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[This information is from Vol. II, pp. 719-723 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register it is learned (vol. II, p. 113) that on January 2, 1635, Thomas Stanton took passage for Virginia in the merchantman "Bonaventure," and that he recorded himself as being twenty years old. There was a John Stanton in Virginia prior to 1635, and from 1652 to 1658 there are records of a Robert Stanton, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and of a Robert Stanton, of Newport, Rhode Island, a Quaker, who died 1672, aged seventy-three years. His descendants are numerous in the United States, and many of them still adhere to the Society of Friends. Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln's great war secretary, was a direct descendant of this Robert of Newport. There is no evidence that Thomas and Robert Stanton were related or even acquainted, or in fact that Thomas was related to any Stanton then in America. The records in New London that might have told who he was and from whence he came were destroyed in 1781 by Benedict Arnold when he sacked and burned that town. Thomas did not long remain in Virginia. In 1636 he is on record in Boston, Massachusetts, as a magistrate. He next appears in connection with the Pequot war. Miss Caulkins says: "The services of Mr. Stanton as interpreter during the Pequot war were invaluable." In De Forest's "History of the Connecticut Indians," [i.e., John William De Forest's History of the Indians of Connecticut from the earliest known period to 1850] [he says "Some time in April (1637) a small vessel arrived at the fort (Saybrook, then commanded by General Lion Gardner), having on board Thomas Stanton, a man well acquainted with the Indian language, and long useful to the colonial authorities as interpreter." He was one of the magistrates in the trial of John Wheelwright at Boston, October 3, 1637. He [was] now married, and in February, 1639, is numbered among the one hundred and twenty-seven property holders of Hartford, Connecticut, with his father-in-law, Dr. Thomas Lord, who held the first medical license granted in the New England colonies. He came to America with Dorothy, his wife, April 29, 1635, in the ship "Elizabeth and Ann." From this time Thomas is of frequent mention in the records as Stanton, Staunton and Steynton. The name is compounded of two Anglo-Saxon words — Stan, meaning stone, and Ton, meaning town: Stonetown, or Stanton. His name appears on all Indian deeds and transactions of that period between 1636 and 1670. He was required to be present wherever a court conference or treaty was to be held. In 1649 he had permission to erect a trading house on Pawtatuck, with six acres of ground and a monopoly of trade on the river for three years. He probably went to Pequot in 1651 and took up his permanent residence in Stonington in 1658. In March, 1652, he was granted three hundred acres laid out in a square upon the river, next his former grant of six acres. In 1659 Chief Cassawashitt deeded to him the whole of Pawtatuck Neck, and the small islands that lay near it, known as "The Hommocks." This grant was confirmed by the court 1671. He removed his residence in 1658 to Wequetequock Cove, two and one-half miles from Stonington. He was the third settler there. This territory then belonged to the Massachusetts plantation, and was called Southington, Suffolk county, Massachusetts. In 1662 Charles II gave Connecticut a new charter that included Southington. In 1665 the name was changed to Mystic, and in 1667 the final change was made to Stonington. Perhaps the prominence and numbers of the Stantons had something to do with selecting a name so much like their own in etymology and meaning. In 1665 he was commissioner with authority to hold a semi-annual court at New London, the county seat. In September, 1666, the first court ever held in the county was assembled. The commissioners or judges were Major Mason, Thomas Stanton and Lieutenant Pratt. He was now continually in public office; the last honor to come to him was in 1666, when he was elected a member of the general assembly of Connecticut, to which he was re-elected each year until his death in 1677. He continued useful in Indian affairs, although largely superseded as interpreter by his sons, who all spoke the Indian dialect and were much in demand. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Stonington, which he helped to organize. His son-in-law, Rev. James Noyes, was first pastor of that church. His long, active, useful and honorable life ended December 2, 1677. He is buried in the old family burying ground on the east side of Wequetequock Cove, about halfway between Stonington, Connecticut, and Westerly, Rhode Island. In 1637 he married Ann, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Lord, of Hartford, Connecticut. She died 1688, surviving her husband eleven years. Children:

  1. Thomas (2), born in Hartford, Connecticut, 1638, died April 11, 1718; he was a farmer and Indian interpreter; married Sarah, oldest daughter of Captain George Denison; seven children.
  2. Captain John, see forward.
  3. Mary, born 1643; married Samuel Rogers, November 17, 1662; nine children.
  4. Hannah, married Nehemiah Palmer, November 20, 1662; six children.
  5. Joseph, born 1646, in Hartford, Connecticut; was assistant magistrate; married, June 19, 1673, Hannah Mead; two children; married (second) Hannah Lord; two children; married (third) ———— Prentice; three children.
  6. Daniel, born 1648, died in the Barbadoes before 1688; left son Richard.
  7. Dorothy, born 1651; married Rev. James Noyes, September 11, 1674; seven children.
  8. Robert, born 1653; married Joanna Gardiner, November 12, 1677; eight children.
  9. Sarah, born 1655; married (first) Thomas Prentice; four children; she married (second) William Denison; three children.
  10. Samuel, born 1657; married Borodell Denison, June 16, 1680; three children.

(II) Captain John, second son of Thomas and Ann (Lord) Stanton, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, 1641, died October 31, 1713, in Stonington, Connecticut. He and John Minor in 1654 were selected by the court of commissioners to be educated for teachers of the Gospel to the Indians, but both ultimately left their studies and engaged in other pursuits. In 1664 he was the first recorder of Sothertown. February 18, 1675, he was commissioned captain of one of the four Connecticut regiments in King Philip's war. He served with distinction, and was in command at the capture of Canonchet, the chief sachem of the Narragansetts. He married, 1664, Hannah Thompson, either daughter or sister of Rev. William Thompson (2), who was son of Rev. William Thompson (1), of Braintree, Massachusetts. Before his death Captain John divided his real estate among his sons. Children:

  1. John (2), see forward;
  2. Joseph, married Margaret Cheeseboro;
  3. Thomas, married his cousin Anna Stanton;
  4. Ann, died aged seven years;
  5. Theophilus, married Elizabeth Rogers;
  6. Dorothy, born 1680, died "in travail," April 28, 1699.

(III) John (2), son of John and Hannah (Thompson) Stanton, was born in Stonington, Connecticut, May 22, 1665. He was a farmer on lands in Preston, Connecticut, given him by his father. His will, dated February 13, 1747, was admitted to probate in Norwich, Connecticut, July 8, 1755. His wife Mary ———— and son Jabez were the executors. Births of children, recorded in Preston:

  1. John (3), born November 13, 1706; married Desire Denison, 1735; ten children.
  2. Daniel, see forward.
  3. Joseph, born February 11, 1710; married Abigail Freeman, 1737; nine children.
  4. Lydia, born July 15, 1712; married Daniel Leonard, August 9, 1733.
  5. Robert, born February 20, 1714; married, 1741, Mary Lester; five children.
  6. Hulda, born June 3, 1716.
  7. Jabez, born December 19, 1718, married, September 9, 1745, Sarah Moiss; eleven children.
  8. David, born October 22, 1720; married, 1755, Sarah Kimball.
  9. Mary, born September 11, 1722.
  10. Sarah, born January 20, 1724.
  11. Samuel, born June 20; 1726; married, November 1, 1754, Mary Palmer; eight children.

