Samuel was born in 1656 his Father was Mathew Stanley and Samuel was granted land in the common area of Topsfield as the heir of Mathew. 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. Samuel moved to Attleboro after retirement and passed away in 1724 and was buried in the Robinson Cemetery.
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.
First, some comments on the Probate:
First: Why is Samuel Jr not included in the dispute?
Second: Who is the second John Stanley? Did Matthew Stanley have a son before he died?
Third: None of Samuel's daughters are mentioned.
Second, 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.
↑ Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/155429746/samuel-t-stanley : accessed 9 May 2021), memorial page for 1SGT Samuel T Stanley (1656–17 Aug 1724), Find A Grave: Memorial #155429746, citing Robinson Cemetery, North Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 47891846) .
↑ "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DZ35-3MMM : 19 April 2021), Samuell Stanley in entry for Samuell Stanley, 24 Oct 1678; citing Birth, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston; FHL microfilm 007009706.
↑ "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DZM9-JPW2 : 19 April 2021), Samuel Standly in entry for Jacob Standly, 2 Jan 1684; citing Birth, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston; FHL microfilm 007009706.
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