Ransom Steele

2 September 1798–15 September 1862 (Age 64)
Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Ransom

When Ransom Steele was born on 2 September 1798, in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, his father, Daniel Steele, was 30 and his mother, Margaret Welton, was 27. He married Betsy Beecher on 4 October 1821, in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Waukegan, Lake, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Lake, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 15 September 1862, in Connecticut, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake, Illinois, United States.

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Ransom Steele
Betsy Beecher
Marriage: 4 October 1821
Margaret A. Steele
Homer B. Steele

Spouse and Children


    Betsy Beecher


4 October 1821
Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States


    Margaret A. Steele


    Homer B. Steele


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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 2

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 4

"In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 21

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English stele ‘steel’, hence a nickname for someone considered as hard and durable as steel, or metonymic occupational name for a foundry worker.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ranssom Steele in household of Charles R Steele, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Ransom Steele, "United States Census, 1830"
  • Ransom Steele, "United States Census, 1850"

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