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Ellen Alexandra Stone

Ellen Alexandra Stone[1, 2, 3]

Female 1936 - 2019  (82 years)

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  • Name Ellen Alexandra Stone  [4, 5
    Born 17 May 1936  [6
    Gender Female 
    Education London University and Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada - M.A. History  [7
    Occupation 1963  Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    She was the Managing Editor, Canadian Banker Magazine 
    Occupation Abt 1970  Virgin Gorda, U.S. Virgin Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    owners of the "Olde Yarde Inn" resort 
    FamilySearch ID LTNQ-L8H 
    FamilySearch URL 
    Died 17 Mar 2019 
    Person ID I166  Main
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2020 

    Father Thomas Archibald Stone,   b. 12 Dec 1900, Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1965, Recloses, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Thomas Joseph John Devine,   d. 1986 
    Married 21 Sep 1963  New York. Church of St. Thomas More Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Proprietors of the Olde Yard Inn, Virgin Gorda, BVI

      From an article by Ralph Blumenthal published in the New York Times, Travel section, November 13, 1983:

      "Visitors interested in something more centrally situated, yet still not quite conventional or on the scale of Little Dix Bay, might try the Olde Yard Inn, an 11-room establishment with no pool or adjacent beach but a good restaurant, five historic gravesites and an extraordinary library. The expatriate-Canadian proprietors, Joseph and Ellen Devine, built the twin-octagonal redwood and mahogany library to house their collection of rare books. At the least encouragement, Mrs. Devine will guide guests through such esoteric volumes as ''Pictures of New York on Blue Staffordshire Pottery'' published in 1899 on silk pages. The lively bar with its chess and backgammon boards is a runnerup attraction. One afternoon a passerby wandered into the unaccustomedly empty bar and started away. ''I guess the bar is closed,'' he said.

      ''The bar is never closed,'' said Mrs. Devine, offering up a drink. [9]
    +1. S.F. Devine
     2. T.A. Devine
    +3. M.K. Devine
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2006 
    Family ID F786  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - She was the Managing Editor, Canadian Banker Magazine - 1963 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Sep 1963 - New York. Church of St. Thomas More Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - owners of the "Olde Yarde Inn" resort - Abt 1970 - Virgin Gorda, U.S. Virgin Islands Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Ellen Stone Devine
    Ellen Stone Devine
    Summer 2003 at her home in Sorrento, Maine.

  • Notes 
    • In a kitchen table conversation during a visit in to her home in Sorrento, Maine in 2007, Ellen told me she was named after her father's first wife, Ellen Ewing.  Ellen Ewing was her mother's younger sister.  Ellen Stone said she was the 'third Ellen' - the first being her aunt, the second being her aunt's daughter who died unborn, within a few hours of her mother. 

      She and her husband owned a hotel named the Olde Yard Inn, in Virgin Gorda.

      From her obituary in Ellsworth American:


      My aunt and Godmother, Ellen Alexandra Stone Devine, known by her family as Nonie, died Sunday night, March 17, peacefully in her sleep. Born on May 17, 1936, to Alexandra Ewing and Thomas A. Stone, Ellen lived an eclectic and dynamic life. Her father served as Canadian ambassador to the Netherlands, which afforded her many opportunities for international travel and living. As a young woman, Ellen was, in fact, presented to the young Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

      Nonie was a graduate of the Madeira School and the University of St Andrews in Scotland and also attended Queen's University in Canada, where she earned a master's degree in history. She was the editor of the Canadian Banker Magazine for several years and later, with her husband, Joseph Devine, and their three kids, owned and managed The Olde Yard Inn on Virgin Gorda, BVI, for over 13 years. Joseph Devine passed away in 1986.

      She spent her later years in their beloved family home in Sorrento and was an active member of the community. She was a gardener and floral designer whose arrangements graced many a dinner table and wedding party.

      A dedicated volunteer, she worked on projects around the globe like Habitat for Humanity and archaeological sites in Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and here in Downeast Maine. Nonie is mourned by her children, Kate, Alex and Sean, by her grandchildren, Hunter, Aliyah and Tariq, and by all of her other friends and relations.

      I best remember my aunt as an avid sailor who loved Frenchman Bay and anything to do with boats. One of my favorite memories was crewing with her exactly 31 years ago this month, March 1988, on the yacht Synia with Charlie Crothers and Helene Ferranti, crossing the Atlantic from Africa to Brazil. There, one night on my watch, we ran into a serious storm —  a hurricane being born.

      I had new but faulty foul weather gear, which absorbed water by the gallon. After an hour in the hard rain I was so cold and wet I could barely stand to steer. Thinking maybe I was dying, I called below for help. Out of the companionway popped my Godmother, as big as a minute, in her nightgown and old yellow slicker. She took the helm and ordered me below to dry off, warm up, and make a cup of tea.

      As I descended into the darkness of the main cabin, I looked back to see if she was OK. There sat this woman, leaning back against the cockpit cushions, steering a big sloop with one hand, water streaming down her beaming face. We were slipping and sliding from crest to crest, booming along through the black of night, and she was laughing, as blissful and relaxed as if she were driving down the Maine Turnpike.

      I called out to her that I would be back on deck to relieve her as quickly as I could. "Oh, take your time," she called back over pounding rain and roaring wind, "I could do this forever…" She will be missed.

      A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Redeemer in Sorrento, Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in her honor to: The World Wildlife Fund or National Public Radio, her favorite news source. She will be forever grateful.

      Published on: March 25, 2019 [10, 11]

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

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

    3. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

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

    5. [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, p.20 incorrectly refers to her as Alexandra.

    6. [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough, Chart enclosed with 24 Sep 2004 letter to JSHJr.

    7. [S777] Ellen Stone Devine, Ellen Stone Devine, email 4 May 2004.

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

    9. [S1290] New York Times, "Virgin Gorda's Remote Resorts, by Ralph Blumenthal, published November 13, 1983".

    10. [S192] J Spencer Howell - Interviews with JSHJr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (Personal interviews with Dad.), 2 Jul 2003.

    11. [S777] Ellen Stone Devine, Ellen Stone Devine, Conversation 23 Aug 2007 in Sorrento, Maine "I am the third Ellen".