Ambleside, Westmorland

George Staveley was born in 1832 the son of Henry Staveley of Dent and his third wife Betty GOTH.  George first married Ellen WAINMAN in Ulverston on April 24, 1853. A daughter Elizabeth was born later that year, but died in infancy.  George's wife Ellen died the following year in 1854.  George remarried in Kendal in 1856 to a Barbara REDMAYNE, and briefly resided in South Shields, Durham prior to the 1861 census, but the family eventually settled in Ambleside, Westmorland.  George and Barbara are known to have had the following children:

Henry Staveley b. 1856   Jarrow, Durham
George Staveley b. 1857   Jarrow, Durham
Elizabeth Staveley b. 1859 d. Feb, 11 1862 Sedbergh, Yorkshire
Anas (Annice) Staveley b. 1860 d. bef 1868 Sedbergh, Yorkshire
Barbara Staveley b. 1862   Orton, Westmorland
Margaret Staveley b. 1863   Ambleside, Westmorland
Ellen Staveley b. Dec 11, 1864   Ambleside, Westmorland
Anne Staveley b. Nov 10, 1867   Ambleside, Westmorland
Julia Staveley b. Jun 13, 1869 d. Sep 26, 1870 Ambleside, Westmorland
Betsey Staveley b. Feb 12, 1871 d. Aug 31, 1872 Ambleside, Westmorland
Fanny Staveley b. Jan 12, 1873   Ambleside, Westmorland
Thomas Holgate Staveley b. 1875 d. Apr 21, 1882 Ambleside, Westmorland
Elizabeth Staveley b. 1879   Ambleside, Westmorland

 

1861: Middleton, Westmorland, England

 George STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   29   Dent, York, England   Railway Labourer
 Barbara STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   27  Hawkshead, Lancashire, England   Railway Labourers Wife
 Henry STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  4  South Shields, Durham, England  
 George STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  3  South Shields, Durham, England  
 Elizabeth STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  2  Sedbergh, Yorkshire, England  
 Anas STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  1  Sedbergh, Yorkshire, England  

 

Note that George and Barbara's first two sons were born in South Shields Durham.  It is known that George's half brother, Edward (son of Henry Staveley (b. 1785) of Dent and his second wife Nanny MIDDLETON) is found residing in South Shields in the 1871 census.

1871: Edenburgh, Ambleside, Westmorland, England

 George STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   38   Dent, York, England   Cart Driver 
 Barbary STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   39  Hawkshead, Lancashire, England    
 Henry STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  14  Jarrah, Durham, England  Bobbin Turner
 George STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  13  Jarrah, Durham, England  Labourer to Plasterer's
 Barbary STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  9  Orton, Westmorland, England  Scholar
 Margaret STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  7  Ambleside, Westmorland, England  Scholar
 Ellen STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  5  Ambleside, Westmorland, England  Scholar
 Ann STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  3  Ambleside, Westmorland, England  Scholar
 Betty STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  3 mo  Ambleside, Westmorland, England  

 

We find George Staveley in the Ambleside Herald and Lakes News in 1880, regarding not one, but two offences related to public drunkeness less than six months apart:

Reported in Issue #28 Page 4  Oct. 2, 1880*

Ambleside Petty Sessions   

George Staveley
Drunk and disorderly on 18th of September at Ambleside

Fined 7s 6d on 14 April last

Fined 10s plus costs for this offence

 

1881: Church Street, Ambleside, Westmorland, England

 George STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   49   Dent, York, England   Labourer Ag (Carter) 
 Barbara STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   49   Hawkshead, Lancashire, England    
 Fanny STAVELEY   Daur      Female   8   Ambleside, Westmorland, England   Scholar 
 Thomas STAVELEY   Son      Male   5   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 Elizabeth STAVELEY   Daur      Female   1   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 Thomas ATKINSON   Boarder   U   Male   17   Hawkshead, Lancashire, England   Labourer 

 

George and Barbara are both mentioned in the local newspaper regarding a courtcase surrounding the education of their daughter Fanny in 1881:

Ambleside Herald & Lakes News*
Issue Number 70 Page 4

July 23, 1881

George STAVELEY of Church Street, Ambleside. Neglecting to send his child Frances STAVELEY to school the required number of times between May 1 and June 18.

G.H. PUCKLE and F.M.T JONES, members of the School Attendance Committee
retired from the bench.

Mrs. STAVELEY, wife of defendant, said that child was not 8 years until November.

The summons stated that the child was eight years old, but Mr. A.B. TAYLOR, the School Board officer, explained that this did not matter so long as she was between the ages of five and thirteen, and thought Mrs. STAVELEY was wrong as regarded the age. He thought nine years was the correct figure.


Mr. A.B. TAYLOR complained that this was a case of long standing. She had never made 215 attendances in one year. In March of the present year, she made 12 out of a possible 40 attendances; in April 26 out of 40 and in May 9 out of 39.

Mrs. STAVELEY urged that the child was very delicate, also hard of hearing and one that did not learn quickly. She had an invalid 7 year old and kept the child at home to take care of it, whilst she went out to work. She had had fourteen children, but only nine were alive.

Mr. TAYLOR remarked that this was the first case under the new bye-laws, which gave the magistrates power to inflict a fine of 5s, whereas in the former law only an order for attendance could be made.

Nominal fine of 1s including costs.

