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Steatham Research - Wills

Here are all the wills I have found for Steathams, or people connected to the Steatham Family Tree.

If anyone knows of any other please let me know.

They are listed in chronological order, starting with Robert Steatham's, great great grandfather William Statham (1700), then next comes Robert Steatham, the rest are listed ad hoc, and then vicars in the order they appear in the Steatham story.

Note - [date] indicates the year the Will was signed.




Photo of William Statham's will

William Statham's will.
William Statham (1661-) will [1700].

Signed on Friday the 12th January 1700.

This is the oldest Steatham person's Will, we have and it is pivotable in the linking together the Steatham story prior to Robert Steatham.

William Statham is Robert Steatham's Great Great Grandfather.

To see how William fits into the Steatham see Hannah's Origins.

Click here to read William Statham's Will.






Photo of Robert steatham's will

Robert Steatham's will.
Robert Steatham (1775-1827) will [1826].

Signed Wednesday the 18th of October 1826.

This is the most important will of them all, in that it is the first time we see the Steatham surname 'signed'.

When Robert Steatham signed his will on Wednesday the 18th of October 1826, little did he realize that in less than a year he would be dead.

The will was witnessed by Thomas Hemmingsley, William? Adams and William Harrison. The executors were, his 'loving Wife Hannah' (executrix) and his friend Samuel Williams.

Interestingly between the word friend and Samuel, there is a name (David?) rubbed out, looks like he changed his mind. The date, the eighteenth, also looks like it has been changed.

The original will can be viewed, and I would strongly advise visiting Lichfield to see it.

What we have is a will signed by his own hand, in a solicitors office in Darlaston, all those years ago - it is the closest we can get to Robert Steatham!

Click here to read Robert Steatham's Will.






Photo of Hannah Jone's will

Hannah Jones
[nee Steatham]
[nee Butler]'s will.
Hannah Jones [nee Steatham][nee Butler] (1780-1843) will [1837].

Signed Friday the 5th of May 1837.

We have now located Hannah's Will.

It states Hannah died on Tuesday 28th February 1843 and buried the same day at St Lawrence - Cock Street Cemetery.

It is interesting to note that Hannah's will is written by the same hand as Robert Steatham's will.

The will was witnessed by Thomas Hemmingsley, William? Adams and William Harrison.

The executors were her two eldest sons, Thomas Steatham and Joseph Steatham, with the other sons Moses and Samuel also mentioned as beneficiaries. The Will was quite simple in that she left everything equally to all her four surviving sons.

As we now know for certain when Hannah's died, and we have her burial, the records stating her age as 63, so Hannah would have been born in 1780.

So Hannah was just 18 years of age when she married Robert Steatham.

Hannah was stated as being a widow on the propate declaration, so her husband William Jones must have pre-deceased her.

This new information, which now gives us Hannah Butler's year of birth will allow an investigation into her origins.

Hannah in her will left effects under 20.

20 in 1843, in todays money would be the equal to 2,707 - Calculated using this Link.

Click here to read Hannah Jones [nee Steatham][nee Butler]'s Will.






Photo of Henry George Steatham's will

Henry George Steatham's will.
Henry George Steatham (1854-1931) will [1915].

Signed Monday the 25th of January 1915.

One day many years ago, in Birmingham Library, I found a will for a Henry George Steatham, probate proved at Birmingham on Monday the 19th of October 1931.

I had not come across Henry before in my research, finding and reading his will was quite a revelation!

The origins of Henry George Steatham and how he links into the Steatham Family Tree is a fascinating story, and is one of the most interesting Steatham stories of all.

Henry George Steatham, has been treated as separate, due to there being doubt, about Henry's connection to Robert Steatham.

Now after nearly two decades of research, the mystery has now finally been solved.

Click here to read Henry George Steatham's Will.

Henry George Steatham is a Featured Person to read about his life and descendants, and see the final piece in the jigsaw that solved the mystery Click Here.






Photo of Elizabeth steatham's will

Elizabeth Steatham's will [1913].
Elizabeth Steatham (1835-1931) will [1913].

Signed Wednesday the 4th of June 1913.

Elizabeth was the eldest child of the Robert Steatham's eldest son, Thomas Steatham (1803-1873).

Elizabeth is a candidate for being the first Steatham born after Robert's children, but this cannot be verified as we know Elizabeth was baptised on Sunday the 22nd of February 1835, at St Lawrence, Darlaston, along with her cousin James, the eldest child of Moses Steatham (1813-1891).

It might be possible to deduce the order from Elizabeth or James death certificate, but at the moment it could be Elizabeth or James that are first.

Click here to read Elizabeth Steatham's Will.

I wonder if Elizabeth ever knew that she had been baptised with her cousin James!






Photo of Sarah Steatham's will

Sarah Steatham's will.
Sarah Steatham (1839-1928) will [1925].

