Millicent Banks

(before 1690 - after 1745?)
     Millicent Banks was born before 1690 in England. She was the daughter of Rev Robert Banks and Margaret Thornton. Millicent Banks was listed in the household of Rev Robert Banks paying tax in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, between 1695 and 1697.
     In Joseph Banks's will dated 27 July 1726, Millicent 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.
     Millicent died after 1745? In Hull, Yks. She was mentioned in Ann Steer's will of 1745. She was a spinster..
     Millicent Banks was mentioned in the will of Ann Banks dated 22 December 1755.

Robert Steer

(22 October 1713 - 24 October 1773)
     Robert Steer was christened on 22 October 1713 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire. He was the son of Rev William Steer and Ann Banks.
Robert Steer was apprenticed on 29 October 1730 in Wakefield. Thomas Holmes of Wakefield, apothecary - Robert son of Willoiam Steer, clerk, indenture dated 29 October and duty paid 23 Nov 1730. Robert was a surgeon of Wakefield, Bawtry & Sandtoft. In his father's will dated 1745 he was bequeathed "£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 ...".
Robert Steer was mentioned in the register of duties paid for apprentices' indentures on 24 September 1747 in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Robert Steer of Wakefield, surgeon. paid the duty on Edward, son of Eliz Jennings.
     A marriage settlement between Robert Steer and Elizabeth Popplewell was made on 4 July 1752. Copy of marriage articles: Elizabeth Popplewell younger daughter of Richard Popplewell decd., and Robert Steer of Wakefield, surgeon.
     Robert Steer married Elizabeth Popplewell, daughter of Richard Popplewell and Elizabeth Smith, on 6 July 1752 in Belton, Lincolnshire.
     In Rev William Steer's will dated 1 May 1756 in Wath upon Dearne, Robert Steer was named as heir; I William Steer of Wath in Yks ... I give and devise unto my brother Robert Steer all my lands and tenements real estate ... in Darnall and the parish of Sheffield... my gown and cassock and my library of books and all my sermons pamphlets and book cases Also I give unto my brother Charles Steer or his executors all sums of money which they shall owe ... divided between my four own sisters Ann Jane Elizabeth or Betty and Mary provided they all survived ... my said brother Charles Steer to be executor ... Signed Wm Steer.
On 4 May 1757 Robert Steer purchased property in Bawtry, Blyth, Yorkshire, England, on 4 May 1757. It was described as a messuage against the Shambles.
On 6 October 1758 Robert Steer sold property in Bawtry, Blyth, Yorkshire. It was described as a dwelling house in Bawtry High St, against the Shambles. Robert and Elizabeth was the previous owner of the land sold on 30 April 1762 in Bawtry, Blyth Yorkshire.
     Title Deeds, Belton in Axholme - ref. Dent/1/1. Freehold properties coming to Harsley family. Lease and release. - ref. Dent/1/1/3/32-3 - date: 15-16 May, 1769 - Robert Steer of Sandtoft, esq. to Thomas Harsley of Belton Woodhouse, yeoman.
Surrender of the copyhold - ref. Dent/1/1/3/34 - date: 12 Oct. 1769: Listed above, Steer to Harsley
Exchange - ref. Dent/1/1/3/35 - date: 16 May, 1769 - Robert Steer and Elizabeth his wife as above to Thomas Harsley
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     Bargain and Sale with Feoffment: 28 May 1770.
Description: 1. Robert Steer of Sandtoft, parish of Belton, esq., and Elizabeth his wife (one of the daughters and co-heirs of Richard Popplewell of Temple Belwood, esq),
2. Thomas Johnson junior of Crowle, gent,
3. Thomas Bentley of Crowle, miller.
Wind corn mill in Crowle called the "West Mill", with Milhill and materials, from 1. to 3., with 2. appointed by 1. as attorney to enter and take possession and seisin of the said mill
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     Robert Steer made a will dated 8 August 1771 in Sandtoft, Belton, Lincolnshire. This is the last will and testament of me Robert Steer of Sandtoft in the county of Lincoln esquire as follows... First I give and devise all those my three freehold shares of and in the navigation of the River Dunn and also all that my freehold messuage dwellinghouse or tenement and two closes of land situate lying and being at Darnall in the county of York and now or late in the hands of Messrs Binks or their assigns and also all that my one fourth part of all that copyhold messuage, dwellinghouse or tenement and two closes of land situate lying and being at Belton in the county of Lincoln afsd and now or late in the tenure of Robert Lambert or his assigns and also all that my one other copyhold messuage dwellinghouse or tenement croft and one close of land situate ...at Belton afsd and now or late in the tenure of Matthias Dale or his assigns and also all that my one other copyhold messuage dwellinghouse or tenement croft and one close of land situate ...at Belton afsd and now or late in the tenure of the Reverend Mr Clough Or his assigns with the rents issues and profits thereof of the said copyhold premises (being already surrendered tot he use of my will) unto my dear wife Elizabeth and her assigns until my son Richard Steer shall attain the age of 21 then I give and devise all the said freehold and copyhold shares messuages lands tenements hereditaments and premises abovementioned... unto my said son Richard Steer his heirs and assigns for ever
I also give and bequeath all my personal estate goods and chattels whatsoever and wheresoever unto my brother Charles Steer of Wakefield, co. York, merchant and my worthy friend John Dawson of Doncaster in the same county, Doctor in Physick upon this special trust and confidence in them reposed and to the intent and purpose ... they shall take a schedule or inventory of the same as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and there to permit and suffer my said dear wife to use and enjoy the same during her natural life in case she continues my widow but not otherwise she giving sufficient security to them the said Charles Steer & John Dawson ... (in case she shall happen to marry or die which shall first happen) ... his brother Charles and sisters Ann, Jane, Elizabeth & Mary.... His wife, brother & John Dawson to be executors
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     Robert died on 24 October 1773 in Belton, LIN, aged 60. Memorial in Belton church: Also lieth the body of Robt Steere, esq. late of Sandtoft, he departed this life the 24th of Oct. 1773, aged 60 years.. He was buried on 26 October 1773 in Belton.

