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Thomas Archibald Stone

Thomas Archibald Stone[1, 2, 3]

Male 1900 - 1965  (64 years)

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  • Name Thomas Archibald Stone  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Born 12 Dec 1900  Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1927  Washington D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Third Secretary of the Canadian Embassy 
    Occupation 1938  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Second Secretary of the Canadian Embassy 
    Attending 7 Mar 1955  [10
    the world hockey match in Krefeld, Germany 
    School Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    C.C.I. High School 
    School Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    L'Cole des Science Polititiques. 
    School University of Toronoto. 
    Occupation Assistant to Harry Wingate, President, International Nickel 
    Occupation Canadian Ambassador to Mexico and Sweeden  [2
    Occupation Canadian Diplomat 
    FindAGrave URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86714887 
    FindAGrave ID 86714887 
    FamilySearch ID LZYQ-KJP 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LZYQ-KJP 
    Died 26 Jul 1965  Recloses, Departement de Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried St. Matthew's Episcopal Churchyard, Bedford, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Person ID I130  Main
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2021 

    Father Spencer Stone, "Pen",   b. 24 Jul 1869, Chatham, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1939, Water Crest Lane, Cedar Springs, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Flora Maud Campbell,   b. 14 Jan 1872, Chatham, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1969, St. Catharines, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Family ID F38  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ellen Cox Ewing,   b. 30 Oct 1907, Yonkers, Westchester, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1931, Yonkers, Westchester, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years) 
    Married 4 Aug 1930  Sorrento, Hancock, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Children 
     1. Ellen E. Stone,   b. 17 Jun 1931, Yonkers, Westchester, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1931, Yonkers, Westchester, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Documents
    Thomas Stone - Emily Cox Ewing wedding details
    Thomas Stone - Emily Cox Ewing wedding details
    Evening Star - Washington, District of Columbia
    05 Aug 1930, Tue, Page 18. Stone-Ewing Wedding in Maine Yesterday of General Interest.

    An international wedding of more than usual interest to official, diplomatic and old residential Washington took place yesterday at Sorrento, Me.. when Miss Ellen Cox Ewing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ewing, became the bride of Mr. Thomas Archibald Stone, second secretary of the Canadian legation and son of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Stone of Chatham. Ontario, Canada. Few weddings have had • lovelier setting, the ceremony taking , place in the picturesque little Church of the Redeemer, built 40 years ago by the bride's grandmother, Mrs. William F. Cochran. The arrangements for the wedding were charming in their simplicity and only relatives and a few close friends witnessed the ceremony. As the guests were assembling an organ recital was given by Miss. Hermoine Biggs.

    The Bishop of Washington. Right Rev. James E. Freeman, a lifelong friend of the bride's family, who officiated at the marriages of the bride's sister, Mrs. Newbold Noyes, and four of her brothers, performed the ceremony.

    The bride walked to the altar with her father who gave her in marriage. Her wedding gown was lovely, fashioned of ivory satin on graceful princess lines, the bodice designed with a bertha of rose-point lace and long, fitted sleeves. The long train was bordered with rose-point lace and orange blossoms, and her rose-point lace veil was arranged softly about her face. She carried a shower bouquet of white orchids and lilies of the valley. The lace used on the gown and the veil 1 were worn by the bride's mother and her sister. Mrs. Noyes, at their weddings. Newbold Noyes, jr., young nephew of the bride, was the train bearer.

    The third secretary of the British embassy. Mr. Michael Wright, was the best man.

    A wedding breakfast for the small company attending the ceremony, followed at Pine Pillow, the Summer home of the bride's parents. Sweet peas and gladioli were used at the house. Mrs. Ewing, the bride's mother, assisted in receiving guests, wearing a gown of peach-color lace with a hat to match. Later in the day Mr. Stone and his bride left aboard the Ortolan, the yacht of the bride's parents, on their wedding trip. They will be at home later at 1762 K street, this city. Mrs. Stone's going-away costume was a dark blue traveling suit with a hat to match.

