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Letter from John H. Stanley to Cora (Stanley) Walker
Jan. 4, 1924


Sugarland Texas, January 4, 1924
Mrs. Walter Walker,
Copperas Cove, Texas.

Dear Cora:


Enclosed you will find a diagram or outline of our ancestry as far back as my data extends. It took two letters to give you the history of Mother’s people, and to complete our paternal line with the same space will require some condencing.

With the information I am writing as a lead, investigation ought to reveal much more. For instance, if one should examine the deed records, court records, especially the probation of wills and settlement of estates of the Darlington District, South Caroline, the rosters of the Continental armies, the returns of the Federal census of 1790, and such other records as may be available, the complete history of the Stanleys in America would doubtless be revealed.

Such investigation in Lincoln County, Tennessee, would clear up some immaterial questions in our maternal line. For instance, the record showing the deed to the piece of land 3 miles from Lynchburg and 12 miles from Shelbyville, Lincoln county, which conveyed to our grandfather – James A Berry – by our great great grandfather Price, would show Price’s full name (and maybe that of his wife) and also the date when grandfather Berry acquired the property, and thus shed some light on whether he lived on that land before engaging in the mercantile business in Bedford County, and would doubtless support Mother’s statement that she was born on that place in 1839. You will remember the question I raised about that in my letter.


I conclude that we have descended from pure English stock for several reasons. 1st. The characteristics of the family, especially the Stanleys, are English. 2nd. The family names; Stanley, Stewart, Gatlin, Hanks, Berry, “Dawsey”, Rountree, and Price are English. If we have an Irish strain it comes through the Berrys. 3rd. The English were the principal race that settled North and South Carolina. The came from England, New England, Virginia, The Bermudas, and Barbadoes, Later, especially to South Carolina came Dutch from New York, persecuted Huguenots from France, Scotch, Moravians, Swiss, Irish, and Germans from the Rhine; but the English remained the dominant race in both Carolinas.

Virginia Stanleys

The Stanleys of South Carolina may have come from Virginia. There were Stanleys in Virginia before the Carolinas were settled. The Kentucky Stanleys, including ex-governor and present United States Senator A. O. Stanely, came from the Virginia family. In an early day Moses and Mason Stanley, sons of C. N. Stanley, went from Virginia to Kentucky and became the progenitors of the branch of the family. Tradition relates that “Uncle Jimmie” Stanley, the patriarch of the family was drowned in the James River by a buck deer which he shot and stunned on the bank. The deer revived and attacked him when he approached it, and in the struggle both fell into the river. The old man had on heavy clothes and boots and was unable to swim out. In 1986 I met Judge Stanley, a prominent lawyer of Lebanon, Ohio, who came from the Virginia Family. The names James, John, Edward, William, occur frequently among the Virginia branch as they do among the Stanleys of England. But whether the South Carolina Stanleys came via Virginia or direct from England, we can be sure they came from English Stock.

English Stanleys

The English Stanleys are from a very old family of some consequence in the military, civil, and ecclesiastical affairs of England for centuries. They have furnished some distinguished officers in the British armies and at least one prime minister, Lord Derby. The country seat of the Stanleys, Earls of Derby, is, or was, called “Legs of Man”. The arms of the Isle of Man are three legs, and the Stanleys, Earls of Derby, were lords of Man, Shakespeare’s Henry VI.

1822 Letter from John Randolph

I HAVE JUST BEEN READING A PRIVATE LETTER WRITTEN FROM England by John Randolph of Roanoke, May 27, 1822, to a friend in Virginia. He landed at Liverpool and went by chaise across the country to London, stopping here and there. His letter is a sort of diary of that trip and what he saw, etc. After commenting of the scenes around Liverpool he writes:

“To Prescott, with a fine view of Knowsley Park and a glimpse of the house. Legs of Man, park-keeper in the kitchen – send for him and talk about the horses; all in training in Delemere forest except old Milo and one other. The Earl and Countess in town (London) – so is Lord Stanley, the Earl’s eldest son, who represents the county in Parliament.”

Then in another county he says:

“On the right of Northwich is the seat, and a very fine one it is, of Sir John Stanley, who married the eldest daughter of Gibbon’s friend, Lord Sheffield. I felt when I saw him at Chester as if he was an old acquaintance. He was foreman of the grand jury, and had his hands full of business”, etc.

