While searching records for Provincial Georgia andcounties after the Revolution, many lineages of Stanley were found.
King George of England as a Trustee of the GeorgiaColony appointed James Stanley, Eleventh Earl of Derby, in 1732. He diedwithout heirs.
The first recorded Stanley in Georgia was JosephStanley, who came here with General Oglethorpe in 1733. The Abstracts ofColonial Georgia indicates his land holdings and prominence as a citizen.He embarked for Georgia on November 6, 1732, at the age of forty-five. Hearrived in Savannah in February 1733. There he received a land grant of Lot #21in the City, which he cleared and used. In 1756, he was granted one hundredacres near Savannah and one hundred acres on the Little Ogeechee River. In 1758he was granted another town lot in Savannah. His wife, Elizabeth, was a publicmidwife who came to the Colony at the age of thirty‑five. She returned toEngland in October 1736.
Joseph Stanley left by his Last Will all his property tohis friend Sam Elbert. He died in 1771. The Will is recorded in Colonial WillBook A, page 427. Button Gwinnett and William Greene witnessed the Will.
From the Reconstructed Census of 1790:
· · John andMichael Stanley, Chatham Co. tax digests 1790.
· · ShadeStanley. Capt. McCavy's Company, Washington Co.,
State Militia muster roll, 1793; tax digest, 1791.
· · StephenStanley. Washington Co., State Militia muster roll of 1793. Member of a"Troop of Cavalry of the Upper Regiment of Washington County Militia underCaptain Carson." Ref: Georgia Military Affairs, V. 2, Part 1, page71.
· · SamuelStanley. Listed in Augusta Chronicle, 1794
· · Thomas Stanley.Bought land in Greene Co., 1786, 1789.
Early Wills in Georgia list the names of:
· · JamesStanley, 1794, Columbia County. Colonial Will Book A, page 44. He left allpossessions to his "loving aunt, Ann Wall." Three hundred acres, onemilk cow and one sorrel colt.
· · MartinStanley, 1823, Jasper County. Will Book MR 4‑H, 1. Jesse and FelixStanley were appointed administrators. Listed in the Will were three minordaughters: Elizabeth, Polly, and Kathryn.
Martin Stanley was born about 1772 in Johnston County,North Carolina. Benjamin and James Stanley also resided in Johnston County. By1806 Martin was a charter member of White Plains Baptist Church in GreeneCounty, Georgia. He purchased land in Jasper County, Georgia in 1809. He was acharter member of the Shady Dale Baptist Church in Jasper County. His wife,Mary, was born in North Carolina about 1776.
· · SherwoodStanley, 1838, Henry County. His wife, Sarah, was the administratrix of theestate. See “Greene County” listing.
· · SamuelStanley, 1846, Hancock County. Will Book MR Q, 248. He married Martha Brown in1821 in Hancock County. The 1850 Census enumerates the following:
Martha Stanley age 46 born in Georgia
Samuel B. 21 GA
Jonathan 19 GA
William R. 16 GA
Moses 14 GA
Adeline 10 GA
Harriett 12 GA
Doctor 9 GA
Nancy 6 GA
Also listed in the Hancock County census of 1850 was
Spirus Stanley age 55 born in North Carolina
Nancy 35 NC
Jeremiah B. 19 NC
John G. 17 NC
Sarah A. 17 Georgia
Fred E. B. 15 GA
Martha A. E. 11 GA
Sarah J. 10 GA
Samuel 8 GA
William H. 4 GA
Jacob M. B. 1 GA
From Revolutionary War pension files an olderSpirus Stanley is identified:
Standly,Spirus, North Carolina Line, S1726, soldier was born 08 May 1764 I Old DobbsCounty, NC. He lived in Hanover County, NC at enlistment and he lived thereuntil 1818 when he moved to Greene County, Georgia. He lived in Greene Countyfor one year then moved to Alabama for five years. Then he moved to ShelbyCounty, Tennessee where he made application for pension on 19 October 1832.
Georgia’s Roster of the Revolution included the following entries. The HarveyList, an alphabetical list of Georgia’s Revolutionary soldiers is also cited.
Page169. Stanley, Shadrack Lieutenant
Page429. Stanley, Shadrack. Certificate of Elijah Clarke, Colonel, February 2,1784. Petitioner prays bounty in Washington County (Georgia). Desiring toremove from South Carolina to Georgia. He also prays headright for self and sixin family in Washington County.
ClaimsAgainst South Carolina paid for military service included the following:
No.573. Issued the 27th of April 1785, to Mr. Shadrack Stanley, for twoPounds, two Shillings & ten pence, farthing Sterling, for 36 days MilitaryDuty in 1782. Account audited.
ThisShadrack Stanley served under Colonel Elijah Clarke for about a month during1782, service being in South Carolina. A brief summary of the skirmishes andbattles Elijah Clarke’s men fought follows.
ElijahClarke was born in Edgecomb County, South Carolina. In 1774 he moved intoWilkes County, Georgia, where he served as a Colonel in the Georgia Militia. Heserved at times under Pickens. He served as Brigadier General of the Militia1781-1783.
Battlesinvolving Elijah Clarke’s regiment:
· · Alligator Creek, 1778. South Carolina.
· · Kettle Creek, 1779. Located at present dayElijah Clarke State Park near Lincolnton, Georgia. Shared credit with Pickensfor victory. Also serving under Clarke at this battle were brothers Charles andDempsey Jordan.
· · Musgrove Mill, 8/1780. Wounded and had narrowescape. Located in Union-Laurens area of South Carolina.
· · Fishdam and Blackstocks, 10/1780. Located inChester, SC.
· · Long Cane, 12/12/1780. Wounded. Located inMcCormick, SC.
· · Beattie’s Mill. 3/23/1781. Defeated Britishleader Dunlap. Located in Abbeville, SC.
· · First Siege of Augusta, Georgia, 1780.American forces were repulsed and retreated into Wilkes County, GA.
· · Second Siege of Augusta, Georgia, 1781.American forces were victorious leading to removal of the British from Georgiauntil the end of the war. Also serving under Clarke at this battle were CharlesJordan, Sr. and his sons, Charles and Dempsey Jordan. During this engagementCharles Jordan, Sr. was killed.
The earliest tax records held by the Georgia StateArchive are listed in the Index to Georgia Tax Digests and Hudson’sWilkes County Tax Lists and include the following:
1785: ShadrickStanley, Washington County. Capt.
Thompson’sDistrict, paying tax on 287 plus acres
of second qualityland.
Charles Jordan, WilkesCounty. 100 acres.
Zachariah Jordan,Wilkes County. 700 acres.
Jacob Jordan is listed immediately after Zachariah withno indication of acreage.
Dempsey Jordan, Wilkes County. 250 acres.
1786: Charles Jordan, Wilkes County. 100 acres.
Jacob Jordan, Wilkes County. 605 acres.
Nathan Jordan, Wilkes County. 605 acres.
1787: Charles Jordan, Wilkes County. 200 acres.
1789: Thomas Stanley, Greene County. Capt. Wm.
Verdiman’s District. He paid taxes on 338 acresof
second quality land and 100 acres of thirdquality
land. The note for thee 1791 entry states”Return
for Thomas Standley by Thomas Terrell,Trustee.”
Thomas Standley was listed paying taxes in1793,
1801 and 1802. Thomas Stanley (note spelling)paid
tax in 1792, 1794, 1795, 1801 and 1804.
Sands Stanley, Washington County
1791 - 1792:
Nathan Jordan, Wilkes County. 150 acres on
Charles Jordan, Wilkes County. 200 acres on
JacobJordan, Wilkes County. 750 acres on
1797 JohnStanley, Greene County
1801: Stephen Stanley, Greene County
Sherwood Stanley, Greene County
Isaac Stanley, Greene County
Thomas Stanley, Wilkes County
Dempsey Stanley, Jackson County
Thomas Stanley, Franklin County
Jordan Stanley, Lincoln County
Shadrach Stanley, Lincoln County
Thomas Stanley was the only Stanley listed among thosewith Headrights Grants in the State of Franklin prior to 1796. That was theyear Franklin was divided and Jackson County was formed. Further research hasindicated this was the same man who Married Unity Crew in North Carolina.
During the mid‑1700s the King of England, throughthe Royal Governor, made land grants in the Colony.
District / Township Parish (1758-77) County (1777)
Dist. Of Augusta St. Paul Richmond
Dist. Of Halifax St. George Burke
Dist. Of Ogeechee
(above Canoochee R.)St. Philip Effingham
Dist. Of Ogeechee
(below Canoochee R.)St. Philip Chatham
Dist. Of Darien St. Andrew Liberty
Town of Savannah Christ Church Chatham
Among those receiving grants were:
· · CharlesJordan, 1766. 400 acres in St. Paul Parish. His presence in the Colony istraced at least to 1754 when he signed a bill of sale in Augusta. Again in 1774he signed a petition which was written in protest to a pamphlet produced atSavannah that spoke against the King, Lords and Commons. Plat Book C, page 87.Grant Book I, page 184.
· · JohnStanley, 1770. 200 acres in St. Paul Parish. Plat Book C, page 340. No grantwas recorded. Two additional documents give information. In March 1714 JohnStanley married Elizabeth Wall in Northumberland County, Virginia. Later in1794 there was a Will recorded at Appling, Columbia County, by James Stanleywho left his possessions to his Aunt Ann Wall. Perhaps James was a son to John.
