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James Stanley (bef. 1799 - 1833)

James Stanley aka Standley
Born before in South Carolina, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 3 Feb 1822 in Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hopkins, Kentucky, United Statesmap
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James Stanley was a South Carolinian.

James Stanley was born sometime before 1799, possibly in South Carolina. His parents are currently unknown. See research notes below.

In the 1821 Tax List for Christian County, Kentucky, James Stanley was taxed for 115 acres acres in Christian County, watercourse, Pond River one white male over 21 and one horse. Total value of taxation was $600.[1]

James married Hester Teague on 3 February 1822 in Christian County, Kentucky[2].

In the 1830 U.S. Census, James Stanley was enumerated as head of a 10 person household, including three slaves, living in Christian County, Kentucky.[3]

He was killed 13 September 1833 in Hopkins County by Drury Hafford. Drury and his brother William got into an argument with James Stanley while doing volunteer work on a road in Hopkins County, Drury struck James with a grubbing hoe, and James died twenty minutes later. See Criminal Case 701 for details. Drury and William left the state and ended up in Texas where they were joined later by their parents. Drury changed his name to "Samuel Pearce."

Research Notes

Birth place: The 1880 U.S. Census for his daughters Margaret and Minerva show he was born in South Carolina.[4]
Parents: His parents are currently unknown. Some researchers believe he was the son of the son of Moses Stanley and Sarah "Sally" West. Neither James or his children were named as heirs in Moses Stanley's Last Will. Moses listed his grandchildren in his Last Will, i.e., the seven children of Elizabeth Stanley (his deceased daughter, who married Amos Lacy). He also mentions the children of his other daughters, Dorcas Teague, Nancy Sisk, and Sally Harper. He does not mention the children of James Stanley and Hester Teague. If James were his son, it would be logical that Moses would mention his orphaned grandchildren in his Last Will.


  1. 1820 Christian County, Kentucky Tax List, James Slanly [sic Stanly, Page 68, Film # 007834438. Family Search database accessed 22 January 2021.
  2. "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," James Standley and Hester Teague, 03 Feb 1822; citing Christian, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 465,562. FamilySearch database with images accessed 22 January 2017.
  3. "United States Census, 1830," James Stanley, Christian, Kentucky, United States; citing 14, NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 35; FHL microfilm 7,814. FamilySearch database with images accessed 20 February 2021.
    Comments & Conjectures
    White Males - Under 5
    White Males - 5 thru 9
    White Males - 30 thru 39
    James Stanley
    White Males - Under 5
    White Females - 5 thru 9
    White Females - 30 thru 39
    Wife, Hester
    Male Slaves - Under 10
    Females Slaves - Under 10
  4. Margaret E. Sisk and Minerva J. Stanley, daughters of James Stanley, state their father was born in South Carolina - "United States Census, 1880," Margaret E Sisk in household of Franklin P Sisk, Curtail, Hopkins, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district ED 190, sheet 271B, NARA microfilm publication T9, FHL microfilm 1,254,420. FamilySearch database with images accessed 19 February 2021.

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