The Quilietti Family

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STANTON connections

Helen Rose Quilietti married Denis Madigan Stanton in 1972 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 This is our Quilietti connection with the Irish family Stanton or Staunton.

 The names Staunton and Stanton in Ireland are of Anglo origin having been brought to the country by settlers as early as the thirteenth century.
The Gaelic form of the name is de Stonndun.
County Mayo was the ancestral home to the Sept who also established themselves as the Mac an Mhilidh Sept, a name that was more usually anglicized as MacEvilly..
Edward Stanton 1871-1939. Grandfather of Denis Madigan Stanton



Our branch of the family came to Scotland from the West of Ireland, the Parish of Oughavil which is now a part of Westport.  At the time of the great Potato Famine in 1845 there were  55 Stanton households in County Mayo and the majority would have been closely connected.    In the rest of Ireland there were only another 14 families with this surname.

Aghagower Civil Parish falls primarily in Murrisk Barony. Only a small northeast section is in Burrishoole Barony.

The far south border of this Civil Parish borders County Galway. It is located only four miles from Westport, one of County Mayo’s Premier Market Towns.

Aghagower Civil Parish, which falls within Aughagower Roman Catholic Parish has 97 townlands, with 45 of them being in Burrishoole Barony and 52 in Murrisk Barony. Economically speaking, the Townland of Aghagower appears to be the primary hub of economic activity with a “Fair Green,” “Tolls and Customs of Fairs” and a Forge (in addition to the Church, Graveyard, and School already mentioned).

The townland of Aille had a Miller’s House and Tuck Mill; the Townlands of Cloonskill, Cordarragh North and Mace South each had a Forge.

The Townlands of Aillbaun and Teevinish each had Plantations;

Cloonagh had a Bleach Mill, two Flour Mills and Stores; Brackloon had a Tuck Mill,

Knappagh More had a Corn Mill;

Srahatloe had a Dispensary,

Toberooaun had a Constabulary Barrack and there were Herd’s Houses in the Townlands of Aghagower, Ballygolman, Carrowkeel, Cloondacon, Cordarragh South, Derrinkee, Derrintin, Derrycraff, Drummindoo, Errif, Forkfield, Glenacally, Glendavock, Glennumera, Gorteen, Knappaghmore, Knockbrack, Lankill, Letterass, Mahanagh, Midgefield, Monamore, Mount Brown, Rockfield, Srahatloe, Srahlea, Tawnagh, Toberooaun and Tonranny. There was also a Shepherds House in Ballinvoy. The number of Herd’s Houses and a Shepherd’s House would seem to indicate significant pastoral land for grazing. Farmhouses were documented in Bofara and Drummindoo. The only other item of a Commercial nature was the Salmon Fishery in Killarly Harbour.

Aghagower, like many Civil Parishes in County Mayo, saw a significant population drop during and after the famine years. There were 12,235 in Aghagower in 1841, dropping to 6,511 in 1851. This number declined further still; by the year 1911, there were only 3,595 people in Aghagower Civil Parish.  To behold the awful state of this parish is indeed frightful beyond conception.   Famine, destitution, despair and death.   Men, women and children are sick and dying of hunger.   Will anything be done for their relief?   This district is neglected.   We have complied with all the requisite rules.   We got several promises, but no relief.   I humbly request that your journal direct me to what I should do.
I send the names of those who died of want and  hunger in three villages in the mountain district, in April alone- 

Drimcaggy, Ballybanane, and Darras- John Hough, Anna Hough, Judy Meenachan, Katy Gibbons, Frank Dermody, Pat Walsh, John Durken, John Staunton, Kate McNilly, Beggar at Gortanukellen, John Malley, Austin Going, Henry Walsh, Pat Walsh, John Walsh, Tom Malley, Pat Lally, Bryan Boyle, Henry Walsh, J Mother, Pat Glynn, James Dolan, Peggy Walsh, William Walsh, Tom Henehan, William Dolan’s wife, John Henehan’s wife, John Moran’s  son, Biddy Lally, Thady Connolly, Pat Greavey, William Horan, Michael Malley, Michael Miller, James Drunane’s wife, Mary Connolly, Martin Hanlon, New Boland’s son, William Heneehan’s son, Biddy  Mally, Pat Stanton, Martin Sheridan, Biddy Kyne, Mathew Heneehan, William Hanlon’s son, a Travelling  man, Anthony Heneehan’s son, Lakey Higgins, Pat Stanton, Tom Walsh, John Joyce,  Michael Heneehan, Philip Meenachan, Peter Lally, Stephen Walsh, Winy Gibbons, James Dermody, Martin Lally, John Knight, Tom Bourke, Michael Dolan, John Sheridan’s son, Pat Kennedy, Anthony O’Brien, Tom Heneehan, Martin McC?addy, Michael Donnellan, William Heneehan’s wife, Peter Gibbons, Luke Gibbons, Walter Cusack and James  Malley.  All of the above persons died of cold and hunger in one month, out of a population of around 300 families.

