Jonathan Stanley
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John Stanley (1735 - 1783)

John (Jonathan) Stanley aka Standley, Stanly
Born in Marblehead, Essex, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 5 Feb 1756 in Marblehead,
Descendants descendants
Died in Little Cranberry Island, Hancock, District of Maine, Commonwealth of Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Nov 2013 | Last significant change: 20 Nov 2021
13:59: Adrian Stanley edited the Biography for John Stanley (1735-1783). (Adding sources. ) [Thank Adrian for this]
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Jonathan Stanley was a Massachusettsan.

John was born in 1735. John Stanley ... He passed away in 1783. [1]

STANLEY, John, s. Sands and Mary, bp. Oct. 19, 1735. CR1 [CR1 = First Church of Marblehead] Vital Records of Marblehead, MA

Church Record: First Church of Marblehead _ "John inf. {Sands and Mary Stanley}" _19 Oct 1735

Marriage: STANLY John, and Margarett LeCraw, Feb. 5, 1756. Page 405_Marriages_VR Marblehead, MA.

Marriage Notes: Marriage by Rev. John Barnard, of the First Cong. Church John Stanly and Margaret Lee Craw [both of ] Marblehead. Marriages Volume One, page 98.

The Stanley Genealogy by William O. Sawtelle page 103 "Margaret LeCroix was one of the Arcadians driven from their homes in Nova Scotia by the British. She and John Stanley had their home on a point of land on Little Cranberry Island ( Isleford ). Each Mayday a maypole was erected on the point for the pleasure of their children. It became an established custom as the years went by and that point of land is still known as the Maypole, or Maypole Point.”" Adrian O. Stanley transcribed July 12,1998.

In 1792 the de Gregoires issued a deed for 100 Acres on Little Cranberry Island, being the west end of the Island" which John Stanley occupied in his lifetime" to Samuel Sewell, attorney for the John Stanley estate. Hancock Deeds; Book 2, page 517. Source: Islands on the Mid-Maine Coast; Volume 2; Charles B. McLane [C.1989] ; page 44.

Noted: "At his death John Standley owned a house and lot at Little Harbor, Marblehead, adjoining the original 1700's lot of his great grand father, John Charder. John Standley's youngest son, Peter Stanley, attempted to buy back the Cranberry Island land, but failed. These two lots were sold by Samuel Sewell, attorney for John Standley's estate." Adrian Stanley.

Essex Probate: John Standley'’s Marblehead Estate Samuel Sewall, administrator to Edward Bowen[Esq] ref. Bowen or Bowne - Essex County So. Dist. Registry of Deeds 36 Federal Street, Salem, MA, 01970 Deed - July 29,1796 - Vol. 160 page 280, 281 Reference to the location of John Standley’s home at Little Harbor area of Marblehead.

" the estate of John Standley late of Crandberry Island in the county of Lincoln deceased intestate --- late of John Standley aforenamed now deceased, situate(d) near Little Harbor in Marblehead aforesaid and as he said deceased held the same at his death bounded southeasterly on the street, northeasterly on the street, northwesterly on the burial - ground, or common land, and southwesterly on the land now or late of the heirs of Joseph Carder deceased, or however otherwise bounded, --- " Noted: Joseph Carder, may be found as Joseph Charder Adrian O. Stanley _ May13,1999

" Barnegat was the site of the earliest settlement, the first meeting house, and Burial Hill. It is also the location of many of Marblehead’s early legends and lore." [from Marblehead 101] The estate of john Stanley was in this neighborhood, near the location of his grandfather Carder and it was near some of his stepgrandfather's Reith's holdings. Little Harbor was just a few steps away from these locations.

