Henry Staveley was born July 4, 1785 in Horton in Ribblesdale, the son of George Staveley and Ellen ROBINSON. Henry is believed to have had a total of three marriages. The first marriage was to Mary HARRISON in 1806. He then married Nanny MIDDLETON in Dent on October 2, 1819. Henry and Nanny had the following two children baptized in Dent:
|Jude Stepley||b. May 27, 1820||Dent, Yorkshire|
|Edward Stepley||b. October 19, 1823||Dent, Yorkshire|
On November 11, 1830 Henry married his third wife Betty GOTH. They had a son George born in Dent in 1832, and by 1841 they are found residing in Ingleton:
1841: ?, Ingleton, Yorkshire, England
|GOTH||Anis||15||F S||Born Outside Census County|
Son George (b. 1832) first married Ellen WAINMAN in Ulverston on April 24, 1853. A daughter Elizabeth was born later that year, but died in infancy. George's wife Ellen died the following year in 1854. George remarried in Kendal in 1856 to a Barbara REDMAYNE, and briefly resided in South Shields, Durham prior to the 1861 census, but the family eventually settled in Ambleside, Westmorland.
Henry's brother, Robert Staveley, was born in Dent/Horton in Ribblesdale, also the son of George Staveley and Ellen ROBINSON and married Mary LISTER in Ingleton Fells in 1810. Robert and Mary had the following children baptized in Ingleton:
|Anthony Staveley||b. October 25, 1813||Ingleton, Yorkshire|
|Rose Staveley||b. November 2, 1817||Ingleton, Yorkshire|
|Henry Staveley||b. May 7, 1820||Ingleton, Yorkshire|
|Leonard Lister Staveley||b. September 13, 1828||Ingleton, Yorkshire|
|Margaret Staveley||b. November 6, 1831||Ingleton, Yorkshire|
There is a notable gap in the baptisms for this family between 1820 and 1828. A daughter Judith was found baptized at Horton in Ribblesdale in 1823. A number of other likely children have been discovered through careful analysis of the census records:
A George Staveley was born in abt. 1812 in Ingleton and is presumed to be Robert and Mary's son. George, like his father, was a gamekeeper, and moved to Rothwell in Settle by 1851, Giggleswick by 1861, and to Everton, Lancashire by 1881.
A William Staveley b. 1816 in Ingleton is living in Hawes between 1861-1881.
In Lancaster in 1851 there is an entry for a John Staveley of Ingleton, aged 26. This would put John's date of birth about 1825, and it is thought likely that his parents were Robert Staveley and Mary LISTER.
The 1881 census for Preston, Lancashire, also shows a James Staveley of "Black Burton" (0.8 miles southeast from Ingleton) born in 1827. These references from the census help to fill the gaps between some of Robert and Mary's children.
1851: Wind Shaw, Ingleton, Yorkshire, England
|Mary STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||65||Greenfield, Horton, Yorkshire, England|
|Margaret STAVELEY||Daur||U||Female||19||Ribblehead, Horton, Yorkshire, England|
|Richard STAVELEY||Grandson||U||Male||2||Ireby, Lancashire, England|
|John SANDERS||U||Male||48||High Gayle, Ingleton, Yorkshire, England||Shepherd|
Robert Staveley died in Lancaster in 1853.
Robert and Mary's son Henry Staveley listed above (b. 1820) and his wife Elizabeth are found residing in Ireby, Lancashire in 1851. After the death of his father, Robert Staveley, Henry and his wife Elizabeth returned to Ingleton to reside at the family home.
1861: Winnshaw, Ingleton Fells, Yorkshire, England
|Henry STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||41||Bentham, Yorkshire, England||Gamekeeper|
|Elizabeth STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||38||Clapham, Yorkshire, England|
|Richard STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||12||Tunstall, Lancashire, England||Scholar|
|Robert STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||9||Bentham, Yorkshire, England|
|Mary STAVELEY||Mother||W||Female||78||Buckdern, Yorkshire, England|
1871: Winshaw, Ingleton Fells, Yorkshire, England
|Henry STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||50||Ingleton Fells, Yorkshire, England||Gamekeeper|
|Elizabeth STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||47||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England|
|John SAUNDERS||Boarder||U||Male||70||Ingleton Fells, Yorkshire, England||Shepherd|
In 1871 son Richard is servant residing in Glusburn in the Boocock household. Son Robert has not been located in the 1871 census.