(IV) Daniel, son of John (2) and Mary Stanton, was born in Preston, Connecticut, June 8, 1708. His will is dated February 22, 1775, and he was then in a dying condition. He was a farmer of Preston all his days. He married (first) Dinah ———— (one authority says Stark, another says Galusha; there is strong probability that her name was Stark). She was the mother of ten of his children, and died after 1754. He married (second) Mary Clark, mother of his last child. Children, all born in Preston:

  1. Daniel (2), born 1738, died before his father.
  2. Huldah, born 1740; married Judah Burton.
  3. Amasa, born 1742, died young.
  4. Elias, born 1744, died young.
  5. John (3), see forward.
  6. Lydia, born 1748; married Abel Bennett.
  7. Lucy, born 1750; unmarried.
  8. Elisha, born October, 1752; married, 1781, Anna Rust.
  9. Elijah, born 1754. At the age of fourteen he enlisted in the revolutionary army and served throughout the war. He was for a time the body servant of General Washington. He was captured and confined in the prison ship "Jersey." After the war he settled near Little Falls, Herkimer county, New York, and died in 1832. He married Lucy, daughter of Abijah Goodell, of Long Island, and had ten children.
  10. Lois, married Adin Palmer.
  11. Daniel (2), born September 15, 1764; married (first) Sally Jackson; (second) Mehitable Morton; he was a farmer and carpenter, a Methodist and a Democrat; he died in Granby, New York, August 4, 1830.

(V) John (3), son of Daniel and Dinah (Stark or Galusha) Stanton, was born in Preston, Connecticut, November 16, 1746. In 1790 he moved to Charlestown, Montgomery county, New York, where his wife died. In 1815 he went with his son, Captain Amasa, to Hornby, Steuben county, New York, where he died March 16, 1818. He was a farmer and large land owner. He married, January 14, 1774, Huldah Freeman, born October 9, 1757, in Preston, Connecticut, a descendant of Joseph Freeman, who settled in New London, Connecticut, in 1698. After the death of his wife Huldah, John Stanton went to Connecticut, and married a second wife, name unknown. She died soon and left no issue. Children:

  1. John (4) Warren, born July 11, 1775, died January 27, 1850; married Hannah Corbin, in Charlestown, New York; (second) Sally Gile, and had seven children.
  2. Daniel (2), born April 15, 1781, died in Copenhagen, New York, January 26, 1859; he was a Free Communion Baptist, a Republican and a farmer; he married Dorcas Corbin, February 2, 1806; six children.
  3. Elisha, born April 25, 1783, died February 22, 1848, in Hornby, New York; he was a farmer and merchant, a Baptist, and a Whig; married Salvina Tracy; six children.
  4. Abijah, born February 13, 1785; died unmarried, in Hornby, New York, April 15, 1810.
  5. Captain Amasa, born June 6, 1788, died December 28, 1843. In 1815 he removed to Steuben county, New York, cut his own road six miles from Painted Post, New York, taking the first team of horses into the town of Hornby. He was a deacon of the Baptist church, and a man of influence. He married, in Charlestown, New York, Dimmis Brown, who died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the home of her son Judson, September 13, 1878. They had seven children.
  6. Lucy, the first child born of his family in Charlestown, New York, the others all born in Preston. She was born September 7, 1791, married Dr. Hosea Palmer, and lived in Hornby, New York. She died in 1829, leaving a son, Dr. Alex. Palmer.
  7. Huldah, born August 21, 1793, died April 16, 1857; married Isaac Hill; six children.
  8. Freeman, see forward.
  9. Sallie, born June 21, 1798, died August 6, 1839, in Charlestown, her birthplace; married Nathan Kimball; four children.

(VI) Freeman, youngest son of John and Huldah (Freeman) Stanton, was born in Charlestown, Montgomery county, New York, March 11, 1796, died in Middleburgh, Schoharie county, New York, July 3, 1870. He was a merchant of the village of Middleburgh, where he had a successful business career. He retired to a large farm which he owned near the village, where he died. He was an intimate friend of Governor Bouck, of New York, General Jay Cady, and David Cady Smith. When Governor Bouck was appointed to the United States treasuryship at New York City he would not accept until his friend Stanton had promised to go with him as his assistant. He married, August 3, 1820, Maria, daughter of Abraham Lawyer, granddaughter of Johanns [Johannes?], who landed in America June 10, 1710. She was baptized April 3, 1798, and died May 3, 1869. Children, all born in Middleburgh:

  1. George Smith, born May 26, 1821, died April 17, 1890; succeeded his father in business at Middleburgh until 1859, when he removed to Albany, New York, later to South Norwalk, Connecticut; married, August 20, 1851, Julia Hollenbeck, of Albany; three children.
  2. Charlotte Cady, born October 30, 1822, died at age of six years.
  3. Abraham Lawyer, see forward.
  4. Louisa C., born April 9, 1826, died, unmarried, March 26, 1882.
  5. Jay Cady, born March 23, 1828; killed in battle, September 8, 1862, a soldier in Seventy-sixth Regiment, New York Volunteers.
  6. John L., born April 26, 1830, died July 29, 1877; married, September 8, 1859, Adelia L. Borst, born 1838, now living (1910) in Middleburgh; one child, Belle.
  7. Alonzo Page, born June 2, 1832, died September 24, 1885, in Woodlawn, California, unmarried.
  8. Charlotte Cady, born September 7, 1834; married James Foland; lived in Penn's Grove, New Jersey; no issue.
  9. Sarah Ann, born October 16, 1836, died November 6, 1894; married, March 24, 1862, Barent V. Kniskern; daughter Alice, married Schuyler Vroman, of Middleburgh, and had Harold and Schuyler Vroman.
  10. Helen A. H., born December 21, 1839; married, October 24, 1864, Andrew McHench, now of Fargo, North Dakota, and had two sons.

(VII) Abraham Lawyer, second son of Freeman and Maria (Lawyer) Stanton, was born in Middleburgh, Schoharie county, New York, October 16, 1824. He was reared on the farm and followed agriculture and bee culture in connection with various enterprises until 1888, when he retired to Schenectady, New York, his present home. He is possessed of ample means, has a wonderful memory, and although in his eighty-sixth year is active and in good health. He has always been a Democrat in politics. He married, in Middleburgh, December 6, 1845, Sabina M. Bouck, born May 1, 1823, died January 10, 1860, daughter of Congressman Joseph Bouck and niece of ex-Governor Bouck, of New York. He married (second) Mary Morrow, who died in 1887, without issue. Children:

  1. Freeman, born in Middleburgh, New York, July 20, 1846, died in Schenectady, February 4, 1880, unmarried;
  2. William B., born June 16, 1849, died March 8, 1896, unmarried, in Stockton, California;
  3. Howard Mitchell, see forward.

(VIII) Howard Mitchell, only surviving son of Abraham Lawyer and Sabina M. (Bouck) Stanton, was born in Middleburgh, Schoharie county, New York, July 19, 1856. He was educated in the public schools, and on arriving at his majority located in Schenectady, where he engaged in the hide and tallow business. Later he became a wholesale dealer in grocers', butchers' and shoemakers' supplies, and built up a very large and profitable business, handling everything required in the way of fixtures and appurtenances for supplying these lines of trade. His store is on Clinton street, Schenectady, and the business is now conducted under the firm name of Stanton & Ouderkirk, having admitted his son-in-law as a partner. He is a member of the Second Reformed Church, which he serves as trustee, and is a member of the consistory. He is a Democrat in politics, but has never aspired to public office. He is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to St. George's Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of Schenectady, and to Oriental Shrine of Troy, New York. He married, September 18, 1878, Roselia Garnsey, born in Middleburgh, New York, March 7, 1858, daughter of Montraville and granddaughter of William Garnsey, born 1805, died 1885, married, July 10, 1824, Celia Ferona Comstock, born in Kingston, New York, July 6, 1806. Children:

