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3 Springs

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Our property in the Sierra Nevada mountains has long been called "Three Springs", a truly descriptive name. It seems an appropriate description of an individual's place in life. We are each a small link in the endless chain of Life, one small drop in the eternal Spring.

My name is Anne (Standley) Brunt * Welcome to Three Springs!


The surname originated in England, and is based on the description of a "stony meadow" or lea. Family tradition claims that the "d" was inserted for "Damn the King!" In the 1930's a professional genealogist wrote that our Standley line descended from the Stanley Earls of Derby, but proof is elusive. Were that true, there would be good reason for the "d" since James, 7th Earl of Derby, called "The Great Stanley", was beheaded in 1651 for his loyalty to his King. Some descendants still continue the tradition, while others have dropped the "d".


The first proven ancestor of my Standley line was a Quaker named THOMAS STANDLEY. Hinshaw’s history of Quaker Thomas and his family is available on the Internet.



JACOB STANDLEY, SR.was the son of Quaker Thomas Standley. A namesake, his great-grandson, related a history of the family in 1874 when he was sixty-eight years old. Many of his facts have been proven, and he had a marvelous memory. Below is a part of "his-story"! "Uncle Jacob" related the history to his nephew, Edwin Stanley. Dan Stanley of Kansas City, Missouri, shared it with me - thank you, Dan!



According to Jacob Stanley, who lived in 1874 near Millville, Ray County, Missouri, the first of the Stanleys came over from England some time prior to the Revolutionary War, bringing his children with him, and he settled on the eastern shore of Maryland. From there he moved to Virginia, thence to North Carolina. He had seven sons, among whom were Horace (Harris), John, Thomas and Jacob. Part, and perhaps all, of the boys went with their father to North Carolina and lived in Wilkes and Lara (Surry) Counties.

Horace, the first son, came to Tennessee [Campbell County] and from there he moved to Cooper County Missouri, about the year 1814 (actually 1817-1818). He was married twice. The name of his second wife was Roberts. He had three sons by his first wife, John, Nathan and Jacob also two daughters, one of whom named Nancy married a man by the name of Crabtree. The second daughter married a Mr. Hayes and moved to Illinois. The second wife's children were Page, Mayniard (Minyard), Jerry (Jeremiah) and Ramah (Ramey) who all came to Missouri and settled in Howard County. Some of the first children moved to Northwest Missouri, and Page went from there to Texas.

Jacob, the fourth son, was killed in the battle of King's Mountain in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. He had five children----Reuben, Horace (Harris), Page, Elizabeth and Judy. After the war the children were taken to Bedford county, Virginia where they were raised by Nathan Basham. Horace (Harris), Jacob's first son, married and moved to Kanawah county, West Virginia, where he had a family of boys and died there. Reuben, Jacob's second son, married Miss Easter Patterson, a native of Ireland, in Bedford, Virginia, and emigrated to Campbell county Tennessee. Their children---John, Andrew, Jacob, Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary [or Polly]. Reuben, Jacob's second son, afterward emigrated to Missouri and settled in Ray county, then later went to Decatur county, Iowa, where he died in 1849. John, Reuben's first son, married a Hatfield, and had three sons and three daughters. He died in Marion county, Tennessee. The children scattered, one going to California where he died, another to Salt Lake, Utah, etc. Andrew, Reuben's second son, married Miss Cane, and had four sons and six daughters. He emigrated to Cooper county, Missouri where he died. Two of his boys, Calvin and Abram became missionary Baptist preachers and lived in or near Manhattan, Kansas. Jacob, Reuben's third son, settled near Millville, Ray county, Missouri, where he was living when the writer E. J. Stanley, visited him in 1874 and took from his lips most of these notes. He was a well-to-do farmer and a man of excellent character. He had five sons and three daughters. One son, James, became a Methodist preacher and died young. One daughter, Jane, married Mr. McClellan; Abigail married James Grimes; John married Annie Straghm [Strahm] of Lexington, Missouri; Andrew married Ellen McChristian; Willis, married Sarah Thompson; Martha married Thomas Jones and Easter married James Hatfield. Henry, Thomas and Eliza were yet single in 1874. Reuben's daughters married, one a Mode, son of Thomas Mode, the other married a Hatfield. Page, Jacob's third son ( my grandfather) emigrated with Reuben to Campbell county, Tennessee. He there married Winnie Basham, daughter of Nathan Basham. He served under Jackson in the war of 1812. He moved with his family to Indiana [ Putnam county] and afterward with the entire family emigrated and settled in Buffalo, Dallas county, Missouri. Page had six sons, William, Horace (Harris), Nathan, Archie, John and Henry; also three daughters Mary [Polly], Nancy and Elizabeth.



