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Register of the Tone (John Henley) Family Collection, 1900-1995
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tone (John Henley) Family Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1995
    Collection number: Ms34
    Extent: 6 linear ft.
    Repository: San Joaquin County Museum.
    Lodi, CA 95241
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Tone (John Henley) Family Collection, Ms34, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.

    Access Points

    personal name

    Benjamin, Theodosia (1905- )
    Benjamin family
    Tone family
    Gibbons, Alice Tone (1906- )
    Tone, John Henley (1826-1902)
    Kerr, Mary Tone (1912-1940)
    Tone, Margaret Donnolly (1907- )

    corporate name

    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

    geographic name

    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.