Osage County, KS

William Stavely was born in Antrim, Ireland.  In 1850 William and his wife Margaret are residing in Mineral Point, Iowa County, Wisconsin.  Margaret died in 1858, and in 1861 William moved his family to Allegheny, near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and married Martha KELLY.  In 1878, after the death of Martha, the family moved to Lyndon, Osage County, Kansas.  In 1880 we find his family as follows:

1880: Valley Brook, Osage, Kansas

 William STAVELY  Head   W   Male   58   Ireland  
 John A. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  35  Ireland  Farmer
 Joseph H. STAVELY  Son  W  Male  29  Wisconsin  County Surveyor
 Hannah T. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  26  Wisconsin  Keeping House
 William T. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  17  Pennsylvania  
 Jas. A. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  13  Pennsylvania  
 Carrie STAVELY  G Daur  U  Female  2  Pennsylvania  


Son Joseph Hind Staveley married Pluma ZAHNISER, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on October 24, 1876.  They had a daughter Carrie on October 11, 1877.  Pluma died July 3, 1878, and is buried in the Lyndon Cemetery.  The following year Joseph was elected Osage County Surveyor in November 1879.  He was re-elected to the post in 1881, but resigned shortly afterward.  In January, 1882 he acquired The Leader, and became its editor . Joseph also held the positions of Vice-President of the Lyndon Savings Bank, and Secretary of the Republican Central Committee for Osage County.  Joseph married his second wife, Martha A. DUFF (aka Mattie), on January 20, 1881.

William's son James Alexander Stavely married Viola and settled in Wyandotte County.

William died July 1, 1899 and is buried in the Lyndon Cemetery, Osage, Kansas.

1900: Valley Brook, Osage, Kansas

 Joseph H. STAVELY  Head  M  Male  48  Wisconsin  Attorney
 Martha A. STAVELY  Wife  M  Female  50  Pennsylvania  
 Pluma STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  12  Kansas  At School
 Albert STAVELY  Son  U  Male  12  Kansas  At School
 Frederic W. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  5  Kansas  At School
 Elsie THOMPSON  Niece  U  Female  10  Kansas  At School


In 1900 a Joseph Stavely, aged 9 years is staying with Hannah DUFF in Osage, and listed as her nephew.  At first glance, it seemed that Joseph must have been a son of Joseph and Martha, presuming Hannah to be Martha's sister.  However, in the 1900 census, in the "Mother of how many children" column, Martha states "3" and she states that "3" are living.  Joseph states that both of his parents were born in Pennsylvania, but at the moment it is not clear who his father was.  In 1920 Joseph is residing in Colorado.

1910: Valley Brook, Osage, Kansas

 Joseph H. STAVELY  Head  M  Male  58  Wisconsin  Attorney General Practitioner
 Martha A. STAVELY  Wife  M  Female  59  Pennsylvania  
 Pluma STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  22  Kansas  Teacher Public School
 Albert STAVELY  Son  U  Male  22  Kansas  
 Frederic W. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  15  Kansas  


Frederick Walter Stavely was born July 17, 1894 in Lyndon, KS.  His WW1 draft registration card states that he was 23 years old, a Chemist by trade, and was actually employed by the U. S. Rubber Co., 1790 Broadway, New York.. 

Joseph H. Stavely died in 1916, and in 1920 we find his widow Martha as follows: 

1920: Valley Brook, Osage, Kansas

 Mattie A. STAVELY  Head  W  Female  69  Pennsylvania  
 Pluma STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  33  Kansas  Abstractor Manager


Daughter Pluma would later marry Clyde Murray BUCHANAN.  A son, Thomas Stavely Buchanan, was born December 2, 1928. Thomas later became the editor and publisher of the Washington County News.  He died in 2003.

Martha's son Albert is living with his wife Bertha in Osage:

1920: Valley Brook, Osage, Kansas

 Albert K. STAVELY  Head  M  Male  32  Kansas  Lawyer Attorney
 Bertha M. STAVELY  Wife  M  Female  27  California  


A. K. Stavely was born December 18, 1887, and was a Judge of the Osage County District Court, and assistant Attorney General.  He settled in Lyndon, Kansas.  His wife Bertha May died on February 11, 1962.  Albert died in 1968.

Joseph's wife, Martha (Mattie) Ann died in 1941 as is buried in Lyndon.


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