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Apart from the many Gypsies who were transported for horse theft or other crimes, there were many who opted to seek a better life in the United States or Australia and New Zealand to name just a few Countries. The Buckland family together with the Stanley family who they married into and also the Broadway family and Smith's and many other's below is a Newspaper Article covering the Death of Levi Stanley who was one of the earlier settlers and was brought to my attention by a family member Richender Ann Stanley from America , who is seeking information on Levi's parents Owen Stanley and Harriet Wharton and their anscestors so if anyone can add more info please contact me thanks.

Since writing the above I have found some baptism's for Owens son Levi jnr and Dangerfield also a couple for Ephraim and Ann Boswell who were also in Cornwall at that time ,more info about their voyage to USA can be found on a seperate page with extended information:-

Parish: ST.Enoder Cornwall

Date:20-Feb 1851

Name:Eliza STANLEY

Parents:Owen & Priscilla Stanley

Residence:Encamped at Chingweal

Father's rank/profession:Gipsey


Parish:ST.Enoder Cornwall

Date:20-Feb 1847(also a death for Rhoda Stanley 24-Feb 1847)

Name:Rhoda STANLEY

Parents:Valentine & Betsy Stanley


Father's rank/profession:Gipsey


Parish:Parish:ST.Enoder Cornwall

Date:21-Sep 1851

Name:Ann STANLEY(age 6)when Bap.

Parents:Dangerfield & Ann Stanley

Residence: Encamped at Retyn

Father's rank/profession:Gipsey


Parish: Mullion:Cornwall

Date:25-Nov 1850

Name: Adam STANLEY

Parents:Levi &  Matilda Stanley


Father's rank/profession:Gipsey/Basketmaker


Parish: Godolphin Cornwall

Date:18-Jun 1880

Name:Henry BOSWELL

Parents:Ephraine & Ann Boswell

Residence:Green Lane, Godolphin

Father's rank/profession:


Parish:Godolphin Cornwall

Date:18-Jun 1880

Angeletta BOSWELL

Parents:Ephraine & Ann

Residence:Green Lane, Godolphin

Father's rank/profession:


Dayton Daily News

7 December 1908


Levi Stanley, Head of Famous Tribe, Dies in Texas at Age of Ninety-Six Years---Burial Ceremonies Will Take Place in April.

The body of Levi Stanley, the chief of the gypsy tribe that bears that name, was shipped to Dayton from Marshall, Texas, Sunday night and was placed in a vault at Woodland cemetery Monday morning. It will remain there until next April, when all the most prominent leaders of the various gypsy tribes throughout the country will participate in the rites attending the burial.. Death took place last Thursday, the noted gypsy being 96 years of age, his illness extending over more than a year.

The remains of the dead king were attended to this city by a son, Michael Stanley, and a grandson, Clifford Stanley. The announcement of the death of the prominent nomad has not yet been widely announced, even some of the members of the tribe of which he. was the head, not yet being apprised of the fact. It is probable that no formal announcement will be made at any time, the members of the family depending solely upon the publicity given the fact through the press to convey the information.

Although the Stanley family located here shortly after the arrival of the dead chief’s parents from England, when “Buchanan was king,”as they put it, Levi Stanley, whose body was shipped here this morning, had not been here for a period of thirty years,not even attending the funeral of other members of the family. The last time that he has been here so far as known, was when his wife, Mrs. Matilda Stanley, who was widely known as the gypsy queen, was buried. This was in the year 1878. Mrs. Stanley's death occurred in February of that year and the practice, that has prevailed ever since, was then in vogue, the burial ceremony being postponed until September, being held at a convenient time when the weather was warm. he long postponement of a burial at that time was a decided innovation and attracted widespread attention. It was discussed extensively in the metropolitan press of the country. As a result, when the last rites were held,they were witnessed by a large number of people than has ever attended a burial in Woodland cemetery. It was estimated at the time that fully 25,000 people were in attendance. Dr. Daniel Berger of the United Brethren church, officiated, as he has done on the occasion of each succeeding death, the number of funerals which he has conducted now being approximately thirty-five.


