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Rebecca (Cook) Steedman (1769 - 1843)

Rebecca Steedman formerly Cook
Born in Fort Augusta, Northumberland, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1792 in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Mother of
Died in Chillisquaque, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Rebecca Cook(e) was born January 6, 1769, at Fort Augusta, Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Colonel William Cook (US) and sister of Jane Cook Davis (mother of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy) [1]

In 1792, Rebecca married William Steedman, the son of James Steedman (1724-1801) and Margaret Harris (1740-1803)

Their children were

1. George Steedman, b. 26 Aug 1793, ____, ____, PA , d. 1840

2. Sarah Steedman, b. 12 Apr 1795, d. Unknown

3. William Cook Steedman, b. 25 Apr 1797, ____, ____, PA d. 17 Dec 1840, ____, ____, PA

4. James Miligan Steedman, b. 9 Feb 1800, d. Unknown

5. John Cooke Steedman, b. 3 Mar 1803, ____, ____, PA d. Unknown

6. David McQuhas Steedman, b. 3 Mar 1803, ____, ____, PA d. 22 Mar 1863

7. Margaret Steedman, b. 7 Aug 1805, ____, ____, PA d. Bef 1834

8. Col. Samuel Harris Steedman, b. 17 Oct 1807, ____, ____, PA d. 10 Apr 1882

Researcher's Notes

WIlliam Steedman..., when 14 years of age, was engaged in our war for independence. He was one of twenty men that were sent from a fort in command of Captain John Brady to care for a little settlement at Freelingsport [Freeport in Armstrong County, PA?] which was threatened with an Indian massacre. The little band fell in in an ambuscade of the savages while on their march, from which young Steedman and three of his companions escaped. He experienced other narrow escapes."

The above incident likely occured before the War, based on his age.

During the period of 1778-1783, William, together with his father and brother George, was a private in the Northumberland County Militia (Continental Line) and a Ranger on the Frontiers, for which he received pay. [See, Pennsylvania Archives, Vol. 23, 3rd Series, pp. 220, 249, 339, 348; Vol. 4, 5th Series, pp. 381, 694.]

On 15 June 1780, he enlisted as a private in Captain John Dougherty's Company of Pennsylvania Volunteers, commanded by His Excellency Joseph Reed, Esq., President of the State of Pennsylvania. He appears on the company muster roll from that date to 8 January 1781. [See National Archives, Revolutionary War Records] This apparently was part of the service sendered during the period of 1778 to 1783. Miss Jessie Davis states, "He became a Lieutenant in Captain John Cook's Company at Miami at the age of thirty."

John Cooke (26 August 1766, Paxton Twp., Lancaster Co., PA - 16 July 1824, Point Twp., Northumberland Co., PA) was a brother-in-law.

During the period of 1778-1788, except for the years in which he was in military service away from home, he was shown in Northumberland County tax lists as a single freeman living in the same township as did his father.

In 1792 William married Rebecca Cook (6 January 1769-7 October 1843), daughter of William Cook, who was born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, and they established their hime in Chillisquaque Township of Northumberland county, "Opposite to Lewisburg, Union county, near the Lewisburg bridge."

During 1793-1794, he had warrants for 6700 acres of land in Northumberland county. In 1793 he had warrants for 800 acres of land in Luzerne county and 400 acres in Huntindon county, Pa. In 1794 he had warrants for 800 acres in Bedford county, Pa. During the same period, his wife Rebecca had warrants for 800 acres in Northumberland county. [Pennsylvania Archives, Vols. 24, 25, and 26, 3rd Series]

Historical records give the following account of him:

"In 1793 William Stedman/Steedman, Esq., was listed among the additional taxable residents of Lewisburgh [sic.], where from 1794 until 1798 he was a merchant in partnership with one John Smith. On 1 July 1797 he was appointed as the first postmaster of Lewisburgh (then called Derrstown), and filled that position until 10 January 1798. In 1800 he was an inkeeper at Lewisburgh, and in 1803 he was a candidate for the Assembly. His mother died on 21 February 1803, his father having previously died in 1801..."

William was listed in the 1800 and 1810 censuses in Chillisquaque township.

A list of his children is contained in an old Steedman Bible, as reported by Miss Jessie Davis, who also gave information concerning some of his descendants.


  • Cook Family History
  • "The Papers of Jefferson Davis"

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Rebecca's grandson

General James Blair Steedman [[1]]

posted by Eddie King

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