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185. Ulrich Steely (Stally)(Stalley) (Steeley)(Stelley) (Married Anne ___ (#186); before 1732 if Ulrich and Anna Stally, listed on the 1732 passenger list of the ship Pink Plaisance were a couple when they arrived in Philadelphia. LDS says they were married in 1753. Another LDS file says about 1754 in Mifflin, Pennsylvania. Another LDS file says about 1762 in Pennsylvania.

Born: 1716 in possibly Germany of Unknown Father (#369) and Unknown Mother (#370) (All comments in purple are from a document sent by April Potts, Steely genealogist, to Susan Snyder in e-mail.) (1700 according to 1732 passenger list of the ship Pink Plaisance) (an Millennium File Record states that Ulrich was born in 1747, LDS states 1728 in Trenton, Beaver, New Jersey. Another LDS file states about 1730 in Mifflin Pennsylvania. Another LDS file says about 1738 in Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

Died: Between May-June 1793 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. LDS states 1770 in Derry Twp, Mifflin, Pennsylvania. Another LDS file says 16 May 1793. Another LDS file states before 1773 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.


[His siblings, if any, are unknown].


The name "Steely" is the Americanized form of Swiss German Stühle, a variant of Stuhl.

Ulrich was a Palatine. A Palatine was a person from Palatinate. Palatinate was the land of Count Palatine, a secular prince of the Holy Roman Empire. There were two parts to the Palatinate...the Rhenish (Lower Palatinate) and the Upper Palatinate. The Lower Palatinate included lands on both sides of the Middle Rhine River between its Main and Neckar tributaries. In the 1700s, its capital was Heidelberg. The Upper Palatinate was located in northern Bavaria and included land on both sides of the Naab River as it flowed south toward the Danube and extended eastward to the Bohemian Forest. The people of Palatinate were subjected to invasions and persecution. At the invitation of Queen Anne in 1709, Palatines began a mass migration to America and Ireland. Source of this information: Palatine History by Lorine McGinnis Schulze 1996 (Olive Tree Genealogy). (The preceding link is a detailed description of Palatine History.)

According to Robert Steely (2007), a Steely genealogist, “This [below] document was written by either George Steely, Steely family historian, or H. M. Steely (Harlan Melville Steely). [Note from Susan Snyder: H. M. Steely's name is at the end of the document]. The author speculates regarding Ulrich Steely. H. M. Steely (1856-1935) was descended from Gabriel and Mary (Meek) Steely, George and Elizabeth (Emerson) Steely, and George and Hannah (Hiser) Steely. He is the individual who had the grave of Gabriel moved, and he erected the tombstone.“ See Gabriel's Gravesite Moved. Gabriel is one of Ulrich's sons.

“Ulrich Steely I, 1716-93.

Ulrich Steely, I, Born, 1716 or before landed in Philadelphia Pa. Sep. 21, 1732.

He died in Mifflin Co. Pa. in May or June 1793, Mr. Harlan Steely of Danville, Ill. tells us. Ulrich Stalley as he spelled his name at the time, in Rupp's 30,000 Names of Swiss, French and German Names, of Palatines imported into the United States;

Palatines, imported in the ship Pink Plaisance John Paret, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes;

77 males 16 years and up, 28 males under 16
68 Females, 16 and up, 15 females under 16, total 188.” Ulrich Steely and Hans Peter Steely were on this ship. We next find Ulrich Stealer Lancaster, Co., PA. January 24, 1737 has a Warrantee of Land for 150 acres. If this is our Ulrich he must have brought money with him or was a good thrifty man to get 150 acres in less than five years. Pa. Archives, Series 3, Volume 24. Page 520. Think we should not accept this item unless it is proven.

Uhllerich Stally, Sept 21, 1742, Palatines imported in yhe ship, Francis and Elizabeth, George north Master; from Rotterdam, last from Deal, (Rupp p. 156). This could be the father of the first Ulrich, for he could not write his name though the first Ulrich could. It could be the first Ulrich returning from a trip back from the old country after ten years in America, maby bringing back a wife or meeting her on the boat.

1751, UHLLERICH STALLEY, Lancaster Co. Pa. Sep.25, 1751.
50 acres, Warrantees of Land, Pa. S3, V24, P534.

We will assume that this is the record of one man the Ulrich who first landed in Philadelphia, Sep. 21, 1732, untill we find out different, and that he went back to the old country, then came back and nine years after landing in Philadelphia, the second time he bought 50 acres of land. Sep. seems to be his favorite month for big events in his life. Landing twice in Philadelphia, and now owning 50 acres of land all happening in the months of September,

1758, UHLLERICH STALLY? Lancaster Co. Pa. April 10, 1758.
25 acres, Warrentees of Land. Pa. S3, V24. P537/

1763, Gabriel Steely, born, Aug 19, 1763. This is from the Silas Steely records, who was a grandson og Gabriel's. Gabriel Died May 2. 1830, in Pickaway Co. ohio. Gabriel married Mary Meek. If Gagriel was the second oldest child it seems Ulrick did not marry untill about 40, or 45 years old.

1765, ULRICK STEELIE, Lancaster Co. Pa. Aug. 7, 1765
150 acres, Warrentees of Land. Pa. S3, V24, P538.
Urlich is now, shall we say 49 years old, has two or three boys and may have two or three girls, and has 225 acres of land if he still owns the 50 acres and the 25 acres he bought in 1751 and 1758. The next date is;

1771, ULRICK STEALY, Lancaster Co. Pa. Bethel Twp.
100 acres, 2h. 2c, Tax 2 .6 Pa.S3, V17, P159.

