William Staveley was born in 1778, the son of William Staveley of Knaith and Frances COX. William was a Butcher in the City of Lincoln, and the following is a transcript of his will from 1850:
This is the last will and testament of me William Staveley, of the city of Lincoln, Butcher.
First I order and direct that all my just debts, funeral expenses, firstly hereinafter by me given and the costs and charges of providing and registering this my will be paid by my executrix hereinafter named.
I give and bequeath unto each of my brothers, Miles Staveley of London, cabinet maker; Joseph Staveley of Knaith in the county of Lincoln, farmer; and Christopher Staveley now living with the reverend William Maddison of Hackworth in the county of York, the sum of £20.
I also give and bequeath unto each of my sisters Knathia Maw, the wife of Gervase Maw of Epworth in the county of Lincoln, victualler; Hannah Wilkinson, the wife of John Wilkinson of Shardlow in the county of Roper; and Lucy Staveley of Knaith aforesaid, spinster, the sum of £20.
All which said legacies I will and direct be paid by my executrix within 12 calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my brother Joseph Staveley and William Woodall from the said city of Lincoln, gentleman, immediately after my decease, the sum of £600 – upon trust that they my said trustees on the survivor of theses his executors and administrators do and shall stand and be popetyer of the said £600 and lay out and invest the sum in the public stocks and funds or upon governments real securities at interest and the dividends interest and annual proceeds thereof in trust to pay and apply such dividends interest and annual proceeds thereof as a foresaid unto my dear wife Mary Staveley on her assigns or permit and suffer her on them to receive the sum for and living the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her decease in trust to pay assign and transfer the said sum of £600 unto and equally amongst my said brothers and sister – Miles Staveley, Joseph Staveley, Christopher Staveley, Knathia Maw, Hannah Wilkinson and Lucy Staveley share and share alike. But in case any of my said brothers and sisters shall happen to die before any or either of the said legacies shall become due and payable and leaving lawful issue of his her or their body or bodies together then I will and direct that the legacy or legacies of him her or them so dying be equally divided amongst such issue share and share alike
Proven at London the 23rd September 1850