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Mahriah (mother) and Henry Stone (son)

This entry was submitted by Gregory T. Hughes, Sr.: ~ In the Stone family cemetery in Lewis County, KY, there is the grave of former slave Mahriah (Mariah). [Inscription on the headstone reads "Mahriah colored slave of the Thomas Stone Sr. Family"] To my [Gregory T. Hughes, Sr.] knowledge, this is the only person of color buried in any of the 'white' cemeteries of Lewis County.

Mahriah was the mother of Henry Stone, and they were slaves. It is thought that Mahriah was owned by Eady Duncan Stone, having received Mahriah from her father Thomas Duncan of Stokes County, NC (his will was admitted to probate in Sept 1836). Eady Duncan Stone was married to Ezekiel Stone (1776-1865?). One of Eady and Ezekiel's sons was Thomas Stone, Sr. (1803-1877). 

While a slave of Ezekiel and Eady Duncan Stone, Mahriah gave birth to Henry Stone. Mahriah is listed on the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census Slave Schedules as black and Henry is listed as mulatto in the 1860 Slave Schedule. Mahriah and Henry are the only two slaves known to have been owned by Eady and Ezekiel's branch of the Stone family. Ezekiel, Eady, Mahriah, and Henry were living in Virginia until 1853 when they moved to Lewis County, KY. Mahriah remained their property until 1860 when the tax and federal census records show she was transferred to Ezekiel's son Thomas Sr.

The rumor has circulated for decades (probably much longer) that Henry was Thomas Sr.'s son. I [Gregory T. Hughes, Sr.] do not believe this to be accurate. But, I do believe that it is likely that Henry was a blood Stone descendant. Mahriah died between 1864 and 1870. Henry was still in Lewis County at the age of 19 in the 1870 census. He is listed as white in that census.

Sometime between 1870 and 1877 (the date of Thomas Sr.'s death), Henry moved to Cincinnati, OH. Thomas Sr.'s Will was probated in 1877 and Henry Stone was included in the will receiving 100 acres of land, much like Thomas Sr.'s known children. Shortly after Thomas Sr.'s death, Henry sold his 100 acres to Ralph, who was Thomas Sr.'s son. Henry died in 1892 and is buried in Union Baptist Cemetery in Cincinnati. 

According to a news article listing marriages in the community, Henry married Annie Mathers in 1882. I could not find any record of Henry having any siblings or children. ~ Gregory T. Hughes is a descendant of Ezekiel Stone and Thomas Stone, Sr.

*Additional information: According to the 1830 U.S. Census, Thomas Duncan, of Stokes County, NC, had 5 slaves, and this would have been just prior to his death around 1836. Four of the slaves were females, two under the age of 10 and two between the ages of 24-35. Mahriah would not have been one of the slaves in 1830; she is listed in the 1860 Slave Schedule as a 25 years old woman, born abt 1835 or a little earlier. Though, in 1836, Mahriah would have been a small child when Thomas Duncan's will made her the property of Eady Duncan Stone and Ezekiel Stone.

Eady Duncan was born about 1780 in South Carolina, according to the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census records. She died in Carter County, KY in 1860 [source: Ezekiel Stone at the My Family History website]. Her husband Ezekiel Stone was born around 1776 in North Carolina, and he died around 1865 in Lewis County, KY. 

As early as 1830, Eady and Ezekiel Stone had lived in various locations in Kentucky, including Carter County, Floyd County, and Lewis County, and these are the locations where most of their children were born and died. Eady and Ezekiel had at least five children: Thomas L. Stone, Sr. (1803-1877); John S. Stone (1805-1850); Elizabeth Stone (1807-1888); James Marion Stone (1811-1889); and Nancy Stone (1813-1836).

Their slave, Mariah who was born around 1836, would have been about the age of Eady and Ezekiel's grandchildren. Mahriah seems to have had only one child, Henry, and according to the 1870 U.S. Census, Henry was also born in Kentucky around 1851. He is listed in the 1860 Slave Schedule as a nine year old, under the name of Thomas Stone.

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