Sarah Steele

(29 April 1759 - )

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Relationship5th great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree

Some Background

Sarah Steele, born 29 April 1759, the daughter of Elisha Steele, Esq., and Sarah Wolcott, is said by some to have married Justus Reed of Windsor 9 December 1779... and died 15 July 1790 at age 61.
     However, while there is a century plus of tradition (and published genealogies) saying that Justus' wife, Sarah was the daughter of Elisha and Sarah Steele, the marriage is not supported by town or church records - at least none could be found to clarify this marriage in preparing this family history/genealogy.
     Having said this, there are also no town or church records found to date to specifically support the marriage of Elisha's and Sarah's daughter to Russell Darling... though there is an equally long tradition within the Darling Family making this connection. The closest official record found to date is in the town records for Derby, Orleans Co., Vermont, and pertains to the marriage of Lyman Darling (his third) wherein it is stated that Lyman's parents were Jedediah Darling and Sarah Steele, but doesn't name Sarah's parents. Lyman was a younger brother of Russell Darling, our direct ancestor.
     OUR TRACY TREE OF ANCESTRY, and its related web pages, will accept the Darling Family Tradition, and Lyman Darling's naming of Sarah Steele as his mother, to make the presumption that Russell Darling was married to one Sarah Steele, who was the mother of all of his children. Without more evidence that Russell Darling's wife Sarah Steele was also the daughter of Elisha Steele and Sarah (Wolcott) Steele, this line of ancestry will have to be considered as probable rather than certain.
     (Our Ohlheiser family does have a confirmed connection to the Steele family four generations earlier by way of Jarvis Mudge's marriage to Mary Steele in 1640.)3,4,5
FatherElisha Steele Esqr.1 (7 Oct 1728 - 16 Aug 1773)
MotherSarah Wolcott2,1 (7 Jun 1735 - )

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildSarah Steele was born on 29 April 1759, in Tolland, Tolland Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.6,1
BrideSarah Steele married Jedediah Darling Jr., son of Jedediah Darling and Mary (Mercy) Lyman, circa 1778 in Connecticut.7,8

Children with Jedediah Darling Jr.:

Residences and Censuses

She was probably the female under listed in the household of her husband, Jedediah Darling Jr., in the 1790 Federal Census of Pownal, Bennington Co., Vermont.9
She was probably the female age 26 to 44 listed in the household of her husband, Jedediah Darling Jr., in the 1800 Federal Census of Augusta, Oneida Co., New York.10

Sources - Citations

  1. [S655] Daniel Steele Durrie, Steele Family. A Genealogy of John And George Steel. Settlers of Hartford, Conn. 1635-6. And Their Descendants. (Albany, New York: J. Munsell, 1862), pg. 29.
  2. [S550] Connecticut - Tolland Vital Records (n.p.:, unknown publish date). from photo copies of original records.
  3. [S914] Henry R. Stiles, History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut; Including East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, and Ellington : 1635-1891, Two vols. plus Supplement (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard company, 1892), pg. 634; Family 5. Justus Reed; confirms dates of marriage and of death for Sarah Reed.
  4. [S911] Chandler Wolcott, Wolcott Genealogy : The Family of Henry Wolcott : One of the First Settlers of Windsor, Connecticut (Rochester, New York: The Genesee Press, 1912), pg. 75; names, date for marriage to Justus Reed.
  5. [S552] Lyman Darling and Jane Wilson marriage, 15 July 1871, in Vermont Births, Marriages and Deaths to 2008 (accessed Mar 2015): online database New England Historic Genealogical Society, names Lyman's parents.
  6. [S550] Tolland VR, 2/18.
  7. [S200] Letter from Suzanne Darling (Maryland 21794) to Sean C. Tracy, 25 April 1998; Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office). Sources provided.
  8. [S913] Lisa Beth Darling, Compiler, Descendants of George Darling and Related Lines, online at:; (RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project), accessed 12 Dec 2016, dates and names.
  9. [S551] Jedediah Darling household, 1790 U.S. Census, Bennington Co., Vermont, Pownal, page 2 of 3, 3rd column, 4th household from bottom, Washington: National Archives.
  10. [S553] Jedediah Darling household, 1800 U.S. Census, Oneida Co., New York, Augusta, page 13, line 4 from bottom of page; Washington: National Archives. , need to clarify family members with number and ages.
  11. [S524] Russell Darling Tombstone Photograph, #524 RD3-TSPhoto, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office; photographer Sean C. Tracy, confirms date of birth.
  12. [S552] Vermont Marriages (accessed Mar 2015): New England Historic Genealogical Society, confirms Lyman's parents names and his year and place of birth.
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