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Steed's: John/Capt. John and Stede Hill, Kent
Posted by: Shelagh Mason Date: February 10, 2002 at 12:25:48
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Hello, I have been watching this list for some time, and I am getting a little fed up with the mis-information that is around. Can I clear a few points up, please?:

1. John Steed married Ann Hill. He was born circa 1710 in Surrey County (now Brunswick Co., VA), and from which there is substantial issue.

He is NOT to be confused with Captain John Steed. He is the gentleman who married the widow Mary Joliffe in about 1779, after she had previously been married twice. There is NO STEED ISSUE from this marriage.

2. There is NO evidence to date that any of the American Steed lines connect in any way to the Stede family of Stede Hill, Harrietsham, Kent - it is wishful thinking and I would like to make this quite clear. The frequent error that you will find listed as fact is that you are all desendants of Edwin Stede (1705-1735). It is utter rubbish.

Edwin Stede married Elizabeth Hamilton in 1719, daughter of William Hamilton of Chilston Park - about 6 miles from Harrietsham (now a very expensive hotel) - for money. It backfired. In a Indenture dated 26th March 1728, he had to agree to make reasonable maintenance and provision for his estranged wife, to the tune of 60 pounds per annum. He died 28th July 1735 without issue. Please also note that this Edwin is born too late to have fathered a son John in 1710!

However, having said all of the above it is important to note that it does not mean that American lines cannot descend from the Stede Hill family. There are many, many offspring from generation to generation, and the survival rate seems to be quite good with the Harrietsham lines. Where they all end up is far from clear, but more in-depth research, which will take a considerable amount of time, is required. Rushing will achieve nothing. Indeed, I have received some interesting information this very weekend that bears verification.

Oh yes - the name Stead/Stede/Steed is inter-changeable early on - please remember that even your local vicar had difficulty spelling, and that surnames only became "fixed" circa mid 19th C.

Please let us know if you find anything out - but be aware that there is a lot of mis-information on the net, and to check your sources carefully. If we can help you, we will.

Mrs. Shelagh Mason
The Stead/Steed One-Name Study (Worldwide)
Guild of One-Name Studies (No. 2519)
Canterbury, Kent, England


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