Stone Family Association

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NL July 2000

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IN ATTENDANCE AT THE MILLENNIUM REUNION

26 people attended representing 10 different states and ranging in age from 8 to 87.

1. Bolt, Carolyn TX
2. Bolt, Gordon TX
3. Boisvert, Andrew RI
4. Carpenter, Laurie MA
5. Carpenter, Loren MA
6. Deibler, Heidi RI
7. Deibler, Sean RI
8. Deibler, Jenna RI
9. Deibler, Ryan RI
10. Driver, Senta NY
11. Foreman, Elizabeth TN
12. Foreman, Millicent NC
13. Greene, Robert Allen RI
14. Guild, Irene MA
15. Hall, Jamie CT
16. Hall, Newman CT
17. Handy, Joyce RI
18. Harrington, Joy MA
19. Holstrom, Mary DE
20. McKinsey, Deborah NY
21. Meadowcroft, Virginia CA
22. Noblitt, Jeanne DE
23. Reynolds, Betty Jean NY
24. Reynolds, Joyce NY
25. Stone, Byron MI
26. Washington, Bethia MA


WEB SITE HAPPENNINGS

The Version 7.0 of our master data base went on line July 7, 2000. It contains data and information on 20,489 individuals, an increase of 711 from the previous version. Our Roster of Members and non member contributors to our data base have also been updated. We now have 140 members. 45 non members contributed to the data base. If you have not looked at the Roster of Members and non members, take a few minutes now to review these lists. Did you know that we use two different servers to handle our web site? First, we use Concertric, one of the largest web site host servers. All of our text pages are stored on their computers. Next we use RootsWeb as the host server for our on line data base of 20, 489 individuals. RootsWeb is the largest web site devoted entirely to genealogy. They are hosts to hundreds of other web sites devoted to genealogical topics. They have special software for searching large data bases and trained technical staff to maintain and support this function. Best of all it is free! It has just been announced that RootsWeb has been aquired by Ancestry.com which is a for profit company specializing in the genealogy market. While the announcement said that RootsWeb will continue to provide their services with out charge only time will tell.

Over 100,000 hits - view online statistics. 


US FEDERAL CENSUS SCHEDULES AVAILABLE ON CD

It is finally both easy and convenient to access US Federal Census records! Heritage Quest's newly completed digitzation project of the entire US Federal Census (1790-1920) enables you to use the power of your PC to Navigate, Enhance, Magnify, Zoom, Copy, Save and Print original source documents.

This series offers enhanced digital images of all 12,555 rolls of census microfilm in easy-to-use CD-ROM format. Each CD is copied from census microfilm and assigned a number to correspond with the microfilm's National Archive and Record Administration (NARA) identification. For complete information go to www.heritagequest.com Several other commercial sites, including Ancestry and Family Tree Maker, sell census records! 


THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

Finding records in England has just become a lot more convenient with the publication of the on line catalogue of 8,432,984 records held in the PRO. It is astounding to see how this data base of 8.5 million records has been organized to make it possible to search from any computer anywhere in the world. The actual documents are not yet available on line. The PRO does offer a document retrievable service for a fee. You must visit this site www.catalogue.pro.gov.uk/ListInt/browse_Lettercod e.asp


SOME NEW CD'S WE HAVE ACQUIRED

Family Tree Maker's CD #368 British and American Coats of Arms
Heritage Books Archives Records of the Virginia Company of London Volumes 1-4
Digital Editions The Stones of Poynton Manor and Stones of Surry
Hearthstone Books Virginia Historical Index. E.G. Swem's all-important index to published records on Virginia history and genealogy
Family Tree Maker CD #305 Census Microfilm Records, Pennsylvania, 1850
Family Search Family History Library Catalog


PENNSYLVANIA LAND RECORDS

This is the first research guide to the land records of Pennsylvania, an archive of enormous value to anyone interested in land ownership and settlement. The genealogist trying to locate families, the surveyor or attorney researching old deeds, or the historian seeking data on land settlement will find PENNSYLVANIA LAND RECORDS an indispensable aid. The land records of Pennsylvania are among the most complete in the nation, beginning in the 1680's. The process of acquiring land, and the archive of land records, have since evolved through many stages, culminating in the huge collection in Harrisburg. PENNSYLVANIA LAND RECORDS not only catalogs, cross-references, and tells how to use the countless documents in the archive, but also takes readers through a concise history of settlement in the state. The guide explains how to use the many types of records the researcher will find, such as rent-rolls, ledgers of the receiver general's office, mortgage certificates, proof of settlement statements, and reports of the sale of town lots. In addition, the volume includes:

