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Joseph Steele
1706 Isle Of Jersey, England -
2/23/1788 Hillsborough, NH

& Sarah Putnam
11/28/1708 Salem Village, Essex Co., MA-
4/18/1802 Washington, Sullivan, NH

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Joseph Steele DAR ancestor A133814
1706-2/23/1788 Amhert, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire
 1) Signed Association Test Amherst 1776. 
Wife Sarah Putnam. 1706 Jersey Island, England-February 23, 1788 Hillsborough, NH

Joseph was the son of Thomas and Martha Steele.   Thomas was born 1683 in Jersey Island, England.  Thomas died February 22, 1747/48 in Londonderry, Rickingham, England.  His wife's name was Martha.  This couple married abt. 1704 in Jersey Island, England.  Joseph was born about 1706 in Jersey Island, England and died in February 23, 1788 Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

The immigration record for Joseph Steel has not yet been located but they would have come over before his marriage in 1731 Middleton, Essex, MA and daughter's birth in 1735.

Joseph and Sarah were the parents of Joseph Steele, Jr.

Joseph married Sarah Putnam August 02, 1731 Middleton, Essex, MA.  She was the daughter of Edward PUTNAM, Jr. and Sarah MILES.  She was born November 28, 1708 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts and died April 18, 1802 in Washington, Sullivan NH

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Information located about Joseph Steele and his life:

SOURCE: History of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885, 878 pgs.


A Part of "Londonderry Claim" Annexed to Nottingham West, 1778--
Name Changed to Hudson, 1830-- Taylor's Fall Bridge--
Post Offices and Postmasters-- Nottingham West Social Library--
Hudson Social Library-- Schools and School
Districts-- Population-- Physicians-- Nashua and Rochester Railroad-

In 1754 a petition was presented to the General Assembly, signed by twenty-seven of the inhabitants of the southwest part of Londonderry,
praying to be taxed in Nottingham West, which petition was dismissed. As early as 1768 some action had been taken by a number of the inhabitants occupying the south part of "Londonderry Claim," in Londonderry, to be annexed to this town, and in March of that year the town voted to hear and answer their request.

February 3, 1778, a petition praying to be annexed to Nottingham West was presented to the Honorable Council and Assembly, signed by  Levi Andrews, Josiah Burroughs, Simeon Robinson, John Marshall, William Hood, JOSEPH STEELE, Philip Marshall, Moses Barrett, Daniel Peabody, John Smith, Ebenezer Taylor, Simeon Barrett,  James Barrett, W. Elener Graham, Isaac Page, William Graham, Ezekiel Greeley, George Burroughs, David Lawrence, Richard Marshall, Hugh Smith, Thomas Smith, Sampson Kidder, Benjamin Kidder,  William McAdams, Joseph Hobbs.                 

The petition was granted by an act of the General Assembly, passed March 6, 1778, annexing the southwest portion of Londonderry to Nottingham West, with the following boundaries:
"Beginning in the South boundary of Londonderry, at the North East corner of Nottingham West, Thence running North 5 degrees East,  frequently crossing Beaver Brook, 424 rods to a large Pine tree marked, standing by said Brook.

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SOURCE: History of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885, 878 pgs.

p. 219
The town of Amherst is situated in the southerly part of the county of Hillsborough, in the State of New Hampshire, in latitude 42 degrees 51' north. It lies on both sides of the Souhegan River, the principal part being on the northern side. Its length from north to south, according to a survey made in 1806, is nine miles and one hundred and seventy rods. Its greatest widty is about five miles, and its least width two miles and two hundred and forty-two rods, comprising an area of about twenty-two thousand acres,
of which about five hundred are covered with water.
It is bounded on the north by Bedford and New Boston, on the east by Bedford and Merrimack, on the south by Hollis and Milford, and on the west by Milford and Mont Vernon. Its surface is broken and uneven. Near the Souhegan [river] is a
strip of valuable intervale land. Adjoining this, at a higher  elevation, are tracts of sandy plain land, formerly thickly covered with a growth of pitch pines. Along the water-courses are considerable tracts of meadow land. At a higher elevation, the hill-sides afford excellent grazing land, and when moderately free from rocks are well adapted to agricultural purposes, and with proper care yeild an abundant reward to the husbandman. In other parts they are as hard and strong as granite can make them, and are fitted only for the  production of fuel and timber.