I could write the whole of this letter along this line, but I must get down to facts that more closely relate to us.

Stanley Surname

However, one observation relating to the spelling of the name. Some of the English Stanleys immigrated to Ireland, and some of their descendants to America. In some way, probably through the illiteracy of some ancestor, the spelling of the name was changed to “Standley”. There is a family from that branch in Walker County, Texas, who think they are Irish. In English history, literature, and freehold records the name is uniformly Stanley.

Stanleys of South Carolina

The ancestral home of the Stanleys in South Carolina is in the Darlington district, now in Darlington County, in the N. E. part of the State, one county between Darlington and the N. C. line. Several counties were created out of the original Darlington District, and it may be that the ancestral home is in one of those counties. However, the town of Darlington is still the county seat, and the records there would reveal the information. The heads of the families were land owners.

John Stanley
b. ca. 1774

Our great grandfather, John Stanley, was born and died in the Darlington District. He was a farmer of small means. Whether this was due to the law of primogeniture in force at the time, which gave the eldest son the sole right of inheritance to the father’s estate, I cannot say. He came from a race of land lords and had some wealthy relatives there, and a brother owned a large estate. Grandfather Stanley and his Brother John used to refer to this Stanley as “Uncle Shade”, and of our great grandfather’s boys working for “Uncle Shade” Stanley.

John Stanley, our great grandfather, married Sallie Stewart (or Stuart, I am not sure of the spelling). They were both born prior to the Revolutionary War. This couple had 9 children – 6 boys – Blaney, Thomas Edward, Elias, Ely John and Sands – and three girls – Elizabeth (Betsy), Axie, and Winnie. If I put them in my notes in order of age (which was Father’s way of giving me names of sets of children), grandfather was the 5th. Betsy the oldest, and sands the youngest.

After the death of John Stanley in south Carolina, his wife, Sallie, having small means, was dissatisfied living among wealthy relatives, and to give her children the opportunity of a new country, moved with them to Tennessee and settled (I conclude) in Giles County about 1817. About 1834, she moved with grandfather, Thomas Edward Stanley and other relatives to Mississippi (Holly Springs), and in the fall of 1849 to Travis County, Texas. She died at grandfather Stanley’s house in Travis County when Father was 22 years old. At the time of her death she was 80-odd years old.

Children of John & Sallie Stanley

Leaving grandfather till the last I will mention briefly the children of John and Sallie Stanley, and some of their grandchildren, putting the names of the first generation on the first marginal line, and dropping back, in some instances, to a second margin to list their children.

