Martin Stone (1854-1905) and Hannah Hart Long (1856-1925)
Martin, born to Abraham Stoen (sic) Stone, fisherman and Caroline Reed on November 8th 1854 recorded at Old Bonaventure on April 7th 1855, by B Smith, a layman
Source: St Paul’s Anglican Baptisms 1854
About 1870, Martin Stone’s Father, Abraham Stone relocated his family from Old Bonaventure to Upper Rocky Brook on the north side of Smith Sound. It is likely that they were attracted to the area because of the availability of lumber for boat building. In 1870, Abraham Stone was 42 years old and Martin, Abraham’s oldest child was 16 years old. It is important to note here that the descendants of Henry Stone and Mary Hogarth have been living in Old Bonaventure for 75 years.
On November 14, 1878, Abraham Stone of Upper Rocky Brook, Smith Sound married Hannah Hart Long of Salmon Cove.
About 1890, Martin Stone, relocated his family from Upper Rocky Brook to Skimmer’s Cove, which was located about 5 nautical miles across Smith Sound on the North side of Random Island. Skimmer’s Cove would later be renamed Lower Lance Cove. Martin was 36 years old in 1890. At the time, Martin’s family included his wife Hannah and their 7 children.
McAlpine’s 1894-97 Directory for Skimmer Cove included 13 families, 12 fisherman and a mail carrier. One of the fishing families included Martin Stone, his wife Hannah and 10 children. Three of the children died between 1895 and 1897.
Martin Stone and Hannah Hart Long had 10 children;
Caroline Stone was born in Upper Rocky Brook (White Rock) on September 7, 1879. Caroline died of tuberculosis at Dildo on June 4, 1897.
Obed John Stone was born in Upper Rocky Brook (White Rock) on December 10, 1880. John married Lillian “Lilly Kate” Parrott about 1905. Obed John died at Lower Lance Cove in 1950.
William “George” Stone was born in Upper Rocky Brook on August 8, 1882. He married Susannah Bailey at Old Bonaventure on May 18, 1907.
Ella Stone was born in in Upper Rocky Brook (White Rock) on February 12, 1884. She married Samual Burridge.
Walter Stone was born in Upper Rocky Brook (White Rock) on October 27, 1885. Walter married Elizabeth Pitcher.
Mark Long Stone was born in Upper Rocky Brook (White Rock) on September 3, 1887. Mark first married Ethel Verge and later married Alvina Hollett in 1934.
Theodosia Stone was born in Upper Rocky Brook (White Rock) on September 10, 1889. Theodosia died of Scarlet Fever, at the age of 6 years, at Lower Lance Cove on January 11, 1896.
Sarah Louisa Stone was born in Lower Lance Cove on July 29, 1891. Sarah married Charles Laite of Petley (Upper Lance Cove). Sarah died in 1959 at Petley.
Francis M. Stone was born in Lower Lance Cove on October 15, 1893. Francis “Frank” married Florence May “Floss” Pitcher of Old Bonaventure on December 17, 1922. Frank died in Clarenville, NL on October 20, 1986.
Gilbert Stone was born in Lower Lance Cove on December 20, 1895. Gilbert died December 20, 1895.
Martin Stone and Hannah Hart Long raised 7 children at Lower Lance Cove. The family built schooners and fished Smith Sound. Most of their children married and lived at Lower Lance Cove.