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He first appears in Salem records abt 1651. (this could have been due to the fact he was a minor previous) His wife is Sarah SHAFFLEN, daughter of Micheal SHAFFLEN a tailor from Salibury,Wiltshire. Shafflen's first wife was Elizabeth ? and second wife Alice (Temple) Booth, widow of George BOOTH. (see below Salem witch trial testimony of Elizabeth Booth, half sister of Robert Stone's wife)

Robert Stone and Sarah

Samuel b. Jan. 23, 1657 (bricklayer married Mary Treadwell jan. 28, 1674)

Robert b. June 24, 1662 married Hannah Eager he died June 16, 1688

Benjamin b. Feb. 28, 1665 (Captain/Mariner died Nov. 30, 1703)

Sarah b. Feb. 28, 1667 married Lt. Jacob Manning (Katherine Stone King left estate to her neice Sarah Manning).


Robert Stone is found in vartious records with brother-in-law William King.Robert Stone's wife was Sarah Shaflin daughter of Michael Shaflin. Her sister Katherine Shaflin was married to William King, Jr., son of William and Dorothy (Haynes) King of Sherborne, Dorset, England. William King, Sr and family arrived with the "Hull Company" March 20, 1635. Most of the passengers were from Somerset.


SHAFLIN, MICHAEL, Salem, a tailor, from Salisbury, Co. Wilts, emb. Apr. 1635 at Southampton in the James, may first have been of ano. town, but in 1637 had gr. of ld. at S.; freem. 18 May 1642, had Catharine and Sarah by w. Elizabeth wh. is among memb. of the ch. 1639, and she may be not the same, call. Alice in his will of 5 Apr. 1686, pro. 19 May 1687, made extrix. with gift of his est. in fee, pay. in four yrs. aft. his d. (that occur. 12 Dec. 1686), six pounds to ea. of the ds. Catharine King, and Sarah Stone; but wh. were hs. of those ds. is not kn. [[ Savage vol. 4, p. 59]

Salem town record February 17, 1678/9 (this being during the Indian uprising and fleeing of people) The Selectmen voted to pay Robert STONE .50 shilling for carrying Mr. Mackrell and family to Black Point.

Robert STONE is also found is records concerning his servant: Elias Whittee drowned off Winter Island on a boat carrying fish July 1675. He was a servant to Robert STONE.

also: Oct. 15, 1673 General Court, having been informed that there is one Robert STONE, master of vessel, largely come from New York and arrived at Salem, judges it neccesary in order to the present affairs under consideration, that the said STONE together with Mr. Hollingsworth, who was lately taken by the Dutch, be forth with sent for.

12/15/1673 V61:28,29,30 Robert Stone Master of the ship "Supply"

Capt. Stone, master of small vessel, a warrant was issued to Hilliard Veren to seize the vessel.

Robert Stone, master of the ship"Supply", an order of Hilliard Veren to sail the ship and master directly to Boston. Robert Stone, account for the services of Joseph Phippen, Robert Follett, Nicholas Bartlet, Richard Hollingsworth and Hilliard Veren to be charged against.


During the Salem witch trials Elizabeth BOOTH (daughter of George and Alice?? Booth, later Alice married Micheal Shafflen..father in law to Robert STONE testifies she saw an apparition of Robert Stone Sr, and Jr. and that they told her John Proctor and wife had killed them because he took his father's part. testimony was on the 8th of June 1692.


Essex County records pertaining to Robert Stone:

Source:Emmerton, James A. New England Families. Salem Press. Salem. 1880.

"all men by these presents that on the ffifth day of ye moneth of Aprille Anno. Dom: one thousand sixe hundred & fifty at the request of John Ruck, attorney of Thomas Ruck of Boston in New England, Inhoulder, I Joshua Mainett, Notary and Tabellion publick, admitted & sworne dwelling in London, requyred Mr Danyell Spencer, grocer in Friday streete in London to pay the some of thirty pounds sterling mentioned in the originall bill of exchange, whereof the coppy is heerbefore written, in regard the requisee saith hee hath seene the same thirty dayes agonne, wheruppon the said Danyell Spencer answered, that hee will pay noe monneyes nor haue to doe with the sayd bill of exchange, which answere

I the said Notary haning heard, haue at the request, as aforesayd, protested & doe protest by these prsents for want of payemt of the sayd bill of exchange & of exchange & exchange & for all costs, damages & Interests suffered & to bee sustayned as well against Mich‘ll Spenser drawer, or subscriber of the sayd bill of exchange, as against all others in the sayd exchange in any wyse bounde for to recouer all the same of them, or of their goods in tyme & place, as of right shall appertayne. Thus done and protested in this Cittle of London in the presence of Thomas Stronge & Robert Stone witnesses heereunto requyred. Quod attestor rogatus et requisitus,

Josua Mainet, Not. pubcus 1650." pg 73

source:Essex Deeds, vol. vi, p. 78.

