Rev William Steer

(15 December 1681 - 2 January 1745/46)
     Rev William Steer was christened on 15 December 1681 in St Peter, Sheffield, Yorkshire. He was the son of William Steer and Sarah Ludlam.
     William matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge University, from 1701 to 1705. Admitted sizar (aged 18) St John's 14 April 1701, son of & heir of William, cutler. School - Sheffield, Mr Drake. Matric 1701, B.A. 1704/5, M.A. 1708. Incorporated at Oxford 1708.
     In 1704 he paid rent with John Beighton at Westnall, Bradfield £17/10/- and at Hill house (alone) £10/3/11.
     William matriculated at St John's College, Oxford University, from 1705 to 1708. Gaining a Master of Arts. William was an Anglican clergyman at Yorkshire, from 1705 to 1746. M.A. 1708, deacon (York) 3 June 1705, priest 2 June 1706. Presented to the living of Ecclesfield in 1708 by Thomas Gill, who had obtained the presentation from the Duke of Norfolk. Prebendary of York 1713. He was a prebendary of Warthill from 1713-1746
     Incorporated at Oxford 1708. Deacon 1705, Priest 1706. Vicar of Ecclesfield 1708-45. Prebend of York 1713-46. Married Ann, daughter of Rev. Robert Bankes, vicar of Hull. Died 2 Jan 1745/6. Buried Ecclesfield. [F.M.G. 817; N & Q 2nd series, iv. 219].
     Vicar Bosvile was succeeded by William Steer, who was presented July 23 1708, by Thomas Gill, gent. who had bought or otherwise obtained the presentation from the Duke of Norfolk. Vicar Steer was the eldest son of William Steer, of Darnall, gent. who was buried at Attercliffe in 1726. His younger brother Charles was presented by him to the living of Bradfield and held it from 1725-1741, whe he resigned on being appointed to the rectory of Hansworth, purchased for him by his father, and which he held until his death in 1752.
     Vicar Steer was canon of York, and the last of the old deans of Doncaster, and seems to have taken a most active part in the affairs of his own parish, for his name appears in connexion with everything, church, schools, feoffee fund, workhouse, charities, and vestry proceedings. His sermons, some of which are still preserved in the family, were in what would now be considered a quaint but impressive style.
     1706 - Deed Poll under the hands and seals of Thomas Duke of Norfolk and others granting to William Steer the advowson and free disposition of the rectory of the Parish Church of Handsworth near Sheffield.
     Vicar Steer was the eldest son of William Steer, of Darnall, gent. who was buried at Attercliffe in 1726. His younger brother Charles was presented by him to the living of Bradfield and held it from 1725-1741, whe he resigned on being appointed to the rectory of Hansworth, purchased for him by his father, and which he held until his death in 1752.
     Eastwood, 1862 states that Of the 2 Steers, Messrs Cooper record that William Steer was born at Darnall, educated in Sheffield School under Mr Drake, admitted sizar of St John's College [Cambridge] April 5 1701 at 18 B.A. 1704/5. Charles Steer was born at Sheffield, educated at Beighton School under Mr Drake, admitted sizar of St John's September 10th 1718, B.A.1722/3. The Rev. Charles Best Robinson in his history of the Peculiar of Snaith (p.108) has shown that Vicar Steer was not the last of the Deans of Doncaster. He had 2 River Don shares. Prebendary of York & Dean of Doncaster [So Y Vol I].
     Rev William Steer and Ann Banks obtained a marriage licence on 31 May 1709 in York, Yorkshire.
     Rev William Steer married Ann Banks, daughter of Rev Robert Banks and Margaret Thornton, on 1 June 1709 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
     On July 30 1711 in the assessment for the maintenance of highways for Sheffield: Wm Steer - more Stones Land.
     April 17 1712 - William Steer, vicar of Ecclesfield lets to Joseph Swickett of chapelry of Bradfield busbandman - one thrie part into 3 parts divided of the Rectory of Bradfield (Note that Swickett left money to Steer in his will).
     In William Steer's will dated 27 August 1725 in Darnall, Sheffield, Rev William Steer was named as heir.      He was to inherit his father's dwelling house at Darnall together with the orchard and croft thereunto belonging... and the close called the Lock Close lying at Darnall afsd and a piece of land abutting upon the place called .... in Darnall afsd containing 34 yards thereabouts in length and about 14 yards in breadth now in the occupation of Benjamin Hoyland, and also all his lands called the Falcons or Falconers Wood lying the parish of Aston afsd now held ... for 10 years by John Brinsworth of Staley als Stavely in the county of Derby, butcher and the close called the Wear Close lying in the parish of Aston afsd near the said lands called the Falconers containing 5 acres; In the name of God Amen, I William Steer of Darnall in the parish of Sheffield and county of York, chapman, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following ... all my estates both real and personal with the payment of my just debts, legacies and funeral expenses
