Thomas Stanley



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Thomas Stanley
Immigrant Ancestor see FAMILY TREE
Christened 22 Apr 1601 Tenterden, Kent, England    
Died: 30 Jun 1663    


Robert  Stanley


Ruth Garland


Bennett Tritton


1 Thomas Stanley
   bap. Sept. 18, 1631; bur. March 29, 1632.

 2. Mary Stanley
     bap. Feb. 2, 1633/4 Ashford, Kent, Eng.; d. Sept. 13, 1688 Windsor, Conn.; m. ca. 1650 John Porter Jr. of Windsor, Conn.

3. Sarah Stanley
     m. 1662 John Wadsworth of Farmington.
     d. 12 Sep 1717

4.  Hannah Stanley  
     b. 2 Jun 1635
     d. Dec. 18, 1708
     m. ca. 1659 Samuel Porter 1626-1689, son of John of Hadley; she was grt. grt. gr. mother of Pres. Grover Cleveland.

5.  Nathaniel Stanley
     b. 1638
     d. Nov. 14, 1712
     m. June 2, 1659 Sarah Bossey, dau. James of Wethersfield, Ct. An assistant of the Colony; Judge of County Court. A man of wealth and influence.

From The Families of Warren Stanley Jenkins, by George Francis Jenkins, 2001

Thomas Stanley, probably the youngest of the three emigrant brothers, came with Timothy and the orphan of his brother John to Cambridge in 1634; was appointed guardian of John, the eldest of these children; made freeman in March, 1635; settled in Lynn, where he was chosen a member of the General Court and constable and removed to Hartford in 1636.  In the division of lands there he was assigned two parcel of forty-two acres each, and a house lot thus described on the record; 1 acres, 1 rood, "abutting on the highway lying on the North side of the Little River on the south and on the highway leading from the Palisado to the Centinell hill on the East, & on Rich. Olmsteds land on the North and on Thomas Lords land on the West."  This was on the west side of the present Main street, running from the bridge over the Little River to the Center church, a most valuable location, generally known since as "Standly's Corner."

Though a young man at the time, Mr. Stanley soon took an important position in the affairs of the twon.  He was a juryman in 1639 and 1743, and a constable in 1644, 1647, 1648, and 1653.  This office was then one of the most responsible in the settlement, combining the duties of the modern sheriff and policeman, and being charged in general with preserving the order and decorum of the place.  It devolvbed on him to summon the courts, General and Particular, to their sessions, and the freemen to their eletions, to execute the deprees of the court and the laws, to engorce order in public worship, to arrest and confine offenders, to administer the frequent whippings which were ordered in punishment of petty crimes, inflicting so may lashes "well laid on," a duty requiring a steady nerve and a strong arm.

In the year 1659, Thomas Stanley and his family, with some others, removed from Hartford, and commenced a new settlement at Hadley, Mass.

Though Thomas Stanley and his family removed from Hartford, he did not dispose of his house and lands there.  At his death he left them to his only son, Nathaniel, who after the decease of his mother, returned and made his home there.


From One Bassett Family by 674

"1634/5, Mch 3. Vol I p 135 M. B. C. "Att a court, holden att Newe Towne, Whereas John Stanley dyed intestage in the way to Newe England and left three children undisposed of, the yongest whereof is since disceased, haveing also lefte an estate of cxvi in goods and chattells, etc. it is therefore ordered, with the consent of Thomas Stanley, brother to the said John, dis'd, that hee shall have forthwith the some of lvii of the said estate putt into his hands; in consideration whereof the said Thomas Stanley shall educate & bring upp John Stanley, sonne of John Stanley, disc'd, finding him meate, drinks & app'ell, till hee shall accoplish the age of xxi years, & att the end of the said terme shall give unto the said John Stanley the some of fifty pounds."


The 29th of January 1659, the last will of mee thomas Standley, written with my owne hand.
My wife Benett I ordayne my whole and sole executor. Unto my son Nathaniell Standley I give all my house and lands in Hartford to him & his heirs forever after his mother decease. Unto my wife Benett I give out of the house and land in Hartford seaven pounds every yeare as long as shee liveth, to be paid to her by my son Nathanell Standley, in wheat and pease price currant.  Unto my wife Benett I give my house and land that is here at the new Plantation at ye East side of ye Great River neere Northampton & all my household stuffe & all my Cattell, Shee to pay all my debts; And shee to performe unto James Bebe & my Cozen John Standley that wch is before written according to my true meaninge.  Whereunto Y have sett my hand this 29 day of January 1650.    Thomas Standley
And unto my three daughters give
five pounds apeece to be paid within
one yeare after my decease.



After his death, his widow married  Gregory Wilterton of Harford.  They resided in Hadley until her death in January 1664-5, the estate amounting to 315 10s. 6.
In Bennett Wilterton/Wolterton's will, dated Nov. 1, 1664, she left bequests to son Samuel Porter and daughter Hannah and their children, and John and Mary Porter and their children.