Samuel was born in 1656. His Father was Mathew Stanley.
In February 1714/5 Sergeant Samuel Stanley was granted a plot of land in the common area of Topsfield, Massachusetts, as the heir of Mathew Stanley.
Samuel Stanley married Joanna and both are listed as members of the Topsfield Massachusetts church. Samuel served as the School master in Topsfield from 1700 to 1718 Samuel made payment for the minister in Topsfield about 1720.
On 28 Feb 1717/8 Samuel and Joanna, John and Jacob, sold 70 acres with their house to Eliezer Lake for £480. On 8 Jun 1719 Samuel Stanley signed an affidavit in Ipswich confirming a conveyance by John Towne. He signed as “Samuel Stanley of Attleborough, Bristol Co.
Samuel moved to Attleborough after retirement and passed away in 1724. He was buried in the Robinson Cemetery.
Warren states of his family, in The Stanley Families of America: "Samuel Stanley, a son of Matthew, born in 1656, was of Topsfield, Mass. He had eight children, of whom six sons went to Attleborough and settled near the Falls. One son, Benjamin, removed to Haverhill. From these have descended a large number of families residing in Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and in later generations in New Hampshire and Maine, especially in the latter."
The source of the following list of his children is not clear. Some of the children are named in vital records, as indicated:
The probate documents for Samuel Stanley name Jacob Stanley as the executor of the estate. There is a long document about a piece of property originally purchased by Jacob Stanley and John Stanley. Only a few of Samuel's other heirs are listed: Thomas Stanley the apparent author of the document. Jacob and John Stanley the purchasers of the land and Joseph, Nathaniel and a different John Stanley representing the heirs of Samuel.
Some comments on the Probate:
It is not clear what the correct list of children for Samuel is. FS shows 11, but no Johanna and only one John but adds a William between Joseph and Sarah. The list in this bio only shows 7 children that are on all three lists. 
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