    Among those at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Stone, parents, and Mr. Archibald Stone, brother of the bridegroom: Mr. and Mrs. Newbold Noyes. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ewing, jr.: Mr. and Mrs. William F. C. Ewing, Mr. Bayard Ewing. Mrs. Edward L. Ayers, all of New York; Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Ewing of Pleasantville, N. Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Giflord C. Ewing of New Haven. Conn : Mr. and Mrs. Percy H. Stewart of Plainfield. N. J.; Mr. and Mrs. William F. Cochran, Miss Gwendolyn G. Cochran, Miss Anne Cochran. Mr. William F. Cochran, jr.. all of Baltimore; Miss Mary Beall Ewing and Mr. Hampson Ewing, jr., of Yonkers, K. Y.

    The bride is a granddaughter of the late Gen. Thomas Ewing of Civil War fame and a great-granddaughter of Thomas Ewing, one of the foremost lawyers of Ohio, who was Secretary of the Interior in President Taylor’s administration. and later Secretary of the Treasury during the administration of President William Henry Harrison. He was also Senator from Ohio for two terms. The bride's father was appointed commissioner of patents by President Wilson, and Mr. Ewing brought his family to Washington during that administration.
    Miss Ellen Cox Ewing - Wedding announcement
    Miss Ellen Cox Ewing - Wedding announcement
    A Summer Bride. Mrs. Thomas Archibald Stone, the former Miss Ellen Cox Ewing, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Ewing of New York and Washington, whose recent marriage to the second secretary of the Canadian legation here took place at the Summer home of her parents, Pine Pillow, Sorrento, Me.
    Engagement of Ellen Cox Ewing
    Engagement of Ellen Cox Ewing
    Evening Star (Washington, District of Columbia) 4 May 1930, Sun, Page 48 - Miss Ellen Cox Ewing. Daughter of Mr. Thomas Ewing, former commissioner of patents, and Mrs. Ewing who last week announced her engagement to Mr. Thomas Archibald Stone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Stone of Chatham, Ontario, Canada, second secretary of the Canadian legation in Washington. The wedding will take place at Sorrento, Me., during the Summer.
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alexandria Ewing,   b. 8 Oct 1897, Yonkers, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1961, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 8 Dec 1934  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Children 
    +1. Ellen Alexandra Stone,   b. 17 May 1936,   d. 17 Mar 2019  (Age 82 years)
    Photos
    Thomas and Alexandra Stone
    Thomas and Alexandra Stone
    At their "tide operated generator" on Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, SC
    Boone Hall Plantation
    Boone Hall Plantation
    Once the home of Thomas Archibald Stone and his wife Alexandra.
    Documents
    Wedding of Alexandra Ewing Noyes and Thos A. Stone
    Wedding of Alexandra Ewing Noyes and Thos A. Stone
    "Wed in Paris" - The Windsor Star
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    08 Dec 1934, Sat • Page 3
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Emily Fairfax Coolidge,   b. 13 Oct 1907, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1991, Manhattan, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 17 Nov 1962  [14
    Documents
    Stone - Woodruff marriage
    Stone - Woodruff marriage
    The Gazette, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 22 Nov 1962, Thu • Page 19

    Stone-Woodruff The marriage of Mrs. Emily Coolidge Woodruff, of New York and Bedford Village, N.Y., widow of the late Harry A. Woodruff, of New York, and daughter of Mrs. Sherman Miles, of Beverly, Mass., and of the late Harold Jefferson Coolidge, to Mr. Thomas A. Stone, of New York and Mount Pleasant, S.C., took place on Saturday, at twelve o'clock noon, in St. Matthew's Church, Bedford Village, N.Y., the Rev. John Harper officiating, assisted by Rev. Ter-rence Finlay, of N.Y. : The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Harold Jefferson Coolidge, of Washington, D.C., was attended by her daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Kunhardt, of Hamilton, Mass., as matron of honor. Mr. Newbold Noyes, Jr., acted as best man for his step-father. Mr. Stone was for many years in the Canadian Department of External Affairs and held posts in Washington, Ottawa, London, Paris, and Stockholm. His last post was ' Canadian Ambassador to The Netherlands at The Hague until 1959.
    Last Modified 18 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F86  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Third Secretary of the Canadian Embassy - 1927 - Washington D.C. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Aug 1930 - Sorrento, Hancock, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Dec 1934 - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Second Secretary of the Canadian Embassy - 1938 - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSchool - C.C.I. High School - - Chatham, Kent County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSchool - L'Cole des Science Polititiques. - - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    with pipe
    Thomas Archibald Stone - age 44
    Thomas Archibald Stone - age 44
    Yosuf Karsh collection, Library and Archives of Canada PA-197625
    Ambassador Stone
    Ambassador Stone
    Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, her husband HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with Ambassador Thomas Archibald Stone.
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Canadian Diplomat
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Thomas Archibald Stone
    Stone siblings.
    Stone siblings.
    Cir. 1907. L to R: Thomas, John, Elizabeth, and Robert Stone - Children of Flora Maude Campbell Stone and Spencer Stone.
    Thomas Archibald Stone at one year
    Thomas Archibald Stone at one year
    Thomas A. Stone - American College Scholarship, 1924
    Thomas A. Stone - American College Scholarship, 1924

