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Samuel Steele, Sr.

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Augusta County, Virginia
Death: Died in Waynesboro, Augusta, Virginia, USA
Place of Burial: Spottswood, Augusta, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of NN Steele and NN Steele
Husband of Sarah Steele and Margaret Steele
Father of Samuel Steele; Andrew Steele; Lieutenant James Steele; Sarah Ann Finley; Margaret Steele and 2 others

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About Pvt. Samuel Steele, Sr. (#1)

A Patriot of the American Revolution for Virginia. DAR Ancestor # A108290

Source: Ancestry.com

"Burroughs Family Tree

Samuel Steele

Birth: 1709

, Montgomery, Virginia, USA

Death: 30 Jan 1790

Waynesboro, Augusta, Virginia, USA"

Samuel Steele dies in Augusta Co., Va. 13T127-8: Morton, on p.431 476, 532; Samuel Steel b. 1709, prob. in Wales; d. 30 January 1790, Augusta Co., son of Richard and Mary (Scurlock) Steele; m. (1) by 1753 Sarah Campbell, dau. of James; m. (2) Margaret Fulton.

Reprinted with Ernest Thompson's permission:

I am a descendent of Samuel Steele and Margaret Fulton.  I regret to tell all that there  is almost no possibility that the very famous Sir Richard Steele,  author and playwright, and his wife Mary Scurlock were  the parents of our Samuel Steele.  The  life of Sir  Richard is extensively documented in at least three biographies (e.g., Life of Richard Steele by Aitken) and

there is no record indicating he had a son either by Mary or anyone else including his first wife Margaret Stretch. Sir R. and Mary did have a child in 1709, but it was a daughter named Elizabeth. The theory that the Steeles of Steele's Tavern in Augusta Co. were descendents of Sir Richard has been around for 40 -50 years and seems to have a life of its own.

Much as we might like to think we are descendents of Sir Richard (I know I would) we will have to look elsewhere for the origins of the Steeles of Augusta Co.

Here's a story about Samuel which may be true.

Dr. Foote, writing about the Battle of Guilford Court-house, relates an experience of an ingenious Tinkling Spring Man: The greatest loss of the Rockbridge and Augusta forces, was experienced after they commenced their retreat. Lee’s light-horse [forces] were not ready to cover them, and their retreat became a flight, exposed to the sabres of the British light-horse. Mr. Samuel Steele, that died an old man near Waynesborough, in the retreat shot one horse-man that followed him. Two others came upon him before he reloaded, and he surrendered himself a prisoner –“give us your gun.” “Oh, no,” said he, “I can’t think of that.’ “I say, give us your gun!” “Oh, no, I can’t think of that.” Bursting into a laugh at his simplicity – “Well, carry it along, then.” Motioning him to follow in the rear. (sic) He went along some distance, when suddenly springing into the thick top of a fallen tree he commence loading his gun. The horsemen unable to get at him with their swords, put spurs and rode out of reach of his shot. He took advantage of their disappearance, and was soon out of danger. The Battle of Guilford Courthouse took place 15 March 1781. Samuel was then 70-71 years old. (Howard McKnight Wilson, The Tinkling Spring: Headwater of Freedom, page 201)

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Pvt. Samuel Steele, Sr. (#1)'s Timeline

Augusta County, Virginia
Age 21
Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Age 26
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 29
Age 30
April 24, 1748
Age 39
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
May 1753
Age 44
Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States
Age 46
Augusta County, Virginia, United States
February 16, 1790
Age 81
Waynesboro, Augusta, Virginia, USA
Age 81
Spottswood, Augusta, Virginia, United States