1881: Winshaw, Ingleton, Yorkshire, England
|Henry STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||60||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England||Gamekeeper|
|Elizabeth STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||37*||Clapham, Yorkshire, England|
Elizabeth's age was handwritten as 37 on the enumerator's original transcript for 1881 (but is expected to be 57). As the place of birth has not changed from Clapham, we presume this is an enumerator's recording error.
Henry and Elizabeth's son Robert married Ann HUNTER in 1875, and is also found living in Ingleton in 1881:
1881: Cottage, Clapham Cum Newby, Near Ingleton, Yorkshire
|Robert STAVLEY||Head||M||Male||29||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England||Gamekeeper|
|Annie STAVLEY||Wife||M||Female||29||K Stephen, Westmorland, England||Gamekeepers Wife|
|Henry STAVLEY||Son||Male||4||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England||Scholar|
|John STAVLEY||Son||Male||3||Clapham, Yorkshire, England||Scholar|
Son John was registered as "John Hunter Staveley" in the June quarter of 1878.
Robert's mother Elizabeth is residing next to her son in 1891:
1891: No 2. Windshaw, Ingleton, Yorkshire, England
|Elizabeth STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||67||Clapham, Yorkshire, England||Living on Own Means|
1891: No 1. Windshaw, Ingleton, Yorkshire, England
|Robert STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||39||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England||Gamekeeper|
|Annie STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||39||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England|
|John STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||13||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England|
|Richard STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||9||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England|
|Robert W. STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||7||Clapham, Yorkshire, England|
|Leonard F. STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||1||Ingleton, Yorkshire, England|
Son Henry is absent from the household in 1891. He appears to be visiting the household of Alice HILDMAN in Moss Bank, Giggleswick, but rejoins the family in 1901:
1901: Gearstones Inn, Ingleton, Yorkshire, England
|Robert STAVELEY||Head||M||Male||49||Whinshaw, Yorkshire, England||Gamekeeper, Innkeeper and Farmer|
|Annie STAVELEY||Wife||M||Female||49||Kirkby Stephen, Yorkshire, England||Pub|
|Henry STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||24||Whinshaw, Yorkshire, England||Farm Servant|
|John STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||22||Whinshaw, Yorkshire, England||Plate Layer on Railway|
|Richard STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||19||Clapham, Yorkshire, England||Plate Layer on Railway|
|Robert W. STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||17||Clapham, Yorkshire, England||Plate Layer on Railway|
|Lister STAVELEY*||Son||U||Male||11||Whinshaw, Yorkshire, England||At School|
|George STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||9||Whinshaw, Yorkshire, England||At School|
|Arthur STAVELEY||Son||U||Male||5||Whinshaw, Yorkshire, England||At School|
|Annie E. STAVELEY||Daur||U||Female||5||Whinshaw, Yorkshire, England||At School|
|Bella COATES||Niece||U||Female||26||Kirkby Stephen, Yorkshire, England||General Servant (Domestic)|
|William BLAND||Boarder||U||Male||26||Derby, Derbyshire, England||Railway Signalman|
*Son Lister is recorded as Leonard in the 1891 census, and based upon age this should be the same child. The GRO index shows that he was indeed registered as Leonard Lister Staveley in the June quarter of 1889.
Leonard Lister Staveley registered for military service on June 24, 1916. He wasn't called for service however for some time, and finally enlisted in the Coldstream Guards on April 29, 1918 at Halifax. He gives his address as Wilson Wood, Ingleton, Yorkshire. At that time he is 28 years and 350 days old, and a miner by trade. Leonard lists his next of kin as as his wife. In the enlistment records it shows that Leonard Lister Staveley married Margaret Ann STABLES in Mansfield on June 8, 1908. At the time of enlistment Leonard and Margaret have two daughters, Florence Eleanor born September 18, 1908 in Mansfield, and Nancy born May 14, 1910 in Settle. Leonard was enlisted for the duration of the war, and subsequently discharged from active service on December 6, 1918.
A unique record survives regarding Robert and Annie's son George Staveley (b. 1892). George apparently moved from Ingleton, up to Settle as an adult, and he was recalled by an aquaintence, Fred Inman, during a tape-recorded interview in 1978, and the following is an excerpted transcript of that conversation.
THIS TAPE HAS BEEN RECORDED ON THE 28TH OF SEPTEMBER 1978 AT 14 STONEYBANK ROAD, EARBY. THE INFORMANT IS FRED INMAN, TACKLER AND THE INTERVIEWER IS STANLEY GRAHAM.
There used to be a fella, it wouldn’t surprise me if he were still alive, a bloke called George Staveley up at Settle. George Staveley is a legend up there. Mind you there's just a possibility he may be dead now but I don't know. I don't know, they might have him hung up somewhere drying but by God. He was eighty odd and if you go out of Settle up what they call If Hill, at back, there's a big steep hill goes up at back and comes down into Kirby Malham. You can either go down to, what's the name of that place between Gargrave and Long Preston? [Bell Busk] Anyway you can either drop down on to Gargrave or the Long Preston road or you can turn up left and come down through Kirby Malham, you know. And George had some land reight up on top there as you're going up out of Settle. There's a big hill goes up at the back, a big limestone hill and he had a lot of black cattle up there. Years after he were supposed to have retired, and one day he went missing in middle of winter. There was a lot of snow on ground and he went missing and they got the bloody mountain rescue out 'cause they knew he’d gone to look these beasts you know and it's blowing a blizzard and he used to walk. He didn't used to ride up you know, he used to walk up this hill every day, eighty odd years old. And all he ever wore were them terrible, do you remember them things, they were like short Wellingtons that laced up.
I should think they were about the worst thing that were ever made for your feet. That's all he ever used to wear. And they found him, he was sat behind three bales of straw watching his beasts and reight enjoying himself and he couldn't understand why they'd come searching for him.
And one day I were down at Cyril Richardson's at Little Stainton and a van pulls up, a little van, and this fella gets out of the passenger seat and it were George Staveley. And 1 said “Eh, by God, look who’s here, it’s George! What are you after?” He said, “Young man, do you know of a fella called Metcalfe round here?” I said “Aye, just up the road there.” He said, “I understand he has a Standard Ford tractor for sale, a paraffin tractor.” Which he had, Wallace had two and he were right attached to them. He didn’t like new-fangled tractors he used to like one that you could stand on when you were driving it, like the old Standard Ford. And he said “Wait a minute, would it be Wallace Metcalfe?” I said “Aye.” He turned round to this fella who was driving, and he said “Hungriest bugger in Craven, we’re wasting us time!” And this voice come down from the house. It were Cyril, he must have come out of door you see and realized who it were. He says “Well, that'll be a bloody laugh. It’ll be the two hungriest buggers in Craven together when you get up there!!” And I don't know whether he ever got this tractor bought but he were reight you know.
I'd have given a pound, I said to Cyril, we ought to have walked up there just to eavesdrop on the conversation because I’ll bet it were worth listening to. Aye, because they were both same you see, they were both hungry.
Transcript courtesy of the Lancashire Textile Project
In 1891 we find a John Staveley of Dent residing in Ingleton. John (b. 1854) is the son of Henry Staveley and Ann HARPER of Dent.
1891: Colt Park, Ingleton, Yorkshire, England
John STAVELEY Head M* Male 34 Dent, Yorkshire, England Farmer Betsy BOWNESS Sister W Female 30 Dent, Yorkshire, England William BOWNESS Nephew U Male 4 Lancaster, Lancashire, England John BOWNESS Nephew U Male 2 Lancaster, Lancashire, England John H. STAVELEY Nephew U Male 18 Dent, Yorkshire, England
*John is reported as married in the 1891 census, but there is no spouse residing in the household during this census. John's nephew John, aged 18, is the son of his sister Jane of Rivaling, Dent. In 1901, nephew John Henry Staveley is married, and residing in Morecambe, Lancashire.
John's sister married John BOWNESS in Kendal, Westmorland in the January quarter of 1887. Sadly John died just 2 years later, in 1889, in Lancaster, leaving Betsy with two young children to raise. By 1901, Betsy has returned to Dent and is living with her father Henry and brother Richard at Raw Ridding.