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John Steele

Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Guilford, New Haven Colony
Death: March 6, 1698 (38)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of James Steele and Bethia "Anna" Steele
Husband of Meletiah Stevens
Father of Bethia Shepherd; John Steele, Jr.; Ebenezer Steele and Ebenezer steele
Brother of Mary Steele; Lt. James Steele; Elizabeth Steele; Sarah Steele and Rachel Steele

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About John Steele

John Steele was born in 1660 in Guilford (New Haven) Connecticut, and died 6 Mar 1697/98 in Hartford (Hartford) Connecticut.

  • Parents: James Steele & Bethia Bishop.


  1. 1684 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts to Melatiah Bradford, daughter of William Bradford (1624 MA - 1704 MA) and Alice Richards (1627-1671). Melatiah was born 1 Nov 1664 in Boston (Middlesex) Massachusetts, and died sometime after 1739 in Killingworth (Middlesex) Connecticut. She married 2nd, in 1693 to Samuel Stevens. Melatiah is a granddaughter of Governor William Bradford (1590-1657), who came on the Mayflower.


  1. John Steele was born in 1693 in Killingworth (Middlesex) Connecticut, and died before 15 December 1715.
  2. Bethia Steele was born in 1694 in Killingworth (Middlesex) Connecticut, and died in 1732. Married Samuel Shephard.
  3. Ebenezer Steele was born 13 Aug 1695 in Killingworth (Middlesex) Connecticut and died in 1746. Married Susannah Merrill.


  • WILL: Invt. A124-07-06. Taken 30 March, 1698, by Joseph Easton & Thomas Bunce. Court Record, Page 33--13 April, 1698: Invt. exhibited by James Steele, Father of sd. Decd. Adms. to the Widow, Melletiah Steele. Page 23--(Vol. VII) 23 June, 1702: Meletiah Steele, the Relict of John Steele, presented an Account of her Adms., which, not being perfected, was deferred. Page 28--23 June, 1702: This Court appoint James Steele Jr. to be Guardian to the Children of John Steele decd, they being under age, viz, Bethia, John & Ebenezer Steele. Page 105--(Vol. VIII) 15 December, 1715: Samuel Shepherd of Hartford, in Right of his wife Bethia, daughter of John Steele, moved this Court for an Order to Dist. the Estate of John Steele Jr., son of John Steele sen., who died in his minority. This Court order the Clerk to notify Melatiah Stevens of Killingworth, Widow, that she may appear and offer such objections as she may against sd. Order. Also signify to Ebenezer Steele, a minor son of John Steele sen., that he may appear and choose a Guardian. Page 236--7 February, 1715-16: Ebenezer Steele, a minor, about 19 years of age, son of John Steele, chose Thomas Steele to be his Guardian. (1)
  • 41. (3) John*3 (83) b. about 1660; m. Melatiah, 8th child of Major William Bradford of Plymouth; after his death, she m.___Stevens of Killingworth; her sister Mercy, m. Samuel Steel, No. 18. (2)


  1. Early Connecticut Probate Records
  2. Durrie, Daniel Steele. Steele Family, 1859. Online:


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John Steele's Timeline

Guilford, New Haven Colony
Age 30
Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut
Age 33
Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut
August 13, 1695
Age 35
Killingworth, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Age 35
March 6, 1698
Age 38
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut