Washington County, GA
The head of the Washington County Stavelys appears to be a John Washington Stavely. According to the 1850 census, this family seems to have originated in North Carolina, although a definitive connection to that State has yet to be proven. The earliest Stavely in the census for Washington County is listed as Elizabeth Stavely (head of household). It is presumed that Elizabeth below is the same individual, and is likely John's mother, and Jane is John's sister.
1850: Washington, Georgia
|John STAVELY||M||Male||37||N. C.||Farmer|
|Elizabeth STAVELY||U||Female||63||N. C.|
|Jane STAVELY||U||Female||45||N. C.|
There is some confusion with the 1860 census. As shown below, the children in the household are listed as WILLIAMS, not as Stavely. However, in each subsequent census they are all listed by the Stavely surname. It is unclear at this time if John Washington Stavely married Mary WILLIAMS (aged 27 below) sometime between 1860 and 1870, after the Williams children were born, and if so, John Stavely would actually be the step-father of some of these children. They may be Stavelys only by marriage, NOT by descent.
1860: Washington, Georgia
|John W. STAVELY||M||Male||45||Georgia||Farmer|
|Richard L. WILLIAMS||U||Male||8||Georgia|
|George W. WILLIAMS||U||Male||6||Georgia|
|W. G. WILLIAMS||U||Male||4||Georgia|
|James T. WILLIAMS||U||Male||2||Georgia|
Presumably Mattison (aka Joseph Mattison) and Martha Stavely below would be the natural born children of John Washington Stavely and Mary WILLIAMS:
1870: Giles, Washington, Georgia
|J. Washington STAVELY||Head||M||Male||60||Georgia||Farmer|
|Mary STAVELY||Wife||M||Female||35||Georgia||Keeping House|
|Richard STAVELY||Son||U||Male||19||Georgia||Works on Farm|
|George W. STAVELY||Son||U||Male||16||Georgia||Attending School|
|Eugen STAVELY||Son||U||Male||14||Georgia||Attending School|
|James T. STAVELY||Son||U||Male||12||Georgia||Attending School|
In the 1880 census John reports that his father was born in England, and that his mother was born in Georgia.
1880: Giles, Washington, Georgia
|John W. STAVELER||Head||M||Male||72||Georgia||Farming|
|Mary STAVELER||Wife||M||Female||46||Georgia||House Keeping|
|James Thomas STAVELER||Son||U||Male||21||Georgia||Working on Farm|
|Joseph M. STAVELER||Son||U||Male||17||Georgia||Working on Farm|
|Martha Ann Eliz. STAVELER||Daur||U||Female||15||Georgia||In School|
John and Mary's son Richard married Mary (nee?) about 1875 according to the 1900 census. In 1880 we find his family as follows:
1880: Cato, Washington, Georgia
|Mary STAVELY||Wife||M||Female||20||Georgia||Keeping House|
*It is unclear at this time who Norris is, as he does not appear in a prior, nor a later census.
Martha Ann Elizabeth Stavely married James Mathew BRIDGES. In 1900 we find their family as follows:
1900: Cato, Washington, Georgia
|James M. BRIDGES||Head||M||Male||34||Georgia||Farmer|
|Martha A. BRIDGES||Wife||M||Female||35||Georgia|
|Mary A. M. BRIDGES||Daur||U||Female||16||Georgia|
|James W. BRIDGES||Son||U||Male||12||Georgia|
|Matti L. B. BRIDGES||Daur||U||Female||8||Georgia|
|Lettie M. BRIDGES||Daur||U||Female||5||Georgia|
|William W. BRIDGES||Son||U||Male||2||Georgia|
|Evie L. Jones||Ward||U||Female||6||Georgia|
|S? BURLY||Hireling||U||Male||18||Georgia||Farm Hand|
Living nearby is Martha's brother Richard:
1900: Cato, Washington, Georgia
|Richard L. STAVELY||Head||M||Male||51||Georgia||Blacksmith|
|Mary M. STAVELY||Wife||M||Female||46||Georgia||Farmer|
|Hattie B. STAVELY||Daur||U||Female||21||Georgia||Farm Laborer|
By 1910 Richard's family has relocated to Decatur.
Richard and Mary's daughter, Van Della Stavely, married Benjamin Franklin ROBERTS in 1904.
In 1900 Joseph is in Glascock County, Georgia. In 1910, Joseph Mattison Staveley seems be referred to by his middle name in the census.
1910: Davisboro, Washington, Georgia
|Matt STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||48||Georgia||General Farmer|
|Maggie L. STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||31||Georgia|
|Will R. STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||18||Georgia||Laborer Home Farm|
|Eddie L. STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||11||Georgia|
|Grover C. STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||7||Georgia|
|Matthew S. STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||3||Georgia|
|Effie L. STAVELEY||Daur||U||Female||3 mo.||Georgia|
On November 10, 1914, a son of Joseph M. and Maggie, Charlie A. Staveley, born August 10, 1886, died in Davisboro.
By the World War I draft registration, son Willie reports he was married with 2 children. Unfortunately his family has not been located in the 1920 census.
By 1920 we find yet another permutation of John/Matt's name, this time recorded as Joseph:
1920: Davisboro, Washington, Georgia
|Joseph STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||57||Georgia||General Farmer|
|Maggie W. STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||41||Georgia|
|Eddie L. STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||21||Georgia|
|Grover STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||18||Georgia||Laborer Home Farm|
|Effie L. STAVELEY||Daur||U||Female||9||Georgia|
Joseph M. Staveley died November 1, 1926. His wife, Maggie Wilkins Staveley, died July 19, 1950. Both are buried at Davisboro City Cemetery, Washington County, Georgia.
Son Grover is married and has moved to Baldwin County by 1930.
Son Eddie has moved to Duval, Florida, by 1930.
By 1930 we find son Willie with his family in Sun Hill:
1930: Sun Hill, Washington, Georgia
|Willie R. STAVELY||Head||M||Male||34||Georgia||General Farmer|
|Ethel L. STAVELY||Wife||M||Female||36||Georgia|
|Elizabeth G. STAVELY||Daur||U||Female||14||Georgia|
|William H. STAVELY||Son||U||Male||12||Georgia|
|Pauline F. STAVELY||Daur||U||Female||10||Georgia|
|Everett L. STAVELY||Son||U||Male||9||Georgia|
|Jewel M. STAVELY||Daur||U||Female||7||Georgia|
|Evelyn L. STAVELY||Daur||U||Female||5||Georgia|
|Atlas L. STAVELY||Son||U||Male||2||Georgia|
Note that an unnamed infant son of Willie's was born, and died, on June 5, 1915, and is buried at Davisboro City Cemetery.
Son Atlas L. Stavely enlisted as a Private in the US Army on July 19, 1946 for the "Panama Canal Department". At the time of enlistment, Atlas was listed as single with no dependents.
Dovie (Ethel) L. Roberson Stavely died April 15, 1965. Her husband, Willie Riley Stavely, died August 2, 1989. Both are buried at Davisboro City Cemetery, Washington County, Georgia.