From the modest beginning here half a century ago, the Stanley family grew in opulence and increased in numbers until now it embraces four generations, and its aggregate wealth amounts up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. There are now living about fifty members, and while the larger number of. them bear the. name of Stanley, other names have been added through the marriage of the daughters of the famous chieftain and subsequently the daughters’ daughters. Prosperity has come to the tribe through their chosen professions of horse trading and fortune telling, the revenues from each almost evenly balancing. The most valuable part of the real estate owned by members of the tribe is located near Dayton, on large tracts, being situated on the- Salem pike, about three miles north of Dayton, and another on the Troy pike, some few, miles east of the former. Other property is held in North Dayton.The Stanleys have provided for burial purposes a beautiful plat of ground located near the central and most picturesque part of the Woodland cemetery, a magnificent monument surmounting the site occupied by the graves of the gypsy queen, Levi Stanley’s wife, and his twelve-year-old daughter.

At a heavy expense Mr. Stanley a number of years ago constructed a large subterranean vault, and this is covered with one immense slab, which was let down by means of a derrick. When the burial of the tribal chief takes place this will have to be removed and redeposited, the same means being employed that was necessitated when it was originally placed in position.This burial will not take place until next  April the exact date to be decided at some time in the future. It will be attended by all the ceremony that ever attends a gypsy funeral, although there has never been any effort to make the burial an occasion of display.

*This is what Wikepedia has to say:-

"Levi and Matilda Stanley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Stanley Family Plot, Woodland Cemetery

Levi Stanley (1818? — 3 December1908) and Matilda Joles Stanley (1821? — 15 January 1878) were accorded the honorific titles of King and Queen of the Gypsies. Levi explained that the title was merely an indication of his people's love and trust and not more.

Levi was the son of Owen Stanley (1794–21 February 1860) and Harriet Worden (1793–30 August 1857), who preceded as King and Queen. Matilda was the daughter of Ephraim Joles. When Levi became infirm in old age, their son Levi Jr."Sugar" Stanley (1835–5 March 1916) succeeded as King.

Born in Reading, Berkshire, England, Levi and Matilda and their families came to the United States in 1856—"when Buchanan was king," as they put it—along with others of their people and soon settled near Troy, Ohio. Shortly thereafter, they selected Dayton, Ohio as their headquarters for the summer months, and it became the center for the Gypsies of the country. Each year as they departed Dayton for warmer climes, their caravans would go in procession down Main Street.


In the federal censuses from 1860 to 1900, ages were enumerated that indicated various birth years, so the accuracy is in doubt; those given above are from their graves. In 1900, Levi gave his birth as November 1808. In his obituary, his age was given as 96 (implying 1812).Enumerated originally as “wanderers,” in later years they gave their occupations as horse traders. After Matilda’s death, Levi stated that "our children are all learning fast, and soon our people will not go a-roaming any more." The children of Levi’s extended family revealed the extent of their wandering by their birthplaces in the censuses: New York, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ohio, Michigan and others. Contrary to common perception, they were reverent church people, and the reigning King and his son and heir, known as Sugar Stanley, were members in good standing of the International Order of Odd Fellows.


Matilda was said to have a wonderful faculty of telling fortunes, when she pleased, and remarkable powers as a mesmerist, both qualities being explained by the assertion that they were handed down to her as the eldest daughter in the Stanley family, and were secrets possessed by her alone. She was described in the press as a "plain, hardy-looking woman, with a touch of Meg Merrilies in her appearance, and a manner indicative of a strong and pronounced character." Meg Merrilies was a gypsy queen in the Sir Walter Scott novel, Guy Mannering, made famous on the American stage by Charlotte Saunders Cushman.

It was the tradition of their people on the occasion of a funeral of the Stanley family, to travel to Dayton to bear tribute from across the United States, as well as England and Canada. On Palm Sunday 1877, one of Levi and Matilda's daughters and her husband were

buried in the family plot after a nine-mile long procession of colorful wagons and carriages through the rain. Newspaper stories of the

time noted the "rather bright colors of apparel and the expressive features of these people standing in the rain without umbrellas." When the minister stood at the head of the wide grave, the only umbrella upraised was over his head.


The Gypsy Queen, Matilda Stanley, died in Vicksburg, Mississippi in January 1878 after an illness of two years, and her body was embalmed so that it was said to "retain the natural aspect of life." It was placed in a vault in the cemetery in Dayton, and every day members of late Queen's family came with fresh flowers to strew over her. Eight months later her funeral was held, giving time for word to spread and her people to travel to Dayton. Twenty-thousand paid their last tribute to the dead Queen, including a dozen chiefs and their tribes from different sections of the United States, Canada and England.

