Steele, Joel, a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Tolland, Conn., Aug. 14, 1782. Converted when twenty-two years of age, he entered the itinerancy in 1806, and was stationed successively as follows: Lunenburg Circuit; Bristol, Me.; Vershire, Vt.; Tolland, Conn.; Ashburnham, Mass.; New London, East Greenwich, Conn.; Barre, Mass.; Barnard, Vershire, Vt.; Wethersfield, Conn.; Unity, Me.; Wellfleet, Eastham, Sandwich, Saugus, Edgartown, Barnstable, Chatham, Truro, Weymouth, Easton, Walpole, and Gloucester, Mass. In 1845 he took a superannuated relation, and died Aug.
23, 1846 — a father in Israel — having been forty years in the ministry. Mr. Steele possessed an amiable and humble spirit, a clear understanding, and his preaching was plain, manly, and deeply in earnest. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 4, 116.