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Monday, January 21, 2008

Isaac Stanley, Sr.

Descendants of Isaac Stanley, Sr.

Generation No. 1

1. ISAAC1 STANLEY, SR. was born Abt. 1762 in Goochland, VA, and died January 15, 1815 in Alexander Township, Athens, OH. He married (1) ELIZABETH BROOKS April 04, 1792 in Goochland, VA. She died Unknown. He married (2) FRANCIS NASH October 07, 1792 in Pittsylvania, VA. She died Unknown. He married (3) ELIZABETH MARTIN February 15, 1815 in Alexander Township, Athens, OH. She was born 1763, and died August 1863.

The Stanley family has a long history in Ohio, beginning with the arrival of Isaac Stanley in 1793. He moved to Ohio from Goochland, VA near Richmond. Isaac acquired land in Alexander Township, Athens County. He cut a road into his property, built a cabin, cleared land and planted crops. He helped build the first parts of Rt. 50, without which it may not have been possible for Ohio University to have begun construction so soon. He then returned to Virgina and brought his family to Ohio: wife, Elizabeth; three sons, John, Archelaus, and Isaac Jr. He later had another son, Hiram and several other children with two other wives Elizabeth Brooks and Francis Nash. He farmed the land until his death in 1815. Isaac's son John served as a soldier in the War of 1812.

Isaac Sr. came to Ohio from Goochland, Va. in 1793 on a mule and with one slave. He crossed the Ohio River at Marietta, possibly staying for a short time at Ft. Harmer for protection against hostile indians. He started buying up large tracts of land. Several towns near Athens along the Hocking River may have been named after Isaac such as Stanley Town and Stanleyville, however these are only unsubstantiated rumors.

i. MARY KAY2 STANLEY, d. Unknown; m. EBER CARPENTER, October 17, 1833, Athens, OH; d. Unknown.
ii. LUZANEY STANLEY, d. Unknown; m. GEORGE COOLEY, March 16, 1833; d. Unknown.
iii. ARCHELAUS STANLEY, b. February 19, 1796; d. July 25, 1868; m. JANE BOWERS, December 02, 1819; d. Unknown.
iv. JANE STANLEY, d. Unknown; m. ORRUM HEWITT, March 16, 1825; d. Unknown.
v. JOHN STANLEY, b. April 19, 1790; d. July 18, 1880; m. (1) ELIZABETH FORREST; d. Unknown; m. (2) JULIA FORREST GRIMES; d. Unknown.

It is not presently known for sure the number of or the names of the wives of John Stanley. He may have married sisters of his wives as they passed away. For the present tree, I am distributing the lion's share of the known children to Julia. He had a kit and caboodle of kids. As clarity may develop in the documentation of his wives/children this tree shall be updated.

John Stanley served in the War of 1812. He also set up his homestead at the "Old Brick" in Snowville, Ohio about eight miles from Albany. John lived in a huge hollowed out tree trunk for about two years, while he baked his own brick for a permanent house. He laid up the brick into an elegant five over three, two story brick farm house where he raised his many children. A tornado blew off the upper floor in 1951, but the roof was rebuilt and the house stands today as a single floor ranch home. Paul Stanley, son of Edgar, lives in it as of this year 1998 with his wife Mary.

Up on the hill of the "old brick" homestead, and a wonderful hill at that, a little to the east still stands the family Cemetery. Several people, other than the family, are buried up there. About all the grave stones had fallen over until Paul Stanley straighten them. The Hon Stanley Sr. Place was on of the very first settlements and is very much of a landmark.

Feliz A. Stanley being the youngest son got the home place where the house stood. He went heavily in debt for it and never got it all paid for. Felix was sick and not able to work for about four years before he died. While he was able to work he set out a large orchard -- apples, peaches, cherries, plums, and pears. Also there were blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and grape vines. As a young boy I, Larry Robinson, still remember with misty and mystical joyful thoughts of the utter serenity and stillness atop the scenic hill. There I walked among grazing sheep interspersed throughout the orchard. It was wonderful, especially for a city boy from Columbus visiting his Aunt Gladys. Aunt Gladys would cook my family a huge Sunday dinner when we went down -- freshly killed chickens from the barnyard, home churned butter on homemade rolls, homemade mashed potatoes from the garden, and all the trimmings.
Much of the following history was recorded by Roma Stanley before she died.

Felix had one son and three daughters. Edgar had to quit school to work the farm and try to pay off the debts. He kept his three sisters in school. He never got it all paid for. After the girls were married Edgar bought out their shares of the estate, going still farther in debt. He died before he got clear out of deb,. Leaving his wife and children. Gladys, Edgar's wife, stayed on the farm with the children. She wanted their son Paul E. Stanley to have the farm. Paul was not very interested for a while, but after he was married, he decided to buy his sisters share of the palce. Paul worked very hard over the years, and today the farm is in tip top condition. For years the place was overgrown and run down. It took a lot of hard work by Paul and his family.

