900. They divorced in March 1912, and Belle moved to Colorado City, Pueblo County, Colorado by the end of April. She died 11 May 1945 in Los Angeles, California.
Bernice Estelle⁴ Markham (Maria Jane³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born 06 August 1874 in Iowa, married James Corison Thrailkill on 04 March 1896 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. James was born about 1873 in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa, to Joseph Thrailkill and Martha Evans. Estelle died in Los Angeles on 01 December 1948.
Child of Bernice Estelle Markham and James Corison Thrailkill:
Calvin Winfred⁴ Markham (Maria Jane³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born 29 December 1885, married Florence Vivian Pierce in Des Moines in 1909. She was born 06 January 1891 in Nebraska, to Gilbert Pierce and Flora Wry (Wray?). They moved to Los Angeles, California at some time after 1914. Florence died in Los Angeles on 30 July 1950, and Calvin died there on 18 November 1952.
Child of Calvin Winfred Markham and Florence Vivian Pierce:
Myrtle Leona⁴ Harbison (Leonidas³, Joanna² Steele, Samuel¹) was born about 07 October 1869 in Olena, Henderson County, Illinois. In about 1887, she married 1) James S. McFall, who was born in Missouri in November 1861. They lived in Garfield County, Washington, where James was working as a farmer in 1893, and as a gardener in 1900. But he died not long after that, and in about 1907 Myrtle married 2) Robert Lee Drinkard, who was born in 1870 in Oregon to William Drinkard and Martha Wilson. Myrtle and Robert lived in Lincoln County, Washington. They had no children together. Robert died in Almira, Lincoln County in 1937, and Myrtle died in Wilbur, Lincoln County on 23 January 1943. They are buried in the Old Section of the Almira Cemetery, near several other members of the Drinkard family.
Children of Myrtle Leona Harbison and James S. McFall:
James Leonidas⁴ Harbison (Leonidas³, Joanna² Steele, Samuel¹), a farmer, was born in June 1873 in Olena, Henderson County, Illinois. He never married. By 1916, his mother Sadie lived with him in Ashwood, Jefferson County, Oregon. He seems to have been missing an eye by 1918, but it isn’t clear which one. He died in Wasco County, Oregon on 03 October 1942.
Lenora May⁴ Harbison (Leonidas³, Joanna² Steele, Samuel¹) was born about 1877 in Montgomery County, Iowa. On 30 December 1892, apparently at the age of 15, she married Samuel Nurse Robertson in Garfield County, Washington. Samuel was born on 21 November 1864 in Prince Edward Island, to John F. Robertson and Mary Steele. This Mary Steele appears to have been native to Prince Edward Island, and almost certainly was not related to Samuel Steele (no. 1 above). The Robertsons stayed in Garfield County all their lives, eventually living in its only city, Pomeroy. They had two natural children and then adopted a daughter. Samuel died in Pomeroy on 27 October 1932, and Lenora died there on 15 October 1948.
Children of Lenora May Harbison and Samuel Nurse Robertson:
Harlie William⁴ Harbison (Leonidas³, Joanna² Steele, Samuel¹) was born on 07 September 1879 in Columbia County, Washington Territory. About 1902, he married 1) Matilda, who was born in Oregon in about 1885. They had one son. At some later time, Harlie married 2) Mary, the widow of Louis Lindberg; she was born around 1884 in West Virginia. Not much else on this family is available yet.
Child of Harlie William Harbison and Matilda:
Mary Belle⁴ Steele (James S.³, George Kirkpatrick², Samuel¹), born about 1858 in Parke County, Indiana, married Edward M. Dawes on 23 September 1879 in Parke County. Ed, a railroad clerk, was born in about 1857 in Ohio. Belle died on 04 May 1881, aged 23. She is buried with her parents in Rockville Cemetery.
