Who is Robert Stanton Surry Co VA Court Clerk 1652-1663?

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Searching for possible family and additional documentation on James Stanton I stumbled upon a Robert Stanton, Surry Co Virginia court clerk from the founding of Surry Co (out of Isle of Wight) 1652 until he leaves the area 1663. 

He is seen as the administrator of the estate of Richard Stanton who died Surry Co 1662. Robert's wife is documented as Mary. A witness to the document assigning his clerk duties to his successor is a Nathaniel Stanton. A William Stanton is also seen this time period in these records but never connected as family. Just a note that History or Records of Virginia Counties Vol VI has him as the clerk only 1652-53 which is in error based on numerous court records.

I find nothing on this Robert Stanton anywhere. Records do not indicate where he went in 1663. He does not appear connected to the "northern" Stantons in Connecticut. Does anyone have any clues on this Robert Stanton?

Curiously the only records found in Surry Co Court for James Stanton whose profile is linked to this question is his Will in Southwark Court, Surry Co. 1719 (and two land grants are recorded at Library of Virginia).

WikiTree profile: James Stanton
asked in Genealogy Help by T Stanton G2G6 Mach 3 (32.4k points)

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Cam￾bridge, admitted freeman 1635. 

STANTON, ROBERT, Dorchester 1659. Rev. Robert Stan￾ton grad. at H. C. 1712. THOMAS, was interpreter an in the 

Pequot war, 1637. He had a son Robert, who, with his father, is 

noticed in a postscript to Hubbard’s Indian Wars, 6. p. 

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  • Early settlers of New England any good?
answered by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (181k points)

Marion, thanks but I don't think its the Robert in Farmer's Register. I can't reconcile the Farmer dates with when he is known to be in Virginia. Later in Hubbard Vol II p 59 is another reference but it seems to be about 1676 and that Robert is mentioned being 22 year of age (if I am reading this difficult to follow narrative correctly; date of 1676 is given on p 57).

Going to recheck passenger list reconstructions. This Robert seems to appear out of thin air; the opposite of John Stanton who arrived 1635 and then seems to disappear (one researcher suggested maybe he never arrived not surviving the crossing).

?What is the farmer register
John Farmer "A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England" Pub 1829 in two volumes I think. Farmer was the Sec of the NH Historical Society.
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Hi T Stanton,

We have the Virginia Project for work on Virginia profiles (pre or post 1700), please join us if you have an interest in Virginia:

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Here is source info on his birth county of Surry:

Note Surry was created in 1652 from James City County, not Isle of Wight, so you may want to search there for info on his father.

Also, per our Style guide, abbreviations for state names (e.g., VA) are never used on Wikitree place names.


answered by William Foster G2G6 Mach 6 (61.8k points)
edited by William Foster

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