Joseph H. Stone was born in Dickson County, Tennessee on July 4, 1830. He was born to the marriage of Hardeman Stone and Susannah Russell.
In 1854, he was licensed to preach as a Methodist Episcopal in the Swan Circuit of Tennessee. Reverend Stone was transferred to the Louisiana Conference in 1857 and served Methodist Episcopal churches throughout the state for many years.
From the minutes of the Louisiana Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South - 1900:
On January 22, 1867, Reverend Joseph H. Stone married Jennie Marian Lovelace of Sicily Island. Jennie was born on August 31, 1844 to the marriage of Gayoso Lemos Lovelace and Eleanor Ann Harding. Gayoso Lovelace was the son of Thomas Lovelace and Barbara Smith. Eleanor Harding was the daughter of Richard Harding and Charlotte Foster of Claiborne County, Mississippi.
Jennie Marian Lovelace Stone died on February 6, 1872. The location of her burial is unknown at this time.
Four years after Jennie's death, Reverend Stone married Jennie's older sister, Sarah "Sallie" E. Lovelace on December 4, 1876.
No children were born to this marriage. However, Sallie raised her sister's children as her own.
The 1880 U.S. Census shows the family living in Ward 7 of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.
Reverend Joseph H. Stone died on October 8, 1899 and Sarah "Sallie" E. Lovelace Stone died in 1894. Both are buried in the Arlington Cemetery in Homer, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. Tombstone photograph is courtesy of FindAGrave member, Mary English Wynn.
The following children were born to the marriage of Reverend Joseph H. Stone and Jennie Marian Lovelace:
Hardeman Lovelace, 1868-1940 (m. 1. Daisy Reeve; 2. Mary Ida Gladney)
William Lemos, 1869-1933 (m. Ceclia Gilliland, 1872-1950)