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Oren Stone
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Birth: Aug. 8, 1795
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 26, 1888
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA

Name also spelled Orren Stone, and sometimes Orin and Orrin.

He was a son of Charlotte Hall Stone and Capt. Simon Stone of Windsor, Massachusetts, born into a long line of farming families. In the 1820 census he was 24, living with his widowed mother and siblings in Windsor. On 8 and 9 September 1820 he registered in Windsor and in Hinsdale his intention to marry Joanna Turner of Hinsdale, Massachusetts, and she soon after became his wife. They resided in Hinsdale until around 1827, when they moved to Savoy where Joanna's parents, Hannah (Austin) and Elijah Turner (a Revolutionary War veteran), had settled. Oren's siblings and his widowed mother all seem to have moved west to Monroe County, NY with their Hall cousins sometime around the mid-1820s.

On 10 March 1824 Oren sold all of his interest in the real estate that he had inherited from his father and from his deceased brother, Lyman, to his brother, Ira Stone of Windsor, for $200 (Book C, page 612, Berkshire Co. Registry of Deeds, Adams, Mass.).

On 22 January 1827 Oren Stone of Hinsdale bought from Rufus and Melinda Cain of Savoy about 50 acres (one-half of Lot 36) in Savoy for $152 (Bk 33, p 120). By the following April Oren Stone and his wife Joanna Stone mortgaged their Savoy property to Ira Bates for $150, to be repaid in one year with interest (Bk 30, p 368). On 19 December 1828 Oren Stone sold his land in Savoy to Charles Hathaway (probably a relative by marriage to his wife's family) for $152 (Bk 36, p 40).

The family stayed in Savoy through the 1840 census, when there were 10 people in his household, living near Joanna's parents. Oren and Joanna had at least four children: Henry H. (1824-1882), Ward N. (c.1831-1914), Francis E. (1833-190), and S. Elizabeth Stone Janes (1841-1914), and probably more. (Unfortunately none of these births seem to have been registered in church or town records in Savoy, Windsor, Peru, or the surrounding areas.) Tragically for her family, Joanna died 18 March 1846 at the age of 46 and was buried in Savoy. Her widowed mother, who might have helped raise Joanna and Oren's children, died six months later.

Scant traces of the remaining Stone family can be found in the 1850 census--son Henry, 26 and single, was living with another farming family in Worthington, and two Ward Stones of about the same age (the same man? Henry's brother?) were listed as living with other farming families in Worthington and Cummington. No one else can be found.

On the 1860 census Oren Stone was listed as a "Pauper," age 63, living with farmer Lewiston Hollis and his wife and two young sons in Windsor. As was the custom, the Hollises were probably given a stipend from the town of Windsor for Oren's room and board as an "outdoor pauper" settlement (as opposed to his being committed as an "indoor pauper" in a state institution or poor house), while Oren contributed work on their farm to the best of his ability.

In 1863 the Probate Court of Berkshire County found Oren Stone to be an insane person incapable of taking care of himself. He was appointed a court guardian in Windsor (one Henry Winslow, who had filed the case) and his property was appraised and disbursed (totalling $125 in personal estate, money "due from the U.S. to his son," (who?) 9 January 1864).

On the 1870 census Oren Stone was living with Ward Ford and his wife Mary, farmers in Windsor. Oren was listed as a "Farmer," age 74. On the 1880 census he was living with Timothy Leonard and his wife and grown daughter in Windsor, and was described as a "Boarding Pauper," age 84. In the 1884-85 Berkshire County business directory, he was listed on page 468, Windsor, Mass.: "Stone Orin, (Savoy) r 9 [Road 9], laborer." It would appear from these few available records that Oren Stone spent most of his later years as a pauper (suffering from mental problems?) boarding and laboring with unrelated families in his home town, while his known surviving children would move and settle elsewhere (Ward in Peru, Francis in Becket, and Lizzie in Worcester).

According to his death certificate filed in Windsor, Mass. on 15 February 1889, "Orren" Stone died in Windsor on 26 February 1888, of "inanition" (a state of exhaustion due to prolonged undernutrition). He was 92 years 7 months old, and noted as a Pauper. His burial was in Savoy, Massachusetts. On this evidence we assume him to be buried in a pauper's unmarked grave, perhaps near his wife, Joanna, and son, Henry, at the Turner Cemetery in Savoy. No obituary or gravemarker has ever yet been found.

According to J. Gardner Bartlett's classic book, _Simon Stone Genealogy: Ancestry and Descendants of Deacon Simon Stone of Watertown, Mass. 1320-1926_, Oren Stone died in Windsor, Massachusetts on 25 February 1888 [sic]. In Bartlett's book, the following is all the mention of him, whom Bartlett links to his father, Capt. Simon Stone, and seven generations of Simon Stones back to the original immigrant from Essex, England in 1635:

"ORREN, b. 8 Aug. 1795; resided in Windsor, where he d. 25 Feb. 1888. On 9 Sept. 1820 he entered his marriage intentions with Joanna Turner of Hinsdale, Mass. Record of family not obtained." (p. 327).

Family links: 
  Simon Stone (____ - 1818)
  Charlotte Hall Stone (1771 - ____)
  Joannah Turner Stone (1799 - 1846)*
  Henry H. Stone (1824 - 1882)*
  Ward Nelson Stone (1830 - 1914)*
  S. Elizabeth Stone Janes (1841 - 1914)*
  Lyman Stone (1793 - 1818)*
  Oren Stone (1795 - 1888)
  Ward Stone (1803 - 1829)*
  Philander D. Stone (1807 - 1890)*
  Almira Stone (1811 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Turner Cemetery
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Memories of You
Record added: Oct 31, 2009
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