· · WilliamStanley, 1774. 400 acres in St. Paul Parish. Plat Book C, page 356. Grant BookM, page 729. He left no Last Will. John and Charlotte Sutherland administeredhis estate in 1786. Note Richmond County Deeds. Charlotte was probably hisdaughter.
Wilkes County tax digest of 1785, listed CaptainThompson’s District [1785 QQ]. Among the names are ALFORD, JACKSON, CaptainJohn CAIN, MOORE, VEASEY, John Comer PEEKE.
Shadrick Standley was listed as paying tax on 287.5acres in Washington County. District QQ lay west of the Ogeechee River andsouth of the South Fork thereof, but east of the ‘Temporary Line’ considered bysurveyors and residents of both Washington County and Wilkes County to be theboundary between the two counties. The area of this district was put intoGreene and Washington counties over the protest of many residents when GreenCounty was created 03 February 1786. Wilkes lost parts of other districts atthat time, but Captain Thompson’s was the only complete district taken fromWilkes. For continuation of tax records for those residents found in thisdistrict in 1785, see early tax records for Greene County beginning 1788(particularly districts commanded by Captains Alexander, Cain, BenjaminGilbert, Michael Gilbert and Thompson), and for Hancock County beginning in1794. There are no early extant tax records for Washington County.
The 1800 Census of Lincoln County wasreconstructed from tax digests, which enumerate the following:
· · Jordan Stanley (1801) Polldefaulter Dist. F, #116
· · Shadrach Stanley (1800) Poll Tax Dist.F, #31
· · ShadrachStanley (1801) Poll Tax Dist. F, #68
· · Charles Jordan (1800) Dist.GD, #7
(100 acres on Cherokee Creek)
District F encompassed land in 1801 bounded on the eastby the Savannah River and extending westward to include the Lincoln Courthouse(Lincolnton). On the north it was bounded by District CF. Both Districts F andCF included taxpayers reporting land on the waters of Mill Creek (identified onState Highway Department County map of 1965 as Murray Creek). On the SouthDistrict D bound it, and both Districts F and D reported taxpayers on thewaters of Well’s Creek. Most of the taxpayers in District F reported land onSoap Creek. District F was reduced in size in 1806/1807 when District DF wasformed from the lower portion of District F and the upper portion of DistrictD. Barksdale’s Ferry crossed the Savannah River into District F at a pointapproximately midway between the mouths of Mill Creek and Soap Creek.
District G included lands in the southwest corner of thecounty, bounded on the south by Little River and on the west by the WilkesCounty line. On the east, District GD bound it, and both Districts G and GDincluded taxpayers reporting land on waters of Gray’s Creek. The boundary onthe north has not been ascertained, but it would appear that Grave’s Mountain(previously known as Lloyd’s Mountain) was included in District G. Most of the taxpayersresident in this district reported land on Lloyd’s Creek. Residents of thisdistrict in 1801 who had lived there prior to 1796 in the area south and westof Lloyd’s Creek will be found in District H of earlier Wilkes County taxdigests.
The 1805 Tax Digests listed thefollowing in Tattnall County:
· · BenjaminStanley
· · JesseStanley
· · Sands Stanley (AlsoHenry County Bounty Land Grant, 1824, 202 acres. Died in Tattnall County, 1826.Jesse and wife, Hannah, were administrators of his estate.)
· · ShadrachStanley
Also the following were listed
· · Sha_dStanley Jackson County
· · JordanStanley Jackson County
· · EzekielStanley Greene County
· · SherwoodStanley Greene County
· · JohnStanley Jefferson County
Andthe 1810 Tax Digests listed:
· · JamesStanley McKinney District, Jackson County
· · JordanStanley McKinney District, Jackson County
McKinney's tax district was located between the presentcities of Jefferson and Braselton, near the Mulberry River, in Jackson County,Georgia.
The area set aside in Georgia for the bounty grants wasin the south end of old Franklin County and the north end of WashingtonCounty. Today the area is occupied by Oconee, Oglethorpe and Greene counties,and lies between the Oconee and Appalachee rivers. It is important to notethat many Georgia bounty land warrantees qualified in more than one class.
The Act of 25 February 1784 increased the amounts of thegrants. A Private in the militia, for example, might have received acertificate entitling him to 250 acres. His warrant, however, was issued for287.5 acres.
Grants awarded in 1784 included:
Name From Rank Date Acres
Standley, Sand GA _____ 21 April 1784 1000
Stanley, Dempsey GA _____ 19 July 1784 287.5
Stanley, John GA _____ 21 April 1784 200
Stanley, Shadrack GA _____ _______ 250
Grants awarded also included:
Grantee Location Book/Page Acres Year
Standley, Ader Wilkes III/184 100 1785
Standley, Dempsey Greene CCCCC/680 75 1800
Stanley, Dempsey Washington TTT/616 50 1790
Stanley, Joseph Savannah B/20 Town Lot 1758
Savannah A/622 100 1756
Ogeechee A/623 100 1756
Stanley, Robert Tattnall R-5/530 342 1835
Standley, Sands Montgomery K-5/717 200 1816
Montgomery K-5/718 200 1816
Tattnall K-5/962 900 1816
Tattnall Q-5/176 100 1830
Washington OOO/382 196 1787
Stanley, Sands Washington YYY/465 200 1793
Washington WWWW/543 287.5 1796
Standley, Shadrack Montgomery F-5/46 500 1807
Washington RRR/97 150 1788
Stanley, Shadrack Washington TTT/451 50 1790
Tattnall Y-5/1395 603 1854
Standley, Thomas Franklin SSS/579 850 1789
Standley, Wiley Liberty W-5/846 350 1850
Stanley, Wiley Liberty Y-5/1121 517 1854
Stanley, William St. Paul M/728 400 1774
Warrantees filed petitions in 1784 and included:
· · DempseyJordan. 250 acres in Washington County. Served under Col. Elijah Clark.
· · SamuelJordan. #1114, 287.5 acres in Franklin County. Served under Col. Elijah Clark.
· · CharlesJordan. #1247, 250 acres in Washington County. Served under Col. Elijah Clarke.
· · DempseyStanley. #1051, 250 acres in Washington County. Served under Col. ElijahClarke.
· · JohnStanley. Petitioned 4/21/1784 in Washington County, “ On Reserve for twelve months.”Served under Col. Elijah Clarke.
· · SandsStanley. Petitioned 4/21/1784 in Washington County, “ On Reserve for twelvemonths.” 1000 acres. Served under Col. Elijah Clarke.
· · ShadrackStanley. #1221, 277 acres in Washington County, “ On Reserve for twelvemonths.” Served under Col. Elijah Clarke.
The Index to Headrights and Grants in Georgia and WashingtonCounty Georgia Land Warrants 1784-1787, Heritage Papers, Athens, Georgia.
· · ShadrachStanley 1786 Washington County, 100 ac
1788 WashingtonCounty, 150 acres
1790 1790 WashingtonCounty
1807 Montgomery County
1817 1817 TattnallCounty
· · SandsStanley 1786 Washington County, 150 ac
· · Thomas Stanley 1789 FranklinCounty, 850 acres
Greene County, 287 acres
· · DempseyStanley 1790 Washington County, 50 acres
1800 Greene County, 75 acres
1819 Bulloch County, 250 acres
Records of Washington County, Georgia, Lamar and Rothstein,Gen. Pub. Co. Inc. Baltimore, 1985, lists Shadrack Stanley (1788) and SandsStanley (1787) as Revolutionary soldiers.
Extant Surveyor's records show:
October 6, 1789 Stanley, Sams
April 1, 1793 Stanley, Sams
Georgia Genealogical Magazine (GGM) 1969 lists
Bill of sale to Sands Stanley of Washington County from Stephen Powellfor slave. January 7, 1792
Bill of sale to Sands Stanley of Washington County from James Herring forslave. March 13, 1793
Deed to Sands Stanley of Washington County for 200 acres on Big OhoopeeCreek. June 19,1793
Researching the lineage of Dempsey Stanley it waslearned that the man who resided in Washington County in 1790 was probably thefather of the man in Bulloch County. The 1850 Census of Bulloch County listedDempsey Stanley at sixty‑six years old ‑born about 1784 ‑stating he was born in Georgia. In
1850 his wife was listed as Mary, at age 47, born in Georgia. They weremarried in Bulloch County in 1815. Records at Statesboro indicate that aDempsey Stanley was present there in 1816, proved by a registered cattle brandin that year.
The Land Lottery of 1820 produced the following records:
P = Prize B = Blank
· · JesseStanley Tattnall County P
Drew 202.5 acres in Baldwin County
· · RobertStanley Tattnall County B
· · ShadrachStanley Tattnall County B B
· · MartinStanley Hancock County B B
· · SherwoodStanley Greene County B B
· · JamesStanley Elbert County P
Drew 202.5 acres in Wilkinson County
· · Jordan Stanley JacksonCounty B B
Particularly interesting is the Census enumeration in 1850 for JamesC. Stanley in Jackson County. He lived in the area of
Jefferson, Georgia. He listed his State of birth as Tennessee.
