Hi Evelyn. I'm not sure I can add much, but I was interested in your
information. I too am a descendant of Gilbert Finkle, though his
daughter's second marriage to Henry Dumond. Their daughter Ida was my
About the only information I have found about Russell Stone concerned his
will, which I found in the Delaware County Deeds, book 38, page 141:
Estate of Russell Stone, who died October 3, 1845. Listed as his heirs:
Lydia, wife of William Craton; Phebe, wife of G Horton; Robert Stone;
Annis, wife of Gilbert Finkle; Margaret, wife of David Denton; and Polly,
wife of William Vermilya. I'm assuming they are his children, though they
could be grandchildren or other heirs.
I also found an entry in the 1840 Middletown census for Russell Stone:
There are listed 3 males and 5 females listed in the household. The males
listed are 1 at 10 and under 15, 1 at 20 and under 30, and 1 at 60 and
under 70 years old.. The females are listed as 1 at 5 and under 10, 1 at
15 and under 20, 1 at 20 and under 30, 1 at 60 and under 70 and 1 at 90
and under 100 years of age.
If I find any other info about Russell Stone, I'll pass it along.
On Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:07:12 -0400 "calamityjane"
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
NOTE: I did not copy the entire Bio, although I do have it in its
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
"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 stands to-day!
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
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
Bush 513. Stone, George, Pres. Pac. Portland Cement Co., Rialto
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
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
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