The Longhunter Uriah Stone
Another long hunter
who was on the Clinch for sometime was Uriah Stone, and the self-same person
for whom Stone River in Tennessee was named. Stone must have been somewhat
of a character for he was always getting sued for debts, or was a witness
against or for someone in such cases, and wherever he hunted he seemed
to make some sort of effort for a land claim. He probably made these land
claims in order to sell them as he did one such in Wright's Valley of the
present Tazewell County.
In a land suit in
the Superior Court of Augusta County, Virginia, in the year 1807, James
Maxwell made this statement:
"In 1772, I went
from Botetourt County where I lived to present Tazewell County to make
a settlement. I was in company with Samuel Walker. Found a tract with some
improvements, viz: the foundations of a cabin, some rails split, and some
trees deadened. That night we fell in with a party of hunters, among them
Uriah Stone, who claimed to have made the improvement and I bought it."
Ten years after settling on this tract of land James Maxwell had two of
his daughters killed by the Indians.
In the same land
suit referred to above Lawrence Murray stated:
"Thirty three years
ago I was in Wright's Valley at Uriah Stone's Cabin." This statement would
suggest that in 1774 Uriah Stone still had a cabin in Wright's Valley and
that he was probably living there.
On July 7, 1773,
in old Fincastle County, Uriah Stone, Obediah Terrell, Gasper Mansker and
Castleton Brooks were witnesses in a case of John Baker versus Humphrey
Hogan, and all these persons were Long Hunters. Again on November 3, 1773,
there was a motion by Uriah Stone in the Fincastle Court to stay the proceedings
of judgement obtained against him by Obediah Terrell.
The last mention
of Stone in the Court Records is on December 6, 1774, when Gasper Mansker
was plaintiff against Stone and Jacob Harman. Here again all three Long
Hunters, and friends of Daniel Boone.
Uriah Stone was
hunting in Tennessee in 1766 and 1767, long before he made settlement there.