While Felix A. Stanely was still living, he took the old frame part off the back of the brick house. He put in its place, a Kitchen and dining room and two bed rooms up over the kitchen and dining room which were made of frame. Edgar E. Stanely added a screened in back porch, dug out a spring on the hillside above the house, put in some tile, and piped water to the house into the kitchen sink. The water was good, but very warm in the summer as there was no shade trees or other shelter over the springs. My daddy Stanley Robinson and his brother Harold would often walk eight miles across country from Carpenter, Ohio to visit their Uncle Edgar and help him work. Edgar worked hard. He kept up his fences and buildings the best he could. Both girls were marred and at that time Paul was young.

About the middle of July in 1956 (some say the 14th, some say the 17), a terrible cyclone swept through Snowville. The worst that was ever known came down Irvin Cree, It blew roofs off several buildings. It also blew over a lot of trees and telephone lines. The Old Stanley Homestead was hit the hardest of any place around Snowville. The two storms seemed to meet there. One came down Irvin Creek and the other cam down Flint Fork. A great deal of the roof and the walls all the way down to the first floor were blown off the brick house. The house seemed to ahve been twisted as almost all the plaster fell off. A sheet of tin roofing blew through a power line pole that set in the yard cutting the pole in two. It blew a roof of of a large grainery. Some of the roof looked like it had been rolled up and dropped down at side of the grainery. Most of the upper side of the barn roof was blown off and scattered all over the hillside, clear down to Flint Fork Bridge. A large sycamore tree down across the road looked like the limbs had been twisted off and lay all around the tree pointing in most directions. As the storm went on it blew the roof off the Mrs. harry Douglas (Ella) home and damaged a lot of other places in the Darwin vicinity.

Paul E. Stanley now owns the John Stanley Sr. Farm. He has remodeled the house. He took the rest of the top off the house and made it into a modern ranch type home. Pual added on a few rooms and a bath room and drained the basement and cemented it. He also put in a gas furnace. By adding on another room or two to the large brick room down creek, Paul made a nice little apartment for his mother who lived with Paul until she died. Gladys was a dear sweet lady.

The Willima D. Stanley homestead suffered a lot of damage to roofs which blew of and windows which were broken and other damages. Roma Stanley said she was spending the night at the home of her niece and family Rev. Headly and May Mason and sons Paul and Russell. The tow Mason boys had gone to a ten meeting at Athens, Ohio and were coming home when the storm struck. She had gone up stairs to bed, when the wind really started to blow. Paul and Russell had stopped their car down the road. Paul Mason came on up in the rain. Just behind him a big Mapel tree blew over right behind him blocking the gate to the house. When Russell came a little later he had to climb over the yard fence to get in as the trees had blocked the gate.

Roma had gone to her neices the day before to pick some blackberries. The next morning she said that May and she went up on the hill back of there house to see how much damage the storm had done. Several large trees had been blown out by the roots, along with many smaller ones. While up there, she said she showed May a cemetery that she did not Know existed. The tombs stones were all gone and just a few hewed sandstone markers remained. This cemetery had been forgotten for years. There was no fence around it. It was out in a pasture field up on top of the hill above May Masons House. Roma said that when she was a little girl , He had been up there with the Hon Gren girls. At that time the Greens owned the farm and built the two story house. The cemetery was fairly large and used to have a lot of tombstone. Roma did not remember any of the names or the name of the cemetery. She said Mr. Green used to have a large apple orchard close to the cemetery. She estimated there was about a hundred or more graves there. A great many years ago there was a public road up the hill near the cemetery. Out farther there was a schoolhouse.


vii. ISSAC2 STANLEY, b. 1799, Athens, Athens Co, OH; d. Unknown; m. SARAH NORRIS, December 08, 1836; d. Unknown.

viii. WILLIAM HIRAM2 STANLEY, b. December 15, 1815, Athens, OH; d. February 01, 1875, Pleasanton, OH Pleasant Hill Cemetary; m. MARY ANN KENNEY, September 25, 1837; b. 1828, Athens, OH; d. Unknown.

Cause of Death: scoffula

ix. CLARISSA STANLEY, b. 1848; d. 1881; m. WILLIAM CARSKADEN, January 19, 1865; d. Unknown.

Burial: Unknown, Pleasanton Cemetery

Thanks to cousin, Larry Robinson for my Stanley information!

1 comment:

PLMartin said...

Ah, Southern Belle, where to begin? Well, we must begin with the recognition that "Isaac Stanley" was a very common name in the 18th and 19th centuries (as it is today). Your blog cites no documentation or evidence to support the conclusion that the Isaac Stanley who married Elizabeth Brooks (in 1786, by the way, not 1792) is the same as the one who married Frances Nash, and the same as the one who subsequently resided in Athens County, Ohio. In fact, the evidence I’ve been able to turn up suggests these are three different men.

