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Donald Steele

Posted: 24 Dec 2012 2:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm interested in solving the mystery of Donald Steele b. 1796 in S. Uist, Inverness Scotland. He was married to Jessie "Janet" Cumming abt. 1820 in Scotland. She was born abt. 1796 in S. Uist, Scotland but died shortly after her arrival in Canada around 1850 or 1851.

They had 6 children, all born in S. Uist:
Donald Steele b. 1821
Ann Steele b. 1826
John Steele b. 1826
Laughlin Steele b. 1828
Angus Steele b. 1831
James John 'John' Steele b. 1833

In the 1851 census they are in Oxford Co as follows:
1851 Census for Oxford West:
Donald Steel 60 Scotland Laborer Widowed RC
Donald Steel 32 Scotland Single RC
Ann Steel 30 Scotland Single RC
Laughlin Steel 28 Scotland Single RC
John Steel 27 Scotland Single RC
Angus Steel 24 Scotland Single RC
James Steel 12 Scotland Single RC

But then I think the family moves to Middlesex County by 1861. I think this may be the 1861 census for Donald Sr. & son Donald Jr.:

1861 Census of Canada about Donald Steel (this is in W. Williams)
Name: Donald Steel
Gender: Male
Age: 75
Birth Year: 1786
Birthplace: Scotland
Marital Status: Widowed
Home in 1861: Middlesex, Canada West
Religion: R Catholic
Household Members:
Name Age
Donald Steel 75
Listed with the following family members:
Donald Steel age 40, born Scotland
Mrs. D. Steel, age 37 born Scot
Donald Steel, age 75, born Scot
Catherine Steel, age 2, born Canada
Janet Steel, age 1, born Canada

I think Donald Jr. was first married to a Mary Unknown in 1854. Then a 2nd time to a Christina McIntyre in 1868 (I can't locate the marriage record).

I need to find some way to prove/disprove that this is the son of Donald Steele & Janet Cummings. Or, any of the other children for that matter.

I have the marriage records for St. Peter's R.C. Church through to 1900 and the family did not marry there. Since they are R.C., I need to know what other alternatives might be available to me to research on a trip to London (likely a weekend trip).

What resources should I be checking for Catholic Scots in W. Williams Twp., Ontario?

Any advice or input would be appreciated. I'm well versed in Catholic research in St. Peter's London & St. Patrick's Lucan, but am unfamiliar with my options outside of that area.

Sincerely,
Susan O'Meara

Re: Donald Steele

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 6:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
I should add that I'm having difficulty sorting out the "correct" Daniel Steele Jr.

There appear to be two born around the same time. One was married to Mary McEachen in 1856 at St. Peter's in London and had children: Peter 1857; Alexander 1859; Donald 'Dan' 1861; Catherine 1863 & Mary 1867. I believe this might be my missing Donald Jr.

The other Donald Steele was first married to a Mary Unknown and had children: Catherine 1857; Janet 1860; Rachel 1861; Peter 1864; Mary 1865 & Margaret 1866. His second wife I believe was Christina McIntyre and I did find a marriage record for them in 1868 which states Donald's parents as Donald Steele & Mary McEachen (can't be the same as the above couple). Donald & Christina went on to have 4 more children.

Any advice on how to determine the lineage of the one Donald Steele & wife Mary McEachen would be greatly appreciated. I think a trip to London, Ontario will be in my near future.

Sue O'Meara
Michigan

Re: Donald Steele

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 7:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: STEELE
Hi Sue,

There are some STEELEs in the Bornish/ St Columba RC cemetery in West Williams, not sure if they are yours.

http://cemetery.canadagenweb.org/ON/ONB12829/index2.html

Re: Donald Steele

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 2:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks. It does look like the two families I am looking at. Do you know if the Bornish Catholic records are available on microfilm?

Re: Donald Steele

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 3:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: STEELE
The cemetery's main page says the records are available on microfilm.
http://geneofun.on.ca/cems/ON/ONMID12829

http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Read,_Donald_Edwin._Inde...

Family History Library
https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainfra...
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Some hits for Donald STEELE in these books:

p 69
http://www.nosracines.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=3734

p 600
http://www.nosracines.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=4506

p 48 and image 0095
http://www.nosracines.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=2718

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