4th Annual Report of the Stone Family Association
These annual reports are written:
- To inform our members and viewers of our activities and achievements.
- To assist our members in evaluating our progress and shortcomings against our statement of principles and objectives, published on our web site.
- To record the history of the Stone Family Association which was originally organized in Boston, MA on January 26, 1897.
Many major advances marked the millennium year of 2000 in the activities of our association. Most of these have been the subject of articles in our Stone Family Association newsletters, which are available on our web site. The most significant activities and achievements of millennium year 2000 were:
- Redevelopment of our web site. Roger and I employed a professional web design firm to redesign our site, secure and register our .org domain and arrange professional hosting services for our web site, and a separate hosting arrangement for our on line searchable database. This was accomplished by April 1st. . We were pleased with the redesign, hosting by Concentric of our web site and hosting of our master database by Rootsweb. Unfortunately, support from the professional firm Roger and I hired, fell apart about June. We had paid in advance for 2 years of service. The staff person simply did not respond to e-mails or phone calls and was simply unavailable. We don't know why, but after struggling through the summer months, it became clear, we had no choice but to assume the responsibilities ourselves. Because of this experience, I decided that I would, once again, take direct responsibility for programming the site. This meant learning new software, namely, MS Access and Net Object Fusion. I hired another professional to "tutor" me and to produce "output", during my learning curve. I am making good progress but still need the professional "backup" and will for the rest of 2001.
- Membership increased from 117 to 154. This includes sixteen members whose e-mail is being returned and we don't know if they no longer want to be members, forgot to advise us of e-mail address change or are disabled/deceased.
- Access statistics. For the eleven month period of March 2000 through January 2001, statistics show a total of 175,849 "hits", a monthly average of 14,654. We had a total of only 6,500 for the year 1999.
- Version 8.0 of our master database is now on line with 20,967 persons. This replaced the version we put on line in July 2000. Roger continues to do a great job of consolidating the individual databases submitted. We are updating the on line version twice a year – the next update will be in the summer of 2001. Roger also responds to a lot of e-mail regarding additions/corrections/questions about our database. The database is obviously the 'heart' of our web site, the reason for the large number of 'hits'. Our appreciation to Rootsweb for hosting the database and providing the search programs and technical staff to support the operation. Note: one of the main reasons we had to find a new host for our web site at the end of 1999 was that Quantum Connections, Bighorn's internet service provider, while not charging a host fee, did not have technical staff that was qualified to support the search programs. By the way, the search programs – those used by Quantum and Rootsweb, were written by Randy Winch, a member of our Stone Family Association.
- Production and marketing of the Millennium CD. This CD was a digital reproduction of our web site, including the searchable database, as it appeared in December 1999. This was a project launched by Byron Stone. He employed the Uni- Data Systems, Inc. firm of Berrien Springs, Michigan to produce the CD. In all, about 100 CD's were produced and sold in sets of 2 for $25. One CD from each set was to be given to a library, historical and or genealogical society, so that information about the Stone family would be more widely available. CD's were produced on a pre-paid order basis. Financially the project broke even, except for some up front development cost contributed by Byron.
- Millennium Reunion. This was the first reunion sponsored by our association, in over 100 years. Twenty-six individuals attended. The focus was on Newman Hall's research on Hugh Stone's ten children and the first three generations, and on the research of Laurie Carpenter and Byron Stone on the English origins of Hugh Stone.
- Research progress. Our association supports the research activity of members and non- members who contact us. We do this primarily through e-mail requests. We do look up's, referrals to individuals and organizations, suggesting links to resources, providing advice on how, what, and where to research. We have no way to keep track of how many research requests we process but based on the number received by Roger and Byron, and the few members we know about, it must be well into the hundreds.
While that is an important service activity of the association, we are also committed to discovering the genealogical roots of the Stone family – namely, the English origins and the first three generations. Important progress has been made – much remains to be researched and documented.
During the year 2000 we believe we have:
- Identified the English ancestors of Hugh Stone.
- Identified the wife of George Stone and his date of death. George was the 4th son of Hugh.
- Identified the ancestral home of "our" Stone family as Carr House , Bretherton, Lancashire, England.
- Identified Hugh Stone, merchant of Barbados, as most probably, the father of Hugh Stone of Rhode Island.
- Identified some known and probable relationships between several of the colonial Stone families, in New England, Virginia and Barbados.
- Laurie Carpenter, our member from Attleboro, MA, with encouragement and assistance from Byron Stone, Newman Hall, Virginia Meadowcroft, Irene Del Bono and several other members and non-members is "spearheading" the English origins research. She made a 10-day research trip to England in March 2000 and will return this March for another 10 days of research. Her husband, Loren goes along providing "go for" assistance, which makes her activity very productive.