Signed Friday the 27th of March 1925.

Sarah was the Fourth child of Robert Steatham's eldest son, Thomas Steatham (1803-1873). Elizabeth Steatham above is her sister.

Click here to read Sarah Steatham's Will.

Sarah continued to live at 6 Great Croft Street after her sister's death.








Photo of Elizabeth Steatham's will

Elizabeth Steatham nee Butler's
(1844-1919) will.





Elizabeth Steatham nee Butler (1844-1919) will [1916].

Signed on Wednesday the 14th of June 1916.

Elizabeth was the wife of Moses Steatham (1841-1896) and he was a son of Moses Steatham (1813-1891).

Moses & Elizabeth only had two children Elizabeth, who married William Smith, he died and Elizabeth was buried with her parents in their grave.

Their son Thomas never married and when he died he was buried with Elizabeth and Sarah, the daughters of Thomas Steatham (1803-1873), in their grave at James Bridge Cemetery.

Click here to read Elizabeth Steatham (1844-1919)'s Will.

To see their graves click Here.



Photo of Thomas Steatham's will

Thomas Steatham's will [1922].





Thomas Steatham's will [1922]

Signed on Saturday the 8th of May 1922.

Thomas was the son of Moses Steatham (1841-1896) and he was a son of Moses Steatham (1813-1891).

Moses & Elizabeth only had two children Elizabeth, who married William Smith, he died and Elizabeth was buried with her parents in their grave.

This is their son Thomas who never married and when he died he was buried with Elizabeth and Sarah, the daughters of Thomas Steatham (1803-1873), in their grave at James Bridge Cemetery.

Click here to read Thomas Steatham's Will.

To see their graves click Here.






Photo of Thomas Master's will

Thomas Masters and his wife Anabella, wills.








Thomas Master's will [1693].

Signed on Wednesday the 23rd September 1693.

Thomas Masters M.A (1625-1696) was the Vicar of Tatenhill, Staffordshire.

Thomas Masters M.A. is one of the most important of all the Steatham vicars in that he baptised Robert Steatham's Great grandson William Statham.

Click here to read Thomas Masters and his wife Anabella, wills.




Photo of Athanasius Herring's will

Athanasius Herring's will. [1790]





Athanasius Herring's will [1790].

Signed on Wednesday the 7th of July 1790.

Athanasius Herring M.A (1699-1791) was the Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

Athanasius Herring M.A. is one of the most important of all the Steatham vicars in that he baptised Robert Steatham.

Click here to read Athanasius Herring's Will.

Athanasius Herring is a Featured Person to read about his life and descendants Click Here.





Photo of George Croft's will

George Croft's will.




George Croft's will [1806].

Signed on 20?th of January 1806.

George Croft D.D (1747-1809) was a Vicar at St Martin's, Birmingham.

George Croft D.D. is one of the most important of all the Steatham vicars in that he married Robert Statham.

Click here to read George Croft's Will.

George Croft is a Featured Person to read about his life and descendants Click Here.






Photo of John Waltham's will

John Waltham's will.




John Walthams's will [1814].

Signed on Saturday the 16th of April 1814.

John Waltham M.A (1751-1814) was the Rector of St Lawrence between 1800 and 1814.

John Waltham M.A. is a very important Steatham vicar in that he baptised / buried nearly all of Robert Steatham's children.

Click here to read John Waltham's Will.

John Waltham is a Featured Person to read about his life and descendants Click Here.






Photo of Samuel Lowe's will

Samuel Lowe's Will.

Samuel Lowe's Will [1821].

Signed on Sunday the 1st July 1821, seems odd signing a will on Sunday.

Samuel Lowe M.A. (1775-1834) was the Rector of St Lawrence between 1814 and 1834.

Samuel Lowe M.A. is an important Steatham vicar in that he baptised / buried all of Robert Steatham's children, after John Waltham.

Samuel Lowe officiated at the following,

Samuel Steatham (1815-1884) baptised.
James St(e)ath(a)m (1800-1816) buried.
James Steatham (1816-1816) baptised.
James Steatham (1816-1816) buried.

Click here to read Samuel Lowe's Will.

Samuel Lowe is a Featured Person to read about his life and descendants Click Here.






Photo of Joseph Hugill's will

Joseph Hugill's Will.
Joseph Hugill's Will [1842].

Signed on Monday the 22nd August 1842.

Joseph Hugill D.D. (1789-1842) was the Rector of St Lawrence between 1840 and 1842.

Joseph Hugill is an important Steatham vicar in that he baptised Charles Steatham's Mother, Mary Steatham, and thus started this unique Steatham Family Tree.

Click here to read Joseph Hugill's Will.

Joseph Hugill is a Featured Person to read about his life and descendants Click Here.





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