There are believed to have been two different Staveley families in Ireland: one group originating in Scotland and settling in County Down, and another group from Yorkshire about 1642 settling in County Antrim.  During the next two generations of the Yorkshire group, there were a number of emigrations: one to the West Indies and several to the USA, resulting in Staveleys in Ohio and Tennessee.

Robert Stevelly (from the Yorkshire group) moved from County Antrim to Cork in about 1745.  It was he who invented the new Irish spelling of Stevelly but in later generations it was changed back.  (Note that two spellings appear in the Pigot & Co.'s Directory 1824 - Cork City, Stevelly and Stavely).  Robert married Sarah JONES and had, they say, a total of 22 children! 

Other Irish Staveley descendants are known to have emigrated to South Africa, though some remained in Ireland, and a number of Staveleys relocated to Canada, and America, although a few returned to England.  It is apparent that during the past 300 years the Staveleys have traveled across miles of land and ocean, and are undoubtedly scattered all over the world.

Author: Kae Lewis

  Lineage Connections Research Contacts
Antrim Mineral Point, Wisconsin  
Ayr, Stevenston, Kilwinning, Scotland William Stevely
Cork Dublin Ireland; Melbourne Australia Lisa Lambert
  Geelong Australia; Canada Peter R. Staveley
  Douglas Isle of Man Kae Lewis
  New Zealand Kae Lewis
Down Antrim?  
Dublin Hackney, Middesex; Warblington, Hampshire; Melbourne, Australia; Lisa Lambert

Old Map of Ireland


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