Cross-references to microfilm copies
Maps of settlement
Illustrations of typical documents
A glossary of technical terms
Numerous bibliographies on related topics
PENNSYLVANIA LAND RECORDS
A History and Guide for Research
By Donna Bingham Munger, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Historical and
Museum Commission
240 pages with index
Cloth $75.00
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For more information on Pennsylvania land records see Following Connecticut Ancestors to Pennsylvania: Susquehanna Campany Settlers, by Donna Bingham Munger, pinted in New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 139, April 1985, Pages 112-125.

[Information copied from Scholarly Resources publication]


ORIGINS AND ANCESTORS 
-- RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

Introduction
Because of ongoing research, and the desire to offer a complete, well-documented thesis, the following summary is just that…a summary. The past 18 months of intensive research has yielded many new finds of primary and secondary information. The depth and breadth of this study would require well over 200 pages of background, explanation and documentation.

Each day we are unraveling new evidences. To be true to our goal of providing accurate and unwavering arguments, we are retaining the completed findings until such time we feel unanimous confidence in our final "product".

So that Stone family members have a sense where our research has taken us, we are providing a BRIEF OVERVIEW of our findings thus far.

The Probable Origins and Ancestry of Hugh Stone of Rhode Island
The research into the origins of Hugh Stone of Rhode Island have taken us to many early 17th century English settlements, leaving virtually "No Stone left unturned"! While it is far from conclusive, every indication points to Hugh Stone ancestry intertwined with a long line of entrepreneurial, adventuresome  Stone's of Lancashire and London.

We began our research utilizing the bits and pieces offered in Richard Cecil Stone's book, GENEALOGY OF THE STONE FAMILY ORIGINATING RHODE ISLAND (Prov.,RI 1866). 

R.C. Stone's suggestion that Hugh came on the barke "Deborah", which was anchored in Warwick harbor in 1657, provides one such clue. We know there is no citation for that information. We do not know if this is fact or just assumption. We have located information concerning the "Deborah". The barke appears to have been involved in intercoastal trade between the various early colonies (New England, Maryland, Virginia and West Indies). (Semmes56)

Many of the names connected to this "triangle trade" can be found in shipping records of early Boston, Virginia and London. ( Aspinwall, PRO records, Colonial Records of Virginia).

Another "fact" we know is that Hugh Stone of Warwick was at one time indentured to John Paine, merchant of Boston.

We know from Hugh's indenture to Randall Holden, that at sometime previous Hugh was indentured to John Paine:

Indenture agreement with RANDALL HOLDEN, which says

"I, HUGH STONE, late servant to MR. JOHN PAINE, of Boston, Merchant, by and with the consent of my aforesaid master…etc" ( Early Records of Warwick;Rhode Island Historical Association, p 318.)

John Paine was the son of wealthy merchant William Paine of Boston and Ipswich. Through various sources we have learned William Paine was also involved with the "triangle trade" of the colonies. (Aspinwall, PRO) and many of the names associated with Paine in these records are names associated with STONE men in other colonies and London.

One such man was a Hugh Stone, identified in merchant/mariner records in Boston, Barbados. We believe this Hugh Stone is also the man identified in Providence Town records, recorded August 15, 1653 in the Assault and Molestation charge against William Foxiere.

This Hugh Stone appears to have been buried in Barbados October 2, 1678. (St. Michael's Parish Rec.)

It should be noted, many of the early mariner families of New England, and Rhode Island particularly, had connections with Barbados.

Through our research of merchant/mariners of the 17th century, we have learned a great deal of the Stone family. These Stone men, and their extended families were intertwined in both marriage and merchant pursuits, were the crux of the colonization missive. They were members of the great London Companies, adventurers of the first order and the mainstay of the skeletal structure of the political, religious and most importantly socio-economical colonial settlement.

The Stones and their associates were intricately involved with not only tobacco and sugar trade, but also the establishment of one of the first industries of the colonies…ironworks. Eventually we will show the connections between the ironworks of England, Virginia and New England and their importance to the circumstances of the identification of Hugh Stone of Warwick. It is important to observe that William and John Paine of Boston were proprietors of the early ironworks in New England.

