[p. 771] general farmer and dairyman, residing on the old Stoner homestead farm of 100 acres, which is situated in Slippery Rock Township, one mile west of Rose Point, was born on this farm October 16, 1879, and is a son of John Nelson and Eliza Jane (Dunn) Stoner.
The Stoners were early settlers in Slippery Rock Township, the present Stoner farm having been settled on by James Stoner the grandfather, and John Nelson Stoner was, like his son Robert, born on this place. He was scarcely through school when the Civil War was declared and he entered the Federal Army and served in an infantry regiment for nine months. After he came back from his military service he engaged in farming on the homestead, which he purchased, and continued to reside here until his death. At that time four heirs were left to claim the property, which is amicably held, and is operated by his son Robert. John Nelson Stoner married Eliza Jane Dunn, whose father came to Lawrence from Butler County. They had four children, namely: Ive, who married Robert Armstrong; Maud, who married John Wilkinson; Nellie, who married Joseph Studebaker; and Robert.
Robert Stoner attended the public schools of Slippery Rock Township and as soon as he was able, assisted his father on the farm. In the course of time he became its sole manager and continues to direct its work as formerly. Mr. Stoner raises the usual crops of this climate and he also does a large dairy business.
When Mr. Stoner was ready to establish his own home, he married Mary Jane Brenard, of Lawrence County, and they have two children, Abraham Brenard and John Nelson. Mr. Stoner and wife belong to the Presbyterian Church at Oak Grove. In political matters, Mr. Stoner is affiliated with the Republican party. He is an industrious, honest, upright man and one of the township's best citizens.
20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908
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