The poor people are dying in the fields, in the streets, in the ditches, on the roads, and in the houses; some remaining for 4, 6, or 7 days without interment – without winding sheets; all- all sick or hungry, without food, or means to buy any. Irish Migration to Great Britain began long before the famine of 1845-1847. Seasonal workers (Spalpeens) had been travelling to England to supplement their income by performing harvesting and other temporary work since the early 1800’s. Many Spalpeens came from County Mayo Ireland and Western Ulster. Their numbers increased in the 1820’s and 1830’s as “Steamer packets” became available to transport workers over the Irish Sea. “The Irish Midlands railway ran a special fourth-class fare, known as a harvest ticket, to transport men from the outlying counties to Dublin and then on to Liverpool or other West Coast Ports.  The number of seasonal workers travelling from Ireland to England was between 60,000 and 100,000 annually between the years of 1840-1860. Seasonal work in England allowed families to supplement their income so they could keep their land back in Ireland. The need was great in the early 19th century for these temporary workers, but it began to decline in the 1870s with the Agricultural depression and the introduction of machines to facilitate harvesting. By the 1880’s the harvest migration no longer provided the supplemental income many needed to keep their holdings in Ireland and they were forced to emigrate (especially in Connacht and Western Munster).

Mayo is a county in Connaught, the westernmost part of Ireland.  Even today it is the most under-developed parts of Ireland and is surrounded by bogland. drumlins [which are really steep little  hills] and is surrounded by mountains.  The Parish of Oughavil where our ancestors were married is now a part of Westport on the western Atlantic coast



Drummin R.C. Cemetery
Drummin R.C.Church
Gloshpatrick Cemetery
Murrisk New
Murrisk Old
Westport C.I. Graveyard
Westport Convent of Mercy
Westport Demesne C.I. Church
Westport R.C. Church

Griffiths Valuation in Ireland was published between 1847 and 1864 and shows us the family Staunton living in Oughavil at this time.  By 1864 of course most of the family had left the area because of the famine.  But those families who remained are documented here


Staunton John Attireesh Oughaval Mayo Staunton John Cahernamart, Tn of Westport: Mill Street Oughaval Mayo 
Staunton Peter Cahernamart, Tn of Westport: Tobberhill Oughaval Mayo 
Staunton Robert Cahernamart, Tn of Westport: Mill Street Oughaval Mayo 
Staunton Thomas Cloonmonad, Westport Quay Oughaval Mayo

But going back even further the Stantons were a part of the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland which took place in the year 1169 and which reached Connaught in the West of Ireland in 1220.   The Norman invaders with the surname  Staunton had settled in Wales and there is even a town Staunton in the area.  So the history of the family would almost certainly go back to them.

Staunton is located three miles north east of Monmouth and four miles north west of Coleford in the Forest of Dean, on the border of England and Wales. The main road which passes through Staunton is the A4136 road.  Staunton is mentioned in the Domesday Book as one farmstead and a waste or meend. It is probable that the first Norman Lord of the manor arrived in about 1100, and a fortified manor house was built above Castle Ditch. The parish church was also initially built at this time.

The Stanton/Staunton family settled well in the Mayo area for hundreds of years and they well assimilated into the area.  Then through the years when history changed, they became farmers and lived off the land. They had captured 600 years before.   Wars and invasions were never far off in those days and things would have also changed for the families of these Norman settlers. The village of Staunton is on the Wales/England Border.

Recent history tells us that until the time of the great Potato Famine in the 1840s the family worked as farmers.   The family were Catholic as were most of the population in this area at that time.   They would have spoken native Gealic which was spoken predominately in this area at the time.   The English language was also starting to kick in.

RECENT HISTORY of our branch of the STANTON FAMILY from Mayo in Ireland

Walter Staunton was born circa 1790 in Mayo.  He married Honor Green.  They had several children and one of them was Edward.  Edward married Margaret Grady in 1844 in St. Mary’s Church in Westport, County Mayo.     His wife Margaret Grady was also local to the area and their family surname may have originally been O’Grady.  Her father was Patrick Grady and her mother was Ann Maguire.  

Edward and Peggy Grady [as she was known] would have endured the hardship of the famine.   They married in Westport, County Mayo in 1844 just as the great famine was kicking off.

Their eldest son Andrew was born in Ireland.  But as is documented they moved from their home in Ireland to Scotland circa 1850.   These are our ancestors, our direct line reaching back to Oughaval in County Mayo in Ireland.