  1. .. Elizabeth (Betsy) Stanley, married Andy Ragsdale. Have no data about their children. She died early.
  2. .. Axie Stanley, married Abel Ragsdale. Have record of 4 children – four boys and two girls – Thomas and William (Bill), and two girls who married Hutson and William Brown. These two Browns were not related except by marriage, No record of children.
  3. .. Winnie Stanley, married William Taylor. They had 7 children – four boys, Thomas, William, Alfred, and Elias – and three girls. The oldest girl married a Merritt, the next oldest a McCOY.
    • The foregoing families(of Betsy, Axie and Winnie) were left in Mississippi when the moved to Texas was made in 1849.
  4. .. Blaney Stanley, Wife of a Houston. They moved from Tennessee to Arkansas perhaps as early as 1840, and settled on Blackfish Lake, Crittenden Co. Marion the county seat – East Arkansas. Blaney Stanley had been dead several years when grandfather Stanley and his company came by there on the move to Texas in 1849. His children were Leander, John, David, and one or two girls. Leander died before he was grown. David, who never married, was assassinated – waylaid and shot. John was married and left several children. He is said to have drunk heavily. One of his descendants, John Stanley, was living in Waco in 1922-3. He was a fine looking man, several years older than I, married, and a carpenter by trade. He got on occasional sprees. I did not meet his family. He moved back to Arkansas.
  5. .. Elias Stanley, married Lurana (or Leanna) Smith. He was a blacksmith at Webberville, Travis County, and was killed there in his shop about 1852 – by one John Bright in a dispute over the payment of an account for the repair of a wagon. Bright fled and was never apprehended. In 1892 I met an old gentleman by the name of Hutto, in the hardware business in Waco, who had some months before made a tour of California. Hutto knew Elias Stanley and John Bright and the circumstances of the killing. He said he met John Bright, an old man, living in the San Joaquin valley, still living in fear of apprehension. I told Father about Hutto’s report, and he said it was useless to disturb Bright, for it had been so long, all eye witnesses dead, it would be impossible to secure a conviction. Elias Stanley’s children were as follows:
    1. Ann Stanley, m. Wm. Meeks, and had several children. Nathan F., who was County Judge of Lampasas County and whole second son, Milton Malone, m. Bro. Jim’s daughter Maud; Elias, who had several children and moved to Fort Worth; John a batchelor; and some girls.
    2. Luisa Stanley, first m. a Moore, by whom she had 2 boys and perhaps a girl. She next m. a Woods (?).
    3. Adaline Stanley, m. “Suddy” Meeks. No record of children.
    4. Narcis Stanley, m. Henry Cherryholmes. No record of children
    5. Martha Stanley, m. Frank Meeks – had several children – Fayette, Henry, and some girls. 30-odd years ago moved from Lampasas County to Wise County, Texas.
    6. Clarenda Stanley, m. Wm. Miller, next a Smith. No record of children
    7. James Stanley, who died in the Civil War.
    8. Wm. Stanley, m. a Davis. No record of children. He was a Confederate soldier at Vicksburg, and when Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg to Grant in July 1863, Wm. Stanley escaped by swimming the Mississippi River.
    9. Kay Stanley, raised a family in Lee County, Texas. He has descendants now living I Victoria County.
  6. .. Ely Stanley, died when a boy in Tennessee.
  7. .. John Stanley, married Edith (called “Edie”) Smith, sister to Elias Stanley’s wife. These Smith sisters had a half brother named Sidon Harris. John Stanley and his son in-law, Jackson Holly, were with grandfather Thomas Edward Stanley in the move from Mississippi to Texas in 1849. John settled on School Creek in Lampasas County, I think it was in 1854. No road led north from Lampasas “Springs” at that time, and the next comer followed Uncle John’s wagon tracks. It was 20 years before the Indians quit raiding in the county. His log house was built on the edge of the hill over-looking the valley about ¾ mile east of the Angy Scott place. John and “Edie” Stanley’s children were:
    1. Martha Stanley, m. Jackson Holly. They had several children. I remember, David, who married Grundy Morris’ daughter and raised a family; Robert (Bob), who went “up the trail” with cattle in the early eighties and stayed in Wyoming; John, who became insane; Columbus, who went north and joined his brother Bob in Wyoming; Amanda, who married Jim Townsend and raised a large family.
    2. John Thomas (Batch Tom) Stanley, who remained a batchelor till old, then after his parents died, married their house keeper and nurse, Samantha Davis. He died I Lampasas.
    3. Sarah Stanley, m. John Atkinson and raised a large family in Williamson County, Texas.
    4. Lizzie Stanley, m. Blake Forehand and raised a family in Williamson County, Texas.
    5. Elias Stanley, Lived on School Creek adjoining his father’s place on the east. Died during the early eighties. Left a widow, one son and several daughters. The son, Alvin, m. Emma Mace, daughter of Solon Mace, and has several children. Several years ago they were living in Fort Worth.
    6. Benjamin Stanley, who died during the Civil War.
    7. Angeline Stanley, m. Abner Scott, who died, leaving her at home on School creek and 7 or 8 children. There were three boys, George, Childers (who has a family in Oklahoma) and jack, who died of tuberculosis; Mary, who married Sidney Persons and raised 2 boys; Maggie, who married Lee Scott (do not remember the children); Ann, who married Richard (“Dick) Cardwell, had several children, moved to Tennessee; Ellen (Do not remember whom she married or where they went); Edith (do not remember what became of her).
    8. Mary Ann Stanley, m. Jasper Townsen. Lived on Lampasas River at Townsen’s mill. Raised a large family. Most of their children have families. Garrett (physician), Joe B. (physician, Greeley, Eugene, Bell, and some younger children.
    9. Josiah J. Stanely, b September 1, 1849. By his first wife three children – Marshall, Norton, and a girl. His second wife was the second wife and widow of Wm. Stanley of Williamson County. The family moved to Oklahoma nearly 30 years ago.
  8. .. Sands Stanley. Have very little data concerning him. Had 13 children, 4 boys; John, William, Thomas, Gus – and 9 girls. Two daughters – Fanny and Teck, never married. One m. a Patterson, one a Kincheloe, one a Ragsdale, and one Sam Harrold. All of Sands Stanley’s descendants that I know anything about went to West Texas or New Mexico.

