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Archelaus Stanley (abt. 1773 - bef. 1851)

Archelaus "Arch" Stanley
Born about in Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 18 Jan 1803 in Berkeley County, VIrginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Berkeley, Virginia, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Dec 2011
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This profile is part of the Stanley Name Study.
Archelaus was a Friend (Quaker) Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia



Archelaus Stanley was born in Virginia around 1773 and is a likely son of Archelaus Stanley and Elizabeth Ladd. According to Hinshaw's Encyclopedia, his parents were married at Henrico, Virginia 4 June 1758. The marriage record refers to Archelaus Stanley as the son of Joseph and Mary Stanley of Hanover County, Virginia, and Elizabeth Ladd, the daughter of John and Mary Ladd of Charles City County, Virginia.[1][2][3]
Archelaus passed away before 26 March 1851 when estate Administrator Isaac Stanley, likely his son, pays for a coffin and grave digging.[4]


Archelaus married Miss Mary Brannon on 18 January 1803. The Marriage Bond was signed by Archelaus Stanley and John Brannon (inferred father of the bride). Archelaus and Mary Brannon Stanley had five children during their marriage.[5]
  1. Mary Stanley
  2. Isaac Stanley
  3. Joseph Stanley
  4. Archelus Levi Stanley
  5. William Stanley


  • Birth - Around 1773 in Virginia.[2]
  • 1776 - Residence Caroline County, Virginia.[2]
  • 1776 - Residence Guilford County, North Carolina.[3]
  • 1803 - Berkeley, Virginia Marriage Bond [5]
  • 1806 - Virginia - Birth of daughter Mary
  • 1808 - Virginia - Birth of son Isaac
  • 1810 - Virginia - Birth of son Joseph
  • 1813 - Virginia - Birth of son Archelaus Levi
  • 1818 - Virginia - Birth of son William
  • 1820 - Berkeley, Virginia [1]
  • 1830 - Western District, Frederick, Virginia.[6]
  • 1850 - Berkeley, Virginia.[7]
  • Mar 1851 - Death before 26 March 1851.[4]

Research Notes

Removed the 1840 Frederick, Va residence from the timeline as this source is for the son with the same name. The record is for Archelaus Jr and wife Mahala Hudson and two sons: William and John.[8]
Parents need research:
A Will exists for an Isaac Stanley (1740-1794) dated 26 July 1794 wife Mary, daughters Ann, Mary, and Elizabeth and sons Joseph, Isaac, John, and Archelaus. seems to maintain that this is the father of the subject of this profile.
Suggested breakdown of the 1820 Census at Berkeley County. "Arch Stanley" HH and member of the household (all Free White) listed as:
  • Males under 10 years old - 2 (Archelaus & William)
  • Males of 10 and under 16 years old - 2 (Joseph & Isaac)
  • Males of 45 and up - 1 (Arch)
  • Females of 10 and under 16 years old - 1 (Mary)
  • Females of 26 and under 45 - 1 (Mary)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 March 2018), Arch Stanley, Middletown, Berkeley, Virginia, United States; citing p 89, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 129; FHL microfilm 193,688.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I–VI, 1607-1943", database, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 25 March 2020), v 1, Cedar Creek, p 571, 1776, 4,27, Archelaus & w. & ch. Agness, Jesse, Archelaus, rocf Caroline Co MM.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I–VI, 1607-1943," v 6, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 25 March 2020)  : accessed 25 Mar 2020) p 213, 1758, 6, 4, Archelaus s Joseph and Mary Hanover, Co.; m in public meeting of frs in Virginia to Elizabeth Ladd, dt John Mary, Charles City Co.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Berkeley, Virginia. Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1985," database with images, ( : accessed 25 Mar 2020), citing Wills, Vol 17, 1852-1854; p 471, The Estate of Archelaus Stanley with administrator Isaac Stanley.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "West Virginia Marriages, 1854-1932," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Archibald Stanley and Mary Brannon, 18 Jan 1803; citing Berkeley County, Wv; FHL microfilm 831,315.
  6. "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 August 2017), A record for Achellus Stanley, Western District, Frederick, Virginia, United States; citing 132, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 190; FHL microfilm 29,669.
  7. "United States Census, 1850", database with images, FamilySearch (  : 12 April 2016), Archalans Stanley, Berkeley county, part of, Berkeley, Virginia, United States; citing family 1409, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 August 2015), Virginia > Frederick > Not Stated > image 127 of 148; citing NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


  • Entered by Janice Hardin, Dec 15, 2011, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Janice and others.
  • Stanley-3116 was created by Ryan Stanley through the import of Our Kin.ged on Jan 28, 2014.
  • Sourced and edited by Stacy Stanley: 11 Feb 2018.

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So we're assuming that Archelaus (b.1773) moved with family to NC about 1776 per Quaker records. We have evidence that father Arch was NC, but I've not seen any evidence of son Arch in NC. If he did go to NC with family, he came back to Virginia before 1803 to marry and raise family.
posted by Stacy Stanley
"Caroline County was created in 1774 from parts of Dorchester and Queen Anne's counties."

Wikipedia:Caroline_County,_Maryland "Caroline County was established in 1728 and was named in honor of Caroline of Ansbach, wife of the then reigning king, George II of Great Britain." Wikipedia:Caroline_County,_Virginia

posted by Phillip Rich
Yes, this is a reference to Archelaus & Elizabeth (Ladd) Stanley listing children as Agnes's, Jesse, & Archelaus. Therefore proof they had a son named Archelaus born after 1770 but before 1776.
posted by Phillip Rich
This guy would have been a small child in 1776. It could be a reference to this Archelaus' mother and father (Archelaus) and his siblings.

Thanks Phillip

posted by Stacy Stanley
Hinshaw's Vol. 1 Pg. 571 1776, 4,27. Archelaus & w. & ch. Agness, Jesse, Archelaus, rocf MM in Caroline Co., VA., dated 1776,8,9.
posted by Phillip Rich
I'll be looking on my end too. I sure would like get to the bottom of this mystery.

Every Stanley man either married a woman named Mary, named a daughter Mary, or both. It makes research soooo difficult.

I'll be working on this over the weekend and I'll post back here if I find anything newsworthy.


posted by Stacy Stanley
The research note reminded me of the FamilySearch assertion that Arch was son of Isaac and Mary, so I finally got around to searching sources. This is just part of the puzzle though. More digging is needed (as usual) because I'm pretty sure there was an entry in the Quaker MM Minutes referring to Archelaus son of Joseph. So this just means there was an Archelaus son of Isaac. Now to see if I can ascertain which is who...
posted by Phillip Rich
Yep. So it appears that Isaac may be his father. Did you see my “research note” or is it just a coincidence that you posted this message?
posted by Stacy Stanley
Not jumping to any conclusion, but take a moment to review this Will of Isaac Stanley pg. 161 & 162
posted by Phillip Rich
Stanley-3116 and Stanley-1531 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge duplicates that come from this merge. thank you
posted by Sheri Havens

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