Edith⁴ Steele (James S.³, George Kirkpatrick², Samuel¹), born 1860 in Parke County, Indiana, married Charles M. Aydelotte on 27 February 1883 in Parke County. Charles was born in 1857 to Ann and George W. Aydelotte. Edith died on 25 September 1886 and is buried with her parents in Rockville Cemetery. Charles died in 1930 and is buried with his parents in the Blake Cemetery in nearby Union Township.
Ulysses Grant⁴ Steele (James S.³, George Kirkpatrick², Samuel¹) was born in May 1863. On 25 March 1885 he married Anna E. McKay, who was born in Indiana in December 1863. In 1900 they lived, along with Anna’s mother and brother, in Indianapolis, where Grant worked as a clerk for a manufacturing enterprise. Grant died on 11 February 1903, only 39 years old, and Anna died only two years later, on 25 April 1905. They are buried in Rockville Cemetery near Grant’s parents.
Children of Ulysses Grant Steele and Anna E. McKay:
Florence Steele⁴ Cruft (Mary Ida³ Steele, George Kirkpatrick², Samuel¹) was born on 18 March 1882 in Vigo County, Indiana. On 30 April 1902 she married Harry Lee English in Vigo County. He was born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, on 26 April 1871, to Capt. James Warren English and Emily Alexander. Harry’s father was a Civil War veteran who served as mayor of Atlanta in the early 1880s, and founded or co-founded the Chattahoochee Brick Company. Harry is shown an the 1910 census with a partially-legible occupation that may indicate the manufacture of bricks; in the 1920 census he is more clearly shown as the company’s manager, but in 1930 his stated occupation is “banker.” (His father had also been somehow involved with financial institutions, but I haven’t yet found any clear statement of the nature of this involvement. On-line sources contradict each other, as usual.) Harry died in Atlanta in 1937, and Florence died there in 1943.
Harry and Florence were the namesakes of SunTrust Bank’s Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund, established in 1964. The bank’s Web site describes them as having had a daughter, Emily English, who married James D. Robinson, Sr.; but this seems instead to have been Harry’s sister. Harry and Florence do not appear to have had any children.
(Thanks to John Bakke for most of this information.)
Alvadus Harrison⁴ Mayne (Mary Jane³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa on 01 April 1857. On 07 September 1879, he married Janet Witherspoon McDonald, who was born in December 1859. Alvadus died in San Francisco, California on 04 September 1911. Janet died on 28 April 1937.
Children of Alvadus Harrison Mayne and Janet Witherspoon McDonald:
Children of Grace Mayne and Luke D. Smith:
Joanna M.⁴ Mayne (Mary Jane³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born in July 1861 in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa. She married Harry E. Palmer, who was born in March 1858. Both were still alive in 1930.
Child of Joanna M. Mayne and Harry E. Palmer:
Virginia⁴ Mayne (Mary Jane³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa on 19 January 1868. She married Elmer Sterling Clarke on 27 February 1889 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Elmer was born on 24 November 1861 in Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska to Artemas Matthewson Clarke and Almira Anetta Williams. They moved to Alamo, Hidalgo County, Texas. Elmer died in Alamo on 27 March 1943, aged 81. Virginia died in Alamo on 14 May 1957, aged 89.
Children of Virginia Mayne and Elmer Sterling Clarke:
Leolia⁴ Mayne (Mary Jane³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa in September 1872. She married Charles Denys Savery, who was born in England on 09 October 1867 to Richard James Savery and Sarah East. Charles died in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington on 02 October 1946, and Leolia died in Tacoma on 01 December 1953.
Children of Leolia Mayne and Charles Denys Savery:
Winfield Kirk⁴ Whittingham (Joanna I.³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born in Moundsville, Marshall County, Virginia (which was soon to be in West Virginia) on 06 October 1858. Around 1890, he married Estella M., who was born in Nebraska on 17 June 1870. The family spent time in Nebraska but ended up in Los Angeles, California. Winfield died in Glendale, Los Angeles County on 29 November 1940. Estella died in Glendale on 25 June 1965.
