John Stone and his descendants in Somerville.
[continued from Vol.
III., no. 4.]
Before continuing with the narrative of ‘Gregory Stone
and Some of His Descendants,’ which ended in Historic Leaves
III., No. 4, it may be well to add to the notes of the ancestry of Gregory Stone
there given further information as to the line of his immediate predecessors, which has been published by the Stone Family Association within two years. A thorough search of the parish records of Great Bromley, Essex county
, has led to the following conclusions on the part of the investigators: The Symond Stone
whose will was probated February 10, 1510, had a son David, who was the great-grandfather of Gregory Stone
; the intervening relatives were a Symond and a David.
The parish of Ardley adjoined that of Great Bromley, and the Stones
named in the Court
Rolls of Ardley are without doubt of the same family as that from which Gregory
and Simon Stone
The latter were emigrants to this country in 1635–'36, and left their mark on the early history of Watertown
, where they settled.
Their descendants for two generations, at least, were prominent in public affairs.
With the increase of population and the advent of new families, any given name sinks into obscurity.
So it was in the case of the Stone
family for one or two generations, and then it emerged, not, indeed, to shine with such prominence as was the case with Gregory Stone
, of whom all his descendants are proud, but at least to make some mark on the records of time which shall forever be an honor to the family.
It is intended in this paper to give as fully as it is possible, from the scanty records and traditions, some account of John