Steele Family Genealogy

   The name "Steele" is English and Scottish: from the Middle English term stele (‘steel’), hence a nickname for someone considered as hard and durable as steel, or occupational name for a foundry worker. The Coat of Arms is English, featuring a silver shield with a bend divided chequey ermine and blacck between two red lions heads, and three gold billets on a blue chief. The Crest is a lion's head erased gules.
   The family was first found in Cheshire, where they were seated from very early times, where they were Lords of the manor of Giddy Hall near Sandbach, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Clement Steel settled in Virginia in 1651; followed by Isaac in 1683; Isaack Steel settled in the Barbados in 1683; James Steel settled in Boston Mass. in 1766.
   Our lineage to this family can be traced to BARRETT STEELE, born in 1676 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. He died on the fourth of December in 1713, in Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. He's buried at Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
   He married MARY BROOKS (b: 11 July 1677 in the same village) on the 30th of December, 1697, in Springfield.


  • Mary STEELE b: 27 Oct 1698 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Marriage 1 John HODGE. Married: 5 Apr 1717.
  • Hannah STEELE b: 24 Feb 1699 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • Hannah STEELE b: 14 Mar 1701 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • Mercy STEELE b: 6 Mar 1703 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Nathaniel OLD b: 2 MAR 1701/1702 in Suffield, Hartford, CT. Married: 18 July 1722 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut. Children Mercy OLD b: 30 April 1724 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut; Azuba OULD b: 22 OCT 1727 in Suffield, CT; Abiah OULD b: 26 Sep 1729 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • JOHN STEELE b: 9 May 1707 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • Thankful STEELE b: 28 Sep 1708 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • Abigail STEELE b: 3 Nov 1710 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • Samuell STEELE b: 21 Oct 1713 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  •    But the Brooks saga does not end there. Barrett and Mary's son JOHN STEELE married another BrooksABIGAIL BROOKS (3 Dec 1706 - 12 Aug 1774) on the 7th of March in 1727 in Springfield. Her relation to her mother-in-law, Mary Brooks, is unknown, though they're from Springfield. Anyway, John and Abigail had a LOT of kids:


  • JOHN STEELE b: 1729 in Springfield, Hampden, MA.
  • ABIGAIL STEELE b: 4 Dec 1731 in Springfield, Hampden, MA.
  • RHODA STEEL b: 22 June 1735 in Springfield, Hampden, MA.
  • Aaron STEELE b: 13 July 1739 in Springfield, Hampden, MA.
  • Seth STEELE b: 20 Dec 1741 in Springfield, Hampden, MA.
  • Ruben STEELE b: 14 Sep 1746 in Springfield, Hampden, Ma Longmeadow.
  • Justus STEELE b: 13 Aug 1749 in Springfield, Hampden, Ma Longmeadow.
  • Squire STEELE b: 26 Aug 1752 in Springfield, Hampden, Ma Longmeadow. m. Tryphena Wright (b. ABT 1752 ).
  •    Abigail died on the 12th of August, 1774, in Springfield. John died almost 20 years later, on the 21st of February, 1793, at Longmeadow, Hampden County, at the home of Ezra Stebbins. Their daughter RHODA STEELE (christened on the 22nd of June in 1735) married ROBERT SANDERSON (b. 13 Jul 1734) on the eighth of March in 1754, in Springfield. They had a LOT of kids:


  • SYLVANUS SANDERSON, b: 4 Oct 1754 in Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts. He married CHARLOTTE COOLEY on 13 Nov 1783, and they had: Moses (b: 26 Jun 1784), Calvin (b: 23 Feb 1787), Samuel (b: 13 Jul 1789), John (b: 9 Feb 1790), David (b: 19 Oct 1791), Jonathan (b: ABT 1793), Harvey (b: ABT 1794), Mary Merrill (b: ABT 1795), Charlotte (b: ABT 1797), Julia (b: ABT 1799), Sally (b: 1802), Chauncy (b: 1808). Sylvanus died on 1 Mar 1834 in Chesterfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • ELNATHAN SANDERSON, Christening: 8 Feb 1756 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • RHODA SANDERSON, b: 14 Jun 1757 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. She died in October of 1830.
  • AZUBAH SANDERSON, Christening: 25 Mar 1759 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • MARY SANDERSON, b: 13 Feb 1761 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • TRYALL SANDERSON, Christening: 29 Aug 1762 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • ACHSAH SANDERSON, Christening: 26 Aug 1764 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. She married James Warner on 28 Apr 1789.
  • TIRZAH SANDERSON, b: 29 Mar 1767 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. She married LEWIS HANCOCK on 2 Mar 1786.
  • SUBMIT SANDERSON, b: 27 Jun 1769 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • ELIJAH SANDERSON, Christening: 10 May 1772 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • THANKFULL SANDERSON, Christening: 11 July 1773 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • ELNATHAN SANDERSON, b: 29 Dec 1777 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (Christening: 5 Jan 1778).
  • CHARITY SANDERSON, Christening: 4 Apr 1779 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  •    Robert and Rhoda finally quit after 13 kids, probably because they had run out of names after "Submit," "Thankful" and "Charity."


    BARRETT STEELE (b. 1676) married MARY BROOKS (b: 11 July 1677) and begat...

    JOHN STEELE, who married ABIGAIL BROOKS (b. 3 Dec 1706) and begat...

    RHODA STEELE, who married ROBERT SANDERSON (b. 13 Jul 1734) and begat...

    ELNATHAN SANDERSON (1776 - 1854) married BETSY WALTERS and begat...

    DAVID SANDERSON (1804 - 1884) who married POLLY BRIGGS (1811 - 1867) and begat...

    MELISSA SANDERSON (1839 - 1921) who married LABAN HAUSE (1831 - 1906) and begat...

    FRANK HAUSE (1867 - 1951) who married FLADELLA RAYMOND (1869 - 1961) and begat...

    CARLISLE HAUSE (1891 - 1972) who married MARJORIE MARCHANT (1892 - 1939) who begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. (1917 - 1983) who married JEANNE BRUNNER (1918 - 2000) and begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) who married MARTHA WENK (b. 1940) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).

    Literature on the Steele Family

  • "The Steele Family in America," by Steele Barnett
  • "The Moody-Steele and Allied Families," by Ruby Moody Gamble
  • " Steele and Related Family Ancestry," by Lewis L. Neubacher
  • " The First Century of the Historyof Springfield, the Official Records from 1636 to 1736 Abbrev: 1st Century of Springfield Author: Henry M. Burt Publication: Springfield, MA (Information taken from a family group record in possession of Ernel L. Anderson. Source of information listed on the record reads, "The First Century of Springfield, Massachusetts, Vol. 2 p. 640". Record submitted by Lucy Burns, 776 East 33rd South, Salt Lake City, UT.)