Children of Winfield Kirk Whittingham and Estella M.:
James L.⁴ Whittingham (Joanna I.³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born in Elizabeth Town, Marshall County, Virginia on 02 February 1861. On 02 June 1887, he married Dora O’Ella Woodburn, who was born in Moundsville, Marshall County on 17 July 1862 to John Woodburn and Mary Elizabeth Bryson. They moved to Nebraska with James’s parents and brother, but James died in April 1908 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. What happened to their daughter after that is uncertain, but Dora moved back to Moundsville and lived with two sisters until her death on 06 June 1930. She is buried in the Mt. Rose Cemetery in Moundsville.
Child of James L. Whittingham and Dora O’Ella Woodburn:
Lavonne Elizabeth⁵ Hildreth (Anna C.⁴ Steele, James R.³, John², Samuel¹) was born on 15 December 1891 in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois. On 17 November 1909, she married Simeon Ethbert Taylor in Chicago. Simeon was born on 08 April 1883 in Corbetton, Dufferin County, Ontario, Canada to Henry Taylor and Lucinda Carey. Around 1912, Lavonne and Simeon moved from Chicago to Battleford, Saskatchewan, where they remained for about five years before returning to Chicago. Simeon died in Chicago on 20 June 1949. He and Lavonne had at least six children.
Orville Gorman⁵ Babcock (John S.⁴, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 21 July 1885 in Denver, Colorado. Around 1912 he married Edith Stella Knoll, who was also born in 1885 in Colorado. They appear to have moved first to Minnesota, and then to Texas, spending at least a little while in Tom Green County. Edith died on 05 October 1968 in Sonora, Sutton County, Texas. Orville died on 09 November 1973, also in Sonora. They had three children.
Lewis Orville⁵ Wolfe (Mary Elizabeth⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Johnson County, Iowa on 04 May 1873, and married Florence Alexandra Moreland in North Liberty, Johnson County, on 11 February 1897. Florence was born in Iowa in February 1877 to Alexander L. Moreland and Mary Zeller. She died on 03 November 1955, and Orville died in 1957. They had at least three children.
Christopher Benton⁵ Wolfe (Mary Elizabeth⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born on 22 June 1874, married Lola I. Potter on 17 February 1898. Lola was born in Iowa in November 1877 to William A. Potter and Jennie Robison. She died in 1957, and Chris died in 1958.
Child of Christopher Benton Wolfe and Lola I. Potter:
Milton Melvin⁵ Wolfe (Mary Elizabeth⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), born on 10 September 1876, married Mae Myrtle Stoner on 18 November 1900. Myrtle was born in Iowa on 14 May 1876 to William Henry Stoner and Alice Maria Markham; this Alice was a niece of Lewis Henry Markham (see no. 11 above). Myrtle died on 18 June 1954, and Melvin died on 22 July 1963.
Children of Milton Melvin Wolfe and Mae Myrtle Stoner:
Mahlon Ira⁵ Wolfe (Mary Elizabeth⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 20 December 1878 in Madison Township, Johnson County. Around 1903, he married 1) Stella M. Thirlkel, who was born in Nebraska around 1879. After her death, Ira married 2) Gladys H., who was born in Nebraska on 18 May 1888. Ira died in Glendale, Los Angeles on 28 February 1970, aged 91. Gladys died in Los Angeles County on 13 July 1972.
Clarence Kannan⁵ Wolfe (Mary Elizabeth⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 19 June 1881, and around 1903 he married 1) Belle L. Wray, a daughter of David William Wray, who was in turn a brother of the Anna Elizabeth Wray who married Milton Babcock (see no. 27 above). Belle was born about 1886. She died in 1936, after which Clarence married 2) Ida Dodge. He died in Cedar Rapids in 1964.
