William Crow Steadman

William Crow Steadman was one of the five known children of James Steadman and his wife Elizabeth Murfitt of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

Both William and three of his siblings were all given the name "Crow", which was inherited from their maternal grandmother Sarah Crow.

The family appear on the 1841 Ely Census as living at Waterside, Ely. By the time of William's marriage to Susan Taylor, he is noted as a "Waterman of Babylon" (the small island facing Waterside).

In 1852, William was partially named as the father by use of his surname, on the birth certificate of Sabina Steadman Taylor. Sabina was the illegitimate daughter of Susan Taylor of nearby Cutter's Yard, Ely.

In 1856, four years after Sabina's birth, Susan and William married but they appear to have had no further children.

There are deaths for William Steadmans in 1859 and 1865 that could be him, but further research will hopefully reveal which one was him. With the Ely census for 1861 destroyed, the truth will probably only appear with the purchase of a death certificate. Perhaps the 1859 death might explain the lack of further children.

The 1871 census sees Susan noted as a widow, living at the house of Richard Earith, who would become her second husband the following year.

Life Events


  • 1831 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 7th September 1831 at Holy Trinity Church, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.



Census and Residence

  • 1841: 9yrs, Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1851: Not yet located.


  • 1856: Waterman at Babylon, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • circa 1859-1865.


  • Not yet known.



  • John Steadman 17??-?
  • Sarah Crow 17??-?
  • Thomas Murfitt 17??-?
  • Sarah Gotobed 17??-?

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