Re: William Wynne and Frances Reeds' son, Thomas
Thank you, yes, I'm familiar with the estate of William Stone, settled 1761 in Lunenburg. I haven't been able to ascertain William Stone's relationship to John Stone or Richard Stone from the wording in the estate settlement. Here is what I have for William Stone:
1748 Lunenburg Tithe List recorded the household of John Winn with a white male William Stone, age 16+, living in Winn's household. Please note that Landon Bell's book, Sunlight on the Southside, listed this household incorrectly --- as John Winn living in the household of William Stone. I looked at the microfilm of the tithe list myself and it is quite clear from the original list that it was John Winn's household with John Winn paying tithe for William Stone and two enslaved persons, Dick and Dinah. I don't like to speculate, but it seems likely that William Stone was an overseer or an apprentice for John Winn. This William Stone may have been an elder brother of John and Richard Stone rather than their father. There is no clear proof as to the exact relationship, so I believe Canabiss simply made an inference that William Stone was their father.
1749 Lunenburg Tithe List lists John Wynne's household with John Stone, age 16+, and two enslaved persons, Dick & Dinah. Subsequent tithe lists in 1750, 1751, and 1752 all list the household of John Winn (spelled variously as Winn & Wynn) and always with a John Stone, age 16+, and two enslaved persons, Dick and Dinah. So we see Stone family members moving in and out of John Winn's household over a number of years. In 1753, John Stone is listed with his own household, next door to John Winn; and in addition, there was clearly a marriage between John Winn and John Stone's daughter, Ann, by 1755.
I wish I could say we knew William Stone was the father of John Stone, but in my opinion, we just don't know this for a fact.