Child of Clarence Kannan Wolfe and Belle Wray:
Edith P.⁵ Wolfe (Mary Elizabeth⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Madison Township on 18 April 1884. She married 1) Dr. Albert Jay Brock, a dentist, who was born in Iowa on 31 January 1881 to Edwin R. Brock and Tryphaena Goss. Albert and Edith lived in Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa. Albert died in Grinnell in 1940. After this, Edith married 2) Harold Lee Colony, who was born in Clear Creek Township, Johnson County on 14 October 1874 to Charles Eddy Colony and Mary Eleanor McClain Gilliland. (He was a brother of John Arthur Colony, who married Ellen Babcock; see no. 28 above). Lee died on 14 November 1958, aged 82. Edith died in Grinnell in January 1974, aged 89.
Children of Edith P. Wolfe and Albert Jay Brock:
Glea Ione⁵ Wolfe (Mary Elizabeth⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Madison Township on 12 August 1886. She married Emory Jesse Schultz in North Liberty, Johnson County, on 12 June 1906. Emory was born on 05 October 1882 in Lincoln Township, Iowa County, Iowa, to Henry B. Schultz and Sarah Ann Koser. He became a dentist, and after he and Glea moved to Los Angeles, a professor at USC’s college of dentistry. He died in Los Angeles on 08 May 1938. Glea survived him by forty years, and died in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles on 06 February 1979. They had two children.
Fred English⁵ Doty (Amanda⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born 01 May 1876 in Oxford, Johnson County, Iowa. At some time between 1900 and 1910, he married Jennie Lydia Rapier, who was born on 03 September 1884 in Tacoma, Washington Territory, to William H. Rapier and Tabitha O. Wollman. In 1910, Fred was a police officer in San Diego, San Diego County, California. He and Jennie were divorced by 1920. Fred died in Los Angeles on 28 July 1947. Jennie married George John Brakenhoff, and died in Santa Clara County, California on 25 January 1974.
Hattie E.⁵ Colony (Ellen⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 23 August 1896 in Clear Creek Township, Johnson County, Iowa. She married Millard Greeley Homan around 1920. Millard was born on 06 February 1895 in Corning, Adams County, Iowa to Horace Greeley Homan and Jennie Hale. He died in Creston, Union County, Iowa. Hattie died on 15 December 1972 in Mount Pleasant, Isabella County, Michigan, and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. Hattie and Millard had two children.
Glenn Hearst⁵ Allen (Eleanor⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois in January 1890. On 06 July 1910, he married Mabel Silvia McClellan in Linn County, Iowa. Mabel was born in Iowa on 10 October 1891 to William McClellan and Martha Marker. Glenn and Mabel seem to have moved to Shasta County, California. Glenn died in Shasta County on 27 March 1954, and Mabel died in Shasta County on 20 April 1979. They had two children.
Byron D.⁵ Allen (Eleanor⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois in May 1894. On 02 Oct 1914, he married Florence H. Conroy in Chicago. Florence was born in about 1894. Byron and Florence had one child.
Lucia Glea⁵ Folker (Hattie⁴ Babcock, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 14 March 1900 in Clear Creek Township, Johnson County, Iowa. She married Elwin James O’Brien on 01 November 1928. Elwin was born in Iowa on 11 August 1903 to John O’Brien and Ann Clark. He died in Los Angeles County, California on 27 September 1991. Lucia died in Whittier, Los Angeles County on 18 April 1996. Lucia and Elwin had at least one child.
Jesse Clarence⁵ Babcock (Charles Wesley⁴, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Oxford, Johnson County, Iowa on 03 February 1894. He married Myrtle G. Curtis in about February 1918. Myrtle was born in Jackson Township, Keokuk County, Iowa on 28 February 1898 to Fernando Curtis and Fernata Miller. Jesse and Myrtle lived in Ottumwa. Jesse died in Ottumwa in July 1969. Myrtle died there in February 1984. They had at least three children.
James Arthur⁵ Babcock (Charles Wesley⁴, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 13 June 1896. Around 1921, he married Retta M. Bartley, who was born in Hedrick, Keokuk County, Iowa on 04 October 1898 to Hardy R. Bartley and Evelina Abrahams. James died in August 1971. Retta died in Des Moines in March 1977. They had at least four children.