Bernard Bailyn, noted historian comments in New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century, "...The most important fact embedded in the genealogy of the merchant families is the extent of INTERMARRIAGE among the descendants of the successful first generation tradesmen. Eligibility for marriage in fact, seems to have been effectively restricted to other children of merchants or to the sons and daughters of clergymen. By the third generation the merchants in each locality formed what amounted to a SINGLE INTERRELATED FAMILY; the bonds of marriage united almost EVERY merchant with every other merchant in the same immediate vicinity"(135)

With this in mind our research took us looking to who Hugh of Barbados could be. In brief summation, we believe him to be (among others) brother to Gov. William Stone of Maryland, and also brother to Captain John Stone of Virginia, killed by the Pequot Indians on the Connecticut River in 1634 …all children of John Stone of Bretherton, Lancashire, England. John Stone of Bretherton was the son of Richard and Isabel (Girdler) Stone of Lancashire. Richard's will provides us with the identification of Hugh as the son of John. Another of Richard's sons, Thomas Stone, merchant of London, was instrumental in the overseas Stone involvement in the merchant/mariner network. (Brenner)

 We will eventually show that this Stone family, it's many descendants and interrelated families, established themselves in most of the early English colonies, enabling a vast and lucrative network within which to trade.

Our current research is unfolding a probable connection with the Stone families of Bristol County (RI and MA), John Stone of Hull, John and Robert Stone of Beverly/Salem and brothers William and John Stone of Guilford, CT with our Hugh Stone of Warwick. Hugh Stone's descendants and their marriages provide clues to this probability.

Because this is a "theory", much of the hypothesis is based upon circumstantial evidence drawn from primary, secondary and tertiary source materials. First, I will state we are still without primary source material for Hugh's birth. Our theory is based upon family connections, directly associated people with "our" Hugh and an intriguing story of colonization and the many connections between London, Virginia, the West Indies and New England. It is from the factual history of the English Stones that we attempt to set the stage for our presentation of the origins of Hugh Stone.

This research project is far from complete. New evidences and new areas to concentrate study appear daily. It is our hope, in the coming months to present our full, well-documented research to all our Stone Family Association members concerning the origins and ancestry of Hugh Stone of Rhode Island.

For a deeper understanding of the merchant network from which we believe our Stone line evolved, we suggest 2 books:

New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century by Bernard Bailyn

Merchants and Revolution…1550-1653 by Robert Paul Brenner
 



MEMBERS UNDERTAKE MILLENNIUM PROJECTS

Several members, at the request of Byron Stone agreed to work on some special research projects during the remainder of the millennium year. Virginia Meadowcroft will try and locate missing records on the descendants of James Stone who came from Rhode Island and settled in Abington Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania about 1815. Sean Deibler has a special interest in maps and he will try and locate on old plat plans the location of property upon which Hugh Stone and married children lived. We understand that old maps showing various land owners are available at the Rhode Island Historical Association and the University of Rhode Island, where Sean is employed. Irene Guild , a Certified Records Administrator and works for the State of Massachusetts assisting local government units in their responsibilities for maintaining public records, has agreed to try and locate the historical records of the Stone Family Association. We have some records dating from 1897 – 1914. We would like to know more about what happened to this association after World War I. Joy Harrington , has a special interest in medieval history and art. She will be working on developing a better understanding of the various Coats of Arms in use by the Stone families during the Colonial Period. She will also be doing research to find out more about the role of William Stone, who is reported to have been supplier of Queen Elizabeth's wardrobe in the late 1550's. Newman Hall has volunteered to advise Laurie Carpenter on her extensive research and the adequacy of her documentation into several colonial Stone families and their English connections. Andy Boisvert who works at the Rhode Island Historical Association is providing valuable assistance in locating documents and resources. Byron Stone has completed the three millennium projects he undertook; The Millennium CD; the Millennium Reunion and the re-designed web site with our own domain address. Byron will provide assistance to help complete these other millennium projects.


HELP GET THE COLONIAL RECORDS PUBLISHED!


Irene Guild is wondering if the Association members could help her in an endeavor that will benefit all researchers with Massachusetts connections.

