James was born about 1665. There is currently no primary source documentation that he is the son of James Stanton although this lineage appears in numerous family histories who do not appear to have a common origin. The attachment has been left in place while research is ongoing.
It is believed he had a first wife whose name is unknown who was most likely the mother of James, Mary and possibly Anna. Records show that he was a farmer and in 1707 was granted license to operate an ordinary and victuallising house. We know that he was literate for he signed his name on documents where his second wife, Elizabeth, made a mark.
He is believed to have married second Elizabeth, widow of Robert Judkins, after 1693. Elizabeth's maiden name is seen as Taylor but there is no documentary evidence of this. Elizabeth's date of death is unknown. James makes no provision for a wife in his will yet the first witness signature is an Elizabeth Beaver followed by his two daughters.
James will was written 14 Jul 1719. His housing and land are given to his son James; daughters Mary and Ann are bequeathed various household furniture and goods; remainder of the estate divided equally between "my three children." Son James is the sole executor. The signatories (with marks) Elizabeth E Beaver, Mary Stanton, Ann A Stanton. Probate date 16 Sep 1719, Court held at Southwark, County of Surry, Jno Allen Clerk of Court.
7 Jul 1686 - James is witness to a deed for James Jones.
March 1695. Surry County Court. John Edwards and Joseph Rogers presenting themselves in Court for Security for James Stanton for his due paymt. of ye. Estates of Wm. and Robt. Judkins theire parts of theire deced. ffather Robt. Judkins Estate they are accepted and Ordered yt. they give bond accordingly.
4 Sep 1705 - James is witness to a deed for Joseph and Susanna Wall.
9 Feb 1705/06 - James finds a runaway servant, Minian Spencer, more than ten miles from his Master's house and returns him. Court sends certification to the General Assembly for Allowance.
May 1707 Surry County Court. James Stanton upon his petition is licensed and allowed to keep an ordinary or Victualling house at Wareneck at the usual place of keeping thereof, and gave bond and security duly to performe same.
Date Unkmown 1701-1711. James Stanton is appointed Surveyr. of the highs in the room of John...
2 May 1710 - James served on a Grand Jury for four cases.
18 Jun 1711 - James is witness to a deed for Nicholas Maget.
13 Nov 1713 Surry County. 700 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp. Beginning and extending on the south side of Blys Branch a corner of Samuel Briggs’s land.
14 Sep 1715 - James Stanton and wife Elizabeth Stanton, to Samuel Thompson, Gent, for 5 shillings... 320 acres on south side of main Backwater Swam= (part of a patent 50 700 acres granted said Stanton on 13 Nov 1713) and bunded by the Deep Branch, John Wall, John Higgs, and Bridges Line. Signed James and Elizabeth Stanton, Witnesses: James Stanton Jr, Mary Stanton and Ester Williams.
21 Mar 1715... James Stanton and wife, Elizabeth Stanton, to John Higgs for 5 shillings... 100 acres on south side of main Blackwater Swamp (part of patent granted to Stanton) bounded by Samuel Briggs, William Hunnicutt and John Higgs. Signed: James and Elizabeth Stanton, Wit Allen Warren Jr and Elias Forte
18 Jun 1716... James Stanton and wife, Elizabeth Stanton, to Samuel Tower for 4000 pounds of tobacco... 200 acres bounded by the south side of Blackwater Swamp near the Nottowy Indian Town, Proctors Branch, Joseph Wall, Jr and Briges line. Signed: James Stanton, Elizabeth Stanton, Wit: James Stanton Jr and Mary Stanton.
14 Jul 1718 Surry County. 130 acres on the north side of Nottaway River. Beginning and extending by the side of said river William Hunts corner tree.  [Note: this land grant may be the son James.]
18 Aug 1719... [NOTE: this deed may be that of James Stanton Jr. It gives James as "of Lawnes Creek" and does not use the language of the "said James Stanton" when referring to the 1713 patent.] James Stanton of Lawnes Creek Parish to George Long of the same... 30 [?] acres on north side of Atchamoocock Swamp (being part of a patent for 700 acres granted to James Stanton, deed, on 13 Nov 1713) bounded by Mr Samuel Thompson. Signed: James Stanton. Recorded: 19 Aug 1719.
Will of James Stanton, 1719; Inventory, 1719 - Surry Co. VA
In the Name of God Amen. I James Stanton of Surry County being Sick and Weak but of perfect sence and memory praised be the Almighty and Knowing the uncertainty of our being here doth make and appoint this my Last Will and Testament as followeth: Impr. Give and bequeath my Soul to God that gave it me Relying on the Merrits of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to have full Remission of all my Sins at the Last day, and my body to the Earth to be decently Interred at the order of my Exr hereafter named, Item I Give and bequeath unto my Son James Stanton, all my houseing and Land with all Appurtenances thereunto belonging and Eight pewter plates and one Chafing Dish and one Large Chest, and one Couch and one pewter Dish and One pair of Sheets, and one Iron Spitt, and box Smoothing Iron Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Stanton One feather bed and boulster with a Little Tick and Rugg, two Pr of Sheets, one Dozen of pewter plates, one quart Tankard, three pewter Dishes, & one pewter porringer & one bason? Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Stanton, three Pewter Dishes one Doz of plates, one Bason, one Feather bed wth Rugg and boulster, one Blankett, Two pair of Sheets, and one quart Tankard, and after all my Just Debts are all payed, then the Remainer of my Estate be Equally divided between my three Chrildren James, Mary, & Ann Stanton And further I do hereby Constitute and appoint my son James Stanton, to be my whole and Sole Exr of this my Last Will and Testament as Witness my hand and Seal this fourteenth day of July One Thousand Seven hundred and Nineteen. Sign’d and Seal’d In presence of James Stanton Sealed wth red wax her Elizabeth E Beaver mark Mary Stanton her Ann A Stanton mark At a Court held at Southwark for the County of Surry Septr. 16th 1719 The above mentioned Will of James Stanton deced was presented in Court by James Stanton Exr thereof who made oath thereto and being proved by the Oaths of Elizh. Beaver, Mary Stanton, and Ann Stanton Witnesses thereto the same is ordered to be recorded and is recorded by Jno Allen Cl. Court
Other Stantons known to be in Surry County. A Richard Stanton died c 1662 and Robert Stanton, then the Clerk of Court, was appointed the administrator of the estate. Quarter Court Sessions, Surry County. Robert Stanton's wife was Mary. Robert left Surry County in 1663 and a witness to the appointment of his successor as Clerk of Court was Nathaniel Stanton. Also mentioned in the records of this period is William Stanton. James Stanton does not appear in any extant transcribed Surry County court records with the exception of his will.
Name: James, Jr. Stanton Date: 22 Nov 1717 Location: Isle of Wight Notes: This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book. Remarks: Francis Clements. Leg.-son Francis; son Benjamin; son Thomas; friend Capt. Nathaniel Ridley and his wife Elizabeth; friend James Stanton; daughter Mary; daughter Elizabeth. Wife Lydia Extx. Description: Witness Book: 2-632 Source Information Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1965. Originally published in 1912.
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