Brief History 
William Steele settled in Lancaster Co in 1750. His wife was a Kerr. Their children were Archibald, John, William and James. The 4th son, James, was several times a member of the Legislature, and during the war of 1812 he held the responsible position of inspector-general of the Pa State troops. His zeal as an officer and integrity as a man made him universally beloved by all who knew him. He resided at Steelville in West Fallowfield Twp, Chester County, and gave name to the village. Here his son, Franklin Steele, was born May 12, 1814. Gen. Steele died in 1844. In 1837, Franklin Steele visited the Falls of St. Anthony, and from that period he was closely identified with the history and interests of the Upper Mississippi.