Witman or Whitman Steel/ Steele,1800s NJ-MS-TN
With this unusual first name, I surely hope somebody recognizes it!A Witman D. Steel or Steele is in the 1850 Census in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey. He's 18 and born in NJ (1832), works as a commission merchant, and his father is Daniel.
A Witman D. is then still in Newton in the 1880 Census, now 48, with wife Susan, 45.Kids are Frank R. (21- clerk in comm. house); Kate H.(17, no occu.); Grant (11). Also living there are his in-laws, Samuel P. Roberts, 72 (he and parents all b. in NY) and Jemima, 69 (she and parents b. in PA).
Possibly unrelated is that the 1880 for Mississippi has a Whitman E. Steele, born there in 1848.He is a farmer, whose father was b. in Tennessee but his mother in MS.
I wonder if someone familiar with the Northern NJ Steel(e) group knows of a relationship to my Southern NJ ones.The senior Steeles are seen in the 1880 as Wm. Sr. (b. 1818) Laborer; wife Elizabeth (55); their widowed son Thomas (28, lab.) Kate (24) a married dau. Mary Facemire (40); and grandchildren Arania (14) and Edward (5).
In the same town is my GGF William (25, glassblower).His wife is Mary E. (Horton) and their son Frank is 11 mos.It is the Frank and Kate names that makes me suspect a connnection with the Newton group.