Highlighted in green Oughaval Parish in County Mayo

However, history tells us that the Great Potato Famine saw thousands and thousands die and many were forced to travel to not only the New World but also to Scotland.  The people were starving and millions died.

Westport, Ireland, the ancestral home of our Branch of the Stanton family

1851 Edinburgh, Scotland

starving Irish family


It was to central Edinburgh that a great influx of immigration came.   The Grassmarket and Cowgate area was really no more than slums in the 1850s and it was here that the IRISH mostly settled.

It was here that Edward Stanton and his wife Margaret Grady came at the end of the time of the great famine.  Edward and Margaret married on 19th January 1844.  Their first son Andrew was born in Ireland in 1849.   The famine caused the great exodus to Scotland and it was in Edinburgh that their remaining 9 children were born.  Their adopted church was St. Patrick’s R.C. in Cowgate, Edinburgh and all their children were baptised here and later married here.  To keep the young men out of trouble the young Priest Canon Hannon started a football game where the men could escape from the harsh realities of living in the city.

1861 Edinburgh, Scotland


Edward and Margaret at first lived in North Gray’s Close in the Canongate area.  Edward described himself as a Farm Labourer in the 1861 Scottish Census.  By this time the family had grown to five  children, Andrew, born in Ireland and the eldest was a dust carter .  Three daughters had been born in Edinburgh, Ann, was born in 1851 in Edinburgh. Anna was born in 1855 in Edinburgh and Margaret was born in 1858 in Edinburgh.   Patrick was born in 1852 but was not at their home on the evening of the census.   They also had Bridget who was born in 1859 but she died in June 1860.      The younger daughter Ann and Anna also worked as stick sellers, their ages only 10 and 7.   Life indeed was not good for the family at this time.  But it was better than seeing the starvation which had embraced Ireland at this time.

1871 Edinburgh, Scotland


Now living at 5 North Gray’s Close in the Canongate with son Patrick who was born in 1852, Anna born in 1855, Margaret born in 1862 and Mary born in 1866.  Andrew by now had married Maria Whelahan.  Their other children born the previous decade were Edward, John, Maria, and Catherine.

On 9th December 1867  Andrew had married Maria Whelahan who was born in Rosscommon, Ireland and who emigrated with her family in 1850.  They married in St. Patrick’s Church in the Cowgate.  Andrew  was now a mason’s labourer and their first son Michael Stanton had been born in 1870

In the year 1875 The Hibernian Football Club was in fact formed at

Michael Whelahan in the centre.  Looking at the profiles the player at the far left looks like a Stanton, but which one, Patrick or Andrew.  

a meeting of the Young Men’s Catholic Association under the Chairmanship of Canon Hannan.   The name of the club was suggested by Michael Whelaghan a young man of about twenty-one years and who was elected the first club Captain.  [Michael’s sister Maria married Andrew Stanton and Andrew also played in the new Irish Catholic Team.]  Also in the team was Patrick Stanton, Andrew’s younger brother.   Another famous entry is that of James Connolly who also lived in the Cowgate and although he was a few years younger than his brother James he was a ballboy for the Club in the beginning.

The first Hibees

The Cowgate is a street in EdinburghScotland, located about 5 minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle, within the city’s World Heritage Site. The street’s name is derived from the fact that cows were herded down it for Edinburgh’s market days in previous centuries (gate being a Scots term for “street”; compared with gait).

The street is part of the lower level of Edinburgh’s Old Town, which is partly built around the elevated streets of South Bridge and George IV Bridge. Consequently, the Cowgate can be quite gloomy and dark in sections. It adjoins the Grassmarket at its west end and Holyrood Road to the east.

Although the area is now an affluent part of town, from the mid-18th century until after the World Wars Cowgate was a notoriously overcrowded slum area, where the majority of the city’s Irish immigrant community was based.

Also amongst the parishioners was James Connolly who was born in Edinburgh.  His parents John and Mary also came over to Scotland at the time of the Great Famine They lived at 107 The Cowgate.  The children had all attended St. Patrick’s Primary School which was also located in the Cowgate.

1891 Edinburgh, Scotland

The census now tells us that Edward Stanton and Peggy Grady were residing at 27 New Street, just a little further down the street from North Gray’s Close. With them were their daughter Mary and her son John. Mary died later that year.

Our Stanton line after their arrival in Scotland 1850.

