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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Surname: Stone

Rosmer P. Kerr's Stone lineage is said to be as follows:
  • John Stone of Hertford, England, born about 1571.
  • Rev. Samuel Stone, baptized 30 July 1602 in the Church of All Saints, Hertford. He had at least three children with his first wife. He married second Elizabeth Allen of Boston in July 1641. They had two children. Samuel died 20 July 1663. He and his second wife Elizabeth were my ninth great-grandparents.
  • Elizabeth Stone married first William Sedgwick, divorced him after years of neglect in 1674, and later married John Roberts. Elizabeth and William Sedgwick were my eighth great-grandparents.
Rev. Samuel Stone was a prominent figure in history, so it's not hard to find his name in books about his era. In this post, I'll include just two, both of them genealogies.

Goodwin, Nathaniel. Genealogical Notes, Or Contributions to the Family History of Some of the First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Hartford: F.A. Brown, 1856.

The book below pertains primarily to a different line of Stones, but I include it here as a heads-up and an aid to differentiating between the lines of two different Rev. Samuel Stones, the one in my lineage from Hertford, and the other from Hereford.

Stone, Truman Lewis and William Leete Stone. Book II of The Family of John Stone: One of the First Settlers of Guilford, Conn.: Also, Names of all the Descendents of Russell, Bille, Timothy and Eber Stone. Buffalo, N.Y.: Charles Wells Moulton, 1898.

Richard Cecil Stone wrote about other New England Stones, but mentions Rev. Samuel Stone briefly:
Samuel Stone came to Boston in 1633. He was educated at Cambridge, England, and probably originated in Hertford, about twenty miles from London. He remained a short time in the vicinity of Boston, but accompanied Hooker and the first settlers on the Connecticut River. They called their settlement Hartford, from Hertford, the name of the town from which Samuel Stone emigrated. He was associate Pastor with Hooker until his death, when he became sole minister of the Hartford Church, which he sustained many years, and was then gathered to his fathers in a good old age. Samuel Stone left four children,—one son and three daughters. His son, Samuel, was educated for the ministry; but, becoming intemperate, fell, before middle life, from the high river bank upon the rocks below, was killed, and the family became extinct.
Stone, Richard Cecil. Genealogy of the Stone Family Originating in Rhode Island. Providence: Knowles, Anthony and Company, Printers, 1866.

As you can see, not all Stones in America spring from a common immigrant ancestor.

Other Before My Time posts about Rev. Samuel Stone of Hartford can be brought up using the "stone" label at the bottom of this post. There will certainly be more added in the future. Tomorrow, for example, will feature a little book by Rev. Stone.

See also Surname: Stone.


GrannyPam said...

Well, you are related to my half-cousin, who is descended for Simon Stone of Mass. My 2nd g-grandmother married for her second husband Oren Stone. But, you are related to her, not me. Should I smile or frown? Vacuum? [have a good day!]

T.K. said...

Well, this is the part that's fairly confusing, Pam. There were TWO Rev. Samuel Stones, and I think the one that's related to Simon Stone is the one from Hereford, while mine is the one from Hertford. That is, IF the discussion of same in the second book above is correct. But then there is another consideration: were the two Rev. Samuel Stones descended from a common Stone in England? That, my friend, is a project for another day! LOL!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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