    At one time Sands Stanley lived on the west bank of the Lampasas river about ½ mile below the mouth of Sim’s creek in Lampasas county. I remember a centennial picnic held on that spot in 1876, at which Stump Ashby was the principal speaker. Just on the edge of the valley, where the low ground between the river and valley comes to a point, was the remains of a log house. I was told that Sands Stanley had lived there. Along the edge of the valley, running north and south, connecting the bluff of the river on the south with the bluff of the creek on the north, was the remains of a rail and brush fence. Part of the low ground that had been enclosed by the creek, river, and fence showed to have once been cultivated.
  9. ..Thomas Edward Stanley (I), our grandfather

Thomas Edward Stanley (I)
b. 1803

THOMAS EDWARD STANLEY (I), our grandfather, son of John and Sallie Stewart Stanley, was born in Darlington District, South Carolina, January 22, 1803. When about 14 years old he moved with the family from South Carolina to Tennessee. I suppose they settled in Giles County, Tennessee, where Father was born in 1832. Thomas Edward Stanley (I) married in Tennessee and lived there about 17 years, when he, with his wife and children, mother, and other relatives, removed to Mississippi, when our father was about 2 years old. The family lived in Mississippi about 16 yrs., when, following the frontier, they trecked out for Texas by way of Arkansas in the fall of 1849, and established a permanent home in Travis County about 5 miles west of Austin, the new capital. At this home our great grandmother died in 1854, and there our grandparents spent the rest of their lives, grandmother dying July 4, 1863, and grandfather in 1881. They were all buried in the old family cemetery on the place. Grandfather Stanley was a farmer and in many respects like our father. I remember him as a medium size man, perhaps 5 ft. 9 in. in height, with white hair and beard, with neat kindly appearance and somewhat serious manner. Such is the memory picture I retained on him since he visited our home on School creek during the seventies after we had moved from Travis County. He seemed pleased with the surroundings of our new home. He died of fever and bowel trouble. Had been constipated for some time; and taking “Vinegar Bitters” which had bee recommended to him for that complaint, he injured his bowels, causing diarrhoea and loss of control. He was a supporter of Sam Houston and opposed secession in 1861, but did not object to his sons entering the war after it started.

Grandfather Stanley’s Wife, our grandmother, was, before her marriage, Holland West Gatlin, born July 4, 1800. Her father was William Gatlin, who lived to be old, and her mother was a Hanks, sister of Nancy hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. Thus two of our great, grandparents were Lincoln’s grandparents.

Grandmother Holland Gatlin Stanley died on her 63rd. birthday. Cause of death; had pneumonia the winter before and never fully recovered. It left her with smothering spells, during on of which she passed away – much as the manner of our mother’s death.

Leaving out our immediate family, which I shall list under this Stanley line, I will mention great grandfather William Gatlin and his descendants on a separate page.

Children of Thomas & Holland Stanley

THOMAS EDWARD and HOLLAND STANLEY had 10 children – 1 girl and 9 boys. A lady who knew grandfather’s family when his boys were at home, gave me an amusing account of their rough romps. In the course of our talks she gave me the character sketches of them. Father and Uncle Henry were her favorites.

Mentioning Father last (though he was the third child), the children of our Stanley grandparents were as follows:

