Lowell, MA

The Staveleys of Lowell, Massachusetts came to America sometime after 1881.  This Staveley line originates in Stockton on the Forest, in Yorkshire.   Benjamin Staveley was born in 1844 in York St. Margaret, to parents Thomas Staveley and Maria SCOTT.  Benjamin is residing with his parents in 1861 in St. Mary Bishophill, York.  Benjamin married Harriet ARMITAGE in 1864 and initially settled his family in Fixby, Yorkshire.  The last we see this family in England is during the 1881 census in Fixby.

Some passenger records for this family have been found.  Daughter Christiana is found sailing to Boston, Massachusetts August 25, 1895 on board the Scythia.

Her brother, Benjamin Armitage Staveley, married Elizabeth THORNTON in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.  On March 24, 1891 both arrived in Boston aboard the Cephalonia (lower steerage) during a visit to the United States.  At this time both are declared to be citizens of England.  Benjamin declared his occupation as Blacksmith, and both were listed to be 21 years of age.  Later on September 3, 1914 Benjamin, a Wheelwright by trade, and his wife Elizabeth arrive in Boston on board the Arabic (see Immigration Records), and settled in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Benjamin b. 1844 and his wife Harriet first settle in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  They are later found living in the City of Lowell during the 1910 US Federal Census:

1910: Lowell (City of), Massachusetts, USA

 Benjamin STAVELEY*   Head   M   Male   66   England   Own Income 
 Harriet STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   65   England    
 Edith STAVELEY   Daur   U   Female   27   England   ?
 Agnes STAVELEY   Daur  U  Female  25   England   ?
 Eva STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  23  England   Spinner
 Annie HUGIL  Boarder  W  Female  56  England  Weaver


*Benjamin and Harriet list their year of Immigration as 1888.

Benjamin and Harriet's son Joseph is also residing in Lowell in 1910 with his wife Gertrude:

1910: Lowell (City of), Massachusetts, USA

 Joseph STAVELEY*  Head   M   Male   39   England   Moulder (Foundry)
 Gertrude STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   31   England    
 Joseph E. STAVELEY   Son   U   Male   9   England   
 Roy STAVELEY   Son  U  Male  7   England   
 Guy Charles STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  6  England   
 Ruth STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  3  England  


*Joseph lists his year of Immigration as 1887.

Benjamin and Harriet's sons Arthur and Mark are living in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1910.

Son Scott is living in Providence Rhode Island in 1910.  By 1920 he is joined in Rhode Island by his brother Arthur.

Benjamin and Harriet's son Thomas married Emma BERKETT on August 30, 1899 in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and is living in Medford, Massachusetts in 1910.

1920: 29 Staveley Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

 Benjamin STAVELEY  Head   M   Male   75   England   None
 Harriet STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   74   England    
 Mark STAVELEY  Son  W  Male  45  England   Laborer Fertilizer Co.
 Edith S. STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  38   England   Sewer Worsted Mill
 Eva STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  33  England   Spooler Cotton Mill


Benjamin's wife Harriet died in Lowell Massachusetts on March 15, 1927.

Benjamin and Harriet's eldest son, Benjamin Armitage Staveley, married Elizabeth THORNTON in 1891 and initially resided in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  By 1920 they have moved to Lowell:

1920: Middlesex Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

 Benjamin A. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   50  England   Blacksmith
 Elizabeth STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   50  England   
 Beatrice STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  26  Massachusetts   
 Morris STAVELY  Son  U  Male  24  Massachusetts   
 Frank STAVELY  Son  U  Male  21  Massachusetts   
 Alice STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  18  Massachusetts   
 Hilda H. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  16  Massachusetts   
 Sarah H. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  14  Massachusetts   
 Elsie M. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  12  Massachusetts   


Daughter Elsie M. Staveley married Kenneth MOLLEUR.

Son Morris Staveley married Sarah Jane Welsh in 1922.

Benjamin Armitage Staveley died January 16, 1831 at the age of 61 years.

Benjamin Armitage Staveley and Elizabeth's sons Wilford and Ernest are living nearby.  Ernest T. Staveley married Edith BROWN in 1912:

1920: Thorncliff Ave., Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

 Wilford STAVELY   Head   M   Male   25  Massachusetts   Draftsman, Machine Shop
 Thorne STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   25  Nova Scotia, Can  Assembler, Machine Shop
 Kenneth H. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  3 years 6 mo  Massachusetts   
 Arthur B. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  2 years 6 mo  Massachusetts   
 Ernest T. STAVELY  Brother  M  Male  28  Massachusetts   Blacksmith, Electric Railroad
 Edith STAVELY  Sister-in-Law  M  Female  29  Ireland   Assembling, Machine Shop
 Helen M. STAVELY  Niece  U  Female  7  Massachusetts   
 Ralph B. STAVELY  Nephew  U  Male  5  Massachusetts   


In 1930 Wilford and Thorne are living in Wakefield, Massachusetts.  His brother Ernest stayed in Lowell:

1930: Edward Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

 Ernest F. STAVERLY  Head  M  Male  38  Massachusetts   Blacksmith, Railroad
 Edith STAVERLY  Wife  M  Female  39  North Ireland   
 Helen M. STAVERLY  Daur  U  Female  17  Massachusetts   
 Ralph B. STAVERLY  Son  U  Male  16  Massachusetts   
 Dorothy E. STAVERLY  Daur  U  Female  8  Massachusetts   
 Richard A. STAVERLY  Son  U  Male  5  Massachusetts   
 Shirley E. STAVERLY  Daur  U  Female  3 mo  Massachusetts   


In 1942, at the time of the draft registration, Ernest Thornton Staveley was still residing with his wife Edith at 10 Edwards St in Lowell.  At the time he states he was employed by Boston and Maine in North Billerica.

Ernest Staveley died in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1983.

Wilford and Ernest's brother Frank married Jennie MOORE in Lowell in 1926:

1930: Thom? Ave., Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

 Frank STAVERLY  Head  M  Male  32  Massachusetts   Upholsterer, Furniture
 Jennie STAVERLY  Wife  M  Female  32  Massachusetts   


Benjamin and Harriet's daughter Eva married Frank SHEPPARD and is found living with her father in 1930:

1930: 29 Staveley Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

 Benjamin STAVELEY  Head   W   Male   86   England   None
 Frank SHEPPARD  Son-in-Law   M   Male   40  England   Cutter, Corduroy Mill
 Eva SHEPPARD  Daur  M  Female  43  England   
 Arthur SHEPPARD  Grandson  U  Female  4   Massachusetts   


Benjamin died in Lowell, MA on June 7, 1931 at the age of 87 years.

Benjamin's son Scott lived in Providence, Rhode Island for about 20 years, but by 1930 has returned to Lowell:

1930: 52 Staveley Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

 Scott STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   49   England  Delicatessen Store Proprietor
 Mary STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   47  England   
 Lincoln S. STAVELEY  Son  U   Male  17  Massachusetts  
 Grace J. STAVELEY  Daur  U  Female  15  Massachusetts  


Based on records from 1942, Scott Staveley's delicatessen store was located at 692 Lawrence St in Lowell.

Scott's brother Mark married late in life, at the age of 48 years.  He Lillian Chapman Neild, aged 43, in 1920:

1930: 51 Staveley Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

 Mark STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   55   England  Foundry Iron Molder
 Lillian C. STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   50  England   
 Harriet NIELD  Mother-in-Law  W  Female  82  England  



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