The town of Amherst had its origin in a grant of land made by the General Court of Massachusetts to some of the citizens of that
province for services in the Narraganset war in 1675-76. The township was granted in 1728, and was known as Narraganset No. 3,
and subsequently as Souhegan West No. 3. It was incorporated as a town January 18, 1760, at which time it received the name of Amherst, from General Jeffrey Amherst, at that time commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America.
The first meeting of the proprietors of Souhegan West was held at Salem, July 17, 1734. At this meeting Captain Benjamin Potter, Captain Richard Mower and Mr. Daniel Kenney were appointed a committee "to make a Perticular view of ye scircumstances of s'd Township, and make Report to ye Society or Grantees at their adjournment on the second tuesday in September next." They were authorized to employ a
surveyo, and such pilots as might be necessary, at the expense of the proprietors.

Captain Richard Mower, Messrs. Cornelius Tarble, Ebenezer Rayment, Jeremiah Gatchel and Daniel Kenney were appointed a committee to subdivide the township. Captain Benjamin Potter, Mr. John Bixbe and Ensign Thomas Tarbox were added to this committee at a subsequent meeting. Another meeting of the proprietors was held at Salem, August 13,  1734, at which William Collins was elected proprietor's clerk; Captain Richard Mower, Messrs. John Trask, Ebenezer Rayment, Stephen Peabody and Jeremiah Gatchel, prudential committee; and General Benjamin Potter, treasurer. The prudential committee was directed to rectify all mistakes in the names of the proprietors, as given in the list, and to lay the same before the General Court, if they thought proper.
[more in original document not included here]

In 1735, Robert Hale, Esq., Captain Stephen Peabody and Lieut. Ebenezer Rayment were appointed a committee to "lay out a place whereon to erect the Public Meeting for a Public Burying  Ground...."...and to "take a view of the Souhegan River, in Order to find out yet most convenient place to Build a Bridge over the same..."

The first settlement in the township was probably made in the spring of 1735 by Samuel Lamson and Samuel Walton, from Reading, Mass. They settled at first about a mile south of the village, on the farm now owned by Mr. Bryant Melendy, where they built a log house. Both afterwards removed to other parts of the town,--Lamson to the westerly part, now Mont Vernon, where some of his descendants now
reside. About 1765 he removed to Billerica, Mass. where he died about 1779.

Walton removed to the easterly part of the town, near Babboosuck  [sic] pond. Of his subsequent history but little is known. His name
appears occasionally on the proprietor's records and is attached to the petition to the provincial authorities in 1747, asking for help  against the Indians. He is said to have died here, but none of his descendants reside in town, and for the last eighty years the name is not found in the town records. Lieutenant Joseph Prince seems to have been the only one of the original proprietors who settled in the township. He was from Salem village (now Danvers) and was proprietor in the right of his uncle, Richard Prince. According to an old plan, still in existence,
his land at one time extended from Bedford line westward to near where the village of Mont Vernon now stands. A family tradition says that he first located himself on the farm afterward owned by Nathan and Peter Jones, in Mont Vernon, but removed thence to the place now owned by Solomon Prince, in the easterly part of Amherst. Other settlers  followed not long afterward, many of them from Salem, and the
adjoining towns, but the progress of the settlement was slow. In  September 1741, but fourteen families settled in the township.

