Richard Stone’s Second Wife Has Been Identified

See 21 April 2020 post for corrections to the data below, specifically the baptism of Elinor in 1620. That was the burial of an Elinor Slocombe, not a baptism.

Many years of research have failed to reveal the identity of the two wives of Richard Stone ca 1579 – 1653. The identity of his first wife remains unknown, both her given name and her surname. His second wife we knew to be Eleanor (also spelled Elenor and Elinor). Her given name was present as the mother of their two children (Richard and Hanna) and also in Richard’s will and in her own will, and in several additional family documents. We had not found a record of her marriage to Richard and thus her surname. Finally, we have found documentation of her birth and her marriage to Richard! Richard and Eleanor have thousands of descendants in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and undoubtedly elsewhere.


Happily, genealogists are a cooperative lot, always trying to help each other. A recent post on Somerset (UK) Rootsweb sought information about the Slocombe family of Somerset. Among the documents we obtained from the 2013 auction at Cheffins in Cambridge were two legal debt agreements between the widow Elenor Stone and a William Slocombe, dated 1659 and 1663. They had meant very little to me, and I paid them little attention. I told the author of the Rootsweb post, however, about the two documents and how to find them on the Dartmouth College Library website. Lo and behold, he responded quickly and told of his discovery of the baptism of an Elinor Slocombe in Milverton on 9 November, 1620, and the marriage of Eleanor Slocombe to Richard Stone in Crowcombe on 2 October 1639!


Milverton and Crowcombe are not far from our family parishes in Somerset, but there were no close relatives in those two parishes – that we knew of. There were many Slocombes in Wivelicombe, however, which is a family parish and not far from Milverton and Crowcombe. The baptismal certificate states her father’s name simply as Slocombe – no given name. The mother’s name was not provided. Similarly, the Crowcombe marriage record does not name the parents. Thus, at this point we cannot be confident of more than Eleanor’s surname and dates of her baptism and marriage.


There is more to this story, however! Richard Stone and Eleanor Slocombe were married in October 1639 when Eleanor was about nineteen or possibly twenty years old. Richard was at least sixty, assuming he was born in or prior to 1579! That’s a whopping difference but not surprising in the Stone family. His great grandson Robert Stone married for the third time and sired children when in his seventies! Was Eleanor a family friend, or might she have been a domestic servant in his Clayhanger home? I suspect she was a servant in the Stone household.

Both of their children – Richard and Hannah – married and had families. Their son Richard baptized in 1640 died in 1678, but his descendants can be traced readily in Somerset and England and Australia and New Zealand.


Place  Milverton

Church name         St Michael

Register type         Unspecified

Baptism date          09 Nov 1620 (it is now known that this date was a burial, not a baptism, so it was for a different Elinor Slocombe – 4/21/2020.

Person forename    Elinor

Person sex   ?

Father surname      SLOCOMBE



Place  Crowcombe

Church name         Holy Ghost

Register type         Bishop’s Transcripts

Marriage date         02 Oct 1639

Groom forename   Richard

Groom surname     STONE

Bride forename      Eleanor

Bride surname       SLOCOMBE

Various charts and text portions of this website will be updated with this new information.

Captain Stone of Wiveliscombe, Somerset

We know much about CAPTAIN STONE and his family, but where was his daughter JANE STONE born on September 8, 1809. That is the date of birth given on her tombstone in BONE GAP, ILLINOIS, in the Thread Family cemetery. She was the husband of JAMES THREAD who immigrated from ALFOLD, SURREY.

CAPTAIN STONE was the fifth son of  JOHN STONE and ELIZABETH SELLICK, a Stone family with more than two centuries of history in CHIPSTABLE, SOMERSET. He married ANN WEBBER STONE of neighboring HUISH CHAMPFLOWER, SOMERSET. Ann was the widow of his older brother WILLIAM STONE.

Captain and Ann had four children. HORATIO was baptized in WIVELISCOMBE, SOMERSET in January 1807. The second child was JANE. The third child was SARAH STONE, who was baptized in BRAMFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE in 1814. The fourth child was JOSEPH STONE, who also was baptized in BRAMFIELD in 1816. CAPTAIN was working for RICHARD FLOWER and his son GEORGE on their farm at MARDEN HILL, near the city of HERTFORD.  The FLOWERS and STONES emigrated from Marden Hill to ALBION, ILLINOIS in 1818.

This history is quite clear, but I don’t know the whereabouts of CAPTAIN STONE’S family between the baptism of HORATIO in 1807 and SARAH in 1814. Close to eight years are not accounted for in the short 36 year life of CAPTAIN STONE. Does anyone know where JANE STONE was born and baptized?  She is not the Jane Stone baptized in 1811 in ASHBRITTLE, SOMERSET. That JANE STONE’S father was also named CAPTAIN STONE, but this Captain Stone was an eighteen year older cousin of our CAPTAIN STONE.

Apologies for inactivity – Richard Stone & Bishop Stone!

I regret that I haven’t yet put up a new descendant chart for Richard Stone ca. 1579 – 1653. Be patient and I will do so. There have been some improvements. Also, I am sad that I have had no input to solve the BISHOP STONE CONUNDRUM.  I still  believe that his parents are as stated in the initial posting, but the Robert Stone, innkeeper, who stated in his will that Bishop was his nephew was, in my analysis, a cousin once removed (older) and not a true uncle. Hours of search and imagination have failed to provide an answer to the conundrum.