Friday, January 26, 2007


This is the full and complete text of Benjamin's will, with al l spellingerrors intact:In the name of god Amen I Benjamin Stone of the County of Madiso n in thestate of Kentucky being weak of body but of sound and perfect mi nd andmemory thanks be to Allmighty god for his mercies and calling t o mindthe mortality of mans body and that its appointed for all fles h to diedo make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament i n thefollowing manner viz first of all I order that all my just debt s shallbe honestly paid and as to the rest of my estate I will and bequ eath inthe following manner viz the place whereon I now live together w ith allmy personal estate I leave to the use and support of Sarah my we llbeloved wife during her natural life and after her death the sai dplantation to be given up to my son Dudly as soon a he comes o f age butin case that his mother dies before that he comes of age that h e is tohave the profits thereof but in case that his mother shall liv e longerthat the time he comes of age he shall not disposses her but sh e is tohave a decent support from the profits of the said place so lon g as sheshall live and all the household furniture to be equally Divide d amongstmy three daughters Elizabeth, Jane and Fanny and also to hav e a cow andcalf after the death of their mother and as to the remainder par t of mystock to be equally divided amongst my three sons Samuel, Danie l andDudly after their mother's desease; and as I have exchanged myplantation that is in Guilford County No Carolina with Burges m y son fora bond upon Aron Lewis for five hundred acres of land which agre eable tothe condition of the said bond he was to have choice of severa l entriesthat the said Lewis has in the state of Kentucky and accordingl y I have______(looks like pitihed) on a certain entry that lies in the d ividingridge between Kingston and the waters of state and Lulbegrude th e entrycontains 1250 acres in the name of James Crabtree which if the s aid 500acres is obtained to be a good right I give 100 to my son John o nehundred to Samuel and one hundred to Daniel and fifty to Jeane a nd fiftyto Fanny and the remainder one hundred to Burges and the stallio n colt Ileave the profits for the first two years to be equally divide d betweenmy sons Samuel & Daniel and afterwards I give and bequeath the s aidhorse unto my son Dudly either to keep or sell & the price there of (inkblot) let out on interest untill dudly comes of age at the discr essionof my executors and to the rest of my children I give and bequea th vizto Burges Susanna Mary and Rebeckah the sum of five shillings ea ch to bemade out of my personal estate and (inkblot) hereby appoint Sara h mydear wife Executrix and Aron Lewis executor of this my last wil l andtestament and do pronounce and declare this to be my last will a ndtestament this twentieth day of January in the year of our lor d onethousand seven hundred and ninety five.Signed sealed pronouncedand declared in presentsof Aron Lewis, Isaac Lewis Benjamin his B mark Stone (LS)Thomas Lewis, John Lewis, Sarah LewisAt a court held for Madison County on Tuesday the 4thday of Augu st 1795This will was proved to be the last will and testament of Benjam in StoneDec'd by the oath of Sarah Stone, Aron and Thomas Lewis. Witness esthereto and ordered to be recordedTeste Will Irvine CMC

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Here's a few miscellaneous items on Benjamin Stone:

