John Steel 1747 - 1810

John Steel was baptised at Donnington on 12 October 1747. He was the 6th of 10 children of John and Ann Steel, all baptised at Donnington between 1738 & 1763. He was their 3rd John, the others born in 1738 and 1743 only lived a few months.

On 28 February 1771 at Selsey, John Steele and Sarah Stevenson were married by Licence. John Steele of Selsey (10m) labourer, bachelor, aged 24 & Sarah Stevenson of Selsey (all her time) single woman aged 18, (by consent of her father William Stevenson of Selsey, fisherman).

Sarah was baptised at Selsey on 28 Jan 1753. She was entered in the Parish Register as Sarah Stevens, the first of five children of William and Mary Stevens who were baptised between 1753 and 1762. (No burial found for her mother, but if Mary died between 1762 & 1765, William may have remarried on 23 Sept 1765 to Jane Daws, being widowed again in 1789). William Stevenson was buried at Selsey aged 77 on 30 Dec 1800.

They had 8 children baptised at Donnington between 1771 and 1789, of whom 2 died in infancy.

Sarah 20 Aug 1771 (buried 26 Jul 1773)
William 26 Apr 1773 m 14 Feb 1799 Jane Hopkins
John 14 Jan 1775 -
George 24 Dec 1777 -
Thomas 29 May 1779 –
James 22 Apr 1781 -
Charles 27 Jul 1783 (buried 29 Jul 1784)
Sarah 31 Oct 1784 -
Mary 13 Feb 1786 m 15 Jun 1807 Charles Davis
Charles 15 Jun 1789 -

John died when he was 62 and was buried at Donnington on 21 January 1810.

On 11 October 1810 Sarah Steel, widow, married Zechariah Spesshat, a widower from North Mundham.


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