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John Steere, Sr.

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Ockley, Dorking, Surrey, England
Death: August 27, 1724 (86-94)
Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Steere and Jane Peter
Husband of Hannah Steere
Father of John Steere; Sarah Place; Dinah Thornton; Jane Blanchard; Ruth Steere and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About John Steere, Sr.

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Book: "Steere genealogy: a record of the descendants of John Steere"

http://books.google.com/books?id=Yz5VAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=&f=false

"The first Rhode Island settler of the name of Steere left an untarnished reputation for honesty and uprightness and humanity which his descendants it is believed have sought to maintain in their own experience. He evidently valued a quiet unostentatious life and was of a somewhat retiring disposition as may appear even from the localities which he chose for his places of residence from time to time. Those descended from him have also generally shunned publicity.... Worldly prosperity has come to many members of the Steere tribe in different sections of the country but as far as known it has not been sought after at all hazards but it has been the result of the exercise of a sound judgment and a wise foresight and the practice of the virtues of industry frugality and economy in daily life generally from an early period and with persevering energy from small beginnings.... Concordant testimony from many quarters bears witness to the straightforward honesty that marked the lives of different members of the family. Among the eulogies published in the newspapers notices announcing the deaths of such it has been common to find tributes like these. "He was an honest man" "An honest man's the noblest work of God" Noted for strict integrity etc."

p 32 "The name of the American founder of the family is mentioned on the town record under the date of May 9 1660 when he was granted land on the west side of the Moshassuck River. The Providence Town Council record is as follows; 'John Steere having desired of the Town that they would grant him a parcel of Land for A houselott on the west side of Moshosett river neere unto Tho Olney Junr his Five Acres It is granted that John Steere shall have his Bill Answered on this condition that it be no Damauge unto high wayes and also that it be no presedent for the future for any to take up Land on that Side of the River within the Boundes prohibitted.' This grant to Mr Steere was of a five acre lot as appears by the sale of the same in 1667 when it is spoken of as his first five acre lot."

p 35 "October 27 1662 the sale of two and a half acres from George Palmer of Providence was confirmed to Mr Steere at a Quarter Court. This land is described as 'on the Neck between the River of Pawtuckett and the Great Swamp in the field called Newfield bounded on the East End with a highway or meere banke on the West End with a highway on the North side with Land of John Soiles on the south with the Land of Lawrence Wilkinson the said land being formerly the land of ffrances man'. Providence Neck was the title given in early deeds to all the lands between the Seekonk and the Moshassuck.

He was town sergeant and acted in that capacity in the year 1663. He held but few offices and there is no evidence that he sought official distinction but there is reason to believe that in the exercise of an independent spirit he preferred the quiet and freedom of a happy home to the turmoil of public life. He seems to have been held in esteem by his fellow townsmen as his various bills or petitions to the Town Council were so far as the record has come down always answered in the affirmative. Mr Steere held a lot on the Town Street in Providence described as 'a fourty foot lot of land in sd Providence by the salt water upon my own Right the which lot I have not pitched upon'. This lot he deeded March 13 17 to his son Thomas together with several other parcels."

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Originally came to Providence, RI circa 1658. One of the earliest settlers of Wayunkeke in western Smithfield, RI near the Glocester, RI line. Settled in the area 1663-1667. He moved back to Providence, RI near Cowpen Point in 1675/ 76 due to the Indian attacks during King Phillips War. He returned to Smithfield, RI circa 1686/ 87 when his son-in-law Peter Place and daughter Sarah settled in the area. He is said to have been the first to plant apple orchards in the area. He lived to be about 90 years of age.

1660, January 27- Town Meeting: He was granted a house lot at Providence, RI.

1660, October 27- His intention to marry Hannah Wickenden was published at Providence, RI.

1661, May 10- John Browne, Thomas Olny, Sr., and Roger Williams receive a deed on behalf of Providence, Rhode Island, from Wuttiashant, Indian Sachem, of a tract called Wayunckeke (presently the area north of Greenville, RI. near the Glocester, RI town line).

1663, July 3- He and William Hawkins were granted 50 acres each at Wayunckeake (many different spellings) provided they "shall this summer goe thither, cutt hay and build howsen there and doe also goe thither this winter ensueing, to inhabit, possessing the said land by dwelling upon it for the full term of 3 years and not sell the said land..." After three years of living on this land, they would own it by the Town's consent. This land purchased by Roger Williams and others in 1660/1 is located in present western Smithfield, RI, about a mile from the Glocester town line, north of Mann School House Road and Greenville, RI. A memorial was placed in 1977 near the junction of Mann School House and Swan Roads marking the site of the last homestead of John and Hannah (Wickenden) Streere.

1665, February 19- John Steere and William Hawkins were given first choice of meadow at the division of 50 acres on the east side of the seven mile line.

1667, April 1- He had a lot laid out at Weecapasacheck (Wayunkeke) "where his hous stands' on the east side. His house is used as a refernce point when Daniel Abbot had a lot laid out at this time near "John Steers newe dwelling house at Weecupasache." This would indicate he furfilled the terms set at the 3 July 1663 Providence Town Meeting. He resided here until circa 1675/6 when he returned to the relative safety of Providence, but returned to Wayunkeke circa 1687 with his daughter Sarah and son-in-law Peter Place after the Indian War.

1704, December 16- He granted a thirty year lease to a parcel of land "unto an Indian known by the name of Sam Noforce who hath for sum years lived by mee and hath well behaved him selfe towards mee and mine."

1724, August 27- He died at the age of 90 years.

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John Steere, Sr.'s Timeline

1634
April 6, 1634
Ockley, Dorking, Surrey, England
April 6, 1634
Ockley, Surrey, United Kingdom
1661
1661
Age 26
Providence, Rhode Island
1662
1662
Age 27
Providence, Providence Plantations
1665
1665
Age 30
Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1668
September 1668
Age 34
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1670
1670
Age 35
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1671
November 25, 1671
Age 37
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
November 25, 1671
Age 37
Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States