STONE, Thomas (d.1604), of Trevigo in St. Minver, Cornw.
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Family and Education
o.s. of John Stone of Trevigo by Jane, da. of John Callard of Callard, Devon. m. Elizabeth, da. of William Harris of Hayne, Devon, 2s. 2da. suc. fa. 1573.
Stone belonged to a minor Cornish gentry family which held several parcels of land in St. Minver, some of it from John Hender and John Trelawny. His return for East Looe was probably due to his relatives the Mohuns of Hall. In 1580 he was brought before the Privy Council for transporting grain out of Cornwall. In his latter years he was in poor health and there were rumours of his imminent death in January 1602. He must have been a man of some substance, for William Stallenge, a merchant of Plymouth, wrote to Cecil asking for the wardship of his son. When he died in July 1604, Sir George Gifford wrote to Cecil with the same object, ‘which will be a means for my delivery out of this wretched life of imprisonment’. These suitors presumably expected some immediate profit, probably from the marriage of Stone’s elder son and heir, William, as he was within five months of his 21st birthday at the time of his father’s death. Stone, who was buried 28 July 1604 in the church of St. Minver, appears to have left no will.
Vis. Cornw. (Harl. Soc. ix), 215; Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 446; Paroch. Hist. Cornw. iii. 367, 370-1; APC, xii. 266; HMC Hatfield, xii. 36; xvi. 247; C142/282/42.