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Thomas Archibald Stone

Thomas Archibald Stone[1, 2, 3]

Male 1900 - 1965  (64 years)

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  • Name Thomas Archibald Stone  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Born 12 Dec 1900  Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1927  Washington D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Third Secretary of the Canadian Embassy 
    Occupation 1938  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Second Secretary of the Canadian Embassy 
    Attending 7 Mar 1955  [10
    the world hockey match in Krefeld, Germany 
    School Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    C.C.I. High School 
    School Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    L'Cole des Science Polititiques. 
    School University of Toronoto. 
    Occupation Assistant to Harry Wingate, President, International Nickel 
    Occupation Canadian Ambassador to Mexico and Sweeden  [2
    Occupation Canadian Diplomat 
    FindAGrave URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86714887 
    FindAGrave ID 86714887 
    FamilySearch ID LZYQ-KJP 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LZYQ-KJP 
    Died 26 Jul 1965  Recloses, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried St. Matthew's Episcopal Churchyard, Bedford, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Person ID I130  Main
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2020 

    Father Spencer Stone, "Pen",   b. 24 Jul 1869, Chatham, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1939, Water Crest Lane, Cedar Springs, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Flora Maud Campbell,   b. 14 Jan 1872, Chatham, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1969, St. Catharines, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Family ID F38  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ellen Cox Ewing,   b. Abt 1900,   d. 1931  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married Aug 1930 
    Children 
     1. Ellen Stone,   b. 1931,   d. 1931  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2003 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alexandria Ewing,   b. 8 Oct 1897, Yonkers, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1961  (Age 64 years) 
    Married Dec 1934  [12
    Children 
    +1. Ellen Alexandra Stone,   b. 17 May 1936,   d. 17 Mar 2019  (Age 82 years)
    Photos
    Thomas and Alexandra Stone
    Thomas and Alexandra Stone
    At their "tide operated generator" on Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, SC
    Boone Hall Plantation
    Boone Hall Plantation
    Once the home of Thomas Archibald Stone and his wife Alexandra.
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2006 
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Emily Fairfax Coolidge,   b. 13 Oct 1907, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1991, Manhattan, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 17 Nov 1962  [13
    Last Modified 18 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F86  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Third Secretary of the Canadian Embassy - 1927 - Washington D.C. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Second Secretary of the Canadian Embassy - 1938 - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSchool - C.C.I. High School - - Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSchool - L'Cole des Science Polititiques. - - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Jul 1965 - Recloses, France Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    with pipe
    Thomas Archibald Stone - age 44
    Thomas Archibald Stone - age 44
    Yosuf Karsh collection, Library and Archives of Canada PA-197625
    Ambassador Stone
    Ambassador Stone
    Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, her husband HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with Ambassador Thomas Archibald Stone.
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Canadian Diplomat
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Stone siblings.
    Stone siblings.
    Cir. 1907. L to R: Thomas, John, Elizabeth, and Robert Stone - Children of Flora Maude Campbell Stone and Spencer Stone.
    Thomas Archibald Stone at one year
    Thomas Archibald Stone at one year
    Thomas A. Stone - American College Scholarship, 1924
    Thomas A. Stone - American College Scholarship, 1924

    Documents
    Page 1 of 2. This letter is on exhibit in the Thomas Stone House on the Boone Hall Plantation.
    Page 1 of 2. This letter is on exhibit in the Thomas Stone House on the Boone Hall Plantation.
    Written by Flora Maude Campbell Stone while visiting her son Thomas A. Stone at "Boone Hall" in Charleston, SC.
    Page 2 of 2. This letter is on exhibit in the Thomas Stone House on the Boone Hall Plantation.
    Page 2 of 2. This letter is on exhibit in the Thomas Stone House on the Boone Hall Plantation.
    written by Flora Maude Campbell Stone
    Boone Hall Plantation
    Boone Hall Plantation
    "The Thomas Stone Years" - Plaque on the site of Boone Hall Plantation - taken in 2003 When Boone Hall was a museum.
    1911 Canadian Census - Spencer Stone household
    1911 Canadian Census - Spencer Stone household
    Boone Hall Plantation - Sold to New Yorkers
    Boone Hall Plantation - Sold to New Yorkers
    Newspaper article about the sale of Boone Hall to Thomas A. and Alexandra Stone
    Thomas A. Stone - Birth record
    Thomas A. Stone - Birth record
    Thomas A. Stone - Manifest card.
    Thomas A. Stone - Manifest card.
    From "Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954" Lists himself as "farmer" with wife "Alexandria" living in Mt. Pleasant S.C.
    Thomas A. Stone - New York Times Obituary
    Thomas A. Stone - New York Times Obituary
    Thomas Stone - United Nations Post
    Thomas Stone - United Nations Post

    Histories
    The Gentle Nudge - The Canadian Department of External Affairs and the North Atlantic Treaty, 1948-1949.
    The Gentle Nudge - The Canadian Department of External Affairs and the North Atlantic Treaty, 1948-1949.
    A paper by Michael W. Manulak submitted to Professor Roberth Bothwell. Contains many references to Thomas Stone's participation in the NATO talks.

  • Notes 
    • 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, 14, 15]

    Attending:

    • "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."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough.

    3. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    4. [S192] J Spencer Howell - Interviews with JSHJr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (Personal interviews with Dad.).

    5. [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).

    6. [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough, Chart pages included with letter to John S. Howell, Jr. dated 25 Feb, 2003.

    7. [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.

    8. [S679] 1901 Canadian Census, Chatham, Kent Co., Compiled by Hewitt, Doneen, ([database online] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 2000).
      Place: Chatham City
      Year: 1901
      Film: T-6475
      Div: 1
      Page: 13
      Entry: 5
      Family: 136
      Surname: Stone
      Given Name: Thomas A.
      Rel to Head: Son
      Birthdate: Dec 12
      Birthyear: 1900
      Birthplace: Ontario
      Immigration: -

    9. [S1637] Ontario Canada Births 1869-1913, (Ancestry.com. Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.), "Ontario Births, 1869-1912," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939J-6C3Q-W?cc=1784212&wc=QZ3B-G93%3A1584203503%2C1584233401%2C1584234601 : 15 January 2016), Births > 1903 > no 10763-22502 > image 1114 of 1351; cit.

    10. [S1044] Ottawa Journal, 7 Mar, 1955 - "Vs Regain World Hockey Title for Canada", by Arch MacKenzie.

    11. [S1656] Findagrave.com, Burial: Saint Matthew's Episcopal Churchyard  Bedford Westchester County New York, USA Plot: N-6.

    12. [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.

    13. [S1713] Ott and Related Families, https://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.php?fid=381187.

    14. [S777] Ellen Stone Devine, Ellen Stone Devine, July 2003 visit at her home in ME.

    15. [S1820] Chatham Daily News, https://www.chathamdailynews.ca/news/local-news/strong-local-connection-to-charlestons-boone-hall.