Popular expectation that the funeral would consist of some extraordinary rites was not warranted. Rev. Dr. Daniel Berger, of the United Brethren Church of Dayton officiated, the quartet choir of the First United Brethren Church sang hymns, and the transfer of the casket from the vault to the family mausoleum was a brief ceremony.

Her funeral attracted press coverage by the major newspapers of the country and was front page news. Four years later, two more children were interred, and the Dayton Democrat reported that the "attendance was quite large, tent-dwellers having come from all parts of the country — from New York to Mississippi — to be present at the funeral." The story was picked up by the New York Times as well.

Yet, by the time King Levi Stanley died in Marshall, Texas thirty years later, the national press did not even mention his passing. In the article on the arrival of his remains in Dayton by train, it was noted that the aggregate wealth of his family was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, made equally from horse trading and fortune telling. By then, the family owned substantial tracts of real estate, mainly in the north Dayton area. In the tradition of the family, the burial was made the following spring, and was attended by only thirty members of the family from around the country.

More than fifty members of the extended Stanley clan—including members of the Harrison, Jeffry, Young, Broadway and Joles families—are interred in the family plot at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.Thus, Woodland has three Kings and two Queens of the Gypsies buried there. The vault of Levi and Matilda is a box made of stone slabs, 2 feet deep and 10 by 4 feet in dimension. Over the grave is a 20-foot column surmounted by an angel in white marble


"Death of a Gypsy King." Daily Gazette & Comet (Baton Rouge, LA), 15 March 1860, page 3, column 1.

"Burial Of A Gypsy Queen. Interest Attaching To The Approaching Interment Of Queen Matilda At Dayton." New York Times, August 7, 1878, page 3. (From the Dayton Democrat, August 3, 1878.)

"Burial Of A Gypsy Queen. Twenty Thousand Persons Present—The Services—Character And History Of The Gypsies." New York Times September 16, 1878, page 1.

"Notable Gypsy Burial." New York Times, April 22, 1882, page 4.

History of Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co. 1882.

"Body of Gypsy King Placed in Vault." Dayton Daily News, 7 December 1908.

"Laid Away Just Like an Ordinary Mortal." Dayton Daily News, 13 April 1909.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_and_Matilda_Stanley"




Christening: 02 NOV 1600  Piddlehinton Dorset England

Parents: Father: JOHN STANDLEY


EDITH STANLEY  Christening:  04/8/1611 Piddlehinton Dorset England   Father:  JOHN STANLEY



 Christening:  03 APR 1614   Piddlehinton, Dorset England

 Parents:   Father:  JOHN STANDLEY  Mother:  ANNE LUDLOW



   Christening:  24 FEB 1634   Piddlehinton, Dorset, England

 Parents:   Father:  HENRY STANDLEY    Mother:  AGNES



 228. Elenor Stanlye - International Genealogical Index

Gender: Female Birth: About 1521 Of, Piddlehinton Dorset England

  229. Maude Stanley - International Genealogical Index

Gender: Female Birth: About 1562 Of, Piddlehinton Dorset England

  230. John Standly - International Genealogical Index

Gender: Male Birth: About 1570 Of, Piddlehinton, Dorset England

  231. Henry Stanley - International Genealogical Index

Gender: Male Birth: About 1564 Of, Piddlehinton, Dorset England

  232. Henrie Stanlie - International Genealogical Index

Gender: Male Birth: About 1525 Of, Piddlehinton Dorset England

  233. Robert Stanlie - International Genealogical Index

Gender: Male Birth: About 1562 Of, Piddlehinton Dorset England  


Vaine Standley  Male*  Christening:  1667  Bere-Regis Dorset

 Parents:   Father:  John Standley



282. John Standly - International Genealogical Index

Gender: Male Christening: 20 DEC 1669 Bere-Regis, Dorset England

  283. William Standley - International Genealogical Index

Gender: Male Christening: 13 OCT 1672 Bere-Regis


JOHN STANDLEY *    Marriage:   Spouse:  ALSE JAMES  

  Marriage:  19 AUG 1574   Poole, Dorset, England


 JOHN STANLEY *   Marriage  Spouse:  ELIZABETH SMITH  

  Marriage:  01 MAY 1745   Church Knowle Dorset England


JOHN STANDLY *    Marriage:  Spouse:  ANN STANDLY  

  Marriage:  02 JAN 1616   Piddlehinton Dorset England