EDWARD  STANTON married MARGARET GRADY –their children

  • ANDREW b 1849 – our direct line. MARRIES MARIA WHELAHAN in Edinburgh Cowgate in 1867.
  • Ann STANTON b 1851. she married John Philbin whose family resided in the same close as the Stanton family, No. 5 North Gray’s Close, off the High Street in Edinburgh. She died prematurely in 1904. – On her death her recorded parents as Edward stanton and Bridget Grady. –
  • PATRICK – b  1854 -[great grand uncle to the family].   Patrick marries Sarah McKay in St. Pat’s in 1880.  CHILDREN include Edward born 1881, Felix born 1897, Mary born 1886 and Margaret born 1888.
  • ANNIE b. 1855 marries Bernard Rynn in 1892 in St. Pat’s Church.
  • MARGARET b.1857 marries John Brannan in St. Pat’s in 1879
  • CATHERINE born 1862 – died in 1863
  • MARY born 1866 – 1991she had one son John Stanton who was illegitimate. John was killed in 1917 during WW1 and his memory is remembered in Edinburgh Castle where his name is amongst the many who lost their lives. His memory also lives on in St. Giles Cathedral again on a great plaque on the cathedral dedicated to his regiment. His name again amongst the many who died in the conflict. He was in the 4th Batallian Royal Scots who were stationed at Edinburgh Castle. He had joined the territorial army in 1908. He married Margaret Campbell Forrest in 1915 and had one son, John.

DIRECT LINE – ANDREW STANTON marries MARIA WHELAHAN ON 9th December 1867 at St. Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh – their children

  • MICHAEL STANTON was born 20th September 1869
  • EDWARD STANTON born 1/11/1871  died 1/12/ 1939  – our direct line
  • PATRICK STANTON was born in 1874 and died in 1875
  • MARY STANTON was born in 1875
  • BRIDGET STANTON was born in 1878
  • MARGARET STANTON was born in 1880
  • ELIZABETH STANTON was born 1884
Peter Stanton, great grandson of Walter Stanton b. 1790
  • WALTER STANTON born 1889 – marries Jessie Anderson – daughter Mary Whelahan Stanton born 11 Aug. 1814.
  • JOHN STANTON born 1887
  • EDWARD STANTON born 1st November 1871 marries CATHERINE MADIGAN -on 26th July 1894 at St. Pat’s Church – their children

    • PETER STANTON born 1908 marries MARY SUTHERLAND – our direct line – Denis Madigan Stanton
    • ANDREW STANTON born 1902 marries CATHERINE MORAN
    • MICHAEL STANTON born 1906 marries BRIDGET DOOLAN GORDON – Pat Stanton line
    • EDWARD STANTON born 1913 marries MARGARET McVEY –other Denis Madigan Stanton line
    • JOHN WALTER STANTON born 1917
    • NELLIE STANTON born 1900 marries JAMES BURSTOW
    • CATHERINE STANTON born unknown – still to trace
    • MARIA STANTON [Pisie] born 1898 marries William Currie
    • BRIDGET STANTON born 1896 marries Edward Doyle
    • MARGARET MADIGAN STANTON  born 1905 marries Robert Cochrane Mack
    Old Cowgate

    Football in the blood

    Through the years the Stanton family has always had connections with Hibernian and they remember stories about the great grandmother Maria Whelahan washing out the crude strips and socks of the young team.  Even now the connections run deep and Stantons have been involved in coaching the youngsters of the team for many years.

    Above are photos of Gaius Leonardo Stantonian, our Grandson. Born in London England. Dad Jamie Stanton[ian] who is Scottish and Tatiana Soukiassakin who is French. Hence the two different strips he is wearing. – football in the blood with his dad having no interest at all in the sport.

    My brother-in-law Jimmy Stanton is still actively involved in coaching and has been for many years, as was my other brother-in-law Mick who has now passed on.

    Edina Hibs with Mick Stanton. Also in the photograph Mark Stanton and Darren Quilietti
    Jimmy on the left. At Liverpool F.C. recently
    Jimmy with his team
    Jimmy and Lynne Stanton with Keith Wright.
    Denis, JIMMY and MICK STANTON. Jimmy and Mick were actively involved in the coaching at Easter Road

    Pat Stanton is the first-cousin of Denis, Jimmy, Mick, Peter and Davie Stanton and also one of the ancestors of Edward Stanton and Margaret Grady.

    Cousins Pat and Jimmy with Mark Stanton [Jimmy’s nephew] and unknown to the left

    Patrick Gordon Stanton (born 13 September 1944) is a Scottish former association football player and manager. He is regarded as one of the greatest ever players in the history of Hibernian.[2]

    Stanton joined Hibs from Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in 1963 and made his debut for the club against Motherwell in October that year. He quickly established himself in the first team, playing in defence or midfield. He is the great great nephew of Michael Whelahan, one of the club’s founders and first captain.[3]

    Stanton captained Hibs to their 1972 League Cup win and also led them in their centenary year, but left the club in 1976 when he was transferred to Celtic in a swap deal that took Jackie McNamara, Sr. to Hibs. It was at the Glasgow club that he completed his medals collection, winning the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League championship.

