Here is some info that may be useful for those researching the Stone or Ralls families
in VA or MO.
provided by Donna Stone Stewart
This document was written by a son of Samuel Stone- date unknown
He came from England as a cabin boy on board a ship and all he recollected
of his ancestry was his mother coming to the vessel and crying as he left
England. On his arrival in Virginia, he was apprenticed to an old lady by
the name of Philadelphia Magaw who raised him to manhood. From this old
lady's name is derived the family name of Philadelphia, commonly called
Delphia. He lived in Prince William County, Virginia. His wife was a Miss
Coleman by whom he had seven children, 3 sons and 4 daughters, viz:
4. Susan, who married Nathaniel Ralls
5. Philadelphia who married Zephaniah Ratliff
6. __________ who married a Williams
7. __________ who married a Wells
Son of Josiah Stone I, resided in Virginia. He had 5 children, 3 sons and 2
daughters, viz.: Lemuel, John, Charles, Frances who married Benjamin Fant,
and Susan who married Samuel Botts near Bull Run, Virginia. Of these,
Lemuel died in Virginia without leaving descendants, never having been
married; John died in Bath County, Kentucky, leaving one son (Charles L.
Stone who died a Confederate soldier in Camp Douglas), Charles who married
Matilda Stone (daughter of Valentine Stone) and died in Bath County,
Kentucky leaving children hereafter named. The descendants of Frances and
Susan, if any, are unknown.
Son of Josiah Stone I, came from Virginia and settled in Nelson County,
Kentucky. He left 11 children, viz: Joseph, Benjamin, Jesse, Enoch,
Elijah, James, Coleman, Bernard, Margaret who married Abner King of Nelson
County, Nancy who married Greenberry Griffin and went to Davies County,
Kentucky, Elizabeth who married Charles Ratliff (son of Philadelphia and
Zephaniah Ratliff) and went to Caldwell County, Kentucky where she left
descendants among others Rodolphus Ratliff, at Princeton, Kentucky, Dr.
Ireland of Louisville, Kentucky (a grandson of Joseph Stone, son of
Spillsby Stone). James Stone (son of Spillsby) settled in Shelby County,
Kentucky and left descendants there. Most all other descendants of Spillsby
Stone are in Nelson County, Kentucky.
Son of Josiah I, first married a lady named Evans by whom he had 4 children,
viz: Richard, Robert, William, Elizabeth. Valentine's second wife was Mrs. Kezziah Madden, a widow. Her maiden name was French (daughter of William
French of Virginia). By this second wife (who had one daughter by Madden
named Elizabeth who married Richard Stone, son of Valentine) were born 6
children, viz: Mary who married Daniel Ralls, Kezziah who married Joseph
Ratliff, Philadelphia who married Richard Robertson, Matilda who married
Charles Stone, Samuel (my father), and James Stone.
Richard Stone, son of Valentine, married his step-sister, Elizabeth Madden,
by whom were born Alfred, Sanford, George, Horace, Moses, James, William,
Nancy (who married Caleb Ratliff), Susan (who married a Birdsong, a brother
of the wife of William Stone), Elizabeth (who married a Slaughter), Jane
(who married ________), and Kezziah (who married a man named Farmer).
Richard Stone died in Graves County, Kentucky.
Robert Stone, son of Valentine, first married Ellen Ratliff (daughter of
Philadelphia and Zephaniah Ratliff, his cousin) and subsequently married a
Whaley. He died in Bath County, Kentucky and left as children: Johnson,
James, Coleman, William, Valentine, Susan, Stephen, Joseph, Marcus,
Caroline, and others.
William Stone, son of Valentine, married a Miss Birdsong (daughter of Gen.
Birdsong) and settled in Coffee County, Mississippi about fifty miles from
Vicksburg where a town was afterwards built. He left descendants in
Mississippi and Texas.
Elizabeth Stone, daughter of Valentine, married Thomas Lewis and settled
near Palmyra, Missouri. She left sons named Valentine, Aaron, Thomas
Jefferson and some others in Calloway County, Missouri.
Mary Stone, daughter of Valentine, married her cousin, Daniel Ralls (son of
Nathaniel and Susan Ralls). She left three sons: John, Nat, William, and
two daughters: Susan (who married Freeman) and Nancy (who married John
Burns). Her descendants are in Bath and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky and in
Ralls County Missouri.
Kezziah Stone, daughter of Valentine, married her cousin, Joseph Ratliff
(son of Zephaniah and Philadelphia Ratliff). She had 5 daughters and 5
sons, viz: Kitty (who married Dr. Joseph Sharp), Margaret (who married
Fielding Templeman), Corinna (who married Beall Green), Eliza (who married
Thomas Jones), Susan (who married William Gaines, then married a son of
Charles Ratliff, the son of Zephaniah, and settled in Bullitt County,
Kentucky), Caleb, Coleman, Harrison, Joseph, and Sam. The last two died
Philadelphia Stone, daughter of Valentine, married Richard Robertson and
left several children, the following 9 remembered: Albert, Lawson, Richard,
William, Matidla (who married Moses Stone, her cousin), Eliza (who married
Asbury Wade), William (left John and William, Sue, wife of Elder John A.