Irvin Roberts⁵ Babcock (Charles Wesley⁴, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 23 June 1900. Around 1928, he married Elsie, who was born in Missouri on 03 April 1910. Irvin also married Mary M. Utterback, who was born in September 1897 in Lancaster Township, Keokuk County, Iowa to Alvin R. Utterback and Lucy Jacobs. Irvin died in July 1972 in Moscow, Muscatine County, Iowa. Elsie also died in Moscow, in October 1979. Irvin and Elsie had at least one child.
Lucille Ella⁵ Babcock (Charles Wesley⁴, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Johnson County, Iowa in 1903. Around 1923, she married Leland J. Geiger in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa. Lucille died in 1965. Leland died in 1967, apparently when his car went into the Cedar River north of Cedar Rapids. Lucilla and Leland are buried together in Bear Creek Cemetery in Brandon, Benton County, Iowa. They had four children.
Charles Raymond⁵ Babcock (Charles Wesley⁴, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Johnson County, Iowa on 13 June 1907. In about 1930, he married Juda, who was born in Missouri on 04 December 1912. Charles died in March 1985 in Muscatine County, Iowa. Juda died on 09 July 1997, also in Muscatine County.
Harold Every⁵ Babcock (James G.⁴, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Oxford, Johnson County, Iowa on 02 March 1897. I don’t know when or why he was adopted, but it’s possible that Every was the surname of his natural parents. He appears to have lived in Illinois at some time after 1930. He died in March 1983 in Mountain Home, Baxter County, Arkansas.
Ellen Mae⁵ Babcock (Daniel Welch⁴, Julia Ann³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born 26 May 1899, and married a Mr. Courtney. This Mr. Courtney died before 1930, and Mae moved in with her parents in Des Moines. She died in Des Moines in June 1978.
Fred Allen⁵ Karr (Josephine⁴ Sherman, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born 08 June 1883, reportedly in Huron, Beadle County, Dakota Territory (now in South Dakota). He married Sarah Jane Llewellyn, a daughter of William J. Llewellyn and Louella H. Price, who was born 26 December 1891 in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Sarah died 18 May 1944 in Salem, Marion County, Oregon, and Fred died 24 June 1956.
Children of Fred Allen Karr and Sarah Jane Llewellyn:
Edna Belle⁵ Karr (Josephine⁴ Sherman, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born 18 July 1885, apparently in Beadle County, Dakota Territory (now in South Dakota). She is believed to have married Lawrence Pathe, who was born in Nebraska in 1895 to William and Katie Pathe. Edna died on 24 July 1923, aged 38. Lawrence, an electrician, died in an electrical accident on 04 April 1924 in Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington.
Roy S.⁵ Karr (Josephine⁴ Sherman, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born 26 December 1890 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. On 04 August 1909, in Marion, Linn County, Iowa, he married Bertha Coleman, who was born in Robbins, Linn County, on 16 December 1889, to Nathaniel Richard Coleman and Adelia Trowbridge. Roy died in Dysart, Tama County, Iowa in November 1971.
Children of Roy S. Karr and Bertha Coleman:
Amanda Glea⁵ Karr (Josephine⁴ Sherman, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 04 August 1893 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. She probably never married. She was a bookkeeper for First National Bank in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. She died in Portland on 10 April 1921, when she was only 27.
Irene Catherine⁵ Karr (Josephine⁴ Sherman, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 10 December 1896 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. She never married. After the deaths of her father and at least one sister in Portland, Oregon, she seems to have moved with her mother to Los Angeles, where she had a career as a schoolteacher and speech therapist. She died in Los Angeles on 02 July 1959.
Alda⁵ Sherman (James E.⁴, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Iowa on 03 September 1891. She probably never married. She was a public school teacher like her parents and sister. Alda died in Arizona on 16 June 1990, aged 98.