JACOB STANDLEY, SR., was the father of John Standley, Sr. Land records for the Standleys are shown in Bedford County, Virginia, but few other records have been discovered. Jacob Standley, Sr. bought 50 acres on the South side of Staunton River from George Holland in 1766, and his son, John Standley, Sr. bought 96 acres of land in Bedford County, Virginia, on 25 July 1767. It was also on the South side of Staunton River, "Beginning at Holland's Corner Maple".



JOHN STANDLEY, SR., was my 4thGr-Grandfather. He was shown in the census record for Surry County, NC, before Wilkes County was formed from part of Surry. The entry shown in the photograph was made in 1778, and he had many other parcels. His wife's name was Jerusha Fitch, but she was called "Lucy". She was the daughter of Abijah Fitch and Anna Wallbridge. She was from Norwich, New London, Connecticutt, and she descended from Elder William Brewster, the Ruling Elder on the first Pilgrim voyage of the "Mayflower". The couple lived out their lives in Wilkes County, NC.

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John Standley 200-acre parcel <<<>>> John Standley 1778 Land Grant

View Elsie Arcuri's photos - Thank you, Elsie!<>The area where John Standley settled in Wilkes Co NC.

JOHN STANDLEY. JR, was my 3rdGr-Grandfather. He married Rebecca Shinn, daughter of Samuel Shinn, Jr. and Anna (Branson) Shinn. John and Rebecca remained in Wilkes County until 1819 when they decided to make the move to what is now Carroll County, Missouri. It is my sense that they may have been seeking land for their rapidly maturing family. At any rate, John Jr. bought a 160-acre parcel of Military Bounty land from George Combs of Wilkes County, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, before preparing for the move. He also sold the parcel shown in the above photograph to Benjamin Lewis of Wilkes County, along with two other parcels adding up to slightly over 100 acres. With that accomplished, most of the family set off on a new adventure to the untamed frontier of Missouri. The family grew, as did their land possessions. Ray County separated from Howard County in 1820, and Carroll County was formed from Ray County in 1833. At that time, John and Rebecca Standley donated 80 acres of their land to be used as the County Seat of Carroll County.



JAMES STANDLEY was my Great-Great Grandfather. He was born 6 November 1792 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and he died in Carroll County, Missouri, on 16 March 1874. I have no picture of my Great-Great Grandmother. Her name was Mary "Polly" Trotter, born 6 April 1803 in Augusta County, Virginia, and died 14 December 1883 in Carroll County, Missouri. Mary was the daughter of James and Mary (Beard) Trotter of Augusta, VA. Mary and James Standley had ten children. Some of their sons went to California during the Gold Rush, and they were living near Nevada City, CA, in 1852. James Standley wrote the following letter to his sons, Wakefield and Milton Standley:
Carroll County, Missouri June 7th, 1852 Dear Sons, I have just recieved yours of Aprile the ninth and was glade to hear that you and Milton was well. I have recieved youre check for two hundread dollars. I will doe the best with it for your that I can if a opertunity ofers. I have rote your twoe letters in the last month previous of this. I have rote in them all the news of importens. If I cante trade none for your youre money will be heare for you when your returne home. It is the safest way for you to doe to send it in checke more so than to bring it youreself. All waise send twoe first and secont and one of the two is shore to come to hand. I have nothen new to rite to you. Joel Trotter is maried to miss mills a nese of pandenters a school mistres. I have got my crop in fine ordr oats looks well, wheate not so well. Times is tolerable brisk. Stock is barein a good price. Tobacco is low, hemp is worth from sixty to eighty, bacon is 10 sents per pound. I have just recieved a letter from John. He seemes pleased with that contury that is the climent in particulear. He donte speake of returne home until fall or winter. I cant advise youe what to doe as I have not seen the contury. I expect youe had better stay on a farme and take a preemtion. Youe can make more in the end if you will. I will come thare next spring. There are a good many talks of moveen then. Youre uncle John Trotter is a goen thare in the fall. He will go the isthmus route. He wants youe to inquire for his son William. He has not heard from him in twelve months and he is myty onesey on his a count. I wante youe to inquire for him and rite if youe can heare of him. We are all well. Youre mother hes the sore eys myty bade. They are a little better. I wante youe to rite hos milton comes on with his garden and barley and weather he is makeen aney thing or not and if he wants to returne home send him home. I wante him to go to school some and it may be you had better all come. Youe must be youre own judge as to that. Youe cante make a hundrd dolars a month heare. We wold be glade to sea youe at aney time. I doe not thinke youe will be satesfide heare longe when youe come and see the small profetts for labour heare and the colde and longe winters of this climet. I wante youe to rite ofen and I will doe the same. I wante you to recollect that a good name is better than gold or riches and I wold rather youe wold returne home with it than all the golde in california and a bade name. June the 9 I will male this to day as I am goen to town this morning. The candidates is to speake there to day. No more but remanes youre loving father till death. Wake and Milton Standley James Standley