James C. Stanley age 39 Merchant
Mary Ann 34 born in Georgia
The Jackson County land deed records indicate at leasteight transactions wherein James C. Stanley is the seller of property between1838 and 1859. In 1854 he was listed as a Juror on the Gwinnett County InferiorCourt (Flannigan). In 1857 he is listed as having sold 300 acres in Hall Countyto John and Lobetha Mathews.
In the 1870 Census, he listed his State of birth asOhio. He lived in he Pondfork District of Jackson County.
James C. Stanley age 59 born in Ohio
Mary Ann 54 Georgia
Mary 18 GA
Ann 16 GA
James C. 14 GA
Robert 11 GA
Julius 8 GA
Nancy 2 GA
James C. Stanley died before 1880.The Census for 1880
listed his family in the Auburn area of Gwinnett County:
Mary Ann age 64
James 26 Farmer
This record indicated that all persons were born in Georgia.
James C. Stanley, Jr. was married to Martha Harvil inGwinnett County in 1885. Their gravesites are located at Cedar Creek BaptistChurch in Winder, Georgia. He was called ‘Cal’.
Information gathered from records at Athens in ClarkeCounty offer more clues than answers. The appearance of this Stanley family atan early date indicates a migration path to the north and west from earliersettlement in Washington/ Greene county areas. The following sparse recordswere gathered in Clarke County, the Georgia State Archive, and from descendantsof Ezekiel Stanley.
The 1820 Census index listed both Ezekiel and ThomasStanley. However, searching that record did not reveal an enumeration for thefamily of Thomas Stanley.
1820 Census record for Ezekiel Stanley
One male over 16 years
one male over 48 years
one female between 16 and 26 years
one female over 48 years
The land deeds show that he purchased property in 1814from Sally and Edward Taylor; in 1817 from Thomas Skates; and, in 1821 from E.W. Taylor. He sold his property in Clarke County in 1821 to Peter Mosely andWilliam Weatherly.
Evidence is shown later, under “Greene County,” thatthis man was the same Ezekiel Stanley of Greene County who was father ofEzekiel, Jr. and Sherwood Stanley. He was also the father of Thomas Stanley,below.
Thomas W. Stanley was listed in the 1830 Census. Landdeeds show that he purchased property in 1824 from Thomas Shepherd; and in 1826from George Mays, Duke Hamilton and Edward Hamilton as trustees of an estate.Thomas Stanley sold his property here in 1833 to Isaac Vincent and Zadock Cook.'Thomas moved to LaGrange about 1830, where he started the first women'scollege. He was a farmer, teacher and minister.
Thomas Stanley was married first to Peggy _____ and second
to Ellen Ramsey who was mother of his sons. Thomas Stanley was
father to two sons, Thomas and Marcellus. Marcellus Stanley is
listed in Clarke County as performing several land transaction is the mid‑1800s.He was listed in the Walker County Census of 1850.
Marcellus Stanley age 24 Teacher born in Georgia
Julia age 15 born in Georgia
In 1890 the Clarke County property of Marcellus Stanleywas sold by his heirs: Thomas P. Stanley, Julia Stanley and Sarah Stanley.
From the family Bible of a descendant, which was foundat the State Archive: Marcellus, son of Reverend Thomas W. and Ellen Stanley,was born in Athens 1824.
Marcellus married Julia A. F. Pope
Children of Marcellus and Julia were:
Thomas Pope Stanley
Hugh Smiley Stanley
The naming of his heirs in the 1890 land transactionsindicate that Hugh and Burwell Stanley either died at a young age, or moved‑away.
The records researched in Clarke County did not resolve this
lineage. Information received concerning the lineage of
Ezekiel Stanley (See Greene County) provided the best answers.
The following information is taken from History ofClayton County Georgia 1821‑1983; and, All Known Cemeteries inClayton County Georgia. Ancestors Unlimited, Inc., Genealogical Society ofClayton County, compiled them.
94 Deacons received at Tanner's Church included John
95 "John Stanley and Benjamin Owen, both were
excellent type of the true gentleman and
citizen and Christian.”
96 Included as having held office of Clerk of Tanner
Church was L. 0. Stanley, 1925‑1929
J. D. Stanley married Missouri Vasti Bartlett, who
was born 1862.
From the Forest Grove Baptist Church:
Estell Stanley 3/21/1892 to 4/30/1894
Son of J. D. and M. V. Stanley
Missouri V. Stanley 1/11/1862 to 5/2/1942 "Mother”
From the Forest Park City Cemetery:
David J. Stanley 1884 ‑ 1885
Son of J. D. and S. F. Stanley
Edna may Stanley 1897 ‑1915
Mrs. F. E. Stanley 1838 ‑ 1899
Hester Stanley 1895 ‑ 1912
James Monroe Stanley, Jr. 1862 ‑ 1944
John Stanley 1813 ‑ 1888 'Age 75'
"Was a member of the Baptist Church 42 years
and a deacon for 38 years''
John D. Stanley 1860 ‑ 1912
Louis Stanley 1887 ‑ 1888
Son of J. M. and M. J. Stanley
Louisa McElroy Stanley 1861‑ 1928
Wife of James Monroe Stanley
Marion Stanley 1857 ‑ 1894 "Father'
Martha Stanley 1816 ‑ 1897 "Age 8111
"Wife of John Stanley. Member of the
Baptist Church 51 years."
The indication from these grave inscriptions indicate that this line ofStanley moved into the Forest Park are circa 1840.
The following information about the Stanley family inGreene County was compiled using materials such census records, estate and deedrecords, and county tax digests. Also, information was gathered from the Historyof Greene County, a family Bible owned by Mrs. Ruth Stanley Irby, familyhistory as told by Ray Parker 1914, and a family listing prepared by EliasParker about 1920.
Indianswho lived, hunted and fished, all along the Oconee and Ogeechee Rivers at onetime inhabited the land that is now Greene County. In 1773, the Cherokee, Creekand Chickasaw Indian Chiefs, signed a treaty in which they granted 2 millionacres of land to Georgia. Settlers from Virginia and a group of Scotch-IrishPresbyterians from North Carolina settled in the forks of the upper OgeecheeRiver and called their settlement
Bethany. This was the first settlement of what would later become GreeneCounty.
On February 3, 1786, Greene County was organized; being cut
from the northernpart of what was originally Washington County. The county name and the countyseat, Greensboro, were both named for Revolutionary War General NathanielGreene, who lived only a few months after this honor was bestowed him.
The first record of a Stanley in Greene County was aland transaction dated 1786. In that year, Thomas Stanley purchased a tract of287.5 acres from Thomas Johnson and his wife, Agnes. Johnson had drawn the landas bounty for his Revolutionary War service. Later, in 1789, Thomas Stanleymade a second land purchase in the county. There is no evidence that ThomasStanley was related to Ezekiel Stanley, the subject of this chapter.
There was, however, a Thomas Stanley listed as owningproperty in 1826 in Clarke County. That Thomas was a traveling preacher whoperformed several marriages in Greene County during the 1820s. This Thomas wasa son of Ezekiel Stanley, Sr.
The earliest record of Ezekiel Stanley in Greene Countywas a tax digest listing in 1788.
The following Tax Records were found at Duke Universityby Ivan Maurer of Decatur, Alabama. It appears that at some time these recordswere going to be destroyed. However, someone decided they should be save.Hence, they ended up at Duke University.
1788 Ezekiel Stanley Capt. Alexander's Dist.
Oconee land below the mouth
of Appalachee River. No property
tax. 5 shilling personaltax.
1789 Thomas Stanley Capt. Melton's Dist
287 1/2 acres.
1793 Ezekiel Stanley Capt. Sanson's Dist. 287acres
adjoining Isaac Jackson.
Also in Washington County,on
waters of Buff Creek. 500acres
1797 Dempsey Stanley Adjoins Gresham on Oconee
River, 222 acres
1799 Sherwood Stanley Greene County
Dempsey Stanley Greene County
1799 Stephen Stanley Capt. Melton's Dist. 145
Isaac Stanley Capt. Melton's Dist.145
1800 Sherwood Stanley Sold 55 acres to Henry Harper
on Appalachee and Reserve Fork
1801 Stephen Stanley and wife, Elizabeth, sold 75
acres to Newman Pound on the
1809 Sherwood Stanley Capt. Watt's Dist.
Also on Oconee River in
Wilkinson County, 202 acres
And Baldwin County, 202 acres
Ezekiel Stanley Capt. Watt, defaulter
1810 Ezekiel Stanley Greene and Wilkinson counties
Sherwood Stanley Greene and Wilkinson counties
1812 Captain Watt's District, Greene and Wilkinson
Sherwood Stanley Greene Co. 87acres on
Wilkinson Co. 202 acres on
Hancock Co. 70 acres, S. Bone
Ezekiel Stanley Greene Co. 173 acres,
Wilkinson Co. 202 acres,
B. Creek District
1813 Lewis Stanley Wilkinson Co. Dist# 149. On
1814 Lewis Stanley Wilkinson Co. Dist# 149. On
Sherwood Stanley Greene County
Ezekiel Stanley Greene County
Ezekiel Stanley, Jr. Greene County
1815 Ezekiel Stanley Dist # 149 on Ocmulgee River
Lewis Stanley Wilkinson Co. 202 acres on
Greene Co. 173 acres on
Sherwood Stanley Greene Co. 173 acres on
Wilkinson Co. 172 acres on
Ezekiel Stanley GreeneCounty, Dist # 149
Sherwood Stanley GreeneCounty
Lewis Stanley GreeneCounty, Greenbrier Creek
1824 Ezekiel Stanley Greene Co.,Dist # 149
Greene Co. Greenbrier Creek
81 and 87 acres
Monroe Co. Dist. 97, 202acres
Houston Co. Dist. 19, 202acres
Appling Co. Dist. 143, 490 acres
Sherwood Stanley Greene Co. 280 acres on
Lewis Stanley Greene Co. 157 acres on
1825 Abner Stanley Greene Co. Dist# 145
Lewis Stanley Greene Co. Dist # 145
Sherwood Stanley Greene Co. Dist # 145
Ezekiel L. Stanley Greene Co. Dist # 145
Ezekiel Stanley Greene Co.