Zelma⁵ Sherman (James E.⁴, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Kansas on 17 October 1905. At least before her marriage, she was a public school teacher like her parents and sister. Sometime after 1930, she married Lindley Hughes, a son of Jacob H. and Ina M. Hughes who was born in Oklahoma on 18 May 1904. Lindley died in January 1980 in Pueblo County, Colorado. Zelma died on 22 December 1993 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii County (the big island), Hawaii.
Floyd Carse⁵ Sherman (Francis L.⁴, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Johnson County, Iowa, on 09 September 1892. He married Kathryn M. Boles in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, before 1917, and in 1920 he was working as a mail carrier in Yakima. Kathryn was born on 17 December 1890 in Michigan, and died on 14 June 1974 in Selah, Yakima County. Floyd died in Yakima on 27 October 1985, aged 93.
Child of Floyd Carse Sherman and Kathryn M. Boles:
Mildred Lenor⁵ Sherman (Charles Augustus⁴, Amanda³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in Johnson County, Iowa on 30 August 1899. Growing up, she lived in Coffey County, Kansas and Linn County, Iowa before moving to Madison County, New York. On 06 November 1920, she married Harvey William Omans in his home village of Erieville, Madison County. Harvey was born in Erieville on 11 February 1898 to Charles Westley Omans and Lillian M. Beeman. In 1920 and 1930 Harvey worked as a laborer in Erieville, Madison County, and around 1940 he seems to have served as the chief of the town’s fire department. He died in Erieville on 23 June 1957. Mildred died in 1984 in the neighboring town of Eaton. They are buried in the Erieville Cemetery along with most of Harvey’s immediate family, and a few of their descendants also have stones there.
Children of Mildred Sherman and Harvey W. Omans:
William Henry⁵ Steele (William Joseph⁴, William Wallace³, John², Samuel¹) was born on 17 February 1886 in Sac County, Iowa. Around 1909 he married Catherine Zimmer, who was born about 1890 in Germany to Henry Zimmer and Elizabeth Lane (these are presumably not the original German spellings). They had two children.
Clarence Edward⁵ Steele (William Joseph⁴, William Wallace³, John², Samuel¹) was born on 06 February 1889 in Sac County, Iowa. Around 1912 he married Clara Bell Drury, who was born about 1891 to J. Rees Drury. They had six children.
Ethel May⁵ Steele (William Joseph⁴, William Wallace³, John², Samuel¹) was born on 26 November 1891 in Sac County, Iowa. Around 1910, she married David Edmund Marvin, who was born on 09 January 1888 in Coral, McHenry County, Illinois to David Edward Marvin and Mary Elizabeth Van Vleet. He died in April 1973 in Sac City, Sac County, Iowa. Ethel died in May 1983. They had four children.
Mamie Edna⁵ Gardner (Francis Lee⁴, Sarah K.³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 09 February 1897 in Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri, and grew up in Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois. Around 1915, she married William James Henderson, who was born in July 1885 in Pennsylvania. In 1918, they lived in Venice, Madison County, Illinois, where William worked as a machinist; in 1920, they had moved to Granite City, Madison County, and William was working as a foreman in an automotive shop of some kind. By 1930, they lived in Wood River Township, Madison County, and William was again working as a machinist. Mamie died in Alton, Madison County on 09 February 1939, and is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey Township. She and William had one child.
William A.⁵ Gardner (Francis Lee⁴, Sarah K.³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born in October 1898 in Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois. He served during the First World War in the U.S. Army’s Second Field Artillery, and the census of 1920 shows him living at Fort Meade in Ann Arundel County, Maryland, and serving in the U.S. Army Tank Corps (which was disbanded later in 1920). Around 1924, he married Irene Woods, who was born in Venice, Madison County, Illinois on 06 April 1906 to Andrew Woods and Rosa Hutchison. (Evidence in the census of 1930 suggests that William may have been married once before, in late 1920 or early 1921.) William and Irene lived in or near the city of Alton, in Wood River Township, Madison County. In 1930, William was working as a clerk at a steel mill. Irene died in Alton on 29 July 1930, the same day she gave birth to a stillborn son. She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Alton. William probably survived later than 1950. He and Irene had a total of five children, but three were either stillborn or died within hours of birth.
