An early 1926 genealogy, Ernest Flagg's Genealogical Notes On the Founding of New England. My Ancestors Part in that Undertaking, stated that Thomas, baptized 20 Oct 1597, and his brothers, John and Timothy Stanley, were sons of John and Susan (Lancock) Stanley. New information in a 2005 Leslie Mahler article disproves this, by locating the true records for these brothers.
Thomas Stanley, son of Robert and Ruth (Unknown) Stan(d)ley was baptized 12 April 1601 at Tenterden, county Kent, England.
He married at Ashford, Kent, 3 Aug 1630, Bennett Tritton, daughter of Daniel Tritton. She remarried after Thomas death to Gregory Wolterton
The three brothers Thomas, Timothy and John Stanley sailed for New England. Unfortunately, John died on the journey, leaving two orphan children. The Massachusetts courts assigned one each to John's brothers. Thomas raised his nephew John Stanley. The next day, 4 Mar 1634/5, Thomas and Timothy were made freeman in Massachusetts. While still in Lynn, 2 Sep 1635, he served as Deputy to General Court. "Thoms Standley, constable of Saugus, fined 10s. for absence from court," on 27 Jun 1636. Saugus was the original Native American name for the area that became Lynn.
Thomas was on the early (1639/40) property inventory and held quite a bit of land in Hartford. He served on several Hartford Colony Courts.
Thomas was the constable for Hartford 1643, 1648 and 1653. In 1650, he broke his arm and was unable to "doe his postures in millitary discipline, vppon training days;" and so was excused from training until the court saw cause to alter the same.
Founding Family of Hadley Massachusetts
Evidence indicates that a difference in some religious matters caused a group of people in Hartford to withdraw and subsequently they founded Hadley in Massachusetts. Thomas Stanley went to Hadley, Massachusetts, with the first settlers, in 1659. He served on the Hampshire petit jury 25 March 1662. He was buried there 30 Jan 1662/3
In the 1886 genealogical tome, History and Genealogy of the Montague Family of America a listing and mapping of the year 1663 residents actually living in Hadley, Massachusetts from the original 59 families that had signed the 18 April 1659 agreement (page 45) to split from the church at Hartford / Wethersfield Connecticut and form Hadley Massachusetts is provided:
) Page 57. 1663 residents of Hadley, Massachusetts: Thomas Stanley is a next door neighbor to Nathaniel Stanley and John White on a 5 acre lot located bounded by the Middle Highway to the Woods on the North; the South Highway to the Woods on the South; the Street to the River on the East and and the Woods on the West.
Death and Will
Thomas will, dated 19 Jan 1659, was considered by the courts to be irregular. It had no witnesses signatures, but his widow said that it was Thomas' mind and his children agreed so it was allowed. He gave his servant James Bebe £5 when his time of service was up, when Bebe should be 22, and left it to the discretion of his wife to give him another £5 at the same time, if he gives good service. He left £5 to his cousin John Standly of Farmington. He gave his son Nathaniel all his lands in Hartford and to his wife Bennett he left his land in the "New Plantation" (Hadley). His three daughter were to receive £5 each.
↑ Trumbull, J. Hammond. (transcriber). The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut Prior to the Union with New Haven Colony May 1665. Hartford: Brown and Parsons, 1850. AKA Colonial Records of Connecticut. Volume I. 1636-1665 p. 212
↑ 8.08.1 Boltwood, Lucius M and Judd, Sylvester. History of Hadley : including the early history of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby, Massachusetts.mSpringfield, Mass. : H.R. Huntting & Company, 1905.
Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009. Accessed as Great Migration 1634-1635, R-S. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org.
Barbour, Lucius Barnes, 1982, Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, Maryland and Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc., Glastonbury, Connecticut pp.566