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William Pearce Stanley (1786 - 1861)

William Pearce Stanley
Born in St Saviours,Southwark, Surreymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 24 Aug 1819 in Exetermap
Died in Bathwick, Somerset, Englandmap
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DIED 2 OCT 1861. Bathwick, Somerset. Age: 77y. Note: death date from probate. 2 NOV 1861. Bristol,


William Pearce Stanley Effects under £800. "The Will of William Pearce Stanley late of 27 Henrietta St. City of Bath Rear-Admiral Her Majestys Navt deceased who died 2nd October 1861 at Henrietta Street aforesaid was proved at Bristol by the oaths of Robert Palmer of Bexington in the county of Dorset and Thomas Lightfoot of 27 Henrietta St aforesaid Lieutenant-Colonel in Her Majesties Army two of the executors according to the Tenor of the said Will."


1798 joined navy. 1803 Royal Navy enrollment. (9th May) ref Ancestry and NA 9 MAY 1803. 1819 Royal Navy Lieut. 1821 RN Commander. 1822 RN Commander. 1834 Councillor for marine ward Margate ref Kellys directory Ancestry


1841West St.Allington, Bridport, Dorset. William P. Stanley 55 Navy H P* no. Mary Stanley 45 yes. Mary A. 20 no. Elizabeth 13 no. Mary Ripton 26 FS yes. HO107 piece 280 folio 8/12 page 19.

  • H P - half pay.

1851St Thomas Exeter. William P. Stanley hd 65 captain RN half pay bSt Saviours-Sur. Mary Stanley wife 58 b Bridport-Dor. Mary A. Stanley dau 30 b Tynemouth-Nth. Ann H Perring u fs 20 b Totnes-Dev. ref. HO1071866 Folio: 442 Page: 6.

1861Bath, Somerset. Wm P Stanley* hd married b Southwark, Surrey. Elizabeth Lightfoot** married 33 1828 fundholder b Devon. daughter of Wm. Stanley Mary Lightfoot dau 7 1854 scholar b India. John Lightfoot son 6 1855 scholar b Kent. Cornelia Lightfoot dau 4 1857 scholar b Bath, Som. Annie M Lightfoot dau 11m 1861 b Somerset. Ellen Hewell un 31 1830 governess. + 3 servants. RG09 piece 1684 folio 28 page 8.

  • findmypast trans. name Hanley.
    • findmypast trans. name Laplet (and for all children).

RESIDENCE 1842Allington. Bridport. Note: Ref Electoral Roll on Ancestry. Freehold House.


Gazette Entry. 18 SEP 1857. Admiralty The London Gazette of September 18th September 1857. Admiralty 18th september 1857. "The following promotions, dated 10th instant, have this day taken place consequent on the death, on the 9th instant, of Vice Admiral Charles Sibthorpe John Hawtayne:-. ....................................... The undermnetioned Officers, on the retired list, have been promoted to be Retired Rear Admirals, on the terms proposed in the London Gazetter of 1st September, 1846, without increase of pay:-. 3 Captain William Pearce Stanley. and 7 others."

OBITUARY 1861 The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Thursday,. October 10, 1861; Issue 29564.

Death of Rear-Admiral W.P. stanley.

"We have to announce the death of Rear Admiral. William Pearc Stanley, which took place at Bath, at. the advanced age o77. Tjhe deceased entered the Navy in 1798 as. midshipman, o board thwe Diomede. while serving on. board the Egyptieene, he assisted at the capture of. three French vessels, and was present in Sir R. Calders action on 22nd July 1805. After taking part. in the battle off St Dominge in the Northumberland,. he was appointed acting lieutenant of the Dolphin,. and afterwards to the Pheasant, in which vessell he. served as senior lieuteneant until 1841, taking. several French prizes. In April, 1819, he was placed. in command of the Swallow, revenue cutter,in which. he captured, in 1821, the Ida, smuggling cutter,. after a long chase, and received the approbation ofthe Commander in Chief, the Lords of the Admiralty. and Treasury Board; and on the 19th of July at the. same year was promoted to the rank of commander,. attaining post rank in 1838."

BURIED 8 OCT 1861. Bathwick, Somerset. Age: 77y. NBI Name William Pearce STANLEY Date 8 Oct 1861 Aged 77 Place Bathwick Description St Mary Denomination Anglican.


