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Capt Henry Hope Stanley

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Capt Henry Hope Stanley

Birth
Lancashire, England
Death
1 Nov 1878 (aged 62–63)
Assumption Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Add to Map
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From Stockport, Lancashire, England.
He has been said to be the foster father of the celebrated explorer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, who found Dr. David Livingstone in Africa.
The Stanleys had a summer home north of Amite in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
Henry Hope Stanley died at the Foley Plantation in Assumption Parish.
He is buried in the Mount Moriah Lodge Tomb.

*The connection between Henry Hope Stanley and Henry Morton Stanley, the journalist who found Dr Livingston, has been retold in many versions both in the press and by HM himself. It goes like this:
“Stanley was born on January 28, 1841, in Denbigh, Wales, as John Rowlands. He was placed in the local workhouse at an early age by his grandparents and remained there until he absconded, made his way to Liverpool, and signed on as a cabin boy on an American ship bound for New Orleans, Louisiana. When he arrived in New Orleans in February 1859, he found work on the docks. While he was working on the docks, he came to the attention of Henry Hope Stanley, a prosperous cotton broker operating out of New Orleans, who hired him as an errand boy and eventually became his mentor, tutor, and surrogate father, leading Rowlands to adopt the name Henry Morton Stanley.”

However, in recent years, research done by reputable historians leads us to believe that there was very little truth in that story. Indeed, HM made up many versions of his early life, probably to escape his past, and then found that when he became world famous it was impossible (and embarrassing) to go back and correct the facts. There is strong evidence that he worked for a far lesser known clerk in the cotton trade in New Orleans and may have been aware of HH Stanley in that way. Some researchers feel they may never have actually met and that HH probably never knew that his name was being used by John Rowlands.
*from S Batte (48186608)
From Stockport, Lancashire, England.
He has been said to be the foster father of the celebrated explorer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, who found Dr. David Livingstone in Africa.
The Stanleys had a summer home north of Amite in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
Henry Hope Stanley died at the Foley Plantation in Assumption Parish.
He is buried in the Mount Moriah Lodge Tomb.

*The connection between Henry Hope Stanley and Henry Morton Stanley, the journalist who found Dr Livingston, has been retold in many versions both in the press and by HM himself. It goes like this:
“Stanley was born on January 28, 1841, in Denbigh, Wales, as John Rowlands. He was placed in the local workhouse at an early age by his grandparents and remained there until he absconded, made his way to Liverpool, and signed on as a cabin boy on an American ship bound for New Orleans, Louisiana. When he arrived in New Orleans in February 1859, he found work on the docks. While he was working on the docks, he came to the attention of Henry Hope Stanley, a prosperous cotton broker operating out of New Orleans, who hired him as an errand boy and eventually became his mentor, tutor, and surrogate father, leading Rowlands to adopt the name Henry Morton Stanley.”

However, in recent years, research done by reputable historians leads us to believe that there was very little truth in that story. Indeed, HM made up many versions of his early life, probably to escape his past, and then found that when he became world famous it was impossible (and embarrassing) to go back and correct the facts. There is strong evidence that he worked for a far lesser known clerk in the cotton trade in New Orleans and may have been aware of HH Stanley in that way. Some researchers feel they may never have actually met and that HH probably never knew that his name was being used by John Rowlands.
*from S Batte (48186608)


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