Solebury, PA

William Stavely was born June 23, 1800, the son of Joseph Staveley Jr. and Rachel REYNER of Kent County, Maryland.  William moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and married Margaret SHEED on August 27, 1822.  William and Margaret lived for a time in Philadelphia, before moving to Solebury. In 1860 we find the family as follows:

1860: Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

William STAVELY Head M Male  59 Farmer Maryland
Margaret STAVELY Wife M Female  57   Maryland
Lavinia S. STAVELY Daur S Female  35   Maryland
Olivia STAVELY Daur S Female  30   Maryland
Ermina STAVELY Daur S Female  27   Maryland
Rosabella STAVELY Daur S Female  17   Maryland
Martha SHEED   W Female  80   Maryland
Amanda M. LEARY   S Female  39   S. Carolina

 

William values his real estate at $35,000, and his personal estate at a further $25,000 in 1860.

1870: Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

William STAVELY Head M Male  70 Retired Farmer Maryland
Margaret STAVELY Wife M Female  68 Keeping House Pennsylvania
Lavinia STAVELY Daur S Female  44   New Jersey
Olivia STAVELY Daur S Female  38   Pennsylvania
Rosabella STAVELY Daur S Female  22   Pennsylvania
Catherine JOHNSON Other S Female  13 Domestic Servant Pennsylvania

 

William values his real estate at $75,000, and his personal estate at $20,000 in 1870.

William Stavely died on March 22, 1877 and is buried at the Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.

William and Margaret's son, William Reyner Staveley, was born in 1831 in Philadelphia, and later attended Princeton University at the age of nineteen, and studied to be a Physician.  At the age of twenty-five, in 1856, he married Julia C. KELLEY of Winterport, Maine.  A few years later in 1861 William briefly served in the military, as a Sargent.  He enlisted in May 1861, and was discharged in August that same year.  There are no comments on the Veteran's schedules as to William's brief duration of service, or reason's for discharge. In 1870 we find William with his wife and family in Solebury:

1870: Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

William R. STAVELY Self M Male  37 Physician Pennsylvania
Julia K. STAVELY Wife M Female  33 Keeping house Maine
Caroline S. STAVELY Daur S Female  11   Pennsylvania
Albert L. STAVELY Son S Male  5   Pennsylvania
Margaret STAVELY Daur S Female  2   Pennsylvania
Jane WILLIS Other S Female  26 Domestic Servant Virginia
John MOODY Other S Female  54 Labourer Pennsylvania

 

By 1880 William Reyner Stavely's father is deceased, but we find his mother as follows:

1880: Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Margaret STAVELY Head W Female  78 Keeping House Pennsylvania
Lavinia STAVELY Daur S Female  56   New Jersey
Olivia STAVELY Daur S Female  54   Pennsylvania
Mary MCLOUGHFLIN Other S Female  13 Domestic Servant Ireland

 

Margaret died on March 7, 1884, and is buried with her husband at Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.

1880: Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

William R. STAVELY Self M Male  48 Physician Pennsylvania
Julia K. STAVELY Wife M Female  43   Maine
Carrie S. STAVELY Dau S Female  21   Pennsylvania
Albert L. STAVELY Son S Male  16   Pennsylvania
Margaret C. STAVELY Dau S Female  13   Pennsylvania
Sarah M. STAVELY Dau S Female  6   Pennsylvania
Ann BULGER Other W Female  50 Servant Ireland
John MOODY Other S Male  56 Servant Pennsylvania

 

William and Julia's son Albert Livingston Stavely married married Willie Browning HIRALSON. Albert also became a physician like his father, although at this time it is unknown where he trained. Census records, and newspaper archives show that Albert settled with his wife in Washington DC.

1900: Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

William R. STAVELY Self M Male  68 Medical Doctor Pennsylvania
Julia K. STAVELY Wife M Female  64   Maine
Caroline S. STAVELY Dau S Female  42   Pennsylvania
Margaret C. STAVELY Dau S Female  33   Pennsylvania
Sarah M. STAVELY Dau S Female  26   Pennsylvania

 

Excerpted from: History of Bucks county, Pennsylvania - 1905

By William Watts Hart Davis, Warren Smedley Ely, John Woolf Jordan

Page 649-650

WILLIAM R STAVELEY MD who in the years of an active practice was regarded as one of the most prominent and skilled physicians and surgeons of Bucks county was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, his parents being William and Margaret Sheed Staveley. The deed which William Staveley had in his possession at the time of his death indicates the early connection of the family with colonial interests of America. This deed for seven hundred acres of land about 1682 was granted by Charles, absolute lord and proprietor of the province of Maryland, and Lord Baron of Baltimore, and a part of the original tract is still in possession of the Staveley family. Representatives of the name through successive generations continued residents of Maryland...

...Dr William R Staveley was provided with excellent educational privileges. He attended the school in West Chester Pennsylvania, and pursued his collegiate course in the Princeton University of which he is a graduate of the class of 1852. Having decided upon the practice of medicine as a life work he then matriculated in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia completing the full course by graduation in the spring of 1855. Locating in Solebury township he entered upon the practice of medicine for which his thorough preparation and continued private study well fitted him, making him one of the most capable practitioners that has ever represented the medical fraternity in Bucks county. He called his home Bleak House because of the fact that he built it upon an open field. However he planted trees and today has one of the best groves in the township, the trees having attained to magnificent size. In 1856 Dr Staveley was married to Miss Julia C Kelley of Frankfort Maine, and to this marriage have been born four children: Caroline at home, Albert, Margaret, and Sarah. The son, Dr Albert Staveley, is a noted surgeon of Washington DC. Completing his collegiate course at Princeton, he afterward attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in the medical department. Dr Staveley is a Democrat in his political allegiance, and fraternally is connected with Amwell Lodge No 12. F. and A.M., of Lambertsville. Having retired from active practice some years ago, he gives his supervision to cultivating and beautifying his fine estate covering one hundred and twenty nine acres, and to-day has one of the most attractive homes of Solebury township.

 

1910: Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

William R. STAVELY Self M Male  77 Own Income Pennsylvania
Julia K. STAVELY Wife M Female  74   Maine
Caroline S. STAVELY Dau S Female  52   Pennsylvania
Margaret C. STAVELY Dau S Female  43   Pennsylvania
Sarah M. STAVELY Dau S Female  36   Pennsylvania
Rodzien POLIKA Serv S Female  17 Servant Austria

 

William Reyner Stavely died on March 29, 1915 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

 

 

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