Biography of Robert W. Van Stone
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Van Stone, Robert White, was a native of Horrabridge, Devonshire, England, born December 15, 1835, and was one of a large family of children born to John Van Stone. Of the thirteen children in this family eleven of them came to this country. Seven are now living and five of them reside in Albion. In 1854 John Van Stone came to the United States and temporarily to Niagara county; two years later he came to Albion and for twenty years afterward was a miller in the village in the mill known as the Albion Mill. He was an earnest, iadustrious and honest man, hence was much respected in the town. He died Augast 19, 1874. his wife having died some three and one half years sooner. Robert W. Van Stone was brought up from his cradle to the occupation so long followed by his father, but with his trade of practical miller he combines a natural aptitude for any mechanical work. He came to Albion on Christmas day, 1856, and has since been a recognized resident of the village. In Albion he was first employed in 1857 in the Albion Mills and soon after 'went for a brief time to Illinois. On March 17, 1858, Mr. Van Stone became a permanent employee in the Albion Mills, and in 1879 became the owner of one of them. By the Lee failure in 1878 he lost heavily, which considering the fact that it swept away the fruits of years of labor, was indeed a serious loss to him. From the time of the purchase in 1879 of one of the mills at public sale Mr. Van Stone has been proprietpr of the mill mentioned, and has sacceeded in establishing a large and profitable business. Naturally a busy man, he has nevertheless found time to devote to public affairs. He is an active Democrat and for four years was trustee of the village of Albion. On May 1, 1862, Robert W. Van Stone married Kate E. Hodgman, of Albion, who died on April 2, 1886, leaving one child, a daughter, now the wife of A. W. Richmond.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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