West Bromwich, Staffordshire

William Staveley was born in 1854 in Pendleton, Lancashire, the son of John Staveley of Aysgarth and Mary Ann WALMSLEY.  He married Sarah Maria SENIOR of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1880 in Barton Upon Irwell.  The following year William and Sarah are living in West Bromwich, Staffordshire:

1881: 50 Bilhay St., West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England

 William STAVELEY   Head   M   Male   26   Manchester, Lancashire, England   Chemist Tar Distillery 
 Sarah STAVELEY   Wife   M   Female   24   Edinburgh, Scotland    


Later census records suggest that William and Sarah also spent some time in France around 1883 when their eldest son William was born, but by 1891 William and Sarah have moved their family to Pontefract, Yorkshire.

Sometime after William Wray Staveley's death in 1891, but prior to the 1901 census, Sarah returned to West Bromwich with her children:

1901: 27 Barrows St., West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England

 Sarah STAVELEY  Head  W  Female  44  Scotland  
 William STAVELEY   Son   U   Male   18   France (British Subj)  Oil Merchant and Clerk
 Charles STAVELEY   Son   U   Male   16   West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England   Machine Fitter
 John STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  14  Pontefract, Yorkshire, England  Commercial Clerk
 Bert STAVELEY  Son  U  Male  11  Pontefract, Yorkshire, England  
 John HOLLIDAY  Lodger  U  Male  23  Pontefract, Yorkshire, England  Mechanical Engineer


Sarah Maria died in 1915 in West Bromwich at the age of 58 years.

Son William Senior Staveley is believed to have married Edith Eliza TAYLOR in 1909 in West Bromwich and settled in Birmingham.  They had at least three children in Kings Norton, Marguerita, Basil, and Kenneth.  Edith Eliza died in Sutton Coldfield in 1946 at the age of 63 years.  William died the following year, in 1947, at the age of 64 years.

William and Sarah's son, Charles Senior Staveley, enlisted at Middlesborough as a Colour Serjeant in the Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment during World War 1.  He died on July 2, 1916 of wounds received during the Battle of the Somme, and is buried at La Neuville British Cemetery, in Corbie, France.

Sarah's son John Senior Staveley died in Solihull, Warwickshire in 1922 at the age of 36 years.

Son Herbert Senior Staveley entered the Royal Navy on his eighteenth birthday, on April 23, 1907.  At the time of enlistement he was 5'3" with brown hair, and hazel eyes, and had a tattoo of a butterfly on his right forearm.  His occupation was recorded as "Boy in Glass Factory  Motor Fitter'.  Herbert served in the Royal Navy until he was discharged (demobed) on February 10, 1919.  Herbert was married in 1913 to Margaret C. PIPER, and had at least three children, Herbert, Margaret, and Reginald, although Reginald died as an infant in 1919.


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