Robert Staveley (Stevelly) of Cork was born in 1716 in County Antrim, the son of Joseph Staveley and Janet EDMISTON. Robert was a linen merchant and general trader. He married Sarah JONES in 1745, and had the following children:
|Grace Staveley||b. October 27, 1746||d. 1798||Cork, Ireland|
|Jane Staveley||b. April 11, 1748||Cork, Ireland|
|Joseph Staveley||b. April 8, 1749||d. 1781||Cork, Ireland|
|Thomas Staveley||b. March 30, 1750||
|Sarah Staveley||b. March 19, 1751||d. 1778||Cork, Ireland|
|William Staveley||b. July 19, 1752||Cork, Ireland|
|Robert Staveley II||b. August 19, 1753||d. 1817||Cork, Ireland|
|Hester Staveley||b. August 11, 1754||Cork, Ireland|
|Mary Staveley||b. March 16, 1760||Cork, Ireland|
|George Staveley||b. September 22, 1761||d. 1837||Cork, Ireland|
|Jones Staveley||b. September 22, 1761||d. 1833||Cork, Ireland|
|Annabella Staveley||b. August 13, 1769||Cork, Ireland|
Both Robert and Sarah were buried at St. Peter's churchyard (sadly no longer in existence).
Sacred to the Memory of Sarah Stevelly, wife of Robert Stevelly who departed this life the 11th Jan 1789 aged 66 years. Here lieth the body of Robert Stevelly, who departed this life 12th of March 1795, aged 79
St. Peter's Church once had stained glass windows, one of which was dedicated to Robert Stevelly, who was once a church warden. The stained glass windows were removed when the church was deconsecrated in 1949.
Robert and Sarah's eldest son, Robert Staveley II, went to Dublin and several generations later, his descendants were back in England where some remain to this day.
Robert and Sarah's elder daughter, Grace, married a William SMITH are known to have had at least two daughters, Charlotte, and Harriet. Grace is the grandmother of William Smith O'Brien (1803-1864), an Irish Fenian 'rebel' whose statue stands in O'Connell Street in Dublin. Grace later married Nathaniel GARDINER in 1764.
Grace's sister Hester married William Smith's brother, John SMITH.
Son Jones Staveley became a High Court Judge in Ireland, and settled in Dublin.
Son Robert was married three times. First to Jane KIRKPATRICK on May 16, 1782. Robert then married Margaret Collis DAY on February 4th 1795 in Cork, had three children born in Dublin. In 1805, Robert married Anne TURNER.
Son George married Anne KNAPP on February 17, 1787 in Cork and had the following children:
|Anne Staveley||b. Dec 14, 1787||Cork, Ireland|
|Robert George Staveley||b. Oct 4, 1789||d. Oct 4, 1789||Cork, Ireland|
|Edmund Staveley||b. Oct14, 1790||d. 1841||Cork, Ireland|
|George Staveley||b. 1792||d. infancy||Cork, Ireland|
|Sarah Staveley||b. September 1, 1792||
|John Staveley||b. June 23, 1795||Cork, Ireland|
|Joseph Staveley||b. July 8, 1797||Cork, Ireland|
|Dorcas Bousfield Staveley||b. January 12, 1799||d. 1871||Cork, Ireland|
|Jane Staveley||b. September 15, 1800||Cork, Ireland|
|Charlotte Staveley||b. January 6, 1802||Cork, Ireland|
|Henrietta Staveley||b. 1805||Cork, Ireland|
|Hester Staveley||b. February 5, 1807||Cork, Ireland|
George and Ann's son Edmund married Isabella RUSSELL on November 25, 1825 in Dublin, and had the following children in County Cork:
|Mary Russell Staveley||b.||d. Infancy||Cork, Ireland|
|George Staveley||b. July 3, 1826||d. 1873||Drinagh, Cork, Ireland|
|Newbold Staveley||b. August 25, 1828||d. 1857||Drinagh, Cork, Ireland|
George and Ann's son John married Mary BUSHELL in Dublin on December 27, 1823. John was a Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry at Queen's College in Belfast.
George and Ann's son Joseph married Catherine FOWLER on February 4, 1826 and had the following three children:
|Helena Fowler Stevelly||b. December 4, 1826||Cork, Ireland|
|Catherine Anne Stevelly||b. May 3, 1837||Cork, Ireland|
|Priscilla Stevelly||b. August 10, 1839||Cork, Ireland|
Joseph's daughter, Catherine Anne, married her first cousin, Robert Staveley b. 1819 (see below).
Daughter Dorcas Bousfield Staveley married Nicholas Skottowe PARKER on July 27, 1819 in Blackrock, Ireland.
Robert George Staveley, brother of Joseph above, married Ann HODDER on May 21, 1814.
|George Staveley||b. April 5, 1815||Cork, Ireland|
|Robert Staveley||b. 1819||Cork, Ireland|
|Michael Busteed Staveley||b. September 5, 1821||Cork, Ireland|
|Jones Hodder Staveley||b. September 21, 1826||
|Sarah Staveley||b. March 27, 1827||Cork, Ireland|
Robert and Ann's son George married Mary PEARSON in Cork on June 2, 1836, and had the following children:
|Eliza Staveley||b.||Cork, Ireland|
|Mary Pearson Staveley||b. 1837||Cork, Ireland|
|Ann Hodder Staveley||b. 1839||Cork, Ireland|
|Robert George Staveley||b. 1842||
|George Staveley||b. 1845||Cork, Ireland|
George's son Robert first married Elizabeth DAY on December 27, 1872 in Wellington, New Zealand. He later married Emily Maude PITTS.
Robert and Ann's son Robert was a Captain aboard the steam packet Sabrina, and sailed twice weekly to Bristol, England for over 40 years. Robert married his cousin, Catherine Ann STAVELEY, daughter of Joseph Staveley and Catherine Fowler, and had the following children:
|George Hodder Staveley||b.||Cork, Ireland|
|Kate Hodder Staveley||b.||Cork, Ireland|
|Robert Jones Staveley||b. May 21, 1857||Bristol, England|
|Anne Hodder Staveley||b. May 13, 1865||d. 1921||
|Emily Sarah Staveley||b. 1869||Cork, Ireland|
|William Edward Staveley||b. December 22, 1869||d. Sep 1875||Cork, Ireland|
|Mabel Charlotte Staveley||b. November 15, 1871||Cork, Ireland|
|Henry Parker Staveley||b. October 15, 1874||d. 1874||Cork, Ireland|
1911: Blackrock Town, Blackrock, Cork, Ireland
|Anne Hodder STAVELEY||S||Head of Family||Church of Ireland||Read and Write||45||Annuity||Co. Cork|
|Mabel Charlotte STAVELEY||S||Sister||Church of Ireland||Read and Write||39||Annuity||Co. Cork|
Daughter Emily Sarah Staveley married William Francis Drew THORNTON in 1902. The couple settled in South Africa, where their descendants still live today.
Kate Hodder Staveley married Nicholas Skottowe Parker WARING, her cousin, and settled in County Clare.
In 1884, Robert Jones Staveley, a solicitor, emigrated from Ireland to Picton New Zealand. He joined several cousins who were already living there. He married Helen HAMMOND from London, whom he had met on the trip to New Zealand, on September 16, 1884 in Picton, NZ. Along with his cousin Robert George Staveley, these two families account for a large group of Staveley descendants living in New Zealand today. Another group of cousins from this branch were living in Australia too, but some of them appear to have ended up in New Zealand. Many of the Australian Stavelys are from the Irish group who originated from Scotland. They usually spell the name 'Stavely' whereas the Antrim group spell it 'Staveley'.