  1. Jane Stanley, m. Warren Nolen and raised a family in Travis County. There were 2 girls; Mira m. William Davis and Martha m. George Hesner – both of Travis County, and I remember four boys – John, Bell, Henry, and Alva. John died a batchelor, Bell and Henry have families. Do not know whether Alva married. He was commissioner of Travis County, then went to Oregon or Washington.
  2. John H. Stanley, Father’s favorite brother for whom I was named. He never married. Was a Royal Arch Mason and very proficient in the esoteric work. He was a confederate volunteer at the beginning of the Civil War and was on General Sibley’s staff. He lost his life in the New Mexico campaign.
  3. William Stanley, Farmer, fearless peace officer and very successful in catching criminals. Lived near Florence in Williamson County where he raised a family. By his first wife I remember that he had 3 boys – Henry, John, and “Bud” – and some girls. By his second wife he had one son, Jimmie. His second wife and widow married Josiah Stanley. They took Jimmie with them to Oklahoma. If still alive he is now a man 30-odd years old. Henry and John raised families. I do not know about Bud or the girls. In 1917 John and his family were farming between Sinton and Odem in San Patricio county and doing well. William Stanley was assassinated – shot from ambush – near his home in 1887 when about 52 years old.
  4. Booker Foster Stanley, Farmer in Travis County. He died some years ago. He was married to the widow of his brother (Jeff) and had a daughter named Biddie.
  5. Joe Stanley. Died in 1865.
  6. JEFF STANLEY. Married Mary Hesner and had one son – George Thomas Stanley, a successful farmer and rancher who still lives in Travis County. Jeff Stanley was assassinated 2 or 3 years before the Civil War by a mob of cattle rustlers. The assassins were caught and hung by a party of the early settlers of Travis County.
  7. George Stanley. Died a prisoner of war (during the Civil War) at Camp Butler, Illinois.
  8. Henry Stanley. Married twice and raised two sets of children. I remember three boys of the first set – Edward, Frank, and Alf. Frank, now deceased, became a very successful teacher. Henry Stanley died some years ago near Hereford, Texas, where his second wife and children live.
  9. Elias (“Light”) Stanley. Lived on grandfather’s old homestead in Travis County. Died some years ago, leaving a widow, Alice Stanley, and seven children – Printis, Maud, Leona (“Sweet”), Travis, Novella, Grace, and Mertice. Maud, Novella, and Grace became teachers, Leona and Mertice stenographers.
  10. Thomas Edward Stanley (II), our father.

Thomas Edward Stanley (II)
b. 1832

Was about 5 ft. 10 in. in height and, in his prime, weighed about 169 lbs. He had a rather high broad forehead, deep-set eyes, and strong features. Was born January 9, 1832 and died October 16, 1921. He therefore lived 89 years 9 months and 7 days. Although the third born of a set of ten children, God permitted him to survive the other nine. His death was caused by a broken hip received in a fall, together with his feeble condition which made recovery impossible. I hope you keep the obituaries I wrote of him and Mother as a part of this record.

I have never known a more sincere ad honest man than Father. In many respects he was remarkable. He was good judge of men. I have noticed that his estimate of a man was always verified by subsequent experience and closer acquaintance. Though generally serious minded, he had, especially in early life, a streak of humor and fun in his character but was never frivolous. I remember that, when I was a boy, he often gave vest to conversation by some funny yarn, and he had the virtue of not repeating them or laughing at his own jokes. I have seen him exhibit a natural power of mimicry and immitation. He had a strong voice naturally rich in quality. I remember that when I was a small boy and Father plowing oxen in his field or hauling rock for the fence, it was reported that his voice could be heard at Townsen’s Mill, 4 miles north. He had, in middle age, a strong and accurate memory, which my insistent boyish curiosity often put to the test regarding experiences of his own boyhood. He could repeat whole sentences from the Indian language which he heard when a boy in Mississippi. His mind was capable of exercising both analytic and synthetic powers, and he was a man of firmness and strong convictions. For these reasons I have always thought that if he had had college training in early life and had turned his attention to public speaking, he would have made an orator of no mean ability.

Yes, he was a man of strong will, which made him firm in his beliefs, tenaceous in his opinions, steady in his purposes, and constant in character. He generally controlled his temper and emotions, subdued his appetites and passions, and bore disappointments and pain with fortitude. Without a flinch he once sewed up with an ordinary needle a knife cut in his own thigh, received accidentally when skinning a deer. I have seen him setting on a reaping machine in the field, measure quinine on his knife blade, and, with no water, take it without a frown, and drive on, leaving it to be desolved and swallowed with saliva. I am told that he bore uncomplainingly his last injury.

