Thomas Stanley was the second (or third) son of his parents. He married twice. In right of his first wife, he possessed the manors and lands of Elford in Staffordshire, as well as Aldford, Alderley, and Etchells in Cheshire. He was a King's Esquire and High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. He was also Knight of the Shire for Staffordshire. In 1416 he was in the service of the Earl of Warwick at Calais, and in 1420 he took part in the reduction of Normandy. In 1442 the inhabitants of Lichfield rose against him in riot.
He is a descendant of David 1st, King of Scots, and Ellen, daughter of Alan of Galloway, and her husband Sir Roger de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, Knt.
By his first marriage Thomas Stanley had one son (Sir John Stanley KB) and 1 daughter (Anne, wife of Sir John Gresley of Drakelow).
Maud died 1430-2 and Thomas then married (before 1434) Elizabeth Langton, "evidently" daughter of Sir Ralph Langton of Walton-le-Dale.
They had one son (George Stanley Esq).
Thomas was buried at Elford with his 2nd wife.
All three of his children became ancestors of 17th-century Colonial Gateways: John of Amy Wyllys; Anne of Henry Corbin, Gov. Thomas Greene and Muriel Gurdon; and George of Dannett Abney, Thomas Rudyard and Mary Wolseley.
The Visitation of Warwickshire 1619 by William Camden, Clarencieux King of Arms, edited by John Fetherston, F.S.A., London, 1877, p.177.
Grazebrook, H Sydney (ed.). The Heraldic Visitations of Staffordshire in the Years 1614 and 1663-4, Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Part II, Vol. V, William Salt Archaeological Society, Mitchell & Hughes, 1885, p. 277, Internet Archive
Plantagenet Ancestry by Douglas Richardson, Baltimore, Md., 2004, p. 283.
Magna Carta Ancestry by Doulgas Richardson, Baltimore, Md., 2005, p.293-4.
"Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson, 2013, Vol. II. p. 486-7
"Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson, 2013, Vol. V. p. 26
Richardson, Douglas: Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd edn. (2011), 3 vols, Volume 1, page 679, ELFORD 12..