The STAPLEY (incl. STAPLEIGH) surname in England dates back to 1199
, possibly to 1066.
Consequently there are many STAPLEY descendants scattered around the world, and a number of genealogy researchers.
One researcher grouped the STAPLEYs into clans
according to their known origin.
Four different STAPLEY clans have been represented in New Zealandarrived
in N.Z. clan1875 F "The Sedlescombe STAPLEYs"
1849, daughter of Thomas & Sabina of Sedlescombe
William John NECKLEN, arrived on the
"Merope" landing at Timaru SCY, NZ.
Lived in Timaru, 15 children, buried Timaru in 1915. c. 1875 J "The Batchelor STAPLEYs"
decendants of John Stapley & Ann Batchelor who m. Speldhurst KEN 1796
1848-1899, son of
Richard & Amy of Speldhurst in Kent
married twice 1878, 1888 in New Zealand, buried 1899 at Hokitika WLD, NZ1879 ? Henry Lewis STAPLEY
1857-1931, son of Robert of London (Army Schoolmaster) & Harriet McKenzie of Malta
arrived on the "Durham" from
Australia, married Florence ROSS.
Lived in Timaru, died in Christchurch CBY, NZ.
Many descendants in New Zealand.by 1906 B The Rotherfield STAPLEYs
1871-1926 4th son of Isaac & Mary Ann,
brother of the infamous "Sir" Harry" and brother of Frank, Mayor of Melbourne.
qualified 1892 MRCVS (veterinary surgeon), worked in
South Africa 1896+,
married (1) 1898 Mildred THOMPSON in Natal, visited USA with wife in 1899,
married (2) 1906 in
N.Z. to "Daisy" Sybil CANNON,
Australia 1910, and
practised as an M.D. 1913+ in Cambridge WKT, NZ
died 1926, buried Hautapu Cemetery Cambridge NZ.
survived by "Daisy" Sybil who died in 1934 buried at
Purewa, and Sybil's daughter Constance.