1900 - 1965 (64 years)
||Thomas Archibald Stone [4, 5, 6, 7] |
||12 Dec 1900
||Chatham, Ontario 
||Washington D.C. 
|Third Secretary of the Canadian Embassy |
|Second Secretary of the Canadian Embassy |
||7 Mar 1955 
|the world hockey match in Krefeld, Germany |
||Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada
|C.C.I. High School |
||Paris, France 
|L'Cole des Science Polititiques. |
||University of Toronoto. |
||Assistant to Harry Wingate, President, International Nickel |
||Canadian Ambassador to Mexico and Sweeden  |
||Canadian Diplomat |
||26 Jul 1965
||Recloses, France 
||Bedford, NY (oldest church in bedford)
||25 Jun 2006 |
||Spencer Stone, "Pen", b. 24 Jul 1869, Chatham, Ontario , d. 11 Aug 1939, Water Crest Lane, Cedar Springs, Ontario, Canada (Age 70 years) |
||Flora Maude Campbell, b. 14 Jan 1872, Chatham, Ontario , d. 9 Aug 1969, St. Catharines, Ontario (Age 97 years) |
- In the 1901 Census of Canada we find Spencer, Maud, John D., Robert S., Thomas A.. Listed as a boarder is Mable Campbell, and listed as domestic Morth Conor.
From "History of Highbanks" by W. Darcy McKeough:
Re: The Stone Cottage at Highbanks.
p. 37, quoting Janie Field: "Bess [Elizabeth Louise STONE Howell b. 1905], & Johnny Howell [John Edward Howell b. 1903], used the cottage several summers and after Johnny's death...Bess spent the summers there with Auntie Maude [Flora Maude CAMPBELL Stone]. Arch [Dr. Archibald Campbell Stone b. 1912] and [his wife] Thora [Thora A. DICK Stone] - then Thora owned the cottage after Auntie Maude's death."
p. 39 quoting Janie Field: "Spencer Stone's aunt was Betsy Anne Stone McKeough [b. 1833 m. William McKeough b. 1824], my great grandmother. Cousin Pen (Spencer) died in 1939. All during the war the cottage was used by Auntie Maude Stone, Stone children and grandchildren - particularly Bess Stone Howell (Johnny Howell died in 1938 or 1939, and her three children, Spencer [John Spencer Howell b. 1929], Ned [Edward Davison Howell b. 1931], and Peter [Peter Stone Howell, b. 1935] with whom I played every summer. Auntie Maude moved the cottage back about 1960 and angled it slightly."
p. 38, quoting Margaret Sexsmith: "The Stone family [Spencer Stone m. Flora M CAMPBELL], Douglas [John Douglas Stone b. 1893] , Bob [Dr. Robert Spencer Stone, b. 1895], Tom [Thomas Archibald Stone b.1900], Bess and Arch were not all at the cottage in 1917. Tom was, sometimes Bess and Arch were."
p. 38 quoting W.D.McKeough: "The back door of Auntie Maud's cottage, if it was still where it was, would be over the bank. Dad claimed when it was moved, that it was for the second time. Dad had a famous story about Auntie Mag Stone (cousin Pen's sister) [Margaret STONE b. 1861], talking about "the road in front of the cottage" - I think it was right too.
Re: Victoria Ave, Chatham home
p. 38 Margaret Sexsmith comments[now back to Chatham, Ontario]: "The Stones had moved from a home on Grand Avenue just west of Hilliard Street to the very large stucco Sutherland home on Victoria Avenue. All that marks the location now is the original wrought iron fence."
Cir. 1907. L to R: Thomas, John, Elizabeth, and Robert Stone - Children of Flora Maude Campbell Stone and Spencer Stone.
||Spencer Stone Family|
Photo cir. 1897. L to R: Flora Maude Campbell Stone, John Douglas Stone, Robert Spencer Stone, Spencer Stone.
||Maude Campbell - Spencer Stone, family home.|
206 Victoria Ave, Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Flora Maude Campbell Stone and her grown children. Standing L. to R.: Thomas Archibald Stone, John Douglas Stone, Dr. Robert Spencer Stone. Seated L. to R.: Dr. Archibald Campbell Stone, Flora Maude Campbell Stone, Elizabeth Louise Stone Howell. Photo taken in St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada, home of Archibald Stone, Summer 1963 (Source: Ellen Stone Devine)
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- J. Spencer Howell notes:
Was the Canadian ambassador to exiled governments including France, Belgium and Holland during World War II
After WWII he was the Canadian ambassador to Sweden, then Holland.