Isaack Burnap of Salem, husbandman, consideration ś37 to Robert Stone and William King of Salem, land ormerly given by Salem to Mr. Batter, called Mr. Batter's plaine, bounded south by Batter, east by Thomas Goldthrite, which he bought of Batter, west by William Lord, sr., northwest by Ellen Robbinson, 30 March, 1664, signed also by Elizabeth (sic), wife of Isaac Burnup. Acknowledged, 7 Nov., 1664.

source:(3) Essex Registry of Deeds, book 4, leaf 48.

William King, Jr., who became possessed of the estate, improved the farm of his father and also worked as a cooper. While yet a very young man, he became at his father's death the main hand of support for his mother and several children.

On December 14, 1665,(3) he sold to Robert Stone, for forty-seven pounds, 'About twenty acres upland and one and one half acres salt marsh adjoining it being ye one half of my forty acres upland and three acres marsh adjoining situated and lying at ye head of Basse river and bounded with ye said river to ye east and with the land of Abram Warren to the northwest and west, on ye South west with ye land of John Bachelor ... being the one half of all ye land I have lying in that place at Basse River Head the whole containing forty three acres with one half of all the housing.'

"There were four families living at the northern part of the King lands, that of William King, of Robert Stone, of John Kitchin, and of Thomas Robbins. These, with other families living adjacent, comprised a small colony of Quakers, who, it appears, gave the authorities no end of annoyance. Attendance at religious service was compulsory in the early days, but it was not without the service of the constable that the rule was respected in many cases and the continued absence of these people indicated total disregard or disrespect for the established Church. In the records of the Quarterly Courts, there are nearly a score of recorded prosecutions against these people for this offense.

As an instance: in November, 1660,1 Katherine, wife of William King, Sara, wife of Robert Stone, and Elizabeth, wife of John Kitchin, were presented at Salem Court for 'frequent absence from the public ordinances; and as a member of the jury, Thomas Robbins was obliged to pass judgment on the conduct of his neighbors. Mrs. King and Mrs. Kitchin were persistent absentees, and as all were apprehended and fined on so many occasions, they were finally threatened with 'imprisonment at the gaol at Ipswich.'

1 Records of the Quarterly Courts for Essex County, volume 2, page 265.

 source:pg 53 (Pierce, Calvin P. Ryal Side From Early Days of Salem Colony. This book contains names and settlements of those who established their homesteads on the lands of Salem colony. Beverly Historical Society. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1931.)

"William King seems to have been regarded by the Court as the chief offender and his influence over his neighbors was the probable cause for this attitude of defiance, for, on October 8, 1659, he was sentenced to be whipped and banished from the colony. He was not allowed to return to his home until May 22, 1661, and, upon signifying his willingness to withdraw from the Quakers, was pardoned"

source:ibid pg 55

William King died in 1684, possessed of the house in which he lived, a one-half interest in the house occupied by Robert Stone, and one half of the lands granted to his father.

By will, proved November 25, 1684, he devised one half of his real estate to his wife, Katherine, for her life, and at her death this portion was to go to whom his wife by will should appoint. In her will, dated June 11, 1708, proved January 1, 1718, she gave to her nephew or cousin, Samuel Stone, and to her niece, Sarah Manning, wife of Jacob Manning, of Salem, all her estate real and personal.

The other one half was devised by William King to his brother's sons, 'either the eldest or the youngest as that hath most need of it as my brother shall judge meet.'


