John Jehu Pyle Steele

John Jehu Pyle Steele has been extensively researched yet little is known about his parents and ancestors. As mentioned above, his parent’s names have been provided from an oral record of Steele family history obtained by John Yates, a descendant of John Jehu Pyle Steele through his daughter Sarah Elizabeth Steele. John Jehu Pyle Steele’s parents have been named as Thomas Steel and Sarah Ann Pyle, and are said to have had at least three sons: Thomas, John Jehu, and Samuel; and eight possible daughters, whose names are not known. Census records of 1830 suggest that Thomas and Sarah may have had five sons and three daughters.

The Thomas Steele (son of Thomas Steele) listed below can be found living in Clark County, Arkansas as early as the 1820’s. The area in which he lived eventually became a part of what is now Hempstead and Pike Counties in Arkansas. Thomas can be found living in Pike County on the 1840 census and in Hentpstead County on the 1850 census. There is no proof that he is the son of Thomas and Sarah, or the brother of John Jehu Pyle Steele, but there is circumstantial evidence that he may be. He is listed here as the son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Pyle Steele because of that circumstantial evidence and for the purpose of future research.

Children of THOMAS STEELE and SARAH PYLE are:

(2.)   i. JOHN JEHU PYLE2 STEELE, b. January 10, 1802, North Carolina; d. November 6, 1850, Ouachita County, Arkansas.
(3.)   ii. THOMAS STEELE, b. Abt. 1804, North Carolina; d. 1879, Comanche County, Texas.
         iii. SAMUEL STEELE, b. Bet. 1800 - 1820.
         iv. "DAUGHER 1" STEELE, b. Bet. 1810 - 1815.
         v. "DAUGHTER 2" STEELE, b. Bet. 1815 - 1820.
         vi. "DAUGHTER 3" STEELE, b. Bet. 1820 - 1825.
         vii. "SON 5" STEELE, b. Bet. 1825 - 1830.
         viii. "SON 6" STEELE, b. Bet. 1825 - 1830.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN JEHU PYLE2 STEELE (THOMAS1)3,4,5 was born January 10, 1802 in North Carolina, and died November 6, 1850 in Ouachita County, Arkansas. He married CHRISTENA BARGER August 27, 1829 in Henderson County, Tennessee, daughter of HENRY BARGER and MARY BRUNER. She was born November 23, 1810 in North Carolina, and died November 25, 1877 in Nevada County, Arkansas.


To all persons interested in the Lands, tenements and hereditaments of J.P. STEELE deceased.
You are hereby notified to be and appear before the Probate Court of Lafayette county, State of Mississippi on the third Monday in January, A.D. 1854, then and there to show course, if any you can, why the following described land, viz: one hundred and ten acres more or less it being the south part of the north west quarter of section 29, town 10, range 3 west, should not be sold according to the suggestion and petition of the undersigned, administrator of said deceased.

Nov 22, 1853 n31 6w

Burial: Old Steele Cemetery, Ouachita County, Arkansas
Occupation: Millwright, silent partner in a tannery in Mississippi, Farmer.
Political Party: Whig
Religion: Methodist Episcopal Church, South

Christina moved from Ouachita County to Pike County, Arkansas after the death of her second husband Hiram Medlock in 1858. In 1859 she moved to Nevada County (then Hempstead County, Arkansas) where she lived until her death.
Christina's tombstone has her name spelled "Christena" and gives her age at death as "67 yrs., 2 days".

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