Note: N2305 A transcription of his naturalization records from Cheryl Wixon Gocken say: November Term - 1826 Declaration of intent: Alexander Steel, Ireland, sworn and recorded on 16 November 1826. Born in county Donegal in 1778, Emigrated October 1820, arriving in New York April 1821.He is 48 years old, now residing in West township, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania. Adjourned Court - September 1830. Naturalized: Alexander Steel, Ireland Sworn & recorded 10 September 1830. Filed his declaration of intent at Huntingdon November Term 1826, when he resided in West Township. He is found in the 1850 Pennsylvania census, living with his daughters Jane 46 and Rebecca 43 both born in Ireland. He is 73 and a farmer. A family story says that the Steel's were very well off in Ireland. When they emigrated, they sold everything and had the money put in a heavy iron chest. The ship was wrecked off the coast of Londonderry and drifted for days. To stay alive they had to abandon everything but the clothes on their backs. They went back to port and sailed again but had lost everything. Birth: 1773 Creevaugh, Co. Donegal, Ireland Immigration: 21 Apr 1821 New York, NY Naturalized: 10 Sep 1830 Huntingdon Co., PA Census: 1850 Huntingdon Co., PA Will: 1 Aug 1855 Huntingdon Co., PA Death: 12 Apr 1859 Huntingdon Co., PA Misc: Trip from Ireland Burial: Cedar Grove Cemetery Marriage: Father: John STEEL Mother: Sarah STEWART HUSBAND NOTES: Alexander STEEL Birth: Said he was 47 on passenger list; born 1773. Immigration: Came on the ship, Edward, out of Liverpool and Lisbon Francis F. Husser, captain. Alexander Steel 47 male laborer Matilda Steel 15 female Jane Steel 18 female Rebecca Steel 14 female Nancy Steel 12 female John Steel 11 male Margaret Steel 9 female Census: 1850 107 Alex, Steel 73 m farmer Ireland $5000 Jane 46 f Ireland Rebecca 43 f Ireland Misc(2): "Matilda's parents were well off in Ireland. When they prepared to leave for America they converted all their wealth into money and placed in an iron chest to bring on the boat with them. They were shipwrecked off the coast of Londonderry and drifted for days having to pump water out of the boat to keep it from sinking. After the men were worn out and could not stand alone they were tied to the mast and made to take turns. Everything except what they had on their bodies had to be thrown overboard and the chest of money went too. The people were taken back to port, then, for a new start." Left Ireland October 1820
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