Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Governor Stone

Male 1603 - 1661  (58 years)


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  • Name William Governor Stone 
    Born 1603  Lancaster, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jan 1660/61  Poynton Manor, Charles County, Maryland - Admin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I002058  Tree1
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 

    Father John Stone,   b. Abt 1573, Croston, Bretherton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1606, Accomack County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Mother Dorothy Jennett,   b. 1581, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01396  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Verlinda Graves,   b. 1618, Hungar's Parish, Northampton County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1675, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 1635  Hungar's Parish, Accomack County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Stone,   b. 1635, Accomac County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1676, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     2. Matthew Stone,   b. Bef 1639,   d. 5 Oct 1676, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 37 years)
     3. Richard Stone,   b. 1642, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1667, Charles County, Maryland - Admin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     4. Mary Stone,   b. 1642, St Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1686, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     5. Elizabeth Stone,   b. 23 Aug 1643, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1707, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. John Stone,   b. 1647, Hungars Parrish, Accomack County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1698, Poynton Manor, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     7. Catherine Stone,   b. Abt 1655, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1714, St. Mary's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 
    Family ID F01395  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Jan. 13, 1660/1 - Thomas Stone (gentleman, Nangemy, Charles Co.) was granted administration on estate of his father Capt. William Stone. Appraisers: Joseph Harrison, John Chaireman. John Lawson to administer oath.
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 1C, pp. 8-9.

      Dec. 3, 1661 - Inventory of Capt. William Stone.
      Servants: Jeremiah Dickerson, Thomas Alcox, William Greingoe, Thomas Livinstone, Walter Browne, William Pollett, Robert Maston, Hercules Hayes, John Poole, Thomas Banister, George Lyngham, Negro Philip, Negro Margaret, Elizabeth Thomas, Lettis Seamore.
      List of Debts: .... [42 named persons.]
      Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 1C, pp. 23-6.

