Betsy Cherry’s Clock

 Cherry -> Spencer -> Stone -> Howell

Peter Howell has this interesting heirloom clock made cir. 1864 in Connecticut by the S.C. Spring company.  This photo below taken by J. Spencer Howell during his last visit in 2010.
According to antiques.com which lists similar clocks:

“The company never issued a catalogue so its hard to know how many styles they made. Most of their clocks were sold to other clock manufacturers, so to find one with the S.C. Spring label in the case is a wonderful ‘find’ indeed…the image on the reverse-painted lower door glass reflects the type of work that was popular in that day…the clock features faux marble columns with gilded sections.”

Of special interest to our family: The clock has penciled service notations inside which often record the date and owner’s name such as “3.10.92 – Cleaned, Mrs. Spencer Stone” (Flora Maude Campbell Stone 1872-1969). Another notation refers to “Mrs. Spencer.” which could be interpreted to mean the aforementioned Mrs. Spencer Stone, but due to the age of the clock this could literally be Mrs. Spencer who was Betsy Cherry (1808-1893) who married William Spencer (1804-1846). Betsy Cherry Spencer outlived her husband William and daughter Adelaide Spencer (1833-1871).  After her daughter’s death, Betsy Cherry Spencer moved in with her widowed son-in-law Thomas Stone and raised her grandson, Spencer Stone (1869-1939) from age 2. (Adelaide Spencer married Thomas Stone (1827-1899) and they had eight children before her death)

So the likely provenance of the clock is: William & Betsy (Cherry) Spencer -> Spencer & Maude (Campbell) Stone -> John E. & Elizabeth (Stone) Howell -> Peter & Lee (Johnson) Howell.

Thomas & Spencer Stone’s Store in Chatham

Stone -> Howell
 
Darcy McKeough mailed a copy of John Rhodes’ article covering the history of the dry goods store once owned by Thomas and Spencer Stone.

 “It was, along with Eaton’s (Austin’s), one of the two anchor stores of King Street and for nearly 125 years it maintained that status.”

The article appears in the September 15, 2010 issue of “Chatham Today” and can be read by clicking on the image above.

Matilda Turner

 Turner -> Burk -> Campbell -> Stone -> Howell 

Still trying to find more on Matilda Turner of Tavistock, Devon, England.

Matilda is the mother of Mirrette Burk and grandmother of Flora Maude Campbell Stone (our Granny Stone). She appears in the 1861 Canadan Census, Harwich, Kent County, Ontario as “Matlilda Burk, born England, age 37”.

She also appears in the 1880 US Census in Alameda, California as “M. Burke, White, Female, Age 58, wife, married, b. England, father and mother b. England”

The 1841 England Census shows 4 Turner’s listed in Tavistock: Matilda Turner, F, age 15, b. Devon; Mary Turner, F, age 60, b. outside census county; John Turner,m, age 55, Farmer, b. Devon; Jane Turner, F, age 15, female servant, b. Devon.

Our Matilda could be the one listed in the England Census age 15 (so born cir 1826) but there is no way to tell until we surface more.

Darcy McKeough’s Stone Charts

Last November, just before Thanksgiving, I received an express delivery package from W. Darcy McKeough – our expert on the Stone line. The package contained 6 very large handwritten charts – the largest two being about 11 ft long! All were ledger sheets taped together. These draft charts represent the result of many many years of work and collectively contain details on 515 descendants of Laurence Stone. I believe Darcy is getting ever closer to his goal of publishing much of his research in book form.

After many keyboarding sessions, I have finally completed merging the data in the charts into my database so they may be viewed online. Here is a report of the complete list of Laurence Stone (b. 1745, England) descendants in our database:

Descendant List (Register format) for Laurence Stone

Once again, we owe Darcy a great debt for sharing his research so generously!