I descend from two unrelated Stanton families. One is cloaked in mystery and the other is fairly well known.
1. Benjamin Stanton born about 1700 and died 1760 at Somersworth, New Hampshire. He may be the son of the widow Joanna Stanton who married Abraham Nute on 2 September 1704 at Dover, New Hampshire. If so, his father may well be another Benjamin Stanton mentioned as a soldier in the 1690s. Benjamin married about 1723, Eleanor Ricker, born 15 February 1698/9 at Dover and died about 1751, daughter of George and Eleanor (Evans) Ricker. Benjamin married secondly about 1751, Sarah (Walker) Farrow. Benjamin and Eleanor had five children: Benjamin, Eleanor, George, Isaac, and William.
2. Isaac Stanton born about 1732 at Dover, New Hampshire, died 24 February 1829 at Middleton, New Hampshire. He married at Rochester, New Hampshire 7 April 1757, Patience Hartford, born about 1740 and died about 1825. Isaac was a soldier in the French and Indian War. He had eleven children: John, Charles, Elizabeth (Betsey), Elijah, Eleanor, Patience, Isaac M., Hannah, Sarah, William, and Mary.
3. Betsey (Elizabeth) Stanton was born about 1762 at Rochester, New Hampshire and died October 1836 at New Durham. She married on 24 November 1782 at New Durham, Ebenezer Runnels, born 1765 at Durham, New Hampshire and died 13 September 1851 at New Durham, New Hampshire, son of Abraham and Hannah (Smith) Runnels. Ebenezer and Betsey had four children: Patience, Alice, James, and Elizabeth.
Genealogical Dictionary of ME and NH by Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis (Portland, 1939, reprinted Baltimore, 1988), p 655.
Records of Some of the Descendants of George and Maturin Ricker. . . by William B. Lapham (Augusta, ME, 1877).
Stanton Manuscript by Benjamin I. Stanton (NEHGS Mss SG/STA/8 (186)), gift of Minnie Stanton, 1902.
A Genealogy of Runnels and Reynolds Families in America; with Records and Brief Memorials of the Earliest Ancestors, so far as known by Rev. Moses Thurston Runnels (Boston, 1873).
New Hampshire Families in 1790 Volume 1, ed. Diane Gravel and David Watson Kruger (Concord, NH, NHSOG, 2007).