      William Stone, Esq. Immigrated 1648, and transported his wife Mrs. Stone and children Elizabeth, John, Richard and Thomas 1649/50.
      Source: Maryland Land Office, Patent Records, Liber ABH, p. 150.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Stone, William, and wife Verlinda - William Stone m. Verlinda ______ [thought to be nee Graves.] William d. testate Dec. 21, 1660 (probate date) in Charles Co., Md. Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 12. Verlinda d. testate July 13, 1675 (probate date) in Charles Co., Md. Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 111. William and Verlinda had 7 children: Elizabeth, Thomas, Richard, John, Mathew, Mary, and Catherine Stone. Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 12. Daughter Elizabeth Stone m. William Calvert. Source: Charles Co., Md. Court Records, Liber P, p. 35. William Calvert d. intestate July 13, 1682 (inventory) in St. Mary’s Co., Md. Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Inventories & Accounts, Liber 7C, p. 206, and Liber 8, p. 479. Elizabeth was in Virginia in 1698 with her son Richard Calvert. Source: Archives of Maryland, Vol. 748, p. 706. Son Thomas Stone was not yet a Charles Co. resident in 1658 or 1659. Already an adult in 1658, he was living on his own, apparently in Calvert Co. Thomas is found in Charles Co. beginning in 1660, and he died there testate on Oct. 5, 1676 (probate date), survived by wife Mary (maiden name unknown) and sons Richard and William Stone. Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 177. Thomas’ widow Mary m. 2nd John Blackfan and 3rd Joseph Manning. So far as is known, Thomas did not marry Mary before 1660. Thus, if Mary was a 1658 Charles Co. resident and m. Thomas Stone 1660 or later in Charles Co., her sons would have a continuous from 1658 Charles Co. lineage through her rather than through Thomas. Son Richard Stone d. intestate June 11, 1667 (administration bond) in Charles Co., Md. Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 2, pp. 156-7. Richard was not married. For son John Stone, see below. Son Mathew Stone m. Margery _____ and d. testate Oct. 5, 1676 (probate date) in Charles Co., Md. Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 178. Mathew had no children. Margery m. 2nd Edward Maddock/Maddox. For daughter Mary Stone, see below. Daughter Catherine Stone may have m. Benoni Thomas who is left 400 acres in the Mar. 1674/5 Charles Co., Md. will of Mrs. Verlinda Stone, and who d. testate Feb. 25, 1713/4 (probate date) in Charles Co., Md., survived by a wife Catherine. Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 4, p. 10. Given the size of her bequest, it is rather surprising that Verlinda does not identify Benoni Thomas in her will as son-in-law, grandson, or in some other way. Regardless of whether Benoni m. Catherine Stone or some other Catherine, they had no children.
      John Stone - m. 1st by Apr. 1676 Elizabeth ______. Sources: (1) Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 1, p. 177, and (2) Newman, Harry W., “The Stones of Poynton Manor,” p. 12. John’s last wife and widow was Eleanor Bayne whom he m. in 1682. Sources: (1) Archives of Maryland, Vol. 77, p. 596, and (2) Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 2, p. 156, and Vol. 3, p. 5. Newman believes that John Stone had a wife between Elizabeth and Eleanor who was the mother of his son Mathew Stone. Cf. Newman, p. 12, with the text of John Stone’s will. According to a deposition, John’s son Thomas Stone was b. 1677, and 3 depositions show son Mathew Stone b. 1679, 1679 and 1681. Source: Charles Co., Md. Court Records, Liber M No. 2, p. 137, Liber R No. 2, p. 537, Liber T No. 2, p. 538, and Liber Z No. 2, p. 401. John Stone d. testate Aug. 10, 1698 (probate date) in Charles Co., Md. Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 2, p. 156. After John died, his widow Eleanor m. 2nd Hugh Tears and 3rd John Beale. Source: Archives of Maryland, Vol. 77, p. 596. Eleanor was living in 1705 but deceased in 1719. Source: Acts of the [Maryland] General Assembly, Liber LL, 4 Act of May 1719, ch 13, p. 440. See also Maryland Prerogative Court, Inventories & Accounts, Liber 32B, p. 8.
      Mary Stone - is thought to have m. Robert Doyne. When Mrs. Verlinda Stone makes her will in Mar. 1674/5, she leaves personalty to her dau. ______ Doyen [sic; Doyne.] The Doyne in question must be Robert Doyne because the only other Doyne at this time is Robert’s brother Joshua Doyne and Joshua’s wives were named Barbara and Jane, neither being the name of a Stone daughter. But which of William Stone’s daughters m. Robert Doyne? Daughter Elizabeth Stone m. William Calvert so the daughter who m. Robert Doyne is either Mary Stone or Catherine Stone. Although it is not proved, the consensus among researchers is that Robert Doyne m. Mary Stone. One reason for thinking this is because dau. Catherine Stone may have m. Benoni Thomas. Another reason is that Robert Doyne had daughters named Mary, Verlinda, Sarah and Eleanor but no daughter Catherine. Robert Doyne and his wife (unnamed) are mentioned in Jan. 1675/6 at Charles Co., Md. Court Records, Liber F, cover page (Elise Jourdan version, not in Archives of Maryland, Vol. 60.) There are no records naming Robert Doyne’s wife until his death in 1689/90, at which time his wife was named Ann. This means that his 1st wife, presumed to be Mary Stone, had predeceased him. Source: Charles Co., Md. Court Records, Liber Q, pp. 11 and 15. It may be that Robert Doyne was Mary Stone’s 2nd husband, her 1st being the John Thomas of Stafford Co., Va. and Charles Co., Md. who d. intestate by Nov. 28, 1673, survived by wife Mary. Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Testamentary Proceedings, Liber 6, pp. 42 and 225. If that is true, it suggests that the Benoni Thomas who was left 400 acres in the Mar. 1674/5 will of Mrs. Verlinda Stone was Verlinda’s grandson, the son of Mary Stone and John Thomas, rather than her son-in-law, the husband of dau. Catherine Stone. It would not be the case that Benoni Thomas was both Verlinda’s grandson and son-in-law because that would mean Benoni had married his aunt. As mentioned above, it does not matter for our purposes whether Benoni married a Stone or was himself a Stone because Benoni had no children

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      On October 19, 1653, William Stone received a warrant for land which was surveyed and issued under the name of "Poynton Manor", lying on the north side of Avon Creek in Nanjemoy Hundred in the western portion of Charles County. His early life in the Province, however, was spent at his town house in St. Mary's City, but after his tenture of office he settled on his manor where it is believed he is interred.

