“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
STEADMAN – Burke speaks of the “ancient and illustrious family of STEDMANS (STEADMANS) known in England since 1191.”A Scotch family of STEDMANS is descended from PATRICIUS STEDMAN, 1369.A once strong Welsh family of this name is said now to have no male representatives.Of the Scotch family are several distinguished writers and soldiers.The first STEDMAN in New England was ISAAC, who (pg. 1402) came in the “Elizabeth,” in 1636, and settled in Scituate.From him is descended EDMUND C. STEDMAN, the poet.JOHN and ROBERT STEDMAN came over in 1638.ROBERT STEDMAN'S descendants married into the QUINCY and ELLERY families, and WILLIAM STEDMAN was a member of Congress.The names of ROBERT and THOMAS STEDMAN are found on Windsor (Connecticut) records, in 1647, and that of THOMAS in New London, in 1649.From THOMAS and ISAAC are descended most of the STEDMANS of New England, and from that section they have migrated to other portions of the United States.The destruction of early records, owing to various agencies, makes it often a matter of difficulty to establish uninterrupted descent.
JAMES STEADMAN was probably born in the state of Connecticut, and after his early marriage came to New York state.He was a farmer.Finally he located at Conneaut Lake, Crawford County, Pa., and died at the home of his son in Fallowfield Township.He married __, also born in Connecticut, and of his fourteen children, thirteen attained maturity; six children were by a first marriage, and eight by a second: 1. WILLIAM, a farmer and oil operator, lived near Union City, Pa.; 2. JOHN GARNER, of further mention.3. EARL, a wagon maker, lived at Beaver Dam, Pa.4. DANIEL, a farmer, lived in Corey, Pa.5. POLLY, married JESSE CARRIER, lived in Randolph Township, and later went west.6. MIRANDA, married CHARLES WINDSOR, who operated a saw mill, and lived in Clarion.Children by second marriage:7. SAMUEL, was a farmer in Corey, Pa.8. PERRY, a farmer in Tennessee, where his death occurred.9. NATHAN, a retired blacksmith, of Corey.10. JERRY, a farmer, who lived in Crawford County, Pa.11. THOMAS, left home in boyhood.12. NANCY.13. RENA.14. ISABELLA.
JOHN GARNER STEADMAN, son of JAMES STEADMAN, was born in Tioga County, New York, in November, 1807, and died in October, 1883.He grew up in the state of New York, assisting his father in the pioneer work connected with the farm, and at the age of eighteen years came to Crawford County, Pa., where he worked as a farm hand.Not long afterward he married, and then rented a farm, which he cultivated for a time.In 1835 he was living in Tioga County, New York, but returned to Crawford County, where he located in East Fallowfield Township.In 1843 he purchased a fifty acre farm there, this being heavily wooded land.In order to make the first payment for this land, he drove two steers through the town of Greenville, Pa., and sold them for fifteen dollars.He could only get five dollars in cash, the remainder being taken in the form of groceries and other commodies.He walked home, then to Meadville, Pa., where he secured the deed for his property, paying the five dollars as security on it, and then walked back to his home.With the assistance of his sons he erected a log house, and commenced to clear the ground with a view to cultivation.This was done by cutting the timber, and burning it as was the fashion of that time.He lived on this place until within four years of his death, when he moved to a farm near Geneva, Pa., in Greenwood Township, and there spent the remainder of his (pg. 1403) life.He and his wife were active and devout members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he was class leader for many years.MR. STEADMAN married CATHERINE GROSS, born near Beaver Dam, Crawford County, Pa., March 2, 1812, died March 10, 1895.Children: 1. KINSLEY, deceased, was a Civil War veteran.2. EARL, deceased, was a Civil War veteran.3. DOW, of further mention.4. WESLEY, born July 31, 1838; is now living retired in Geneva, Pa.5. NELSON, living on a farm in Arkansas, a Civil War veteran, who spent several months in Libby Prison.6. ELIZA, married HIRAM BEDOW, lives in Geneva, Pa.7. LESTER, deceased, was a Civil War veteran.8. PERRY, born November 12, 1845, died 1907; he owned and lived on various farms in Greenwood Township; he married RACHAEL GRINNELL, who afterward married his brother DOW; children: INEZ, married SILAS WILLIAMS, now deceased, and lives in Greenwood Township; ELSIE, married PARK BAILEY, lives on a farm in Brookfield, Ohio; PEARL, married HARRY SHADLEY, a machinist, and lives in Youngstown, Ohio.9. JOHN, deceased.