1 Essex Registry of Deeds, book 36, leaf 106:

The estate was divided June 18, 17191: 'And whereas William and Katherine left a dwelling house and about 12 or 13 rods of land in Salem bounded South West & North on land of Bethia Kitchen & east on ye lane yt leads to ye North River & also a tract about 40 or 50 acres Upland & Marsh, situated in Salem at or near a place called Royall side bounded by land of John Green decd on northwest with straight line from stump in fence to Oak tree standing by ye Mill Pond and otherwise mostly with the Mill Pond & river yt runs up befor ye house yt was & formerly stood on sd land. Now for Amicable settling of the estate.'


source:(Pierce, Calvin P. Ryal Side From Early Days of Salem Colony. This book contains names and settlements of those who established their homesteads on the lands of Salem colony. Beverly Historical Society. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1931.) pg 66


As the lands of William King and his settlement have been treated in a preceding chapter, not much space will be here given to this pioneer. He was one of the earliest of the settlers in this vicinity, a freeman in 1636 and a grantee of land by the Town of Salem in that year.1 He lived near the head of Bass River until his death in 1650. His name was given the cove which lay before his lands.

ROBERT STONE ESTATE source:ibid pg61

ROBERT STONE died about 1690 and his estate was assigned to his eldest son, Samuel, February 6, 1693/4. By occupation was a fisherman/mariner.

The estate of Samuel Stone came into the possession largely of his son, Robert. The Stone lands, which represented the eastern one half of the granted lands of William King, originally had a small frontage on Elliott Street from King's Lane, easterly.

Robert Stone, mariner of Salem is believed to be the Robert Stone buried at Tower Hill cemetery on Martha's Vineyard, the oldest gravestone on the island:

On his stone it reads:

Here lies buried ye Body of


Aged 65 years

departed this life

12 day of March 1689.


This is in place of the oldest

gravestone on Martha's Vineyard.

Erected by Joseph Dunham 1863.

The old stone lies here defaced.

Sixty rods southeast from this

grave may be seen the ruins of

the cellar of the House of the first

white settler who came to the Island



This granite tablet replaced

the old marble tablet in 1992

The Anniversary of Edgartown

350th year.

Tower Hill Cemetery also called Old Burying Ground and Burial Hill, Located in Edgartown, Mass.

MA Archives: 5/13/1691 V37:30    Widow Sarah Stone rescue at Anticosti Island, ship “Swan”.Widow Sarah Stone, on the back of Gov. Bradstreet’s orders for the rescue of Englishmen stranded on Anticosti Island, was the item that a negro had served on the ship “Swan”.



Children of Robert and Sarah (Shaflin) Stone:

Samuel Stone 11m:23 day 1657 (Salem Vrs p 328)

Robert Stone, Jr. June 24, 1662 (Salem vrs p 327) married Hannah Eager

Benjamin Stone February 28, 1665 (Salem vrs p 325)

Sarah Stone 12th month:28th day: 1667 (Salem Vrs p328)

There are records for Benjamin STONE (Son of Robert):

Sept. 29, 1696 'The Light" , a French merchant ship, was captured by the "Salem Galley" of New Foundland and taken by Lt. Gov. Stoughton as a lawful prize. It was sold at public auction. Buyers were Benj. Marston, Samuel Browne, Benj. Garrish, Deliverance Parkman, John Turner, John Browne, Benjamin STONE, all of Salem. Capt. Benjamin STONE, new commander.

1704 at time of his (Benjamin Stone) death his property included gold and silver buttons.

Record for Robert STONE Jr.:

Robert STONE married a Hannah AGER/EAGER (she was daughter of shipwright Jonathon and Rebecca (HIDE) AGER b. 1662

Inscriptions from the Charter Street burial grounds in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts

# Here lyes Buried ye Body of Robart STONE, Junear, d. __ 1688, Aged ___

# Here lyes the Body of Hannah, ye wife of Robert STONE, Aged 29 yrs, d. 17 Apr 1691

# Here lyes ye Body of Capt. Benjamin STONE, Aged abt. 38 yrs, d. 30 Nov 1703

# In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth STONE, Wife to Mr. Robert STONE, who Departed this Life 2 Jul 1763, in the 76th Year of her Age

# In Memory of Mr. Robert STONE, who Departed this Life, 20 May 1764, in the 77th Year of his Age


Salem Witches Bio:

Elizabeth Proctor, wife of John Proctor of Salem

* She was John's third wife and married to him for 18 years.

* She was in charge of running the family tavern.

* Elizabeth fought on two occasions with Robert Stone over an unpaid bar tab.


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