All my messuages lands and tenements whatsoever lying in the several parishes of Sheffield Rotherham Aston and Hansworth als Handsworth in the county of York I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Sarah Steer for and during the term of her natural life if she continues a widow in my name I also give and bequeath unto my loving wife all my ready money and all my mortgage bonds in bills and other securities whatsoever and all my personal estate whatsoever if she continues a widow in my .... but if she marries then I will that my several children hereafter mentioned to whom I devise the several parts of my real estate shall immediately after her marriage enter upon the several shares and parts of my real estate to them hereby devised and receive and take the rents and profits of the same to their own use and benefit And I also will if my said wife shall marry she shall be accountable to my children for all my personal estate that she shall have possessed herself of and after her marriage I give and devise all my personal estate whatsoever to my eight children
William George Joseph John Benjamin Charles Elizabeth the wife of Edmund Swift of Darnall and Ann the wife of William Binks of Darnall to be equally divided among them
And whereas in 1706 I purchased of the most noble Thomas Duke of Norfolk the first and next presentation and nomination and free disposition to the rectory of parochial church of Hansworth als Handsworth when the same should first and next happen to be vacant now I do herby give and devise the same to unto my said loving wife upon this trust and consideration that she present my son Charles to the same when it shall happen to be vacant or if my son Charles should die before the
said rectory happens to be vacant then that she present to the same when it shall happen to be vacant my grandson William Steer son of my eldest son William Steer of Ecclesfield in the county of York, clerk, or such one of my grandchildren are at that time when a vacancy shall happen shall be capable of taking the said presentation but I give my said loving wife full power and authority with the consent of my son Charles to dispose of the said dispensation in what manner my said son Charles and she shall think fit for his benefit and advantage.
I give to my said eight children five pounds a piece to buy them mourning my dwelling house at Darnall together with the orchard and croft thereunto belonging... and the close called the Lock Close lying at Darnall afsd and a piece of land abutting upon the place called .... in Darnall afsd containing 34 yards thereabouts in length and about 14 yards in breadth now in the occupation of Benjamin Hoyland I give and devise and bequeath after the death or second marriage of my wife unto my eldest son William Steer afsd his heirs and assigns for ever and also all my lands called the Falcons or Falconers Wood lying the parish of Aston afsd now held ... for 10 years by John Brinsworth of Staley als Stavely in the county of Derby, butcher I give .. to my said son William his heirs and assigns for ever the close called the Wear Close lying in the parish of Aston afsd near the said lands called the Falconers containing 5 acres
I give ... to my son Joseph Steer of Sheffield, mercer, 200 pounds the close called the Mill Close containing 3 acres and the close called Chappel Bank containing one acre in Aston afsd
And also all those six closes called the Strattens? in Handsworth ... 18 acres to my son Charles Steer of Bradfield, Yks, clerk ...
my son John shall have receive and take to his own use the profits of the coal pits that are now wrought in the closes called High Hassells in Rotherham and shall have full liberty to sink pits and get coal in any part of the closes called High Haswell and shall have free leave for passage of Horses and carriages to the same thought the farm called Savage Bushes lying in the parish of Handsworth afsd ... and those five closes called High Hassell lying in the parish of Rotherham and the farm called Savage Bushes in the parish of Handsworth which I hold in lease from Thomas Duke of Norfolk
I give to my daughter Ann wife of William Binks of Darnall the dwelling house at Darnall he now lives in for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease I give and devise the same to Steer Binks son of the said William and Ann Binks his heirs and assigns for ever ... but I will that during his minority the rents received by his father William Binks to him the said William Binks own use and benefit ...
I desire my son William Steer to be aiding and assisting to his mother in the performing of this my will ... to be kind to such of my children as have had the least portion from me in my lifetime and of this my last will and testament ... my said wife my sole executrix I now put my hand 27 August 1725. William Steer his mark. ... Witnessed by Mary Twigg, Jonathan White, Ro: Chappell.