    Documents
    Page 1 of 2. This letter is on exhibit in the Thomas Stone House on the Boone Hall Plantation.
    Page 1 of 2. This letter is on exhibit in the Thomas Stone House on the Boone Hall Plantation.
    Written by Flora Maude Campbell Stone while visiting her son Thomas A. Stone at "Boone Hall" in Charleston, SC.
    Page 2 of 2. This letter is on exhibit in the Thomas Stone House on the Boone Hall Plantation.
    Page 2 of 2. This letter is on exhibit in the Thomas Stone House on the Boone Hall Plantation.
    written by Flora Maude Campbell Stone
    Boone Hall Plantation
    Boone Hall Plantation
    "The Thomas Stone Years" - Plaque on the site of Boone Hall Plantation - taken in 2003 When Boone Hall was a museum.
    1911 Canadian Census - Spencer Stone household
    1911 Canadian Census - Spencer Stone household
    Boone Hall Plantation - Sold to New Yorkers
    Boone Hall Plantation - Sold to New Yorkers
    Newspaper article about the sale of Boone Hall to Thomas A. and Alexandra Stone
    Thomas A. Stone - Birth record
    Thomas A. Stone - Birth record
    Thomas A. Stone - Manifest card.
    Thomas A. Stone - Manifest card.
    From "Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954" Lists himself as "farmer" with wife "Alexandria" living in Mt. Pleasant S.C.
    Thomas A. Stone - New York Times Obituary
    Thomas A. Stone - New York Times Obituary
    Thomas Stone - United Nations Post
    Thomas Stone - United Nations Post
    Thomas A Stone
    Thomas A Stone
    Ambassador to The Hague Visits Mother, 83 in Chatham. The Windsor Star Windsor, Ontario, Canada 20 May 1958, Tue, Page 3

    Histories
    The Gentle Nudge - The Canadian Department of External Affairs and the North Atlantic Treaty, 1948-1949.
    The Gentle Nudge - The Canadian Department of External Affairs and the North Atlantic Treaty, 1948-1949.
    A paper by Michael W. Manulak submitted to Professor Roberth Bothwell. Contains many references to Thomas Stone's participation in the NATO talks.

  • Notes 
    • J. Spencer Howell notes:

      Was the Canadian ambassador to exiled governments including France, Belgium and Holland during World War II 

      After WWII he was the Canadian ambassador to Sweden, then Holland.

      His first wife Ellen Cox Ewing died within a year of their marriage, and so unfortunately did their newborn baby daughter. 

      His second wife was Alexandra "Alex" Ewing who was his first wife Ellen's older sister.  At the time of their marriage Alex was recently widowed with her 3 children Newbold Noyes, Tommy Noyes, and Archibald Noyes.

      In 1936 Thomas and his wife Alexandra purchased and restored "Boone Hall", which was originally part of a cotton plantation covering more than 1700 acres.  The original house was built in the early 1700's, by Major John Boone and is located just north of Charleston, SC on Rt. 17. The lane leading up to Boone Hall, with its magnificent Live Oak trees planted in 1743, was the model for the grounds of "Tara" from the classic movie "Gone With The Wind" (but Tara itself was not Boone Hall.) The home was also the setting for the "North and South" television miniseries.

      He was a great piano player and could play nearly any tune by ear.  He was a great speaker a loved to entertain.  A very large addition was put onto his house in Sorrento, ME for the purpose of entertaining large groups.

      A portrait of him seated with his hands folded was taken by photographer Yousuf Karsh of Ottawa. (Karsh's portraits,  some of which include Sir Winston Churchill (1941), Fidel Castro, Ingrid Bergman, Ernest Hemingway, John F. Kennedy,  and Albert Einstein, rank among the world's most celebrated black and white photographs.)

