I am trying to connect to other descendants of William Stanley (also spelled Standley and Stanly in various census records). According to census records, he was born around 1811 in Kentucky. His wife was Nancy J. (maiden name believed to be Gordon), and she was also born in Kentucky. Sometime before 1840 he moved to Orrick, Ray County, Missouri, where his children were all born. Children listed in census records are:
Elizabeth, b. 1838 John W., b. 1840 Benjamin F., b. Dec 1847 Reuben, b. July 1848 George W., b. around 1854 Armita, b. around 1848
I am trying to establish who William Stan(d)ley's parent were. Some family trees online claim his father was John Allen Stanley/Standley, but I have seen no documentation to support this.
There are a number of Standleys and Stanleys in neighboring Carroll County, MO, which borders Ray County to the east. Is William related to this family?