Children of Robert Steer and Elizabeth Popplewell

Elizabeth Popplewell

(12 July 1718 - 11 March 1780)
     Elizabeth Popplewell was christened on 12 July 1718 in Belton, Lincolnshire. She was called Betty at her marriage in 1752. She was the daughter of Richard Popplewell and Elizabeth Smith.
     Elizabeth Popplewell was mentioned in the will of Elizabeth Hunsley dated February 1735. She received a bible from Elizabeth Smith in 1751. The bible is inscribed: Elizabeth Popelwell, the gift of my mother, 1751.
     A marriage settlement between Elizabeth Popplewell and Robert Steer was made on 4 July 1752. Copy of marriage articles: Elizabeth Popplewell younger daughter of Richard Popplewell decd., and Robert Steer of Wakefield, surgeon.
     Elizabeth Popplewell married Robert Steer, son of Rev William Steer and Ann Banks, on 6 July 1752 in Belton, Lincolnshire.
At Martinmas (11 November) 17 Elizabeth Popplewell sold property. Final concord re settlement of Temple Belwood Estate, Martimas, 26 Geo II (1752) whereby John Shaw purchased [part of?] estate for £1456.
Between John Shawe, Gent., and Alan Johnson, Gent., & Katherine his wife and Robert Steer, Gent., & Elizabeth his wife deforcients of the manor of Temple Belwood with the appurts and 26 messuages, 20 cottages, 20 crofts, 4 corn windmills, 400 acres of land, 400 acres of meadow, 400 acres of pasture, 50 acres of gorse and heath, 50 acres of moor, common of pastures for all cattle and common of turbary with the appurts in Belton, Beltoft, Belwood, Epworth, Crowle, Ealand, Haxey, Low Burnham, West Butterwick, Diddythorpe, Luddington and in the parishes of Belton, Epworth, Crowle, Haxey, Althorpe and Owston and in the Isle of Axholme and also of the Rectory of Crowle with the appurts and moreover of all tythes, oblations, obventions, portions of tythes, pensions and payments in lieu of tythes whatsoever in the parish of Crowle, and of 1 messuage, 1 cottage, 10 acres of' land, 10 acres of meadow, 10 acres of pasture, 100 acres of fen, common of pasture for all cattle and common of turbary with the appurts in the parish of Hatfield, York and of 4 acres of land, 5 acres of meadow, 5 acres of pasture and common of pasture in Colston Bassett, Nottingham: whereupon a plea of covenant was summoned between them in the same court, that is to say that they have acknowledged the aforesaid manor, tenements, commons, Rectory, tythes, oblations, obventions, portions, pensions, payments with the appurts to be the right of him the said John as aforesaid which this said John hath of the gift of the aforesaid Alan, Katherine Robert and Elizabeth and those they have remised and ... , from them the said Alan and Katherine and Robert and Elizabeth and their heirs to the aforesaid John and his heirs forever and moreover the said Alan and Katherine have granted for them and the heirs of the said Katherine that they will warrant the aforesaid John and his heirs the aforesaid [property] against them the said Alan & Katherine and the heirs of the said Katherine forever: and further the said Robert & Elizabeth have granted for them and the heirs of the said Elizabeth that they will warrant to the aforesaid John and his heirs; ... warranty, fine and agreement the said John hath given to the aforesaid Alan, Katherine, Robert and Elizabeth, one thousand four hundred and sixty pounds sterling.