Father was gifted with a measure of mechanical and inventive genius. He was a fairly good carpenter and could fashion an ax handle of ox yoke of perfect shape and used to make his own. He was a skilfull stone mason and built his own chimneys and chimneys for others. He quarried and shaped the stone, made the lime, and with his own hands built the two chimneys to the old home. He raise his own bread, meat, potatoes, etc., and knew how to make syrup and soap, preserve fruit and meat, tar a bldg., and butcher a hog or beef. He could operate on live stock like a veterinarian. He invented two types of dog power machines to churn milk, using for one the principle of the revolving inclined tread wheel and for the other the tread belt. One or the other of these machines was in practical daily use for a long time. He invented a corn planter and cotton planter and used them for several years in planting his crops before the patented planters were put on the market. He was progressive in his day, for he built (with Bro. Jim) the first wore fence, and introduced the first self-binding reaping machine, riding cultivator, and sulky plow in his community.

In all Father’s active life he was handicapped by partial blindness caused by “catching” the sore eyes before he was 30 years old, from sitting in a church on night by a friend thus afflicted. After suffering for many months he was able to be about his work, but with granulated lids and a translucent scum over the acqueous humor of both eyes. Until an almost miraculous operation performed late in life, he could not read ordinary print or see very young plants when plowing. No glasses could correct the defect of vision. For this reason he was not a soldier in the Confederate armies. His early political views were like those of his father, and in the presidential election of 1850 he supported John Bell of Tennessee for president. In late life he had little to say about politics, was rather independent in his views, but generally voted the Democratic ticket.

Father professed religion when a young man in Travis County and became a member of the Methodist church. After moving to Lampasas County, the Baptist (Mother’s church) was the only church in the community, and only the requirement of re-baptism kept him from being a member. He finally joined the Presbyterian church in the Straley community 8 miles away. He was mad a Mason in Onion Creek Lodge, Travis county. He was induced to become a Mason (he told me) largely through the interest his brother John H. had taken in it and the good reputation that brother had made among the Masons of Travis County. Father was easy to get along with and well liked by his neighbors. No contentions or quarrels ever arose amongst them.

Descendants of
Emily & Thomas Edward Stanley (II)

Father and Mother (Emily Jane Stanley, nee Berry) were married in Travis County. Their children, surviving grand children, and great grandchildren are as follows (The first being listed by numerals in parentheses – thus (1), (2), etc.; the second by letters, (a), (b), etc.; the third by a, b, c., etc.):

(1). James Edward (Jim) Stanley. Stockman and farmer, Wheeler, Texas. Born in Travis County August ____, 185__. He, like all the other children, followed his mother in religious belief and is a Baptist. Married Samantha Tennison (or Sennyson) in Lampasas County. Their living children are as follows:
(a) Alice Stanley – m. Joseph M. Griffin. One son, Leon Maxwell Griffin.
(b) Emma Elizabeth Stanley – m. Leslie L. Ladd. Three daughters:
a. Gladys Emmogene Ladd.
b. Leslie Lee Ladd.
c. Ruth Evangeline Ladd
(a) Maud Ellen Stanley – m. Dr. Milton Malone Meeks. One son – Stanley Meeks.
(b)James Anne Stanley – m. Albert Byron Crump. No living children.
(c)Thomas Edward Stanley (III) – m. Dorothy Sue Reynolds. Two sons and two daughters:
a. Jerome Stanley.
b. Richard Reynolds Stanley.
c. Samantha Sue Stanley.
d. Thomas Edward Stanley (IV)

