Looking for H.H. and Mary Steele from Kentucky - 1840'ish

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 Hello All,

   I am in search of my great-great grandparents, H.H. Steele and Mary ????.  I have very little information about them -- and have searched high and low. 

   I can find no census, birth or death records for H.H. and Mary Steele.  I'm assuming that H.H and Mary were likely born somewhere between and 1815 and 1855. 

   What I do know:

  • They gave birth to Emma Steel between 1868 (as listed on her son's, Vern's,  birth certificate) and 1871 (as listed on her death certificate). 
  • Multiple census records (1900, 1910 and 1920) lists the birthplace of Emma's parents as Kentucky. 
  • Emma married Jackson Darby in the home of James Steele on Sept 30, 1888, in Hunnewell, KY. 
  • I found a James R. Steele who lived in Hunnewell, Greenup County, KY, in the 1880 census. 
    • James R. Steele lived closed to Ursula and Alexander Darby (Emma's soon to be husband's mother and brother). 
    • James R. Steele's father was John Casteel who lived in Lawrence  County, KY.  
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer,
WikiTree profile: H. Steele
in Genealogy Help by Mark Darby G2G Rookie (220 points)

1 Answer

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I found a marriage record (transcript only) for an H Steele and a Mary Eads in Fayette County, Kentucky at FamilySearch:


It's hard to say if these are the right people, but I thought I'd pass this along.

Name H Steele
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 10 Nov 1859
Event Place , Fayette, Kentucky, United States
Gender Male
Age 24
Marital Status Single
Birth Year (Estimated) 1835
Spouse's Name Mary Eads
Spouse's Gender Female
Spouse's Age 24
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1835


by R. Greenup G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)

Here is an H. H. Steele (no wife named Mary, though) on 1870 Knox County, Kentucky census.


H H Steel 1870 Male 38 White 1831-1832 Kentucky 181

Elizabeth Steel 1870 Female 37 White 1832-1833 Kentucky 181

Harry Steel 1870 Male 11 White 1858-1859 Kentucky 181

M F B Steel 1870 7 White 1862-1863 Kentucky 181

Soloman J Steel 1870 Male 4 White 1865-1866 Kentucky 181

James K Steel 1870 Male 2 White 1867-1868 Kentucky 181

I also ran across the name Harrison H. Steele in a military record -- for being a veteran who was in the 8th Kentucky something or other


Harrison H Steele   Census 1890 Barbounville, Knox, Kentucky, United States

At least he has the right initials.....


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