Domaine Cataraqui

Edward Staveley (1795-1872) was the son of Christopher Staveley of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire in England.  Edward married Mary Anne WHITE August 7, 1832 in Ashby-Folville, Leicestershire.

Edward had been a notable surveyor and architect but was forced to flee Leicestershire in disgrace in 1833, after embezzling a substantial quantity of funds from the Leicester Navigation Company by whom he was employed.  He never returned to England.  He initially settled in Baltimore with his wife, but then relocated to Quebec.

Edward started a notable architectural practice in Quebec and is credited with numerous private homes, public buildings, churches, banks, hotels, schools and commercial buildings, primary neo-gothic in style, many of which are still standing. One of his crowning achievements was the 'Domaine Cataraqui' in the Sillery district of Quebec (pictured above), built in 1853 for a wealthy private client, James B. Forsythe, a timber magnate which is today an official House of the Quebec Government and is used as a museum and art gallery as well as a venue for concerts and exhibitions.  That same year he was commissioned by Judge Henry Black to build a 3 story home on Ste-Anne Street, which still stands and is today known as Auberge de la Place d'Armes.

Wesley Church (now Institute Canadién) c. 1848 Quebec City
Domaine Cataraqui c. 1853 Quebec City
Auberge de la Place d'Armes c. 1853 Quebec City
The Anglican church (St James of the Apostle) c. 1865 Cacouna, Quebec City


Apparently Edward also turned his hand to cartography, and is credited with creating an engraved map of Canada in 1844 that subsequently appeared in THE CANADIAN GUIDE BOOK, WITH A MAP OF THE PROVINCE. Montreal: Armour & Ramsay, 1849. Edward Staveley's fine engraved map of Canada: "A Map of Canada, Compiled from the latest Authorities. By Edward Staveley. Montreal, 1848. Engraved by W. & A.K. Johnson, Edinburgh, for Armour & Ramsay, Montreal."  This map is now housed at the McMaster University.

Edward and Mary are known to have had at least four children, James b. 1841, Thomas b. 1846, Edward Black b. 1848, and Harry b. 1848.  Edward's son Harry was not only in partnership with his father but was also a famous wood carver in the Quebec shipbuilding era, and indeed his sons, Edward Black Staveley and Harry Staveley II continued the family tradition and founded the Montreal firm of architects Staveley and Staveley.  Harry married Barbara Leddon BLACK in Quebec on October 18, 1876, and their family is found as follows during the 1881 census:

1881: Ste-Jean Ward, Quebec, Quebec, Quebec

 Harry STAVELEY   M   Male   English   33   Quebec   Architate   S. E. Methodist 
 Barbara STAVELEY   M   Female   Scottish   29   Quebec      S. E. Methodist 
 Edward B. STAVELEY      Male   English   4   Quebec      S. E. Methodist 
 Harry L. STAVELEY      Male   English   2   Quebec      S. E. Methodist 
 Elsie L. STAVELEY      Female   English   <1 Born: Feb; 2/12   Quebec      S. E. Methodist 
 Elizabeth TEAKLE      Female   English   17   Quebec   Servante   S. E. Methodist 
 Kate CULLEN      Female   English   17   Quebec   Servante   Catholique 


A separate Staveley family, originating from Burnley, Lancashire made Quebec their home.  The family of John Thomas Staveley and Hannah WINTER of Burnley had relocated to Quebec by World War I.  John Thomas Staveley born 9 Sep 1862, Christened 5 Apr 1863, Habergham Eaves, Burnley the son of Thomas Staveley and Alice HOPWOOD.  Hannah was a soldier's daughter, born to parents Charles and Ann WINTER.  Note that Hannah's mother Ann was Canadian by birth, and this may help explain why John Thomas Staveley and Hannah moved their family to Quebec.

In 1917 John and Hannah's son Daniel joined the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.  Daniel signed his attestation papers on May 21, 1917.  In this document he gives his date of birth as December 17, 1894 the name of his mother as "Annie" residing at 311 Magdelen St., Montreal, Quebec.  It is as yet unknown exactly when the family moved to Canada, and once they are available it is advisable to check both the Canadian and British 1911 census records when trying to locate this family.

Three burial entries were found at Fulford Cemetery, Davis Rd, Brome, Estrie, Quebec:

Staveley, Alice, b. 24 Aug, 1896, d. 30 Oct 1967

Staveley, John Thomas, b. 9 Nov, 1862, d. Jul 1953

Stavely, Hannah Winter, b. 20 Nov 1864, d. 10 Jun 1946, w/o John Thomas Staveley


These records suggest that Alice was John and Hannah's daughter, as listed in the 1901 census in Burnley, and apparently Alice never married.  It is as yet unknown what became of son Daniel.


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