Thursday, January 10, 2008

Barton Stone

Believe it or not, Port Tobacco actually produced a man of religion. Barton Warren Stone was born in Port Tobacco in 1772 and was exposed to various religions during his upbringing. It is perhaps this reason that as he grew to an adult, he began to question some of the teachings of the Presbyterian faith. After going to Guilford Academy in North Carolina founded by David Caldwell, Stone became a minister himself. He found himself at odds with some of the teachings and doctrines so he started a new movement in Kentucky. Calling themselves simply Christians or Disciples of Christ, the movement spread rapidly and Stone is known today as a great Presbyterian reformer. He died at Hannibal, Missouri in 1844.
I wonder if he was related to Thomas Stone? I haven't seen anything to support it, but if someone out there wants to research it, let me know what you find and I will provide an update.


Anonymous said...
Barton Stone, Founder
One of the founders of this branch of Christianity was Barton Stone, who was reared in the Dan Valley section of Pittsylvania County. He was born in Maryland in 1772, the son of John Stone of Port Tobacco, Charles County, who was a brother of Thomas Stone, one of Maryland's signers of the Declaration of Independence.
John Stone died in 1774, and a few years later in 1779, his widow and her large family and servants moved down to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, where so many Maryland families had already settled. With her also came her son by a former marriage, John Briscoe, man of means, and his family. Here in a Dan Valley home the youngest son Barton grew up and received his early training, surrounded by his family

Anonymous said...

here seems to be further support of that geneology, Barton being son of second marriage thus nephew of Thomas Stone:

John Stone, son of Matthew and Rachel (Smoot) Stone, was born at "Poynton Manor", Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland. In court during 1769, he declared himself to be 55 years of age and mentioned his father Matthew Stone, then deceased. He married twice, but the name of his first wife has not been established.
Children of John Stone by First Marriage
1. Thomas Stone married Catherine (???). q.v.
2. Josiah Stone, d.s.p. Somerset Co., Md., 1781, willing dwelling-plantation,
"Drury Lane", to brother John.
3. William Stone married Betsy Murray. q.v.
4. John Stone, d.s.p. 1783, willing "Drury Lane" to brother Thomas,
"that which was willed me by brother Josiah", also named his
brother William and the latter's wife, Betsy, and his brother-in-law,
Jeremiah Gray. Inventory signed by Mary Gray and William
5. Mary Stone married Jeremiah Gray.

By 1763 John Stone had become a widower and had married Mary, the daughter of Barton Warren, but then the widow and administratrix of Harrison Musgrove. On June 6, 1758, she, then being Mrs. Mary Musgrove, shared in the distribution of her father's estate. On April 29, 1760, she was granted letters of administration on the estate of her deceased husband, Harrison Musgrove, with Notley Warren and John Warren offering bond. The final settlement was made by her on May 15, 1762, as Mary Musgrove, and showed distribution to her and unnamed children.
Children of John and Mary (Warren) Stone
6. Matthew Stone married Jane (???).
7. Warren Stone.
8. Elizabeth Stone.
9. Barton Warren Stone married twice. q.v.

John Stone negotiated his will on August 6, 1775, and appointed his wife, Mary, as the executrix. He named the following children--Thomas, Josias, William, John, Matthew, Warren, Elizabeth, and Barton; and grandson John Stone Gray. The instrument was admitted to probate in Charles County on September 12, 1775, by Samuel Stone, Elizabeth Stone, and Theophilus Hanson.