Hugh Stone, Sr. (1638 - 1732) MP

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Birthplace: Warwick, Providence Plantation (Present Kent County), (Present Rhode Island)
Death: Died in Pettaconsett, Cranston, Providence County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Occupation: Blacksmith
Managed by: Shelley Chrystal Mactyre
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Immediate Family

About Hugh Stone, Sr.

From Family History Library, Ancestral Record (Sept. 10, 1996):

Buried in Pettaconsett Cr. Rhode Island

From notes of H. Andrew Brown, a Stone family researcher:

By 1653, Hugh Stone was at Providence RI where he was assaulted on the Common Highway by a William Foxerie, a seaman. In testimony heard by the Town Deputies on 15 August 1653, Hugh Stone said:

"Thatt I cominge to the Watters syde At providence & desired to goe ouer With my horses I beinge Com newly outt of the Woods & Wery & I stood by the Watters syd Expectinge A Canno William ffoxie being Abord the new Vessell Came Sodenly A shore Where I was & one A Soden Stroke mee With the Stick ore ppoule hee had Jn his hand befor I Was Awar thereof & Withoutt Speakinge A Word to mee thatt I did Understand ore glue any heed to . . . & All thatt hee Sayd then to mee Was Whatt did you tell thatt man Abord of me . . ."

The following information and wording of documents is from The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island; comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came Before 1690 (With many families carried to the Fourth Generation) by John Osborne Austin (1887), published by the Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.

He was a blacksmith.

1666, May 14 - "I, Hugh Stone, late servnt to Mr. John Paine, of Boston, Merchant, by and with the consent of my aforesaid master, do covenant and agree with Mr. Randall Holden of Warwick" etc. "to serve the said Randall Holden, from the date of the date hereof three years true and faithful service. Not absent without leave," etc. "and I Randall Holden, agree to furnish meat, drink, clothes and all other necessaries all the time of his aforesaid service, and I do promise to give him double apparel," etc.

1678 - Freeman

1680, Aug. 22 - He and wife Abigail, gave to Edward Carter and Elizabeth his wife, the keeping and custody of our daughter Catherine, aged six years in this Instant month of August, till seventeen years of age, to deal kindly with her" etc.

1692, Dec. 10 - He and wife Abigail, exchanged land with Job Greene, giving him land deeded from father-in-law, Peter Busecot, deceased.

1704, Mar. 12 - He made an agreement with son John, by which the latter was to have his father's house, orchard, meadow, etc. in Warwick, he paying to his brother Hugh Stone, Jr., fifty shillings, and like amount to brother George Stone, and if wither Hugh Stone, Jr. or his wife should be disabled by the providence of God "or by old age or nonability to get our living and sustenance, and if our said John shall do his utmost to see and provide for us during time of our natural lives, sufficient maintenance, and behave himself as a dutiful son ought to do to his parents in all respects," etc. then agreement to be binding. If John did not fulfill the contract, the deed to be void. The deed never took effect, but was revoked and land sold subsequently to another person.

1796, Oct. 10 - He deeded son John, for love, etc. 2 acres where son had set his house in Warwick.

1723 - He sold Barlo Greene, homestead in Warwick; the same lands his son John was to have had by agreement of nineteen years previous.

1723, June 29 - Providence. He bought of Sarah Lawrence, widow, executrix of William Lawrence, deceased, for 265 pounds, mansion house and farm where she dwelt, bounded partly on the south and east by Pawtuxet River and partly on the north by land of John Stone, 60 acres area.

1726, Feb. 24 - He sold his new homestead to son John, for goodwill, etc.

1726, Feb. 24 - Agreement with son John, by which after his and wife's death, legacies were to be paid by said son, viz: to son Hugh, 20 pounds and a gun; grandsons Peter and John (sons of Peter), 20 pounds each; daughter Mary Ralph, 40 pounds; daughter Catherine Spicer, 40s [shillings?]; daughter Abigail West, feather bed, etc.; daughter Alice Fisk, 40s, warming pan and iron kettle; daughter Ann Utter, 3 pounds; grandchildren Thomas Barnes and Ann Stone, 5s each; son John the rest.

