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Mary Helen "May" Darr Steadley
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Birth: 1859
Carroll County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1898
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

1st w/o Frederick William Steadley

Birth: Mary Helen Darr was the 2nd of four known children born to William Zachary Darr and his first wife Cynthia Cropper Plemmons in Carroll county, Missouri.

~ DOCUMENTATION: William Zachariah Darr in the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, ie: William Zachariah Darr marriage to Cynthia Cropper Plemmons on 15 NOV 1849 in Carroll county, Missouri

Her father, William Z Darr, was the son of Powhaten Darr and Helen Henry Darr both of Kentucky birth. ~ DOCUMENTATIONS: 1850 Federal Census and Powhatan Darr in the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

Paternal Great Grandparents
Willis F. Darr
Nancy Maria Shobe

Census: 1860, age 1, residing with paternal grandparents, Powhaten and Helen Darr in Grand River township, Carroll county, Missouri. Also listed in the home is parents Wm Z and Cynthia Darr, H. C. Darr 6, A. M. Darr 4, Nannie Plemmons 21, Catherine Tens 18, Edgar Plemmons 13, Jeremiah Henry 70, [most likely of her maternal grandfather], and Robert N Darr 30.[brother of Wm Z Darr]

Census: 1870, age 12, residence in Wakenda township., Carroll county, Missouri. with parents William Z. and Cynthia Darr. Wm. is a real estate agent

Census: 1880, age 20, residence in Carrollton, Carroll county, Missouri with parents and 3 siblings, Ollie N Darr, 22; Willie C Darr, 18 and Katie L Darr, 16. Father is reported as a farmer

Husband had a jewelry store in Carrollton, Carroll county, Missouri since about 1875, then moved to Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri in 1890 when he and brother Frank Albert, bought A J Kirke's jewelry store located on north end of west side of square, in the town where she died while he was also county recorder, year before they became involved with the stone quarry business.

Death: in Jasper county, Missouri, some report Lexington, Missouri, burial 30 JAN 1898 Park cemetery.



Passed Away This Afternoon [Friday, JAN 28th 1898] at 1:30
Funeral Sunday

Mrs. F. W. Steadley died at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon at her home on Pine street.
She has been an invalid for years and passed away after a long and weary season of patient suffering.
During the recent years everything possible has been done for her by a loving husband but her life could not be saved. She was taken to Chicago for treatment but she grew no better and she was brought back to Carthage.
A few days ago as a last resort she submitted to an operation which was at first regarded as very successful. Yesterday, however, she began to sink and grew gradually weaker until the end came today. She was the wife of F. W. Steadley, of the well known jewelry firm of Steadley Bros., and the sympathy of a host of friends is extended to the bereaved husband.
She leaves two little sons, Ray aged 10 years and Kent aged 17. Mrs. Steadley was born in Carrollton, MO., and has lived in Carthage since 1890. She was a woman of unusual mental capacity, a loving wife and mother and a consistent member of the Christian church. Through all her long years of suffering she bore up with patient gentleness and suffered, without a murmur.
The remains will be interred Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the *West Cemetery.
There will be no funeral service save a short one at the grave, which will be conducted by Mrs. Sarah Lindsay.

In early days, many referred to Park Cemetery as West cemetery because it was on the West side of town


Marriage: Frederick William Steadley b: 25 OCT 1857 in Galena, Jo Daviess county, Illinois
Married: 18 JAN 1881 in Carroll county, Missouri.

Known Children

Rea Palmer Steadley b: Aug 1886 in Carrollton, Carroll county, Missouri

Kent Darr Steadley,b: 25 AUG 1889 in Carrollton, Carroll county, Missouri

NOTE: Kent's mother's name on state birth record is "Mary" and father is "Frederick".

REVISED: 01-02-2015

Bio information in part by Nancy Brewer and Bill Boggess.
Family links: 
  William Zachary Darr (1828 - 1903)
  Cynthia Cropper Plemmons Darr (1831 - 1880)
  Frederick William Steadley (1857 - 1928)*
  Rea Palmer Steadley (1886 - 1949)*
  Kent Darr Steadley (1889 - 1960)*
  Mary Helen Darr Steadley (1859 - 1898)
  Willie Darr Thomas (1868 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Park Lawn Bl 32 Lot 54 Sp 3
Maintained by: NJBrewer
Originally Created by: Bill
Record added: Feb 28, 2011
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Mary Helen May <i>Darr</i> Steadley
Added by: NJBrewer
Mary Helen May <i>Darr</i> Steadley
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Mary Helen May <i>Darr</i> Steadley
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"Again the violet of our early days Drinks beauteous azure from the golden sun, And kindles into fragrance at his blaze." ~Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")
- NJBrewer
 Added: Jan. 2, 2015

- Bill
 Added: May. 28, 2012

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