||A cyclopedia of Canadian biography: being chiefly men of the time. A collection of persons distinguished in professional and political life ; leaders in the commerce and industry of Canada, and successful pioneers |
||Cyclopedia of Canadian biography - 1899 |
||Geo. MacLean Rose |
||Rose Publishing Company, Toronto, 1886 |
||Stone, Thomas, Chatham, Ontario, was born on the 2nd day of February, 1827, in the township of Elizabethtown, County of Leeds, Upper Canada. His father, John Stone was a native of the County of Carlow, Ireland, and came to Canada in 1820, a the age of 22. He married Mary Burns, on May 3rd, 1826, and settled on a farm in Elizabethtown, in 1834, when Thomas was seven years old. He removed thence to the township of Esquesing, County of Halton, near the village of Adamsville (now Acton), where our subject graduated at the school of Miss Electa Adams. Here the family resided for six years, after which, in 1840, it went west, settling in the backwoods of the County of Kent, township of Orford. Here John Stone purhcased a bush farm, upon which he wrought and prospered, and died upon the same on November 16th 1877, in the eightieth year of his age. His widow and one of his sons, A. J. Stone, are still living on the old homestead, near Highgate.|
Our subject's grandfather, Thomas Stone, and his grandmother, Elizabeth Cooper, were both born in the County Carlow, Ireland, and his great-grandfather, Lawrence Stone, was an Englishman. Thomas Stone, our subject, holds a commission as captain in the Sedentary Militia; he has also held the position of school trustee for the last eight years, and is a pastmaster Mason in Wellington lodge, of which he has been a member for over thirty years. In politics, he is a "moderate"; in religion, a Presbyterian. His parents were both Episcopalians, but soon after their marriage, became Methodists, in which church Thomas Stone was brought up.
Mr. Stone has been married twice, first to Jane McQuarrie, in December 1852. This lady died in December 1855, leaving one son.
He next married Adelaide Spencer, in June 1857, by whom four sons and four daughters were born. She died on the 6th March, 1871.
At the age of twenty years Thomas Stone left his father's home, and proceeeded to Chatham, where he has since resided. Here he was in business as a clerk in a general store with his uncle and George Turnbull. On his uncle leaving the business at the end of two years, Mr. Turnbull and Mr. Stone continued the co-partnership till February 1858. Since that period, Mr. Stone has been in the dry goods business alone, and has prospered therein, and has given to his children the advantages of an education, of which he himself declares he has felt the want. He is upright and honourable in all his dealings, and there is no other man who enjoys a fuller share of public esteem than he.