His last residence is marked by the monument erected to his memory in recent years in the old Stone Burial Ground.

From Richard C. Stone's book The Genealogy of the Stone Family originating in Rhode Island, 1866:

The probability is that Hugh Stone came to Rhode Island in the ship Deborah, which was in Narragansett bay, in the year 1657. A ship of that name sailed from London for New England, in the early part of the same year, with many emigrants; their names and their number we are not furnished, but soon after this, Hugh Stone is mentioned among the inhabitants of Warwick, and continued, in some connexion or other, till he left for Providence, the part which is now Cranston, nearly sixty years afterwards. The following singular instrument passed upon the records of Warwick: "Know all men by these presents, that I, Hugh Stone, of Warwick, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, for and in consideration of what is hereafter expressed, do grant and pass over to my son, John Stone of the same town, my mansion house, fencings, orchards, meadows, and all my whole right and title to all my lands and tenements, with the privileges and appurtenances lying in the town of Warwick aforesaid, to have and to hold forever without molestation; in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of March, in the fourth year of the Reighne of our Souvreighne Lady Anne, by the grace of God Queen of England, Anno Domin nostri 1704. For consideration, it is the condition of this deed, that if I, or my wife, or both of us, should by the Providence of God be disabled in our, or either of our persons, or by old age or nonability to get our living and sustenance, and if our said son John shall do his utmost endeavour, to see and provide for us during the time of our natural lives sufficient maintenance, and behave himself as a dutiful son ought to do to his parents, in all respects, and pay to his brother, Hugh Stone, the sum of fifty shillings, in money or in good merchantable pay equal to money; and also fifty shillings to his brother, our son George Stone, of like money, or pay equivalent to money, then, after our decease, the above premises to be his own forever - but if otherwise, this deed shall be utterly void and of none effect." Two years afterwards this instrument was given up - John Stone in 1712, moved to Mashantatack, then in Providence, now Cranston, near to where his brothers, Hugh and Peter, had bought and settled a few years before. At this place, and on John Stone's land, afterwards owned by his youngest son, Joseph Stone commonly called Deacon Joe, was built the first church in the town of Cranston, then Providence; the worshippers were Baptist, and although the house is now, and has been for many years, away, still there are those living who have, in their childhood, worshipped in that ancient sanctuary. The father, Hugh Stone, remained some twelve years longer in Warwick, when, in 1723, he deeded the same property as above to Barlo Greene, bought an improved farm of Susan Lawrence, the widow of the late William Lawrence, the same year, and when nearly ninety years old, made his last remove to the place known as the Doctor Aldrich farm, where, some two or three years afterwards, he died. On this farm is the "Old Stone burying ground." There, our common ancestor, and three of his sons, Hugh, Peter and John, all rest together - there, too, some of every generation, as far as the sixth, lie side by side. Of the decease of his wife there is neither record nor tradition; the probability is, she was living when he bought the Lawrence farm, in 1723. He passed through a long life beloved and respected, died at the age of 90 or over, and his posterity, a few of whom have reached the ninth generation, probably number over three thousand.

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Hugh Stone, Sr.'s Timeline

1638
1638
Warwick, Providence Plantation (Present Kent County), (Present Rhode Island)
1667
February 10, 1667
Age 29
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
1668
1668
Age 30
New London, New London County, Connecticut Colony
1669
1669
Age 31
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
1670
1670
Age 32
Warwick, RI, USA
1671
January 29, 1671
Age 33
Warwick, Kent County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
1674
August 22, 1674
Age 36
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
1675
1675
Age 37
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
1678
1678
Age 40
Warwick,Kent,Rhode Island,USA
1680
1680
Age 42
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States