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Stone, William S.

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Stone, William S.
March 15, 2007 08:45PM
History of Daviess County, Kentucky, Inter-State Publishing Co.,
Chicago, 1883. Reprinted by McDowell Publications, Utica, KY, 1980. p.

WILLIAM S. STONE, Owensboro, was born June 21, 1827, in Fredericksburg,
Va. He is a son of William and Agnes (Benson) Stone, both natives of
Virginia, the former born in Fredericksburg and the latter in Culpeper
County. At five years of age the subject of this sketch removed with
his parents to Franklin County, Ky. He attended a boarding-school in
Franklin County. He was reared to the life of a farmer. In 1845 he
removed with his father's family to Daviess County. They lived first
five miles northeast of Owensboro; then moved to their farm in the Beach
Woods, where he lived till 1859. In that year moved to a farm fifteen
miles west of Owensboro, where he remained till 1867. After his slaves,
numbering twenty-eight, were freed, he tried farming for two years, but
did not readily fall into the way of conducting his place with paid
labor, and therefore abandoned the business. He then went into the
Sheriff's office as Deputy, which place he filled four years. Then, in
partnership with Mr. Hill, bought a distillery. In 1872 Mr. Stone
purchased his partner's interest and conducted the business alone until
1877. In that year he sold out to Mattingly & Lancaster. In 1873,
while in the distilling business, he was elected Tobacco Inspector for
the city of Louisville; continued in this office four years. Then went
out as a drummer for a Kentucky tobacco warehouse. In 1879, in company
with Mr. Clark, he built a warehouse. In the spring of 1880 he was
elected Warden of the State Penitentiary at Frankfort, and served two
years and three months. Sept. 1, 1882, he formed a partnership with Mr.
Mattingly in the distilling business, which he now follows. Mr. Stone
was first married, Nov. 30, 1845, to Mary B. Wright, of Franklin County.
Eight months after she died, and in 1848 he married Sue Murray, of
Owensboro. She died Oct. 19, 1879, leaving no children. Mr. Stone
married, June 1, 1882, Katie Crockett, of Franklin County. Her
great-grandfather represented Kentucky when it was a county and belonged
to Virginia. Mr. Stone's father was educated a lawyer, but did not
follow the profession. He was Minister to Spain under President
Madison. In the war of 1812 he went out of Fredericksburg as Captain
and was subsequently appointed Quartermaster, serving in that capacity
until the close of the war.

Stone Benson Hill Clark Mattingly Wright Murray Crockett Madison
Culpeper-VA Franklin-KY Louisville_Jefferson-KY

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