Ezekiel Stanley Greene Co., Dist # 145
Abner Stanley Greene County
Sherwood Stanley deceased, Greene Co., widow
1829 Ezekiel Stanley Lee Co., 202acres
Martha Stanley Executrixof Sherwood Stanley
Greene Co. 280 acres
Lee County, 202 acres
Lee County, 202 acres
Abner Stanley GreeneCounty
By 1834 there were no more listing for the name of Stanley within therecords found at Duke University.
In the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery, both Ezekiel andSherwood Stanley participated as residents of Greene County. Neither man drew a'prize'.
In the 1807 Georgia Lottery, those listed as eligible toparticipate from Green County, Capt. Butler's district, were:
· · SherwoodStanley married man ‑ 2 draws
· · EzekielStanley married man ‑ 2 draws
· · MillicentStanley single woman ‑ 1 draw
· · JamesStanley married man ‑ 2 draws
None of these persons was shown to have won a land lot
In 1814, Ezekiel, Sr. purchased land in Clarke Countyfrom Sally and Edward Taylor. In 1817, he purchased land from E. W. Taylor. Heis recorded as having sold his property in 1821 to Peter Mosely and WilliamWeatherly.
1820 Clarke County census lists Ezekiel Sr.
Ezekiel Stanley over 48 years
One male under 16
One female between 16 ‑ 26
At the same time he was listed in Greene County, showing only himself atover forty‑five years in age.
1820 census of Greene County listed
· · SherwoodStanley having nine children
· · LewisStanley having four children
· · Ezekiel Stanley alone, over45 years
· · LewisStanley having seven children
· · DempseyJordan Uncle to James Stanley of
A deed record from 1816 shows Lewis as married to Sarahand the seller of land. This Lewis was a brother to Sherwood and Ezekiel, Jr.He was married to Sarah Greer. Sarah was the daughter of Gilbert and Frances (Marbury)Greer of Greene County. Lewis removed into Clarke County, then on to MeriwetherCounty, where Sarah died. In 1850 Lewis was listed in Barbour County, Alabamawith his second wife, Elizabeth. He died there in 1855.
Lewis' son, Sherwood, married Nancy Martin and moved to
Gonzales County, Texas. This Sherwood returned to Alabama where
he died. His widow and four children moved to Union Parish, Louisiana,and then to Burnett County, Texas. One of this Sherwood's sons, ZacharyStanley, was the grandfather of Lois Steele ‑ who provided theinformation by Elias Palmer.
Lois Steele indicates that Elias Palmer met and talkedwith Fleming Goss Stanley before his death. The information he provided istherefore assumed to be related directly from Fleming Stanley, a grandson ofSherwood and Sarah Lowe Stanley.
Important records were found at Clarke County and NewtonCounty. In 1813 Ezekiel, Sr. was married to Elizabeth Rutledge. This was hissecond marriage. A story related by Mrs. Martha Medcalf ‑ a descendant ofEzekiel, Sr. ‑ was that he died in church in Newton County about 1830. Atthat time his widow, Elizabeth, declined to administer his estate stating she"had no interest to participate." Instead, William C. Dobbins posteda six thousand dollar bond 'toward being granted letters of administration.William Dobbins married Nancy Stanley in Clarke County in 1809. Nancy was adaughter of Ezekiel Stanley, Sr. and his first wife, Albinia.
The 1830 Newton County Census listed Ezekiel, Sr. asbeing between sixty and seventy years old. So, he was born about 1760 to 1770.
The Revolutionary War census of Camden District, SouthCarolina, taken in 1793 listed Ezekiel and Lewis Stanley. These men wereprobably brothers. Also in 1793, a land deed in Pendleton District, SouthCarolina named "Ezekiel Stanley of Greene County, Georgia" as agrantee, or buyer of land. Throughout a book titled Early Georgia CountyRecords are scattered references to Ezekiel and Albinia Stanley as buyingproperty or witnessing legal documents in Greene, Warren, and Hancock Counties.Some sources cite Lewis Stanley, who lived in South Carolina until about 1814,as being a son of George Stanley who died in Wilkes County, Georgia 1783. Lewisdid have a son named George who migrated to Indiana. Therefore, EzekielStanley, Sr. is here stated as a son of George Stanley and a grandson ofJonathan Stanley, Sr. of Bertie County, North Carolina.
According to Elias Palmer, the Ezekiel Stanley cited inCamden District of South Carolina is the same man who was father of SherwoodStanley below.
Additional information about Ezekiel Stanley, Sr. wasoffered by Ray Palmer, a great grandson of Sherwood and Martha Lowe Stanley,and a grandson of Ezekiel listed below. Also included is information gatheredby Elias Palmer, a great grandson of Nancy Stanley Dobbins.
Ezekiel Stanley, Sr. was the leader of a "LoveFeast" at a Methodist Camp Meeting at Salem Campground, near Covington,Georgia. This was in 1835. He finished his talk, sat down, and leaned forwardon the bench. At the end of the service he was found dead.
He was born about 1760 and died in 1835. His date ofbirth is deduced from Georgia census record of 1830. He is clearly stated to bethe father of
John No record. Possibly the John Stanley
listed in Habersham County Census of
Thomas Methodist minister in Savannah,Charleston
(b. 1795) Athens and other cities. He had two sons:
Thomas, an Episcopal minister, and
Marcellus (b. 1823), a professor atUniversity ofGeorgia. See the Clarke County listing for this man.
Sherwood Married Martha Lowe. Theylived and died
(1785‑ near Madison, GA. They are buried at the
1825) old Sweeney graveyard at the fork in the
river. Sherwood died at forty years old
leaving a widow and ten children.
Ezekiel Married and had at least one son, Marbry,
(1787‑ who lived in Jackson, Mississippi. He was
1846) a soldier in the Confederate Army. He was
wounded at the Battle of New Hope Church in
Georgia, and died there in the hospital.
EliasPalmer states he married Catherine
Ball of Madison, Georgia. Then moved to
Monroe County where he died in 1846, and was
buried at Ebenezer Methodist Church.
In 1813 Ezekiel Stanley, Jr. was listed in the State
Militia. He was then twenty‑sixyears old, stood five feet ‑
eight inches and had sandy hair. He was also listed in the
Militia from 1821 to 1824. He was born about 1787, and a son of
Ezekiel Stanley, Sr. He married Cynthia C. and moved to
Monroe County. He died in 1846 in Monroe County.
Nancy Married William Dobbins. Had one son,
(b. 1790) Miles Dobbins ‑ a banker in Griffin,GA.
Lewis Married first Sarah Greer. Married second
to Elizabeth . Moved to Monroe Co
Alabama, where he wed in 1855.
Parthenia Married Thomas Lowe, a brother of Martha
A son of Ezekiel, Sr. was Sherwood Stanley. His LastWill is recorded in Greene County Will Book F, page 107. Personal research ofthe Probate Office revealed that his will was missing from the book. He died in1828 in Greene County, leaving a widow, Martha. Information about MarthaStanley is found in the 1827 Georgia Land Lottery where she filed as a widowand for the orphans of Sherwood Stanley; to wit Abner B. Stanley, Ezekiel L.Stanley, and Stephen H. Stanley.
A listing of the children by Sherwood and Sarah Lowe Stanleyfollows. Ray Palmer takes this listing from a compilation in 1914. Ray Palmerwas a great grandson of Sherwood and Sarah Lowe Stanley. Also included isinformation gathered by Elias Palmer, a great grandson of Nancy StanleyDobbins, about 1920.
Martha Lowe was the daughter of John Lowe, who received an
honorable discharge at the close of the Revolutionary War. He
was granted 260 acres in Washington County for that service. John
Lowe married Nancy Butler, daughter of Major James Butler (?), an
officer in the Revolutionary War. John and Nancy Butler had issue of:
Daniel married and moved to Mississippi
Edmund lived at McDonough, Georgia
Aaron had a home near Macon, Georgia
Martha married Sherwood Stanley
Matilda Charity married Abner McCoy, lived in Thomaston
Children of Sherwood and Martha Lowe Stanley:
Ezekiel (1799 ‑ 1839) married Leah Tunnell andhad issue of
William married Martha Irby
Fleming married Susan Bradberry
These were the grand
parents of Mary Smith
Weldon ‑ a cousin to
Sherwood married Malinda Bradberry
A daughter, Leah Bond,
lived in Anniston, AL in
Abner A minister. A teacher in McDonough, GA.
(1803‑ hishome with his widowed mother. Buried
1835) atMcDonough, GA. He died at age 32, in 1835.
Matilda Ateacher in McDonough. Also lived with
her mother. Buriedat McDonough, GA.