-ref - http:/www.pdavis.nlShowBiog.php?id=653:-. "12 March 1798 Entered Navy. 15 August 1806 Lieutenant. 19 July 1821 Commander. 28 June 1838 Captain. 10 September 1857 Retired Rear-Admiral. 14 August 1845 Captain in President, flagship of Rear-Admiral James Richard Dacres, Cape of Good Hope".

ref http:/ "Stanley, First Names : William Pearce. Date promoted : Captain: 28061838. Mate/Sub Lieutenant:: Date of Navy List - Appointment and date: Dec 1848 : 460 - President 14 Aug 45 CO. 2 Notes: President, 50, 1847 Difficulties with Arab chiefs concerning the slave traffic between Madagascar and the mainland lead to an attack by her boats on a stockaded position at Anjoxa "

Royal naval biography : or, Memoirs of the services ..., Volume 4, Part 2 By John Marshall. WILLIAM PEARCE STANLEY, Esq.

Is, we believe, a freeholder of Northumberlandshire. He entered the royal navy in Mar. 1798, as midshipman on board the Diomede 50, Captain the Hon. Charles Elphinstone (now Vice-Admiral Fleeming), under whom he served on various stations until Feb. 1301, when he joined the Adamant 50, Captain the Hon. (now Sir William) Hotham, in which ship he returned home from the Cape of Good Hope, about Nov. following. We subsequently find him in the Trusty 50, Captain Daniel O. Guion, and Conflict gun-brig, the latter employed on Channel service, during the peace of Amiens. On the renewal of hostilities, he rejoined his first captain, then commanding the Egyptienne frigate, in which he assisted at the capture of two French corvettes and one large privateer, and was present at the defeat of the combined fleets of France and Spain, by the fleet under Sir Robert Calder, July 22d, 1805. 2 In Oct. following, Mr. Stanley was removed into the Superb 74, bearing the flag of the late Sir John T. Duckworth, whom he accompanied to the West Indies in pursuit of a French squadron. He there joined the Northumberland 74, flagship of the Hon. (afterwards Sir Alexander I.) Cochrane, under whom he bore a part at the battle of St. Domingo, Feb. 6th, 1806. On the return of that ship to Barbadoes, he received an order to act as lieutenant; but this appointment was not confirmed by the Admiralty until Aug. 15th following. 2 On the 3d of the ensuing month, Mr. Stanley was appoined to the Pheasant sloop, commanded by the late Captain John Palmer, under whom he served as first lieutenant, on the South American, African, West Indian, Newfoundland, Guernsey, and Plymouth stations, untilJuly 1 814, a period of nearly eight years. In Jan. 1807, he commanded that sloop, employed in the blockade of the Spanish gun-vessels at Monte Video, during the absence of Captain Palmer, then attached to the army on shore under Sir Samuel Auchmuty. After the storming of that fortress, he assisted in taking possession of Colonia del Sacramento ; and subsequently in capturing, at different periods, several French privateers and various other vessels *. 2 Lieutenant Stanley's next appointment was to be first of the Ethalion 42, Captain William Hugh Dobbie, in which ship he continued for a few months on the Irish station. From Sept. 18th, 1815, until Oct. 13th, 1818, he was first of the Tiber frigate, Captain James Richard Dacres. In April 1819, he obtained the command of the Swallow revenue cutter, of 165 tons, mounting six 6-pounder carronades and two small brass guns, with a complement of thirty-seven men and boys. On the 27th Feb. 1821, he captured in the North Sea, after a long chase and running fight, the Idas smuggling cutter, of 177 tons, having on board 700 tubs of spirits and about 50. 2

  • See Suppl. Part III. p. 405.

2 bales of tobacco. During the chase, and after getting for a time out of gun-shot, the greater part of this vessel's cargo and the whole of her guns, which appear to have been impounders, were thrown overboard; and when the Swallow got alongside at night, she found her abandoned by her lawless crew, about thirty in number, though four or five leagues from the land. It afterwards appeared that three of them had been killed and several wounded. The Swallow had two men wounded. Both cutters suffered severely in sails and rigging. On the 19th July following, Lieutenant Stanley was promoted to the rank of commander. 2 ref Google Books.


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