This gentleman, now a prosperous and valued citizen of Tuolumne County, was born in Montgomery County, Mis­souri, on the 4th of March, 1830. When he was quite young his parents removed southward to Washington County, Arkansas, where they followed farming. When twenty-one, Mr. Stone was united in marriage to Miss I. Fitzgerald, and the following year the young couple ‘‘crossed the Plains,’’ coming with their ox-teams via Salt Lake, arriving in Tuolumne in November, ‘52. After a short time spent in mining in ,Jamestown, he accepted a situation in a sawmill on Sullivan’s Creek, remaining so employed for two years; then purchasing the ranch now owned by Mr. Major, but selling it in 1856, to occupy his present beautiful farm, situated in the loveliest of valleys, eleven miles from Sonora. The amount of land embraced within the ranch is three hundred and twenty acres. Their children are five in number, whose names are 0. P., Thomas J., George L., Isabelle C., and Ida V.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg.  323-324.

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