The exact origins of the Staveleys of Down, Ireland, are not clear. David Stavely and Esther McADAM had the following children:
|Anne Stavely||b. June 28, 1821||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|Samuel Stavely||b. February 14, 1823||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|Willie Stavely||b. 1824||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|William Stavely||b. November 7, 1826||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|David Stavely||b. September 6, 1831||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|Sarah Stavely||b. September 27, 1834||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|Esther Stavely||b. December 4, 1836||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|John McRobert Stavely||b. 1837/8||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|Elizabeth Stavely||b. February 4, 1839||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|Robert Stavely||b. July 17, 1842||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
|Mary Jane Stavely||b. July 17, 1842||Rureagh, Down, Ireland|
In 1834 the Tithe applotment books for County Down show a David Stevely of Down, Inishargy, Glastry and Rowreagh, presumably one and the same.
David and Esther are both buried on Ards Peninsula, in County Down, Ireland.
Daugher Esther married Henry KEAG and had at least two children, Sarah Elizabeth b. 1868, and Annie b. 1871.
Sarah married William MCNAMARA and had a female child b. June 8, 1868, and a son Robert Marland b. October 13, 1870.
Son William Staveley married Helen CONEY in Dunedin, New Zealand.
In the 1830's there is a record of a Samuel Staveley marrying a Jane MOORE on July 14, 1830, at the Presbyterian Church in Kircubbin, County Down. It is possible this Samuel could be a brother to David above, as Samuel also appears in the 1834 Tithe applotment books for Rowreagh. It is unknown at the present if Samuel and Jane had any children.
On January 28, 1837, a Sarah Staveley married a Charles McMASTER at the Presbyterian Church in Kircubbin, County Down.
An Aaron Staveley of Magheradrool, County Down, appears in Griffith's Valuation, 1848-1864. The name Aaron is not unusual in the family of Rev. William J. Staveley of Antrim, suggesting this Aaron may have a possible connection with that family.