Frances MarriedJesse Campbell, a Baptist
ministerin Griffin, Georgia. They had
JesseCampbell, Jr. A lawyer. His widow
lived in Athens in 1914. Their daughter
married Judge Andrew Cobb. and left
Dr. Charles Campbell. A minister in Athens for manyyears.
Dr. Abner B. Campbell. A minister in Columbus andAmericus.
Winnifred Married Thomas Mathis of Randolph
County, Georgia. Moved to Winn Parish,
Sherwood Fought in the Indian War (1836) at a
Young age. Buried at McDonough, GA.
Estate paidto widow, Martha, in 1838,
John Butler Aftergraduating Pennfield College,
Movedto Mississippi. He married
PatiencePrudenceMorgan. Their children
Thomas A Christian Preacher. Left
one son, Nolan
Martha Married Elias Lansing Palmer
when she was 17, and he was 45.
They had six children. Martha
died at age 32 in Monmouth, IL
Jonathan A, Christian minister. Attended ChristianCollege at Lexington Kentucky. He married LucyRichter of Casey County, KY.
They lived in Union City, TN and had two daughters: Susan married WilliamCrewes; and Jane married Henry Crewes.
Sherwood Moved to Texas
George In Civil War. Took sick and
went to the home of a brother
in‑law in Monmouth, IL, where
They had fifteen children, many of whom died inchildhood.
John died at age 83, in Hinds County, MS.
Stephen Wentto Meridian, Mississippi.
Marrieda Miss Higginbotham and
hadseveral children and grand
childrenwho lived in Meridian.
Also the 1830 Greene County census listed
Martha Stanley head of house, 70 ‑ 80 years
One male 15 ‑ 20 years
One male 20 ‑ 30 years
Two females 20 ‑ 30 years
This record would place her date of birth at about 1750‑1760.Either she was much older than Sherwood, or there is an error in the age listedin the census. If, in fact Sherwood were born about 1755 he would have been theage of his father, Ezekiel.
According to Elias Palmer, Sherwood died at the age offorty, leaving ten children. So, by this account, Sherwood was born about 1785.
Although Ray Palmer had every intention of creating avalid historical record of his family lineage, he was remiss in verifying hisfacts. Some of his story is used here, for the fear of leaving out validinformation. However, his story was carefully correlated with other informationbefore it was inserted here. One case was stated, that of Ezekiel Stanley, Jr.,for the purpose of indicating the type of inconsistencies found in his story.
Other information was gained from Martha Medcalf. Shetold of a letter written by her grandfather, Joseph Tucker Stanley, in which hecalled Sherwood's sons his uncles John, Sherwood and Abner. Abner was apreacher. Sherwood had five daughters: Winifred, Campbell, Matilda, and threewho were not named.
Sherwood, Jr. and his three sisters are buried atMcDonough, in Henry County, Georgia. Sherwood, Jr. died without a Last Will.His widow, Martha, in Henry County administered his estate in 1838.
Tucker's uncles John and Stephen settled in Mississippiand remained there all their lives.
The Green County tax digest for 1801 listed bothSherwood and Stephen Stanley. This listing indicates Stephen who migrated toAlabama by 1803.
The earliest marriage records in Greene County list
1802 Isaac Stanley to Nancy Houghton
Born 1770‑1780. Lived 1809‑1819 Wayne Co., Miss.
Lived 1830 in Wilcox Co., Alabama
Lived 1840 in Wilcox Co., Alabama
Will Book for 1832‑1850, p. 280, Wilcox County
states he died in Fall of 1848. (Maurer)
1856 William T. Stanley to Martha A. Irby
1857 Thomas Stanley to Margaret A. E. Oliver
1868 Jarvis Fillingham to Eliza Stanley
Eliza was the widow of Thomas Stanley
1806 James Stanley to Annie Ellis
Born about 1785 in Georgia. Annie was daughter of
Radford and Elizabeth Ellis. Radford Ellis died
November 1812 in Randolph (now Jasper) County. Annie
was cut off from her father's Will, being given $1.00
James Stanley purchased land in Randolph County in
July 1810. It was Lot 105, 18th Dist. 1 in the area
of Rock Creek. He sold this land August 1821. By then
he was living in Franklin County, Tennessee. He is
listed in the 1820 census of Franklin County.
He moved to Scott County, Missouri in 1834. He
purchased land there in November 1834. A WILLIAM
STANLEY was grantor of land there in 1822 and 1836.
James Stanley prepared his Will in August 1836. It
wasprobated in September 1836.
The children of James and Annie Ellis Stanley were:
· · Stephen 1807 GA d. Single, 4/1850 in MO
· · Radford E. 1808 GA m. Corinna H. 1840
d. 1/1856 in MO
· · Albinia 1808 GA m. Thomas King in 1830
in Tennessee.They lived Tippah
· · Ann G. 1810 GA m. Barton Warren after 1836.
Died before 1849.
· · Polly 1812 GA m. James Graham before 1849
Died before 1849.
· · James, Jr. 1814TN m. Eveline Rodney 1848
m. Eliza A.
Died 11/25/1865 in
Mississippi Co., MO
· · Thomas L. 1827TN m. Amanda Kennedy 2/1849
m. Sarah Dyson 11/1850
· · George W. 1828TN m. Eliza A.
· · LucyAdeline 1829 TN m. James C. Burgess
Ivan Naurer has collected a great deal of informationabout this James Stanley. He has gathered the names of all the grandchildren,their locations and the Last Wills of James
Stanley, Eveline Stanley Rodney, Radford Stanley, and James Stanley, Jr.
By cross-referencing the names of his children andgrandchildren, it is more than plausible that James Stanley was directlyrelated to Ezekiel Stanley, Sr. who married Albinia and lived in CamdenDistrict South Carolina and Greene County Georgia. He was no doubt Ezekiel'sson.
A visit to the Greensboro city cemeteryrevealed gravesites
· · PeterEarly, Governor of Georgia, died 1817
· · Reverend AdielSherwood
Born Bedford, Virginia 1783; died Greene
County 1822. His son, Adiel Sherwood, later
founded Mercer Institute which became Mercer
· · EzekielJohn Stanley 1858 ‑ 1943
· · DoraTappan Stanley 1868 ‑ 1944
· · Paul RandolphStanley 1897 ‑ 1939
· · MabelStanley Brown 1913 ‑ 1980
· · LewisPearce Brown 1904 ‑ 1984
Itwas later learned that the gravesite of William T. Stanley (1827 ‑ 1878)is located at Siloam Church on Bethany Road.
Ezekiel Stanley (1858 ‑ 1943) was known to localsas Mr. Zeke. He married Dora Tappan, also from Siloam, Georgia, and had threechildren: John, Gerald and Elise. Elise married Bill Caldwell.
Mr. Zeke was Clerk of Court for some thirty years. Uponhis death Bill Caldwell filled the office. When Caldwell died, Elise filled thepartial term but she died before the term ended.
Mr. Zeke's granddaughter, Sandra Caldwell Glass is todaythe Clerk of Court for Oconee County, Georgia.
Several descendants of the Greene County Stanley familyhave contacted the writer. Among them are Mrs. Marian Prince of Loganville,Georgia ‑ daughter of Ruth Stanley Irby; Her cousin, Augusta Freeman ofSiloam; and Mrs. Martha Medcalf of Covington. Mrs. Medcalf related thefollowing:
Her grandfather was Joseph Tucker Stanley (1860 ‑1900). He married in 1882 Annie Elizabeth Harbin.
After his wife's death, and just before his own, hebrought his three surviving children to his brother, William Hart Stanley, inGreene County. Tucker requested that his brother place the children in theGeorgia Baptist Orphanage in Hapeville, and that was done. Tucker had been acircuit preacher traveling through south Georgia when he became very ill.
Those children were: 1. Margaret Ethel, born 1896
2. Mattie Estelle, born 1891
3. Joseph Mathew Mell, born1894
Joseph Mathew died at a very young age. However, Mrs. Medcalf'smother was Margaret Estelle Stanley. And a daughter of Mattie Estelle Stanleynow lives in Austell, Georgia ‑ Marie Allen.
The following was copied from the family Bible owned byMrs. Ruth Stanley Irby, a resident of Greensboro, Georgia:
Ezekiel Stanley 9/11/1799 ‑ 11/15/1839
married Leah Ann Tunnell 1/23/1811‑ 1874
This is the earlier mentioned son of Sherwood. The 1830 Census
showed him at 30 ‑ 40 years old; three sons,one under ten years; wife at 15 ‑ 20 years.
Childrenof Ezekiel and Leah Stanley
· · Sherwood 1826‑ 1862
married Malinda Bradberry in Gwinnett County
1870 Gwinnett census: Malinda Stanley, a
teacher, living at the home of Catherine
Bradberry with three young children.
· · William T. 1827 ‑ 1878
· · FlemingGoss 1830 ‑ ?
· · Abner 1831 ‑ 1862
· · Thomas 1834 ‑ 1862
· · George 1836 ‑ 1862
· · Matilda C. 1838 ‑ 1859
Those who died in 1862 were each listed as serving with the ConfederateArmy, having enlisted for the duration of the War.
