Stewart County, TN

Eli J. Staveley was apparently born in either North or South Carolina in 1790.  There is some discrepency in the Federal census records, as he is reported to have been born in South Carolina in the census of 1850, but in North Carolina in the 1860 census.  Elijah married Mary Elizabeth COLLIER around 1818. 

An Eli J. STALEY appears in the 1820 Stewart County census,  with two boys and two girls under ten years of age in the household.  However, as names of non-heads of household are not recorded, it is difficult to verify if this could be the same person.

In 1829, an Eli J. Stavely is listed on the Stewart County Tax List in reference to the area of Elk Creek.   The following year, in 1830, an Eli STANLY of Stewart County reports five boys under aged twenty and four girls under twenty as residing in his household. 

That same year:

Deed of Conveyance - Stewart County

November 1, 1830

James Collier, Eli J. Stavely, William Ratliff, John Collier, William Collier, Arthur Collier and David Collier to Benjamin Collier for 100 acres.

 

Then in 1837 Eli J. Stavely is listed again in the Stewart County Tax List in regards to 120 acres worth $500.  A William M. Stavely is listed on the same Tax List with 40 acres worth $150.  It is unclear at this time who William might be.

Eli J. STABELEY is recorded in the 1840 Stewart County census, and reports five sons under the age of 20, and four daughters under the age of 15.

The 1850 federal census finally lists all members of the household, and shows the famiy as follows:

1850: Stewart County, Tennessee

 Elie STAVELY   Head   M   Male   60   SC   Farmer
 Elizabeth STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   56  Tennessee    
 Daurius STAVELY   Son   U   Male   23   Tennessee   Farmer
 Mary STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  21      
 Benjamin STAVELY  Son  U  Male   19     
 John STAVELY  Son  U  Male   17    Farmer
 Milly STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  15    
 David STAVELY  Son  U  Male   11    
 Sarah STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  8    
 Elie STAVELY  Son  U  Male   7    

 

Eli's son Darius is known to have married a Perlina MARTIN on February 1, 1854.

Stewart County Settlements and Bonds

June 24, 1859

Darius Stavely and wife Perlina C. Stavely, W. J. Largent, refunding bond for money received from William Largent, administrator of Andrew Martin; 24 Jun 1859

 

Stewart County Settlements and Bonds

July 5, 1859

Darius Stavely and Mary Martin, guardian for William Thomas Martin and Andrew J. Martin (minor heirs of Andrew Martin), refunding bond for money received from William Largent, administrator of Andrew Martin

 

Stewart County Settlements and Bonds

September 4, 1865

Letters of administration to G. W. Martin for the estate of Darius Stavely, deceased intestate

September 19, 1865

Court orders year’s provisions for Polina Stavely, widow of Darius Stavely; 19 Sep 1865

 

The earlier census records suggest that additional children were born to Elijah and Elizabeth. There is a marriage record for Eli J. Stavely to Elizabeth LARGENT on April 10, 1839 in Stewart County. This Eli J. Stavely, Jr. appears to be deceased by December 1844.  His father, Eli J. Stavely was appointed guardian of Eli Jr's son William E. J. Stavely "minor orphan of Eli J. Stavely, Jr." This appointment was made by the Stewart County Court on February 3, 1845.

Stewart County Court Minutes

December 2, 1844

Largent, William Jr. Letters of administration for estate of Eli J. Stavely Jr., deceased. William Largent Sr. and Eli J. Stavely Sr., security. Year's provision to widow of Eli J. Stavely Jr.

 

 

A son Bryant O'Neal Stavely was born in 1823.  He married Celia MCCASKILL of Scotland on October 3, 1847, and briefly moved to Pope, Illinois.  After the birth of his second daughter Margaret, the family relocated to Austin, in Travis County, Texas.

A daughter Nancy Stavely born in 1825 was married to a William SYKES on March 8, 1848 in Stewart County.  Nancy died on December 23, 1898 at the age of 73 years and is buried in Hart Cemetery, Long Creek, Tennessee.

Absent from the household in 1850 is Eli and Elizabeth's son Arthur Collier Stavely who was born in Stewart County on January 21, 1821.  Arthur married Eleanor TOMLINSON on October 24, 1844 and is found as follows in the 1850 census:

1850: Stewart County, Tennessee

 Arthur STAVELY   Head   M   Male   29   Tennessee   Farmer
 Elenor STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   26  Tennessee    
 Susan* STAVELY      U   Female  14   Tennessee   
 William STAVELY   Son  U  Male  3   Tennessee   
 Mary STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  1  Tennessee   

 

Note that Susan's age would imply she was born prior to the TOMLINSON marriage, when Arthur was 15 years old. It is more likely that Susan is Arthur's sister than his child.

