Note: STANTON GENEALOGY, by William Stanton, page 65, 66. Thomas of Stonington, embarked at London, EN, Jan 2, 1635, in the merchantman "Bonaventura". He went first to Virginia and then to Boston. In 1637, he settled in Hartford CT, where he married Ann Lord, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Dorothy Lord of Hartford. In 1650 he established a trading house in Stonington CT on the Pawcatuck River. His family lived in New London for a few years until finally their permanent residence came to be on the Pawcatuck.
STANTON REUNION BOOKLET, given out at the Stanton Reunion on the Davis Farm, the first house Thomas Stanton had in Stonington. August 1991.
ANCESTORS OF ALDEN SMITH SWAN AND HIS WIFE MARY ALTHEA FARWELL, by Josephine C. Frost, The Hills Press, New York, MCMXXIII, page 199. Thomas was born in Wolverton, England and was in early manhood, in England, educated for a cadet but not likeing the profession of arms and taking a deep interest in the religious principles of the emigrating Puritans, he left his native land in 1635 for the new world, and after staying a short time in Boston and being recognized by Winthrop and his associates as a valuable man, he was selected by the Boston authorities to accompany Fenwick and Peters, as interpreter on a mission to Saybrook, CT, to hold a conference with the Pequot Indians, after which he took up his residence in Hartford, locating there about 1637, and he became the Indian Interpreter to the General Court of CT in all controversies between the whites and the Indians. It was while thus employed, in an interview with Ninigret, in the Narragansett country, that he became acquainted with the Pawcatuck Valley, and he became the first white man to join William Chesebrough in the new settlement, and he asked the liberty to errect a trading house in that place in 1651, but he did not remove his family there until 1657. After the articles of confederation between the New England colonies had been established in 1643, he was selected as Interpreter General, and in this capacity he acted especially between the ministers employed by the Commissioners of the United Colonies, acting as agents of the London Missionary Society, and the Indians to whom they preached. He also aided Rev. Abraham Pierson in the translation of his catechism into the Indian tongue, certifying to the same in his official caapacity. After locating in Stonington he became very prominent and was elected to almost every position in public trust in the new settlement. In 1658, when Pawcatuck was included in the town of Southertown, under the jurisdiction of MA, he was appointed Selectman and magistrate. In 1637 he married Anne, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Lord, and he died Dec 2, 1677, aged 68 years, and she survived him about eleven years, dying at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Noyes, in Stonington CT.
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