     In 1730 & 31 Mr Steer was listed in Bradfield Poor Lay [subsidy?].
     William was registered as William Steer, cl. of Ecclesfield at Yorkshire, on the 1741 electoral roll. He voted for C Turner, esq.
     William Steer, clerk, was a defendant in a pew dispute in 1743.
     Rev William Steer made a will dated 17 May 1745 in Ecclesfield. Extracts from the will of William Steer, Vicar of Ecclesfield: his wife Ann, daughters Ann, Jane, Elizabeth & Mary, his son William, curate of Swinton, his brother Charles Steer Rector of Hansworth, his son Robert £26 having already expended £674 in putting him apprentice, in keeping him in St Thomas' hospital 1 year and at Paris another and since to set him up over and above the £60 he cost me in clothes and pocket money during his apprenticeship ... his son Charles £620 having paid better than £80 putting him apprentice ... I owe my daughter Mary £50 the legacy of Lady Whichcote; 20/- a year for the parish of Ecclesfield to be laid out in bread and distributed by the church wardens the first Sunday in every month... Whereas the ... of my prebend of Warthill that lies at Axminster, Membury and Kilmington with a moiety of the tithes of the same and of the Lordship of Prostaller in Devon is fallen into my hands and now let by lease bearing date March 7, 1744, to my brother Charles Steer, rector of Hansworth, to my brother Benjamin Steer of Sheffield, to my nephew Joseph Steer of Sheffield money for three lives in trust for my family I give and devise the said lease and the estate therein... dear wife and our seven children before named viz Wiliam, Robert, Charles, Anne, Jane, Elizabeth and Mary and their heirs and assigns .... and I constitute and appoint my dearest wife Anne and my brother Mr Charles Steer, Rector of Hansworth joint executors Signed W Steer.
     William died on 2 January 1745/46 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire, aged 64. He died at the age of 64, January 2nd 1745, and was buried in the churchyard, by the side of Vicar Wright, where an altar tomb, lately restored by some of his female descendants of the same name, living near Pontefract, marks the resting place of himself, of Anne his wife, who was the daughter of the Rev. Robert Banks, Vicar of Hull, of the family of Sir Joseph Banks, and died May 17 1759, and of Sarah his daughter, who died February 2 1739 aged 28 years.

Vicar Steer left a small bequest to the poor of the parish, which has since been lost; and upon an inquisition after his death, in 1746, it appeared that he died seized of sundry acres of land in the various townfields, which he had purchased from Widow Bayley, and from the widow the Rev. Francis Poole, late curate and schoolmaster. These he devised by will to Anne his wife, for her life provided she continued unmarried, with remainder ... to his 4 daughters ... Jane was then the wife of John Cutforthey of Rotherham surgeon, Elizabeth of Robert Fretwell of Wakefield, merchant; and Mary of Joseph Banks of London, gent, (afterwards LL.D. and Chancellor of York). Ann married the Rev Edmund Beatson, Vicar of Ilkley and the family can boast of many other good connexions). Mrs Steer had 2 other daughters, Millicent & Sarah, but they both died, unmarried in their father's lifetime. He had also 3 sons:- William Steer, bapt May 4 1710, took holy orders and died unmarried. Robert Steer of Wakefield, surgeon, bapt Oct 22 1713, married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Popplewell of Temple Belwood Lincoln, from whom numerous descendants. He died Oct 24, 1773. Charles Steer, of Wakefield, merchant (baptised March 11, 1724) had for his first wife Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Fretwell, of Gringley (married at Bawtry Aug 16 1748) by whom he had one child Elizabeth, who married the Rev John Lonsdale, Vicar of Darfield (1768-1807), whose sons were the Right Rev John Lonsdale D.D. Lord Bisop of Lichfield, and the Rev Henry Lonsdale, late Vicar of St Mary's Lichfield, who married Ann-Maria, daughter of John Pemberton Heywood, of Wakefield, Esq. and had a numerous family. Charles Steer married for his second wife, Sarah, daughter of Rev John Allot, Vicar of South Kirkby and had many children; the eldest of whom William Steer, married a sister of Rev Richard Monkhouse D.D. Vicar of Wakefield (1805-1810). He was buried on 4 January 1745/46 in Ecclesfield. There is an epitaph to Vicar Steer inscribed on a tablet of marble affixed to the south wall with the communion rails. This monument has recently been restored by Mr Steer, of Sheffield; at the top is a shield of arms, Or, a mullet sable, pierced of the field, for Steer; impaling Banks, sable, a cross, or, between four fleur-de-lis, argent.
     He is buried with his wife and daughter next to the east wall of the church [behind the altar] - flat slabs for the Vicar and his daughter and his wife's raised about 6 inches .Here lies the body of the Rev Mr William Steer, Vicar of Ecclesfield who departed this life 2nd day of January 1745 aged 64.