(See also 1788 document).
     Elizabeth Popplewell was party to a land transaction 8 & 9 July 1757 in of the Temple Belwood estate, Belton, Lincolnshire. Deeds of partition between Mr Johnson & Mr & Mrs Steer of Mr Poppplewell's estate. Register as to the lands in Thorne & Hatfield parish at Wakefield 20 June 1760. Note Mrs Ingram has one part with a covenant added from Mr Johnson & Mr Steer for payment.
     Lease and release for partition of Temple Belwood estate - to Katharine Johnson, manor of Temple Belwood and land in Belton, Diddythorpe and Keadby, King's Mill in Crowle and part of Crowle tithes; to Elizabeth Steer, manor of Sandtoft and land in Epworth, Crowle, Ealand, Haxey, Low Burnham, Luddington, Sandtoft and Thorne West Mill in Crowle and part of Crowle tithes. Mortage of £9000 held by Sarah Ingram of Wakefield to be repaid by each moiety equally.
. Robert and Elizabeth was the previous owner of the land sold on 30 April 1762 in Bawtry, Blyth, Yorkshire.
     In Sarah Smith's will dated 26 September 1772, Elizabeth Popplewell was named as heir. ...her nieces Miss Mary Serjeantson, Miss Sarah Smith, Mary Torr, wife of Nicholas Torr of Pontefract, Alice Trant of Himsworth, Sarah Brown of Sheffield, Catharine wife of Allen Johnson of Wakefield, Elizabeth wife of Robert Steer of Sandtoft, co. Lincoln, Mary & Elizabeth Denton of Wakefield and Elizabeth Halliday; ... and also I give to my niece Miss Ann Denton the sume thirty pounds upon trust that she shall and do at her own costs and charges, as soon as conveniently may be after the end of a calendar months next after my decease, lay out the same in the purchase of freehold lands, tenements, hereditaments, in the W Riding of Yorkshire and convey and settle ... unto the schoolmaster for the time being of the school lately built by my late brother John Smith, Esquire, deceased, situate... in Greenside for ever ... The will also names her nephews John Sylvester Smith of Newland, William Serjeantson of Wakefield, esq. and William Smith of Methley; her nieces Miss Mary Serjeantson, Miss Sarah Smith, Mary Torr, wife of Nicholas Torr of Pontefract, Alice Trant of Himsworth, Sarah Brown of Sheffield, Catharine wife of Allen Johnson of Wakefield, Elizabeth wife of Robert Steer of Sandtoft, co. Lincoln, Mary & Elizabeth Denton of Wakefield and Elizabeth Halliday. To the charity school of Wakefield 20 pounds, to the York County Hospital 20 pounds, etc. etc.
     Elizabeth Popplewell made a will dated 29 February 1780 in Belton, LIN. Will of Elizabeth Steer of Sandtoft, widow, mentions her only son Richard Ryther Popplewell Steer, her sister Catherine wife of Alan Johnson, and gave legacies to her godson Thomas Johnson jr. of Crowle; Ann Clark of Belton & Henrietta Popplewell, daughter of Humphrey Popplewell. She gave a silver tannkard to the church at Belton. To be buried between her husband & father at Belton.
     Elizabeth died on 11 March 1780 in of Sandtoft, Belton, Lincolnshire, aged 61. In the north chancel of Belton church is a memorial: Here also lies interred the body of Elizabeth Steer, relict of Robert Steer, esq. late of Sandtoft Grove, and one of the co-heiresses of Rich. Popplewell, esq. late of Temple Belwood, in the parish of Belton. She departed this life on the 11th day of March, in the year of our Lord 1780, and in the 61st year of her age.. She was buried on 14 March 1780 in Belton.
     Her will was proved on 28 March 1780 at Lincolnshire. 29 February? 1780. Effects under £300.

Children of Elizabeth Popplewell and Robert Steer