(1). James Edward (Jim) Stanely’s family continued.
(a) George Levi Stanley – m. Mary Frances Wright. Two daughters and one son
a. Felice Stanley.
b. George Levi Stanley, Jr.
c. Gloria Stanley.
(2). Annie Stanley – m. Milton F. Miller, a farmer who taught school when a young man. They lived in Lampasas county about 8 miles N.E. of Lometa. Their children now living are as follows:
(a) Charles D. Miller – m. Mary Davis, daughter of Phil Z. Davis near Lometa. They have two duaghters:
a. Maurine Miller.
b. Mary D. Miller.
(a) Melvin Miller – m. Katherine _______________. They have three boys:
a. Milton Melvin Miller.
b. Herbert Lee Miller.
c. Orville Bullington Miller.
(The last two families live at El Dorado, Arkansas).
(a) Novella Miller – m. Robert H. Rice. They live at San Anontio, Texas. Their children are:
a. Landelle Rice, - 15 years old.
b. Gerald Rice, - 12 years old.
(a) Luther Miller – m. Blanche _______________. They live at Waco, Texas.
(b) Lena Miller – m. Earl C. Hankamer, a merchant at Sour Lake. Their children are:
a. Earl Curtis Hankamer, Jr.
b. Rubalee Hankamer.
c. Raymond Hankamer.
(a) Herbert Miller – m. Zola _______________. They live near the home of Herbert’s parents, Mometa. They have one boy Herbert F. Miller, Jr.
(b) Ruby Miller – m. J.T. Reid. They live at Tularosa, New Mexico. They have three boys:
a. Howard Clinton Reid.
b. Kenneth Reid.
c. Judson Thurman Reid.
(3). Mary Elizabeth Stanley – m. William Jesse Smith, May 23, 1883. He was born in Lampasas county October 21, 1856. His father Philip Smith was one of the earliest settlers of Lampasas county and was a veteran of the Texas revolution. They have two boys:
(a) Phillip Smith, b. July 25, 1884.
(b) William Walter Smith – m. Alta Carpenter. They have one boy; Sidney Loyd Smith.
(4) Emma Holland Stanley – m. Dr. Robert B. Hines. Both deceased. Their surviving children are:
(a) Thomas Pinkney (Pink) Hines – m. Ollie McCan, daughter of Jim McCan near lometa. About a gear ago he was on a cow ranch near Sterling City and she living in fort Worth. They have two girls: - Lannie May and Pauline and a boy
(b) Eva Hines – m. first Wesley smith by whom she had a boy, Robert Hines (“Jack”) Smith. Her present husband is Dr. W.T. Laughan or (Laughon). They have a child they call Bobby.
(5). Laura Frances Stanley. Died in her 17th year of fever. Was sick 51 days.
(6). Susie Kate Stanley, b. August 31, 1869. Married Francis Mace. Died in Lampasas of fever and inflamation of the stomach and __???______. She left one son:
(a) Howard F. Mace, who served with the ARF in France, and after the armistice with the Red Cross. He now lives at Mexia.
(7). John H. Stanley.

John H. Stanley
b. 1871

Named for my uncle, John H. Stanley, several years before I was born (name being contingent upon my birth). Born in Travis County, May 28, 1871. Married Addie Hamilton, daughter of Frank M. Hamilton of Lebanon, Ohio. She died at Post, Texas, in 1917. Her mother’s maiden name was Montgomery. Both parents were from pioneer American stock with a Scotch strain.
I engaged in school work 23 years – 13 years as teacher and high school principal in Lampasas and Burnet counties, and 10 years as high school principal, city and county superintendent in South Texas. Was employed in the secret service of the Federal government during the World War, and after the war engaged in mercantile business, then served as peace officer, and now an officer of the Texas prison system.
Formerly took some interest in politics and was a delegate to several state conventions. At that time my services were in demand as a campaign speaker. Wrote the state democratic platform of 1904, was presidential elector that year, refused the same office again at the Houston convention of 1912. Am an old-fashioned Democrat but see little choice between the two dominant parties of today, and favor Coolidge for President.
I have held official positions in the W.O.W., K. of P., and Masonic orders, and once was proficient in the esoteric ritual of each, but now take little interest in lodge work.
Am a liberal Baptist in belief, a fundamentalist in the present church controversies, and am favorably disposed toward Presbyterianism (probably from studying Dr. Strong’s Systematic Theology).
The only child of John H. and Addie StanleyGladys Marian Stanley, married Marion Lee Mason, a merchant of Post, Texas. They have one child, a girl, Marian Lee Mason.
(8). Cora Jane Stanley

Cora (Stanley) Walker
b. 1877

Cora Jane Stanley – Is the only one of the set of 6 children born in Lampasas County. She was born May 24, 1877. She married Walter Walker, a farmer, stockman, and successful teacher. He is Presbyterian and a Royal Arch Mason. Walter and Cora Walker now own the old Stanley home on School Creek, and have added to it by purchasing places adjoining on the north and south. They have four boys living:
(a) Earl Stanley Walker, now engaged in news paper work in New York City married Mary Louise Sandifer, daughter of Dr. J. D. Sandifer, Pres. Simmons College, Abilene, Texas.
(b) Thurman Ray Walker, married Florence Leifeste (of Alsatian descent), daughter of Mrs. Mathilda Leifeste of Llano County.
(c) James Clyde Walker, now in the 5th grade in school.
(d) Lewis Conrad Walker, now in the 2nd grade in school.

