THE STEAGALL/STEGALL FAMILY
Compiled by Jack and Wanda Steagall
Randolph Steagall was born in Virginia about 1767. He married Susanna Lafoon. The first documentary proof of the spelling of the Steagall/ Stegall name for this family was found where Susanna signed her name as Susannah Steagall. This in no way stopped the different spelling even with her own children. The spelling will try to be kept as written by those using it throughout this brief family history,
Randolph and Susanna Lafoon Steagall cane to Rutherford Co., TN circa 1826, with six of their adult children and their families to make their homes in Rutherford and adjoining counties. The children were: Griffin, Ralph, Jesse, Lizzie, Samuel and Jane.
Ralph Steagall was born 16 March 1793 and married at age 25 to Lucinda Nolly. Their four children were Susan J ( Steagall) Shaffield, Elvira ( Steagall) Allison, Samuel J Steagall, who became a medical doctor, and Nancy L Steagall. After Lucinda's death, Ralph married second, Nancy Green (Webb) Puckett, widow of Pleasant Puckett. She brought to this second marriage two children, Mary Jane Puckett and William Rufus Puckett, who were raised in the Steagall home. To this second marriage were born two sons, Pleasant M Steagall and Richard Allison Steagall. Pleasant M married Josephine Gregory and moved to Kerr Co., TX.
Richard Allison Steagall married at age 26 to Mary Callie D Gregory on 14 Sept 1874. She was one of twelve children born to Alexander "Jack" and Frances (May) Gregory and sister to Josephine (Gregory) Steagall. To Richard Allison and Mary Callie Steagall were born four children, two of whom raised their families in this community. The children were: William Mitchell Steagall, Susan Elvira (Steagall) Lewis, Benjamin Duggan Stegall and a twin brother to Benjamin who died in infancy.
In 1893 Richard Allison Steagall traded 116 acres in the 8th District of Marshall Co., for 285 acres in two tracts in the Tenth District, 1 1/2 miles northeast of Versailles.
William Mitchell Steagall was married at age 28 to Cora Felicia Sutton on 21 June 1904. She was one of four children of Thomas Franklin and Mary Elizabeth (Waddey) Sutton who also lived in this community. To this union were born seven children: William Mitchell Steagall, Jr., Harry Lewis Steagall, Mary Elizabeth (Steagall) Taylor, Thomas Richard Steagall, George Steagall, Waddey Steagall, Sara Frances (Steagall) Lowe. Cora Steagall died when Sara was four years old.
William M Steagall Sr., second married 19 Jan 1936, Ethel Lytle (Morris) Thomas who was the daughter of Alford Preston and Mattie (More) Morris and the widow of James Clementine Thomas. She brought to this second marriage three sons: Howard Lee Thomas, James Grady Thomas, and Charles Preston Thomas. William M Steagall Sr., and Ethel L (Morris-Thomas) Steagall had three children: Jack Steagall, Sue Ella (Steagall) Jones, and Ethel Jane (Steagall) Bennett.
Susan Elvira Steagall taught in the local schools and at age 28 married Andrew Haskell Lewis on 27 Dec 1906. They made their home in Uvalde, TX and their children were: Lucile (Lewis) Howard, Andrew Haskell Lewis Jr, and Callie (Lewis) Meyer.
Benjamin Duggan Stegall married at age 33 to Nannie Mai Love on 9 Jan 1913. Their four children: May Love (Stegall) Gale, Whitney Stegall, Goodwin Fountain Stegall, and Adelyn Portice (Steagall) Stevenson. The family has retained possession of the Ben Stegall residence.
Though many of the Steagall/Stegall descendants continue to live in Rutherford County, only three continue to live in the Versailles area. They are Harry Lewis Steagall, Jack Steagall and Sarah (Steagall) Lowe.