Biography below composed by great-great-granddaughter Shari S for FindaGrave.com:
Charles Franklin Stanley was born in Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, on the 12th of March in 1872 or 1873. (The earlier date was used by his children for his death certificate and headstone, but 1873 is more likely based on his census responses and the date of his parents' marriage.)
Charles' parents were William Stanley and Angelina A. Williams. William and Angie, as she was called, married in Walnut Township in Adair County in January 1872. By 1880, they and young son Charles were living in Custer County, Nebraska. (Charles' paternal grandparents and several other Stanley family members had moved to Nebraska around the same time.) Shortly thereafter, Charles' younger brother Byrdsell Stanley was born - his only sibling. The two would remain close over the years, visiting each other despite living far apart, and often writing letters and sending photos.
At some point the family moved to Nevada County, Arkansas, where Charles' maternal grandparents had settled. It was there that Charles' mother died in 1886 when he was thirteen years old.
Afterward, the boys traveled with their father, who worked as a wandering blacksmith.
At the age of 21 or 22 (although the record says 23), Charles married Sarah Elizabeth White in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. They were both residents of Seminole, Indian Territory, at the time.
Charles and Lizzie moved to Texas, eventually settling in the town of Huntington in Angelina County, where Charles would remain the rest of his life.
Charles and Lizzie had six children: Roxie M., William Marion, Dortha B., Laura Mattie, Nellie Pearl, and Douglas Clyde. Both Roxie and Dortha were lost in the Spanish Flu epidemic. Later, grandson Charlie Simonds would remark that their deaths may have contributed to Charles' sober personality.
Charles died at home in the late morning of an early summer day in 1946. Causes of death were hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and acute uremic poisoning.
Marriage record of Charles F. Stanley and Sarah E. White. Personal copy owned by Sarah E. White. Now in possession of great-great-granddaughter Shari S. The copy is in pieces from being folded and lists the bride and groom as "Miss Sarah E. White" and "Mr Chas. F. Stanley", both of Seminole, Indian Territory, with "L. M. White" as the witness. "Recorded in the probate office" (handwritten, "Register of Deeds" being crossed out) of Cleveland County, Oklahoma. 11 July 1894.
Oklahoma County Marriages, 1891-1959. Charles F. Stanley and Sarah E. White. 11 July 1894. Cleveland County. This record includes parents' names and ages and birthplaces of groom (23, Missouri) and bride (15, Arkansas). Parents of groom are listed as William Stanley and Angeline Williams. Parents of bride are listed as J. (sic) M. White and Caroline Perry. License dated 10 July 1894. Digital image of original document: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VXLX-3TG
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976. "Charles Franklin Stanley". 25 June 1946. Tarrant Parents are named as "W. M. Stanley" and "Annie Williams". Since Charles' son W. M. (William Marion) was the informant, he may have been making an assumption about the middle initial of his paternal grandfather. (W. M.'s middle name comes from his maternal grandfather, however.) Digital image of original death certificate: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K396-7DG
Family Bible owned by daughter Pearl Stanley Simonds. Now in possession of Pearl's grandson C. Simonds. Dates and counties for births of Pearl's parents are given, as are cities, but the cities happen to be the county seats. Possibly these were given as a general indication of place since Lizzie White Stanley does not seem, from census records, to have been born in Fayetteville.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Charles by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: