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THE Stone family of Poynton Manor is one of the most widely known and at the same time one of the most distinguished colonial families of America whose members from Captain William Stone, Gent., the progenitor and Third Governor of the Province of Maryland, down to the post Civil War period were continuously in the public eye. The Stone family, however, was not distinctive of Maryland, for records show that settlers bearing the name migrated to nearly all of the Thirteen Colonies, particularly to New England where they were strongly entrenched, and to a less degree in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina. Nor were the Stones of Poynton Manor the only family in Maryland. There is proof of early Stone settlers on the Eastern Shore as well as in Calvert, Baltimore, and St. Mary's counties of the Western Shore where descendants still bearing that name are living today. The family of St. Mary's County whose younger members also settled in Charles County was of the Roman Catholic faith and therefore is not believed to be closely connected with the family propagated by Governor William Stone.

The English ancestry of the Stones of Poynton Manor fortunately is more connected and authentic than most colonial families, for experience has shown that it is extremely difficult to prove conclusively with documentary evidence the British parents of our American families.

Facts and circumstances lead to one William Stone, of Twiston, Lancashire, and we are indebted to his grandson, Thomas Stone, Merchant, of London, whose lineage for third generations was recorded in the Visitation of London. The visitation was made in the seventeenth century by an official representative of the College of Arms to examine the rights of the subjects of London to bear arms, and printed in 1883 by the Harleian Society of England from the original manuscript deposited in the British Museum.

The Stone arms as originally granted to the family of Lancashire and reproduced in this volume is described as follows "per bale or and sable a lion rampant count rechanged". The arms used by Thomas Stone, of London, in 1647, and also that of his brother Andrew show various quarterings, particularly the Brinkleton and Girdler families.

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