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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Stanly Ranch - Edward Stanly Jr.

I have to do a "shout out" to Anne in England.  She and her cousin, Marg, have been such wonderful research helpers for me.  Anne found the information that I'd been looking for about the Judge's son.  Thank You!

Edward Stanly, Jr., son of John Alexander Stanly and Sarah J. Case, was born in 1858 and died July 8, 1880.  Edward's father Judge John A. Stanly had been adopted by his uncle, Governor Edward Stanly.  In the grand "official" scheme of things, the Governor was actually the Judge's father and Edward Stanly Jr.'s grandfather. 

More official records appear to have Edward Jr.'s birth year as 1856 in California.  Now, I get a little confused because history indicates that the Judge, himself, did not come to California until 1866.  Furthermore, Edward Jr.'s sister was born in North Carolina.  At any rate, Edward Jr.'s residence as of 1870, when he was 14 years old, was Oakland, California.  He died in 1880 at the age of 24 in California.  Edward Jr. accidentally shot himself while hunting. 

So this confirms what happened to the Judge's son.  How sad was this?  I wonder if Michael Flanagan knew the Judge's son.  I am assuming that was the case.  The legend of the Winchester Repeater may not be such a Flanagan Family legend afterall.

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