1860: Stewart County, Tennessee

 Elijah STAVELY   Head   M   Male   70   N Carolina   Farmer
 Elizabeth STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   66  S Carolina     
 Sarah STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  17  Tennessee  

 

The 1860 census is the last entry found for Eli.

1860: Stewart County, Tennessee

 Arthur STAVELY   Head   M   Male   40   Tennessee   Farmer
 Elenora STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   37  Tennessee    
 Henry STAVELY   Son  U   Male  13  Tennessee   
 Mary STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  11  Tennessee   
 Willie STAVELY  Son  U  Male  9  Tennessee   
 Matilda STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  6  Tennessee  
 Thomas STAVELY  Son  U  Male  2  Tennessee  

 

Eli's son John married Nancy Mary SETTLE on June 16, 1853 and is found living nearby:

1860: Stewart County, Tennessee

 John STAVELY   Head   M   Male   28   Tennessee   Farmer
 Mary STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   23  Tennessee    
 James STAVELY   Son  U   Male  3  Tennessee   
 Ben STAVELY   Son  U  Male  2  Tennessee   
 Elizabeth STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  1  Tennessee   

 

Eli and Elizabeth's son David married Amanda PHILLIPS on March 8, 1859:

1870: Stewart County, Tennessee

 David STAVELY   Head   M   Male   28   Tennessee   Farmer
 Amanda STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   23  Tennessee   Keeping House
 Josephine STAVELY   Daur  U   Female  9  Tennessee   At School
 Elizabeth STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  6  Tennessee   At School
 Mattie STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  3  Tennessee   

 

1880: La Grange Iron Works, Stewart County, Tennessee

 A.C. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   59   Tennessee   Farmer
 Elleanor STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   57  Tennessee    
 M E. STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  27  Tennessee   
 Thomas STAVELY  Son  U  Male  26  Tennessee  
 J. W. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  18  Tennessee  
 L. TOMLINSON  Mother-in-Law  W  Female 82  S C  

 

Arthur Collier Stavely's son William Henry married Margaret Richards BELL on January 29, 1873, and is also living at La Grange:

1880: La Grange Iron Works, Stewart County, Tennessee

 W.H. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   33   Tennessee   Farmer
 M.R. STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   24  Tennessee    
 W.S. STAVELY   Son  U  Male  6  Tennessee   
 S.E. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  5  Tennessee  
 A.P. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  3  Tennessee  
 H.L. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  1  Tennessee  

 

William's wife, Margaret Richards Bell died February 3, 1898. In 1900 we find William Henry with the children living in Humphreys County.

1880: La Grange Iron Works, Stewart County, Tennessee

 J. J. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   49   Tennessee   Farmer
 N. M. STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   45  Tennessee    
 B. E. STAVELY   Son  U   Male  22  Tennessee   Laborer
 M. E. STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  19  Tennessee   
 S. J. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  17  Tennessee   Laborer
 S. E. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  16  Tennessee   
 N. A. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  14  Tennessee   
 D. T. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  10  Tennessee   
 J. P. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  9  Tennessee   
 J. J. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  5  Tennessee   
 E. B. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  4  Tennessee   
 W. B. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  3  Tennessee   
 Pat STAVELY  Son  U   Male  1  Tennessee   

 

The following is believed to be James Staveley, the eldest son of John Stavely and Nancy Mary SETTLE above:

1880: La Grange Iron Works, Stewart County, Tennessee

 J W. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   24   Tennessee   Farmer
 Mary STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   26  KY    
 John STAVELY   Son  U   Male  8 Months  KY   

 

David was widowed after 1870 when his wife Amanda died. By 1880 he has taken a new wife, Martha Adelia MCGUIRE (nee HAM).

1880: Standing Rock, Stewart County, Tennessee

 David STAVELY   Head   M   Male   41   Tennessee   Farmer
 M. A. STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   31  Tennessee   
 E. V. STAVELY   Daur  U   Female  15  Tennessee   
 M. A. STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  12  Tennessee   
 M. B. STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  9  Tennessee   
 D. F. STAVELY  Son  U  Male   8  Tennessee   
 W. D. STAVELY  Son  U  Male   5  Tennessee   
 J. C. STAVELY  Son  U  Male   2  Tennessee   
 M. J. MCGUIRE  Step Daur  U  Female  8  Tennessee   

 

Arthur Collier Staveley died in 1897.  His wife is found residing with their son Thomas (b. 1860) who married Laventa McGEE on December 28, 1883.

