A dissertation on the Stanton family written by Hugh Chisholm on the occasion of a reunion in Taupo, January 1972 –
“In the year that Queen Victoria died, there were Shepherds abiding in Port Albert. One of them was a comely lass, named Constance.
And there came to her a vision, a young man, Lorenzo Oakleith Stanton, son of Levi, who was fair to look upon, but weak, withall. Once he got rid of the “withall” he became strong with long flowing tresses growing from his chin.
The heart of Constance went out to him, and proceeded to make his life uncomfortable, taking him on journeyings for which his training had not prepared him.
One day, they entered into a boat to cross to the other side of the estuary to avoid the crowds that always followed him. And suddenly a mighty storm arose, and waves tossed the boat about making Lorenzo sore afraid. The wind tore at his frail body and whistled through the rigging. He called out in anguish, “Save me, or I perish!” Constance gave him some bicarbonate of soda and immediately, the wind was stilled.
And it came to pass that Constance said one day, “Lo (which being interpreted, means Lorenzo Oakleith), I love you.” He accepted this as his due, and soon she left the fold of the Shepherds and married Lorenzo. And in her private vows, she said, “Where thou goest, I will go.” So for over fifty years, they lived and worked together.
In journeying often, in fear of Model T Fords, a night and a day they spent on the Limited, in hunger and want at the Wellington Mission, beset on all sides but never downhearted. All these problems, theirs and others, only strengthened their love for each other and their family.
The story of the family was in this wise. Lorenzo and Constance begat Albert, begat Dwight, Percy just happened, begat Wesley. And lo, a girl arrived and Lorenzo jumped for Joy, and shaved off his beard again. He hoped he had finished with the begottens and had now started on the misbegottens. Constance decided to hurry up the annual events and informed her master that twins were due. This news delighted him, and he would gaze fondly at Constance, full of Grace and Ruth.