      Thomas Stone Howell b. 1 Nov 1965 was named after this Thomas.

      The following from Ellen Stone:

      As a young diplomat he spent time with Winston Churchill as they coincidentally were on the same ship going from New York to London. 

      Churchill, it is said, was reviewing the passenger list looking for a suitable backgammon player and sent an aide to summon Thomas Stone as his pick (knowing no doubt that Thomas was a Canadian diplomat.)  They apparently made a daily ritual out of playing and by the time the ship docked in London, Churchill had lost nearly 50 pounds to Thomas which he paid him.  Months later, Thomas sent a letter to Churchill asking him to autograph a photo for him, and wondering if he remembered their crossing trip.  So many months went by before a response was received that Thomas was certain he would get none.  Finally, the signed photo arrived, along with a personal note from Churchill good naturedly saying there was no possible way he could forget that young Canadian who won 50 pounds from him.  (I wonder if they knew that they were 6th cousins 2x removed!)

      After retiring from his dipolmatic role, worked for International Nickel Corp in international relations as a quasi "secretary of state", reporting to Harry Wingate, President.

      In France, he lived in a beautiful 14th century farmhouse made of stone that belonged to his wife Emily.

      He is buried in Recloses France which is about 30 miles outside of Paris.

      Charles Levi notes:

      Spencer Stone and his son Thomas Archibald Stone both served on the University College Literary Society at the University of Toronto, and hence are in my database.  [4, 15, 16]

    Attending:

    • "Thomas Stone, Canadian Ambassador to The Netherlands, fainted after watching the game and was taken away from the arena in a stretcher. (Reuters said a doctor was understood to have diagnosed Stone's collapse as caused by a heart attack."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough.

    3. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    4. [S192] J Spencer Howell - Interviews with JSHJr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (Personal interviews with Dad.).

    5. [S656] Ted Lollis, Edward Wesley (Ted) Lollis II, (9218 George Williams Road, Knoxville, TN 37922, USA Voice-mail: 865-690-8742 E-mail: GeoVis@erols.com).

    6. [S468] Darcy McKeough, W. Darcy McKeough, Chart pages included with letter to John S. Howell, Jr. dated 25 Feb, 2003.

    7. [S1125] Emily Campbell Price, Emily Campbell Price, (Manuscript. 71 pp. Extensive research. Includes maps and transcripts of letters describing family relationships. 10 original copies produced and circulated by the author in 1970. PDF copy available at jhowell.com.), p.20 "Tom Stone" also says "M.D." - which is not correct.

    8. [S679] 1901 Canadian Census, Chatham, Kent Co., Compiled by Hewitt, Doneen, ([database online] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 2000).
      Place: Chatham City
      Year: 1901
      Film: T-6475
      Div: 1
      Page: 13
      Entry: 5
      Family: 136
      Surname: Stone
      Given Name: Thomas A.
      Rel to Head: Son
      Birthdate: Dec 12
      Birthyear: 1900
      Birthplace: Ontario
      Immigration: -

    9. [S1637] Ontario Canada Births 1869-1913, (Ancestry.com. Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.), "Ontario Births, 1869-1912," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939J-6C3Q-W?cc=1784212&wc=QZ3B-G93%3A1584203503%2C1584233401%2C1584234601 : 15 January 2016), Births > 1903 > no 10763-22502 > image 1114 of 1351; cit.

    10. [S1044] Ottawa Journal, 7 Mar, 1955 - "Vs Regain World Hockey Title for Canada", by Arch MacKenzie.

    11. [S1656] Findagrave.com, Burial: Saint Matthew's Episcopal Churchyard  Bedford Westchester County New York, USA Plot: N-6.

    12. [S1555] Ewing Family History, (sandcastles.net), Marriage 4 Aug 1930 - reported 5 Aug 1930 p.18.

    13. [S1289] St. Thomas Times Journal, (St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada), 10 Dec 1934 - Married - Thomas A. Stone, son of Spencer Stone to Mrs Alexandra Ewing Noyes, daughter of Thomas Ewing.

    14. [S1713] Ott and Related Families, https://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.php?fid=381187.

    15. [S777] Ellen Stone Devine, Ellen Stone Devine, July 2003 visit at her home in ME.

    16. [S1820] Chatham Daily News, https://www.chathamdailynews.ca/news/local-news/strong-local-connection-to-charlestons-boone-hall.