FOUND: George Stone s/o Robert s/o Russell -by running a search on Google for Robert Stone
and Caroline Griffin, there was also a good photo of George.
Stone researchers will see some discrepencies in this Biography. One being that this bio
says Robert Stone was born in CT, while Delaware County History says he was born at his
father Russell's home in Clovesville.
NOTE: I did not copy the entire Bio, although I do have it in its entirety.
George went to California after the Civil War.
There is also an extensive Civil War record, extensive listing of George's work with
Rail Roads, and his Cement company.
As near as I can figure George and his wife lived in San Francisco, but I wouldn't bet
on it, I can not find them in the 1880 LDS Census any where.
"A native of Delaware county, New York, Mr. Stone was born May 30, 1843, and is a son
of Robert Stone, who was born in Connecticut and represented an old American family whose
history in America dates back to the seventeenth century, the first ancestor coming from
England. Robert Stone was a farmer by occupation and when at an early age removed to
Delaware county, New York, where he died at the age of forty-nine years. He had married
Caroline Griffin, who was a native of Dutchess county, New York, and was of Holland Dutch
lineage. Her father was a musician in the war of 1812. Mrs. Stone passed away in 1876 at
the age of sixty-seven years, in the family were six sons and five daughters.
In May, 1873, in Oakland, California, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Stone and Miss
Annie Burr Jennings, a native of Connecticutt, and a daughter of John S. and Mary
(Wheeler) Jennings, representatives of a prominent family of Connecticut, the paternal
ancestry being traced back to the sixteenth century. To Mr. and Mrs. Stone have been born
three daughters, Marea, Leona and Louise. In his fraternal relations Mr. Stone is a Mason,
and he also belongs to the Loyal Legion and the Grand Army of the Republic. He holds
membership with the Bohemian Club, the Union League, the Sutter Club, the Merchants'
Club of St. Louis, Missouri, and the Hamilton Club of Chicago, Illinois. He was department
commander of the Grand Army of the Republic for California and Nevada in 1902, and in
1903, was chairman of the general and executive committee having entire charge of the
arrangements for the national encampment held in San Francisco in that year. His political
allegiance is given to the !
Republican party and he is one of its distinguished leaders in this state. He is past
president of the National League of Republican Clubs, past president of the State League
of Republican Clubs, has been a member of the Republican state committee for six years and
served two years as its chairman. He has studied closely the conditions existing in
political circles with a view to the success of his party, and has so directed the work in
various parts of the state that the combined forces of the leaders in different districts
have contributed to the general success, thus reflecting credit upon his management and
keen foresight. He is also well known in military circles and was engineering officer on
the division staff of Generals Diamond and James. He was also appointed adjutant general
of the National Guard of California in January, 1902. His leadership has been manifest in
many lines, and he has seldom failed of accomplishment in whatever he has undertaken. He
as one of the strong men of California, strong in his honor and his good name, in the
extent of his influence and in the result of his accomplishments.
Following the close of the war Mr. Stone was engaged in civil engineering on the Union
Pacific Railroad until its completion in 1869. The following year he came to California,
where he has since continuously made his home, and has been actively engaged in railroad
construction as superintendent or contractor, doing work on the Union Pacific, the Denver
& Rio Grande, the Burlington & Missouri River, the Chicago & Rock Island, the
Oregon Shortline, the Rio Grande Western and the Southern Pacific railroads. The work
which he did on the Southern Pacific as contractor extended from Santo Marguerita to
Elwood, this portion of the coast line being all constructed by him and requiring nine
years for its completion. In this connection he has contributed largely to the development
of the state, for there is, perhaps, no other one agency that has done as much for general
progress and the opening up of any district as the building of railroads.
Additional Info found on California websites:
"STONE--San Francisco, January 5, 1906- Mrs Annie Burr Jennings STONE, wife of
General George STONE, Chairman of the California State Republican Commitee, died last
night afer a prolonged illness. She was well known in the city and State." Source:
Sacramento Bee, 5 Jan 1906.
PacificUnion Club San Francisco 1922 IN MEMORIAM
George Stone January 28, 1915
Telephone Directory, San Francisco, California
Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company February, 1903 page 255
Bush 513. Stone, George, Pres. Pac. Portland Cement Co., Rialto Bldg.
West 628 Same [Stone, George], r. 2004 Bway.
So, if anyone can add to this listing and knows more about the Russel Stone, who
Russell's wife was, or Robert Stone children I'd like to hear it. OR does this
mean that Matthew Griffin had eleven children???
I am descended thru Russell's daughter Annis Stone who married Gilbert Finkle,
their daughter Elizabeth m John Hendrix, they were parents of my great grandmother Phebe
Ann Hendrix who married Aaron Sprague. evelyn