      The public life of Stone as governor, his responsibility for bringing a group of Puritans from Virginia to settle on the Severn, his conflict with Clayborne at the battle of the Severn on March 25, 1655, when he was taken prisoner, condemned to be shot, and then saved by his Puritan friends are all facts that can best be ascertained from a history of Maryland, so therefore this episode deals more closely with his intimate life for genealogical purposes.

      The public life of Stone as governor, his responsibility for bringing a group of Puritans from Virginia to settle on the Severn, his conflict with Clayborne at the battle of the Severn on March 25, 1655, when he was taken prisoner, condemned to be shot, and then saved by his Puritan friends are all facts that can best be ascertained from a history of Maryland, so therefore this episode deals more closely with his intimate life for genealogical purposes.

      Before returning to his seat at Poynton Manor, Stone instituted an action of debt against Thomas Weston, Lord of Westbury Manor, lying in St. George's Hundred, St. Mary's County, and by virtue of writ he came into possession of the entire manor of 1,250 acres. Later Governor Stone conveyed a portion of it to the Rev. William Wilkinson, the first Anglican clergyman in Maryland.

      The will of William Stone was dated December 3, 1659, and proved on December 21, 1660, in Charles County, by Francis Doughty, Stephen Montague, and Stephen Clifton. He named as overseers of his estate and the guardians of his minor children Governor Josias Fendall, his brother-in-law Francis Doughty, and his "natural" brother Matthew Stone.

      Verlinda, his wife, was devised the town house and land at St. Mary's, but she was to remain at the dwelling-plantation at Nanjemoy during widowhood. Elizabeth, described as the eldest daughter, received 900 acres of land at Bustard's Island in the Patuxent, where his son, Thomas, was then residing, and 600 acres of land at Nanjemoy, but the property that had already been placed in trust for her through his "brother Sprigg" was declared ineffective.(*)

      Richard was devised 500 acres of Nanjemoy Manor and cattle in consideration of that formerly given him by his uncle Richard Stone. John and Mathew were each willed 500 acres of Nanjemoy. Thomas received the residue of the realty.

      After the death of Governor Stone, William Calvert, son of the late Governor Leonard Calvert, through his guardian the Lord Proprietor brought action against Verlinda Stone, relict and late wife of Captain William Stone deceased, in a case of trespass. The suit developed over the purchase of the town house of Leonard Calvert by Stone from the former's executrix, Mistress Margaret Brent. The Calverts won the case.

      (*)Note: The fact that he refers to Sprigg as his brother has sometimes led to
      the belief that his wife was Verlinda Sprigg instead of Verlinda Cotton. The
      former fact may be correct, but it is generally believed that Thomas Sprigg married the sister of Governor Stone and therefore became a brother-in-law in this manner.

      In 1672 Verlinda Stone instituted action in the High Court of Chancery against Edmond Lindsey for unlawfully detaining her servant Henry Dorman.

      The will of Verlinda Stone was proved in Charles County on July 15, 1675, by Margaret Baghay, Barbara Kendall, and Anne Roughey. She devised Benoni Thomas and his heirs the tract "St. Verlinda" of 400 acres, but it was to be held by her son John Stone until Benoni arrived at the age of 21 years.(*) Certain articles of personalty were left to her daughter Mrs. Doyne. The residue of the estate was bequeathed to her son John.

      The court subsequently ordered Robert Doyne and Matthew Stone to appraise the estate, and Benjamin Rozer, Gent., to take the oath of John Stone, Gent., the executor.

      From the above warrant it is learned that the plantation of William Stone adjoined that of William Cotton, and that Stone in that year was styled captain. Other neighbors of Captain Stone were David Winley, Richard Smith, Thomas Smith, William Jones, and Nathaniel Eaton.


