Funeral receipt for Mrs. Elizabeth CORNWELL ordered by A. J. CORNWELL, cause of death--LaGrippe(influenza)--DOD 3/2/1898--buried 3/5/1898 Wauconda, Lake Co., IL--aged 83 yrs. 1mo., 9 days The casket was made by F. H. HILL Co.--5'9"
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Stedman / Steadman / Steedman Families
Summary of the Stedman Family in Britain:
Most Stedman and Steadman families in America can assume that their ancestry could be traced back to a John le Stedeman who was a Knight in the Crusades.
(In these pages, I will generally refer to the family as the Stedman family even though various members spell the name differently. For research purposes, I have adopted that spelling for most descendants of the New England families, except branches that went to Canada and to Louisiana.)
He fought with King Richard the Lion-hearted in the Holyland and was imprisoned with King Richard in Austria on their return to England. For his service, King Richard awarded him a manor in Kent. The Stedman family is present in Kent to this day. In fact, the first known Stedman immigrant to America is documented to have come from Biddenden, Kent.
One of the sons of John le Stedeman began a northern migration of a branch of the family, eventually to York, and then to Scotland over several generations. Whilst in York, some sided with Robert the Bruce against the English and had to flee to Scotland, founding the Scottish Branch of the family. Amongst the Scottish family, you will see the name also spelled Steedman.
Parts of the family have been well documented because they were at least minor gentry. The principal line that is the source of most of the American Stedmans of Scottish ancestry are actually Bartons. When a landed line had only a daughter for an heir ("daughtered out"), her husband, an Alexander Barton, petitioned Queen Mary of Scotland to assume the name, and he became Charles Stedman. Consequently, there is a great interest in the Barton family also. This is true, in part, because many Stedmans who came to America are descended from this Scottish Stedman-Barton family and are genetically Bartons.
The Scottish family, both Bartons and Stedmans, has a long history as mariners. Some of them lived in Holland at periods of time. One was Capt. John Gabriel Stedman of the Scottish Dragoons. He became a famous explorer and author. In the late 1700s he spent several years exploring in South America and wrote a well known book about it.
Members of both the Scottish and English families immigrated to America in the colonial period.
Stedman Family in America:
Unlike many families, the Stedmans in America cannot trace their ancestry to a single immigrant ancestor. For example, we have documented three distinct families in Massachusetts and one in Connecticut that arrived by 1650. By the Revolutionary War, many other families had also arrived although we can document a common ancestor in Scotland for many of them.
Source: S-1763755981 Title: Reeds1.FTW Note: Source Medium: Other