January 2006

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The information below was found on the census record on the LDS Family History Search website:

Anthony STONE                                                                                                                         

Male
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Other Information:
Birth Year          <1833>
Birthplace         NY
Age      47
Occupation       Keeps Tin Store
Marital Status    M
Race     W
Head of Household       Julia STONE

Relation            Husband
Father’s Birthplace         NY
Mother’s Birthplace        NY
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Julia STONE
Female
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Other Information:
Birth Year          <1835>
Birthplace         NY
Age      45
Occupation       Keeping House
Marital Status    M
Race     W
Head of Household       Julia STONE
Relation            Self
Father’s Birthplace         NY
Mother’s Birthplace        NY
Note     HEAD
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Source Information:
Census Place    8th Ward, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
Family History Library Film   1254908

NA Film Number   T9-0908
Page Number    534B

 

The 1880 census also records that Anthony and Julia’s two youngest children, Samuel W. and Frances, are living with the oldest son, Eli T. Here the census record denotes that Julia is the head of the household.  Anthony’s occupation is keeper of a tin store.  Again, I don’t know why the children aren’t living with their parents.  With Grandmother Julia listed as the household head, one could speculate that the couple weren’t able to care for their youngest, but I have no information as to the reason.

 

(Photo:  Anthony Corey STONE and Julia Aurelia STONE (THOMPSON))

Going back another generation with the STONE family, Eli Thompson STONE’s father was Anthony Corey STONE.  I have very little information about my gr-gr-gr-gr grandfather Anthony.  On the back of the only other photo I have of him, written in script, it says, “He liked to play the horses.”

Anthony Corey Stone was born June 1, 1832 in Benson, Hamilton County, NY.  He    married Julia Aurelia Thompson on October 31, 1854 in Augusta, Oneida County, NY.  Anthony died December 13, 1914 in Syracuse, NY.  He and Julia had three children:  Eli Thompson, Florence, and Samuel Werden.

This last year I was able to obtain two obituary notices via a query on Ancestory.com’s Onondaga BB.  Thomas Roux does look-ups on that board and found these for me (thank you, Tom!):

From the Syracuse Post Standard, Monday December 14, 1914, pg. 10, col. 6:

“A. Corey Stone, 82, died at 2:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Florence C. Howard, No. 1315 East Fayette Street.  He had been ill since September of heart trouble.  Mr. Stone came here from Benson, Hamilton county, 47 ago and had lived in the same house 31 years.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed.”

From the Syracuse Post Standard, Tuesday, December 15, 1914, pg. 7, col.1:

Hold Funeral Today

Services for the Late A.C. Stone to Be Held at 4 O’Clock

The funeral of A. Corey Stone, 82, who died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Florence C. Howard, No. 1415 East Fayette street, will be held there at 4 o’clock this afternoon.  Rev. Dr. W.W. Dawley will officiate, and F.J. & A.E. Snyder, undertakers, will send the body to Deansboro for burial tomorrow.

Mr. Stone had lived in Syracuse 47 years and at one time was proprietor of the Kingsley House, where the Vinney Building now stands.  At another time he conducted the Fayette Hotel, on the site of the Hendricks Block.  Later he was a traveling salesman for many years for H.A. Moyer.  He was well known as a horseman and went to many of the Grand Circuit races throughout the country.

Besides his daughter, he leaves two sons, Eli T. Stone of De Soto, Missouri, and S. Werden Stone of Flint, Michigan; one brother, Bradley Stone of Marion, Michigan; and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Peck of Walesville and Mrs. George Baker of Grand Rapids, Michigan.”

  Posted in a De Soto, Missouri newspaper:

   ”On Tuesday, August 11, 1925, There came to   Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Stone and relatives, a pleasure and privilege that few are allowed to enjoy, the celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Stone’s, fiftieth wedding anniversary.

This couple was married in Syracuse, N.Y. and came to De Soto in 1881 where they have lived and become worthy and respected citizens.

On Tuesday noon a simple luncheon served only to the relatives and the children presented Mr. Stone with a gold watch.  To this was added a charm from his grandchildren.

Mr. Stone’s gift to the bride was a beautiful whitegold wedding ring, and from the children she received fifty gold dollars and from the grandchildren, a gold thimble.  From Jimmy who knew his great grandparents’ failing, came a box of chocolates.  Other relatives present gave gold pieces.  From friends outside the family, came gold coins, jewelry and appropriate bric-a-brac, including a beautiful cameo brooch for the bride and a stick pin for the groom.

