Faced with starvation, frigid winters, and abandonment by their sponsors-‐among them Benjamin Franklin‐-the settlers defied the odds by not only surviving, but prospering. The Stief family finally settled in what is now Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick.
In the Return of Inhabitants of the Township of Hillsborough taken in 1783 the Stief name disappeared and was anglicized into Steeve. The Walling Map of 1862 records the name as Steves and after a couple other subsequent ‘clerical errors’ the name has become Steeves. Steeves descendants now number upwards of 300,000 worldwide.