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Descendants of Thomas Stanley

Generation No. 19

19. THOMAS19 STANLEY I (EDWARD18, HENRY17, EDWARD16, HENRY15, JAMES14, GEORGE13, THOMAS12, THOMAS11, JOHN10, JOHN9, WILLIAM8, JOHN7, WILLIAM6, ADAM5 STONELEY, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3 DE STONELEY, JOAN2 STANLEY, THOMAS1)59,60 was born 1663 in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., Va.61, and died Aft. 1691 in Hanover Co. / New Kent Co., VA62. He married (2) UNITY63 WFT Est. 1668-1711 in VA,63. She was born WFT Est. 1651-167463, and died WFT Est. 1696-176263. He married (3) ELIZABETH WFT Est. 1678-171064. She was born WFT Est. 1646-166964, and died WFT Est. 1691-175764.

Notes for T
Said to have come to Virginia late in 17th century.

Thomas Stanley, Sr., James Stanley and Thomas Stanley Jr, granted land containing 800 acres, lying and being on both sides of Cedar Creek, in St. Paul's Parish, New Kent County, December 16, 1714.

Thomas Stanley, Sr. and his sons, purchased land in the part of New Kent County that was erected into Hanover County, November 1720.

Thomas Stanley Sr. for 25 shillings bought 251 acres on both sides of Cawthorns Branch in Hanover County adjoining his line and that of John Willimson, William Harris, Morris & Chiswell, December 10, 1724.

John Anderson and Martha his wife sold to Maddox Stanley adjoining Thomas Stanley Sr., Peter Fitzgerald, Littleberry Stanley, Thomas Stanley and Samuel Harris.

from "Virginia Quaker Stanleys and Descendants" compiled by Celeste Terrell Barnhill, a descendant. Assisted by George Tatum Stanley, Huntington Park, California and Clayton V. Stanley, Des Moines, Iowa.; 1931; Pages 1 - 2

Came to Hanover County, Virginia before 1686 when he had grants of land. St. Paul's was later St. Peter's Parish.

There is some evidence that Thomas was born in England, and traces back to King Henry III (born Oct. 1, 1206, died Nov. 16, 1272 - buried in Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England). This line is through Baron Strange. [David Lee, 2909 118th S.E., Everett, WA, 98208, dated Mar. 8, 1991].

The Thomas Stanley family were immigrants to New Kent County, having come there from the town of Preston in Lancashire, Old England in the year 1685. Preston was a weaving center and Thomas Stanley may have been a weaver as well as a farmer before he brought his family to the New World.

In 1688, near Talleysville (New Kent County, just east of Hanover Co.) Virginia, James Stanley was baptized by the Rector of St. Peter's Church (Church of England). Thomas Stanley, the younger, was baptized in 1689, John Stanley in 1691. Up until that time, the Stanley's were regular attenders at St. Peter's.

A few months after John Stanley's baptism, however, two Englishmen appeared in New Kent County, Thomas Wilson, 37, and James Dickinson, 32. The word came ahead of them that they were Quakers, the first ever to come to New Kent , and that they would hold a meeting in a certain orchard near Black Creek where it flows into the Pamunkey River.

This announcement caused considerable interest in the neighborhood and a number of St. Peter's communicants decided to go hear what the Quakers had to say - including Thomas Stanley and his wife. St. Peter's Rector and some of his Vestrymen weren't too happy about this development, because Quakers were rumored to be revolutionaries and rabble-rousers who disturbed the established order of things.

That rumor was true. The Quakers in England refused to attend the Established Church. Their leading idea was that every man and woman had something of God within him or her, an inward light and a still small voice. They were all brothers and sisters under the parenthood of God. They believed it contrary to God's will to fight and kill; so they refused to serve as soldiers, and in Virginia they refused to serve as Indian fighters.

Up until the time Wilson and Dickinson came to America, the Quakers were outlawed in England and her Colonies, but Parliament passed a Toleration Act, in 1689, which made it permissible to attend a Quaker meeting - although Quakers were still forbidden to witness in court or serve on a jury, or to hold a Government office. The Toleration Act was only hazily known in Virginia in 1691.