William T. Stanley married Martha A. (Hart) Irby, daughter of ReverendHart C. Peek, in 1856. Their children were:
· · AnnElizabeth 1858 ‑
· · JosephTucker 1860 ‑
· · WilliamHart 1863 ‑
married Edna E. 1877 ‑ 1933
Ruth Stanley Irby was their daughter
· · RobertThomas 1865 ‑
· · CooperComer 1871 -
In 1863, William T. Stanley was named guardian for theestate of Ezekiel J., Lucius, and Stephen A. Stanley ‑ orphans of ThomasStanley.
Fleming Goss Stanley married Nancy L. Bradbury in Gwinnett County 1854.Their children were:
· · William T. 1855 1855(four months)
· · Mansel 1856 1858
· · LewisLuther 1858 ?
F. Goss Stanley appeared in the Marion County, Georgia muster rollConfederate soldiers in 1862.
Carol Himmelsteib of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is a great‑granddaughter of Fleming Goss Stanley. According to her there were three daughtersborn after her great‑uncle Luther, one of whom was her grandmother. Theylived in Spalding County, Georgia ‑ near the Central Georgia Railroad, asshe remembers. Her grandmother married John Henry Smith; whose father PhillipSmith was an immigrant from Bavaria. Her great‑uncle Luther Stanley wasthe Chief of Police in Griffin, Georgia for many years.
The name of Ezekiel Stanley has proven to be found infew locations. Research has turned men of the name in Quaker records in NorthCarolina, where the name is thought to have originated; the SpartanburgDistrict of South Carolina; and, various counties in Georgia and Alabama.
The earliest marriage records, which listed a Stanley, were:
1893 Ann 0. Stanley married Sidney B. McDonald
1895 A. L. Stanley married Lena Smith
1910 P. G. Stanley married Bertha Shelley
Land transactions listing the name Stanley were:
April 1826 FelixStanley sold 250 acres, Lot 79 Fifth District, to Thomas Putnam
April 1826 FelixStanley sold 250 acres, Lot 79 Fifth District, to Chesley Holloway
FelixStanley is traced into Meriwether
County by the 1830 Census records.
JamesCalvin Stanley sold 300 acres to John
and Lobetha Matthews
1884 Ellen D. Stanley sold 68 acres on Brown's
Bridge Road to Martha A. Bailey
Emmett B. Stanley sold all his interest in
the family estate to Martha A. Bailey
1886 Ellen B. Stanley sold three‑quarteracre on
Main Street, Gainesville, to a Dorsey
1888 Frank W. Stanley sold 325 acres on
ChattahoocheeRiver, Eighth District, to H.
1889 Frank W. Stanley sold 237 acres, Eighth
District, to W. S. Cox
Frank W. Stanley sold part of Lot 5, at 19
Spring Street, Gainesville, to W. S. Cox
Frank W. Stanley sold 213 acres to Leonard
Hattie E. Stanley sold 455 acres, Tenth
District, to Raymond C. Simpson
Nancy (Cal) Stanley sold a Lot on Summit
Street, Gainesville, to Jeff Deason
Caroline E. Stanley, who stated she wasfrom
Illinois, sold 360 acres in Hall andJackson
counties to Thomas J. Cobb
Henry County, called the Mother of Counties, oncestretched the entire area now covered by DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale counties.Research of the Stanley families in Henry County must bear this fact in mind.This area lay directly in the westward migration path. And, it appears that itsresidents trace their roots from Greene County, Georgia, South Carolina, andNorth Carolina.
Traveling west through Henry County on Fairview Road,this writer located three descendants of Eli Stanley. They are the daughters ofGlenn Stanley and granddaughters of Filmore Stanley, whose homeplace stillstands. The private Stanley/Parker cemetery is located near the Filmore Stanleyhomeplace.
Dorothy Bond revealed that Eli Stanley was father to
William Filmore Stanley.
Filmore was married twice, and father of
First marriage: 1. Cora, who married a Mitchell
3. Nora, who married a Hartley
Second marriage: 4. Glenn
5. Ora, who married a Jackson
6. Emily, who never married
7. Margaret, who never married
Two brothers, Cliff and Claude Stanley, reside (1988) inFayetteville, Georgia. Their sister, Jate, married Will Banks and had onedaughter, Julia. Julia Banks married James Moody. These people are cousins toDorothy Bond, who is Glenn Stanley's daughter.
A visit to New Hope Baptist Church inFayetteville revealed the following gravesites:
· · LonStanley 1888 ‑ 1944
· · Minnie B.Stanley 1888 ‑ 1974
· · Cliff E.Stanley 1887 ‑ 1950
· · Minnie L. Stanley 1895 ‑ 1968
· · A. G.Stanley 1890 ‑ 1950 "DAD"
· · Mrs. E. J.Stanley 1863 ‑ 1940
Gravesites at the Stanley/Parker cemetery include:
· · ElizabethStanley 1/10/1824 to 12/27/1887
· · RichardStanley Co. B, 30 Georgia Infantry, CSA
· · AaronParker 11/12/1788 to 1/5/1881
· · MargaretParker 6/30/1789 to 8/6/1871
· · Frances M.Stanley 1/26/1897 to 10/10/1961
· · Nancy E.Stanley 1901 ‑ 1904 Daughter of
W. F. and M. E. Stanley
· · Henry E.Stanley 6/4/1895 to 5/25/1896
· · Mary ElenderStanley 3/6/1861 to 8/10/1931 "Mother''
· · William FilmoreStanley 3/7/1857 to 3/9/1943 "Father''
· · Atha G.Floyd 9/15/1862 to 11/22/1885
First wife of W. F. Stanley
· · Nora G.Hartley 12/23/1880 to 9/25/1913
· · Floyd G.Hartley 1/3/1902 to 1/20/1967
· · Jane CookGoss 1863 ‑ 1903 "Mother'
· · RachelCook perhaps an infant
· · IsabellaStanley 11/5/1833 to 10/20/1920
· · E. J.Stanley 9/14/1862 to 6/8/1906 "Father''
· · S. R.Stanley 6/6/1865 to 9/14/1885 "Mother''
· · Lola B.Stanley 10/2/1882 to 9/22/1887 Daughter
of E. J. and S. R. Stanley
· · ElikimStanley 1810 ‑ 1884
· · SusanStanley 1809 – 1894
The 1850 Census indicates that Elikim was born in North Carolina,and Susan in South Carolina. They had nine children, all born in Georgiabetween 1830 and 1845.
· · MariahStanley 11/20/1836 to 6/6/1923
· · Adeline Stanley 1859 ‑1872
· · ElminaStanley 1863 ‑ 1863 Infant
· · EliStanley 10/28/1832 to 6/4/1905
· · Nancy F.Stanley 12/14/1830 to 6/17/1914
· · JasperStanley 2/16/1840 to 6/14/1841 Infant
· · LouisStanley 1795 ‑ 1877
· · MillyStanley 1780 ‑ 1875
The 1850 Census listed a Lewis and Milly Stanley:
Lewis age 60 born North Carolina
Milly 55 NC
P. 27 female NC
Jesse 16 male NC
S. 13 female NC
Thereis a Johnston County, NC marriage record dated 1816
for Lewis Stanley and Milly Joiner
1850 Census of Henry County alsolisted:
· · J. Stanley age 60 male bornin N.C.
D. Stanley 70 female born inN.C.
· · J. Stanley age 35 male bornin N.C.
M. Stanley 34 female born in S.C.
J. M. Stanley 14 male born inGA
1840 Census listed:
· · JohnStanley age 20 ‑ 30
Wife 20 ‑ 30
Son under five years
· · JamesStanley age 40 ‑ 50
Son 20 ‑ 30
The names of Eli, Elijah, E. J., James, and Lewis aretraced prominently into Johnston County, North Carolina. This writer does notknow it whether the lineages of Stanley in both locations are identical.However, names and dates of appearance are the same for both locations.
Mrs. Vessie Thrasher Rainer wrote of Henry Countyhistory. She also compiled a register of grave markers in the county, publishedin three volumes. Among her listings are:
Flat Shoals PrimitiveBaptist Church
February 17, 1843. Indenture between Eliakim
Stanley of the one part and John Keen and Edmund
Blackmond of the second part, deacons of the of the
Primitive Baptist Church at Flat Shoals, Henry County,
Georgia. Stanley hath given land in the Eleventh
District, part of Lot No. 190, containing one acre with
condition that there is never to be burying ground
located on said premises.
Reference Deed Book M, page 247. William Dodson alsogave part of Lot No. 91. This church is located on Fairview Road, just west ofhighway 155. The cemetery is across the road on the right and to the rear ofthe church.
Among the gravestone inscriptions at Flat Shoals Churchare James Daniel Ford, 1859 ‑ 1939, and Nancy Ellen Stanley Ford, 1859 ‑1934.
The index to Estate Records for Henry County,located at the Probate Judge's office are listed:
· · SherwoodStanley. Martha Stanley was administratrix in 1838. Note the Greene County,Georgia, listing for this man.
· · ElishaStanley. Nancy A. Stanley was administratrix in 1874.
Minor children were: 1. Jessie B. Stanley
2. Nancy F. Stanley
3. Olena P. Stanley
4. Thomas T. Stanley
Eli Stanley. W. F. Stanley was administrator in 1914
Taken from The Official history of Laurens County, Georgia 1807‑1941:
James Stanley II emigrated from Jones County, NorthCarolina, where the family had been established for a number of years, andlocated in Laurens County, Georgia in 1811. He settled in the northwestern partof the county and was the progenitor of the Laurens County Stanleys. The timeof his coming to the county can be determined by his purchase of lands atpublic sale in September 1811. This was four years after the county was formed,and two years since the moving of the county seat from Sumpterville to Dublin.
