FREDERICK STEIDLEY, one of the best known of the old settlers of Barr Township, is a son of Solomon Steidley, who was a Marylander, and Rachel Barr who was born in New Jersey. They came from Frederick County, Va., to this county in 1834, and settled in the township which is known as Barr Township, and there lived until their death. He passed away in 1848 and his good wife followed him eight years later.
Our subject is the third in a large family of nine children, being born in Virginia, July 8, 1817. He came to this county with his father in 1834, and has lived in Barr Township and in Greene County, Ill., from that time to this. His first marriage united him with Catherine Heater, by whom he had two children, who with their mother have passed to the other world. She died while they were living in Greene County. His second marriage gave him as a wife, Mary C. Martin, who bore him eleven children, namely: Joseph, Martin, James, Anna (deceased), Mary, George, Rebecca, Rachel and John (deceased), Charlie and Minnie (deceased). Mrs. Mary C. Steidley died in Barr Township January 20, 1885.
Mr. Steidley learned the carpenter's trade, which he has followed in connection with farming, although agriculture has been his principal pursuit in life. He owns two hundred and forty acres of rich and arable soil which he has placed in excellent condition and has rendered doubly productive. He is looked up to as one of the oldest settlers in the township, and his knowledge of the early days makes him an attractive companion, as he can entertain the younger generation with many narrations of the pioneer days.