John Stone, of Guilford

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John Stone

Birthplace: Hereford, Herefordshire, England
Death: Died in New Haven, New Haven County, Dominion of New England (Present Connecticut)
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Samuel Stone and Hope Stone
Husband of Mary Stone
Father of John Stone; Samuel Stone; Nathaniel Stone; Thomas Stone and Noah Stone
Brother of Rebecca Nash; Sarah Butler; Mary Fitch and William Stone of Guilford
Half brother of Elizabeth Sedgwick

Occupation: Clothier, mason
Managed by: Margaret Whitman
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About John Stone, of Guilford

From page 1 of ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF ANSON PARMILLE STONE *** Descended from JOHN STONE of Guilford, Conn. Compiled by Christine Rose and Seymour T. Rose,  150 Copies Privately Printed at San Jose, California, 1 Feb 1963.

(1)      John Stone was born about 1610 at Hereford on the River Wye near Guildford, Surrey co., England, and died in Feb 1687 at Guilford, Connecticut. He was the son of Rev. Samuel Stone, a non-conformist divine of Hereford, Herefordshire, England. No records of his father’s marriage exist in the Parish records since he was not a member of the Church of England.

        John Stone and his brother William came to New England in the company of Rev. Henry Whitfield, William Leete and at least twenty-one others. On the first day of June 1639, while on shipboard, this “Guilford Company” signed a plantation covenant in which they expressed their intention to settle near Quinnipiack (New Haven). They also promised “that we will, the Lord assisting us, sit down and join ourselves together in one in tire plantation; and to be helpful each to the other… according to every man’s ability… and we promise not to desert or leave each other or the plantation…”

       Between the 10th and 15th of July, 1639, they entered New Haven harbor ~ the first vessels that had entered it. The little company immediately began looking for a spot upon which to settle and decided upon Menunkatuck which they soon re-named Guilford. Before winter they had built their houses and moved into them. The deed of the township was obtained from the great Mohegan sachem Uncas, who claimed the land by virtue of the conquest of the Pequods in which they had assisted ~ the consideration paid to him being four coats, two kettles, four fathoms of wampum, four hatchets, and three hoes. They called the town Guilford from Guildford, England, a borough-town and the capital of Surrey, where many of them had lived. 

       Both John and his brother cultivated farms; William supplemented his income by keeping an inn and John by the vocation of clothier and mason. John was for many years the town constable – a highly respected office. 

       John Stone married in 1642, Mary ______. Information regarding her birth and parentage has not yet been ascertained. 

Children: (Stone)

  • i.   John Jr., b. 14 Aug 1644; d. 1686
  • ii.  Samuel, b. 6 Dec 1646; d. 5 Apr 1708
  • iii.*Nathaniel, b 2 Feb or 15 Sep 1648; d. 11 Aug 1709
  • iv. Thomas, b. 5 Jun 1650; d. 1 Dec 1683
  • v.  Noah, b. 1652; d. 30 Mar 1684; unmar



signed the Guilford Compact in 1639, along with brother William.

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John Stone, of Guilford's Timeline

Hereford, Herefordshire, England
August 14, 1644
Age 34
Guilford, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut
December 6, 1646
Age 36
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
September 15, 1648
Age 38
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
June 5, 1650
Age 40
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Age 42
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
February 1687
Age 77
New Haven, New Haven County, Dominion of New England (Present Connecticut)