Martha Ann Steele

Brief Life History of Martha Ann

When Martha Ann Steele was born on 10 November 1845, in St. Clair, Illinois, United States, her father, Thomas Steele, was 41 and her mother, Sarah Lindley, was 35. She married William Joseph Hawthorne on 12 August 1862, in Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Blue Mounds, Dane, Wisconsin, United States in 1850 and Beatie Township, Benton, Arkansas, United States in 1880. She died on 5 October 1905, in Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States, at the age of 59.

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William Joseph Hawthorne
Martha Ann Steele
Marriage: 12 August 1862
William Henry Hawthorne
Ida May "Addie" Hawthorne
Clark S Hawthorne
Claude Washburn Hawthorne
Harry W Hawthorne

Sources (5)

  • Martha Hawthorn in household of William J Hawthorn, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary A Steel in entry for Addie M Langwell, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"
  • Martha Steel in household of Thomas Steel, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English stel(e) ‘steel’, perhaps used for someone considered as hard and durable as steel, or for a foundry worker.

English: variant of Stile .

Scottish: habitational name from one or more of the places called Steel(e) or Steill in Ayrshire, Berwickshire, and Dumfriesshire, from Scots steel ‘steep bank, spur of a ridge’.

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

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