  1. Montraville, born September 30, 1826, died September 24, 1883; married, 1847, Alida C. Becker, born June 8, 1829, died August 24, 1884; children:
    1. Albert, died in infancy.
    2. Emerette, born January 15, 1850, married, January 3, 1870, Frank Straub, of Middleburgh, and had a daughter Inez, who married Frank Wells, and has Mildred and Sanford Wells.
    3. Charles, married Elizabeth Palmatier; no issue.
    4. Arthur, married Lena Earls, and has Francis.
    5. Julia C., born August 10, 1851; married, December 19, 1871, Isaac Sutphen, of Schenectady; has son Edward, who married, October 17, 1894, Dora Haines, and has Vernon and Helen Sutphen.
    6. Ellura, died January 19, 1854, aged three years twelve days.
    7. Edith Inez, born January 14, 1853; married (first) Colonel Hunter, and had William, married Ellen Paddock, July 15, 1905, and Alida, married Arthur Hailliday, June 7, 1905. She married (second) Samuel H. Sheldon, of Utica, New York; no issue.
    8. Roselia, married, September 18, 1878, Howard M. Stanton.
    9. Roxella, born July 31, 1859, unmarried.
    10. Lettie, born October 10, 1866, married Thomas Vroman, a druggist of Albany, and has Vernon and Myra Vroman.
    11. Elmira E., born September 11, 1869, died December 5, 1889. She married Arthur Dayton, and has no issue.

Mrs. Roselia (Garnsey) Stanton is a member of the Reformed church, a woman of quiet, domestic tastes and a most capable and devoted helpmate. Children of Howard M. and Roselia (Garnsey) Stanton:

  1. Edith Sabina, born December 21, 1879; educated in Schenectady common and high schools; married, September 15, 1904, in Schenectady, Howard Russell Ouderkirk, of Schenectady (see Ouderkirk VII forward).
  2. Earl Freeman, born September 15, 1895; a student in Schenectady high school.

(The Ouderkirk Line)

Jan Janse Ouderkirk was a cooper in Beverwyck as early as 1692, and lived on the north side of Yonkers, now State street. He was commonly known as the "Smalle Cuyper." He was the earliest settler of the name in or about Albany.

(II) Pieter (1), son of John Janse Ouderkirk, married Alida, daughter of Johannes Clute, June 13, 1704, in the town of Niskayuna. His name appears on the records of the First Reformed Dutch Church, December 26, 1701.

(III) Pieter (2), son of Pieter and Alida (Clute) Ouderkirk, was born in Albany, May 8, 1720. His name appears on church records in April, 1767. He married, June 18, 1755, Machtelt, daughter of Takel Heemstraat.

(IV) Isaac, son of Pieter (2) and Machtelt (Heemstraat) Ouderkirk, married Angelica Van Slyke, October 3, 1794.

(V) William, son of Isaac Ouderkirk, was born March 1, 1808, died 1886. He married Susan Durney, who died March 4, 1890.

(VI) Charles, son of William and Susan (Durney) Ouderkirk, was born March 29, 1854. He is a contractor of machines and machinery, and is associated with the American Locomotive Company at Schenectady. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and a Republican in politics. He married, December 25, 1879, Margaret Hamilton.

(VII) Howard Russell, son of Charles and Margaret (Hamilton) Ouderkirk, was born in Schenectady, New York, April 27, 1881. He was educated in the public schools, and early engaged in public business life, and is junior partner of Stanton & Ouderkirk, wholesale grocers', butchers' and shoemakers' supplies. He is a deacon of the First Reformed Church, and a Republican. He has attained unusual honor in the Masonic order, is master of St. George's Lodge, and at the date of his installation was the youngest master that ever filled the office since the lodge was chartered in 1774. He is a member of St. George's Chapter, the Council and Commandery, and a trustee of Oriental Shrine, Troy, New York. He married, September 15, 1904, Edith Sabina, daughter of Howard Mitchell and Roselia (Garnsey) Stanton, of Schenectady. (See Stanton VIII.)

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