EARL STEADMAN, MY 3RD GREAT-GRANDFATHER.
Earl Steadman was born on 2 Aug 1833 in E. Fallowfield Township., Crawford County, PA. Died April 20, 1893, Ashtabula, Ohio . Buried at Williamsfield Center cemetery with second wife Esther Weir.
PA 1870 Census has Earl listed as age 33 (born 1835/36) He was living on 11 Jun 1870 in E. Fallowfield Township., Crawford County, PA.He died on 20 Apr 1893 in Williamsfield, Ashtabula, OH. He was buried in Center Cemetery, Ashtabula, OH. He served in the military and was a Civil War Veteran. Son of John Gardinier Steadman and Catherine Gross.
For those of you following the Ewing line, Earl Steadman ( Stedman ) married Christina Hubler ( died 1865 ) . He then married Esther Weir. Christina and Earl had 5 children
CHRISTINA HUBLER1831 – 1865
Children of Earl and Christina
Mary Catherine Steadman1855 – 1924 married David E Jones , a blind horse and buggy minister, David E Jones and Mary Catherine Steadman had 5 children, one of which was Ethel Lutisia Jones who married Albert Ross Ewing.
Warren Steadman1857 –
Birten Philip Steadman1859 – 1938
Nelson E Steadman1862 – 1865
Elmer Ellsworth Steadman1864 – 1965
Earl and Esther had 3 children
William Perry Steadman1866 –
Jennie May Steadman1868 – 1907
Darius Steadman1873 –
Could his great-grandmother have been a witch? There is a story out there of an Isabel Babcock, daughter of Job Babcock. Isabel married James Steadman, their child was James Hull Steadman. James Hull Steadman married Elizabeth Champlin, their son was John Gardinier ( Gardner ) Steadman. The description says she was a spinster. Well, this is an unmarried woman, so, it makes no sense to me. She shows as having married in 1762 to James Steadman.
Isabel>James Hull>John Gardiner>Earl Steadman
Portrait of Isabel Babcock dated 1757 aged 17. Rhode Island Archives
Now, I don’t know if any of this is true, but, it makes for an interesting find. I am attaching the story anyway, trying to authenticate.
Isabel Babcock, spinster, aged 52 has been hanged in the Town Square along with 5 other witches (Cara James, Ilsa Coulter, Margaret Oley, Bona Stone and Alice Kelly) as determined by Justice Norton of Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. Isabel’s body would be burned once dead never to lay at rest in the ground. Isabel lived near town in a shanty with her cohorts and practiced witchcraft for most of her adult life it is reported. The evil spirits that took the lives of the Browne Family Easter last were charged against the Babcock Witches. The Death of cattle on the Ester Farm Xmas last was blamed on poisoned water created by these same witches. The supernatural powers of the Witches burned the local churches many times over the years preceding. It will never be known the extent of the powers the Babcock Witches possessed. Josiah Babcock, brother of Isabel testified at the judicial hearing against his sister as did her sister Deborah. The family were in fear of being murdered by Isabel as she was insane they stipulated. Witch hunter Reginald Osterhand had investigated this group for 12 years and testified against them in court. Isabel’s parentage was the late Justice of the Peace for South Kingston Job Babcock and his late wife Elizabeth Hull.