William Stanley was born about 1425 (date estimated based on the date of his parent's marriage) at Hooton (in the Wirral), Cheshire, England, the eldest son of William Stanley, Esq. and Mary Savage. He married Alicia Houghton, daughter of Sir Richard Houghton and his wife Margaret. They had one son and one daughter:
William Stanley supported the Yorkist cause at the battle of Blore Heath in 1459 and the battle of Towton in 1461. Following the battle of Towton he was knighted by Edward IV, and on 1 May of that year William Stanley, armiger, received a life time appointment as chamberlain of the county of Chester, constable of the castle of Flint, and sheriff of the county.
William Stanley, Esq. predeceased his wife Alicia on 17 February 1466.
↑ 1.01.11.21.3 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol. II, p 501, ELTONHEAD #16. William Stanley.
↑ 2.02.12.2 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd ed. (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), vol. 2, p. 119 ELTONHEAD 11. William Stanley.
↑ Seacome, John. History of the House of Stanley. Preston: E. Sergent (1793), p. 20. available online.
↑ Glover, Robert, et. al. Visitation of Cheshire 1580, 1566, 1533, 1591. London: Harlian Soc. Pub. (1882), pp.214-215 Stanley pedigree.
↑ Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol. II, pp. 501-502, ELTONHEAD #17. William Stanley.
↑ 6.06.16.2 Jones, Michael K. Sir William Stanley of Holt: Politics and Family Allegiance in the Late Fifteenth Century. Welsh Historical Review, vol 14 (1988-89), p. 2 available here.
↑Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records. (1875), vol. 37, pp. 678, 680 available online.
↑Lists of Sheriffs for England and Wales. New York: Kraus (1963), p. 17B available online.
Omerod, George. A History of the County Palatine and City of Chester. London: Harding, Mavor and Jones (1819), vol 2, p. 229 available online.
Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. (Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2011). See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. (Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2013). See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
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