Sherborne, Dorset

Joseph Staveley and his wife Anna appear to have briefly lived in Castleton, Dorset where they had a daughter Anna b. January 6, 1712.  By 1716 we find the following children born to Joseph and Anna in Sherborne parish:

Eleanor Staveley b. May 31, 1716 Sherborne, Dorset
Joseph Staveley b. 1717 Sherborne, Dorset
Samuel Staveley b. 1718 Sherborne, Dorset
Eleanor Staveley b. May 8, 1723 Sherborne, Dorset
Sarah Staveley b. October 26, 1725 Sherborne, Dorset
Sarah Staveley b. February 12, 1730 Sherborne, Dorset


The following is the will of Samuel b. 1718, who became a Chaplain at Fort St. George, India.  His will is dated 1750. Samuel's sisters Ann and Eleanor are named as the sole beneficiaries of his estate:

In the Name of God Amen

I Samuel Stavely of Fort St. George, Chaplain being of sound mind memory and understanding but knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof do make this my last will and testament in form and manner following. I will appoint and direct that Henry Van Sittart and Daniel Moss of Fort Saint George shall be executors to this my last will and testament for the trusts hereafter mentioned that is to say. I will and desire that all my debts and funeral charges be well and truly paid and discharged. Al the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal I give and bequeath the same to my dearly beloved sisters Ann and Elinor Stavely of Sherborn in Dorsetshire spinsters in case of the death of either of them the whole to ? to the survivor, hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made and ? this to be my last will and testament. In Faith and Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in Fort Saint George this 27 day of ? anno domini 1750. Sam. Stavely - Signed sealed published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the testator and each other. Charles Turner, Saml. Ardley, John Pedham?

These are to Certify all whom it may concern that the court of ? of the United Company of Merchants of England ? to the East Indies did in the month of May last receive by the ship Boscawen a Book Intitled the Last Wills and Testaments of Deceased Persons. ? into the Mayor's Court of Calcutta at Fort William in Bengal between the twentieth day of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and sixty two and the twentieth day of December following attested under the seal of the said court and under the hand of Mr. William Magee register thereof to be two copies of the Sundry said last wills and testaments filed in the registry of the said Mayor's Court ? the time before mentioned wherein I find an entry of the last will and testament of Samuel Stavely deceased formerly Chaplain at Fort St. George whereof the foregoing copy contained in the proceeding side of this sheet of paper is a true copy as by examination thereof appears in witness whereof I have hereunto at the East India house in London set my hand this thirtieth day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Five. Robt. James.

This Copy of a will was proved at London before the worshipful Francis Simpson Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the right worshipful George Hay also Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the fourth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty five by the oath of Henry Van Sittart Esquire the surviving executor named in the said will to whom administration was granted until the original last will and testament of the deceased or a more authentic copy thereof shall be brought into and left in the registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury he having been first sworn duly to admon.


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