The Staveleys of Saundby can be traced back to William Staveley and Barbara HOULE of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
William and Barbara's son Benjamin was married twice. His first marriage to Hellenae produced two children:
|Katherine Staveley||b. September 7, 1665||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Mary Staveley||b. October 9, 1669||d. March 15, 1671||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
Benjamin's wife Hellenae died and was buried in Saundby on February 15, 1672.
Benjamin's second wife was Sarah SMITH, a widow from East Retford (according to the marriage license). They were married in Harworth parish on September 26, 1672 and had the following children in Saundby:
|William Staveley||b. July 27, 1673||d. October 8, 1673||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Benjamin Staveley||b. October 5, 1674||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Francis Staveley||b. January 10, 1676||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
Benjamin b. 1636 was listed as Church Warden for Saundby parish during 1693, 1694 and 1700. He transcribed the original parish records into the Bishop's Transcripts, which are currently held by the Nottinghamshire Archives Office. Note that no grandchildren for Benjamin Staveley and Sarah Smith have been located in the Saundby registers.
William and Barbara's son John Staveley b. 1630 married Elizabeth. They had at least 6 children, all born in Saundby:
|Benjamin Staveley||d. November 08, 1712||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|John Staveley||d. February 27, 1705/06||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Joseph Staveley||b. October 01, 1666||d. February 27, 1706/07||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Hannah Staveley||b. July 08, 1668||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Elizabeth Staveley||b. 1675||d. April 11, 1677||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Mary Staveley||b. February 07, 1681/82||d. February 17, 1682/83||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
John's wife Elizabeth died November 4, 1691. John left in his will £469 10s 0d + 1/16 shares in 7 sea vessels and a 1/8 share in another vessel. In today's money, the amount is equivalent to £58,000.
John and Elizabeth's daughter Hannah married John RUDD.
Son John married Gertrude WRIGHT of Bole, in Harworth, Nottinghamshire on July 30, 1691.
John and Elizabeth's son Joseph b. 1666 married Ann TODD in Brigsely, Lincolnshire on June 28, 1693, and they had the following children:
|Elizabeth Staveley||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Mary Staveley||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Thomas Staveley||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Benjamin Staveley||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Ann Staveley||b. 1695|
|William Staveley||b. July 08, 1696||d. October 16, 1724|
|John Staveley||b. April 20, 1699|
|Joseph Staveley||b. May 11, 1702|
Joseph and Anne's daughter Anne married Edward OTTER on May 21, 1716 in Saundby. They had at least one child, a daughter Mary, who was buried in Saundby on September 14, 1721.
Joseph left in his will £303 15s 0d + 1/16 shares in 7 sea vessels and a 1/8 share in another vessel. In today's money, the above is equivalent to around £37,000.
Joseph Staveley was listed as being the Church Warden for Saundby during 1701.
Joseph and Ann's son William married Elizabeth SLATER in Sturton-Le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire on June 29, 1716. The marriage license shows that William was 24 years old, and Elizabeth was 22 and from Gringley-on-the-Hill. They had the following children:
|Joseph Staveley||b. February 20, 1717||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Sarah Staveley||b. April 9, 1718||d. April 9, 1718||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
During 1712 William Staveley was apprentice butcher to Thomas Turner of Bawtry, Yorks. William died on October 16th 1724 at just 28 years of age.
William and Elizabeth's son Joseph married Sarah SNOWDEN in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire on May 24, 1743. They first had three children in Swinderby, Lincolnshire, and later had four additional children in Fledborough, Nottinghamshire. Their 4 surviving children, Eastland, William, John and Joseph went their separate ways and each started new Staveley settlements which still have surviving descendants today:
Joseph and Sarah's son Eastland Staveley b. 1745 married Mary THOMPSON in 1767 in Newton On Trent, Lincolnshire.
Son William Staveley b. May 11, 1749 was born in Fledborough, Nottinghamshire, and went to Knaith in Lincolnshire where he married Frances COX and introduced children's names such as Miles, Knathia and Eastland to the family, and became a family of wealthy farmers.
Son John Staveley b. February 25, 1750 was born in Fledborough, and married Sarah TRAVIS on November 21, 1782 in Lea Lincolnshire (just north of Knaith). They had children in Corringham, and Spalding Lincolnshire, and eventually settled in North Clifton in Nottinghamshire and selected farming as the family profession. Three of their descendants John, Adam, and Jean Staveley were born in Darlington, Yorkshire as recent as the 1960’s.
Son Joseph Staveley b. January 7, 1753 was born in Fledborough and went to Newark in Nottinghamshire. He married Millicent HALLAM on May 16, 1785 in Newark Upon Trent, and created a successful family brick making and plaster mining businesses. Some streets and dwelling places around Newark have been named after this Staveley family.
It is important to note that Sarah SNOWDEN's father was Eastland SNOWDEN of Knaith, Lincolnshire, who was apparently rather fond of the Staveley family, and according to Eastland's will, he left the entire contents of his estate to his Staveley in-laws. The name Eastland first appears in the Staveley family with the birth of Joseph and Sarah's son Eastland born in 1745 in Swinderby. The Eastland forename then persists in the Staveley family, from one generation to the next, through at least the early 20th Century.
Joseph and Ann Todd's son John Staveley b. 1699 married Ann STACY in Saundby on July 13, 1732. Ann died October 20, 1739. There are no known children from this marriage.
William and Barbara Houle of Gainsborough had a son Benjamin b. 1636 who married Sarah SMITH in Harworth on September 26, 1672. They had the following children in Saundby:
|William Staveley||b. July 27, 1673||d. October 08, 1673||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Benjamin Staveley||b. October 05, 1674||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Francis Staveley||b. January 10, 1675/76||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
Son Benjamin b. 1674 married Ann, and they proceeded to have eight children in Saundby:
|Hannah Staveley||b. April 13, 1691||d. May 28, 1691||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|John Staveley||b. March 15, 1692/93||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Benjamin Staveley||b. November 19, 1695||d. November 9, 1736||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Elizabeth Staveley||b. March 2, 1697/98||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Mary Staveley||b. February 27, 1699/00||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Joseph Stavley||b. March 11, 1701/02||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Thomas Staveley||b. September 5, 1706||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
|Sarah Staveley||b. December 12, 1708||d. November 17, 1708||Saundby, Nottinghamshire|
Benjamin's son John married Martha and had at least one child, a daughter Ann, who was buried in Saundby on October 7, 1727.
Three wills have been discovered from the Saundby Staveley families, those of John Staveley b. 1630, his son Joseph Staveley b. 1666, and Joseph’s wife Ann (nee TODD) d.1724
Partial Will Extract: John Staveley of Saundby 1702
The following people were mentioned in John’s will. Sons Joseph Staveley, Benjamin Staveley and John Staveley. Grandsons William Staveley, Joseph Staveley and John Staveley – sons of Joseph Staveley. Grandsons John Staveley and Benjamin Staveley – sons of Benjamin Staveley.
Will dated December 4, 1701 and proved 1702
Total effects worth £469 10s 0d
|Purse & Apparell||£40|
|Kitchen Chamber – Beds & Bedding||
|Chamber over house – Beds & Bedding||
|Hall – 8 pewter dishes, 2 pewter candlesticks, 1 table, fire irons & pots||£02|
|Parlour – Bedstead, Seeing Glass, Clock, 6 Chairs||£03|
|12 Cow Boards||£04|
|Horse & Mare||£08|
|1/16 share in 5 vessels||£60|
|Corn on the Ground||£04 10s|
|Coals & Wood||£02|
It appears that the families were quite well off, as in his will John Staveley is worth an estimated £469 10s 0d (not including buildings), which in today’s money is equivalent to approximately £58,500.
There is also mention of a 1/16 share in 7 sea vessels and a 1/8 share in another sea vessel.
John’s son Joseph died very shortly after his father, and he too left a large amount of money and shares in sea vessels in his will. £303 15s 0d is equivalent to around £37,000.
Partial Will Extract: Joseph Staveley of Saundby 1703
The following people are mentioned in Joseph’s will. Sons William Staveley, Joseph Staveley and John Staveley. Brothers John Staveley and Benjamin Staveley. Brother in Law Thomas Tennison. Sisters Gertrude Staveley and Ann Staveley. Nephew Joseph Staveley, and Aunt Sarah Staveley. Wife Ann Staveley.
Will dated October 24, 1703 and proved 1705
Total effects worth £303 15s 0d
|Purse & Apparell||£40|
|Kitchen Chamber – 2 beds, bedding||£05 10s|
Chamber over the House – 2 beds, bedding, 2 chests
|Chest Chamber – Chests and shelves||£02 10s|
|Kitching – 4 pots, 6 pans, 4 tubs||£04|
Hall - 2 pewter plates, 3 tables, 6 chairs, and small iron things
Parlour – 2 tables, 1 clock, 1 chest, 12 chairs
|12 Cows, 1 Bull, 2 Calves||£32|
|30 Sacks of Malt||£24 10s|
|1/16 share of “The Loyal Resolution” vessel||£06|
|1/16 share of William Draytons Keel||£06|
|1/16 share of Thomas Hanwithers Keel||£06|
|1/16 share of Roger Dawsons Keel||£05|
|1/16 share of “Auckland” vessel||£09|
Partial Will Extract: Ann Staveley of Saundby 1724
Ann Staveley widow leaves to her daughter Elizabeth Smith 1 shilling, and to her daughter Mary Staveley the sum of £50 to be paid 12 months after her death. Also her daughter Ann Otter she left 1s & furnishings etc. Son called Thomas, and elder son called Benjamin.
Will dated 13/12/1723 and proved 17/8/1724.
Total effects £332 1s 0d
|Purse & Apparell||£10|
|Hall – Pewter, Tables & Chairs||£02 10s|
|Pewter & Plate||£04 10s|
|Loft – Furniture||£07|
|Parlour – Bed, Bedding & Furniture||
|Kitchen Chamber items||£22|
|Lodging Chamber – Bed etc||£13|
|Chamber – items||£05|
|Dairy – Bowls||£03 10s|
|Wood yard – Hay & Coal||£15|
|Wood yard – Hoggs||£17|
|Hop yard – Sheep||£05 05s|
|Hay yard – Hay||£26 10s|
|Great Close – Sheep||£60|
|Fifth Close – 9 Sheep||£61|
|Coal & Wood||£32 10s|
|Barley in Field||£13|
|Wheat in Field||£12|
|Oats in Field||£11|
|Corn on the Ground||£04 10s|
|Wood in Yard||£02|
|Trough & Coal||£01 10s|
|Pulling in the Yard||£00 05s|