In another amazing find from Eric Hedrick's new series of CDs, it can now be proven that the signature of Henrich Stein (aka Henry Stone) on a series of Augusta County records matches that of the immigrant Johan Henrich Stein on the oaths' lists of the passengers of the Edinburgh, 1751 (Strassburger's Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. II, pg. 540, col. 2, line 4).
It has been widely - and erroneously - posted that Henry Stone (Henrich Stein) of Augusta County (now Pendleton Co.) immigrated on the Edinburgh in 1748 as the son of Sebastian Stein. However, that Henry Stone signed with a "mark" indicating he was illiterate (Strassburger's Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. II, pg 405, col. 1, line 13). He is purported to have been the Henrich Stein whose marriage to Juliana Andre in April 1750 is recorded in Rev. Stover's records.
In any event, the Henrich Stein, immigrant on the Edinburgh voyage of 1751, who is now proven to have been the one active in many probates on the South Branch cannot have been the son of Sebastian Stein who immigrated on the Edinburgh in 1748 nor could he have been the Henrich Stein who married Juliana Andre in 1750. This will require a revamping of the pedigrees of the Stone descendants.
Notes on Henry Stone in Augusta Co. records (who always signed Henrich Stein in German) - I'm not a Stone researcher so, if you see any errors or can add to the data, let me know or post a correction/update to this thread:
ca 1755 - Henry Stone, later identified as "of the South Fork" incurred a debt in Tulpehocken which was pursued in court in Augusta County in 1791.
1760 - Stone owed Frederick Upp for the schooling of three children
1762 - Henry Stone was naturalized along with several other South Branch residents
1764 - Stone appeared on Michael Rhine's vendue
1764 - Stone appeared on Jacob Zorn's settlement
1764 - Stone was married to Catharine, the widow of Jacob Zorn, before March 21
1764 - The deed for Jacob Ruhlman's 200a from Green was delivered to Henry Stone.
1765 - Stone's signature is on the bond for Felty Goile's (aka Valentine Kile) executors
1769 - Stone's signature is on the bond for Nicholas Havenor's (aka Heavner) executor
1769 - Henry Stone is mentioned as on the committee of the Lutheran Church (southern end of now Pendleton County - Propsts?)
1772 - Stone's signature is on the bond for Jacob Ruhlman's administrator
1772 - Stone's signature appears on the bond for the promised recovery of John Reager's land
1773 - Stone's signature is on the bond for Michael Mallo's administrators
1773 - Stone's signature is on the bond for the guardian of Mary Butcher (in the Valentine Mitscorls aka Valentine Metzger aka Valentine Butcher probate)
1777 - Stone's signature is on Buzzard's appraisal
1779 - Stone appears on Caspar Eckert's sale bill
With Eric's permission, I have attached a cropping of Henrich Stein's signature from the probate packet of Valentine Mitscorls (Metzger, Butcher). You may download the photo for your own use but you must have Eric's written permission to post or otherwise publish it. You can contact Eric at email@example.com
for information about his CD series (I highly recommend it and hope that others will support his efforts to digitize the rapidly deteriorating original documents of our early South Branch ancestors).
(In another great find, Eric located an original exemplar of Valentine Metzger's signature in the probate packet of Hans aka John Colly. This is particularly wonderful since Valentine's will has been long missing from his probate packet and, to my knowledge, no other examplar has been found in the Augusta County records to date.)
You will not see the attachment with the photo of the signature on the Pendleton-L bounce or post. It can only be viewed on this post on the Pendleton Co. WV rootsweb site. If you receive this via the email bounce, click on the blue hyperlink, then go to the bottom of the post and click on the attachment to enlarge to view.