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Thomas Stanley Esq. (abt. 1392 - 1463)

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Thomas Stanley Esq.
Born about in Elford, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married before [location unknown]
Husband of — married before [location unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 21 Feb 2011
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Thomas Stanley Esq was the 3rd son of his parents, Sir John Stanley of Knowsley, KG, and Isabel Lathom, the heiress.

So, as 3rd son, he didn't inherit much from his very wealthy folks, but he did snag an heiress of his own. Before 1 May 1413 he married Maud Arderne, daughter and heiress of Sir John Arderne of Elford, Staffs. He thus became lord of Elford, and other properties in Cheshire, all belonging to his wife.

The couple has 1 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).

The inhabitants of Lichfield, Staffs, rioted against Thomas in 1442, but he survived the experience and eventually died 13 May 1463, being 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.


  • "Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson, 2013, Vol. II. p. 486-7
  • "Royal Ancestry" Douglas Richardson, 2013, Vol. V. p. 26

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On 6 Jun 2017 at 17:02 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:

Source: "Royal Ancestry" 2013 D. Richardson Vol. I. page 108.

Thank you!

On 12 Apr 2015 at 16:59 GMT RJ Horace wrote:

The previous comment (below) relates to Thomas Stanley-421, not this Thomas.

On 6 Dec 2014 at 04:06 GMT James Tabone Mr wrote:

I believe this Thomas Stanley (1392-1463) is the father of the famous Thomas Stanley in Shakespear's "Richard the 3rd." Posted here as the son of Stanley the Elder is George Stanley, who in reality is his grandson. Stanley the elder was married to Joan Goushill a direct descendant of King Edward the First.

Rejected matches › Thomas Stanley KG (abt.1405-1459)

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