P.S. Checking the foregoing pages by my notes, I see that Moses and Mason Stanley of the Kentucky family, went when young from near Ashville, North Carolina to Kentucky. Their ancesters were from Virginia.


WILLIAM GATLIN . . . Lived in Tennessee. First wife was a Hanks, sister of Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. By this wife William Gatlin had eight (8) children – 4 boys and 4 girls. After the death of his first wife he married a Parker. He lived to be very old. The sons and daughters are as follows:

  1. Hardy Gatlin.
  2. Alfred Gatlin.
  3. William Gatlin, one of Fannin’s men killed in the Goliad massacre, 1836.
  4. Tom Gatlin, whose sons were as follows:
    1. Jim Gatlin, New Mexico
    2. Charley Gatlin, New Mexico
    3. Tom Gatlin, Went somewhere north.
    4. Lee Gatlin, Elgin, Texas.
  5. Holland West Gatlin, our grandmother, m. Thomas Edward Stanley (I).
  6. Siddie Gatlin.
  7. Louisa Gatlin, m. Tom Matthews.
    Their children were:
    1. John Matthews. Lived near Manchaca, Texas.
    2. Allph Matthews. Blacksmith, Manchaca, Texas.
    3. Gus Matthews. Moved near Granger, Texas (?).
    4. Cris Matthews. Lived near Copperas Cove many years ago.
    5. Virginia Matthews. First husband, George Cullen; 2nd. Donehue.
    6. Sara Matthews. M. George B. Zimpleman, ex-sheriff and ex-postmaster, Austin,Texas.
      Their children were:
      1. Lou Zimpleman, m. Crosby (?) at El Paso, Texas, and died out there.
      2. Tom Zimpleman, a cripple.
      3. Lee Zimpleman.
      4. George Zimpleman.
      5. Waldine Zimpleman, youngest, m. a Jew and lived at Galveston, Texas.


  • The foregoing family outlines have been compiled for the benefit of any of our family who may care to peruse them. I suggest that those who receive a copy of this add, after the names, their date of birth and date of birth of each of their children and grand children. I shall be glad to have any criticism, corrections, or additional information that any one cares to offer.

Your brother,
John H. Stanley.

Ancestry Chart

Note: The ancestry chart mentioned in the beginning of the letter is on a separate page and the note below are part of that page. (The typing of the original letter into a Word document was done by Paula Stanley)
The information above the section marked XXXXXXXXXX as noted in columns marked (First) and (Second) will be the same for the 10 children - 1 girl and 9 boys - of Thomas Edward Stanley (I). The other nine children may be substituted in column (Third) with who they married - the parents of who they married (Second) and their parents in (First) .. For example:
Cora Jane Walker (nee Stanley) is the daughter of Thomas Edward Stanley (II) and Emily Jane Berry as noted in column marked (Third).

John Stanley, b. and d. in Darlington District, S. C. - 9 children
Thomas Edward Stanley. (I) b. Jan. 22, 1803 Darlington Dist. S.C. d. Travis Co Texas(Both born few years prior to Revolutionary War, Men of both Families soldiers in Revolution).
Sallie Stewart, b. S.C. moved with children to Tenn. After death of Husband about 1817. (Died in Travis County, Texas 1854 – 80 odd years old).
(II) Thomas Edward Stanley. b. Giles County, Tenn. Jan 9, 1832 d. Lampasas County, Texas, Oct. 16, 1921 -----
William Gatlin – lived in Tenn. – Had 8 children d. when very old
Holland West Gatlin b. July 4, 1800 d. 1863. Travis Co Texas. Had bro. Killed in Goliad Massacre, 1863
Hanks, Sister to Nancy Hanks mother of Abraham Lincoln.
Cora Jane Walker (nee Stanley)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX-----
William Berry. b. N.C. about 1771-2. d. Tenn. 1855. (Son of Revolutionary War soldier).
James Alexander Berry. b. 1815 in Tenn. d. 1891 in Burnet County, Texas.
Mary “Dawsey”. b. N.C. raised 6 children. d. Tenn. Prior to 1855
Emily Jane Berry b.Lincoln County, Tenn. d. at Cop-Peras Cove, Tex. Oct. 27, 1923 -----
No data.
Mary Roundtree.
b. Tenn. 1817.
Price, From N. C. Lived to be very old. Died in Tenn.


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