Birkenhead - Wirral, Cheshire

Alfred Eldon Staveley II is the son of Alfred Eldon Staveley I and his wife Mary Emily of West Derby, and married Emma GRIFFITHS at St. George's Church, Everton, Liverpool in 1879.

1881: 99 Oliver St., Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

 Alfred E. STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   28   Liverpool   Rigger (Ship) 
 Emma STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   25   Bhead, Cheshire, England    
 Louisa STAVELEY   Daur   U   Female   5 m   Bhead, Cheshire, England    
 Alfred STAVELEY   Son   U   Male   5 m   Bhead, Cheshire, England    


It appears that Alfred and Emma had a daughter Emma in 1882, and she died the following year, aged 1 year, in Birkenhead.  Her sister Louisa, twin to Alfred above, also died in 1883.  Her death was registered in Birkenhead during the December Quarter of that year, and her age at death is given as 3 years.  There is also an entry of birth and death for a William Griffiths Staveley in 1886.  This must be a child of Alfred and Emma (the Griffiths name was Emma's maiden name).  Unfortunately the child died shortly after he was born, and his death was registered in the December quarter of 1886.  An entry of death for their mother Emma is listed for the March quarter of 1892 in Birkenhead, aged 36.  However, one year earlier during the 1891 census, Alfred is found already with his new wife Anne.

1891: 91 Oliver St., Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

 Alfred E. STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   40   Liverpool, Lancashire  Farrier 
 Anne STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   38   Welshpool   
 Alfred STAVELEY   Son   U   Male 10  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England   Scholar
 Martha STAVELEY   Daur  U   Female  7  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England  Scholar
 Anne STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female 4  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England  Scholar
 William G. STAVELEY  Son  U  Male 1  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England  


Alfred aged 10 appears to be the only child of Alfred and Emma's that survived as of 1891.  His father Alfred E. gives an occupation of Farrier in 1891, which doesn't really fit with the occupations given in 1881/1901.  He also appears to give an age two years in advance of his expected age of 38 in this census, but by 1901 his age, and occupation appear to be corrected.

1901: 4 Warwick St., Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

 Alfred E. STAVELEY   Head   W   Male  48  Liverpool, Lancashire   Laborer in Ship Yard 
 William G. STAVELEY  Son  U  Male 9  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England  
 Martha J. DOBIE  Housekeeper  U  Female 32  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England  Housekeeper Domestic
 George DOBIE  Son  U  Male  6  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England  
 Martha M. DOBIE  Daur  U  Female 2  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England  


Alfred Eldon Staveley II's wife Anne died in 1897 aged 44 years.  In 1901 Alfred has a housekeeper, Martha J. DOBIE.  One might expect the story to end there, however...In December 1901 Harold Staveley is born to Martha Dobie, and no father is listed on the birth certificate.  Two years later, Alfred and Martha Jemima DOBIE are married on February 8, 1903.   By 1904 they have a daughter Emily.  Alfred Eldon Staveley (above) died on November 28, 1920 in The Cheshire Asylum, Upton by Chester aged 68. His death was registered by his daughter Martha BUTTERWORTH.  Alfred Eldon Staveley was buried in the Overleigh Cemetery, in a common grave (G2350) on December 1, 1920.

Alfred's son Alfred Eldon Staveley III born in 1880 married Adelaide Doyle March 13, 1901 and is found living with his wife and Sister Martha in 1901:

1901: 441 Boro Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire

 Alfred E. STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   20   Birkenhead, Cheshire, England  Coachman (Domestic) 
 Adelaide STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   23   Birkenhead, Cheshire, England   
 Martha STAVELEY   Sister  U   Female  17  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England   Greengrocer's Assistant


Alfred and Martha's sister Anne is the only sibling unaccounted for in the 1901 census.  She would have been 14 years old.

A second branch of Staveleys, from Sheffield/Chester, appear in the Birkenhead region.  George Staveley was residing with his mother Jemima in 1871 (also see Beighton, Derbyshire line):

1871: 103 Watson Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

 Jemima STAVELEY   Head   W  Female  47  Chester, Cheshire, England   Stationer
 George STAVELEY   Son  S   Male  15  Sheffield, Yorkshire, England  Laborer
 Ann STAVELEY   Daur      Female  14  Sheffield, Yorkshire, England  Scholar 
 William STAVELEY   Son      Male   12   Sheffield, Yorkshire, England  Scholar 
 James Henry STAVELEY   Grand Son      Male  3   Birkenhead, Cheshire, England   


George married Ann BARR toward the end of 1874, and is found residing in Birkenhead in 1881.

1881: 58 William Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England 

 George STAVELY   Head   M   Male   26   Sheffield, York, England   Labourer Iron Works 
 Ann STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   27       
 Margaret A. STAVELY   Daur      Female   6   Birkenhead, Cheshire   
 George STAVELY   Son      Male   4   Birkenhead, Cheshire    
 William STAVELY   Son      Male   3   Birkenhead, Cheshire    
 Mary STAVELY   Daur      Female   1   Birkenhead, Cheshire    


This family has not been located on either the 1891 nor the 1901 census records, except for George and Ann's son George (b. 1877).  George and Mary THORN were married in 1899 (Edward OWENS married Sarah THORN in Birkenhead in 1883, and Mary was Sarah's daughter by her first marriage, hence the surname THORN, not OWENS).

1901: 355 Price St., Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

 Edward OWENS   Head   M   Male   39   Denbigh, Denbighshire  General Labourer 
 Sarah OWENS   Wife   M   Female  44  Birkenhead, Cheshire   
 John OWENS   Son  S  Male 17  Birkenhead, Cheshire   Sailor Merchant Service
 Ellen OWENS   Daur  S  Female 14  Birkenhead, Cheshire    
 Alice OWENS   Daur  S  Female 9  Birkenhead, Cheshire    
 Alfred OWENS   Son  S  Male 6  Birkenhead, Cheshire    
 Mary E. STAVELEY  Daur  M  Female 23  Penbryn, Cornwall  
 George STAVELEY  Son in Law  M  Male 24  Birkenhead, Cheshire  Boilermaker
 Annie STAVELEY  Gran Daur  S  Female 4 mo  Birkenhead, Cheshire  


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