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Thomas Stanley (abt. 1670 - aft. 1724)

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Thomas Stanley
Born about in Norfolk, Virginiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after in Hanover County, Virginiamap [uncertain]
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Categories: Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia.

Thomas Stanley was a Quaker.
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"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."[1]
"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)"[2]


  • Married, 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.[3]

April 15, 1688

  • Son James baptized in St. Peter's Parish, Church of England (Episcopal), New Kent Co., Va.[4]

Nov. 23, 1689

  • Son Thomas Jr. baptized in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., Va.[5]

Oct. 11, 1691

  • Son John baptized in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., Va.[6]

After 1691

  • Joined Society of Friends (Quakers).[7]

Feb. 21, 1700 -

  • 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, "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.[3]

Feb. 28, 1700

  • First appeared on Quaker records, Henrico Monthly Meeting, Hanover Co. Va.[7]

Dec. 16, 1714

  • 800 acres in New Kent County granted to "Tho. Standley Sr., James Standley, & Tho. Standley Jr."[8]
  • 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.[3]
  • 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; 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.[9]

Nov. 1720

  • Thomas Stanley Sr and his sons purchased land in the part of New Kent Co. that was erected into Hanover Co.[3]

Dec. 10, 1724

  • 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[3]
  • Assumed dead shortly thereafter. Possibly buried at Cedar Creek Quaker Cemetery.

Aug. 1, 1726

  • Henrico Monthly Meeting, Hanover, Va. Thomas(Likely Thomas Jr.), living in Louisa Co., Va., is disowned for marrying out of unity.[7]


  1. Crider, Gussie Waymire. Four Generations of the Family of Strangeman Hutchins and His Wife Elizabeth Cox as Known Jan. 10, 1935. An Old Virginia Family along the James River .. Kokomo, Indiana: [Moore Printing], 1935.
  2. Barnhill, Celeste Jane Terrell, and George Tatum Stanley. Virginia Quaker Stanleys and Descendants,. 1931. Pg. 2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 (Bought by over 7 years ago.)- P Rich 23:00, 27 September 2015
  4. "Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917," database, FamilySearch (Link : accessed 19 July 2015), Thom. Stanly in entry for James Stanly, ; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 6,048,679.
  5. "Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917," database, FamilySearch (Link : accessed 19 July 2015), Thomas Stanly in entry for Thomas Stanly, ; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 6,048,679.
  6. "Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917," database, FamilySearch (Link : accessed 19 July 2015), Tho. Stanly in entry for John Stanly, ; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 6,048,679.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy," Vol. VI, pg. 213
  8. Des Cognets: p. 101.
  9. Cavaliers and Pioneers,(File) Vol. III, p. 162 & 211, extract of Patent Book No. 10
See also:
  • Pickett, Edna Stanley. "History and Genealogy of the Stanley Family" 1949.
  • Holloway, James LaFayette "Descendants of Edward Stanley," 1968.
  • Anderson, Alvin L., and Ruth Stanley Kuntz. "Stanleys In Virginia" In Stanley and Allied Families: Descendants of the Quaker Stanley Families of Colonial Virginia, P. 118. Vol. 1. Baltimore, MD: Published for the National Stanley Family Association by Gateway Press, 1996.
  • Des Cognets, Louis. English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records
  • "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)

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On 19 Jan 2016 at 22:28 GMT Phillip Rich wrote:

Stanley-4579 and Stanley-103 do not represent the same person because: Nothing matches except the name, and that's a real common name.

On 30 Nov 2015 at 11:30 GMT Phillip Rich wrote:

I absolutely agree. The topic has been on the table for over a year with no feedback on this connection. If there's no disagreement, I say we post in G2G with the Quaker and Stanley tags and move to detatch in one week.

On 30 Nov 2015 at 10:41 GMT John Atkinson wrote:

Can we disconnect this Thomas Stanley from the parents please. There is no doubt or uncertainty - he definitely isn't their son, who was Sir Thomas Stanley, 4th Baronet. See here for instance.

On 19 Jul 2015 at 03:32 GMT 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 19 Jun 2014 at 07:22 GMT 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 2 Jan 2014 at 08:17 GMT J Pictet wrote:

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

Thomas is 16 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 21 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 12 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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