The Steere story in America begins with John Steere, farmer and orchardist, who immigrated to Providence, Rhode Island, from Surrey, England, in the mid-seventeenth century. In 1660, John Steere married Hannah Wickenden, daughter of the minister of the First Baptist Church in America, and moved to Smithfield, Rhode Island, thereafter. John and Hannah Steere raised nine children, whose descendants can be found across the United States today.
One of the primary missions of the Steere Family Association is to collect genealogical, biographical, photographic, and historical information in order to complete the Steere story. The Association has a wealth of genealogical information available for research, including:
- the first family genealogy published by John Pierce Root,
- two contemporary additions to Root's work, John Steere Family Branches (1972) and the John Steere Family Album(1981),
- cemetery records for Gloucester and Smithfield, Rhode Island,
- original research on the roots of Steere family in Ockley, County of Surrey, England,
- photographs of family and locations of interest to the Steere family heritage.
We are currently in the process of computerizing our records and are seeking historical and current information. If you would like to contribute to this collection, please download this form Genealogy Information Form. You may also contact us; We are always glad to add to our collection of information.