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Grissel (Dixon) Steele (1750 - 1848)

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Grissel Steele formerly Dixon aka Dickson [uncertain]
Born in Irelandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Pendleton Dist,Anderson,South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Old Benton County, Alabama, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Aug 2016
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Grissel (Dixon) Steele migrated from Ireland to Alabama, United States.
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"Martha Grizzle Dixon was born in Ireland on 10 Jun 1750 and died in Aug 1848 in old Benton Co AL. She arrived at the port of Charles Town, South Carolina, in early 1763 at just 12 years old. As passed down in her family, she said it took 13 weeks to come to America from Ireland. A chair that she brought with her survives to this day. [2012]

"As recorded in the Council Journal, at a meeting on 19 Feb 1763, Grizzle was granted 100 acres in newly laid out Boonsborough Township. This land is near present day Donalds, SC, in Abbeville County. Also receiving land that day in Boonesborough Township and arriving on the same ship of Protestants were: John Dickson (100 acres), Michael Dickson (200 acres), and Jean Dixon (100 acres). It is believed that Jean and Grizzle are sisters."[1]

In 1802, Grizzle was named a beneficiary in her husband's will and named co-executor.

The Pension Application packet for Isaac Steele shows Isaac's family on page 3:

Isaac Steele was born October 23rd in the year 1732
Grissel Steele was born June the 10th in the year 1750
James Steele born April 4th day 1771
Michael Steel was bor Aprile 2nd day 1773
Margret Steele was born June 28th 1775
William Steele was born January 9th, 1778
John Steele was born February 27th, 1780
Ruth Steele was born March 13th 1782
Isaac Steele was born July 18th 1786
Moses Steele was born May 18th 1788
Jane Steele was born September 22, 1790

On page 4, it reads;

Grissel Steel, dcd
widow of Isaac.
She died Aug 1848
Margaret Turner
William Steele
Moses Steele
Jane Barnett
Isaac Steele

only surviving children

"After the death of her husband, Grizzle migrated through Georgia and into Alabama with the family of her youngest child, Mary Jane Steele Barnett. "[2]

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  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2016-08-14), entry for Grizle /Dixon/.
  • South Carolina will transcripts, 1782-1868; Author: Brimelow, Judith M.; Probate Place: Anderson, South Carolina; South Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980 on [1]
Name Isaac Steele
Probate Date 15 Mar 1803
Probate Place Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Inferred Death Year Abt 1803
Inferred Death Place South Carolina, USA
Item Description Index and will, Vol 1, Books C, A, 1791-1834
  • U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900 , database and images, [2]
Name Isaac Steele
Application Year 1873
Application State South Carolina
Applicant Designation Rejected Pension Application File
Second Applicant Name Grissel Steele
Archive Publication Number M804
Archive Roll Number 2278
Total Pages in Packet 19
Page 3 of the Pension packet lists Isaac's family [3]
  • Grissel’s record (ID: I5002) as listed on on The Willis Family & More. Click here to see it: [4].


  1. Find A Grave memorial
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Thank you to Dave McNally for creating Dixon-9269 on 30 Nov 2015.

Thank you to A Hayes for creating Dixon-6474 on 14 Aug 2016.

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On 3 Jun 2018 at 02:11 GMT Dave McNally wrote:

I changed Grissel's maiden name to Dixon, which changed her Profile ID from Unknown-299999 to Dixon-9269, which I then merged into Dixon-6474.

On 1 Jun 2018 at 23:29 GMT A Hayes wrote:

Dixon-6474 and Unknown-299999 appear to represent the same person because: The better sourced profile is Unknown-299999, but Dixon-6474 has the correct last name, same husband (needs to be merged) and son Isaac Jr.

On 1 Jun 2018 at 22:07 GMT A Hayes wrote:

Although imperfect, the Find A Grave memorial indicates that her maiden name was Dixon, or Dickson. Would you consider changing it from Unknown?

Grissel is 16 degrees from William Brewster, 17 degrees from Skye Driggs and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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