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HON. THOMAS STONE
(1743- 1787)

Thomas Stone, son of David and Elizabeth (Jenifer) Stone, was born in the year 1743, at "Poynton Manor", Durham Parish, Charles County. He studied law under Thomas Johnson, the first State Governor of Maryland, and for a time practiced law at Frederick Town. In 1768 he married Margaret, daughter of Gustavus and Margaret (Black) Brown, of Port Tobacco Parish. It was said that the dowry was 1,000.

Children of Thomas and Margaret (Brown) Stone:
1. Frederick Stone, d.s.p. 1793, victim of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia.
2. Margaret Stone, born 1771, died Mar. 9, 1809, married Dec. 15, 1793, John Moncure, son of Travers and Frances (Moncure) Daniel, of Stafford Co., Va. Issue: Rawleigh; Jean Nivin; Margaret; John Moncure; Frances; Mary; and Margaret Eleanor.
3. Mildred Stone, born 1771, died Oct. 26, 1836, married July 1791, Travers, gon of Travers and Frances (Moncure) Daniel, of Stafford Co., Va. Issue: Frances; Moncure; Emily; Samuel; and Eliza Travers.

In 1771 Thoma Stone built "Haber de Venture" upon an estate of 442 acres in Port Tobacco West Hundred. The dwelling is standing today (1937) and is one of the historic spots of Southern Maryland. At the tax list of 1783, besides "Haber de Venture", he was seized of "Hanson's Plains" in Port Tobacco West Hundred, and the following tracts in Port Tobacco Lower Hundred--231 acres of "Chandler's Hills" with a brick dwelling, 23 acres of "Moberity" with a frame dwelling, 52 acres of "Shaw's Barren", and 200 acres of "Welcome".

Thomas Stone entered the Continental Congress on May 13, 1775, and continued to serve until 1778, during which time he was on the committee which framed the Articles of Confederation. Although not a Tory, his sentiments towards England were milder than many of his colleagues in Congress. He was instructed by the State Legislature of Maryland to sign the Declaration of Independence, and thus he has become one of the Four Immortals of Maryland. He was not in favor of war, and in September 1776, he spoke in favor of negotiations with Lord Howe for peace.
After the war he was elected to Congress and took his seat on March 26, 1784. Although elected to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, he declined to serve on account of the serious illness of his wife who died June 1, 1787. The grief over the death of his wife at the age Of 36 years was great, and retiring from public office he planned to sail for England. Thus while waiting for a boat in Alexandria, Virginia, he died there on October 5, 1787.

The will of Thomas Stone was proved in Charles County on October 9, 1787, by John H. Stone, Walter Stone, and John Gilbert. He requested that he be buried at "Haber de Venture" near the remains of his wife according to the rites of the Protestant Church.

He devised property to his three children Margaret, Milly, and Frederick, placing the latter under the guardianship of his brother Michael J. Stone and friend Dr. Gustavus Brown. He provided his widowed sister' Mrs. Scott with an annuity of 15 per year until her son Alley Scott came of age, and a like annuitv for his sister Grace Stone until marriage.


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THOMAS STONE 5
(17-- - 1808)

Thomas Stone, son of John by his first wife, was born at "Poynton Manor", Durham Parish, Charles County. His wife was Catherine ----.

Children of Thomas and Catherine Stone
1. Sarah Briscoe Stone.
2. Mary Warren Stone married ---- Duffy.
3. John Stone married Catherine ----.
4. Harrison Stone married Teresa ----.

32 Stone Family
On February 14, 1778, in Charles County before the "Worshipful Richard Barnes" Thomas Stone swore allegiance to the State of Maryland and denounced the sovereignty of Great Britain.
On April 12, 1779, Thomas Stone conveyed to his brother Josiah Stone "Drury Lane" which adjoined "Poynton Manor". Catherine" Stone, his wife, relinquished her third. In 1783 he paid taxes on 175 acres of "Poynton Manor", and had six in his immediate family. In 1790 he was the head of a family in Charles County, with two males under 16 years, three females, and 15 slaves.
Thomas Stone dated his will September 13, 1808, in Charles County. He named his wife, Catherine, and the following children-Sarah Briscoe Stone, Mary Warren Duffy, John Stone, and Harrison Stone.. The instrument was proved in Charles County on September 27, 1805, by H. Barnes, Alexander Matthews, and Catherine Stone.
A deed in Charles County executed in 1823 showed that John Stone, and Harrison Stone were both seized in fee simple of a portion of "Poynton Manor" and "Drury Lane", lying near the mouth of a run called Stoney Fresh a branch of the Avon River. Catherine, the wife of John Stone, and Teresa, the wife of Harrison Stone, gave their consent to the conveyance.


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Source: Kentucky: A History of the State. Perrin, Battle and Kniffin, 6th ed., 1887, Spencer County.

THE STONE FAMILY. Thomas Stone was born in Spencer County, August 13, 1806, and died September 10, 1873. He was through life a merchant trader and farmer, and amassed a handsome fortune, owning about 800 acres of land, servants and money. He was a gentleman in the truest sense, public spirited, honorable, generous and courteous. He was one of the nine children of William Stone and Rebecca Erskine (sic), who immigrated from Loudoun County, VA., to Nelson County, KY., the latter part of 1700. The Stones came from England the latter part of 1600, settling in northern Virginia and southern Maryland. They were noted for strong practical sense, energy, pride of character, and love of justice. They espoused the cause of the colonies, one of them, Thomas Stone, being one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. They were Episcopalians in religion. The Erskines (sic) were also from England, and settled first in Maryland. They were people of wealth, and were devout Catholics.

Thomas Stone, the subject of our sketch, married, February 25 1835, Sallie A. May, who was born in Spencer County, Ky., November 28, 1814. Her father, Humphrey May, was born in 1782 in Pittsylvania County, Va., and was of Welsh extraction. He came to Kentucky at the age of seven years, and was the fourth of eleven children born to Gabriel and Susanna (Stokes) May. Sylvanus Stokes and Sallie Allen (a sister to Col. Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga) were the parents of Susanna Stokes May. She and her husband and seven children came to Kentucky in 1788. They were Episcopalians. The Mays were people of fine sense, sobriety and great amiability of temper. Humphrey May's wives were Elizabeth and Margaret Connelly, the daughters of John Connelly and Frances Brent, who immigrated from Fluvana (sic) County, Va., to Nelson County, Ky., in 1805. The Connellys were of Irish extraction, and were people of great wit and humor, and fine literary tastes. The mother of John Connelly was a Miss Edwards. John Connelly's son, Dr. Henry Connelly, was twice governor of New Mexico. Besides the above mentioned, John Connelly had six other children, all of high respectability. The Brents were a fine old Scotch family, much given to high living and sporting. Thomas and Sallie (May) Stone had eight children: William H., a farmer and trader, who married Maggie Green, of Spencer County; Mary (deceased); Eli D. (deceased); Sallie E., who married Searles Mars Lewis, of Broomfield (sic), a skillful physician, and who served with distinction as a regimental surgeon in the Confederate Army; Annie R., who married her cousin, Davis Stone, a large farmer in Nelson County; Martha E., who married Rowland Cox, a fine civil engineer and farmer from Daviess County; James B., a farmer and trader in Spencer County, and Thomas, a practitioner and professor in a medical college in New York City.