'Stanley03'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Stanley of Hooton, Stanley of Moor Hall, Stanley of Stourton

This page was first developed from information gathered from other web sites. We then found 'The House of Stanley' and revised the page. We were later kindly provided by a contributor (CV, 01.03.09) with copies of relevant pages from Ormerod (Cheshire, 1882) which led us to focus more clearly on the early generations shown here and to check the page against the Visitations. Before we take our final view on the early generations we feel we should revisit 'The House of Stanley' to remind ourselves how well it addresses these issues and also check this page against the copy of Ormerod (Cheshire) which we have obtained since this page was prepared. For the moment, therefore, the early 15th century generations should be viewed with some caution.
Sir William de Stanley of Stourton, Stanley and Hooton (b 1368, d 1428)
m. (1386) Margery de Hooton (dau/heir of William de Hooton of Hooton (by Margaret, dau/heir of John Leftwich of Leftwich), son of Sir William of Hooton)
1. Sir William Stanley (b 1387, dvp 1417)
  m. (1402) Blanche (or Margaret) Arderne (dau of Sir John Alderne of Aldford and/or Hardin)
  A. Sir William Stanley of Stourton & Hooton (b 1406, d 1461)
There is some confusion over this and the next generation. Ormerod shows this Sir William as possibly first married to Mary Savage before being married to Alice Houghton, with uncertainty as to who was mother of his children, with his son/successor being the Sir William who married Agnes Grosvenor. We are following 'The House of Stanley' (which appeared to have considered Ormerod's work and expanded on it) & Visitation which both show 2 different generations although this does raise some concern regarding the age when this William's son William is shown as having had children of his own. As indicated above, we may revise this in due course. It is noted that some web sites show this William as having married Alice Houghton and his son as having married a Savage.
  m. (1424) Mary Savage (dau of John Savage of Clifton)
  i. Sir William Stanley of Stourton & Hooton (b 1425, d 1465)
  m. (1438) Alice Houghton (dau of Richard Houghton of Houghton)
a. John Stanley (dvpsp)
  b. Sir William Stanley of Stourton & Hooton (b 1439, d 1511)
  m1. (1458) Margaret Bromley (d 1469, dau of Sir John Bromley)
  (1) Margaret Stanley (b 1458, d 1547)
  m. (1476) Peter Gerard, younger of Kingsley and Bryn (dvp 1494)
  m2. (1470) Agnes Grosvenor (b 1435, d 1520, dau of Robert Grosvernor of Hulme)
  (2) Sir William Stanley of Hooton & Stourton (b 1473, 1546)
m. (1495) Ann Harrington (dau of Sir James Harrington of Westby)
  (A) Sir William Stanley of Hooton & Stourton (b 1499, d 1547)
  m. Grace Griffith (dau of Sir William Griffith, Chambelain of North Wales)
  (i) William Stanley (b 1515, dvpsp 1547)
(ii) Sir Rowland Stanley of Hooton & Stourton (b 1518, d 1613)
  m1. Margaret Aldersey (d 1607, dau of Hugh Aldersey of Chester, widow of Henry Bunbury of Stanney)
  (a) Sir William Stanley of Hooton & Stourton (b 1548, d 1630)
  m1. (1560, div 1565) Ann Dutton
  m2. Elizabeth Egerton (dau of John Egerton of Egerton)
  ((1)) Sir William Stanley (b 1567, dvp 1612)
  m. Ann Herbert (dau of Sir Edward Herbert of Powis Castle (Red Castle))
  ((A)) Sir William Stanley of Hooton & Stourton (bpt 26.04.1606, d 20.02.1643/4)
  m. (1628) Mary Draycott (dau of John Draycott of Painsly)
((B)) Dorothy Stanley (b 1610, d 1642)
  m. Roger Hurleston of Chester
  ((C)) Frances Stanley
  m. Michael Fitzwilliam of Ireland
  ((D)) Mary Stanley
  m. William Petit of Coldharbour and/or Boughton
  ((E))+ other issue - Joan (d infant), Elizabeth, Anne, Katherine
  ((2)) Jane Stanley
  m. John Fitzmorris of Ireland
((3)) Elizabeth Stanley (d 1651)
  Elizabeth is shown as of this generation by Visitation (1613) (albeit in brackets, presumably having been inserted by the Harleian editor) and also by Ormerod but as of the generation later by Visitation (1663) & 'House of Stanley'.
  m. Thomas Glazier of the Lea
  ((4))+ other issue - Rowland (dsp), Mary
  (b)+ other issue - John, Edward
  m2. Ursula Smith (dau of Thomas Smith of Chester)
  (d) Margaret Stanley (d 1667!)
  m. (1583) Sir John Egerton of Egerton & Oulton
  (e) Mary Stanley (d 1638)
  m/2. (1585) John Brown of Copenhurst shown by 'The House of Stanley', shown by Visitation as Richard Browne, 2nd husband
  m2/1. John Poole of Capenhurst, younger of Poole (dvp 1601) shown by Ormerod & Visitation
m3. (1599) Joan (d 1647, widow of Richard Brown)
  (iii) Edward Stanley of Avantly (d 1622) shown by Visitation as 2nd son dsp
  m. Ann Mainwaring (d 1613)
  (a) Anne Stanley named Joan or Jane by Ormerod
  m. Randle Helesby of Helesby
  (iv) John Stanley (d 1603) ancestor of Stanleys of Wilmington
  (v) Jane Stanley
  m. (1536) Thomas Williams of Vaynol
  (vi) Mary Stanley
  m. (1536) John Griffith of Penrice
(B) Peter Stanley of Moor Hall ('of Bickerstaffe'?), Lancashire (b 1518, d 1592)
  Peter's childfren are reported by Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1664-5, Stanley of Bickerstaffe).
