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William Stanley (1777 - 1835)

William Stanley
Born in Windsor, Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married 1801 in Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Died in Congress, Congress Township, Wayne, Ohio, United Statesmap
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William Stanley served for Pennsylvania in the War of 1812
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'William Stanley was born in 1777. He was the son of Marshall Stanley and Thamor Unknown. He served as a lieutenant in Captain Wallace's Mounted Company of the Ohio Militia in the War of 1812. He passed away in 1835 in Ohio and is buried beneath headstone and verteran marker in Congress Cemetery in Congress, Ohio. His will was probated 22 May 1835 in Wayne County, Ohio with son Nathaniel Stanley and son-in-law Elmer Yocum were executors and which names bequests for each of his children (including that his daughter, Margaret "have her home with her mother and that she have her furniture and bed and bedding".

Warren's 1887 book, Stanley families of America had the following information about William:

WILLIAM STANLEY. (I THOMAS, 2 NATHANIEL, 12 NATHANIEL, 52 NATHANIEL, 63 MARSHALL.) Youngest child of Marshall and Thamor Stanley, was born, probably in Connecticut, in June, 1774, and early removed with his father to Pennsylvania, where he married Margaret, daughter of Gen. John Bratton, who died about 1800. He married, second, Mary Wilson, and died May 30, 1835, aged sixty years and eleven months. Their children were :
By first wife, MARSHALL, b. Dec., 1793 ; d. Oct. 9, 1833. JOHN BRATTON, b. May 17, 1799 ; m. Sarah Peterson. MARGARET, b. Dec. 26, 1800: m. -- McCoy (Note, this Margaret Stanley was not that one who married James McCoy in 1851. See William's will which mentions his eldest daughter and DNA matches between this Margaret and her siblings).
By second wife, NATHANIEL, b. Jan. 31, 1802 ; m. May 23, 1827. WILSON, b. May 14, 1803. LUCINDA, b. March 21, 1805 ; m., July 11, 1822, _ Lawrence. JAMES, b. June 3, 1807 ; m., May 1, 1828, Mary Ann Roseborough ; d. Nov. 16, 1839. WILLIAM Boyd, b. April 6, 1809 ; d. Feb. 9, 1831. MARY, b. Jan. 30, 1811 ; m., Sept. 5, 1827, E. Yocum ; d. April 30, 1836. ANN, b. Dec. 31, 1813 ; unmarried. HOMER., b. Oct. 27, 1817 ; d. Oct. 5, 1848.
John Lawrence, Esq., attorney, of Nashville, Tenn., a son of Lucinda Stanley, writes: " My recollection of grandfather William Stanley is quite distinct. He lived, when I knew him, on a large farm several miles from what is now called Congress (in Ohio). He had rich meadows, good clover fields, good horses and cows. He was a Presbyterian of the old Puritan stamp ; an honored elder in the church. In person he was tall, well-proportioned, and dignified. Every night and morning we were called in for prayers. It was never a hurried service. A full chapter was read, and then a prayer of old-fashioned Puritan length was offered. I can now recall, he never curtailed his prayer on account of the lateness of the hour, or the hurry of business. Dear, stately, venerable man." Judge Lawrence writes : " I remember Wm. Boyd Stanley. as a tall, slender, delicate, scholarly man, who had thoughts of the ministry." "The McCoys were very bright people. Some of them had red hair, and the girls had, so I now think, very bright, fine eyes." "My dear mother, Lucinda, was married at sixteen, and she used to say that when the minister who married her prayed that she might be 'a fruitful vine,' and that her children might grow up and around her ' like olive plants,' she blushed red. But, dear, sainted soul, she was a fruitful vine, having given birth to nine boys and one girl. Cyrus, one of her sons, was a minister, and died in Indiana. Boyd, another, named after uncle Boyd Stanley, was a lawyer, went to Australia, and died of fever in less than a year after his arrival at Melbourne. Elmer and Stewart are physicians. Orin, the youngest son, and Mary, the only daughter, are on the stage. All the others are dead, Russell, next to the youngest son, sleeping in an honored soldier's grave." "Uncle Nathaniel was a most devout man. He believed that God had, for some inscrutable reason, 'chosen him as one of the elect from the foundation of the world."'


  • Warren, Israel P.. The Stanley families of America : as descended from John, Timothy, and Thomas Stanley of Hartford, Ct., 1636. unknown: unknown, 1887. pp 304 - 305.
  • National Archives and Records Administration. Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M602, 234 rolls. Roll Box: 197; Microfilm Publication: M602.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed 17 Apr 2020), "Record of Marshall Stanley", Ancestor # A108509.
  • Estate Papers, 1808-1939 ; Index, 1812-1934; Author: Wayne County (Ohio). Probate Court; Probate Place: Wayne, Ohio. Estate Papers, R52-S30
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #37713732 William Stanley, 1835; Burial, Congress, Wayne, Ohio, United States of America, Congress Cemetery

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