Note: STANTON GENEALOGY, by William Stanton, page 477. Robert lived and died in Pawcatuck, Stonington, Ct. He was a soldier in King Phillip's War, as were his old brothers Capt. John and Joseph. Robert was buried in the old family burial ground on the east side of Wicketequack Cove, half way between Stonington, CT and Westerly RI. Robert's wife survived him.
ANCESTORS OF ALDEN SMITH SWAN AND HIS WIFE MARY ALTHEA FARWELL, by Josephine C. Frost, The Hills Press, New York, MCMXXIII, page 200. Robert was born in 1653 and lived at Pawcatuck, Stonington, CT, where he died Oct. 24, 1724. He married Sept. 12, 1677, Joanna, daughter of Thomas and Lucy (Smith) Gardner of Roxbury, MA. He was a soldier in King Philip's War of 1675/6. In the last year of the war he, under Capt. George Denison and others, were pursuing the remnant of King Philip's army, a portion of whom were under the command of Canonchet, the last of the Royal Narragansett Sachems, who were encamped on the banks of the Pawcatuck River, in Rhode Island, when Denison and his men attacked them suddenly. Most of them feld, leaving the Sachem alson, and as soon as he relized his plight he sought safety in flight, and when he saw his pursuers gaining on him he threw off his blanket, then his silver-laced coat and belt of peage, and ran with all possible speed, but as he crossed the river he fell and wet his gun and was soon overtaken by Robert Stanton, then not 25 years of age, but he would not recognize his aughtority nor reply to his questions, because of his youth, but when the officers in charge came up he still refused to answer or to sign a treaty of peace, and when he was told that he would be shot if he did not, he replied, "he like it well and should die before his heart had grown soft or he had said anything unworthy of himself." and so he was shot near Anguilla, in Stonington.
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