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Stella Vere Hennessy Steadley
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Birth: Apr. 20, 1875
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1953
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

2nd w/o Fredric W Steadley

Maiden name is "Hennessy" from mother's headstone.

Birth: in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois one of mother's eight declared children (census birth dates differ from 1869 in 1880, May 1874 in 1900)

Census: 1880, age 11, Chicago, Cook county, Illinois with widowed mother, five of seven siblings, and twelve hotel guests.

When she married F W Steadley he was in the jewelry business and also the county recorder, just becoming involved in the stone quarry business.

Census: 1900, age 26 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with husband & two of his sons at 930 Oak street.

Census: 1910, age 32, Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with hubby, step-son and mother at 930 Oak street.

Census: 1920, age 39 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with hubby at 930 Oak street.

Death: by cerebral hemorrage living in her apartment at Drake Hotel, Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri. (name spelled Hennessy on Certificate by informant, step-son Kent D Steadley, of 1645 Grand avenue)

Obituary courtesy of Nancy Brewer:


MARCH 11, 1953



Prominent Carthage Woman Long in Failing Health

Mrs. Stella V. Steadley, widow of F. W. Steadley, prominent Carthage industrialist, passed away at 5:25 o'clock morning in her apartment at the Drake Hotel.

Mrs. Steadley long had been in failing health. Suffered a stroke of paralysis 2 1/2 years ago that left her an invalid. At various times she had been a patient in McCune-Brooks Hospital. Since returning to her apartment more than a year ago Mrs. Steadley had been attended by nurses day and night. However, she was not confined to her bed. Yesterday morning she suffered a third and fatal stroke.

Mrs. Steadley, the former Miss Stella V. Hennesey, was born in Chicago, April 20, 1875. She and Mr. Steadley were married there more than 50 years ago and immediately came to Carthage to live.

Mr. Steadley, a veteran quarryman, came to Carthage in 1890 from Lexington, Missouri. Through his leadership in the development of the Carthage marble industry some 40 years ago, he established himself as one of the city's greatest industrial leaders. His success gained him prominence and recognition throughout the industry. His first connection with the marble industry was in 1899 when he became a stockholder in the Carthage Quarry company, which started with the total of 10 acres. He became manager of the company in 1907. This later became the F. W. Steadley and Company, Inc. of which he was head. In 1927 the Steadley marble holdings, along with other marble firms were purchased and consolidated by the newly formed Carthage Marble corporation. At that time the Steadley company was perhaps the largest operator in the Carthage Marble industry. Mr. Steadley died April 9, 1928.

Mr. Steadley became stockholder in the old Carthage Spring Bed company (sic), now The Steadley Company virtually at the time it was organized in 1908. The Steadley Company now is headed by Kent D. Steadley, under whose guidance it has made remarkable growth.

Mr. and Mrs. Steadley moved into the Drake as soon as it was built. He also passed away there. The step-son, K. D. Steadley, is the closest survivor of Mrs. Steadley. Another step-son, R. P. Steadley, died in 1949. Mrs. J. F. Irish, daughter of R. P. Steadley lives on South Main.

Funeral services were held at the Knell service home Rev. Eugene G. Malcolm, rector of Grace Episcopal church officiated.


Father: (Frank ?) James Hennessy b: about 1840 in Ireland
Mother: Elizabeth Barry b: 12 MAY 1842 in Queenstown, Ireland

Marriage: Fredric W Steadley b: 25 OCT 1857, Galena, Jo Daviess county, Illinois
Married: 1899, reportedly in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois (no record found)

No Known Children

Following from Carthage Press, January 9, 1960 courtesy of Nancy Brewer:

"The inventory of Mrs Stella Vera (sic) Steadley's estate in 1953 appraised her holdings at $1,539,313.32 ..... Some of the real estate holdings have since been sold. Federal and inheritance taxes, of course took a large amount of the estate"

When her heir, Kent Darr Steadley, died in 1960 "....the Bank of Carthage became trustee of the residuary estate of Mrs Steadley with its income to be turned over to Carthage charitable and educational organizations"

Family links: 
  Elizabeth Barry Hennessy (1841 - 1915)
  Frederick William Steadley (1857 - 1928)
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Feb 26, 2011
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Stella Vere <i>Hennessy</i> Steadley
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