     His will was proved on 3 July 1746 at the Prerogative Court of York. On the third day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty six the last will and testament of the Rev. William Steer, Clerk late Vicar of Ecclesfield in the Diocese of York deceased, passed by the seal of this Burt and execution and administration of his goods etc., was granted to Ann Steer widow and relict and Charles Steer, brother and Joint executors they having been first sworn before the worshipful Francis Topham Doctor of Laws, Surrogate , Etc., (saving any other persons right) no inventory was exhibited but bond is entered.

Children of Rev William Steer and Ann Banks

Ann Banks

(15 April 1684 - 17 May 1759)
     Ann Banks was christened on 15 April 1684 in Hooton Roberts, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Rev Robert Banks and Margaret Thornton. Ann Banks was listed in the household of Rev Robert Banks paying tax in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, between 1695 and 1697.
     Ann Banks and Rev William Steer obtained a marriage licence on 31 May 1709 in York, Yorkshire.
     Ann Banks married Rev William Steer, son of William Steer and Sarah Ludlam, on 1 June 1709 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
     In Joseph Banks's will dated 27 July 1726, Ann Banks was named as heir; Joseph Banks left in his will dated 27 July 1726. £5000 for my niece Steer and her children to be equally divided amongst them ... £3000 for my nephew Joseph Banks and his children ... his niece Wilkinson £1000... she had no issue, Millicent Steer £1000, his cousin Capt John Harris. Ann became Elizabeth Popplewell Steer's godmother at her christening on 12 June 1753 in All Saints Cathedral, Wakefield, Yorkshire.
     In 1753 Mrs Steer was living at Wakefield, when she and the four daughters mentioned, surrendered the said lands in the Manor Court to the use of Housley Freeman.
     Ann Banks made a will dated 22 December 1755 in Wakefield. Will of Ann Steer of Wakefield, widow, relict of William Steer late of Ecclesfield clerk ... to be buried at Ecclesfield with her husband ... my sister Millicent Bankes of Kingston upon Hull, spinster ... my son Robert Steer executor, my seven children William, Robert, Charles, Ann, Jane Cutforthey, Elizabeth Fretwell & Mary Bankes.
     Ann died on 17 May 1759 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, aged 75. She was buried in with her husband and daughter at St Mary's, Ecclesfield. Here lies the body of Anne, widow of the Revered William Steer, Vicar of Ecclesfield who died May 17 1759.
     Her will was proved on 27 July 1759 at Lincolnshire. See also the accounts of Robert Steer executor to Mrs Ann Steer.

