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Martha (Clay) Stanley (1660 - 1734)

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Martha Stanley formerly Clay aka Blankenship
Born in Chesterfield, Henrico County, Virginiamap
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Wife of — married about in Henrico County, Virginiamap [uncertain]
Wife of — married in Henrico County, Virginiamap
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Died in Chesterfield, Henrico County, Virginiamap
Clay-929 created 28 Nov 2012 | Last modified
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Categories: Chesterfield, Virginia.

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1." We don't know when Martha (wife of Ralph Blankenship the immigrant) was born as there has never been a birth record found. We also don't know her parents. It is possible she was born about 1660 and that she was the daughter of Charles Clay (1636-1686) and Hannah Wilson (1642-1706) but it cannot yet be proven. This information is based on the fact that two of the Clay brothers who also were children of Charles and Hannah appeared on the death inventory and will of Ralph Blankenship and Martha's second husband Edward Stanley. This would have been properly done to protect Martha's dowry if her brothers had been witnesses to Martha's husband's wills or death inventory. It's only circumstantial evidence, but its certainly possible. If this was the case then Edward Stanly would have married Hannah Wilson (the mother) after Charles Clay died in 1686. She married Edward Stanley in 1690 and died 16 years later in 1706. Edward Stanley then remained a widower until 1716 when he married Martha, the former wife of Ralph Blankenship. Just conjecture based on circumstantial evidence. This Clay family lived right next to Ralph Blankenship just north of Swift Creek." Don
Henrico County, Orphans Court, p. 53; Martha, widow of Ralph Blankenship
Source: The research of Lloyd Bockstruck supervisor at the Dallas, Texas, public library, to Helen Hetherington Dunn: "On 7 August 1727 Martha Stanley of Henrico Parish and county made a deed of gift of 100 acres on the south side of James River at the head of Proctors Creek to her son John Blankenship. It was part of the land granted to her as Martha Blankenship and was the land where John Blankenship was living. The land was almost surely a portion of the tract which Edward Stanley had devised to him in common with his brothers Ralph and James. " Weisiger, Henrico Deeds 1706-1737 p 90. It was during the summer of 1725 that Martha Blankenship, a widow of eleven years, decided to marry again. She married Edward Stanley, a widower of Henrico County; he was born circa 1650. His former wife was Hannah (Wilson) Clay, widow of Charles Clay.
Edward Stanley deposed that was aged 35 on 14 May 1685 in Henrico County. He had married Hannah (Wilson) Clay between 1 October 1687 and 10 April 1696. Edward Stanley lived on the north side of Swift Creek on a 235 acre plantation next to Robert Hudson which he had purchased from Thomas Powland, Sr. for f3 on 24 March 1703/4. "According to the 1704 quit rent roll of Henrico County, he owned 300 acres. He had acquired an additional 135 acres from Robert Hudson for f5 on the north side of Swift Creek, on 30 October 1709. '6 In all probability the property adjoined his own land.
On 5 October 1725 the Henrico County court held at Varina ordered Edward, who intermarried with Martha the relict of Ralph Blankenship, to be summoned to appear at the next court and bring the orphans of Ralph, deceased." Accordingly, some of the children of Ralph were still under age in 1725. By this union Martha probably improved her condition Measurably. Unfortunately, Edward Stanley did not live much longer. He made his will in Henrico County on 21 May 1726 leaving his daughter Hannah Thweatt one shilling, his wife Martha 1/3 of his land for life, his granddaughter Frances Thweatt the plantation whereon he lived and the plantation where Richard Dickason lately dwelt, various items granddaughters Mary and Hannah Thweatt, and his plantations on Coldwater Run totaling 230 acres to Ralph, John, and James Blankenship. He named his wife Martha Stanley executrix.


  1. William Blankenship, born about 1691 in Henrico County, Virginia; died April 1745 in Henrico County, Virginia
  2. Richard Blankenship, born about 1693 in Henrico County, Virginia; died after 1768 in Goochland County, Virginia
  3. Ralph Blankenship, Jr, born about 1695 in Henrico County, Virginia; died November 1754 in Chesterfield County, Virginia
  4. John Blankenship, born about 1697 in Chesterfield County, Virginia; died April 9, 1754 in Chesterfield County, Virginia
  5. James Blankenship, born about 1699 in Henrico County, Virginia; died May 23, 1749 in Chesterfield County, Virginia
  6. Ann Blankenship



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On 1 Nov 2016 at 03:56 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:

Hudson-5396 and Clay-929 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles seem to be the same. The public notes indicate that Hudson should be the last name at birth. Please merge as appropriate.

Thanks, Cindy Williams Lesure

On 30 Jul 2016 at 06:09 GMT William Beason wrote:

Clay-929 and Hudson-5816 appear to represent the same person because: Both married to Ralph Blankenship, both mother of Richard Blankenship. Born and died same year.

On 14 Mar 2016 at 21:53 GMT J (Vickery) V IV wrote:

This Hudson may have come from England. I am not sure, John

On 20 Oct 2014 at 17:05 GMT David Wilson wrote:

"Now if I were placing bets on the maiden name for Martha, wife of Ralph Blankinship, I would put more money on the Hudson surname than Clay. We know that the Clays were close to the Blankenships.

The signatures of Henry and Charles clay on the death instrutments of Ralph Blankenship and Edward Stanley may have been nothing more than the fact that they were good neighbors. When we see the Clay names on Ralph Blankinship's death inventory and on the will of Edward Stanley, Martha's second husband, it suggests to me Martha had no kinfolk living in Virginia and therefore she relied exclusively on good neighbors to witness her husbands' wills. "

see pg. 928

On 28 Sep 2014 at 05:08 GMT David Wilson wrote:

On 27 Sep 2014 at 18:55 GMT David Wilson wrote:

More in-depth fodder: (this is a very large and sourced file that takes time to load,)

On 26 Sep 2014 at 22:11 GMT David Wilson wrote:

Martha is 18 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 13 degrees from Joseph Broussard, 23 degrees from Helmut Jungschaffer and 14 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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