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Welcome back! This page is currently undergoing a makeover because I've opted to move our server to another provider.  Our previous server, ancestry/rootsweb, is a huge entity on the internet and as such, offered thousands of genealogy enthusiasts free space to create and display their family history interests. I am grateful to them because they provided me with the means to create my original four web pages; three of which are already updated. STONE QUARRY will take some time to complete, so please bear with me!

Our goal is to display and share information concerning the family of JAMES STONE, as well as families allied with the Stones; i.e. GUEST; HILL; SANDERS; RUSSELL; WELCH; BURCHAM; PRUITT (PREWITT); McENTIRE; LEE; RIDDLE; BREWER; MEEKS; ROGERS; BROWNLEE, and many others.  

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Our American progenitor, James Stone, was born circa 1790 in South Carolina. He was the son of William Stone and (1)Matilda McClure. James relocated to Tennessee, where he married Elizabeth Guest ca 1816, probably in Warren County. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Guest. Within three years the Stones had two sons; Martin and William. James moved his family to northern Alabama about 1820 where Sarah, James Jr., Mary Ann, and Margaret were born by the late 1820s. The Stone family's time in Alabama is ambiguous; I've not found any Alabama record for any of the Stone family. It is believed James Stone moved his family to Arkansas by 1830, but the Stones only lived a few years in Arkansas. Neither James Stone or his married sons were included on the 1830 census of Arkansas. The Stones are said to have lived in Yell County and Pope County - a portion of which became Johnson County in 1833. Children: Green Berry (1831), Redmond (1832) and Matilda (1835) were born in Arkansas and James departed for Missouri about 1837/38. The last two sons, John Lock (1839) and Andrew Larkin (1841) were born in Barry County.
Their stay in Barry County was short-lived for James again became restless and moved to Texas about 1843. Texas had achieved statehood in 1835, which made it much more civilized. Stephen Austin had started recruiting new settlers while Texas was a young Republic. Texas' statehood resulted in a flood of newcomers for the rest of the century!

The journey to Texas ended in Rusk County where James and his      married children all settled. However, by 1880, the families had scattered across much of Texas; notably Hunt, Comanche, Erath, Brown, Tarrant, and Kerr counties. James Stone died in Hunt County, Texas in Aug or Sept 1850. His burial place is unknown, but I've always suspected he could be buried at McBride Cemetery, near South Sulphur, about eight miles north of Greenville, Texas. James' grandson, Green Berry (son of Martin) is buried there.

The lure of Texas was fascinating during those days. A famous quote by David Crockett, hero of the Alamo, who had just arrived from Tennessee, follows; after being toasted, Crockett made a brief speech to the Texians, replete with his usual dry humor. He began nearly in this style, "I am told gentlemen, that, when a stranger, like myself, arrives among you, the first inquiry is -- what brought you here? To satisfy your curiosity at once as to myself, I will tell y'all about it. I was, for some years, a member of congress. In my last canvass, I told the people of my district, that, if they saw fit to re-elect me, I would serve them faithfully as I had always done; but, if not, they could all go to hell, and I would go to Texas. I was beaten, gentlemen, and here I am!"

The Stone men became farmers or 'stockmen' upon their arrival in Texas. With the Civil War starting, all of James' sons, except Larkin, joined the fight. For more info on their service records, please see Page Three.

Elizabeth (Guest) Stone died ca 1861, Erath County, Texas. Her place of burial is unknown.

Marriages of James Stone's Children

Martin married Nancy A. Burcham (2.), 21 June, 1835, Pope County, Arkansas.
William married Elizabeth Stinnet, 28 Sept, 1837, Barry County, Missouri.
William married second, Malinda Ratliff, 26 Oct 1845, Rusk County, Texas.
Sarah (Sallie) married Henry Bowlin Carruthers ca 1839, Barry County, Missouri.
James Jr. married Mary Jane Burcham (2.), 27 Feb 1842, Barry County, Missouri. 
Mary (Polly) married Andrew Fields Pruitt, ca 1839, Barry County, Missouri.
Margaret Matilda married John B. Welch, 22 May 1841, Barry County, Missouri.
Green Berry married Sylvestra Frances Sanders (3.), 21 Jan 1851, Dallas County, Texas
Redmond married Mariah Lee McEntire, ca 1853, Hunt or Tarrant County, Texas
Redmond married second, Harriett Shrilda Sanders (3.), ca 1863, Erath County, Texas

Matilda married Jonathan Willis Rhodes, ca 1851, Hunt County, Texas.
Matilda married second, Henry T. Hill, ca 1860, Comanche County, Texas (*)
John Lock married Sarah Jane Russell, 1857, Tarrant County, Texas
John Lock married second, Pherba Lee, 27 Nov 1867, Comanche County, Texas.
Andrew Larkin married Elba E. Jones, 15 Nov 1865, Comanche County, Texas

(2.) Sisters
(3.) Sisters
(1.) Surname based upon her grandson's (William) biography of 1896.
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) No actual marriage record has ever been found.

PAGE TWO James Stone's brother, Jonathan McClure Stone

Family Stories, Marriages, Bible Records, Misc. 

PAGE FOUR Old Photos: Stones, Hills, Russells, etc.
PAGE FIVE Biographies, Wills, Probates, Obituaries, Civil War, Misc.
PAGE SIX Elizabeth (Guest) Stone's Ancestry