Misc. Notes> He purchased land in Caswell/Orange County, NC in 1768 from JohnWistsett.> He was in Madison County, KY by 1788. He was on the Tax List inMadison> County, Ky in 1788,1789, 1791,1792, 1794.2 He is listed on theCensus of> Kentucky in 1790.3> It is possible that he had a first wife, a Burgess, who was themother of> Susannah, Burgess, Mary, Rebecca and John.> The witnesses to his will were: Aaron Lewis, Isaac Lewis,Benjamin B.> Stone, Thomas Lewis, John Lewis, and his wife, Sarah. It wasproved on 4 Aug> 1795.4> There is a possibility that he was a private in the 10th Regiment,Blounts> Command. He enlisted and was commissioned on 20 July 1778. Heserved nine> months in North Carolina.1>> Spouse: Sarah> ---------------------------------------------> Birth: Of Orange County/Guilford County, NC> Death: Madison County, KY>> Misc. Notes> She is mentioned in her husband's will. She and Aaron Lewis arelisted as> executors for her husband's will. Sarah (South) and Aaron Lewiswere> witnesses. These are two different Sarahs. It is felt thatthere is a Lewis> connection.> She is listed as a taxpayer in Madison County, KY in 1895, 1796,1797.2>>> Children> ---------------------------------------------> 1 F: Susannah Stone> Birth: 11 Dec 1763 Orange County, NC> Death: 27 May 1826 St. Charles, Missouri> Spouse: Francis HOWELL> ---------------------------------------------> 2 F: Rebecca Stone5> Birth: 20 Jan 1765> Spouse: Thomas ODEN> ---------------------------------------------> 3 M: Burgess Stone> Birth: bef Sep 1765 Guilford County, NC> Death: 1839 Guilford County, NC> Spouse: Elizabeth BOWEN> Spouse: Mary (Polly) KEATH> ---------------------------------------------> 4 F: Mary Stone> Birth: abt 1767> Spouse: Thomas BOWEN> ---------------------------------------------> 5 M: Daniel Lewis Stone> Birth: 23 Dec 1771 NC> Death: 2 Aug 1857 Warren County, KY> Spouse: Susanna McFADIN> Spouse: Rose MIDDLETON> Spouse: Elizabeth FOX> Spouse: Libby SQUIRE> ---------------------------------------------> 6 F: Elizabeth Stone5> Birth: 1772> Spouse: Thomas LEWIS> ---------------------------------------------> 7 F: Jane Stone> Birth: 24 Aug 1775 South Carolina?> Death: aft 1850 Montgomery County, Missouri> Spouse: William L. HOPKINS> ---------------------------------------------> 8 M: John Bluford Stone> Birth: 24 Mar 1779 VA> Spouse: DUDLEY> ---------------------------------------------> 9 M: Samuel Stone6,7> Birth: bef 1778 VA Or NC8> Death: Sep 1840 Warren County, KY8> Spouse: Sarah (Lotta, Satta, Sally) SOUTH> ---------------------------------------------> 10 F: Frances (Fanny) L. Stone> Birth: 1781 North Carolina> Death: 24 Oct 1854 Warren County, Ky> Spouse: Isaac Orlton LEWIS> ---------------------------------------------> 11 M: Dudley Lewis Stone9> Birth: 20 Jan 1780/8110> Death: 183411> Spouse: Mary EPPERSON> Spouse: Susannah SKINNER>>> Sources> 1. NSDAR, DAR Patriotic Index, Centenial Editon, NSDAR, 1990, Vol.3, p.> 2822.> 2. â?oMadison County, Kentucky Taxpayers,â? Madison County,Kentucky,> 1787-1799, Photocopy of text, In our possession.> 3. â?oFirst Census of Kentucky,â? Madison County, Kentucky, 1790,In my> possession.> 4. Anna Joy (Munday) Hubble, Abstracts of Madison County, KentuckyWill Book> A, Route 2, Whitefish, Montana 59937.> 5. Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, â?oMadison County, KentuckyMarriage Records,> 1790-1843.,â?, 2 July 2001.> 6. Bryan Harrison, How Pocohontas Came to Texas, p. 163-166.> 7. John M. South, â?oSOUTH-SURNAME-L@...,â? 7 Nov 2001, In our> Possession.> 8. Research of Gail Jackson Miller in February 2005> 9. Marilee Jeffers, â?oStone-South Connections,â? 28 August 2004,In our> possession.> 10. Todd Moberly, â?oPioneers at Boonesborough,â? 25 August 2004,In our> Possession.> 11. Ruby Louis, â?oDudley Lewis Stone,â? 20 Aug 2004, In ourpossession.>


Read that William Stone, Gov of Md 1648 is related to our Benjamin Stone, not sure how yet.