1900: Stribling, Stewart, Tennessee

 Thomas STAVELY   Head   M   Male   40  Tennessee   Farmer
 Laventa STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   33  Tennessee    
 Carry STAVELY   Son  U   Male  14  Tennessee   
 Kinnie STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  10  Tennessee   
 Ernest STAVELY  Son  U  Male  7  Tennessee   
 Hicks STAVELY  Son  U  Male  2  Tennessee   
 Ellen STAVELY  Mother  W  Female  76  Tennessee   

 

1900: Stribling, Stewart, Tennessee

 John ? STAVELY   Head   M   Male   68   Tennessee   Farmer
 Nancy STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   61  Tennessee    
 Joseph STAVELY   Son  U   Male  26  Tennessee   Farm Laborer

 

John and Nancy's son, Benjamin E. Stavely, is believed to have married Elizabeth V. STAVELY, the daughter of John's brother David Stavely and Amanda Philips.  Therefore, Benjamin and Elizabeth were first cousins:

1900: Stewart, Tennessee

 Benjamin STAVELY   Head   M   Male   42   Tennessee   Farmer
 Betty V. STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   35  Tennessee    
 Victor L. STAVELY   Son  U   Male  13  Tennessee   At School
 Una B. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  11  Tennessee  At School
 Benna E. STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  8  Tennessee   At School
 Lola STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  6  Tennessee   
 Freda STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  2  Tennessee   
 Jewel STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  5 Months  Tennessee   

 

John and Nancy's son Sidney married Mary Lee SETTLE on September 10, 1888 and is found in Stewart during the 1900 census as follows:

1900: Stewart, Tennessee

 Sidney J. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   38   Tennessee   Farmer
 Mary Lee STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   34  Tennessee    
 Ruby STAVELY   Daur  U   Female  11  Tennessee   At School
 Ruth STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  8  Tennessee  At School
 Robbie F. STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  4  Tennessee   
 James W. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  2  Tennessee   

 

1900: Stewart, Tennessee

 Lee H. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   21   Tennessee   Farmer
 Albert D. STAVELY   Brother   M   Female   19  Tennessee      Farm Laborer

 

John and Nancy's son, David Taylor Stavely, first marriage was to Rosa Jane MORRISON:

1910: Stewart, Tennessee

 Taylor STAVELY   Head   M   Male   40   Tennessee   Farmer
 Rosa STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   30  Tennessee    
 Erma STAVELY   Daur  U   Female  4  Tennessee   
 Wrenn STAVELY   Son  U  Male  2  Tennessee   
 Leon STAVELY  Son  U  Male  1  Tennessee   
 Josiah MORRISON  Brother  U  Male  31  Tennessee   Farmer

 

1910: Stewart, Tennessee

 Benjamin E. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   52   Tennessee   Farmer
 Elizabeth V. STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   45  Tennessee    
 Luther V. STAVELY   Son  U   Male  23  Tennessee   Clam Digger
 Benna E. STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  18  Tennessee   
 Lola S. STAVELY  Daur  U  Male  15  Tennessee   
 Freda R. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  12  Tennessee   
 Jewel A. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  10  Tennessee   
 Mary E. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  7  Tennessee   
 John P. STAVELY  Son  U  Female  5  Tennessee   

 

1910: Stewart, Tennessee

 Sidney J. STAVELY   Head   Wd  Male   48   Tennessee   Farmer
 Ruby STAVELY   Daur  U   Female  20  Tennessee   
 Robbie F. STAVELY   Daur  U  Female  14  Tennessee   
 James W. STAVELY  Son  U  Male  12  Tennessee   Laborer - Home Farm
 Josie C. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  9  Tennessee   
 Maggie B. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  5  Tennessee   

 

1910: Hart, Stewart, Tennessee

 Venia STAVELY   Head   Wd  Female   43  Tennessee   Farmer
 Earnest STAVELY   Son  U   Male  18  Tennessee   Farm Laborer
 Arther Hix STAVELY   Son  U  Male  11  Tennessee   Farm Laborer
 Lila STAVELY  Daur  U  Female   7  Tennessee   
 Ray STAVELY  Son  U  Male  2  Tennessee   

 

By 1920, Venia Stavely has married her husband's cousin, Sidney J. Stavely (see 1920 below).

1910: Hart, Stewart, Tennessee

 J. W. STAVELY   Head   Wd  Male   48  Tennessee   Farmer

 

Joseph Joshua Stavely is the son of John Stavely and Nancy SETTLE. Joe married Minnie Jane PARKER on June 2, 1907:

1910: Hart, Stewart, Tennessee

 Joe STAVELY   Head   M   Male   36   Tennessee   Farmer
 Minnie STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   32  Tennessee    
 Mabel STAVELY   Son  U  Male  2  Tennessee   
 Frank STAVELY  Son  U  Male  9/12  Tennessee   

 

Eli's son John declares that both of his parents were born in North Carolina on the 1910 census.