James Stanley II was the ninth child and second son ofJames Stanley I and his wife, Winnifred. He was born in Jones County, NorthCarolina in 1771. He died in Laurens County and was buried in "TheDitch" ‑ the family cemetery which he established about twelve milesnorth of Dublin and within a half‑mile of his home. Family members wereburied in the front part of the cemetery and slaves in the rear. The cemeterywas established in the early part of 1812, and is still maintained by theStanley family.
In the year 1792 James Stanley II was united in marriageto Leah Fordham, daughter of Benjamin Fordham of Jones County, North Carolina.She was born in 1776 and died in 1853. She was buried beside her husband at thefamily cemetery. She was the sister of Mary Fordham, who was the second wife ofJohn Stanley (above). Their children were:
· · HardyBrantley, born 1800. Married Mary Ward (b. 1794)
· · Ira, born1802. Married Janet Harris McCall (b. 1807)
· · Needham,born 1804
· · James Rowelland Sarah (twins), born 1807
· · JamesRowell Stanley married Mahalia Coney in 1829
· · Mary,called Polly, born 1810
· · Cathy,born 1812
James Stanley constructed a water mill on his propertythat was known as Stanley Mill. The Mill is over one hundred years old, and isstill serving the public in Laurens and Wilkinson counties. The mill wasinherited by James Rowell Stanley and at his death was purchased by Dr. JamesChappell. The name changed to Chappell Mill. The last member of the family toown the mill was Judge Ira Stanley Chappell, who was also the last familymember to live in the house of Ira Stanley ‑ his grandfather.
James Stanley entered the mercantile business under thename of H. B. and Ira Stanley, his two sons. He was quite a large planter andowned some seven thousand acres. Governor Troup, Dr. Tucker and GeneralBlackshear lived on the east side of the
Oconee River; and, James Stanley, Joel Coney and Thomas McCall
lived on the west side.
James Stanley was a member of the Poplar Springs BaptistChurch. He never sought of held public office. It is known that he donated tenacres of land at a crossroads, near his home, for the erection of a schoolbuilding which was maintained until only a few years ago.
Ira Stanley, second son of James Stanley II, was born inJones County, North Carolina in 1802. He came to Laurens County with hisparents in 1811. He was educated in the public schools and by private tutorsemployed by his father. He married Janet McCall, the youngest daughter ofThomas McCall and his wife, Elizabeth Mary Ann Smith McCall.
He was a man of considerable wealth and hospitality. Hewas one of the largest planters in the county, owning much land and manyslaves. He did not believe in the slave traffic and refused to sell any of hisslaves. He therefore owned more than he needed.
Ira Stanley was an exceedingly popular and publicspirited man. He was opposed to the liquor traffic and when a bar room openednear his property by a preacher whose denomination did not oppose the use andsale of liquor, Ira met with the preacher. The preacher said he did not receiveenough from his congregation upon which to live. Ira asked how much he earnedfrom the liquor traffic and what investment he had in the intoxicating goods.The amount was stated and he agreed to pay the preacher each month the amountof his profit. He purchased the stock and poured it onto the ground.
His children were as follows:
· · MargaretElizabeth, born 1828. Married John Burney
· · Rollin Adolphus,born 1830. Married Martha Rebecca Lowther
· · Harriett Athalia, born 1832.Married Dr. James Chappell
· · BenjaminFranklin, born 1836. Married Ann Elizabeth Bass
· · Ira Eli,born 1838. Married Mary Mourman Brazeal
· · ValeriaImogene, 1842‑1844.
· · GeorgiaJane Lenora, born 1845. Married Peyton Douglas
Captain Rollin Adolphus Stanley
Captain Rollin Stanley, the second child and first sonof Ira Stanley, was born in Laurens County in 1830. He was united in marriageto Martha Lowther, daughter of John Lowther of Dublin. The marriage wasperformed at the Lowther summer home at 'Van Wert,' in Polk County, on heoutskirts of what is now Rockmart.
He was educated in the public schools in Laurens County,and was then sent to Dartmouth University. He later studied law and wasadmitted to the bar in Irwinton, where he practiced until 1866. He then returnedto Laurens County and located a Dublin, where he remained the balance of hislife.
At the outbreak of the war he was residing at Irwinton,where he entered the Confederate Army with the Third Georgia Regiment andremained with the army until 1862. He was forced to leave the army due to illhealth. Later, the relationship between Governor Joe Brown and PresidentJefferson Davis was so strained that the former refused to grant any morerequests for soldiers and organized the Georgia Militia. Captain Stanley waselected Captain of Company A, Second Regiment, Georgia State Troops, ColonelStapleton's Regiment. He was elected Major, 16th District, Laurens County, butthe war closed before he was commissioned.
Rollin Stanley was a member of the Dublin Baptist Churchand for twenty‑five years before his death was superintendant of theSunday school. He was a speaker of rare gifts and was in much demand in variousparts of the state to deliver Sunday school addresses that were much enjoyed.
When the Oconee Judicial Circuit was formed he wasappointed Solicitor General by Governor James Smith. In 1891 he was electedjudge of the Court of Ordinary, a position he held until his death in 1893.
The name of Sands Stanley can be traced into the PeedeeRiver Valley of northwest South Carolina. A book by Haywood Stanley of Marion,South Carolina lists his family:
Sands Stanley 1738‑1796 married circa1759
Ziltha Edwards 1740‑1808
1. 1. Penelope married Mr.Hall
2. 2. Shadrach marriedNancy Hall
3. 3. Ziltha marriedJohn King, Sr.
4. 4. John marriedElizabeth Garner
5. 5. William marriedMary
6. 6. Mary 'Polly' marriedEgbert Fort
7. 7. Thomas marriedCharlotte Daughtery
8. 8. Elizabeth marriedJohn Garner
9. 9. Sands, Jr. marriedSarah Cawthon
10. 10. Anne marriedJohn Stewart
11. 11. James marriedElizabeth
12. 12. Sarah marriedWilliam Witherington
13. 13. Martha marriedDavid Waddell
Haywood Stanley states that all children were born inNorth Carolina and South Carolina.
Sands Stanley relocated from Jones County, NorthCarolina circa 1783. He died in 1796 and was buried at the Stanley Cemetery inDarlington, near Swift Creek Church. His Last Will is recorded at Darlingtoncourthouse, and was probated in 1799. Deed records indicate that he made a giftof two hundred acres to his son, Thomas, before his Will was written.
It is important to note that during the 1790s there wasa boundary dispute between North and South Carolina. This dispute was settledmoving the boundary nearly one hundred miles northward. The SpartanburgDistrict and the Peedee River Valley were at one time located in NorthCarolina.
The following list is taken from 1795 and 1797 jurylists (1795 Jury and 1797 Jury) on microfilm reel 37-20at the GeorgiaDepartment of Archives and History; the 1798 jury list (1798 Jury) inthe loose original Montgomery County records, copies of which are at the JohnE. Ladson Jr. Library, Vidalia; and the 1797 and 1798 tax digests (1797Tax and 1798 Tax) on microfilm reel 61-30 at the Georgia Archives. Includedwith the names from
the tax digests is the number of slaves owned and if the taxpayer ownedland in other counties. An asterisk (*) indicates that the person also paidtaxes on land in Montgomery County. The entire tax digest also includes namesof neighbors, names of original grantees of the land, and amount and quality ofacreage. A complete transcript of both tax digests is published in Ruth Blair, SomeEarly Tax Digests of Georgia (1926), pp. 89 -96. from "A History ofMontgomery County, Georgia to 1918"; pp. 44 - 48. By Robert ScottDavis, Jr.
Montgomery County, formed in 1793 from Laurens,Tattnall, Telfair and Washington
STANDLEY Sands Slaves: 9 1797 Tax
STANDLEY Sands See Eames or Eads, Jon.1798 Tax
STANDLEY Sands 1797 Tax
STANLEY David 1797 Jury
STANLEY Sands 1797 Jury
The 1805 and 1806 tax digests for Montgomery County are on microfilmreel 61-30 at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and are publishedin full in Ruth Blair, Some Early Tax Digests of Georgia (1926),including acreage, names of original land grantees, and land evaluations. Thelists below include the number of slaves owned and for the 1805 tax digest,land owned in other countries. An asterisk (*) indicates that the person alsopaid taxes on land in Montgomery County. from "A History of MontgomeryCounty, Georgia to 1918" by Robert Scott Davis, Jr.
STANLEY, Sands Slaves: 18;Baldwin County 1806; Tax Dist: 52
STANLEY, Sans Slaves: 171805; Tax Dist: 52
Baldwin County lying on the Oconee River, almost in the center of thestate, was created from Creek Indian lands in 1803. The original limits, fromthe Oconee River to the Ocmulgee River included the counties of Morgan,Jasper, Putnam, Jones and the northeast portion of Bibb county. In 1807portions of Hancock
and Washington counties were added.
