General Robert Stanton, Sr.

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General Robert Stanton, Sr.

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Pequot, Connecticut, United States
Death: October 25, 1724 (67-75)
Stonington, Ne London, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Wequetequock Burial Ground, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Hon. Thomas Stanton and Ann Stanton
Husband of Joanna Stanton
Father of Joanna Denison; Lucy Stanton; Anna Stanton; Mary Denison; Robert Stanton, Jr., Rev. and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Stanton; Samuel Stanton, Sr.; Capt. John Stanton, Sr.; Hannah Lord Palmer; Mary Rogers and 4 others
Half brother of Samuel Stanton, Sr.

Occupation: Robert was educated to teach the gospel to the Indians, and 1675/6 King Philip's war, Capt. George Dennison company, Marriage 12 September 1677 Stonington, New London, Connecticut
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About General Robert Stanton, Sr.

Military Service: King Philip's War

Robert, distinguished himself during King Philip's War in a foray led by Captain George Denison of Pequotsepos Manor, by being the first Englishman to get to Canonchet when he had been tackled (captured) by a Pequot. He began to question Canonchet, who answered him scornfully by saying that Robert (about age 22) was a boy and knew nothing of war, and that he should bring his leader or his brother (assumed to be John, who was with Denison's party.) It is rather interesting that the great Narragansett leader knew the two men were brothers and somehow knew that John was there.

son of Thomas STANTON and Ann LORD (daughter of Dr. Thomas Lord and Dorothy Bird) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ROBERT, s. of the first Thomas his youngest but one, b. 1653; the ch. mem. of 1677, was the youthful soldier, 1676, to wh. the Ind. capt. prince Nanunteno* made reproachf,. ansr. as Hubbard tells. He d. 25 Oct. 1724, aged 70, had Robert. But other ch. bef. and aft. he had, as he m. 12 Sept. 1677, Joanna Gardner, and issue were Joann, Lucy, Ann, Mary, Thomas, Lucy, again, and Gardner. [ref 20]

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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Robert was educated to teach the gospel to the Indians

1675/6 King Philip's war, Capt. George Dennison company

buried Wequetequock Burying Ground, Stonington - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Nanunteno, also called "Canonchet," was the "fierce for battle" son of Miantenomi, was the last sachem of the Narranansetts. He commanded the Indians at the 1675 Great Swamp Fight. This battle exterminated the Narragansetts as a nation. He was captured near the Blackstone river by ROBERT STANTON, after the war, and executed for the crime of defending his country and refusing to surrender the territories of his ancestors by a treaty of peace. The coolness, fortitude, and heroism of his fall stands without a parallel in ancient or modern times.

Helpless and captive, he was still the proud and unconquered chief; and when young Robert Stanton, an interpreter, and among the first of the English to come up, began to question him, he turned away haughtily, saying, "You much child, no understand matters of war; let your brother* or your chief come, him I will answer." Even Mr. Hubbard was struck by his noble bearing and heroism, and in his "Postscript," written after the first part of his history was printed, compares him to one of the old Romans, Attilius Regulus, since he would not accept of his own life upon compliance with the English.

He was offered life, upon the condition that he would treat for the submission of his subjects; his untamed spirit indignantly rejected the ignominious proposition. When the sentence was announced to him that then he must die, he said, "I like it well, that I shall die before my heart grows soft, or that I have said anything unworthy of myself."

After the Great Swamp Fight and death of Canonchet, about 3,000 Narragansett women, children, and old people were left defenseless without food or shelter. Ruthlessly hunted down, it can be assumed that many of them succumbed to either starvation or deliberate massacre. Hundreds of captured native women and children were shipped as slaves to the West Indies, 500 from Plymouth alone during 1676. The warriors were almost always executed. How many Narragansett were able to avoid this and find refuge among the Abenaki, Mahican, and Iroquois is unknown. From a pre-war population of 5,000, only 500 Narragansett survived the war to sign a peace treaty with the English in 1682. The Eastern Niantic had remained neutral throughout the war, and the Narragansett received permission to join them on their small reservation near Charleston, Rhode Island.

  • Robert's brother, Capt. John

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General Robert Stanton, Sr.'s Timeline

Pequot, Connecticut, United States
June 5, 1679
Age 26
Stonington, New London, CT
September 16, 1681
Age 28
Stonington, CT, USA
October 26, 1684
Age 31
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
February 3, 1686
Age 33
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut
December 7, 1689
Age 36
Stonington, New London, CT
January 9, 1693
Age 40
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
May 3, 1696
Age 43
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
May 27, 1701
Age 48
Stonington, New London, CT