b. 1819, d. 5 January 1898
Edward Steer
FatherEdward Steer1 b. c Jun 1798, d. 9 Feb 1842
MotherAnn Field Dalton1 b. 1798, d. 1876

Birth, Death, Marriage

Edward Steer was born in 1819 in Crockham Hill, Kent, England.2 
He was christened on 15 February 1820 in Westerham, Kent, England.1 
He married Ann Dutnall, daughter of George Dutnall and Maria Heale, on 31 October 1844 in Croydon parish, Surrey county, England.3 
He married Agnes Borrett on 10 July 1872 in Adelaide, South Australia.2,4,5 
He died on 5 January 1898 in Wellington, South Australia.4,2 

Family 1

Ann Dutnall b. 1827, d. 25 Jul 1864
Children

Family 2

Agnes Borrett b. 1846, d. 21 Sep 1922
Children
ChartsMcDonald, Irene, pedigree chart
Steer, Edward, descendant chart

Story

Within a 13 km radius area just south of London, Edward was born, married Ann Dutnall, and worked as a farm bailiff to support their growing family. The family travelled to South Australia in 1852. They lived near Langhorne Creek where six more children were born. Sadly, Ann and their tenth child died during childbirth in 1864. In 1872 at age 53, he married Agnes Borrett and they had three more children.

Edward was a farmer, timber miller and hotelier in areas variously given as Lake Plains, Langhorne Creek, Wolseley, Milang, Robe, Strathalbyn and Wellington. He died in Wellington in 1898.

 
In 1841, Edward, Ann and seven of the family were shown living in Crockham Hill in the parish of Westerham in Kent.6
 
Edward and Ann's UK Family
Edward and Ann were both born in Westerham in Kent. They married in nearby Croydon, just south of London in 1844. Four children were born nearby in Surrey, Maria in Reigate, Anna in Leigh, and Caroline and George in Charlwood. Edward was a farm bailiff, someone who collected rent from tenant farmers and inspected their work. Perhaps this occupation explained why the family moved several times within a few years.7,8
 
From Surrey to South Australia
The couple decided to moved their family to the other side of the world. With George less than a year old, they set sail from Plymouth on the Sultana in June 1852. They arrived in Adelaide 16 weeks later on 7 October 1852.9
 
Edward and Ann's Aussie Family
The family settled in the Lake Plains area of South Australia near Langhorne Creek and Milang, where six more children were born between 1853 and 1864.

At least Edward (1853), Philip (1855) and Frederick (1859) were born in Langhorne Creek, and probably also Charlotte (1857), Alice (1862) and Robert (1864).

Sadly, Ann died in 1864, almost certainly during the birth of Robert Dalton Steer whose year of birth and death are also 1864. The second name, Dalton, is Ann's mother's maiden name. Ann was 41 years old and is buried in Milang, South Australia.2
 
Family of Edward and Agnes
At age 53, eight years after the death of his first wife, Edward married Agnes Borrett and the family moved to the Bordertown area. They are shown as having three more sons, John Borrett Steer (1873, Robe district), Erskine Steer (1875, Wellington district) and Albert Watson Steer (1877, Strathalbyn district).4,2,10
Agnes & Edward Steer
Mulgundawa Hotel
Edward and Agnes later moved back near Lake Alexandrina. Edward became the proprietor of the Mulgundawa Hotel near Wellington, where he died in 1898.11,4
Mulgundawa Hotel, near Wellington SA, Edward Steer proprietor

Citations

  1. [S309] International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  2. [S99] Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885, South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society Inc., May 1986, p. 1539.
  3. [S401] Edward Steer and Ann Dutnall, marriage registration no. 82, 31 October 1844.
  4. [S366] The Steer Family: Descendants of Frederick Steer & Mary Ann Moar, booklet, unpublished.
  5. [S365] Trevor & Tricia Steer, personal communication, 31 October 2014.
  6. [S197] UK Census 1841, Edward Steer household, Crockham Hill, Westerham parish, Kent.
  7. [S127] UK Census 1851, parish of Charlwood.
  8. [S309] International Genealogical Index (IGI), batch no. 7724428, sheet 52, viewed 10 June 1999.
  9. [S364] South Australia, passenger lists 1847-1886.
  10. [S368] Genealogy SA online database search, index, Steer births 1875 +/- 3 years.
  11. [S365] Trevor & Tricia Steer, personal communication, 2 July and 31 October 2014.