Donald Milton⁵ Gardner (Milton Babcock⁴, Sarah K.³ Steele, John², Samuel¹), known as Don, was born on 02 February 1913 in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California. He graduated from USC and was an electrical and mechanical engineer. On 19 July 1940, he married 1) Lydia Audrey Nock in Los Angeles. Audrey was born in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan on 16 April 1917 to William Thomas Nock and Lydia Maud Horwood. Don and Audrey had two children. They divorced around 1948. Audrey remarried twice, and died on 23 December 1997 in Sun City, Maricopa County, Arizona. Don married 2) Ramona Lee Herndon on 31 March 1951 in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Ramona was born in Orange, Orange County, Virginia on 23 April 1931 to Harold Lee Herndon and Elsie Mae Birckhead. Don and Ramona lived in North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California. They had three children. Don died in Burbank, Los Angeles County on 25 April 1985. Ramona died in Duarte, Los Angeles County on 12 January 1988. They are buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County.
James Donald⁵ Thrailkill (Bernice Estelle⁴ Markham, Maria Jane³ Steele, John², Samuel¹) was born on 23 March 1897 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Around 1921, he married Julie Blakeman, who was born on 22 November 1898 in Indiana. James died on 25 January 1948 in Los Angeles County, California. Julie died on 21 April 1981, also in Los Angeles County.
Nellie⁵ McFall (Myrtle Leona⁴ Harbison, Leonidas³, Joanna² Steele, Samuel¹) was born on 06 March 1893 in Alpowa, Garfield County, Washington. In 1917 or shortly thereafter, she married Carl Scott Dunn, who was born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on 27 July 1891 to Major Elsworth Dunn (Major was a given name) and Lillian Jane Jeffries. Nellie died in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington on 14 November 1919, and did not have any children. Carl later remarried and moved to Los Angeles County, California, where he died on 27 September 1957.
Samuel Allen⁵ Robertson (Lenora May⁴ Harbison, Leonidas³, Joanna² Steele, Samuel¹) was born about 1902 in Garfield County, Washington. in about 1927, he married Vernie C., who was born in Washington about 1904. Samuel died in Opportunity, Spokane County, Washington on 02 February 1953. They had two children.
Bessie⁵ Mayne (Alvadus Harrison⁴, Mary Jane³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born on 20 July 1880. On 04 September 1911, she married William C. Mabry, who was born on 29 October 1871. William died on 28 September 1963, and Bessie died on 21 December 1967. They had three children.
Laura W.⁵ Smith (Grace⁴ Mayne, Mary Jane³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born in October 1879. About 1901, she married Frank E. Noland, who was born on 25 October 1875. Frank died in July 1968 in Franklin County, Ohio.
Children of Laura W. Smith and Frank E. Noland:
Harriet M.⁵ Smith (Grace⁴ Mayne, Mary Jane³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born in March 1881. She married James A. Smith, who was born about 1871. Harriet died on 29 September 1969. They had at least one child.
Dorothy⁵ Savery (Leolia⁴ Mayne, Mary Jane³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born on 03 May 1894. She married Henry Longstreth, who was born on 26 November 1888 in Pennsylvania. Henry died on 22 December 1976 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, and Dorothy died on 29 November 1983, also in Tacoma. They had four children.
James V.⁵ Whittingham (Winfield Kirk⁴, Joanna I.³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born on 28 November 1891. Around 1912, he married Isabelle H. Worcester, who was born on 01 May 1889. Isabelle died in Los Angeles County, California on 16 May 1965, and James died there on 18 September 1973.
Children of James V. Whittingham and Isabelle H. Worcester:
Lunsford D.⁵ Whittingham (Winfield Kirk⁴, Joanna I.³ Steele, William², Samuel¹) was born on 29 May 1907. About 1926, he married Ona B. King, who was born about 1911. Lunsford died in Los Angeles County, California on 22 July 1976. They had three children.