    Stanton won 16 caps for Scotland between 1966 and 1974, captaining the side three times.

    He got his start in management when Alex Ferguson made him his assistant at Aberdeen. After learning the ropes there he was appointed manager at Cowdenbeath, then Dunfermline Athletic, before he returned to Hibs in 1982. His spell in the manager’s chair at Easter Road was unsuccessful and he resigned in 1984.

    Stanton for a while worked with Hibs as a host at Easter Road on match days.

    Pat Stanton

    Pat Stanton is the spokesman, as well as a trustee, of the Hibernian Historic Trust. More than 30 years after he retired from the playing side of the game, he remains one of the most popular players ever to have worn the famous green and white shirt.

    As well as being a distant relative of Hibs first captain, Michael Whelehan, Pat is also a great nephew of Jimmy Hendren, who signed for the club in 1911 from Cowdenbeath, only to die prematurely from natural causes during the First World War, while still in his prime.

    Born on 13 September 1944, Stanton was signed by manager Walter Galbraith from Salveston Boys Club in 1961, before being farmed out to Bonnyrigg Rose. He made a scoring debut for Hibs in a 4-3 away defeat by Motherwell in 5 October 1963, the first of his 397 league appearances for the club. Quickly establishing himself in the first team, he won the first of his 16 full caps alongside teammate Jim Scott in Scotland’s 3-0 defeat by Holland in 1966. He was a regular member of the brilliant Hibs side of the mid 1960’s, containing players of the calibre of Willie Hamilton, Neil Martin, Peter Cormack, and Pat Quinn, which won the Summer Cup in 1964 under the leadership of manager Jock Stein.

    As captain of Turnbull’s Tornados, Stanton led Hibs to a historic League Cup Final victory over Celtic in 1972, two Drybrough Cup successes and of course the famous New Year’s Day victory over Hearts in 1973.

    After a short spell as second in command to Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen, Pat eventually became a manager in his own right with Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, and finally his first love, Hibs. While manager at Easter Road he was responsible for signing several promising youngsters including John Collins, Paul Kane, Mickey Weir and Gordon Hunter, but resigned because of what he saw as a lack of ambition by the board of directors in 1984. He is now to be found as a hospitality host at Easter Road on most match days.

    Pat Stanton scored 51 league goals and 25 in cup-ties during his 13 seasons at Easter Road.


    The name of the club is usually shortened to Hibs. The team are also called The Hibees (pronounced “high-bees”) and The Cabbage, a shortening of the rhyming slang for Hibs of “Cabbage and Ribs”, by fans of the club, who are themselves also known as Hibbies (singular: “Hibby”). Home matches are played at the Easter Road Stadium, which the club have played at since 1893.

    Many famous faces here

    48 Responses to “STANTON connections”

    1. benjamin hackett says:

      what a lengend not only as a player, but a man responsible for an important role in the making of the last “real hibs team” proper hibs boys like collins, weir and hunter, remember paddy when i saw you with reilly and black at the hibs shop, i needed my copy of alan lugtons THE MAKING OF HIBERNIAN, blessed with the signatures of such hibernian greats, in which you make a foreword, but by the time i got back to the hibs shop with my book, you had gone, i am using lugtons book as part of my research for a play in which i am attempting to create called “when the grass was green” which tells the story of the beggining of hibernians story in little ireland, i hope maybe you can be of some assistance in the making of this play perhaps some time in the future, god bless you paddy and god bless the hibees!!

    2. My Great Great grandfather William Stanton came from Ireland abt 1846 He worked on the Railway in Anglesey and married Cathrine Hughes of Anglsey. They lived on Holyhead Mountain a couple of years and then moved to Birkenhead, Merseside, a new town then. His marrage cerficate said his father name was William Stanton. He registered his first son Staunton and the rest were registered Stanton My Grand father died in the war his ship was torpedoed> So I did not get any stanton stories. I found your website interesting

    3. Helen says:

      Thank you Linda for taking the time to comment. We are still trying to piece together the family members who left Ireland at this time. Mayo is not a big county and most of the Stanton/Stauntons would have most certainly had some connection. Families of twelve siblings would not be uncommon and their sons and daughters would spread. We are searching for Walter Stanton and Marion Green and this search still continues today. There are William Stanton’s to be found in Mayo in the Griffin’s Valuation. Have you tried the Mayo Genealogy Site. For a small sum you can search. This is how I found the marriage of Edward Stanton’s marriage to Peggy Grady in 1841 in Westport, County Mayo. I had been searching for years and two weeks before our holiday to Westport I found the record. Very strange because we had booked into a hotel just five minutes from the Church in which they were married. Perhaps there were other unseen hidden forces helping us here……. Do you have William’s mother’s name

    4. Helen says:

      Your comments have been added. Thanks you for your input. All true of course he was a great football player.

