Henry James Stanley

The Publican

The son of Thomas Stanley & Elizabeth Miles and elder brother of my ancestor Samuel Stanley, baptised in Chipping Norton in 1818.

Originally a blacksmith, then a slater & plasterer and eventually an Innkeeper Henry James had a colourful life. In 1850 he married Elizabeth Hathaway and together they had the following children.

  • Henry Tom (1853 - 1853)
  • Henry James (1854 - 1854)
  • Louisa (1856 - aft 1871)
  • Frederick (1858 - aft 1891)
  • Alice Charlotte (1861 - aft 1880)
  • Henry Arthur (1863 - 1868)
  • Anne (1865 - 1865)
  • Henry (1866 - 1872)
  • William Arthur (1872 - aft 1901)

Henry seems to have been intent on naming one of his sons Henry so that the name survived him, but in each case the young Henry died in infancy.

Between 1857-1869 Henry Stanley was keeping the Red Lion in High St. In that year there was a robbery documented by Jackson's Oxford Journal on 28 Nov 1857:


"An impudent robbery was effected in the Market Place. About seven o'clock that evening a man was observed passing the Town Hall with the carcase of a sheep on his back. He turned as if intending to go down the New Street but latering his mind he suddenly disappeared under the Town Hall. Suspicion was thereby aroused and he was followed and the sheep was discovered in a sheep dipping apparatus which had been placed there, it was no doubt deposited there with the intention of it's being fetched away in the night, under cover of the fog the man escaped. Upon enquiry it was ascertained that the carcase had been taken from the hooks before the door of H.Stanley of the Red Lion Inn. Blacksmith."


He kept the Red Lion till about 1869. At the end of his life Henry was living in Pembroke Street and was listed then as a slater. He died aged 63 in 1886 and is buried in the cemetery in Chipping Norton.


Louise Stanley

Not a direct ancestor but a significant character in the story of the Chipping Norton Stanley family.The daughter of Henry Stanley and Elizabeth Hathaway, she was baptised in Chipping Norton, Oxon., in September 1856. Louisa was a dressmaker.

She married Thomas Rice in Heage, Derbys., in June 1880 and the couple had the following children:

  • Annie Maud Rice (1881)
  • Montague W. Rice (1882)
  • Charles Frederick Rice (1884 - 1930)
    Married Ellen Toon, offspring in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Harry Ward Rice (1887 - 1966)
    Married Ruth Beeson in Derby, 1910
  • Married again to Nelly Wheway, offspring in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Ernest G. Rice (1889 - 1974)
  • Tom Stanley Rice (1891 - 1970)
    Married Eliza Whattam in Chaddesden, Derbys., 1911

Louisa died in Derby in 1944. There is a picture of her with four generations of the family. 

We have this from a newspaper cutting of the time:

Derby Diamond Wedding

Mr. & Mrs. T. W. Rice

Hard work, and plenty of it, is the secret of a long and happy life according to Mr. & Mrs. T. W. Rice, of 3, Edward Street, Derby who celebrate their diamond wedding today.

Mr. And Mrs. Rice have now reached the age of 84 and 83 respectively. They were married at Buckland Hollow chapel, Heage, in 1880, when Mr. Rice was employed at Alderwasley as a wire-worker by the old Manchester firm, Messrs. Johnson and Nephew. After three years in this position, Mr. Rice left for Nottingham, where he was engaged by Messrs. Boden and Co. Ltd., lace manufacturers, as a porter. Several years later he left for Banbury, Oxfordshire, but came to Derby in 1910, and entered into service with Messrs. Stretton and Co., the brewers. He retained his position as stableman for about 18 years, before retiring in 1928.

Service in India

As a young man Mr. Rice served with the 18th Hussars under Colonel R. Knox. In 1873 he sailed for India, but returned after three years service to live with his mother at Derby.

A keen football enthusiast, he was gatekeeper and played on several occasions for the old Notts Rangers football Club.

Mrs. Rice is a native of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. She told a ‘Telegraph’ representative that on leaving school she built up a business as a dressmaker, and up till three years ago she made all her own dresses. She added that besides making clothing she took an interest in all types of fancy work, and still possessed several examples of her earlier work.

Mrs. Rice, as the result of a recent illness, is practically confined indoors.

Mayor’s message

Mr. and Mrs. Rice have one daughter and one son at Derby, one son in Oxfordshire and one son in Canada. A fourth son who went to America has not been heard of during the past five years.

They have five great-grandchildren and 19 grandchildren.

This morning Mr. and Mrs. Rice received telegrams of congratulation, including one from their son and daughter-in-law in Canada.

The Mayor of Derby (Alderman A. T. Neal) also sent a telegram, stating: “Upon the occasion of your diamond wedding I send you on behalf of the inhabitants of Derby and myself heartiest congratulations upon this great event. I know that I voicing the opinion of all our people when I say long may you be spared to continue your partnership.”



Frederick Stanley

The son of Henry James Stanley & Elizabeth Hathaway, he was baptised in Chipping Norton in 1858.

He was a butcher and married Sophia Jane Hanwell in Banbury in 1885. Their children were as follows:

  • Helena Flora (1887 - aft 1891)
  • Arthur Frank (1889 - aft 1891)
  • Norman Frederick W. J. M. (1908)


Living descendants have been identified.