The Stanley family archive in the Isle of Mann shows John Stanley as Isabel’s first husband. In fact she was married before to Geoffrey Worsley and had at least one possibly two children by him. The marriage was then declared “unlawful” and the children declared illigitimate. So much for the image of Isabel as a love struck young girl.
This imformation has come to me almost at the same instant from two different sources, the records of the parishes and manors of Lathom and Worsley and also from “bond 0007” at http://www.teachergenealogist007.com/2010/06/g21-1477480.html. There is no doubt about it. it is a complete surprise and tends to give increased credibility to my Aunt Gertrude’s original story!