Ancil Stanley
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Ansel Seavey Stanley (1846 - 1916)

Capt. Ansel Seavey (Ancil) Stanley
Born in Swans Island, Hancock, Maine, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 17 Feb 1866 in Swan's Island, Mainemap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 69 in Deer Isle, Hancock, Maine, United Statesmap
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This profile is part of the Stanley Name Study.
Ancil Stanley was a Mainer.

Cautionary Note: Ansel Seavey Stanley is also listed as Ansel C. Stanley and Ansel Charles Stanley.

Ansel Stanley's middle name at birth was Seavey, not Charles .

Ansel S. Stanley.

The use of Ansel C Stanley begins with his marriage record, Ansil C. Stanley. "Ansel C." appears in his death cert., and obit. Some of the Hancock County, Maine deeds also have him as Ansel C Stanley. Adrian Stanley (Stanley-2864)

Noted: (1850 U.S. Census) MAINE , HANCOCK, SWAN ISLAND ; Series: M432 Roll: 254 Page: 171_ listed as Ansel S Stanley age 4. [1] link to clip from IMAGE 341 of 429

Ansel S. Stanley age 4
1900 Census Deer Isle Maine.

Noted: Date of Birth: Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities; Town of Swans Island_Card File of Dr. H. W. Small by Picton Press, 2005. Also see History of Swans Island, Maine by Dr. H. W. Small

"DAILY NEWS, BANGOR, MAINE, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1938_Henry Buxton Says ......Captain Ansel B. [should be Ansel S. Stanley] Stanley, who skippered many fishing schooners out of Portland and Gloucester to the Grand Banks. Stanley the elder was a rugged old salt and an expert navigator. Time and again his vessels were buffeted by whipping gales, but he never lost a schooner during his long and hazardous service as a Grand Banks fisherman. He continued to fish off the banks until he was 70, and died at the age of 72."

Newspaper article on file at the Deer Isle - Stonington Historical Society Deer Isle, Maine. See the Stanley Genealogy, notebook by Dr. Benjamin L. Noyes; transcribed by Adrian O. Stanley Oct.20,1999

Ansel Seavey Stanley & Kate Babbage Robbins p. 129

According to the death certificate, it looks as though Ansel was at the home of his son, Walter, in Oceanvllle when his final life was near a close -- the cert. reading as follows:

"Ansel C. Stanley" d. in Oceanvllle, Jan. 19, 1916; age 71-6-5; having been b. on Swans Island, Me.,; was a m. man; always a fisherman; son of Joseph Stanley, a native fisherman of Swans Island; & Abigail Smith, also b. on Swans Isle; d. from rectal cancer & uraemia; J.G.Hutchins, M.D." Was buried in D.I. June 20/16 by Anthony Bye. Source: Stanley notebook by B. L. Noyes M.D., located at Deer Isle and Stonington Historical Society, Deer Isle, Maine. Extracted 5 April 2011, Adrian O. Stanley, reference page 129.

Noted: Burial South Deer Isle; 21 Jan 1916; Mt. Warren Cemetery; recorded by Elmer W Calley, clerk of Stonington

Noted: When Dr. Noyes starts to quote from the death certificate he has enclosed the name with quotation marks, “Ansel C. Stanley”, and then underlined the name, because he was aware the name was incorrect and the name should be Ansel Seavey Stanley, as Dr. Noyes listed it above, in the page title.

" In 1902 the Stanleys [Ansel Stanley family ] moved from Tan Robbins place and came into the Seth Webb House, then into where Sterling Stinson now lives. " ( 1931) From the notebook on Stanley by Dr. B. L. Noyes as " Stanley Scraps" page 145

The Ansel Stanley family removed from Swans Island to Deer isle about 1873. I believe this was to care for Kate's father, Uncle Tan Robbins. They lived with him until he died in 1902.

1871 Swan's Island Deed.

Research Notes

Mrs. Ansel Stanley is visiting friends in Rockland and Camden. Ellsworth American : June 15, 1910

Ansel Stanley and wife spent Christinas with their son Waiter at Oceanville. Ellsworth American : January 3, 1912

Ansel Stanley and wife have gone to Marshall's island for the summer Ellsworth American : May 13, 1914

SEAGIRT, SOUTH DEER ISLE. Seagirt grange held its regular meeting May 11. One visitor from Sheepscot Lake grange was present. The following program was carried out: Readings, Hattie Smith, Kate Stanley, Katie McCauley; singing, Charles Bye and C. M. Pert; tableau, “Where Ignorance is Bliss,” Katie McCauley and Ansel Stanley; recitation, Hattie Smith; alphabetical rhyme, C. M. Pert. Refreshments were served. [page2] Ellsworth American : May 22, 1907

Ansel Stanley and wife are at Swan’s Island for a few weeks. [page2] Ellsworth American : July 1, 1908

The ladies’ aid society met with Mrs. K. B. Stanley Thursday. Carl Stanley, of Oceanville, is visiting his grandparents, Ansel Stanley and wife. [page2] Ellsworth American : March 19, 1913

Seagrit, 471, South Deer Isle Maine The newly elected officers of Seagirt grange are as follows: Lyman E. Stinson, master; Austin E. Smith, overseer; Melvin C. Pert, lecturer; Byron D. Tracy,steward; Maynard Stinson, assistant steward; Kate B. Stanley, chaplain; Hattie Smith, treasurer; Anna Tracy, secretary; Ansel Stanley, gatekeeper; lid M. Pert, Oeres; Fannie M. Stinson, Pomona; Nina L. Pert, lady assistant steward. [page2] Ellsworth American : January 12, 1910

Capt. A. J Stanley of steamer Monlngan, is at home with a sore hand. Ansel Stanley was called to Swan's Isand to attend the funeral of his brother Samuel. [page 3] Ellsworth American : December 30, 1914

Mrs. Ansel Stanley had a knitting bee and a party in the evening on the 15th. [page 1] Ellsworth American : March 29, 1894

A very pleasant event occurred at the home of Ansel Stanley and wife June 5, when their son, Stephen D. Stanley, and Miss Lena Bray, both of South Deer Isle, were married in the presence of a few friends and relatives. They have the kind wishes of a host of friends. [page] Ellsworth American : June 12, 1907


  • A history of Swan's Island,Maine, by Small, H. W. (Herman Wesley), 1865-1937, Publication date 1898

  • Genealogical history of Deer Isle families : series compiled by Benjamin Lake Noyes Deer Isle; Stonington Historical Society _ Deer Isle, Maine _ Stanley Genealogy: notebooks by Dr. Benjamin L. Noyes _ Adrian O. Stanley _ Oct. 20,1999
  • 1900 CENSUS Ansel S Stanley

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 August 2014), Maine > Hancock > ED 49 Dear Isle town (west part) > image 18 of 19; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

  • Record of Death as Ansel C. Stanley age 71 years 6 months 5 days. [should be Ansel Seavey Stanley]

  • "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 February 2023), entry for Ansel Seavey /Stanley/, cites sources; "Smith Family Tree (2015" file (2:2:2:MMD6-DG1), submitted 9 February 2015 by David Smith_15


Thank you to David Smith for creating WikiTree profile Stanley-2627 through the import of Smith Family Tree-2RGS_2013-04-28.ged on May 5, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by David and others.

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