Stanleys in the Midlands
Although I live in Cheshire now my Stanley ancestors have lived in Birmingham for the past 150 years or so. The line were predominantly blacksmiths for several generations.
Before that they were in the Oxfordshire town of Chipping Norton (known locally as “Chippy”) and before that in the small Gloucestershire village of Didbrook.
Before that, back in the 17th & 18th centuries the family were in Snowshill and Chipping Campden, possibly the birthplace of the ancestors of most of the Stanleys of these parts.
My line can be described like this:
son of Howard Stanley
son of Horace Stanley
son of Samuel John Stanley
son of Samuel Stanley
son of Thomas (III) Stanley
son of Thomas (II) Stanley
son of Thomas (I) Stanley
son of Robert (II) Stanley
son of Anthony (II) Stanley
son of Robert (I) Stanley
son of Anthony (I) Stanley
For more details on the individual ancestors click on the links.
The trail goes cold in Chipping Campden, or does it? There are some interesting links between 15th century Chipping Campden and Elford in Staffordshire where Stanleys are recorded in an even earlier period. Could there be a relationship between the Stanleys in Campden and the ones of Elford?