Photo of Mary Ann (Morison) Steeples
born:  10/20/1847 in Newhaven, Edinburgh, Scotland
married:  Francis Oliphant Steeples  5/8/1872 in Edinburgh, Scotland
died:   6/11/1929 in Pueblo, Colorado (buried in Loveland, Co.)

Francis and Mary Ann settled in Rooks Co. in 1879....(family mentioned in the book, "Lest We Forget",  Vol 2, pgs 524-526; story written and submitted by their granddaughter Edith Steeples Whisman, 1980: doctors then called "stone cutters consumption".  He was advised to come to Kansas for his health, arriving in Rooks County in the spring of 1879, after coming to Fort Hays by train, purchasing a team and wagon there, and hauling all their worldly goods to the place he took as a homestead.  They built a sod house on the southeast corner of the SE 1/4 of Section 25 in Northampton Township, Rooks County, Kansas).
Francis died unexpectedly in the early spring of 1881 when he caught pneumonia, and died April 29, 1881. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Palco, Kansas. Francis left his wife, Mary Ann with two little ones.
Mary Ann remarried a George 'Samuel' Burns, and had 3 more children: George Henry Burns, Jr., Ethel Mary Burns, and Olive May Burns.  All children born in Rooks Co., KS

submitted by Pam Marks