Thoralby is one of numerous villages contained within the parish of Aysgarth. The earliest Staveley I have encountered baptized at St. Andrew's in Aysgarth is Elizabeth Staveley c. June 19, 1698, daughter of Francis Staveley of Thoralby (believed to be the son of Francis and Jane Staveley of West Witton, b. 1666).
Edward Staveley of Thoralby, married Elizabeth Wilkinson in Aysgarth May 25th 1704. It is currently believed that Edward (b. 1675) is a cousin to Francis above, and son of Edward Staveley of Spennithorne. Edward and Elizabeth had at least two children, the first, Mary Staveley born February 16th 1707. Their second child Edward was born November 27th, 1709 (Married in 1742 to Elizabeth Jefferson in East Witton). An exhaustive search of the original transcripts shows no other children baptized in this parish to Edward and Elizabeth Staveley in the Aysgarth registers.
A burial entry for "Edward Staveley of Thoralby" is found at St. Andrew's in Aysgarth on January 20, 1736, and for Elizabeth February 20, 1744. William Staveley of Thoralby, was also buried at Aysgarth on December 17, 1740 but it is unclear if this would be a brother or son of Edward.
Other Staveleys of Thoralby recorded in the Aysgarth registers include an entry of marriage on November 8, 1713 for Rachell Staveley to John Robinson. Rachell is believed to be the daughter of Roger Staveley of Bolton Hall, from the Wensley line, b. 1689 (niece of Francis Staveley b. 1666 above).
Author: Clare M. Staveley