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CHAPTER VIII.

THE FIFTH GENERATION.

We cannot all be top branches of the tree, though we all spring from the same root.

Henry, Earl of Huntington.

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OSEPH STEERE, son of Enoch (32), grandson of Hosea (12), was born August 27, 1766. He married, December 31, 1797, Lillias Wilkinson.

Children:

284 I. Lillias.

285 IL Sarah.

286 III. Wright, died unmarried.

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Zebedee Steere, son of Enoch (32), grandson of Hosea (12), was born January 9, 1771. He married Mary Wood, daughter of Jonah Wood of Vermont. He lived in Glocester, and died December 19, 1852, aged 81. She died October 23, 1851.

Children:

287 I. Enoch, J. October 4, 1794; in., March 3, 1816, Rhoda Peck. He d. in Providence

June 21, 1878, in his 84th year, /.

288 II. Jonah, b. 1795 ; d- March 8, 1868, / .

289 III. Willard, b. 1796 ; m. Logee, / .

290 IV. Daniel, March 29, 1800 ; married, and lived in Union, Conn. His third wife was

Hannah Yeomans of Willington, Conn. They had no children. He March 2, 1886, ce. 85 years, 11 months, and 4 days; she d. March 19, 1886, w. 85 years and 4 months.

291 V. Asa, b. April 19, 1802; m. Susan Burlingame, f. *

292 VI. Rachel, b. 1804; m. Olive Stone, and lived in Glocester.

293 VII. Almon, b. 1806; in., 1st, Lydia Tucker; 2d, December 11, 1848, Lucy Colwell, dan. of

John Colwell. He is dead. Almon and Lucy Steere had one daughter, who m, Lawrence, and lives in Glocester.

294 VIII. Elsie, b. 1808 ; m. John Darfee. They removed to the State of New York.

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Hosea Steere, son of Noah (33), grandson of Hosea (12), was born July 11, 1784. He married, in 1808, Hannah Tinkham, daughter of Nehemiah Tinkham of Glocester, who was born March 14, 1786, and died March 13, 1869. He died April 14, 1866. He lived in Glocester.

Children:

300 I. Eliza, b. June 6, 1809 ; died October 30, 1825.

301 II. Alanson, b. in Glocester September 2, 1810; m., February 14, 1836, Julia Westcott,

dau. of Jeremiah and Olive (Burlingame) Westcott, f.

302 III. Julia Ann, b. November 11, 1811 ; d. October 11, 1825.

303 IV. Phebe, b. October 29, 1813 ; d. October 17, 1825.

304 V. Otis, J. April 26, 1815 ; m., January, 1841, Lucy Ann Spencer; d. in Providence Sep

tember 11, 1868.

Children: Susan Willmarth and Betsey Spencer.

305 VI. Lydia, b. March 9, 1817 ; d. October 22, 1825.

306 VII. Susan VV., b. February 18, 1819 ; d. August 13, 1827.

307 VIII. Hannah A., b. January 23, 1821.

308 IX. John, b. October 3, 1823; m., 1st, Sally M. Colvin, dau. of Nathan Colvin; 2d, Ann

Eliza . They live in California.

309 X. Martha, b. January 22, 1827.

310 XI. Maria E., b. September 29, 1828.

311 XII. Sarah, b. July 7, 1830; d. January 26, 1833.

107.

Benedict Steere, son of Noah (33), grandson of Hosea (12). He married, first, Sally Brown; second, October 4, 1849, Charlotte Sheldon, daughter of Angell Sheldon of Johnston. He lived in the eastern part of Glocester, on the old Noah Steere homestead.

