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Thomas Stanley

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Thomas Stanley
Born about [location unknown]
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in VAmap
Died about in Hanover Co, VA Cedar Creek Quaker Cemeterymap
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Immigrant Ancestor Married twice. Religion: Quaker.


April 15, 1688 - Son James baptized in St. Peter's Parish, Church of England (Episcopal), New Kent Co., Va. Nov. 23, 1689 - Son Thomas Jr. baptized in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., Va. Oct. 11, 1691 - Son John baptized in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., Va. After 1691 - Joined Society of Friends (Quakers). Feb. 28, 1700 - First appeared on Quaker records, Henrico Monthly Meeting, Hanover Co. Va. (a) Aug. 1, 1726 - Henrico Monthly Meeting, Hanover, Va. Thomas, living in Louisa Co., Va., is disowned for marrying out of unity. (a)

Baptism 1: 23 Nov 1689, Son Thomas baptized, St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co., Va..
Baptism 2: 15 Apr 1688, Son James baptized, St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co., Va..
Baptism 3: 11 Oct 1691, Son John baptized, St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co., Va..

Disowned: 1 Aug 1726, Disowned for marrying out of unity (Hinshaw's Quaker Records, Vol. VI, pg. 213). Marriage Intention: 1 Jun 1724, Delayed. Woman, not a Friend, not thought to be under real convincement of the Truth. (Hinshaw's Quaker Records, Vo.. VI, pg. 213).


(a) "Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy," Vol. VI, pg. 213 (b) "History and Genealogy of the Stanley Family," Edna Stanley Pickett, 1949. (c) "Descendants of Edward Stanley," James LaFayette Holloway, 1968. (d) "Stanley and Allied Families, vol. I," by The Stanley National Family Association. (e) Original record or document

Name: Thomas Stanley Sr

Birth Date: 27 Sep 1670 (needs source)

Birth Place: Norfolk City, Virginia, USA (immigrant?)

Death Date: 7 May 1714

Death Place: Hanover County, Virginia, USA

Cemetery: Cedar Creek Quaker Graveyard (handful of un-marked fieldstones near the site of the Cedar Creek MM ruins site?)

Burial or Cremation Place: Montpelier, Hanover County, Virginia, USA

Has Bio?: Y

Spouse: Mary Stanley (needs source)

Children: John Stanley James Stanley Thomas Stanley Jr


  • "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (Link : accessed 19 July 2015), Thomas Stanley Sr, 1714; Burial, Montpelier (Hanover), Hanover, Virginia, United States of America, Cedar Creek Quaker Graveyard; citing record ID 116024672, Find a Grave, Data in a Find-a-Grave Memorial with little basis in Fact.Rich-1922 09:05, 19 July 2015 (EDT)


From gencircles:
Married 1685, probably in Virginia. He was married twice, but neither wife is proven. When he married the second time, he was disbarred from the Quaker Church for marrying a non-Quaker.
Thomas Stanley, Charles Fleming, Rice Hughes, Robert Hughes, Sarah Hughes, and Susannah Fleming were among attendees at the marriage of Thomas Langford and Marth West, daughter of Giles West on 21 Feb 1700, "at the home of the aforesaid people." Groom and bride were both from New Kent County. Other attending were Christipher Clark and Elizabeth Clark, Michael Johnson and Sarah Johnson.
Thomas Stanley Sr and his sons purchased land in the part of New Kent Co. that was erected into Hanover Co. Nov. 1720.
Thomas Stanley Sr. James and Thomas Stanley Jr. for the consideration of the importation of sixteen persons to dwell within this our colony of VA, whose names are William Porter, William Hodgkinson, Richard Baker, Henry Kiplin, Adam Newman, William Schlade, Thomas Millot, Isaac Palmer, Tobert Bookle, John Draper, Peter Bryan, John Haley, Daniel Hughes, William Bogling, John Bitnal, and Peter Clark, one tract of land containing 800 acres, lying and being on both sides of Cedar Creek, in St. Paul's Parish, New Kent Co. 16 Dec. 1714.
Thomas Stanley, Sr for 25 shillings 251 acres on both sides of Cawthorns Branch in Hanover Co. adjoining his line and that of John Williamson, William Harris, and Chiswell, 10 Dec 1724.
From Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol. III, p. 162, extract of Patent Book No. 10:
Thomas Standley, Senr., James Standley, & Thomas Standley, Junr., 800 acs. (N.L.), New Kent Co in St. Paul's Par; on both sides of Cedar Cr; 16 Dec 1714, p.211. Imp. of 16 pers: Wm. Porter, Wm. Hodgkinson, Richd. Baker, Henry Kiplin, Adam Newman, Wm. Sclade, Thos. Mellot, Isaac Palmer, Robt. Beedle, John Draper, Peter Bryan, John Haley, Danl. Hughes, Wm. Baley, John Bignal, Peter Clark.

