Scope and Content
Title: Tone (John Henley) Family Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1900-1995
Collection number: Ms34
Extent: 6 linear ft.
San Joaquin County Museum.
Collection is open for research by appointment only.
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary
[Identification of item], Tone (John Henley) Family Collection, Ms34, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.
Benjamin, Theodosia (1905- )
Gibbons, Alice Tone (1906- )
Tone, John Henley (1826-1902)
Kerr, Mary Tone (1912-1940)
Tone, Margaret Donnolly (1907- )
Waterloo Cooperative Club (Waterloo, Calif.)
Linden Irrigation District (Calif.)
Programs - California - Stockton
Business records - California - Waterloo
Ranchers - California - Waterloo
Printed ephemera - California - San Joaquin County
Real estate development - California - San Joaquin County
Catholic Church - California - San Joaquin County
Church schools - California - Stockton
Waterloo (Calif.) - History - Sources
Waterloo (Calif.) - Social conditions
John Henley Tone (1826-1902) was one of the earliest settlers of San Joaquin County (Calif.).
He came overland to California (1849) and within a year had settled on the farm site still occupied
by his descendants. Tone farmed wheat, barley and livestock. In 1855 Tone married Alice Walsh (1838-1924) who bore him eight
children, of whom seven survived into the twentieth century. The six Tone daughters became Mrs. John T. [Mary] Doyle, Mrs.
S.M. [Margaret] Storer of San Pedro, Mrs. F.B. [Catherine]Cluff of New York, Mrs. R.J. [Ella] Benjamin, Mrs. H.J. [Anna] Condit
of Stanislaus County (Calif.) and Miss Alice Tone. John Nicholas Tone (1866- ) was the sole male offspring.
John N. Tone, who inherited the family lands, married (1904) Grace Talbot (1873- ). They had six children: Margaret, Alice,
John, Mary, Richard and Theodore. Their son, John Harold Tone (1909- ) and his wife Marjory, presently raise Arabian horses
on the Jack Tone Ranch.
Alice Tone Gibbons (1906- ), second child of John N. and Grace Talbot Tone, was a long-time amateur historian who published
articles on various San Joaquin County topics in the local press. Her most important work was My Pioneer Grandfather, John
Henley Tone (1974).
Mary Gene Tone Kerr (1912-1940), fourth child of John Nicholas Tone, was a nurse living in San Francisco. She is represented
in this collection by a childhood scrapbook.
Theodosia Benjamin (1905- ), a daughter of R.J. and Ella Tone Benjamin, graduated from St. Agnes College High School, Stockton
(1923), then studied art at the University of California, later supporting herself as a secretary in the County Counsel's
office for twenty-three years, while painting and writing poetry. Her art work, chiefly representing local scenes, has been
exhibited at several venues in San Joaquin County. Her puppet play, "The Gingersnap House," was performed in Sacramento (1971).
She belonged to the American Association of University Women, the Stockton Pen Women, the Stockton Art League, the Sierra
Club and the Women's Auxiliary of the San Joaquin Pioneers Society.
Margaret Donnolly Tone (1907- ), graduated from St. Agnes College High School (1925). She was the wife of Richard Tone, a
son of John N. Tone. Her brother, William Donnolly, apparently attended the same school between 1924 and 1930. Donnolly's
wife's name was Mary. His father, also William Donnolly, acquired land in San Joaquin County in 1910.
Scope and Content
Alice Tone Gibbons' papers consist of her published writings. The Theodosia Benjamin papers consist of theater programs, business
papers and school books relating to the Benjamin family and the transcript of an interview with Theodosia Benjamin by retired
University of the Pacific faculty, Jerry Briscoe (1995). The Tone/Donnolly Family papers consist of biographical materials
on John Henley Tone and his descendants; Tone and Donnolly Family schoolwork, scrapbooks, correspondence and business papers;
general materials on San Joaquin County (Calif.) and on the Catholic Church in San Joaquin County.