Children of Benedict and Sally Steere:

312 I. Ruth.

313 II. Esther.

314 III. Otis, m. Emma Thayer, and lives in Burrillville, R. I.

315 IV. William, m. Paine, and lives in Glocester.

316 V. Benedict (drowned).

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Elisha Steere, son of John (34), grandson of Hosea (12), was born in Glocester October 11, 1756. He married, first, Mary Thornton; second, Lois Aldrich, in Smithfield, R. I., born May 23, 1768. He was a farmer. He lived in Rhode Island until 1794 or 1795, when he moved to Southwick, Mass., where he cultivated a large farm. He served his country in the Revolutionary War, and died in Southwick August 24, 1831. His widow, Lois, died in Southwick August 13, 1857.

Child of Elisha and Mary Stcere:

317 I. Anna, b. November 1, 1789; d. in Southwick June 24, 1878. Children of Elisha and Lois Steere (all born in Southwick):

318 II. Abel, b. in Glocester April 29, 1791; m., September 11, 1817, Almira Booth, b. Sep

tember 3, 1799. He d. August 6, 1871 ; she d. September 14, 1884, /.

319 Ill. Mary, b. September 4, 1792 ; in., September, 1817, Samuel T. Vining. He d. May,

1875; she d. September, 1877.
Children: Rhoda A., b. May 27, 1818; m., January 5, 1847, Willis Dibble of
Southwick; he d. March 4, 1880. Ward T., b. December 21, 1827; m. Cecilia,
dan. of Willis Read of Granby, Conn.

320 IV. Elisha, b. May 4, 1794; m. Eliza Cushman, b. January 14, 1795. She d. September 4,

1863 ; he d. October 12, 1874, f.

321 V. John, b. December 1, 1795 ; m., March.28, 1824, Lois Whitney, b. December 15, 1804.

He d. November 2, 1831 ; she d. November 22, 1885, /.

322 VI. Salenda, b. March 17, 1797. She d. in Southwick January 17, 1799.

323 VII. Cvrena, b. March 17, 1797; m. Lester Vining and removed to Cincinnati. Both d.

there.

Children: Jane C, Charles E., Emeline, and Clay.

324 VIII. Sarah, b. February 9, 1799 ; d. October 2, 1831.

325 LX. Richard, b. November 4, 1800; 'Sen., 1st, January 6, 1829, Anna Gillett; 2d, October 10,

1852, Agnes Whitney Gillett. He d. June 24, 1882, /.

326 X. Ruth, b. June 25, 1802 ; m. Silas Cushman, son of Silas and Sally Cushman. She d.

October 26, 1856, f.

327 XI. Felix, b. January 24, 1804; d. September 2, 1831.

328 XII. Smith, b. November 1, 1805; d. March 16, 1836.

329 XIII. George, b. October 2, 1807; nt. Sally Cushman. He d. February 14, 1869; she d.

November 25, 1886.

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Stephen Steele, son of Elisha (38), grandson of Thomas (18), was born October 29, 1780. He married, January 27, 1805, Sarah Harris, daughter of Robert and Phebe (Jenckes) Harris, who was born December 26, 1782. In a deed, dated September 3, 1819, to Smith Wilbur of North Providence, of a small lot of thatch right in North Providence on the east side of a small creek, he is described as a "gentleman," and the tract of land is called " the same lot which descended from his Hon'd Grandfather Thomas Steere to his honored father Elisha Steere." Stephen Steere belonged to the Society of Friends. He lived on the east side of Wolf Hill, near Capron's grist-mill. He died April 27, 1853, aged 72 years, 5 months, and 28 days. Mrs. Steere died June 1, 1853, in her 71st year.

Children:

330 I. Elisha, b. March 10, 1808 ; unmarried; J, in Illinois May 13, 1862, having sold the

old homestead in 1858 to Robert Harris, who now (1887), at the age of 92, occupies it with his son Elisha.

331 II. William Penn, b. July 4, 1810; m. Mary Ann Parker (his cousin) ; d. July 6, 1876, ce.

about 66,/.

332 Ill. Martin Jenck.es, b. October 15, 1814 ; m., 1st, Abby W. Randall; 2d, Harriet Mayo.

He d. January 18, 1877,

333 IV. Robert Harris, b. May 27, 1819 ; M., December 19, 1844, Ann Eliza Clark ; (/. Octo

ber 11, 1874, /.