Children of Ann Banks and Rev William Steer

Rev Robert Banks

(22 June 1650 - 3 November 1714)
     Rev Robert Banks was born on 22 June 1650 in Beck Hall, Giggleswick, Yorkshire. He was the son of Robert Banks and Margaret Frankland.
     Robert was educated from circa 1665 at Giggleswick Grammar School, Giggleswick, Yorkshire. Robert Banks, son of Robert Banks, Beck Hall, Giggleswick; Christ's College, Cambridge, May 1667; BA 1670; MA 1675. Rector of Thryburgh, near Rotherham, 20 Jun 1671-78; Recctor of Hooton Roberts 9 Aug 1678; Vicar of Conisburgh 12 March 1679-81; Vicar of Holy Trinity Hull 6 May 1689-95. Prebendary fo Southwell 26 Feb 1688-95; of York (Stettingdon) 8 May 1695 till his death 1714. Author of a Sermon on Psalm xxix 136, 20 Sep699, to a Society for the Reformation of Manners.
     Robert matriculated at Christs' College, Cambridge University, on 3 May 1667. Robert Banks was admitted sizar (aged 17) at Christ's 3 May 1667. Son of Robert, of Beck Hall, Giggleswick. Born there. School - Giggleswick. Matric 1667, B.A. 1670/1, M.A. 1675. Robert was a clergyman from 1671. Robert was Rector at Thrybergh, Yorkshire, from 29 June 1671 to 1678.
     Rev Robert Banks married Margaret Thornton, daughter of Robert Thornton and Clare Sperry?, on 10 June 1678 in Darrington, Yorkshire. Robert Banks, parson of Huton Robard & Margaret Thornton, married the 10th June 1678. Robert was the Rector at Hooton Roberts, Yorkshire, from 9 August 1678. Robert was the Vicar at Conisburgh, Yorkshire, from 12 March 1679/80 to 1681.
     Rev Robert Banks was named in the militia list taken in 1680 in Hooton Roberts, Yorkshire. Hutton Roberts: the only entry is for Mr Robert Banks who was chargable for one pikeman.
     It would appear that he was privy to the secret burial of the Earl Strafford (beheaded 1641) as he buried "the execellent Lady Elizabeth, the Countess of Strafford" on April 11 1688. She had asked to be buried at night with no marker, and it seems that she joined her husband and daughter in a shallow grave under the flagstones of the church. Their remains were unearthed in 1912.
     Rev Robert Banks lived at Hooton Roberts, Yorkshire, 1688. He was still living at Hooton Roberts as clerk in 1688, when he concurred with the sale of his father's house. Robert was Prebendary at Southwell, Nottinghamshire, from 26 February 1688/89 to 1695. Prebendary of Southwell 26 Feb 1688-95; of York (Stettington) 8 May 1695 till his death 1714. Author of a Sermon on Psalm cxix 136, 20 Sep 1699, to a Society for the Reformation of Manners. Robert was the vicar at Holy Trinity, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, from 6 May 1689. On 26 May 1689 William III wrote to the mayor and corporation of Kingston upon Hull acknowledging receipt of an instrument under their seal nominating Banks as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hull, requesting the royal approval of Bank's election, in accordance with the Act of Chas II separating Trinity Chapel from Hessle and making it a parish church; the request was granted. Banks canvassed at a parliamentary election for Benjamin Isaacs, who was a Jew, and it was said that dame Banks was descended from a Jewish family.      
Rev Robert Banks paid the poll tax between 1695 and 1697 in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire. 1695 Poll tax: Mr Robert Bankes, Prebend, Mrs Margt Bankes, Robert Bankes, Ann Bankes, Hamond Bankes, Wm Bankes dead, Sarh.? Bankes dead, Eliz. Bankes, Milissant Bankes, Joseph Bankes.
1697: Mr Robt Banks, widd. and 5/6 children
. Robert was Prebend at York, Yorkshire, between 1696 and 1715.
     Rev Robert Banks was mentioned in the will of Rev Richard Frankland dated 27 September 1698.
     Rev Robert Banks married secondly Millicent Rodes on 21 January 1700 in Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire. She was the widow of Charles Hutton of Poppleton, Yks. She had no issue.
     19 Aug 1707: The fine levied by Joshua Rayner of Gt. Houghton and Mary his wife to Robert Banks of Kingston-upon-Hull, clerk and another of 5 messuages, 4 cottages, 100 acres of land, 40 acres of meadow, 100 acres of pasture, 40 acres of heath in Woodhouse; Beghall or Beal, par. Kellington, and Skelmanthorpe par. High Hoyland. shall be for payment of debts of the said Mary, contracted before her marriage and to raise the portions of her children by her first marriage with William Rodes, deceased.
     Robert died on 3 November 1714 in Hull, Yks, aged 64.

Children of Rev Robert Banks and Margaret Thornton