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John Steele (b. Abt. 1794, d. September 17, 1872)John Steele4610 was born Abt. 1794 in Scotland, and died September 17, 1872 in Oshawa, Ont., Canada4611.He married Mary Spalding on October 02, 1828 in Cobourg, Hamilton Twp, Northumberland Co., Ont.4612, 4613, daughter of Thomas Major Spalding and Anna Merriam.
Notes for John Steele:
Excerpt from, How Firm a Foundation, by Eileen Argyris (Boston Mills Press, Erin, Ont: 2000):
Ch. 13 - Colborne was the Heart of Cramahe Township -- p. 149
"At 3 King Street West stands the house reputed to be the oldest surviving dwelling in Colborne.It was the home of John Steele, who came from Scotland in 1820, and his wife Mary Spalding.Because the registry of land deeds does not record the history of buildings but only property, it is not possible to state in what year the house was built, but clues lead students of architecture to conclude that it was erected in the early 1820's, perhaps by John Ogden who received the grant of this land from the Crown in 1809.The house may have been built a little before the Keeler house on Church Street East.Mr. Steele was purportedly a friend of Joseph Keeler, and he was a newspaperman as well.Steele founded the Northumberland Pilot, and was also involved with the Watchman, published in Port Hope.As a staunch Presbyterian, he fought against the establishment of the Anglican Church as the state religion of Canada, helped to found Queen's University and was a member of its first board.In 1843, John & Mary moved from Colborne to a red brick house beside Mary's father, Thomas Spalding of Grafton."
John Steele and family appear in the 1839 Cramahe Twp, Newcastle District, Census as follows:
1 M 8 M > 16 yrs
2 F 2 F > 16 yrs
There are a total of 13 family members of varying religious affiliations, which leads to the conclusion that more than one family may be residing together, or there were a number of servants present.
2 = Church of England
1 = Methodist
8 = Presbyterian
2 = Roman Catholic
More About John Steele:
Immigration: 1820, From Scotland.4614
Residence: 1839, Cramahe Twp, Northumberland Co., Ont., Canada.4615
More About John Steele and Mary Spalding:
Marriage: October 02, 1828, Cobourg, Hamilton Twp, Northumberland Co., Ont..4616, 4617
Marriage location: St. Peter's Anglican Church.
Married by: Rev. A.N. Bethune.
Witnesses: M.C. Gilchrist & Mary Grover.
Marriage Notes for John Steele and Mary Spalding:
Excerpt from the parish records for St. Peter's Anglican Church in Cobourg, Ont.:
"On this day, October 2, 1828, were married by License, John Steele of Cramahe, and Mary Spalding of Haldimand, by me.Rev. A.N. Bethune.