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.