      Children of William and Verlinda (Cotton) Stone
      1. Elizabeth Stone married William, son of Leonard Calvert, and
      grandson of George, First Baron of Baltimore. Issue: Charles;
      George; Richard; Elizabeth; and William.
      2. Thomas Stone married Mary (???). q.v.
      3. Richard Stone, d.s.p. 1667. John Stone, adm. Nathaniel Eaton and
      Samuel Eaton were ordered to appraise estate. Walter King, of
      Bristol, Eng., appeared at court 1668, and entered "davat" against
      estate for 6,300 lbs. tobacco.
      4. John Stone married thrice. q.v.
      5. Matthew Stone married Margarey (???), d.s.p. 1676, naming wife;
      widow married before 1678 Edward Maddock and settled in
      Stafford County, Virginia.
      6. Mary Stone married (???) Doyne.
      7. Catherine Stone.



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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 4 Nov 1663, Page 200
      Winganetta, King of Nangemy, acknowledges in open court to have received full satisfaction for each respective person's land:
      Of Capt. Stone, Andrew Watson and Thomas Burdit
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 3 Feb 1663/4, Page 242
      Mrs. Verlinda Stone demands warrant against Bartholme Gatherill; action of debt value of 500# of tobacco
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      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 3 Feb 1663/4, Page 247 - 248
      Mrs. Verlinda Stone, by her atty. Mr. Richard Stone, Plt, Barthomew Gartherell, by his atty. Mr. Thomas Hussey, Def.; debt of 500# of tobacco; letter of attorney appointing "my loving son Richard Stone' as attorney; 3 Feb 1663; /s/ Verlinda Stone; wit. John Stone, Elisabeth Flowers (mark)

      Bill binding Bartholmew Gartherell of Patuxon, cooper, to Mrs. Verlinda Stone, 2150# of tobacco, to be paid by 10 Oct ensuing; 9 Aug 1662; /s/ Bartholmew Gartherell; wit. Thomas Sprigg, Mathew Stone; endorsed on the back for 1650# of tobacco and cask; /s/ Verlinda Stone Oath of Thomas Stone states he did not receive a heifer in satisfaction of the debt; defendant ordered to pay 500# of tobacco
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 8 November 1664, Page 385 - 386
      Mr. James Linsey acknowledged the ensuing conveyance of land to Mr. Jerome Dickeson:
      Indenture, 4 Nov 1664, Mr. James Linsey, Gent. to Jeremy Dickeson, a parcel of land on the north side of Nangemy or Avon River adjoining land of Capt. William Stone called "Poynton Manor" of 500 acres; /s/ James Lindsey; wit. Stephen Montague; Thomas Alcocke (mark)
      Patent to Mr. James Lindsey who has due 500 acres; a parcel of land on the north side of Nangemy Creek or Avon River called Poynton Manor; adjoining land of Capt. William Stone; 28 Jun 1664; /s/ Charles Calvert
      Endorsement on back to Jeremy Dickeson; 4 Nov 1664; /s/ James Lindsey; wit. Stephen Montague, Thomas Alcocke
      ===
      Charles County Circuit Court Liber D, Page 109
      15 Aug 1669; Indenture from Alex. Davies, planter, to William Love, planters; for 3,900# of tobacco; a tract of land being part of the land formerly taken up by James Lindsey now occupied by Thom. King; bounded by Poynton of William Stone; containing 100 acres; /s/ Alex. Davies (mark); wit. Benja. Rozer, Tho. Jenkins
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      Charles County Circuit Court Liber E, Page 7-1/2, 2 Jan 1670;
      Indenture from George Langham, planter, to Thomas Maris [Morris], planter; for 3,300# tobacco; a parcel of land bounded by Cap. Will Stone's manor called Poynton and land laid out for James Lindsy; containing 100 acres now occupied by George Langham; being part of a parcel purchased of Gerrard Browne called Drury Lane dated 10 Mar "long past"; /s/ George Langham; wit. Gerrard Browne, John Godsall
      ===
      James Hughes 2005-06-29 11:53:07
      Northampton County - misc court records (William and Mary College Quarterly)

      William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Papers, Vol. 1, No. 3. (Jan., 1893), pp. 155-156.