From Virginia Quaker Stanleys and Descendants, compiled by Celeste Terrell Barnhill, a descendant. Assisted by George Tatum Stanley, Huntington Park, California and Clayton V. Stanley, Des Moines, Iowa; 1931; page 2:
Thomas Stanley, Sr. and his sons, purchased land in the part of New Kent County that was erected into Hanover County, November 1720.? John Stanley bought 18 acres on the west branch of Cedar Creek, and beginning at Thomas Stanley's line for the importation of one person, John Atkinson, February 18, 1722. John Stanley for the sum of 40 shillings bought 400 acres on both sides of Chiswell's Swamp, February 24, 1724. Marriage reported on p. 269 of Hinshaw's Cedar Creek MM, VA. Another source says they married Oct. 11, 1743. (Five Hundred First Families of America)
Baptism October 11, 1691, St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia.
Known as "Elder John."
From "Four Generations of the Family of Strangeman Hutchins and his wife Elizabeth Cox":
The Stanley Family and the Hutchins Family were closely inter-married. Thomas Stanley, from England, came to the Virginia Colony about 1700, with his three sons, James, Thomas, and John. They settled in Hanover County. James Stanley married Catherine Hutchins, daughter of Nicholas. They had a family of eight, viz., William, James, Mary, Martha, Micajah, Agnes, Strangeman and Elijah. This family moved to Guilford County, North Carolina, 1764, and are ancestors of a vast number. Thomas Stanley, Junior, married twice, and had a family of eleven. John Stanley married as his second wife, Martha Hutchins, daughter of Nicholas. They had a family of five, Ursula, Milly, Joshua, Thomas, and Agatha. The Alice Stanley, whom John Hutchins married, 1757, was a daughter of this John Stanley by his first wife. The descendants of these Stanley families are extremely numerous. The Stanleys were of the Friends Faith. Cedar Creek Meeting House was on Stanley land, and the Stanleys were the first overseers.
Possibly the Thomas Standley, Sr, listed with Thomas Standley, Jr and James Standley as being granted on Dec 16, 1714, 800 acres in New Kent under patent from the Hon. Alexander Spotswood, His Majesty's Lt. Governor and Commander in Chief of this Dominion. (XX-101) He was one of the early settlers of Hanover Co, VA, settling there prior to 1719. A Thomas Stanley is in the records as early as 1686. In 1724 a Thomas and a James Stanley were imprisoned for failure to pay tithes and priests.

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On July 19, 2015 at 03:32GMT Phillip Rich wrote:

Hi guys, been working on the Stanley Quaker lineage working with sources from the National Stanley Family Assoc. as well as the Western Virginia Chapter of the Stanley Family Assoc. Thomas Stanley is recognized as our oldest proven ancestor and the likely first immigrant of the Virginia Quaker Stanley Family. Many enjoy speculation about connection to Edward Stanley of Preston and the Bickerstaff line of Royalty, but the documentation just isn't there.

It appears that some erroneous merge must have taken place leading to extra wives and children as well. To my knowledge, there is no documented proof of either of Thomas's wives names, and he only has 3 documented sons: James, Thomas Jr, and John. Anyone have any documentation stating otherwise? If not I would like to correct these errors.

On June 19, 2014 at 07:22GMT John Atkinson wrote:

I'm wondering if there has been a merging of two different Thomas Stanleys; a Sir Thomas Stanley (father of Edward Stanley) and the Thomas Stanley of the biography who is perhaps the father of the rest of the children. See this link for information about Sir Thomas Stanley and his son Edward.

Or perhaps Edward Stanley has been connected to the wrong father?

On January 2, 2014 at 08:17GMT J Pictet wrote:

Husband of Mary Holme — married 1687 in St Peters,New Kent,Virginia,USA

Kevin Bacon - genealogy connections Thomas is 17 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 12 from AJ Jacobs and 39 from JK Rowling on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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