    5. Lisa Webster says:

      I stumbled across this site while doing some research for my children. According to my records the Andrew Stanton born to Marie Whelahan in 1885 married Catherine Moran in 1915 – they were my great-grandparents. Granny Stanton died in January 1973, just before my birth.
      My grandmother Elizabeth was born in 1920, she had three brothers – Michael, Andrew and James. Michael’s widow Molly is the last of that generation, Uncle Jimmy died a coiuple of years ago.
      There are still some of this ‘branch’ in Edinburgh, others in Canada and we’re in England.
      My boys are football mad and although they aren’t Hibs fans they’re very rpoud to have that in their heritage!

    6. Helen says:

      hello and thank you so much for your comments. My husband is Denis Madigan Stanton a direct descendant of Andrew and Marie Whelahan.We live in Edinburgh as do more of his branch of the Stanton family. I will have to work out your relationship but you will be something like second cousins.

      Welcome to the family and if you would like to send me some photos and details of your exact line I will start a page for your branch.

    7. Laura Watkins says:

      Thank you for sharing this information on your families. I am a decendent of Margaret Stanton b 1857 and John Brannan b 1859. My grandmother, Sarah Jane Brannan was their granddaughter, her parents were Lily Cleary and John Brannan(b1882). Sarah moved to the States when she was 19 or 20 and married Thomas Watkins who was from Wales, they married and went for a honeymoon in Edinburgh in 1939. They were unable to leave due to the war and my father and his brother were born in Edinburgh. The family moved to Canada in 1947. Most of us live around Vancouver, BC.

    8. Helen says:

      just thanking you for your comments. I have just checked the family tree. Margaret Stanton was my husband’s great grand aunt. Her brother was Andrew Stanton, our direct line.

      Would love to add your line to the site if you agree. Could you send some photos

    9. Lynne Stanton says:

      This is an absolutely fascinating site, what a lot of work you have put into it. My husband is a great grandson of Andrew Stanton and Maria Whelahan, grandson of Andrew Stanton and Catherine Moran, and son of Andrew Stanton and Veronica Fallon, he also is Andrew. It is so confusing naming your children after the parents and grandparents. My in-laws and their 3 children emigrated to Canada in 1948 and a fourth child was born here. I have been working on the family tree for a while but you certainly have added a lot of the blanks for me and confirmed other information that I had. My father-in-law was a Hibs supporter until the day he died.

    10. Helen says:

      WOW Lynne thanks so much for commenting. You do not say where you abide now. I will e.mail you directly Helen

    11. Bernard Stanton says:

      Dear Heklen

      I just came across your wonderful “Stanton Connection” website and I am astonished and very, very moved.

      The photo of Edward Stanton is the first I have seen – he was my great, great grandfather.

      You mention the children of Edward’s son, Patrick, and his wife Sarah. Missing from your list is another child – Bernard, born in 1880. He was my grandfather whom I remember with great affection. Bernard married Davina WIlliamson in 1919. They lived in Craigmillar (Edinburgh) and had five children: David (my father), Bernard (called “Ben”), Jimmy, Anne and George (died in his infancy). Sadly, all of their children have now passed away, but the children of Jimmy and Bernard survive and live in Edinburgh and England.

      .My father married Grace Dempsey in 1950 and they had three boys: myself, Robert and James. We lived at 6 Harewood Drive, Craigmillar – a stone’s throw from virtually all of our relatives, including the Hibs legend Pat Stanton whom you refer to. We were a very close-knit family. Very happy days.

      In 1960, my parents emigrated to Australia, where I and my two brothers and our families still live. My father died in 1984 and my mother in 2009. They both would have been absolutely thrilled to read what you have written here, as well as the lovely posts by other family members.

      It is truly astonishing, after all these years and across all these miles, to be introduced to you in this way.

      If ever you’re in Sydney . . .

    12. Helen says:

      Hello Bernard and thanks for your most interesting comment. We have a nephew Peter Stanton, who also emigrated to Sydney as well. . I will write to you direct via your e.mail

    13. Sheila Sinclair Triggs says:

      What a wonderful testament to our family. You have mentioned my granny, Mary Whelahan Stanton, daughter of Jessie Anderson and Walter Stanton. I will be sure to pass along all of the fascinating history of my family to my children and grandchildren.

