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 Philip Nelson Stone

Philip Nelson Stone

Nyack, Rockland County, New York, USA
Death 30 Nov 1974 (aged 88)
Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
Burial Mission, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 22, Lot 11, Section 1, Space H
Memorial ID 25094025 · View Source
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Philip Nelson Stone was the oldest of six surviving children born to Edwin Bosworth Stone and Margaret (Demare) Stone. He was born 26 June 1886 in Nyack, New York and was baptized there on 22 August 1886 at Grace Episcopal Church, sponsored by his mother and his uncle, Jacob Demare.

He began life as a farm kid, living and working on various farms in Western Massachusetts where his family settled and where his younger siblings were born, not far from Peru, Massachusetts, his father's home town: Hinsdale/Dalton (c. 1891), Cummington (c. 1896-1900), and Plainfield (c. 1902-1910).

At the age of 22 it appears Philip decided that the farming life was not for him and he enlisted as a private with the Coast Artillery Corps (U.S. Army) on 26 August 1908. He entered the service at Fort Slocum, NY (on Davids Island in Long Island Sound, the largest recruitment depot east of the Mississippi) and served with the Coast Artillery Corps (C.A.C.), Company 167, stationed at Fort Totten, NY (on Willet's Point in Queens, on Long Island Sound) from 26 September 1908 to 15 February 1910. There he qualified as a First Class Gunner on 12 May 1909, and transferred to the 101st Company, C.A.C. on 15 February 1910, when his rank changed from "Private" to "Musician." On 27 June 1911 P. N. STONE requalified as a 1st Class Gunner.

That summer he was authorized for detached service at the School for Enlisted Specialists at Fort Monroe, Virginia, returning to the rank of Private from the rank of Musician while there for the year-long Artillery course at the new Coast Artillery School. He re-enlisted in the 101st C.A.C. in the summer of 1911 and received his certificate of proficiency in the Regular Artillery Course at the end of the 1911-1912 school year at Fort Monroe.

On 1 August 1912 P. N. STONE transferred to the 99th Company of the Coast Artillery Corps stationed at Fort Morgan, Alabama, as Acting Master Gunner, and was listed as being on Special Detachment under the Artillery Engineer at Fort Morgan. It appears he also served in Company 170 while there. After only eight months at Fort Morgan, P. N. STONE was "discharged from the service by purchase" (i.e. he bought his way out of the Army) on 28 April 1913 due to reasons unknown.

By September 1913 he had relocated to Pittsfield, Massachusetts where some of his family were living. He got a job as a brakeman with a railroad. On 1 July 1914 he was married in the Bronx, New York to Loretta Elsie Ehmann, whom he had perhaps met while being stationed at Fort Totten. He lived with Loretta and her widowed father and brother at 2128 Valentine Avenue in the Bronx for several years while continuing railroad work as a conductor.

By 1922 Philip Stone had a job working as a patrolman on the New York City aquaduct system near Gilboa, New York and he and his wife had their first child, Muriel, born there in 1924. At that time he worked for the Board of Water Supply Police for New York City (a force that guarded and policed the NYC watershed and its construction project labor camps). Their second child, Davis Philip Stone, was born in 1925, when Philip and his family lived in New Hampton (Orange Co.), NY. At that time Philip was working as a prison guard ("keeper") at the "Hampton Farms" men's reformatory. He would remain a New York City Department of Correction employee for the rest of his working career. In the 1930's he worked at the Greycourt women's farm colony and had moved his wife and children to Greycourt, a small community near Chester (Orange Co.), NY. Sometime during the 1930's he and his wife were legally separated. Leaving his family in Chester, Philip moved into New York City and became a guard and eventually Deputy Warden at the Tombs prison (today known as the Manhattan Detention Center), where he worked until his retirement on 1 September 1954.

After retiring, Philip Nelson Stone moved to the state of Texas and lived in several different locations. He obtained a divorce from his wife in Cameron County, Texas in 1965. He died alone in his mobile home in a trailer park outside Mission, Texas on 30 November 1974 at the age of 88, and was buried 5 December 1974.


Philip Nelson Stone
Pvt US Army
Jun 26 1886 - Nov 30 1974
Acting Master Gunner
Coast Artillery Corps

Gravesite Details GPS coordinates of grave plot: N26'13.516 and W098'20.089





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  • Added: 6 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25094025
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