1910: Hart, Stewart, Tennessee

 J. J. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   77   Tennessee   Retired Farmer
 Nancy STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   74  Unknown    

 

1920: Stewart, Tennessee

 Benjamin E. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   61   Tennessee   Farmer
 Elizabeth V. STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   54  Tennessee    
 Jewel A. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  20  Tennessee   
 Mary E. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  17  Tennessee   
 John P. STAVELY  Son  U  Female  14  Tennessee   
 Mary B. STAVELY  Sister in Law  U  Female  49  Tennessee   Garden Laborer

 

John and Nancy's son Sidney has remmaried by 1920. He marries the widow of his cousin Thomas (son of Arthur Collier), Laventa Stavely (nee MCGEE):

1920: Stewart, Tennessee

 Sidney J. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   57   Tennessee   Farmer
 Venia STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   53  Tennessee    
 Robbie F. STAVELY   Son  U  Male  24  Tennessee   
 Clyde STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  18  Tennessee   
 Lilliah STAVELY  Step Daur  U  Female   17  Tennessee   
 Maggie STAVELY  Daur  U  Female   15  Tennessee   
 Ray STAVELY  Step Son  U  Male  12  Tennessee   

 

John and Nancy's son, David Taylor Stavely, married again after the death of his wife Rosa Morrison. In 1920 we find David with his new wife, Sarah Lindsay WATTS:

1920: Stewart, Tennessee

 David T. STAVELY   Head   M   Male   50   Tennessee   Farmer
 Sarah L. STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   35  Tennessee    
 Mary M. STAVELY   Daur  U   Female  13  Tennessee   
 Everette R. STAVELY   Son  U   Male  12  Tennessee   Laborer
 Leon STAVELY  Son  U  Male  9  Tennessee   
 Nancy L. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  9  Tennessee   
 Rena M. STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  7  Tennessee   

 

In 1930 David appears to be absent from the census. However we find his wife, and some of the children living in Putnam County.

1920: Stewart, Tennessee

 Ernest STAVELY   Head   M   Male   28   Tennessee   Farmer
 Lucy STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   29  Tennessee    

 

1920: Stewart, Tennessee

 Joe STAVELY   Head   M   Male   45   Tennessee   Farmer
 Minnie STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   42  Tennessee    
 Mabel STAVELY   Daur  U  Female   11  Tennessee   
 Frank STAVELY  Son  U  Male  9  Tennessee   
 Charley STAVELY  Son  U  Male  8  Tennessee   
 Bessie STAVELY  Daur  U  Female   6  Tennessee   
 Robert STAVELY  Son  U  Male  4 7/12  Tennessee   

 

Joe and Minnie's family has not been located in the 1930 census. Their son, Charlie Fred Stavely, married Lula ELWICK. Charlie died on January 11, 2004 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina.

Arthur Hix, son of Thomas Stavely and Laventa McGee, married Corda BYRD:

1920: Stewart, Tennessee

 Arthur Hix STAVELY   Head   M   Male   21   Tennessee   Farmer
 Corda STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   23  Tennessee    

 

1930: Stribling Road, Stewart, Tennessee

 Hix STAVELY   Head   M   Male   32  Tennessee   Farmer
 Corda STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   33  Tennessee    
 Albert STAVELY   Son   S  Male   9  Tennessee   

Arthur and Corda's son, Albert Wren Stavely, married Clara MULLINS. Albert died January 24, 1972 at the age of 51 years.

Bert Stavely was born in 1899, the son of Sidney J. Stavely and Mary Lee SETTLE. He married Josie SEXTON. In 1920 Bert and Josie are living in Houston County, but by 1930 we find them again in Stewart County:

1930: Stewart, Tennessee

 Bert STAVELY   Head   M   Male   31   Tennessee   Farmer
 Josie STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   35  Tennessee   None
 James STAVELY   Son  U  Male  17  Tennessee   None
 Edward STAVELY  Son  U  Male  10  Tennessee   None
 Thelma STAVELY  Daur  U  Female   8  Tennessee   None
 Sidney STAVELY  Son  U  Male  6  Tennessee   None
 Cora Lee STAVELY  Daur  U  Female   2 1/12  Tennessee   None
 Myrtle STAVELY  Daur  U  Female   1/12  Tennessee   None

 

Bert and Josie's daughter, Cora Lee Stavely, married John Orval ROSS, October 4, 1947.

Bert Stavely died December 5, 1970 at Trinity Hospital, Erin, Houston County, Tennessee

 

 

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