When you watch Genealogy Roadshow or Who Do You Think You Are? on television, the participants often hope to link to someone famous like George Washington or Charlemagne. A while back, my sister Karen and I, worked together tracing the Stone line.
As you can see, our father’s great-grandfather was Lorenzo Dow Stone. From there it follows back to a colonial Governor of Maryland. You can get more of the story of William Stone on Wikipedia, but here are a few of the details. Lord Baltimore appointed him governor on August 8, 1648.
One important bill that he signed into law was in 1649, the Religious Toleration Act, which permitted liberty to all Christian denominations.
Some descendants of William Stone have their own claim to fame. Thomas Stone was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Hoskins Stone became governor of Maryland in 1794. They don’t happen to be in our line, but still are distantly related to us.
Wandering around the Internet, you’ll find mentions of the home, Poynton Manor in Charles County, Maryland and quite a bit of family history (wills, marriages, etc.)