- The family story says that the Stone’s were all Quakers until Elizabeth decided she wanted to send her sons to an Episcopal school to obtain a better education. That necessitated a change of religion!
In 1929, Elizabeth married Harry M. Gillelan. And in 1930, they lived at 41 West Main Street in Emmitsburg, Frederick Co., Maryland, in a home she owned valued at $8,000. With them lived her son Owings Stone, then clerking in a store. The census shows that they, and many others in their neighborhood, owned a radio.
Her grandchildren called her “Big Grandmother” -- not that she was particularly large, but she was bigger than their other grandmother! One of them says she was great to them. At her home, she’d sit with them and play the piano -- she knew all the Confederate songs. She’d take them up to bed, have them pee in the bed pan kept under the bed, have them pray kneeling on a stool pulled from under the bed, and then kiss them goodnight. She’d be up cooking breakfast when they awoke, things like scrapple, eggs, and toast. In fact, just about the only thing one of them recalls not liking about visiting her was the toast. A whole loaf or two of toast would be made and sitting on the breakfast table, getting cold. But the variety of marmalades were worth it. [2, 3]