Allen Joseph Stoner

Allen Joseph Stoner
Son of Joseph E. Stoner and A. Sophia (Beer)

b. 17 Jan 1896 Richland Co., OH
d. 15 Apr 1985 Richland Co., OH

Married: 12 Dec 1916 Richland Co., OH
(1.) Gertrude Love Miller
Daughter of: "Doc" Miller of Richland Co., OH

1. Helen Stoner (1918 - 2007)
2. Allen Joseph Stoner, Jr. (1920 - 1986)

Married: Richland Co., OH
(2.) Verna Maude Vance
b. 29 Jan 1896 Gallia Co., OH
d. 6 Oct 1956 Richland Co., OH
(No Children together; one daughter from previous marriage)

Married: Richland Co., OH
(3.) Elsie _____
d. Apr 1995, Canada
(No Children)

Gertrude (Miller) StonerAllen Stoner married Gertrude L. Miller, daughter of the prominent "Doc" Miller of Mansfield, Ohio. They had two children, where afterwards, Allen abandoned the family and paid only a couple of month's support and alimony. He spent 2 weeks in jail for this; when the judge kicked him out and told him to get a job and pay. Gertrude's father supported the family afterwards.

Allen married next Verna Maude Vance. They had no children together, although Verna had a daughter from a prior marriage. Verna died suddenly in October 1956.

Allen then married for a third time. His new wife was Elsie ____ . He and Elsie spent the rest of Allen's life together. During this time, Allen and Gertrude's son, Allen Joseph Stoner, Jr. had a family with three children, which he abandoned then moved to Roanoke, VA where he (Allen Jr.) married again (without divorcing his first wife) to have another family with three more children. These two families were totally unaware of each other. However, Allen Sr. and Elsie knew about both families. They would travel visiting each family, staying for a few weeks to a few months at each home. He and Elsie also spent time in a cabin in Canada they owned. As one of Allen Sr.'s granddaughter's, Pamela Ann (Stoner) Seeley recalls, Allen and Elsie would come to visit, and unpack the car. Elsie would then immediately start looking through the papers for a temp job as a secretary. They would stay with Pam's family for up to three months at a time, then move on.

Later on, Allen and Elsie would spend a lot of time traveling about Europe. During this time, they wrote a book, "Vacation Daze". "It reads like a bunch of travel brochures," states Allen Sr.'s granddaughter, Pamela Seeley. Pam also remebers Allen as "narcissistic".

Allen also ran the Stoner Insurance Agency in Mansfield, Ohio where his (relation) Iris worked as a secretary.

Allen had a paranoid outlook at many things. He would carry bottled water around with him everywhere in his car, because he believed that the fluoridation of the water supply was a Communist plot to poison the water. As his great-grandson, Nick Stoner recalls, on one visit to their home, Allen went through all the cabinets while Nick's mother was at work, and broke all the handles off all the aluminum pots and pans so they were not useable. He did this because he believed that cooking in aluminum poisoned you. Allen was health-consious to the extreme.

Nearing the end of his life, Allen became extremely paranoid towards Elsie, and accused her of poisoning his food to kill him and trying to steal his gold. Allen died in April 1985 of a heart-attack. No poisons.

Unfortunately, there aren't many good memories from those who knew Allen. When we went to interview Elsie, she had died of old age. It does appear the she and Allen loved each other and took care of each other.

Daughter of Allen and Gertrude:

Helen Stoner
b. 12 Jan 1918 Richland Co., OH
d. 04 March 2007Wooster, Richland Co., OH
Married: 26 Aug 1939, Richland Co., OH
(1.) Elwood D. Long
b. 20 Dec 1906, Richland Co., OH
d. 27 Mar 1976 Richland Co., OH
Son of:

1. Charles E. Long b. Oct. 27,1941
2. Ruth N. Long b. April 18,1945
3. Ellen K. Long b. Oct 21, 1955

Married: 17 July 1977 Richland Co., OH
(2.) Walter Blevins
Son of:
No Children

Helen recalls: At the age of 16 or 17, she was out on a date and they got in a car wreck (the boy driving was drunk). She was taken to the hospital and was unconscious for a week and needed a blood transfusion. Neither Allen's nor Gertrude's blood matched, so they called Allen's brother, Delbert Stoner. His blood was a match, and he gave a pint. The next afternoon, she came to. To this day, she credits Uncle Delbert with saving her life.


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