Saturday, January 18, 2020

Long Lines of Stantons ~ 52 Ancestors #3

This week's theme is Long Line. I have a lot of colonial New England ancestors and I thought I'd share my Stanton lines in a "Surname Saturday" styled post.

Generation 1: Thomas Stanton (1617-1677) married Anna Lord (1614-1688) about 1636 probably in Connecticut.

Stonington within New London, Conn.
image courtesy Wikipedia
Thomas Stanton has been written about extensively. He likely arrived in Massachusetts in 1635 and was in Hartford, Connecticut by 1636, as one of its original settlers. About 1651, he and his family moved to New London, Connecticut, and a few years later, moved to the area now known as Stonington, Connecticut. He and his family owned land on both sides of the Pawcatuck River which now divides Connecticut and Rhode Island. Many descendants were recorded as living in Stonington, but a few were recorded as living in Westerly, Rhode Island.

One of Thomas's special skills was that he mastered Indian dialects very quickly, which made him very helpful in negotiating with Indians. In 1643, he was appointed Indian Interpreter for all of New England by the Commissioners of the United Colonies.

There is a Thomas Stanton Society which is an organization with membership for those who can show that they descend from him and has a separate membership for those who cannot meet the pedigree requirement. (I am not a member.) Their website provides a lot of information about him and offers many resources for research.

Thomas Stanton died December 2, 1677, and is buried in Stonington. His FindAGrave memorial has additional information about him, as well as the memorials of his ten children linked to him (even though they don't all have burial locations).

Thomas and Anna had ten known children, and I descend from their sons Joseph, Robert, and Samuel.

Generation 2: Joseph Stanton (1646-1713) married Hannah Mead (165?-1676) in 1673 and had two children; she died in 1676 after the second one was born. They lived in Stonington. I descend from their eldest, a son named Joseph.

Generation 3: Joseph Stanton (1674-after 1722) married Esther Gallup (1685-1752) in 1705. They lived in Stonington and had seven children, six girls and one son, Joseph, from whom I descend.

Generation 4: Joseph Stanton (1717-after 1754) married Mary Champlin (1722-1750) on August 9, 1738, in Westerly, Rhode Island. They had six children. I descend from their youngest, a son named Lodowick.

Generation 5: Lodowick Stanton (1749-1829) married his third cousin, Thankful Stanton (see below) on August 20, 1772, in Stonington. Lodowick served in the Revolution and lived in New York near the Massachusetts border for the last few decades of his life. He and his wife are buried in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. They had eight children and I descend from two of their daughters, Mary and Frances.

Generation 6: Mary Stanton (1775-1834) married in January 1806 Jedidiah Willet (1768-1850) as his second wife. Jedidiah was a shipbuilder and moved to Bibb County, Georgia by 1830. Mary died in 1834 and obituaries were found in both Georgia and Massachusetts. They had three children and I descend from their eldest, a daughter named Frances Stanton Willet.

Generation 7: Frances Stanton Willet (1807-1893) married her first cousin, Joseph Stanton Rose (see below) on October 23, 1827, in New York City. They lived in New York City and Matawan, New Jersey, and had six children. I descend from their eldest, a daughter named Frances Adelaide Rose.

Generation 8: Frances Adelaide Rose (1829-1870), married David Hunter McAlpin (1816-1901), in April 1845, in New York City. They had ten children and only one daughter, Frances Adelaide McAlpin, from whom I descend. As his third wife, David Hunter McAlpin married his first wife's sister, Cordelia Maria Rose.

Generation 9: Frances Adelaide McAlpin (1860-1937)
Generation 10: Charles McAlpin Pyle (1893-1966)
Generation 11: Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr. (1924-1993)
Generation 12: Me


Generation 6: Frances Stanton (1778-1819) married Joseph Rose, Jr. (1770-1852) on September 23, 1797, in Charlestown, Rhode Island. They moved to New York City, where she died of consumption in 1819. Joseph retired to Matawan, New Jersey, where he is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, named for him because he provided the land for it. They had ten children, and I descend from their seventh, Joseph Stanton Rose.

Generation 7: Joseph Stanton Rose (1809-1877) was a gun manufacturer in New York City, then retired to Matawan, New Jersey, where he was a gentleman farmer. He married his first cousin, Frances Stanton Willet (see above). He is also buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Matawan.


Generation 2: Robert Stanton (1653-1724) married Joanna Gardiner (1656-1724), of Roxbury, Massachusetts, on September 12, 1677, in Stonington. They lived in Stonington and had eight children. I descend from their sixth child, a son named Thomas.

Generation 3: Thomas Stanton (1693-about 1751) married Thankful Denison (1695-unknown) in December 1713, in Stonington. Thankful Denison was a descendant of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley of the Mayflower. They had twelve children and I descend from their eldest, a son named Robert.

Generation 4: Robert Stanton (1716-1779) married his second cousin, Anna Stanton (see below) in 1736 in Stonington. They had seven children and I descend from their daughter, Thankful.

Generation 5: Thankful Stanton (1752-1824) married her third cousin, Lodowick Stanton (see above).


Generation 2: Samuel Stanton (1657-1699) married Borodell Denison (1651-1702) in Stonington on June 16, 1680. (Borodell was aunt of Thankful Denison (b. 1695) who married Thomas Stanton, Samuel's nephew; see above.) They lived in Stonington and had three children. I descend from their son, Daniel.

Generation 3: Daniel Stanton (1685-1769) married Mary Chesebrough (1692-1783) in 1712. They had seven children and I descend from their second child, Anna.

Generation 4: Anna Stanton (1714-after 1752) married her second cousin Robert Stanton (see above).


Sometimes you just need a visual, so here it is, from the immigrant ancestor to my great-grandmother:


Sources include:
Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration 1634-1635, Vol. VI, R-S. Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009, 2012. Database online. Thomas Stanton.

Stanton, William A. A Record, Genealogical, Biographical, Statistical, of Thomas Stanton, of Connecticut, and His Descendants. Albany, New York: Joel Munsell's Publishers, 1891. Image copy. Google Books. : 2010. It is this book that has been developed into a database at the Thomas Stanton Society website.

Wheeler, Richard Anson. History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut. New London, Connecticut: Press of the Day Publishing Company, 1900. Image copy. Google Books, : 2010.

As well as census records, newspaper records, and cemetery records for the more recent generations.


  1. Sometimes a tree is worth a thousand words! Very interesting to see how the "long line" intermarried!

    1. Marian, with families like this, I often have to draw a tree. I've got a few colonial New England families like this! Thanks for the comment.