John Steele – When John Steele came to the site of Steeleville and settled in 1807, he brought with him several sons.  One of Steele‘s sons, George, built a gristmill powered by oxen.  Georgetown, Steele‘s Mills, or as it was later known, Steeleville, came to be an important place on the Shawnee town-Kaskaskia road.  During the Indian unrest of 1811-13, the blockhouse at Steele‘s Mills or Georgetown was a place of safety for near-by settlers and for travelers

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