DOW STEADMAN, son of JOHN GARNER and CATHERINE (GROSS) STEADMAN, was born in Tioga County, New York, October 9, 1835.He grew up in Greenwood Township, Crawford County, Pa., and what little education he was able to obtain was acquired at the Finley District School, which was more than two miles from his home.His opportunities, however, were limited, as he was obliged to devote the greater part of his time at the homestead farm until his eighteenth year.He then left his home, and spent three years in learning the wagon making trade, under Thomas McDowell, one mile east of Atlantic, Pa.After his first marriage he purchased a farm in the woods of Randolph Township, and when he had this cleared, he sold it with a satisfactory profit.He at once repeated this operation, netting a considerable sum by the sale of the second farm also.February 1, 1864, he enlisted in Company B, Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served one year and three months.During the greater part of this time he was located at Harper's Ferry, and he participated in many of his engagements with the Confederate forces under General Early.At the close of the war he was in the hospital, and when he was discharged he returned to Randolph Township, and bought a farm on the Oil Creek road, where he lived several years.He then moved to Adams County, Nebraska, and bought a farm there which he is still holding; he took up a claim in Chase County, Kansas, proved it, and returned to Nebraska, where he made his home until 1909.When he first went there he purchased eighty acres for four hundred dollars, and when he left he sold this land for five thousand dollars.He carried on general farming in Adams County.In 1909 he sold out and retired, and bought a house in Geneva, Crawford County, Pa., where he now lives.In political matters he is Republican.At the age of fifteen years he joined the Methodist Episcopal church, and has served as steward, class leader and trustee.Since coming to Geneva he joined the United Brethren church.
MR. STEADMAN married (first) RACHEL RALYA, born in the old Block (pg. 1404) House in Meadville, Pa., in 1826, died Aug 18, 1908, a daughter of JOHN RALYA, a farmer, of German descent.He married (second) April 29, 1909, MRS. RACHEL (GRINNELL) STEADMAN, born October 3, 1853, widow of his brother PERRY.Children: 1. CLARA, married EZRA REESE, both deceased.2. NANCY, married I. C. WARREN, both deceased.3. IDA, married JASON DUMAS, a boiler maker, lives at Hastings, Nebraska.4. ELMER M., a state evangelist, lives in Denver, Colorado; married MARY GARRIS.
The paternal grandparents of MRS. RACHEL (GRINNELL) (STEADMAN) STEADMAN, were born in the state of New York, at what is known as GRINNELL'S Corners.One of their sons, JOHN GRINNELL, served in the War of 1812.Another son was BENJAMIN, of further mention.
BENJAMIN GRINNELL, father of MRS. STEADMAN, was born in Tioga County, New York, August 11, 1811, and died March 13, 1890.He came to Crawford County, Pa., and purchased a farm in Greenwood Township.He was very successful in its cultivation, but sold it after his children had grown up, and purchased a farm in the eastern part of Greenwood Township in association with PERRY STEADMAN, and lived there until his death.He married, February 18, 1830, LUCINDA STALEY, born in Crawford County, Pa., in 1817, died January 8, 1864, whose parents were also natives of New York state and settled in Crawford County, Pa.Children of BENJAMIN and LUCINDA (STALEY) GRINNELL: 1. SAMUEL, born April 11, 1831; married POLLY GELVEN, both deceased.2. SQUIRE, born in October, 1834; married ANNA MATTOX, both deceased.3. LAURA, born in March, 1836, died at the age of six years.4. DENNIS, born April 1, 1838; married MELISSA POWELL, both deceased.5. MORRIS, born November 19, 1839; married MARGARET AMES, both deceased.6. JOHN, born in 1840; married LORETTA BILLINGS; both deceased.7. MARK, born August 29, 1841; married NANCY TAYLOR; he is a farmer in Geneva, Pa.8. DINAH, born in 1843; married PORTER BROOKS.9. LORETTA, born December 3, 1843; lives in McKean County; married ABRAHAM DAVIDSON, deceased.10. JESSE, born in April, 1845, died in infancy.11. GIDEON, born February 2, 1847; was a farmer, now deceased; married EMMA DANIELS.12. ABIGAIL, born August 15, 1850; married EXTEL MATTOX, both deceased.13. SAMANTHA, born in September, 1851; married CHRISTY ANDERSON; lives in Greenwood Township.14. RACHAEL, mentioned above, as the wife of MR. STEADMAN.15. LODEMA, born September 7, 1855; married WILLIAM HOOD, a farmer, and lives in Ohio.16. LEWIS, born June 20, 1857; a farmer at Monroe, Wisconsin; married ESTHER GRINNELL.All of these children were born in Greenwood Township, Crawford County, Pa.