334 V. Thomas Sayles, b. March 21, 1822; 1st, February 12, 1843, Delia B. Talman, dau.

of John Talman of Smiihfield. She died in Illinois, where he married again, f.'

Elisha Steere, son of Elisha (38), grandson of Thomas (18), was born in Smithfield, near Wolf Hill, May 24, 1783. He married, September 22, 1815, Esther Appleby, daughter of Thomas and Waite (Smith) Appleby of Smithfield, who was born December 28. 1792. He spent his boyhood on the farm. In young manhood he trained with the militia, and rose to the rank of captain. In April, 1817, he bought the Thomas Waterman place, on the southeastern side of the Waterman Reservoir, in Smithfield, going there to reside. Later he purchased the adjoining Andrew Waterman place, and upon the latter estate he ran a saw and grist mill from 1836 to 1844. For a while he dwelt in the "Long House " on the latter property, but returned to the Thomas Waterman homestead, where he resided during the remainder of his life. He sold a portion of his land to the Waterman Reservoir Company, and in 1844 built the cotton mill since known as the "Winsor" or "Vaughan" Mill. The dwellings and also the school-house were erected by Mr. Steere about the time of the erection of the mill. In 1855 this mill was sold to Pooke & Steere by his heirs. He never united with any church, but, springing from a Quaker family, he inclined in religious views to the sentiments of the Society of Friends, and was accounted

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as belonging to that body. He died of brain disorder, after seasons of melancholia in his last days, November 25, 1849, aged 66 years and 6 months. His son, Simon S. Steere, and son-in-law, William Winsor, were appointed administrators. The inventory of his personal estate amounted to $3,159.25, and was presented to the Probate Court December 29, 1849. His widow, with her children, petitioned for the division of her husband's estate February 2, 1851. She died December 7, 1867, aged 74. She made her will February 11, 1865, leaving bequests to her children and grandchildren, who are mentioned by name. Her inventory amounted to $2,865.92.

Children:

335 I. Sarah Amy, b. June 30, 1816; m., April 10, 1845, Lamech C. Mowry, son of Reuben

Mowry, b. March 4, 1807. He is a farmer residing in Smithfield. She d. November g, 1848, in her 33d year.

Children: Adeline Elizabeth, b. August 14, 1846; Sidney Howard, b. July 12,1848.

336 II. Catharine Comstock, b. October 5, 1817; now living, unmarried, in the old homestead

with her brother Stephen. She is an active member of the Free Baptist Church in Greenville.

337 III. Edwin, b. May 13, 1819; d. October 29, 1819.

338 IV. Simon Smith, b. July 21, 1820; in., 1st, Lydia Jane White; 2d, Chloe A. Winsor, f.

339 V. Harriet Seria, b. January 14, 1823 ; m., April 11, 1844, William Winsor, son of Asa

Winsor, f.

340 VI. Stephen, b. May 12, 1824; m., January 22, 1850, Mary E., dau. of James and Amy

Arnold. She d. October 20, 1874, ce. 48, f.

341 VII. Waity, b. November 13, 1825; m., August 20, i860, Cyrus B. Peckham. She d. De

cember 13, 1863, cc. 38 years and 1 month.
Child: Edmund Fairfield, b. July 21, 1862.

342 VIII. Phebe Ann, b. August 24, 1828; d. September 23, 1841, w, 13 years and 1 month.

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Rev. David Steere, son of Elisha (38), grandson of Thomas (18), was born August 24, 1791. He married, first, Betsey Latham; second, in Smithfield, October 5, 1820, Mary Latham; third, Mary Hoar. He removed from Smithfield to Massachusetts and became a preacher of the Free Baptist denomination, living for a while in Middleborough, and dying in Rehoboth or Attleborough, Mass. He preached occasionally in Burrillville, R. I. He left no children. His first wife had a child who died young.

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