Hello, Byron! I have done a little work on the Lincoln/Stone Family Association connection, but have not yet gone to the source records - hope to do so soon. In the meantime, I am wondering if you and the Association members could help me in an endeavor that will benefit all researchers with Massachusetts connections.

I am trying to gather support for an effort to get the old Acts and Resolves of Massachusetts (and hopefully other colonial records) put on a searchable database. If anyone wishes to help in this effort, send an e-mail to William Francis Galvin, Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (the Secretary's office is responsible for keeping and publishing public records) at:

cis@sec.state.ma.us

It would also help if you forward this e-mail/address to any other listserves or bulletin boards which seek information on Massachusetts (and Maine, NH, NY, and some Canadian) roots (they were all once part of Massachusetts). The more interest the Secretary's office feels is out there, the more likely they will publish the info. I don't think it would hurt to also send the info to New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Ancestry.com, Family Tree Maker, or any other publisher of genealogical or historical data...I don't care who publishes it, as long as it gets published, and I for one would buy a CD with the info without a moment's hesitation.

I know from experience that I will get some complaints from people who will say "I thought this was a genealogical site." The official Acts and Resolves of the Legislature, regarding land grants, marriages, pensions, restitutions, money for relatives to seek kin who were captured by the natives, lands taken away from supporters of the King and given to "patriots", etc., are PRIMARY records, and rarely, if ever, recorded anywhere else, and by their nature are difficult to search, ARE of genealogical interest.

For more info in the Secretary's office, go to: http://www.magnet.state.ma.us/massgov.htm#se c

Those books can be found at the Massachusetts State House library, the archives, and some local libraries and courthouses - although most collections aren't kept that far back. You cannot imagine the wealth of information, including land grants, marriages, appeals of wills to the courts, restitutions, etc., are contained in those old records, which are very tedious to search through. A searchable CD would give us all a primary source on more information than you could imagine.


Audrey Cobb Roman Letter

BYRON STONE,

IN NOVEMBER OF 1998 I AUDREY COBB ROMAN WITH MY HUSBAND CARL DECIDED TO LOOK FOR MY GRANDPARENTS GRAVES, CLARENCE AND SARAH COBB AT THE STONE CEMETERY IN SCOTT TOWNSHIP PENN. MY FATHER, VICTOR COBB, HAD TAKEN ME THERE WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL TO PLANT AND CLEAN UP THE GRAVESITES WHILE I PLAYED IN THE AREA WITH MY BROTHER MELVIN. THIS WAS MY FATHER'S RITUAL EVERY SPRING. AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, MY HUSBAND AND I FOUND THE CEMETERY. THE STONE, AS IT WAS CALLED, IS LOCATED ON A HILL OVERLOOKING THE FARMS IN THE AREA..THERE WAS AN IRON FENCE AND GATE ONLY IN THE FRONT OF THIS CEMETERY AND SURROUNDED BY THREE STONE WALLS. PARKING WAS ON THE MAIN ROAD BECAUSE THE GATE ENTRANCE WAS VERY NARROW AND NO VEHICLES COULD ENTER. WE ASSUMED THAT THE CASKETS HAD TO BE CARRIED IN.

TO MY SURPRISE WE CAME UPON THE SIGHT OF MY GREAT AUNT ANNA AND GREAT UNCLE MIKE MC CANN'S GRAVE SITES.. WALKING TO THE BACK OF THE CEMETERY, WE CAME ACROSS MY GREAT GRANDFATHER AND GREAT GRANDMOTHER, JESSE AND SUSAN STONE COBB.I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW OVERWHELMED I BECAME TO REALIZE HERE WERE MY GREAT GRANDPARENTS, TO KNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME I CAN REMEMBER THEY WERE MY LINEAGE. TO OUR SURPRISE THE MONUMENT WAS A FAIRLY NEW ONE, COMPARED TO ALL THE OTHER GRAVES. A CIVIL WAR EMBLEM WITH AN AMERICAN FLAG ATTACHED TO IT WAS ON JESSE'S GRAVE. NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT JESSE AND SUSAN, I LEFT A MESSAGE WRAPPED IN A PLASTIC BAG WITH MY PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS. I WAS HOPING FOR A REPLY FROM WHOEVER PLACED THE AMERICAN FLAG AND CIVIL WAR EMBLEM, ALSO FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MY GREAT GRANDPARENTS.

