There is evidence from the early to mid 16th century, of Staveleys in the village of Gainsborough - on the Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire border. In fact much of the settlement is in the village of Saundby, a couple of miles southwest of Gainsborough, and actually just into Nottinghamshire. For example, we find a Rowland Staveley who married Isabel Longbothom there on 28th Feb 1584. Even earlier Edward Staveley, (son of a Thomas Staveley) married Mary OTTER on February 24, 1565, and are known to have had the following children in Gainsborough:
|Thomas Staveley||b. February 24, 1565||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Lawrence Staveley||b. November 17, 1566||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Anne Staveley||b. December 12, 1568||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Dorathie Staveley||b. August 6, 1570||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Bartholomewe Staveley||b. September 15, 1572||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Robert Staveley||b. September 18, 1573||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Katherin Staveley||b. June 9, 1576||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Anne Staveley||b. September 10, 1578||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
Son Thomas b. 1565 married Alice HIGHE in Gainsborough on August 22, 1591.
There are records of two Thomas Staveley 'wills' from Gainsborough. One (specifically from Morton Gainsborough) for 1599 and one for 1658 - in both events the gentlemen in question were butchers! The first of these may be the Thomas Staveley who was father (or grandfather?) of a Myles Staveley born in 1594 in Gainsborough.
Edward and Mary's son Robert b.1573 married Margaret SMITH in Gainsborough on December 25, 1595 and had eight children:
|Edward Staveley||b. September 29, 1596||d. February 08, 1601/02||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Robert Staveley||b. July 10, 1597||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Anne Staveley||b. December 17, 1598||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Christopher Staveley||b. February 13, 1598/99||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Thomas Staveley||b. March 22, 1600/01||d. 1658||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Anne Staveley||b. August 10, 1601||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|William Staveley||b. April 10, 1602||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Dorathie Staveley||b. June 12, 1603||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
Robert's son William, a baker by trade, married Barbara HOULE in Gainsborough on May 2, 1621, and had the following children:
|Gertrude Staveley||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Anne Staveley||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Barbara Staveley||b. December 04, 1622||d. December 26, 1623||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Barbara Staveley||b. July 28, 1625||d. December 10, 1626||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|William Staveley||b. November 10, 1627||d. December 25, 1637||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|John Staveley||b. July 12, 1630||d. May 11, 1702||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Joseph Staveley||b. September 09, 1632||d. November 13, 1703||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Sarah Staveley||b. January 15, 1633/34||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Benjamin Staveley||b. July 27, 1636||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
Daughter Sarah married Joseph GODFRAY on June 16, 1667.
William and Barbara's son Benjamin married Hellenae and moved to Saundby, Nottinghamshire.
Their son John married Elizabeth and also moved to Saundby, Nottinghamshire.
Edward Staveley and Mary Otter's son Lawrence b. 1566 had eight children in Gainsborough:
|Gervase Staveley||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Sarah Staveley||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Marie Staveley||b. April 03, 1595||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Edward Staveley||b. April 17, 1597||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Henrye Staveley||b. December 16, 1599||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Dorothie Staveley||b. October 24, 1603||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|William Staveley||b. January 29, 1608/09||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Mary Staveley||b. January 01, 1611/12||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
Son William b. 1608 married Elizabeth BOYNTON on May 03, 1632 in Gainsborough and had the following children:
|Joseph Staveley||b. September 09, 1632||d. September 10, 1632||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Lawrence Staveley||b. February 06, 1632/33||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Richard Staveley||b. November 20, 1634||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Elizabeth Staveley||b. September 02, 1636||d. September 18, 1639||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Ann Staveley||b. March 25, 1638||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Elizabeth Staveley||b. August 16, 1640||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
William and Elizabeth's son Richard Staveley b. 1634 married Abigaile SUDBERRY on May 12, 1660 in Gainsborough.
|Mary Staveley||b. January 15, 1661/62||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Lawrence Staveley||b. January 26, 1665/66||d. 1703||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Richard Staveley||b. March 18, 1666/67||d. June 22, 1667||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Richard Staveley||b. June 09, 1669||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Elizabeth Staveley||b. September 21, 1672||d. December 13, 1672||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Joshua Staveley||b. September 21, 1672||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
Transcription of the adminis bond dated October 1708 by Richard Staveley b. 1634.