    14. Helen says:

      Hello Sheila and thanks for your comments. Would love to include something about your branch if you would get in touch via the address please. It is great that there are some descendants who are still here to appreciate their efforts

    15. niall conlon says:

      can you help me please im looking for history off my great great grandfather joe john stanton he was from westport,born in the 9th off april 1918,he left westport,went too liverpool,married ellen mc cannon from sligo,he died at young age at 42 years old,he worked on boats,is there stanton,s in westport would know anything about family tree history this is my number 0871175607,my address is niall conlon sheeaun spiddal co galway

    16. Helen says:

      Hello and thanks for your comment. I have posted your comment and there are often many who will read and respond. Our branch left many years earlier during the famine and the roots of their family were lost. I WILL keep checking for you and hopefully someone in Westport will have some information. We did meet Staunton folks in Westport when we visited five years ago

    17. Helen says:

      hello niali and thanks for leaving your comment. I am sure that the Westport link with the family Stanton is enough to believe that you are all connected somewhere down the line. However our family left Westport for Scotland some seventy years before your John was born. I have approved your comment and hopefully someone else will pick up the link. There are still Stanton/Staunton families living in the town as we found out when we visited a few years ago.

    18. niall conlon says:

      im looking for too find out is there any stanton who be any related too me my great great grandfather was called john joe stanton he was born in 1878,went too liverpool,he died in 1918 aged 42,he was married to ellen mc cannon from sligo,would there anyone be related too me there in westport

    19. niall conlon says:

      thanks helen

    20. Helen says:

      Hello Niall and thanks for leaving your comment. Westport is such a small community that in 1878 which was not too long after the town was built, the Stantons must have been connected in some way or another. Not forgetting that each brother would have had many sibllings and so on and so forth. There are Stantons and Stauntons in the wee town today. However getting back to the roots I would suggest St.Mary’s in the town where the Catholics would have been baptised and married. However getting past the administration, even today, is not a task for the faint hearted. Let’s see if anyone out there can help. We are probably related as well.

    21. Helen says:

      Do you have his death certificate as his parents names would be documented on this

    22. niall conlon says:

      he died in 1918,he was born in 1878,went too liverpool,he married ellen mc cannon from cliffney in sligo,he lived in bootle in liverpool,his son had shop here in spiddal called standun,s,his daughter was nun,his other daughter was my granny ,my granny married my grandad ,his name was festy conlon from spiddal he was muscian my grandad festy,i need some history about him,there must be someone in westport who is related too me

    23. niall conlon says:

      his name was john joe stanton

    24. niall conlon says:

      hiya helen how are you,how you keeping im great thanks john stanton was born in 1876,he died in 1919 in liverpool we dont know did he come from westport and louisburgh he worked on the docks in liverpool he was 43 years old when he died

    25. Helen says:

      thanks Niall. Will start a page for him and lets see what happens. do you have a photo or two you could send me via e.mail, even of yourself if you have no old ones .

    26. Julia Sephton says:

      I’ve come across this website by chance and notice the correspondence regarding John Joe Stanton who I think may be a distant relative of my mother. We may have information in Ellen McCannon if that helps? Please let me know. Julia

    27. niall conlon says:

      where do you live helen,can i get i get in touch with you

    28. Helen says:

      We live in Edinburgh in Bonny Scotland Niall. e.mail

    29. Helen says:

      Thank you. Would love to hear all your stories. Thank you. You can email me on

    30. niall conlon says:

      hiya juile how are you ,how you keeping im great thanks i seen your page now is there any way can we get in touch sometimes i dont be on my laptop,i dont know much about the email,s can you give me your address,my address is niall conlon sheeaun spiddal co galway ireland,my phone number is 0871175607,can you get in touch with me

    31. niall conlon says:

      can you give me your surname helen,your full address

    32. niall conlon says:

      can you get in touch with me helen im know good at the email,s can you write too me in the post my address is niall conlon sheeaun spiddal co galway ireland

    33. Helen says:

      tyring to e.mail you but it bounces back. will have to send you a link. can you confirm your address. Niall Conlon, Sheeaun, Spiddal, Co. Galway, Ireland. thanks.

    34. niall conlon says:

      that,s my address thank you very very much helen

    35. niall conlon says:

      can you get in touch with me julie

    36. niall conlon says:

      has anyone any information of about my great great grandad john joe stanton i really need too know

    37. Clare Conway says:

      My Grandmother was Mary Staunton from Cloonkeen, Kilmeena, Westport. They lived isn Carrowholly. She came to America and I wish I could find cousins. in the Westport Area. She was born in house 6 and was born in 1880. I know her Father Thomas Johannas Staunton had to have brothers. Any Stauntons left in that area. Love to make a connection.