JAMES MILTON STANDLEY was my Great-Grandfather. He was born 4 October 1833 in Carroll County, MO, and he died of pneumonia at the young age of 40 years on 22 March 1874 , only six days after the death of his father, James. The home shown in the photograph had been completed only two years before his death. His widow, Elizabeth Victoria (Peyton) Standley "loved Milton so much that she would never remarry". She was the granddaughter of Stephen Peyton and her Gr-Gr-Gr-Grandfather was Major Robert Peyton who came to Jamestown, VA, in 1663, settling in Gloucester County. Elizabeth remained in the lovely family home and raised their family of eight children there. She then sold it to a daughter and son-in-law, and spent the remainder of her long life living with her children in turn. Milton had joined with his older brothers and cousins to go to California during the Gold Rush. They were in Nevada City, CA, in 1852, and they returned home to Missouri shortly after that. I inherited the letter written by James to oldest brother, Allen Wakefield, called "Wake", and to James Milton, called "Milton". It had been lovingly saved in a safe deposit box. I donated it to the University of Missouri for preservation, and in order that all of James' descendants could see it if they wished. I was especially moved by James' final admonition to his sons, Wakefield and Milton Standley, " I wante you to recollect that a good name is better than gold or riches and I wold rather youe wold returne home with it than all the golde in california and a bade name."


ROBERT NELSON STANDLEY was my grandfather, and what a wonderful grandfather he was! He would let me sit on his lap as a toddler and make "spit curls" on his forehead - such tolerance! He was born 8 May 1858, and he died 3 June 1943. He married a first-generation Irish-American girl, Sarah Edna Gleason, in 1884. She died when my father, her youngest child, was only 14 years of age. How I wish I could have known her!

Grandfather was such a friendly man, and he made friends wherever he went. His obituary in part: His early married life was spent on a farm three miles southwest of Carrollton, where he was prosperous and successful. May 1, 1903 he accepted the appointment as rural mail carrier on Carrollton rural route 5, and continued to serve the patrons of this route with courtesy and efficiency until Feb. 1, 1925 when he retired from the postal service. He was one of the most beloved men in Carrollton, where his friends, both young and old, were limited only by his acquaintances. As a citizen he was public spirited and progressive. As a Christian gentleman and neighbor, he was congenial and honorable and he leaves a heritage to his family and friends worthy of emulation.


ROBERT MILTON STANDLEY was my father, and the youngest of seven children. He was born 7 February 1899. His mother died when he was only fourteen years old, and his father allowed him to go to Wyoming to be a cowboy at a cattle ranch owned by friends. He fudged on his age a bit in order to enlist in the Cavalry when Pancho Villa began to cause trouble, and he later re-enlisted when World War I began. He still had shrapnel in his legs when he died 15 December 1965. He married my mother, Louise Rachel Tatro, 21 March 1923 in Carrollton, Missouri. They went to Niagara Falls on their honeymoon, then up to Lake Louise in Canada, no doubt singing their favorite song along the way - "Every little breeze seems to whisper Louise". They also visited his brother in California. My father was an Electrician, and when the Great Depression began to deepen, my parents decided to move to California. My older sister and I were very disappointed when we did not see cowboys and Indians on the streets of Sacramento.


Anne Standley Ed Brunt

I was born in Carrollton, Missouri, but grew to adulthood in Sacramento, California. My husband and I met soon after I graduated from high school, and since the "older men" were returning from World War II and using the GI Bill to further their education, it was a heady time to begin college. We married in January 1948, and began our life together in Napa Valley where we lived for the first 33 years. We raised our three children in Napa Valley- a daughter and two sons, Judy, Jack and Rich. In 1981 we moved to our beloved Sierra Nevada mountains, as near to Paradise as one can approach on Mother Earth. We have just begun our 56th year of marriage. Our children loved the mountains, also, and within four years they had each bought a home in the area, thus we have been blessed to have our children, our five grandchildren, and our two (so far) great-grandchildren living nearby.

Our Children



Our Grandchildren as Children

*****Shannon-Kelly *****Erin-Jeff *********Bryan*****

And so the Chain is unbroken, and the Springs flow on abundantly! May it ever be so!!!

Our Great-Grandchildren

      Briar Rose                                            Nolan Richard                                             Patrick          


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