Brooks; Mary, wife of Harvey Howe), Lucy (died and left Lucy, Daniel, who
married James Letton), Laurinda (who married Sharp and left a son, Richard
Sharp who died and left 3 children in Fleming County Kentucky).
Matilda Stone, daughter of Valentine, married her cousin, Charles Stone (son
of Josiah II) and left 8 children, viz: Lemuel Milton, James, Leroy,
Marshall, John, Mary Moores, Margaret (who married H. G. Hazelrigg and left
daughter Caroline who married Dr. Henry H. Rawlings, leaving Harvey H. and
Thomas Rawlings, sons), Francis (who married Harrison Whaley and left John,
Richard, Artemosia-wife of Samuel Ratliff, and Amanda-widow of Joseph
James Stone, son of Valentine, left three sons, viz: William, Samuel, and
James Edwin. The first and last named reside in Jackson County, Missouri,
the other in Bath County, Kentucky.
Samuel Stone, son of Valentine:
About the year 1790, Valentine moved from Prince William County, Virginia to
Madison County, Kentucky and settled near Boonesboro where my father (Samuel
Stone) was born 26 December 1797. From there, Valentine and family moved to
Bath County (then Clark County), Kentucky in 1799 and settled on Bald Eagle,
a branch of Big Flat Creek.
My father at the age of 22 married Ann Lane (daughter of William Lane of
Montgomery County, Kentucky) by whom were born 3 children, viz: Maria,
Caroline, and Margaret Ann. His second wife (my mother) was Sallie Lane
(daughter of Col. James H. Lane of Montgomery County, Kentucky. She was a
cousin of my father‚s first wife. By his second wife were born 6 sons, viz:
Alfred, James, Valentine, Henry L., Richard French, and Samuel J. Stone, all
yet living except Valentine who died at Key West, Florida in September 1867
of yellow fever, being a major in the U.S. regular artillery service and in
command of the Dry Tortugas. He left one son, Ralph Lane Stone, now at
My father, Samuel Stone, lived a widower seven years after the death of his
first wife. He married my mother 6 August 1835 when she was nineteen years
of age. He received a common English education and was always, from his
entrance into political life, a member of the Democratic party. From 1823
to 1841 he served as magistrate of Bath County, Kentucky. In 1841 he was
elected High Sheriff of Bath County and served as such for two years. At
the expiration of this term, he served two years longer as Deputy Sheriff.
From 1816 to 1846 he was connected with the Kentucky State Militia.
Beginning as ensign, he gradually rose by promotion to the office of
Brigadier General which he held from 1836 to 1846. At one time, he
commanded all the Militia of Bath, Bourbon, and Montgomery Counties. He was
elected as a representative in the Legislature from Bath County for four
terms: 1824, 1827, 1833, and 1836. In 1851 he moved with his family to
Indiana, settling in Putname County near Carpentersville, about 13 miles
north of Greencastle, the county seat. He died in that county at Bainbridge
on 11 January 1873. He is buried at Bainbridge. In religion, my father was
a member of the Christian or Reform Church, having joined that church in
1838, and was baptized in Hinkston Creek by Elder John Smith, known as
„Raccoonš John Smith, at a place called Caldwell‚s Mill.
4. Susan Ralls:
[This information is missing from my document- I'm trying to get a copy.
What I do have is:]
..left numerous descendants in this state and in Missouri. One of her
sons, Daniel, married his cousin Mary Stone (daughter of Valentine).
Subsequently, Mary married a man named Ely by whom she had 2 daughters, viz:
Davidella and Mary. The latter married a man named Biggs. They lived in
5. Philadelphia Ratliff:
Daughter of Josiah I and wife of Zephaniah Ratliff, lived in Bath County,
Kentucky and left the following children, viz: Mollie (who married Joseph
Ringo), Ellen (who married Robert Stone, her cousin and son of Valentine
Stone), Joseph Ratliff (who married Kezziah Stone, his cousin and daughter
of Valentine Stone), Charles Ratliff (who married Elizabeth, a daughter of
Spillsby Stone), Valentine Ratliff who died without issue, Susan (who
married Samuel Davis Baird), Nancy (who married James Moffett), Coleman
Ratliff (who married a Robertson), Caleb Ratliff (who married Nancy, a
daughter of Richard Stone and his wife Elizabeth-Richard, son of Valentine
and Elizabeth the daughter of Mrs. Madden who became the second wife of
Daughter of Josiah I, had a son named John who left a son William who lives
near Moorefield, Kentucky and a daughter, Mrs. Nancy McCall who died in
Daughter of Josiah I, reportedly never left Virginia and her descendants are
in that state. Four of Spillsby Stone's sons married four sisters named
Wells, but while it is tradition in the family that these four sisters were
daughters of Mrs. Wells named above and cousins of their husbands, it is not
no other info, sorry.
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