Joseph Stone, 1761 - 1833


Occupation

chairmaker; windsor chairmaker

Place of work

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

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Biography

Joseph Stone sold six Windsor chairs to Christopher Spencer in East Greenwich, Rhode Island in December, 1788.(1) Shortly thereafter, in February of 1790, he was identified as a chairmaker when he purchased land in East Greenwich from mariner John Miller.(2)

By July, 1790, Stone had commenced a business relationship with William Arnold that would last through 1795, completing minor carpentry work and cosmetic woodworking for his client.(3) Stone completed two land transactions in May, 1795, purchasing land of merchant Richard Mathewson and selling land to mariner Jeremiah Briggs.(4)

He supplied a set of 6 "Greene Chares" to Lydia Greene in 1796 or 1797.(5)

In March, 1798, he sold land to innholder Nicholas R. Gardner, identified as the land and dwelling house that Stone had purchased of John Miller.(6) He does not appear in East Greenwich town or Rhode Island state records after this date, and probably moved to Westhersfield, Genesee County, New York, where he died in 1833.(7)

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1. Nancy Goyne Evans American Windsor Chairs (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996), 256.

2. John Miller to Joseph Stone, deed, February 12, 1790. East Greenwich Deeds vol. 10, 173-174. East Greenwich Town Hall, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

3. Evans, American Windsor Chairs, 256.

4. Richard Mathewson to Joseph Stone, deed, May 20, 1795. East Greenwich Deeds vol. 10, 343-344. Joseph Stone to Jeremiah Briggs, deed, May 20, 1790. East Greenwich Deeds vol. 10, 344-345.

5. Evans, American Windsor Chairs, 256.

6. Joseph Stone to Nicholas R. Gardner, deed, March 24, 1798. East Greenwich Deeds vol. 10, 453.

7. Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889–1970 (database on-line). Provo, UT, U.S.A. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011, vol. 134. Ancestry.com. 1830 United States Federal Census (database on-line). Provo, UT, U.S.A. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.