  m1. Elizabeth Scaresbrick (dau of James Scaresbrick of Moor Hall by Margery Atherton)
  (i) Margaret or Mary Stanley
  m. Henry Stanley (son of Sir James)
  m2. Cicely Tarleton (dau of Richard Tarleton of Walton)
  (ii) Edward Stanley
  In his entry on 'Stanley of Bickerstaffe', Dugdale suggests that this was the Edward who married Katharine Manwaringe & Isabel Warburton and was created a baronet. That is a confusion with the Sir Edward shown here whose mother was the Margaret/Mary shown just above as this Edward's half-sister. Instead, this appears to be the Edward of Moor Hall (d 1603) who is the first mentioned in Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1664-5, Stanley of Moor Hall) which supports the following:
  m1/2. Mary (or Katherine) Ireland (dau of Laurence Ireland of Lydgate, widow of Henry Stanley)
  m2/1. Bridget Houghton (dau of Leonard Houghton of Spinehaugh 'of Gosenard')
  (a) Peter Stanley of Moor Hall
m. Elizabeth Woolfall (dau of Francis Woolfall of Damn House in Huyton)
  ((1)) Edward Stanley of Moor Hall (b 1623-4, a 04.1664)
  m. Margaret Gerard (dau of Thomas Gerard of Aughton)
  ((A))+ issue (a 04.1664) - Anne (b 1650-1), Elizabeth
  ((2)) Mary Stanley
  m. Macklin Bursco of Mackering in Aughton
  ((3))+ other issue - Thomas, Robert, Bridget
  (b) Elizabeth Stanley who married ...
  m. Richard Formby of Formby (a 1634)
  (c)+ other issue - Thomas of Cuerdale, Frances, Anne, Margaret
  (iii) Alice Stanley possibly the Alice who married ...
  m. Thomas Banastre of Darwyn Hall (a 1590)
(iv)+ other issue - William, Anne
  m3. (by 1589) Jane
  (C) John Stanley (b 1520) ancestor of Stanleys of Roydon Hall
  m. Elizabeth Dynne (dau of Henry Dynne of Heyden)
  (D) Edward Stanley possibly of this generation
  (i) Joan Stanley (heir)
  m. Randle Hellesby of Hellesby (Helsby of Helsby) (a 1553, a 1567)
  (E) Anne Stanley
  (F) Catherine Stanley shown by Visitation a generation later
  m. (1526) John Whitmore of Thurstanton
(G) Agnes Stanley
  m. _ Sutton
  (H) Julia Stanley
  m. Robert Fletcher of Chester possibly sb Richard here but dates wrong?
  (3) Alice Stanley
  m. (1498) Hamlet Bickerstaff
  (4) Agnes Stanley
  m. (1514) Andrew Barton of Smithell or Smethells
  (5)+ other issue - Katharine (dsp), Isabell (prioress of Derby)
  c. Isabella Stanley
  m. (1465) John Marchumley
d. Margaret Stanley possibly of this generation
  m. Thomas Walthall
  e. Ellen Stanley possibly of this generation
  m. (mcrt 1477-8) James Manley of Manley (d by 1499)
  f.+ other issue - Richard, Thomas, Christopher
  ii. Peter Stanley ancestor of Stanleys of Flintshire & Shropshire
  m. Margaret Heleigh (dau of William Heleigh of Flintshire)
  iii. Edward Stanley not mentioned by 'The House of Stanley' but possibly of this generation
  a. Janet Stanley
  m. John Conway of Bodrhyddan
  iv. Jane Stanley (b 1426, d 1466?)
Jane is shown in 'The House of Stanley' as the wife of John Paris then Gwylim of Penrhyn then John Pikin but the dates do not match with at least Gwylim of Penryn who is widely reported as having died in 1431. We presume that there was confusion with a Jane of an earlier generation (see below).
  v. Elin Stanley possibly of this generation
  m. Henry Robinson
  vi.+ other issue - John of Stourton (b 1420), George (b 1430)
  B. Katharine Stanley (d 1456)
  m1. (1419) Ralph Arderne of Harden and Alvanley (d 1446)
  m2. (1450) John Hyde
C. Elizabeth Stanley
  m. (1425) Thomas Poole
  D. Margaret Stanley
  m1. (1427) Thomas Venables of Kinderton
  m2. William Balderston
  E. Isabel Stanley
  m. Robert Legh of Adlington (b 1409, d 1478)
  F. Jane or Janet Stanley (d 1466?)
Shown in 'The House of Stanley' as a generation later but the birth date given for that Jane (1426) won't work for at least her 2nd marriage.
  m1. Robert Paris (chamberlain of North Wales)
  m2. Gwylim ap Griffith of Penrhyn (d 1431)
  m3. John Pikin
2. Piers Stanley possibly of this generation
  Piers is identified in MGH (vol 1, 1868, p190) as 2nd son of Sir William Stanley of Hooton but there is no information on his dates. Placing him in this generation is little more than speculation albeit having had regard to the number of generations until someone in the database for whom we have some information on whenabouts they lived. MGH provides the following connection.
  A. Piers Stanley of Ewloe
  i. Katherin Stanley
  m. Edward Lloyd of Hertsheath
  ii. Margaret Stanley probably of this generation
  m. John Griffith Vychan of Pant y Llongdy
3. Ellen Stanley
  m. (1430) Thomas de Trafford
4.+ other issue - Sir John, Edmund, Rowland

Main source(s): 'The House of Stanley' by Peter Edmund Stanley (published by The Pentland Press in 1998; ISBN 1-85821-578-1), Ormerod (Cheshire, vol 2 (1882), 'Stanley of Hooton and Storeton'), Visitation (Cheshire, 1580 & 1613 & 1663, Stanley of Hooton)
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