Askrigg, Yorkshire

While researching Staveley families in the Sedbergh and Wensleydale regions a George Staveley born abt. 1808 was discovered residing in Askrigg at the time of the baptism of his children in June 1843 in Hawes.  George Staveley of Askrigg married Mary KNOWLES of Askrigg, at St. Andrews, Aysgarth Church on April 27, 1830.

The 1841 Census for Askrigg shows:

1841: Askrigg, Yorkshire, England

 George STABLER  Head   Male   30   Yorkshire  Ag Lab.
 Mary STABLER  Wife   Female   35   Yorkshire  
 Miles STABLER  Son  Male  10  Yorkshire  
 Ann STABLER  Daur   Female  9   Yorkshire  
 Anthony STABLER  Son   Male   7   Yorkshire  
 George STABLER  Son   Male   4   Yorkshire  
 Elijah STABLER  Son  Male  2  Yorkshire  
 Matthias STABLER  Son  Male  1m  Yorkshire  


Christening records for children of George and Mary have been found for the following children:

 An STABLER b. August 7, 1831  Askrigg, Yorkshire
 Anthony b. June 29, 1834  Askrigg, Yorkshire
 George Staveley b. October 15, 1837  Askrigg, Yorkshire
 Elijah Staveley b. June 25, 1843  Hawes, Yorkshire
 Matthias Staveley b. June 25, 1843  Hawes, Yorkshire
 Mary Staveley b. June 25, 1843  Hawes, Yorkshire


George and Mary have left Askrigg by 1851, and are found in Bingley in the West Riding of Yorkshire, near Morton.  This fits with the 1861 census records that show at least two daughters born in the Morton area at that time.  Unfortunately only a record of Jemima's christening has been found:

 Jemima Staveley b. January 11, 1846  Bingley, Yorkshire


George and Mary had at least one additional child based on census records, Margaret K. Staveley born about 1848 in Keighley, Yorkshire.

To date there has been no connection found between this George and any of the Wensley line of Staveleys which had primarily vacated Wensleydale around this time.  However, there are Staveleys from the Sedbergh line that appear in this region of the Dale by 1851, but most are residing in Hawes.  The 1871 census records suggest that George was born in Grisedale, believed to be near Garsdale in the parish of Sedbergh, so a Sedbergh connection for this line, although not proven, does seem likely.  Unfortunately a record of George's birth has yet to be identified. 

This family is of particular interest because they founded a significant occupation of Durham in the mid 1800's especially in the Coundon area, where George and Mary are found on census night in 1861, but are also found in Darlington.  Part of the family also has associations with Keighley, and by 1871 with Burnley in Lancashire.  So despite the exact origins of this line being clouded, its descent is still of significant interest!

If you are male Staveley, and a descendant of the Staveleys of Askrigg, or Coundon Durham, joining the Staveley DNA project may help to reveal where this family originated from.


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