- To date, Laurie has 200 pages of notes and comments, citing sources and documents [whereever possible ]. These research notes contain information about 422 individuals with the surname Stone, from 55 places, in 18 different shires. These 422 individuals are known to be or probably are related to one of the colonial Stone families. The sources are parish records, wills, court records, livery company records, and vital records. They are the records located in the public record office, the Society of Genealogists, Guildhall Library, British Library, British Museum, family history centers of the various counties [shires] and many other such sources.
- We know of no other research effort on the Stone families of colonial America, which has been as comprehensive, on both sides of the Atlantic, as that currently underway by our association. Already many genealogical "facts" which have been copied from one publication to another, without independent verification, have been proven by documentation, to be incorrect.
- We hope to publish more complete reports on the English origins of Hugh Stone and the first three generations of his family in 2001.
- THE ANCESTRIAL HOME OF 'OUR' STONE FAMILY
- CARR HOUSE, BRETHERTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND
- (LOCATED ABOUT 20 MILES WEST OF LIVERPOOL)
- Description from" The Victoria History of the county of Lancaster" volume six, 1911, pages 102 and 103.
- "CARR HOUSE, which 'tradition' associates with the name of Jeremiah Horrocks, is situated at the extreme north-west of the township, half-way between the villages of Tarleton and Hoole. The building faces south to the Bretherton road, from which it stands back some distance and has a foreyard inclosed on the west side by farm buildings. The house belongs to the early part of the 17th century and is of two stories, with slightly projecting end wings and a central porch with gable over. It is built of red bricks which have weathered a very pleasant colour, relieved with a blue-brick diaper pattern similar to work of the same period at Rafford Old Hall, Bank Hall and the Hoole Church, and with stone quoins of irregular length. The building has not been altered very much externally, all the old stone mullioned windows remaining of the principal front, though one of them is built up and the original lead lights have disappeared from them all. The roof, however, is covered with blue slates instead of the usual stone slabs which give so good a contrast of colour in most of the old brick houses of this district. But apart from this the exterior is pretty much as it was in the 17th century. The porch, which is 9 ft. 6 in., wide, is the principal feature of the front, being centrally situated, with a projection of 4 ft. 6 in., and rising in a third story or attic about the roof. The wings, which measure 14 ft. Across, only project a little over 2 ft. In front of the middle part of the building, or less than half the distance of the porch, but the general grouping of the front, which is 52 ft. In length, is very good, the recessed middle portion, which are rather narrow, not being in too deep a shadow. The house is simply roofed with a central ridge and plain gable at each end. The ridge of the small gable to the porch is of the same height as that of the main roof, giving room for a five-light window to the attic above the eaves, and the projection of the wings being so small the roof is continued down over them, the line of the eaves only being broken. There are ten windows on the principal front, four on the ground floor, five on the first, and one in the attic, with hood moulds, all of four lights except those over the porch, which have five. Between the upper and lower windows are four vertical chases 41/2 in. Wide cut in the brickwork and now filled in with plaster or cement, the object of which is said to have been a partial evasion of the window tax, the upper and lower windows thus connected counting as one. An inscription in raised letters on the stone head of the doorway reads:
- 'Thomas Stones of London haberdasher and Andrewe Stones of Amsterdam merchant hath builded this howse of their owne charges and giveth the same unto their brother John Stones: Ano domni 1613. Laus.'
- The inscription is curiously divided towards the end by the head of the doorway breaking into it. The plan of the house falls naturally into three parts. In the middle is a roon 15ft. 6 in. By 12 ft. 10 in. Occupying the whole of the wing, and on the west side is a smaller room about 11 ft. Square, behind which is a staircase contained within four walls, with a small central open well and square newels. The first floor follows the plan of the ground story, the middle room only being bigger by the addition of the recessed window over the porch at its south-east corner, with a light on each return. The interior has no features of architectural interest. The walls of the upper rooms are stated to have been formerly panelled in oak, but the panelling is said to have been removed to Bank Hall about 1832. At the back of the house are two good brick chimney stacks with diagonal shafts.
- The Pedestal of the village cross still exists, and there is another in Sarah Lane.
- In 1666 ninety-nine hearths contributed to the tax; Bank Hall was the largest house, having twelve hearths, John Sharples had eight and John Cliffe five. "
- John Stones was the donor of the font to Hoole Church in 1633.
- It is commonly asserted that Jeremiah Horrocks, made his observation of the transit of Venus, 24 Nov. 1639, while living at Carr House as the guest of lodger of Mr. Stones.
- The present resident owners of Carr House are Mike and Lisa Redshaw. They graciously received Laurie and Loren Carpenter on their visit in March 2000 and have invited the Carpenters to visit again, during their March 2001 research trip to England.