Miles Stanley and wife Trilla Maryland (my Mom’s namesake) arrived in Hill County, Texas from Tuscaloosa County, Alabama in January 1875. There Miles became a successful farmer and was elected County Commissioner in about 1895.
In 1898, The Stanleys and the Fairs, Trilla Maryland’s sister and brother-in-law, adopted 2 very small and very alone little boys who had been abandoned on the steps of the Hill County Courthouse.
By 1909, Miles had retired from public life and the family moved to Mineral Wells in nearby Palo Pinto County. Adopted son John Thomas Stanley graduated from high school in Mineral Wells and soon married and moved away to Fort Worth. Miles and Trilla Maryland remained in Mineral Wells until their deaths in 1932 and 1935 respectively, married over 60 years.