      NORTHAMPTON COUNTY.

      20 Sept., 1644.
      This depont saith that Capt William Stone (1) being at the dwelling house of Mr Peter Walker(2) about his occasions concerning the estate of Mr. William Burdette decd(3) and discoursing thereupon the said Mr Walker undervalued the sd estate saying it is not worth a pion or words to that effect whereupon Capt Stone replyed saying such an estate would become as good a man as you or words to that effect whereupon the said Walker rising upp from the table sayde "God's Wounds I am as a good a man as thee and better to better borne and better bredd" whereupon the sd Capt Stone stept upp to him haveing his Rapier in his hands and put the hilt of the Rapier toward the brest of the sayde Walker and the sd Walker sayde "God's Wounds doe ye strick mee in myne own house" and thereupon Struck the sd Capt Stone in the face with his fist And Capt. Stone in his own defence put his hands into the haire of the sayde Peter Walker and keept him out Imed: the company then present pted them And further deposes not.
      Luke Stubbins.(4)
      ___________
      (1) Justice and high sheriff of Northampton County and subsequently deputy governor of Maryland.
      (2) Justice of the Peace in 1651.
      (3) Will of William Burdett, gent. dated 22d July 1643, Rec. 7 Aug., 1643.
      Son Thomas,
      wife Alice, widow of George Traveller;
      wife's son Geo. Traveller, and dau. Elizabeth.
      Bequeaths "L5 to the lower parish of Northampton for a communion cup and plate if it will hold out. otherwise one cupp only, or, as the ministers and their church wardens shall think fitt." Thos. Burdett to have 1 doz. silver spoons with his name engraved upon them Alice, his wife, to have the charge of the
      education of his child and to live on his lands. Asks that "Mr. John Rozier, Capt. Wm. Stone and Mr. Thomas Johnson take special care of
      he educacon of my Tender Sonne"
      (4) There is also on record in this county a marriage contract of "Ralph Wormeley of the Parish and County of York in Virginia, gentleman and Mrs. Agatha Stubbins, the widow of Luke Stubbins of the County of Northampton, gentleman, deced." Dated 2d July 1645, Pr. 13 July 1645.
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.provenlines.com/hist11g.html
      URL title: Genealogy-Early Virginia Immigrants
      Note:
      Stone, Andrew, 1635, by McWilliam Stone, ____ Co.
      Stone, Edward, 1650, by Mr. Epaphroditus Lawson, ____ Co. Stone, Hannah, 1653, by Jno. Hansford, Gloucester Co. Stone, Nicholas, 1650, by Mr. James Williamson, ____ Co. Stone, Robert, 1654, by Nich. Merywether, Westmoreland Co. Stone, Wm., 1652, by Richard Coleman, ____ Co.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 1 Part I; Pg 27-28
      MR. WILLIAM STONE, 1800 acs. 4 June 1635, p. 244. Beg. at the blunt point between Hungers Cr. & Mattawomens, Wly. on the bay, Ely. towards the pynie swampe takeing in the Clapboard quarter. Due for the per. adv. of himselfe & his brother Andrew Stone & trans. of 34 servants: Hugh Hayes, Armstrong Foster, Wm. Hawkinson, Tho. Ward, Cha. Farrington, Edwd. Burt, Tho. Hatcodk, Hen. Holland, Hen. Hartwell, Robt. Chessheire, An Irishman, Tho. Chilcott, Wm. Bucher, Wm. Piss, Jon. Winnall, James Fletcher, Jon. Blackstone, Tho. Smith, Edwd. Allen, Math Scarbourgh, David Winley, Hen. Johnson, Richard Worster, Ann Lightfoote, Hen. Armetrading, Richard Powell, Ann Smith, John Buffin, Wm. Davis, Thomas Connagrave, Sampson Robins, Wm. Matrun, Hen. Harris, Willi. Cole.

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