UPON LEAVING THE CEMETERY GROUNDS WE DECIDED TO SEARCH FOR THE MC CANN FARMHOUSE IN THOMPKINSVILLE, PENN. (WHICH I VISITED WITH MY PARENTS MANY TIMES) KNOCKING ON MANY FARMHOUSE DOORS TO INQUIRE IF THEY COULD RECALL THE MC CANN FAMILY? MANY OF THE OLDER CITIZENS WELCOMED US AND SPOKE HIGHLY OF
THE MC CANNS. RAYMOND MC CANN, THEIR SON, IN ADDITION TO WORKING THE FARM, WAS ALSO A DIRECTOR OF THE JERMYN BANK IN JERMYN, PENN.

IN MARCH OF 1999.I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM A MEMBER OF THE DENNING FAMILY, ASKING ME TO FILL HIM IN ON JESSE AND THE CIVIL WAR, SINCE NEITHER OF US KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT JESSE AND HIS PART IN THE CIVIL WAR. MR. DENNING GAVE ME A TELEPHONE NUMBER OF HIS AUNT; SHE PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH THE SMITHS. ALICE DENNING SMITH WELCOMED US TO THEIR HOME. ALICE WAS IN HER NINETIES, HAD A HAND WRITTEN PAPER ON THE COBBS AND STONES FAMILIES. ALICES GRANDDAUGHTER, ELEANOR SMITH BALDINUCCI, BROUGHT OVER A BOOK ON THE GENEALOGY WITH INFORMATION ON THE STONES, DENNINGS AND COBBS FAMILIES

ELEANOR INVITED ME TO VISIT HER AT HER HOME THE FOLLOWING DAY. FOR THE FIRST TIME SHE INTRODUCED ME TO THE INTERNET AND THE STONE SITE. TO MY DELIGHT THERE I SAW THE NAMES OF JESSE, CLARENCE AND HIS CHILDREN TOGETHER WITH MY MOTHER AND FATHER, VICTOR AND JOSEPHINE COBB. HOWEVER THERE WAS NO OTHER INFORMATION CONTINUING FOR OUR FAMILY.

WE DECIDED TO PURCHASE A COMPUTER AND TO COMPILE THE INFORMATION ON THE COBB FAMILY. WITH MY NEIGHBOR'S ASSISTANCE (RUTH STANGS), AN EXCELLENT COMPUTER OPERATOR, I LEARNED ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW ON HOW TO SEARCH AND OPERATE THE COMPUTER. UNTIL THIS DAY, SHE IS STILL GIVING ME ADVICE.RUTH E-MAILED BYRON STONE SUGGESTING THAT WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON MY FATHER VICTOR COBB AND IF BYRON WOULD BE INTERESTED ON THE STONE LINEAGE.BYRON E- MAILED BACK AND WAS PLEASED TO ADD THE NEW INFORMATION TO HIS DATABASE. IT WAS AN HONOR THAT I WAS ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE MORE INFORMATION ON MY FATHERS GENEALOGY.I APPRECIATE AND DELIGHT IN BEING A PART OF THE STONE ASSOCIATION; I FEEL FORTUNATE TO HAND THIS GENEALOGY TO OUR SONS AND GRANDCHILDREN.

I HAVE SINCE CONTACTED FRED SHERWOOD IN LEVITTTOWN, PENN.,AND VIRGINIA RODEFER IN SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA. THEY HAVE SUPPLIED ME WITH VARIOUS BOOKS OF INFORMATION. VIRGINIA'S MOTHER WAS MARGARET VAILE, WHO MARRIED RAYMOND SNYDER. WE HAVE MET WITH FRED AND HIS WIFE MARY, RECEIVING A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ON THE COBBS. FRED E-MAILED ME STATING TO ME THAT WE ARE COUSINS ON HIS MOTHER'S SIDE, AS SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE ADAM FAMILY. WE KEEP CLOSE CONTACT WITH FRED SHERWOOD AND ELEANOR BALDINUCCI VIA E-MAIL AND VISITS..

SORRY THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO MAKE THE STONE REUNION 2000, AS OUR OLDEST GRANDSON IS GRADUATING IN CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA AND WE PLAN ON ATTENDING. MY REGRET IS THAT MY FATHER AND MOTHER ARE NOT HERE TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAMILY BACKGROUND.

FONDLY,

AUDREY COBB ROMAN


FAMILY REUNION
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