The Stanley’s of America
Our Stanley’s came to America in an early day. My 6 times ggfather George Standley was said to have come to America from England. We do not know his parentage or exactly in England he was from but he left a mark in american history thru his progeny. He was born in 1635 and settled in Beverly, MA and primarily made his living as a fisherman. Later he would become a constable of the same town. He married a daughter of John Lovett who was one of the original settlers of this area. He had many children and most of them stayed in New England with the exception of my 5X ggfather, Jonathan Standley.
The town of Beverly was just across the river from Salem, MA and the first 2 generations of this family experienced the terror of the Salem witch trials, even though they were not
primarily involved or accused of being witches.
My 5X ggfather Jonathan ventured to North Carolina after the deaths of his father and mother and made their home in Perquimans Co.in 1706 and later in Bertie Co. NC around
1710′s. He went on to sire my 4X ggfather George Standley, then came Lewis my 3rd ggfather, George my 2nd ggfather. By that time it was the Revolutionary War and they lived and served as soldiers during that time period.
My 2X ggfather George moved west to Indiana while the majority of this line of Stanley’s stayed in the south. About this time this family dropped the “d” in Standley and used Stanley instead.
My 1st ggfather David and my grandfather Thomas was born in Indiana. Around 1892 my grandfather moved to Iowa where my dad was born. David’s 1st born George had a son named Robert and this Robert test flew the 1st jet plane and was involved in the aeronautics industry up to the time of this death abt. 1977. His planes is hanging in the Smithonian. His aviation business is still in existence in Denver, Colorado. Stanley Aviation.
Another of Dr Davids grandsons was involved with James Michener in the making of the book “Centennial”. Clyde Stanley was a land commisioner in Weld Co in the early 1900′s and ran a grocery store and a post office in the town of Keota which was called “Line Camp 1″ in Michener’s book.
My father and my uncle left Des Moines,Iowa and moved west to California where they both got jobs with the railroad. In fact my grandfather and brother in law were railroad men too.
So from 1635 to this day our family has experienced life from the Salem witchtrials to 2 world wars and everything inbetween and this is just one family line.