1772, ULRICK STEALY, Lancaster Co. Pa. Bethel Twp.
100 acres, 2 h, 2c. Tax 2 .6 S3, V17, P239.

1773 ULRICK STEALY, Lancaster Co, Pa. Bethel Twp.
100 acres. 2h. 2c 2 .6 Pa. S3, V17, p338.

1773, ULRICK STEELY?, Cumberland Co. Pa. May 22, 1773.
100 acres, Dated of Survey. Pa. S3, V24, P762.
Cumberland Co. was organized in Jan. 27, 1750, from a part of Lancaster Co. This 100 acres is perhaps in Derry Twp, in what is now Mifflin Co., Pa, where Ulrick lived and paid taxes from 1778 to his death in 1793. It looks like Ulrick was moveing around a lot but it was the counties that was doing so much moveing. He lived in only two places in Pa. Bethel twp. and Derry Twp. as far as we have any records. H.M. Steelly of Danville.”

Click on Original Paper for the link to this document. The document has been converted to a Chart.

The following Map Link shows where Urlick Steely (with variant spellings) had documented dealings in Pennsylvania, as referenced in the Chart link above.

[Note from Susan Snyder: The above paper has several misspellings as are duplicated above and it speculates that Urlich may have returned to Germany and then come back to the colonies 10 years later. If this is true, why was he able to write his name the first time, but not the second time? Furthermore, there are other differences between the two Urlichs. As shown in the paragraphs below, the first Ulrich Stelley (Steley) (Stalley) (Steily) (aged 32) arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam, Germany September 21, 1732 on the ship Pink Plaisance, John Paret, master. (This is verified by Immigrants Into Pennsylvania, Volume 1 as searched in Historical Records on Anna Stalley 27 also arrived on that ship. (Another source for this information is Pennsylvania German Pioneers by Ralph B. Strassburger and William J. Hinke, published in 1934 by the Pennsylvania German Society, Norristown, PA). As quoted from Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776 "Sept. 21, 1732. Palatines imported in the ship Pink Plaisance, John Paret , Master, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes .--Col. Rec. III. 459. Seventy-seven males above sixteen, twenty-eight under sixteen; sixty-eight females above sixteen, and fifteen under sixteen--in all one hundred and eighty-eight.--(Editor.)" (Hans Peter Steley and Anna Barbra Stelin are listed as passengers under the age of 16 and Ulrich's children. The source of Hans Peter and Anna Barbra listings on the ship: SCHELBERT, LEO, and SANDRA LUEBKING. "Swiss Mennonite Family Names: An Annotated Checklist." In Pennsylvania Folklife, Vol. 26:4 (Summer 1977), pp. 2-24. Page: 20. [Note from Susan Snyder: Hans Peter and Anna Barbra are not listed as being siblings of Gabriel Steely (#93) by April Potts. (Ulrich's children according to April Potts, a Steely Family genealogy researcher, included Gabriel, Christina, Sarah, Jacob, Lazarus, Mary, and Henry.) So, who are Hans Peter and Anna Barbra? If Ulrich was born in 1700 as the ship's list indicates, then Ulrich would have been 63 when he fathered Gabriel, and even older for some of Gabriel's siblings. Although this isn't impossible, it is improbable.] In 1737, Ulrich Steeley was living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was naturalized April 10, 1757.

The second Uhllerich Stally arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam, Germany September 21, 1742 on the ship Francis & Elizabeth, George North, Master; from Rotterdam, last from Deal. Source: Rupp, 30,000 Names of Swiss, French and German Names of Palatines Imported in the United States. p. 156. [Note from Susan Snyder: I can find no record of any family travelling with him. Perhaps this is the Ulrich that was later to become Gabriel's father. He might be the one born in 1716 (see Original Paper), making him a more likely candidate to be Gabriel's father; he would have been 47 when Gabriel was born. Perhaps the first Ulrich is this Ulrich's cousin. It was a German custom to name the first born son after his paternal grandfather, so cousins often had the same first and last names. Does anyone reading this information have any proof... a will, etc. ... that Gabriel's father was actually named Ulrich? Could it be Hans Peter Steely?]

For additional information about the trip from the Palatinate Region of Germany to Pennsylvania, click on this map link. At the time both Ulrichs made the trip, ships from the continent bound for England's North American colonies were required to visit an English port to register their cargo and passengers before crossing the Atlantic. This explains the stop in Cowes and Deal. The trip from England to Philadelphia probably took several months.

Heads of Families At The First Census of the United States taken in the Year 1790 Pennsylvania, a publication of the Department of Commerce and Labor Bureau of the Census, S. N. D. North, Director, page 154 lists Urick Steely as living in Mifflin County. The census charts 1 "Free white males of 16 years and upward including heads of families" and 1 "Free white females, including heads of families" in the home. Listed below his name are Jacob Steely and Henry Steely. Jacob is listed as having 1 "Free white males of 16 years and upward including heads of families", 1 "Free white male under 16 years," and 4 "Free white females, including heads of families" in his home. Henry has 1 "Free white males of 16 years and upward including heads of families" and 3 "Free white females, including heads of families" in his home. Jacob and Henry are probably two of Urick's (way Ulrick's name was spelled in the census) sons, brothers of Gabriel (#93).


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