A will filed in Goochland County by one Mary Brooks, on 21 March 1804, makes reference to "my beloved daughter Elizabeth Stanley," "my grandson Jackson Stanly," "my grand daughter Gule Elma Stanley," "my Grand daughter Mary Stanly," and "my grand daughter Elizabeth Stanly." This will proves that Mary’s daughter Elizabeth (Brooks) Stanley was still alive as of 1804, and therefore Elizabeth’s husband could not be the same Isaac Stanley who married Frances Nash in 1792 (unless there had been a divorce, which isn't likely but which surely would have been noted in the Quaker records if it had occurred). Moreover, the names of the four Stanley grandchildren given in Mary's will do not match up with the names of the known descendants of Isaac Stanley of Athens County. Also, Mary's will does not mention where her daughter Elizabeth was residing in 1804, which it probably would have done if she were then living in Ohio or, indeed, anywhere other than Goochland County.

But what of the Isaac Stanley who married Frances Nash? Might he be the one who later moved to Athens County, even if he wasn't the same one who had married Elizabeth Brooks? I don't think so. I think this more likely was the Isaac Stanley who bought land in Grainger County, Tennessee, in 1807, and died there in 1810, at the age of 48. (I see that the site which had listed his land purchase is no longer available, but the site http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnkin/historical/butcher.htm shows that he is buried at Butcher Cemetery in Union Co., TN, which had been part of Grainger Co. until 1830.)

This interpretation is bolstered by a couple of postings on the Family Search web site. The first of these (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/igi/individual_record.asp?recid=500075020595&lds=1&region=11&regionfriendly=North+America&juris1=&juris2=&juris3=&juris4=&regionfriendly=&juris1friendly=&juris2friendly=&juris3friendly=&juris4friendly= ) shows that Frances Nash, born 20 Jan 1764, in Goochland, VA, was the daughter of John Nash and Mary Baskett. And the other one (http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/PRF/individual_record.asp?recid=351007868&lds=2&region=-1&regionfriendly=&frompage=99 ) shows that this same John Nash, Frances's father, died in Grainger County, TN. As I'm sure you know, families tended to stay near each other in these early days.

So who was this Isaac Stanley who settled in Alexander Township, Athens County, Ohio, sometime prior to 1805? It does seem fairly certain that he came from somewhere in Virginia because the 1850 census records that his daughter Sarah Stanley Martin, his son Isaac, and his son Archelaus were all born there -- Sarah and Isaac both about 1793 (twins?) and Archelaus about 1796. But if he did not come from Goochland County or from Pittsylvania County, where did he come from? Well, another possibility is Berkeley County, (West) Virginia.

This posting from Kenneth W. Stanley ( http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/STANLEY/1996-12/0851176321 ) describes the will of a man named Isaac Stanley, filed in Berkeley County in 1794. According to that will, this man’s children were Joseph, John, Isaac, Archelaus, Elizabeth, Mary, and Ann. Let me be clear: I am not suggesting that man who made this will is the same Isaac Stanley who later moved to Athens County. He would have been too old. It is rather his son Isaac that I am wondering about. This posting from Patrick Ventura (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/STANLEY/1998-12/0913782930 ) does a good job of spelling out some reasons for thinking this younger Isaac could be the one we're interested in. To the reasons stated there, I might add simply my arguments, already stated, for concluding that "our" Isaac was NOT the one from Goochland County or the one from Pittsylvania County.

A couple other small quibbles:

(1) The site states that Isaac died 15 January 1815 and then married Elizabeth Martin a month later! Clearly there is some problem with that death date, especially since Isaac's will, on file in Athens County, was dated 17 March 1827 and probated 7 May 1827. His death would have been between those two dates, probably closer to the earlier date.

(2) Regardless of whether he died in 1815 or 1827, how could anyone possibly have a photograph of him? The earliest Daguerreotypes, I understand, date to about 1839. Might this be one of Isaac's offspring, rather than the man himself? Perhaps Isaac's son Isaac? If so, it’s still an image well worth holding onto, but let's be clear about who it shows.

By now, I guess I've made it clear that I disagree with your primary conclusions about Isaac Stanley's origins, ancestry, and marriages. I am interested, however, in knowing more about whatever documents and other original sources you may have access to, because your site provides some details of his life that I do not recall seeing previously, such as him having arrived with "a mule and one slave" and his role in clearing parts of Highway 50. Also, I’d like to know more about the origin of that picture. I’d be interested trading some emails and perhaps some documents with you. I guess the blog provides some way for you to respond to me. If not, you can find a graphical representation of my email address on the web site http://www.johnmartinfamily.org . I look forward to hearing from you.