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Samuel Stone (July 18, 1602 – 20 July 1663) was a Puritan minister.
Stone was born in the town Hertford, in the county of Hertfordshire, England. In 1620, he left Hertford to study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, from where he graduated in 1624. He was ordained on July 8, 1626 at Peterborough and a year later became curate at Stisted, Essex. In 1633, Samuel Stone and Thomas Hooker sailed across the Atlantic on a ship named the Griffin. They arrived in Boston on the 4th of September of the same year, and a few weeks later, Samuel Stone became a Teacher of the Cambridge Church under Hooker, who was the preacher. In 1644, he became a Freeman....[clarification needed]
In 1636, Stone and Hooker led their congregation from New Towne (now Cambridge, Massachusetts) and established a new colony at House of Hope (a Dutch fort and trading post), making peace with the local Indians and renaming the town they called Saukiog as Hartford, after Stone's birthplace - they thus became the town's founding fathers.
Stone was twice married. By his second wife, Elizabeth Allyn, whom he espoused in 1641, he had four (4?) surviving children—a son Samuel and four daughters, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Mary and Sarah. Stone published “A Congregational Church, a Catholike Visible Church” London 1642, 4to, in answer to Samuel Hudson’s Visible Catholick Church (1645, 4to) and left two works in manuscript: a catechism and a confutation of the Antinomians. (Winthrop’s History of New England, ed 1853, i 108,109,115,142,235; Mather’s Magnalia, ed 1853 i 434-8; Walker’s first church in Hartford, passim; Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, v. 703).
Samuel Stone, grantee, bought land in district 376, 379, and 380 in February 1639, from John Stone, Mr. Wylilys, and Thomas Hooker. He sold land that same month in district 45, 330 (grantee not listed) and to John Marsh in District 376. On 6 May 1663 he sold land in district 122 (grantee not listed). June 1673 he sold land to George Gardner in district 358, and same month vol 1 pg 31, buyer not listed. January 9, 1681 Samuel Stone is grantor in dist. 527; May 26, 1683 in dist. 308 and Aug 31 1683 dist. 570—his last sale. In 1699 vol. 1 pg 197 is records grantor Samuel Stone, Est to John Roberts and Caleb Stanley.
There is a statue of Samuel Stone in the centre of Hertford, Hertfordshire.
- "Stone, Samuel (STN620S)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
- See Calvin's Institutes for the distinctions between these two functions in Reformed thinking and practice.
- Council, Hertford Town. "Statue - Samuel Stone - Go Hertford".
(Winthrop’s History of New England, ed 1853, i 108,109,115,142,235; Mather’s Magnalia, ed 1853 i 434-8; Walker’s first church in Hartford, passim; Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography, v. 703).