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Name and Place

John Steele moved to the Illinois territory in 1807 and settled outside the limits of the Irish Settlement. He was a captain in the Virginia force during the Revolutionary War. After the Colonies had gained their independence he became one of the pioneer settlers of Tennessee, living for a time near Knoxville, and then in the neighbordhood of Nashville. He made the first improvement in the neighborhood of the present town of Steeleville. 


John was born in Virginia.



John had vive sons:

  1. George
  2. Archibald
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Thomas

George Steele was the founder of Georgetown, or Steeleville, as the place came to be called. He settled on the site of the town in 1810, and in 1812, a fort was erected for protection against the Indians. All the five brothers were in the ranging service during the war. 

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John was a Captain in the Revolutionary War for Virginia. 




  1. Combined History of Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties, Illinois, page 71