 

In 1881 George and Barbara's daughter Barbary is a servant in the Barrow household in Cartmel Fell, Lancashire.  Daughter Ellen is a servant in the Lowden household in Ambleside.  Daughter Annie is a servant in the Thornborrow household in Langdale, Westmorland.  George Jr. has not been located in the 1881 census.  However, son Henry married Mary Jane ATKINSON at Kendal on November 13, 1878, and is lodging at "The Green" in 1881:

1881: The Green, Ambleside, Westmorland, England

 Ann ANDERTON  Head  W  Female  63  Eppenstone, Yorkshire, England  Charwoman
 Henry STAVELEY   Lodger   M   Male   24   Newcastle, Northumberland, England   Labourer  
 Mary Jane STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   24   Cartmel Fell, Lancashire, England    
 Edward STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  5 Mo  Ambleside, Westmorland, England   

 

A William Henry Staveley was born in the Kendal district in b. 1879, and died as an infant, and is believed to have been the son of Henry and Mary Jane.

George Staveley again makes the papers in 1882:

Ambleside Herald and Lakes News*

Issue #103 Page 4 March 10, 1882

Windermere Petty Sessions 

George Staveley, labourer, Ambleside
Drunkenness on Saturday 18th ult.

Defendant was found seated on the platform of the Railway Station at Windermere. On
being roused he was found to be so drunk as not to be fit to take care of himself.

Pleaded guilty. Fine 5s plus 8s 10d costs.

 

A month later we learn of the death of George's son Thomas:

Ambleside Herald and Lakes News*

Issue #109 Page 4 April 21, 1882

Deaths

On the 14th inst., at Ambleside, Thomas Holgate Staveley, age 6.5 years

 

Two years later, we learn of George's own untimely death:

Ambleside Herald and Lakes News*

Issue #222 Page 4 June 20, 1884

On the 18th inst at Ambleside, George Staveley, age 54 years. Interred tomorrow. Open
funeral.

Another sad instance of rather sudden death, ... on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. George Staveley, a carter in the employ of Mr. Bennett, carrier of Ambleside complained of feeling unwell on Saturday evening after leaving work, and inflamation setting in became gradually worse, and sank to his rest as before stated.  He was 54 years of age.

 

The year after George's death was clearly not a good one for this family.  First, a court case is brought against Barbara:

Ambleside Herald and Lakes News*

Issue #271 Page 4 May 29, 1885

Ambleside County Court 

Garside v Staveley

Action brought by Mrs. Garside, of Ambleside to recover £2 9s 5d from Mrs. Staveley, for drapery supplied.

Mrs. Garside said that the defendant had come to her with her daughter and bought certain goods. They were put down to the daughter, but she was under age, and Mrs. Staveley said she would see it paid, so Mrs. Garside had brought the action against the mother.

Judgement was given in favour of the defendant, the judge remarking that plaintiff should sue the daughter, as even those under age had to pay for their own clothing.

 

Less than a month later, George and Barbara's grandson died:

Ambleside Herald and Lakes News*

Issue #274 Page 4 June 19, 1885

Deaths

On the 15 th inst at Ambleside, Henry, son of Henry Staveley, aged 2 years and 6 months

 

In 1891 George's widow Barbara is residing with her daughter Ellen, who married Charles RICHARDS in 1886:

1891: 7 Oxford Street, Millom, Cumberland, England

 Charles RICHARD   Head   M   Male   24   Helton, Cornwall, England   Iron Miner
 Ellen RICHARD   Wife   M   Female   25   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 Barbara STAVELEY   Mother in Law  W  Female   57   Hawkshead, Lancashire, England   Living on her means

 

Barbara died in Cumberland in 1896, aged 63 years.

Barbara's son Henry remained in Ambleside with his wife Mary:

1891: Edinboro, Ambleside, Westmorland, England

 Henry STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   37   Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland, England   Coachman  
 Mary Jane STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   36   Cartmel, Lancashire, England    
 Edward STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  11  Grasmere Ambleside, Westmorland, England   
 George STAVELEY   Son   U  Male   7  Windermere Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 Florence STAVELEY   Daur   U    Female   5   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 Herbert STAVELEY   Son   U    Male   3   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 William STAVELEY    Son   U   Male   2   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 John STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  2 Wks  Ambleside, Westmorland, England   

 

1901: Edinboro, Ambleside, Westmorland, England

 Henry STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   43   Newcastle, Northumberland, England   Cabman Groom  
 Mary Jane STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   46   Staveley, Westmorland, England    
 George STAVELEY   Son   U  Male   18   Ambleside, Westmorland, England   Vanman 
 Florence STAVELEY   Daur   U    Female   16   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 Herbert STAVELEY   Son   U    Male   13   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 William STAVELEY    Son   U   Male   11   Ambleside, Westmorland, England    
 John STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  9  Ambleside, Westmorland, England   
 Christopher STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  7  Ambleside, Westmorland, England   
 Norman STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  4  Ambleside, Westmorland, England   

 

Henry and Mary's daughter Florence married James W. WALLACE in 1911, and was living at 9, Church St., Maryport, Cumberland in 1915.

Henry and Mary's son William was a Private serving with the Royal Lancaster Regiment during World War 1.  He fought in the second Battle of Ypres, and died on May 8, 1915.

Henry and Mary lost another son during the Great War. Son Norman McCleod Staveley was serving with the 8th Battalion of the Border Regiment when he was killed in action in France, during the Battle of the Somme, on July 3, 1916.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in Somme, in France.  This is a Memorial to the 75,085 missing officers and men of the Somme who have no known grave.


* Special thanks to David Leverton for transcribing the Staveley family articles from the Ambleside Herald and Lakes News.

 

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