In the afternoon, group photographs were taken of the entire family, of Mr. Stone and his visiting brother and sisters, and of Mr. E. T. Stone, Mr. W. C. Stone, Mr. E. E. Stone and Master Jimmy, this representing four generations of eldest sons.

At seven o’clock an excellent dinner was served.  The menu consisted almost entirely of dishes colored gold or white.  Place cards, favors, napkins, etc. were decorated with yellow daisies.

At the table were a few intimate friends and Mr. and Mrs. Stone, Walter, Jr., Thyra and Kenneth Stone of Webster Grove, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Stone, Duane and the Ethel Stone of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Grainger, Dorie, Joseph, Paul and Winifred Grainger of Laddonia, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Stone and Peggy Jean of Wichita, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Williamson of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Stone and Jimmy of St. Louis, Mrs. F. D. Howard, sister of Mr. Stone, of Syracuse, N. Y. and Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Stone of Flint, Michigan.

During the evening some of the talented children and grandchildren and Jimmy enlivened the time with music, after which the Stone’s favorite and time honored pastime, “shadow pictures” was indulged in.

At a late hour, the party broke up, all wishing the fortunate couple happiness in the years to come.  In this the Press heartily joins.”

The following article was posted in The Advertiser, a small paper which E. T. owned and published:

Going Some, What?

On August 11, 1875, Mr. Eli T. Stone and Miss Ursula Agnes Davis were wed.

On Tuesday, August 11, 1925, their five children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandson, and the acquired husbands and wives of the family, and Mr. Stone’s sister and his brother and wife, twenty-six in all, count ‘em, had arrived in De Soto from several states to celebrate the fiftieth aniversary of the wedding, and believe me, ‘they done so.’  In fact they commenced to celebrate as soon as the first ones arrived, which was some time before the scheduled event.  The Advertiser regrets its inability to make a full report of the entire celebration for some of the Stones are still here and still at it.”

E.T. and Ursula Stone’s third son, Roland (“Rolly”) died at age twelve.  Last year, I had the good fortune to find this newspaper extraction via Charlotte’s Corner.  From the De Soto Weekly Facts, a paper published in De Soto, Jefferson County, Missouri, this article appeared on July 9, 1896:

“Suddenly Called Away. – The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. STONE were shocked to hear of the death of their son Rollin from brain congestive yesterday afternoon, and the hearts of all go out in tender sympathy to them in this sudden and sad bereavement. Rollin was a bright active boy of very affectionate disposition and his sudden death has stricken his loving parents brothers and sisters with deepest grief. He had been under treatment for a month or two for headache of which he complained from time to time, and on yesterday morning he was suffering from an attack of rather more severe character than before, yet it was not thought to be anything serious. After dinner he laid down on the bed and a few minutes later was found there unconscious. Drs. HIGGINBOTHAM and JAMES were at once sent for, but nothing could be done for the little sufferer. He passed away about three o’clock. The funeral will take place Friday (tomorrow,) likely from the home of his parents.” 

I asked my cousin Doris Kistler if she had any info on this.  Her recollection was that she heard that Rolly had been hit on the head by something, perhaps a swing board.  Another cousin has a photo of Rolly at his funeral which I’ve yet to see or acquire.  At that time, taking funeral portraits was normative.

On this practice, I found this article on Family Tree Magazine’s site.  Also this site offered a bit of info, stated below:

Photographs of a deceased loved one served as substitutes and reminders of the loss. Families who could not afford to commission painted portraits could arrange for a photograph to be taken cheaply and quickly after a death. This was especially important where no photograph already existed. The invention of the Carte de Visite, which enabled multiple prints to be made from a single negative, meant that images could be sent to distant relatives. The deceased was commonly represented as though they were peacefully sleeping rather than dead, although at other times the body was posed to look alive.”

Hopefully at some point I’ll have locate some family photos of Roland before he died, but presently I have none. 

Eli Thompson Stone (1856-1938) married Ursula Agnes Davis (1855-1949) in 1875.  Their children were:

    

     Walter Corey Stone, Sr. (1876-1952)

     m.  Alberta Johnston Long

 

 

 

     Charles Bennett Stone (1879-1946)

     m.  Ada Rhea Marshall

 

 

Roland Edgar Stone (1884-1896); Roland died at age 12.

 

 

     Thurza Alice Stone (1888-1975)

     m.  Harry G. Grainger

 

 

 

     Frank Kenyon Stone (1895-1965)

     m.  Margaret Keck Benson

 

 

 

   Ursula Marie Stone (“Bobby”) 1897-?)

   m.  Gerald R. Williamson

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