Biography of Solomon Stone
Howard County, IN Biographies





SOLOMON STONE was born in Franklin County, Ind., March 11, 1823, and is the son of Henry and Mary (Hatfield) Stone, natives of Culpeper County, Va., and of German and Irish descent. His parents were married in Virginia, and soon removed to Franklin County, Ind., where they entered land on White Water, and built a log cabin. They remained until 1843, when they sold out and located in Rush County, where they purchased an improved farm. In 1857, they came to Howard County, purchased eighty acres of forest land, just north of Greentown, and here lived the remainder of their lives. Mr. H. Stone was a hard working man, reaping his grain with a sickle, and threshing it with the flail, while his wife for years spun from flax and wool, and wove cloth for her family. Mr. Stone was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died in 1862, at the age of sixty four. His wife belonged to the United Brethren Church. She died in 1877, at the age of eighty two. The subject of this sketch was reared a farmer's boy, and received a limited education from the pioneer school. In 1842, he removed with his parents to Rush County, where he was married, October 17, 1844, to Mary Ann Hatfield, of Rush County. She is the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Cook) Hatfield, natives of Virginia. This family was among the early settlers in Rush County, where Mr. Hatfield died in 1853. His wife (now aged seventy eight) still survives him, and resides with her children in Wayne County, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Stone have had five children - John H., Marion T., Sanford (deceased), George W. and Elmer E. Mr. Stone farmed on rented land, and with the profits, $1,100, came to this county in the fall of 1857, and lived one year on a rented farm. In the meantime, he built a cabin and made a small beginning on the farm where be now lives. The family experienced many of the privations of pioneer life, and for years made their own clothing from flax and wool. They now have a good farm, well fenced and drained, and furnished with good buildings. His farm is well stocked with horses, cattle and hogs. Mr. Stone is a stanch supporter of Republican principles, and a member of the Masonic order, and he and wife are prominent members of the New Light Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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