Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John STEEL (1777-?)

and Mary GOODWIN (c1780-?)


John Steel and Mary Goodwin married on 2 November 1796 in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  John was the nephew of my 6x great grandmother, Elizabeth Steel.)

John Steel was baptised in August 1777 in Hurstpierpoint.  He was the son of John Steel (1747-?) and Fanny Pannett (1754-?).

Mary Goodwin's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.

When the 1841 census was recorded the couple were living at East Edgerly in Hurstpierpoint and John was an agricultural labourer.  Also with them on census night was 35 year old Richard Steel and 10 year old John Steel.


John Steel and Mary Goodwin had 10 known children:

  1. Frances Steele was baptised on 5 May 1798 in Hurstpierpoint.

  2. Ann Steel was born on 23 December 1799 and baptised on 15 January 1800 in Hurstpierpoint.  In 1851 she was the head of her household and living at Great Edgeley Cottage in Hurstpierpoint.  She was then said to be an unmarried 50 year old cripple in receipt of parish relief.  Also with her on census night were her brother Richard, 19 year old nephew John Steel, 51 year old lodger and widower Henry Gander and his 25 year old son, Thomas Gander.

  3. Henry Steel was born on 27 December 1801 and baptised on 22 January 1802 in Hurstpierpoint.  He died between 1841 and 1851.

    Henry married Ann Tucker at Holy Trinity in Guildford, Surrey on 30 August 1822.

    Ann was born about 1804 in Guildford, Surrey.  In 1851 she was a 47 year old widow and charwoman living at Cobbs Cross or Croft in Hurstpierpoint, along with her brother-in-law Richard Steel, 27 year old lodger Walter Holman and 3 year old visitor Charles Hunt.

  4. Mary Steel was born on 23 February 1804 and baptised on 21 March 1804 in Hurstpierpoint.

  5. Richard Steel was born on 18 January 1806 and baptised on 9 February 1806 in Hurstpierpoint.  The baptism register recorded that his father's name was also Richard, but I think this was a mistake.  When the 1841 census was recorded he was living with his parents.  In 1851 he was an unmarried 45 year old agricultural labourer living with elder sister.

  6. William Steel was born on 25 January 1808 and baptised on 7 February 1808 in Hurstpierpoint.

  7. Stephen Steel was born on 9 May 1810 and baptised on 10 June 1810 in Hurstpierpoint.  In 1851 he was an unmarried 40 year old agricultural labourer living with his widowed sister-in-law, Ann Steel, at Cobbs Cross or Croft in Hurstpierpoint.

  8. David Steel was born on 20 May 1812 and baptised on 11 June 1812 in Hurstpierpoint.  He married Mary Tulit in 1834.  (They have their own page.)

  9. Thomas Steel was baptised on 19 March 1815 in Hurstpierpoint.

  10. James Steel was baptised on 31 May 1815 in Hurstpierpoint.



1841 census - East Edgerly, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex (HO107/1111, folio ?, page 1)

John Steel, 60, Ag Lab, born in Sussex

Mary Steel, 60, born in Sussex

Richard Steel, 35, Ag Lab, born in Sussex

John Steel, 10, born in Sussex


1841 census - Washbrook, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex (HO107/1111, folio 31, page 7)

Henry Steel, 35, Ag Lab, born in Sussex

Ann Steel, 35, not born in Sussex

James Steel, 15, born in foreign parts

Stephen Steel, 30, Ag Lab, born in Sussex


1851 census - Great Edgeley Cottage, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex (HO107/1642, folio 436, page 11)

Ann Steel, Head, U, 50, in receipt of Parish Relief (Cripple), born Sussex, Hurstpierpoint.

Richard Steel, Brother, U, 45, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Hurstpierpoint

John Steel, Nephew, U, 19, Tailor Apprentice & Cripple, born Sussex, Hurstpierpoint

Henry Gander, Lodger, Widr, 51, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Hurstpierpoint

Thomas Gander, Lodger's son, U, 25, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Hurstpierpoint


1851 census Cobb Cross or Croft, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex (HO107/1642, folio 435, page 8)

Ann Steele, Head, Wid, 47, Charwoman, born Surrey, Guildford

Stephen Steele, Bro-in-law, U, 40, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Hurstpierpoint

Walter Holman, Lodger, U, 27, Tile Maker, born Sussex, Cuckfield

Charles Hunt, Visitor, 3, born Sussex, Brighton



On searching the IGI for children of John Steel and Mary Goodwin, it also listed children of John Still and Mary Hemsley who had married on 17 April 1797 in Pyecombe. (It would seem the IGI considers Steel and Still to be interchangable.)

John Still and Mary Hemsely had the following children:

  1. Henry Still was baptised on 26 November 1797 in Pyecombe.

  2. Mary Still was baptised on 2 May 1802 in Pyecombe.

  3. William Still was baptised on 12 October 1804 in Pyecombe.

  4. Ann Still was baptised on 11 August 1806 in Pyecombe.

  5. James Still was baptised on 18 March 1810 in Pyecombe.



This page was updated on 25 April 2012