Tattnall County, Georgia Marriage Records, 1805-1845, lists
STANDLEY, James SHARPE, Susan 05/22/1829
STANDLEY, John MATTOX, Nancy 01/27/1830
STANDLEY, Shadrack SMITH, Laveney 08/04/1833
STANDLEY, Shadrack DELBOS, Caroline 11/05/1839
STANDLEY, Thad K. GRUBBS, Rebekah 04/08/1816
Marriageand deed records from Walton County disclosed the following:
1821 1821 William Jordan sold land toFrancis Kirby
Thomas M. Camp sold land to Henry Young
1858 1858 Sarah Jane Stanley married JamesR. Bowman
1871 1871 Robert E.Stanley married Harriett Johnson
1877 1877 J. F.Stanley married Lucy Hill
1879 1879 Samuel Stanleymarried Julia Millsaps
1882 1882 Leo C.Stanley married Secretary H. Bonds
1886 1886 William G.Stanley married Mary J. Raines
1890 1890 Jessie B.Stanley married Lemmie A. Mitchell
1908 1908 DavidStanley married Morse Allen
Henry Stanley married Annie Hardeman
1910 1910 Alice Stanley married Willie West
1932 1932 Adel Stanley married WilfordSmith
1952 1952 Effie Stanley married Hoyt W.Armstrong
1954 LeoneStanley married Charlie Norman
The name of Stanley in Wilkinson County was traced usingthe History of Wilkinson County. Comparison and linking of thisenumeration with the family of John Wright Stanley of New Bern, North Carolinaproved them to be the same family.
The 1805 Georgia Land Lottery listed James Stanley ofElbert County as drawing a land lot in Wilkinson County. Later records placeboth this James and John Stanley in Wilkinson County and Laurens County. Thefamily cemetery is located just over the county line in Laurens County.
The lineage of Miss Eddie Stanley, as listed in thehistory of the county:
James and Winnifred Stanley married 1754. They died in
1795 and 1800 respectively. Their children were
i. i. Oliver
ii. ii. Sarah
iii. iii. Elizabeth
iv. iv. Susanne
v. v. Winnifred
vi. vi. Mary
vii. vii. John
viii. viii. James
ix. ix. Nathaniel
The above named John Stanley (1766‑1837) marriedMary, called Polly, Fordham in 1797. Their children were:
i. i. John Benjamin
ii. ii. Wright Leah
iii. iii. Nathan Winnifred
iv. iv. Pearcy Edward
v. v. Mary
The above named Edward Stanley was a member of Congressfrom North Carolina. Note the aforementioned section on John Wright Stanley ofNew Bern, North Carolina.
The above named John Stanley (1798‑1854) marriedfirst in 1824 to Sarah West. Their children were:
i. i. MaryElizabeth
ii. ii. SarahCatherine
iii. iii. Louisa
John married second in 1833 to Sarah Holliman. Their children were:
i. i. James H.D.
ii. ii. John J.
iii. iii. Nathan Thomas
iv. iv. PrudenceAnn
v. v. Pearcy
vi. vi. Richard R.
vii. vii. Rowell Reese
The above named John J. Stanley (1835‑1887)married Mattie Pool, and had three daughters:
i. i. Jennie
ii. ii. Eddie
iii. iii. Claude
As mentioned earlier, the family cemetery is locatednear the county line in Laurens County. Most of this family lived in LaurensCounty. The following information is taken from Wilkinson County Cemeteries,found at the Georgia State Archive:
· · JamesStanley 1771‑1841
Son of James and Winnifred Stanley
· · IraStanley 1802‑1858
Son of James and Leah Fordham Stanley
· · Ira B.Stanley 1855‑1896
Son of Rowell and Mahalia Coney Stanley
· · Ira B.Stanley, Jr. 1895‑1945
Son of Ira and Nancy Fordham Stanley
· · Hardy B.Stanley 1800‑1842
Son of James and Leah Stanley
· · MarthaWard Stanley 1794‑1840
Wife of Hardy Stanley, Sr.
· · Capt.Hardy Stanley 1830‑1863
Son of Hardy Stanley, Sr.
John Stanley (1798‑1852) came to Georgia in 1810from Jones County, North Carolina with the Fordham clan. He was called
"Cousin Jack". He was married first to Sarah West, and secondto Sarah Holliman.
There are many listings that stand to illustrate thelargeness of the Stanley family in Wilkinson and Laurens counties. They were amongthe first settlers in Georgia, their family cemetery dating back to 1812.
TheRoster of Confederate Soldiers in Georgia
Company K, 44th Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, Greene County lists:
· · GeorgeStanley
Enlisted as Private 1862. Died of
typhoid fever, General Hospital#14
Richmond, VA September 1862
· · William T.Stanley Greene County
Enlisted 1861. Mustered out at
Savannah 1862. Enlisted 1864.
Wounded Cedar Creek, VA 1864.
Admitted to hospital
VA 1864. On furlough 11/1864. At
home disabled at close of war.
Company K, 22nd Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, Clayton and HenryCounties lists:
· · A. J.Stanley Surrendered at Appomattox, VA
· · Bithum L.Stanley Surrendered at Appomattox, VA
Died Fulton Co., Georgia 1930
· · EliStanley Wounded and disabled at Second
Manassas, VA, 1862. Received pay
at Petersburgh, VA, 1862. Born
in Georgia 10/28/1832
· · J. B.Stanley Captured at Gettysburg, PA, 1863
Died of typhoid fever at Fort
Delaware, DE, 1863
· · J. G.Stanley Sick in General Hospital in
Richmond, VA 1862. Killed at
Gettysburg, PA, 1863
· · JesseStanley Killed at Petersburgh, VA 1864
· · John J.Stanley Wounded second Manassas, VA 1862
Muster roll 2/28/1865 shows him
present. No later record
· · John M.Stanley Wounded / permanently disabled
Appears 1st on roll 12/1863
· · LauderickStanley Wounded in right breast at Crater
near Petersburg, VA 1864. Born in
· · LeviStanley Wounded at Seven Day's Fighting near
Petersburg, VA 1862. Absent,wounded
6/30/1862. No later record
· · William B.Stanley Wounded at Fredericksburg, VA 1862
Captured at Gettysburg, PA 1863
Died Fort Delaware, DE 8/14/1863
Company D, 4th Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, Troup County lists:
· · Ezekiel P.Stanley Enlisted as Private 1861. Appointed
Sergeant. Wounded and capturedat
Monacacy, MD 1864. Died ofwounds
Mt. Pleasant Hospital,Washington
1864. Buried at Arlington, VA
· · William L.Stanley Enlisted as Private 1864.
Surrendered at Appomattox, VA
in 1865. Died in 1894.
· · JamesStanley Enlisted as Private 1864.
Surrendered at Appomattox, VA1865.
Company H, 43rd Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, Jackson Countylists:
· · George W.Stanley 2nd Sergeant 1862. Discharged by
disability 1862. Appointed 4th
Sergeant 1863. Wounded Morristown
TN, 1864. Captured Bristol, TN1864
Released Camp Chase, Ohio 1865
Company C, 18th Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, Jackson Countylists:
· · William S.Stanley Private 2/25/1862. Died in line of
Company C, 49th Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, Washington Countylists:
· · DoctorStanley Enlisted 1862. Wounded Seven Pine,
VA 1862. Transferred to Co. B,59th
Regiment in exchange for Benjamin
Harrison 1863. Born WashingtonCo.,
Georgia 9/2/1841. Died Macon,Bibb
Co., GA 7/23/1912. Buried at
· · William R.Stanley Enlisted as Private 1862. Appointed
2nd Corporal 1862. Surrendered at
Appomattox, VA 1865. Born in1837.
· · Joel C.Stanley Private 3/1861. Mustered out at
Augusta, GA 1862. Enlisted 1862.
Captured Petersburg, VA 1865.
Released Newport News, VA 6/1865
· · Augustine0. Stanley Chaplain
· · BenjaminStanley Baldwin County
Private 1862. Wounded at Baker's
Creek, MS 1863. Surrendered at
Greensboro, NC 1865.
· · Richard R.Stanley Baldwin County
· · William H.Stanley Bibb County
Private 1861. Discharged 1862.
Appointed Corporal 4/1863.
Appointed 1st Sergeant. Present
at Hilton Head, SC 1865.
Confederate Deserter 1/17/1865.
Sent from Savannah to New York
· · James B.R. Stanley Brooks County
Enlisted as Private 6/1861. Last
on muster roll 10/31/1861.
· · Rollin AdolphusStanley Cherokee County
· · William Pickens StanleyCobb Stanley
· · James M.Stanley Fulton County
5th Sergeant 1862. Pensionrecords:
Captured Vicksburg, MS 1863 ‑
paroled 1863. Wounded nearAtlanta
1864. Detailed as Guide forScouts
1864 to end of war. Born inGeorgia
· · Henry S.Stanley Gwinnett County ‑ see listing
· · Hosea C.Stanley Gwinnett County ‑ see listing
· · F. GossStanley Habersham County
Enlisted as Private 1862.Captured
Deep Bottom, VA 1864. Exchangedat
Point Lookout, MD 1864. Absent,
Sick in February 1865. Born in
· · Hardy B.Stanley Laurens County
· · Hardy M.Stanley Laurens County
· · JamesWright Stanley Laurens County
· · William J.Stanley Richmond County
· · Henry 0.Stanley Troup County
Private 1861. Wounded Malvern Hill,
VA 1862. On detail with Signal
CorpsDecember 1863. Received pay
at Quincy, Florida January 1864.
Died in Texas 1874.