It is interesting to note that a branch of the Lincolnshire Staveleys, like those of Stainley, had a succession of Miles Staveleys. Miles b. March 10, 1777 in Knaith the son of William Staveley and Frances COX, and married Eleanor GOSNEY in Gainsborough on 26th April 1803. Miles and Eleanor had the following children:
|Walter Staveley||b. 1804|
|Harriet Staveley||b. 1806||d. July 6, 1807||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Fanny Staveley||b. October 22, 1807||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Eastland Staveley||b. September 23, 1809||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire|
|Arthur Staveley||b. 1812|
|Harriet Staveley||b. 1815|
|Miles Staveley||b. 10th August 1819||St. Mary, St. Marylebone, London|
|Ellen Staveley||b. 1822|
Miles b. 1777 is found living in St. Pancras (and a pianoforte maker) at the time of his death, along with his children Eastland, Arthur and Ellen. Miles' will also alludes to an older son "Walter, a farmer of Knaith". Walter is found residing in Knaith during the 1841 census. By 1851 Walter is residing in Gainsborough with his wife Mary Anne COPLING:
1851: Spring Gardens, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
|Walter STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||47||Gainsbro', Lincolnshire, England||Retired Farmer|
|Mary Anne STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||38||Chedgrove, Norfolkshire, England||Retired Farmer's Wife|
|Sarah CHAMBERLEY||U||Female||18||Upton, Lincolnshire, England||House Servant|
1861: Spring Gardens, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
|Walter STAVELY||Head||M||Male||57||Gainsbro', Lincolnshire, England||Retired from Business, Lives on Interest of ?|
|Mary Anne STAVELY||Wife||M||Female||48||Chedgrove, Norfolkshire, England|
|Elizabeth TODD||Serv||U||Female||21||Bellingham, Nottinghamshire, England||Housemaid|
Walter died later that year, on December 31, 1861 without issue.
It is interesting to note that Miles states he has "three children" in his will as listed above, but then makes a single reference to Walter in his will, to act as executor only in the event that his 'two sons' (Eastland and Arthur) are unable to fulfill their appointment as executor(s). Miles also had another son Miles born 25th July 1819 and christened on 10th August 1819 at Saint Mary-St Marylebone Road, Saint Marylebone, in London, but as this child is not mentioned in the will, his fate is unknown.
Eastland is an unusual first name, used over a number of generations by these Lincolnshire Staveley families right up to modern times and the earliest reference found to date is an Eastland Staveley who buried his daughter Anne in the village of Knaith (3 miles south of Gainsborough) in 1739. It may well be a child of Eastland, or more likely Arthur, named Miles who I discovered being born in St. Pancras, London on 12th August 1846, and who played just one match for the Surrey Cricket Club in the season of 1870. Described as a right-hand batsman he batted in both innings and scored a total of 3! This family is found in Richmond, Surrey in 1861.
Most of the Lincolnshire activity and events took place at Gainsborough and surrounding villages, including nearby Saundby, Nottinghamshire and one can therefore chart numerous births/deaths of Staveleys in the Gainsborough area throughout the 16th, 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.
It seems more than likely that this group of Staveleys may well be the original family line of the North Anston Staveleys whose tree is currently headed by William Staveley of (Morton) Gainsborough, born about 1600-10. (He moved to Loversall, Yorkshire around 1630 and thence to Anston). The first Thomas Staveley mentioned above must have been born about 1520 which shows just how far back this Lincolnshire settlement goes - and quite likely even further than this.
John Staveley was born in 1866, the son of William Staveley of North Clifton, Nottinghamshire and his wife Betsey HAMMOND. In 1892 John married Lucy SPITTLEHOUSE:
1901: 19 High Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
|John STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||35||North Clifton, Nottinghamshire, England||Milling Machinist in Iron Works|
|Lucy STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||27||Marton, Lincolnshire, England|
|Edith STAVELEY||Daur||U||Female||5||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England|
|Harold STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||1||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England|
|Eva STAVELEY||Daur||U||Female||8 mo||Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England|
Three additional children were born that do not appear in the 1901 census. A daughter Jessie was born in 1893, but died in 1898, and a son Ernest was born in 1898, and died shortly thereafter. Lastly, a son Walter was born to this family in 1903.
Charles Staveley was born in Thornton Curtis, Lincolnshire in 1833, to parents William Staveley and Amelia ABRAHAM. He married Mary Ann BURLEY in 1860, and Charles and Mary are found living in Gainsborough in 1861:
1861: Catherine Place, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
|Charles STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||27||Thornton Curtis, Lincolnshire, England||Tallow Chandler|
|Mary A. STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||34||Glentworth, Lincolnshire, England|
Mary Ann died in Hull in 1865. Charles was remarried the following year, to Eliza WRAY in Sculcoates, where we find them in 1871.
From: Research and Notes by Phil Staveley, and Peter Staveley