Here's how Thomas Wilson described the gathering in that New Kent County orchard in the summer of 1691: "The sheriff, with some officers, came to break it up. James Dickinson being then declaring, the sheriff asked him, from whom he had his commission to preach? James answered to this effect: "I have my commission from the Great God, unto whom thou and I must give an account". At which words the sheriff seemed much astonished; and after they had some further discourse, the sheriff swore, for which James reproved him... He answered, "I know I should not swear," seeming then very mild and said, we had a gracious king and queen (William and Mary) and they had given us our liberty (by the Toleration Act). I then stood up and asked the sheriff a question: inasmuch as he had said, we had a gracious king and queen who had given us our liberty, which was true, by what law would the sheriff persecute us? He then turned about and went away; whereupon James Dickinson spoke aloud saying "Let the sheriff answer the question." But instead of doing this,, he took the man of the house a little way off, and sent him back to bid us go off his land. I told him, we did not come here without his leave, and ... had not broken the King's law, but were there upon a religious account, and if they would have a little patience and hear what we had to say for the Lord, we would go peaceably away. After the said meeting at Black Creek, one Charles Gleming who had not been at any of the meetings before, kindly invited us to lodge with him, which we did; and from his house traveled toward Maryland..."

It seems that Thomas Stanley and his wife were among the people who stayed and were convinced to follow the Quaker way of worshipping God. Their names disappeared from the records of St. Peter's Church and began to appear in the minutes of the Black Creek Meeting of the Society of Friends.

The Stanleys worshipped in the Black Creek Friends Meeting for 30 years. But it wasn't an easy thing, for the Quakers of Black Creek were often brought into court for refusing to pay Church taxes to support St. Peter's Parish, and for refusing to report for militia duty. There were fines and jailings, which probably accounts for the fact that the Stanley's purchased 800 acres of uninhabited virgin forest on both sides of Cedar Creek in 1714. And in 1721, the year when Hanover County was formed from the west end of New Kent, the Stanley's moved to their Cedar Creek land.

Thomas Stanley was about 65 years old in 1721. No sooner had the Stanley's begun to clear their Cedar Creek land, than they built a little log meeting house, 16' x 24'.



!Source: See John Stanley notes.
Came to Hanover County, Virginia before 1686 when he had grants of land. St.
Paul's was later St. Peter's Parish.
1726, 8, 1. Henrico MM. Thomas Sr. disowned for marrying out of unity.
There is some evidence that Thomas Stanley was born in England and traces back
to King Henry III, King of England, born 1 Oct 1206, died 16 Nov 1272, and
buried 20 Nov 1272 in Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England. This
line is through Baron Strange. Several of Thomas' descendents have the first
name of Strangeman, both in the Stanley and Hutchins lines. So, it would seem
that the connection with King Henry III is possible.
The information to the link from Thomas back to Lord Strange is from David Lee
2909 118th Place S.E., Everett, WA 98208 on 8 Mar 1991. (Prodigy ID: JSBN85A)

first appears in 1700 Henrico Co. Va records oh Hinshaw p213.
      Moved to Middleton MM in Ohio by Oct 12,1805 with family per Hinshaw Cedar Creek MM p272.

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Date born 2: Bef. 168065

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Marriage: WFT Est. 1668-1711, VA,66

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Marriage: WFT Est. 1678-171067
Children of T
20. i.   THOMAS20 STANLEY II, b. November 23, 1689, New Kent Co., Virginia; d. WFT Est. 1765-1786.
  ii.   JOHN STANLEY68, b. Abt. 169168; d. Unknown.
Children of THOMAS STANLEY and UNITY are:
  iii.   BENJAMIN20 STANLEY69, b. WFT Est. 1672-171269; d. WFT Est. 1685-179169.
  iv.   JUDITH STANLEY69, b. WFT Est. 1672-171269; d. WFT Est. 1684-179469.
  v.   ABIGAIL STANLEY69, b. WFT Est. 1672-171269; d. WFT Est. 1684-179469.
21. vi.   JOSEPH STANLEY, b. WFT Est. 1788-1820; d. WFT Est. 1845-1907.
22. vii.   JAMES20 STANLEY, b. April 15, 1688, St Peter's Parish, New Kent Co VA (baptism); d. December 20, 1766.
23. viii.   JOHN STANLEY, b. October 11, 1691, St. Paul'sParish, New Kent, Virginia; d. July 17, 1783, Cedar Creek MM Hanover Co. VA.

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