Thursday, January 10, 2008
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.