Efforts made by the proprietors to induce settlers to locate in the township, and sums of money were voted for the purpose, but the
distance from the seaport towns and the hardships attending the lives of settlers in a new settlement prevented a rapid growth of the place.
The French and Indian Wars, which commenced a few years later, also operated unfavorably to its progress.
September 8, 1735 the proprietors appointed Captain Mower, Lieutenant Rayment and Cornelius Tarble a committee to build a bridge
over the Souhegan river [it was built in the autumn and winter of that year]. On April 19, 1737 the proprietors voted that Capt. Ives, Capt. Majory, Capt. Hicks and Mr. Edward Bond, be paid forty pounds to build a saw-mill in Souhegan West No. upon Beaver Brook. February 14, 1737-8 the proprietors voted to a second division of land and appointed Capt. Joseph Parker, of Chelmsford, Ensign Thomas
Tarbox and Lieutenant Cornelius Tarble a committee to see it done. On July 11, 1738 the committee for dividing the town was added by
the names of Mr. John Wiles and Captain Ebenezer Rayment, and Mr. Joseph Richardson was apointed to serve in the place of Captain Joseph Parker.
On May 20, 1740, Solomon Wilkins had leave to take up sixty acres of land ajoining the falls in Souhegan River, the land to lay square, on condition he built a good grist-mill near the falls, keep it in repair, and at all times supplied the inhabitants of the township with meal for the lawful and customary toll. He appears to not have taken the offer, as in April 1741, it was voted to give Mr. John Shepherd 120 acres of land for a similar reason. Mr. Shepard was from Concord, Mass. He accepted the grant, built the mill, and became a citizen of the town.

In 1753, a petition for incorporation was presented to the Governor and Council by the citizens of Souhegan West, who were as follows
(by their signatures on the petition): Ephraim Abbot, Joshua Abbot, Josiah Abbot, Andrew Bixbe, Joseph Boutell, William Bradford,
Benjamin Cheever, Joseph Clark, Ebenezer Ellinwood, Ebenezer Ellinwood Jr., Joseph Ellinwood, John Everdon, Solomon Hutchinson, Samuel Lamson, Samuel Lamson Jr., Robert Read, Benjamin Lovejoy, Ebenezer Lyon, Hugh Ross, Josiah Sawyer, Andrew Seetown, John Smith, Joseph Steel, Samuel Stewart, William Stewart, Caleb Stiles, Robert Stuart,

**RESIDENT TAX-PAYERS in AMHERST, September 1760**
Ephraim Abbot, Joshua Abbot, Josiah Abbot, Ebenezer Averill, Thomas Averill, Andrew Bixby, Joseph Boutele, Kendal Boutele, Andrew Bradford, Samuel Bradford, William Bradford, David Burns, John Burns, Joseph Butterfield, Oliver Carlton, Benjamin Clark, Joseph Clark Jr., Thomas Clark, James Cochran, John Cole,  Jacob Curtice [sic Curtis], Benjamin Davis, John Davis, Benjamin  Dresser, Ebenezer Ellinwood, Ebenezer Ellinwood Jr., Jedediah Ellinwood, Joseph Ellinwood, Francis Elliott, Elisha Felton, Simeon Fletcher, Nathan Fuller, Richard Gould, Samuel Gray, David Hartshorn, John Harwood, Ephraim Hildreth, Amey Hobbs, William Hogg, Ebenezer Holt, Ebenezer Holt Jr., J. Holt, Isaac How, Solomon Hutchinson, William Jones, Nathan Kendall, Jonathan Lamson, Samuel Lamson, Samuel Lamson Jr., William Lancy, Abijah Lovejoy, Benjamin Lovejoy, Hezekiah Lovejoy, Joseph Lovejoy, Ephraim Lund, Ebenezer Lyon, Jonathan Lyon, John McClernand, Timothy McIntire, William Melendy, Reuben Mussey, William Odall, John Patterson, William Peabody, John Pettengill, Joseph Prince, Robert Read, Alexander Robinson, Samuel Robinson, Hannah Rollins, James Rollins, Hugh Ross, Andrew Seaton, John Seaton, Samuel Steaon, John Shepard, John Shepard Jr., Joseph Small, John Smith, Timothy Smith, Joseph Steel, Caleb Stiles, John Stuart, Robert Stuart, Samuel Stuart, Benjamin Taylor, Israel Towne, Israel Town Jr., Moses Towne, Thomas Towne, David Truel, Moses Truel, Caleb Upton, Thomas Wakefield, William Wallace, Davis Walton, Reuben Walton, John Washer,  Stephen Washer, John Wasson, Daniel Weston, Ebenezer Weston, Ebenezer Weston Jr. George Wiley, Amos Wilkins, Benjamin Wilkins, Daniel Wilkins, Lucy Wilkins, William Wilkins and Mary Wilkins (110  in all).