Jonathan (John) Stanley and his wife, Margarita Le Croix Stanley, were living on the west shore of Little Cranberry in 1769. The cellar of their home is just visible, north of the Sawtelle summer home on "the Head." They had a large family and left many descendants. [page] 280 Traditions and Records ... In the old Cadillac-Gregoire grants a large part of Little Cranberry was deeded in 1792 as follows : To Samuel Sewall, administrator of the estate of John Stanley deceased, 100 acres on the western end of the island ; to Jonathan Stanley, son of John deceased, 100 acres in middle of the island; to William Nickels 100 acres on eastern end, Marsh Head. On Great Cranberry Benjamin Spurling received 100 acres on northern end, Aaron Bunker 100 acres on southern end and "widow Margaret Stanley" [Mrs Sans Stanley] as has been noted, approximately 100 acres. _ Cranberry Isles [page] 281 Traditions and Records Southwest Harbor and Somesville by Mrs. Seth S. Thornton Published 1938 Topics History Southwest Harbor Maine and Somsville 1938 Copyright owned by Southwest Harbor Public Library

(Grave Stone) d. May 7,1783, buried at Maypole Point , L.C.I. ( Little Cranberry Island,Mount Desert Island,Maine ) "...grave stone is replica of the original one destroyed by sailors for a game." The Stanley Genealogy by William O. Sawtelle page 60.

Little Cranberry Island " East Crandberry Island___Widow Margaret Stanley on a settlement of eighteen years standing."_ Rufus Putnam's List of Island Inhabitants_1785 [Maine]._ Islands of the Mid-Maine Coast, Penobscot Bay , Volume 1, page 471, by Charles B. & Carol Everts McLane.

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Research Notes

" .... John Standly culled his own fish before selling it to William Knight in 1771. Standly then charged Knight for culling services in addition to the fee for the fish. ... Separated grades of fish were then weighed before being sold. Some outfitters did their own weighing. John Standly sold Jamaica and merchantable fall fare to William Knight in 1770, and Knight charged him £0.1.6 per quintal to "weigh & Labor" 144.75 quintals. " _ THE NEW ENGLAND COD FISHING INDUSTRY AND MARITIME DIMENSIONS OFTHE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Christopher Paul Magra, PhD University of Pittsburgh, c2006


Stanley Collection: Location: HQ/ R1/U1/S4/BX/15/F8,9,10,11, Box 15 Folder 8 page 16 "Since Sands and Mary Charder Stanley had a younger son named Joseph and no Samuel it would seem that this Joseph was named for Mary Charders father Joseph, hence Mary Charter wife of Sands Stanley of Marblehead was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Clark Charter b. Dec. 6, 1706." ”

The Sawtell Archives : July 13, 1999, now located at Acadia National Park - Park Headquarters Route 233 at Eagle Lake - Bar Harbor, Maine - on Mount Desert Island, Maine. Brooke Childrey, Museum Curator. noted: these archives were formally located at The Isleford Museum on Little Cranberry Island, Maine. Adrian Stanley; July 25, 2007 [Notes taken on 13 July 1999].

"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 November 2015), Essex > Marblehead > Marriages 1653-1816 > image 105 of 313; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.

Islands of the Mid-Maine Coast_Mount Desert Island to Machias , by Charles B. McLane [C. 1989], pages 44 and 331 The Story of Mount Desert Island by Samuel Eliot Morison

The story of Mount Desert Island, Maine by Morison, Samuel Eliot

The Island of Mount Desert register with the Cranberry Isles, 1909-10 Noted: John Stanley [Sr.] settled Little Cranberry, his older brother Sands/Sans settled Great Cranberry Island and died 1790/1791.


  1. Entered by David Smith, Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
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Thank you to Sarah Ward for photo of John Stanley's grave and putting me in touch with Ted Spurling Sr.

Thank you to Ted Spurling Sr. and Ralph Stanley their help, and to Charles "Chuck" Liebow, who provided a great deal of information on the families connected to the Stanley clan.

A History of Little Cranberry Island, Maine [c. 2000] by Hugh L. Dewlley. Thanks to Hugh Dwelley for a signed copy, additional information, and a guided tour of Isleford, Maine.

Thank you to David Smith for creating] Stanley-2888 on 19 Nov 2013.

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