    38. Robert Fotheringham says:

      My Grand Father HARRY A. FOTHERINGHAM named his first born son LEROY STANTON Fotheringham! He always stated he wanted to keep the Stanton name in the family, he stated a close relative of his married into the Stanton family, I don’t remember her first name! Harry A. Fotheringham b. 1890 Ohio, D. 1970. Leroy STANTON Fotheringham b. 1917 Ohio. d. 1993./// Fotheringham came family from Scotland… Alexander Fotheringham was my Grand Father’s Father… Was just wondering if there is a connection to the Stanton family!

    39. Helen says:

      Thanking you for your most interesting comment. I have a sister-in-law Ann Fotheringham who married Jimmy Stanton. The Fotheringham Clan is large as is the Stantons. There may be many connections still to be linked with the family. But if I have a look for your Alexander on my next trip into the Records. I take it your Alexander was born circa 1850. Do you know from which part of Scotland they originated Robert. That would be a great help

    40. Rose Dourley says:

      I think my husbands family might be related to the Andrew and Catherine (Moran) side of the family . My mother in law was Margaret Moran . At my husband and I wedding in 1972 we had an old auntie there of my husband called Kate Stanton . He always said it was something to do with Pat Stanton. Edinburgh.

    41. Helen says:

      Thanks for leaving your comment Rose. I can confirm that Andrew and Catherine were related to Pat Stanton, and also to my husband Denis Stanton. They all come from the same branch. The first to arrive in Edinburgh were Andrew Stanton who married Maria Whelahan. Long story but her brother Michael Joseph Whelahan was the very first Captain of Hibernian way back in the 1870s. Andrew Stanton also played for the club. So the couple had Eleven or more kids. Both Pat and Denis’s line was through Edward/Madigan coupling and your line of course through Andrew/Moran. Would love to include your line in a page if you would like to send down some photos. Kate might have been Kate Stanton who married Johnny Holland. She was born in 1915. She was from the Edward/Madigan line as well

    42. Janet Stanton says:

      Was wondering if any one could help me or point me in the right direction. I’m trying to find my husbands side of the Stantons, sadly my husband dad James M Stanton born 1939 died in 1970 when he had an accident at work leaving wife was L Mcglade with a boy John stanton age 2 and pregnant with James stsnton my husbands brother. So what we have found out is great grandfather John stanton married Mary ,dont know maiden for mary, had a number of children Pat or Patrick, James, Joe, Harry, and a daughter could be Mary. I’m sure Pat Stanton the famous footballer was a cousin or a close relation to James and his family. All these stantons are from Scotland and James moved to the North East of England to be with his new family in 1969. Any help would be greatly received .

    43. Kirsty Porter says:

      My Dad is Pat Stanton, happy to ask him any questions you may need answered

    44. Helen says:

      then Pat and my husband Denis are first cousins. Denis used to work in the brewery alongside your grandad many years ago. It would be absolutely brilliant to hear from Pat and insert anything he would like to put. I could dedicate a page. Please get in touch with Looking forward to hearing back from you Kirsty. You and Denis are first cousins x 1 removed

    45. Carol stanton says:

      I am looking for my great great great grandfather and his son. His name is Martin Stanton born in Ireland around late 1700s. Also looking for his son Michael Stanton born around 1820. Michael went to Poulton in lancashire and married Ann Moran. Also looking for Ann’s family. All I know is that her fathers name was Andrew Moran and a farmer. Any info would be so appreciated. Btw my DNA says my Irish roots are from County Mayo. Thanks.

    46. Helen says:

      Hello Carol. Well Martin Stanton is also a name in our branch of the family. Also the surname Moran. Chances are there may be some connection. Our branch were from the Westport area Aughoval. The family were relocated to many places. Our branch Edinburgh. My husband Denis Madigan Stanton has a DNA Test also in Ancestry. Perhaps you are a match

    47. Mark Connet says:

      Dennis/Helen…WOW! What a read, absolutely fantastic!!

      Fascinating were we came from! The work you have both put into this is remarkable, absolutely superb read.

      I’m thinking perhaps, in the near future you could do a video documentary with photos, locations and narration, to paint the picture,if you wanted any assistance myself and Ria would be more than happy to help you. As if, this was on youtube for example it would remain visible forever, just a thought, and a thought that in years to come don’t want to see this site go to waste or be forgotten about.

      Splendid work xx

      Much love, Mark, Ria, Maria and Maia xxxxx

      disappear because family can be added as the family tree grows.

    48. Helen says:

      Jamie keeps telling me that I need an updated version – which he can help me with – bearing in mind that I have to all the work lol – As I absolutely hate myself it would not be me doing any video – perhaps a Menace jumps to mind. Speak soon

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