Among the heaviest tax-payers were William Peabody, whose tax was 46:18s:3d; Nathan Kendall, 39:11s:6d; Israel Towne, 34:1s:9d;
Joseph Prinace, 31p:7s:9d; and . . . JOSEPH STEELE, 30p:14s:3d. [A poll tax was 3p:7s:6d].

he charter of the town expiring by limitation on the 1st day of January 1762, a petition for its renewal was granted January 7th, same year.
The first dismemberment of Souhegan West took place June 1, 1750, when, by the amended charter of Merrimack, a strip of land and water, some thirteen hundred and eighty rods in length, and averaging about one hundred and twenty-five rods in width, was taken from Souhegan West and annexed to that town [Merrimack]. This change seems to have been overlooked by Governor Westworth at the time the
charter of Amherst was granted, its boundaries at that time being the same as those given in the original survey. This boundary contention remained unsettled until the autumn of 1832, when it was settled by a committee consisting of Benjamin M. Farley of Hollis, Jesse Bowers of Dunstable, and John Wallace of Milford.
The town of Monson received a charter from Governor Wentworth April 1, 1746. It was formerly a part of the town of Dunstable, as chartered by the General Court of Massachusetts, Oct. 16, 1673, and came under the jurisdiction of New Hampshire on the establishment of the boundary line between the provinces in 1741. The town of Hollis formed its southern boundary and the Souhegan River its northern boundary. In 1754 a petition was presented to the Governor and Council by the selectmen and other inhabitants of the town of Monson, asking that a portion of Souhegan West, ajoining that town, and embracing about one-third of the area of the township, might be annexed to Monson. On Oct 18, 1762, Daniel Bayley, Robert Colburn, William Colburn, William Colburn Jr., Samuel Hayden, Daniel Kendrick, Abraham Leman, Onesiphorous Marsh, Thomas Nevens, William Nevens, Zaccheus Shattuck, Joseph Stearns, Samuel Stearns Jr., Daniel Wheeler and James Wheeler, inhabitants of Monson, petitioned the Governor and Council to be annexed to Hollis, but the petition was dismissed June 3, 1763. On the 4th day of July 1770 a charter dividing the town of Monson between the towns of Amherst and Hollis received the sanction of Governor John Wentworth, and thus Monson died from among the towns of New Hampshire, after an existence of about twenty-four years. It died, seized and possessed of a "pound" said to have been the only public building ever erected within its borders.
Several other petitions were submitted to the General Court for new townships, which were denied.
The second, or northwest parish of Amherst, was organized June 30, 1781, and December 15, 1803 incorporated as the town of Mount [sic Mont] Vernon. The third or southwest parish was set off November 23, 1782, and incorporated January 11, 1794 as the town of Milford.

Benjamin Taylor, Israel Towne, Benjamin Wilkins, Daniel Wilkins, and Daniel Wilkins, Jr. No action seems to have been taken upon this petition.