His first wife Ellen Cox Ewing died within a year of their marriage, and so unfortunately did their newborn baby daughter.
His second wife was Alexandra "Alex" Ewing who was his first wife Ellen's older sister. At the time of their marriage Alex was recently widowed with her 3 children Newbold Noyes, Tommy Noyes, and Archibald Noyes.
In 1936 Thomas and his wife Alexandra purchased and restored "Boone Hall", which was originally part of a cotton plantation covering more than 1700 acres. The original house was built in the early 1700's, by Major John Boone and is located just north of Charleston, SC on Rt. 17. The lane leading up to Boone Hall, with its magnificent Live Oak trees planted in 1743, was the model for the grounds of "Tara" from the classic movie "Gone With The Wind" (but Tara itself was not Boone Hall.) The home was also the setting for the "North and South" television miniseries.
He was a great piano player and could play nearly any tune by ear. He was a great speaker a loved to entertain. A very large addition was put onto his house in Sorrento, ME for the purpose of entertaining large groups.
A portrait of him seated with his hands folded was taken by photographer Yousuf Karsh of Ottawa. (Karsh's portraits, some of which include Sir Winston Churchill (1941), Fidel Castro, Ingrid Bergman, Ernest Hemingway, John F. Kennedy, and Albert Einstein, rank among the world's most celebrated black and white photographs.)
Thomas Stone Howell b. 1 Nov 1965 was named after this Thomas.
The following from Ellen Stone:
As a young diplomat he spent time with Winston Churchill as they coincidentally were on the same ship going from New York to London.
Churchill, it is said, was reviewing the passenger list looking for a suitable backgammon player and sent an aide to summon Thomas Stone as his pick (knowing no doubt that Thomas was a Canadian diplomat.) They apparently made a daily ritual out of playing and by the time the ship docked in London, Churchill had lost nearly 50 pounds to Thomas which he paid him. Months later, Thomas sent a letter to Churchill asking him to autograph a photo for him, and wondering if he remembered their crossing trip. So many months went by before a response was received that Thomas was certain he would get none. Finally, the signed photo arrived, along with a personal note from Churchill good naturedly saying there was no possible way he could forget that young Canadian who won 50 pounds from him. (I wonder if they knew that they were 6th cousins 2x removed!)
After retiring from his dipolmatic role, worked for International Nickel Corp in international relations as a quasi "secretary of state", reporting to Harry Wingate, President.
In France, he lived in a beautiful 14th century farmhouse made of stone that belonged to his wife Emily.
He is buried in Recloses France which is about 30 miles outside of Paris.
Charles Levi notes:
Spencer Stone and his son Thomas Archibald Stone both served on the University College Literary Society at the University of Toronto, and hence are in my database. [4, 11]
"Thomas Stone, Canadian Ambassador to The Netherlands, fainted after watching the game and was taken away from the arena in a stretcher. (Reuters said a doctor was understood to have diagnosed Stone's collapse as caused by a heart attack."
- [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.
- [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough.
- [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ email@example.com).
- [S192] J Spencer Howell - Interviews with JSHJr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (Personal interviews with Dad.).
- [S656] Ted Lollis, Edward Wesley (Ted) Lollis II, (9218 George Williams Road, Knoxville, TN 37922, USA Voice-mail: 865-690-8742 E-mail: GeoVis@erols.com).
- [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough, Chart pages included with letter to John S. Howell, Jr. dated 25 Feb, 2003. (Reliability: 3).
- [S1125] Emily Campbell Price, Emily Campbell Price, (Manuscript. 71 pp. Extensive research. Includes maps and transcripts of letters describing family relationships. 10 original copies produced and circulated by the author in 1970. PDF copy available at jhowell.com.), p.20 "Tom Stone" also says "M.D." - which is not correct. (Reliability: 0).
- [S679] 1901 Canadian Census, Chatham, Kent Co., Compiled by Hewitt, Doneen, ([database online] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 2000) (Reliability: 3).
Place: Chatham City
Given Name: Thomas A.
Rel to Head: Son
Birthdate: Dec 12
- [S1044] Ottawa Journal, 7 Mar, 1955 - "Vs Regain World Hockey Title for Canada", by Arch MacKenzie (Reliability: 0).
- [S1289] St. Thomas Times Journal, (St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada), 10 Dec 1934 - Married - Thomas A. Stone, son of Spencer Stone to Mrs Alexandra Ewing Noyes, daughter of Thomas Ewing (Reliability: 0).
- [S777] Ellen Stone Devine, Ellen Stone Devine, July 2003 visit at her home in ME (Reliability: 4).