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 Ward Nelson Stone

Ward Nelson Stone

Birth
Savoy, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 3 Jan 1914 (aged 83)
East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Peru, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 40373639 · View Source
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(Alt. birthyear 1831). Son of Oren Stone and Joanna (Turner) Stone. Brother of Henry H. Stone, Francis E. Stone, S. Elizabeth Stone Janes, Newell Stone, William A. Stone, and possibly others. (A diligent search of town and church records has yet to reveal that these births were ever recorded.)

Ward N. Stone was most probably born in Savoy, and grew up there until his grandparents and mother died and his family broke up. He lived in Worthington as a young man and then became a farmer in Peru, Massachusetts. He married MARY E. ACKERT (previously married to James W. ASCHA, and the mother of three) 1 January 1854 in Worthington (Hampshire Co.), Massachusetts; she died of apoplexy 10 November 1881 in Peru.

Children born in Peru, Massachusetts to Ward N. and Mary E. Stone:

i. Edwin Bosworth (1858-1946)
ii. John Burdick (1863-1932)
iii. Walter Lincoln (1865-1905)

On 30 January 1882 Ward married ELLEN JANE GLEASON (aka Jane Ellen Gleason, born 1849 or 9 Dec. 1847 in Austerlitz, New York to Lyman Clement and Harriet (Tyler) Gleason).

Children born in Peru, Massachusetts to Ward N. and Ellen J. Stone:

iv. Joseph Turner (1883-1933)
v. Elizabeth Harriet aka Harriet Elizabeth ("Hattie," "Lizzie") (1886-1960)

In the Business Directory of Berkshire County (1884-1885), Ward N. Stone was listed as a farmer of 140 acres located on Road 18 in Peru, and was also a 'manufacturer of essential oil' who paid to be listed as such in the directory.

Ward N. Stone died of cancer of the face, age 83, on 3 January 1914 in East Providence, Rhode Island, where he had been living with his daughter, Hattie MacDuff and her family for about five years. His body was shipped to Peru, Massachusetts for burial on 6 January 1914.

From the Berkshire Evening Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.), Thursday, January 8, 1914:

"The funeral of Ward N. Stone, aged 83, for many years a resident of Peru, was held from the Congregational church in that town Tuesday [6 January 1914]. Mr. Stone died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred S. McDuff [sic; MacDuff] of East Providence, R. I., Saturday [3 January 1914]. Rev. C. E. Smith conducted the funeral services and burial was in the Peru town cemetery at the Center. The bearers were his three sons and Charles Stevens. Mr. Stone was a member and regular attendant of the Peru church. He sang many years in the choir and used to enjoy attending the singing school that used to be held winters. He was a resident of the town for about 54 years, going to live with his daughter five years ago. He is survived by three sons, E. B. Stone of this city [Pittsfield], Bert Stone of Worthington, Joseph of State Line and Mrs. Fred S. McDuff of East Providence, R. I."

Visitors to the cemetery in 2009 and 2010 were unable to find a tombstone for Ward Stone. It is thought that he was buried beside the grave of his wife, Mary E. Ackert Stone.


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  • Created by: Memories of You
  • Added: 7 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40373639
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ward Nelson Stone (9 Sep 1830–3 Jan 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40373639, citing Peru Center Cemetery, Peru, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Memories of You (contributor 46983035) .