J.H. Stone

J.H. Stone is a prominent planter, whose post office address is Tremont, Itawamba county, Miss. He is the owner of two thousand acres of land, and has a fine gristmill and one of the largest steam cotton gins in the county, located at Tremont, about ten miles east of Fulton. His is one of several families of Stones living in the neighborhood. He is the son of D.J. and Parmelia A. (Bethany) Stone, both natives of Alabama, and he was born in that state in 1834. He removed with his parents to Mississippi, when young, and was reared to an agricultural life, and also given fair educational advantages. As his father had done before him, he chose the career of a planter,in wich he has been quite successful. He was married in 1859 to Florence, a daughter of John and Eliza Cowden, and a native of Alabama, where she was born in 1842. Mr. and Mrs. Stone have had eleven children, of whom ten are living: Mary O., Josephine L., Julia M., Orville T., Walter D., Lucien Q., John H., William G., Galusha C., and Florence E. In May 1862, Mr. Stone enlisted in Col. Gordon's regiment and served with it during the war, receiving his discharge at Columbus, Miss. Active in local and state politics, he is a stanch democrat and has twice been elected by his party to the office of sheriff of Itawamba County. Except during the time when he was in the war, he has been postmaster since 1859 at Tremont, where he lives, and still holds that office. He is a master and Royal Arch Mason, andhe and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is everywhere recognized as a liberal contributor to churches and schools, and other laudable enterprises, having for their object the benefit of the community in which he lives. Dr. D.A. Stone, a brother of our subject, was born in Alabama in 1820 and married Jennie E. Ward, a native of Alabama, and who has one child named Casta B. He has long been a member of the Methodist Epsicopal church and has been a practicing physician in this neighborhood. G.P. Stone, another brother, is a planter living in his near vicinity. He was born in 1836 and married Elizabeth A., a daughter of Rev. S. Mayfield, of this state. He was a soldier in the Confederate army for a short time during the late war. He is the owner of about ten hundred acres of land. It is a source of much gratification to Mr. Stone that his brothers here mentioned are good democrats and good citizens.

Abstracted from an 1891 edition of Goodspeed's History of Mississippi 


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