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Miles Francis Stanley I

I have been working on my Stanleys, and have gotten to my great-great grandfather, Miles Francis Stanley I. I have been pretty lucky with him, as I’ve found a lot of info online. I have pretty well reconstructed his entire life! How?
To begin with, I received a few documents and a photograph from my aunt. Then I visited my other aunt, and she had several more documents and another image. All these I photographed with my digital camera. This info gave me enough leads to point me where to look in the US Census. Amazingly, I was able to find him in every census conducted during his lifetime, 1860-1930! Except the lost 1890 census, of course. Now I have a pretty good overall picture of him. Then, thanks to GenealogyBank, I found several articles in the Dallas Morning News Archives, dealing with his public persona as a county commissioner for Hill County, Texas. Also, there is a very interesting article in a county history book, “A Memorial and Biographical History of Johnson and Hill Counties, Texas”, from 1892. Since this book was written while Miles Stanley was in his prime, hopefully the information was contributed by him or someone close to him and so may be fairly accurate. Plus, I have been able to verify much of the information from the article with other sources. I have also found a couple of transcribed letters written by Miles Stanley from the 1880′s. And, finally, I have 2 obituaries, one from the Dallas Morning News and the other from the Hillsboro Evening Mirror. With a few other items, I have been able to reconstruct his life to a large extent.
What to do with this life history? Well, it will be uploaded to my website, of course. But I thought I would also try something new.
I have been reading about a site called WeRelate, which is a genealogy wiki: “WeRelate is a free public-service wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy, Inc. in partnership with the Allen County Public Library. We are the world’s largest genealogy wiki with pages for over 500,000 people and growing.”
So, I signed up and created a page for Miles Francis Stanley I.
Interesting concept, we’ll see how it works out…