New Cross, Lancashire

Dorothy Staveley was born in 1810, the eldest daughter of George Staveley and Dorothy Wray of Aysgarth, Yorkshire.  In 1833 Dorothy had a son William, out of wedlock, christened at St. Andrews Church in Aysgarth.  It is unknown what became of young William, as he has not been located in the 1841 census.  There is no record of death for him in Aysgarth parish.  In the 1851 census we find Dorothy, unmarried, working as a servant in Rivington:

1851: Fisher Houses, Rivington, Lancashire

 Dorothy RADCLIFF  Head  W  Female  53  Walton-on-the-Hill, Lancshire, England  Gentlewoman Annuitant
 Edward RADCLIFF  Son  U  Male  24  Walton-on-the-Hill, Lancshire, England  Commission Agent for the Sale of Wines and Spirits, Cigars and Oils
 Oliver Cooper POLLARD  Visitor  U   Male   29  Manchester, Lancashire, England   Surgeon L.S.A. Not Practicing
 Dorothy STAVELEY  Serv  U  Female  41  Aysgarth, Yorkshire, England  Cook
 Mary JONES  Serv  U  Female  35  ?, Westmorland, England  House Maid


Dorothy married William W. NELSON a few months later at the Manchester Registrar's Office.  This marriage was short-lived, as by 1861 Dorothy is widowed, and found living in New Cross, Manchester:

1861: 17 Richmond St., New Cross, Manchester, Lancashire

 Dorathy NELSON  Head  W  Female  54  Eysgarth, Yorkshire, England  Char Woman
 Joseph NELSON  Son  U  Male  14  Horridge, Lancashire, England   Messenger
 John NELSON   Son   M   Male   5  Manchester, Lancashire, England   Scholar


Joseph is likely Dorothy's step-son as she didn't marry William NELSON until 1851.

By 1871 Dorothy's son John was apprenticed to Thomas Parr, a blacksmith and wheelwright.  By 1881 Dorothy's son John is found living Worsley, a blacksmith, with his wife Betsy HALLOWS.  Neither Dorothy, nor her son Joseph have been found in any subsequent census.


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