A fairly detailed description of the life of John Stone was provided in the book Simon Stone Genealogy.
John Stone was born 23 July 1658 in Watertown, Massachusetts, the second child and son of Simon and Mary (Whipple) Stone[1-2]. He was raised on the Stone family homestead on Mount Auburn in Watertown, Massachusetts.
He enlisted, at the age of 17, in Captain John Whipple’s Company scouting along the Connecticut River in the spring of 1676, during King Philip’s War, and received 3 pounds, 8 shillings, 6 pence for this service. He was also in Captain Jonathan Poole’s Company in the spring of 1676 on garrison duty in the Connecticut River Valley towns, and received 1 pound, 11 shillings. His name also appears under Watertown soldiers, credited with 3 pounds, 3 shillings, 6 pence. [Bodge, "Soldiers in King Philip’s War," pp. 283, 260 and 376].
John Stone and his brother Simon Stone settled on land in Groton, Massachusetts that their father had obtained as an early proprietor of the town. It is likely that John Stone lived in his brother’s household until his marriage in 1698.
The records of Groton show that John Stone and Simon Stone were of the same garrison house with the Farnsworth family on 17 March 1692. Groton suffered from Indian raids during this period, since it was a frontier town, and the inhabitants lived in a state of constant alarm and vigilance. On 27 July 1694, the town was attacked by Indians and 21 persons were killed, three were seriously wounded, and thirteen were captured. In 1707, the frontier towns were so harassed by Indians that on 9 July 1707 over thirty householders of Groton, including John Stone, notified the Massachusetts General Court that they would be obliged to abandon the town unless a military guard was maintained there [Massachusetts Archives, 113.420].
John married Sarah (Nutting) Farnsworth on 7 December 1698 in Concord, Massachusetts[1,3]. She was the daughter of John and Sarah (Eggleton) Nutting of Groton, Massachusetts, and the widow of Matthias Farnsworth (1650-1693), by whom she had six children. They had two sons, both born in and recorded in the Groton town records:
* John Stone (1699-1784), married 1722 Elizabeth Farwell (1703-1762).
* James Stone (1702-1783), married 1726 Mary Farwell (1709-1804).
On 4 September 1715, John Stone and his wife Sarah of Groton, sold three and a half acres of land there to Samuel Kemp, who recorded it 26 December 1735, perhaps soon after the death of John Stone [Middlesex County Deeds, Volume 37, page 151].
No will, administration, death record, burial record or gravestone of John Stone can be found. He evidently died in about 1735, since his son John Stone was styled "junior" in a deed dated 4 April 1735 and was listed without the "junior" in another deed dated 1736.