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Matthew Stone, brother to the Governor, likewise settled first on the Eastern Shore of Virginia but did not come into, Maryland until a date later than that of his brother. During March 1651 in Northampton County, Virginia, he signed a document in which he promised to "bee true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England as it is nowe Established without Kinge or House of Lords". Thus we find him a member of the Puritan Party, if not, he lacked the courage to espouse the cause of the Cavaliers.
Matthew Stone ultimately settled in Calvert County, Maryland, where he died in 1672 after making a nuncupative will. He named no heirs of his body, but bequeathed personalty to John Fernly of Francis, and..., Elizabeth Cornahill, naming Jonathan Marler and William Marshall Sr., as the executors. Under the English law only personal property could be bequeathed by a nuncupative will, and the fact that he named no children is not conclusive that he died without issue. The nuncupative will of Governor Leonard Calvert is an outstanding example.
On January 29, 1695, Matthew Stone, of Charles County, stated in court that he was 42 years of age and that he was acquainted with John Ward, late of Charles County, deceased. The birth of Matthew was therefore about 1653, and he can not possibly be a son or grandson of Governor Stone. It is probable that the Stones of Calvert County who appear towards the latter part of the seventeenth century are descendants of Matthew Stone, brother to the Governor
Note H3240 Index
MATTHEW STONE, GENT
(1679 - 1750)
Matthew Stone, son of John, was born about the year 1679, inasmuch as he declared himself to be 55 years of age in 1734. He married Rachel, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Barton) Smoot, of William and Mary Parish, Charles County. In 1714 Rachel Stone was named as a granddaughter in the will of Colonel William Barton, so therefore the marriage occurred prior to that date.
Children of Matthew and Rachel (Smoot) Stone
1. Elizabeth Stone.
2. Anne Stone.
3. Thomas Stone married Margaret -----. q.v.
4. William Stone. q.v.
5. Barton Stone married Sarah Speake. q.v.
6. Samuel Stone married Elizabeth Howard. q.v.
7. John Stone married twice. q.v.
8. Matthew Stone married Sarah Douglas. q.v.
Matthew Stone and Robert Hanson in 1713 were sureties for Mary Theobald, the executrix of the estate of John Theobald, late of Charles County. On May 23, 1726, Matthew, Stone, Gent., and Rachel his wife for 6,000 pounds of tobacco conveyed to John Watts land lying on the west side of the main portion of Nanjemoy Creek, situated between the lands of the said Matthew Stone and William Stone. On May 13, 1747, he conveyed for the consideration of natural love and affections which he held for his son Thomas "Jr.", a portion of "Poynton Manor",. adjoining the lands of Matthew Stone, Thomas Matthews, and Barton. Stone. Rachel Stone, his wife, acknowledged the deed and waived dower.
Matthew Stone dated his will November 7, 1748, at which time he appointed his sons Barton and Thomas as the executors. Rachel his wife was devised the dwelling-plantation during life then equally to his sons Samuel and William. His daughters Anne and Elizabeth were bequeathed various personalty, while Mr. Porteus was appointed the guardian of his young son William. The will was admitted to probate in Charles County on August 10, 1750, and proved by William Hanson, Mary Hanson, and John Jenkins. (This John Jenkins was my 4th great-grandfather.)
Rachel Stone, however, was appointed executrix and certified to the inventory on November 3, 1750, with John Stone and Barton Stone as the kinsmen. Gustavus Brown and Walter Brown were the greatest creditors.
The final statement was rendered to the court on September 14, 1751, when the proceeds were distributed among the widow and the following heirs--Samuel Stone, William Stone, Elizabeth Stone, and Anne Stone. David Stone and John Stone were bondsmen for the widow and executrix.
The will of his widow was dated September 8, 1756, and admitted to probate in Charles County on November 6, 1758, by Maximillan Matthews, John B. Meek, and Jesse Douglas. She appointed her sons, Samuel and William, as executors, and named her daughter, Elizabeth Stone.
On January 15, 1759, an inventory of her personal estate was made with John Stone and Barton Stone as the kinsmen, and Samuel Stone and William Stone, as the executors.
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Matthew Stone, son of Matthew and Rachel (Smoot) Stone, was born in Charles County. After 1749 he married Sarah, the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Douglas.
Children of Matthew and Sarah (Douglas) Stone
1. Rachel Stone.
2. Elizabeth Land Stone.
3. Benjamin Stone.
Matthew Stone died intestate in Charles County. The court named his widow, Sarah Stone, as administratrix who certified to the inventory on August 10, 1757. John Stone and Samuel Stone were the kinsmen. The final account was rendered on November 25, 1758, when the proceeds were distributed among the widow, and the following children: Rachel, Elizabeth, and Benjamin. John Stone and Charles Douglas were the sureties for the administratrix.
Sarah Stone, the widow, negotiated her will on August 29, 1775, and named her brother, Jesse Douglas, as the executor, and bequeathed the estate to her daughters, Rachel Stone and Elizabeth Land Stone.