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Thomas Stanley

Also Known As: "Standley"
Birthplace: Tenterden, Kent, England
Death: June 30, 1663
Hadley, Hampshire County, Province of Massachusetts, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Stanley and Ruth Stanley
Husband of Bennet Stanley
Father of Thomas Stanley, II; Mary Porter; Sarah Wadsworth; Nathaniel Stanley and Hannah Porter
Brother of Timothy Stanley; John Stanley, of "the Planter" and William Stanley

Occupation: Immigrant, Miller, Came to America on the "Planter" in 1635 and settled in Lynn, MA
Managed by: Linda Sue
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About Thomas Stanley

For the most recent research see Leslie Mahler (2005) TAG 80:219 and GM 2:6:462-66. He was son of Robert and Ruth (Garland) Stanley. Caution much of the older published genealogies are incorrect. Use these sources.

Emigrated from England to Lynn, Massachusetts in 1634

Thomas raised nephew Captain John Stanley, later of Farmington, CT. His father, John, died at sea enroute to New England.

Birth: bp 12 APR 1601 • Tenterden, Kent, England Death: Jan. 31, 1663 Hadley Hampshire County Massachusetts, USA

He removed to Hartford in 1636, and in 1659 removed to Hadley, MA. Freeman in MA 4 March 1635, and a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1640. He was Deputy to the General Court from Lynn in 1635 when the removal to Connecticut was decided upon. He was an original proprietor at Hartford and his home lot in 1639 was on what is now Main Street just north of Little River, extending to the present Center Church. Was constable in Hartford in 1644, 48, and 53.

Thomas married Bennet Tritton on August 3, 1630 in Ashford, Kent, England. To this union, 5 children were born:

An original proprietor of Hartford, his name is on the Founders Monument. He probably came to America with his brothers, John & Timothy, he was a freeman in Mass. on Marach 4, 1634-5 and settled in Lynn. He was a deputy & constable there, but soon removed to Hartford. His homelot in 1639 was on Main Street just north of the Little River extending to Center Church. He was also a constable in Hartford. In 1659, he removed to Hadly and was a townsman there. He married Benet Shepard, daughter of John and Rebecca (Waller) Shepard. (Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, p. 566)

Family links:

 Bennett Tritton Stanley Wolterton (1609 - 1664)*


  1. Thomas Stanley (1631 - 1632)*
  2. John
  3. Mary Stanley Porter (1633 - 1688)*
  4. Nathaniel Stanley (1636 - ____)*
  5. Sarah Stanley Wadsworth (1638 - ____)*
  6. Nathaniel Stanley 1638
  7. Hannah Stanley Porter (1640 - 1708)*

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Burial: Old Hadley Cemetery Hadley Hampshire County Massachusetts, USA

Created by: the moo Record added: Jul 30, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 15088994


Biographical Summary:

Thomas Stanley, probably came to New England with his brothers, John and Timothy; freeman, Massachusetts, March 4, 1634-5; settled in Lynn; deputy, September 2, 1635; constable in 1636, in which year he probably removed to Hartford; he was an original proprietor, and his home-lot in 1639 was on Main St., just north of the Little River, extending to the present Centre Church; he was constable, 1644, 1648, 1653. Removed to Hadley in 1659; townsman there, 1659; died in Hadley, buried Jan. 31, 1663. His widow, Benet, married (2) Gregory Wolterton, of Hartford; died in Hartford, Jan., 1664-5.


i.Mary, married John Portor, Jr., of Windsor; died September 13, 1688.

ii. Sarah, married John Wads worth, of Farmington.

iii. Nathaniel, born 1638, removed to Hadley with his father; was townsman there, 1665, returned to Hartford, 1669; married June 2, 1659, Sarah, daughter of James Boosey, of Wethersfield; chosen townsman in Hartford, February 16, 1665-6; again, Dec., 1676, 1680, 1685, and May 21, 1688; constable, Feb., 1672-3; ensign of the trainband; deputy, 1678-1679; Assistant, 1690-1712; judge of County Court, and Court of 'Probate, 1698-1702; on Council of Safety, 1689, 1707, 1708; on Committee of War for Hartford Co.; a man of much wealth and influence He died November 14, 1712. His daughter Mary married 1) Nathaniel Hooker, son of the Rev. Samuel Hooker; (2) John Austin, a wealthy merchant; and his son, Nathaniel Stanley, was a man of wealth, energy, and distinction; Assistant, 1725-1749, and Treasurer of the colony from 1749 until his death in 1755. His youngest son, William, who died in 1786, left the greater portion of his large estate to the Second Church,

iv. Hannah, married about 1659, Samuel Porter, of Hadley; died December 18, 1708.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 260. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books


Hannah Stanley was born in England, not Hartford..

The first English settlers didn't arrive in the area that became Hartford until 1635. Her father Thomas didn't arrive there until sometime after 1636, according to this: .

Thomas (Stanley), Saugus (MA), deputy 1635. Constable at Es. court 27 (4) 1636. Rem. to Hartford, Conn., and later to Hadley. He d. Jan. 31, 1663. Will dated 29 Jan. 1659, beq. to wife Bennett; son Nathaniel and his three daus. These are said to have been Hannah, (m. Samuel Porter,) Mary, (m. John Porter,) Sarah, (m. John Wadsworth). [Hist. Hadley.] (From Charles Henry Pope's The Pioneers of Massachusetts, page 43) .

Also, there is this:.

In Francis Lee's Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey, vol. 3, page 962, while describing the ancestors of Edwin Wight, he says "Samuel (Porter), born in Warwickshire, in 1626. He married Hannah Stanley, born in England, daughter of Thomas Stanley." .

Son of Robert Stanley and Ruth Garland

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Thomas Stanley's Timeline

October 20, 1597
Ashford, Kentshire, England
October 20, 1597
October 20, 1597
Ashford, Kentshire, England
October 20, 1597
Ashford, Kentshire, England
October 20, 1597
March 22, 1600
Ashford, Kent, England
March 22, 1600
Ashford, Kent, England
March 22, 1600
Ashford, Kent, England
April 12, 1601
Tenterden, Kent, England
April 12, 1601
Tenterden, Kent, England