In answer to a petition of the inhabitants of Souhegan West, the town was incorporated January 18, 1760. A meeting for the organization of the town, under the charter, was held at the meeting-house, February 20, 1760 at which Colonel JohN Goffe, was appointed to call the meeting, read the charter. Solomon Hutchinson was chosen town clerk, and was immediately sworn to the faithful execution and duties of the office. Colonel John Goffe was chosen moderator, and the town voted to accept the charter. Solomon Hutchinson, William Bradford, Reuben Mussey, Reuben Gould and Thomas Clark were chosen selectmen, David Hartshorn and Nathan Kendall tithingmen, and the other usual town officials were elected.


Nov  28, 1708 Salem, Essex, MA-
April 18, 1802 Washington, Sullivan, NH
Edward PUTNAM, Jr.
April 29, 1682 Salem Village, Essex, MA - Oct 23, 1755 Middleton, Essex, MA

July 04, 1654 Salem Village, Essex, MA-  Mar 10, 1746/47 Middleton, Essex, MA
(Brother of Thomas Putnam, Jr. and his wife Ann Carr- connected to Salem Witch Trials)
March 07, 1613/14-Aston Abbotts, Buckingham, Eng
May 05, 1686 Salem Village, MA
IMMIGRANT abt 1630
January 17, 1579/80 Aston Abbotts, Buckingham, Eng
.- December 30, 1662 Salem, Essex, MA IMMIGRANT abt 1630
Nicholas PUTNAM
1540-1598 Buckingham, Eng
1556-1618 Buckingham, Eng  ►
Priscilla GOULD  IMMIGRANT abt 1630
1586 Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, England - 1668 Salem, MA
Richard GOULD 
1553-1597 Buckingham, Eng
Elizabeth YOUNG
1555-1597 Buckingham, Eng
Prudence Ann (Edward) HOLYOKE
Bef. Jan 18, 1618/19 Eng-
Sept 01, 1665 USA
1585 Stratford-1660 Essex, MA
1565-1587 England
Elizabeth STROKES
1565-1615 England
1584 Stratford Eng-1665 MA.
1565-163 Stafford Eng
1564-abt 1629 England
July 15, 1660 Newbury, Essex, MA- March 10, 1746/47
Thomas Hale, III
11/18/1633 Herfordshire, Eng. - 10/22/1688 Essex, MA   IMMIGRANT
Thomas HALE, Jr.  IMMIG
1606 England-1682 Essex, MA
Thomas H. HALE
1575-1630 Hertsford, Eng
Thomasine DOWSETT  IM
1606 London -1683 Essex, MA
1580-? Eng.
12/28/1663 Nothinghamshire, Eng-
12/8/1715 MA. IMMIG
1602 Eng- Salem, MA IMMIG
1569-1618 Eng   ►
1605-1668 Salem, MA
1574 England
May 25, 1686 Concord, Middlesex, MA-Bef. 1735
John (Myles) MILES
?-Aug 26, 1693 Concord, Middlesex, MA
John (Myles) MILES
Abt. 1603 Wales or England -Concord, MA
IMMIGRANT bef 1639
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Susannah (Goodnowe) GOODENOW
Dec. 21, 1647 Sudbury, Middlesex, MA -Aft. Nov 1698
Thomas (Goodnowe) GOODENOW (widow of Rediat)     
Abt. 1608 Wilts, England-
Oct 1666  Middlesex, MA
IMM 24 Apr 1638 Confidence
1570 Dunhead, Eng.- Feb 6, 1618 Dunhead, St. Andrews, Eng
Abt. 1535-1593 England
Margaret UNKNOWN
Ursula (Hayne Fayme) HAYME
Abt. 1590-1634 Dunhead, Eng
Jane (Ruddick) RUDDOCK
1613 Wilts, England-
January 15, 1665/66 Concord, Middlesex, MA       
IMM 1638
John (Ruddocke Rudducke) RUDDICK  IMMIGRANT
Abt. 1590 Dorset, England-1693 Marlboro, Middlesex, MA
Abt. 1590 Dorset, England - May 09, 1686 Middlesex, MA