Gov. William Stone (c. 1603-c. 1659/60) and Verlinda StoneWilliam Stone served as Maryland’s first Protestant Governor, and he and his wife Verlinda both took action to preserve freedom of religion in Maryland.William Stone was born in England around 1603 and came from a well-known merchant family in London. However, William chose to come to America, and migrated to Virginia in 1628. He was successful there, working as a merchant and planter. He was respected by his neighbors and was appointed justice of the peace and then sheriff in Accomack County, Virginia.He also served as a burgess in the Virginia Assembly. However, when civil war broke out in England, many Protestants who supported the Parliament were no longer welcome in Virginia, which supported the King. At this time, Lord Baltimore, the proprietor of Maryland, began trying to attract more settlers to Maryland, and many Protestants left Virginia. William Stone and his wife Verlinda came to Maryland in 1648. That same year Stone was given a great opportunity. With civil war still going on in England and with many new Protestant settlers in Maryland, Lord Baltimore wanted to appoint a Protestant Governor. He chose William Stone, probably partly to reward Stone for promising to bring hundreds of settlers to Maryland. Stone served as Governor for six years until some of the more radical Protestants, called Puritans, gained control of the government and began to pass laws which restricted religious freedom.Stone decided he needed to fight back, so he organized about 100 supporters and marched against the rebels in the Battle of Severn. He was greatly outnumbered, and after losing nearly half his men and being wounded in the shoulder, Stone surrendered. He was made a prisoner and held for over a month. While he was in captivity, his wife Verlinda tried to help him by writing to Lord Baltimore. She made sure the proprietor knew exactly what happened so he could protect both her husband and the colony. Stone was eventually released from prison and resumed his position as Governor. He died in 1660, leaving 14,950 pounds of tobacco for his wife and seven children.Verlinda soon started acquiring more land for her family. In 1664 she patented 300 acres of land in Charles County which she called “Virlinda” and two years later bought 500 more acres in what is now Prince George’s County. She lived in the colony which she and her husband had fought to preserve up until her death in 1675.LINKED DOCUMENTS OR IMAGES:
Inventory of Verlinda Stone, PREROGATIVE
COURT (Inventories and Accounts) 1678, Liber 5, folio 354, MSA S536-6 (1/11/2/15)

MSA SC 2221-3-5 1655. Verlinda
Stone's letter from a 17th century pamphlet entitled "Refutation of of
Babylon's Fall,"
by John Langford. Taken from Clayton C. Hall, ed.
Narratives of Early Maryland, 1633-1684. (New York: Charles Scribner's
Sons, 1910), MSA L21689, pp. 265-267. DOCUMENTS FOR THE CLASSROOM
SERIES. Daily Life in the New World, 1634-1715.
Designed and developed
by Edward C. Papenfuse and Dr. M. Mercer Neale, prepared with the assistance
of R. J. Rockefeller, Lynne MacAdam and other members of the Archives staff.
1993. MSA SC 2221-03. Publication no. 3916. -->
Allegorical Painting of Cecil Calvert Presenting the Acts of Toleration to Gov. William Stone, oil painting, 1853, by Tompkins Harrison Matteson (1813-1884), sometimes erroneously entitled: The Founding of Maryland. Painting is located in the Senate Lounge, Maryland State House. MSA SC1545-2551.
MSA SC 2221-3-2 1649. Act
Concerning Religion [known as the Act of Toleration]
COUNCIL (Proceedings) 1637-1657 MSA S1071-2 and GENERAL ASSEMBLY, UPPER
HOUSE (Proceedings) MSA S 977-1, ff. 354-359. DOCUMENTS FOR THE CLASSROOM
SERIES. Daily Life in the New World, 1634-1715.
Designed and developed
by Edward C. Papenfuse and Dr. M. Mercer Neale, prepared with the assistance
of R. J. Rockefeller, Lynne MacAdam and other members of the Archives staff.
1993. MSA SC 2221-03. Publication no. 3916. -->
Edward C. Papenfuse, An Act Concerning Religion, April 21, 1649: An Interpretation and Tribute To The Citizen Legislators of Maryland, adaptation and expansion from an essay by Gerald W. Johnson. Maryland State Archives, DOCUMENTS FOR THE CLASSROOM SERIES. Religious Toleration in Maryland, April 21, 1649 MSA SC 2221-25 March 1999. SOURCES:
Hall, Clayton, Colman, Narratives of Early Maryland, 1633-1684. New York: Barnes & Noble, Inc.,1910.
Maloney, Eric John, Papists and Puritans in Early Maryland: Religion in the Forging of Provincial Society, 1632-1665. PhD. Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1996.
Papenfuse, Edward C., et al. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789, 2 vols. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979.


Benjamin Stone is my husbands ggggg grandfather. Born 1733 VA (have also seen NC so not sure) and died 1795 in Madison County, Ky. Benjamin Stone served in the Revolutionary War in Blount Co..10th Reg.