Overview of Chapter Nine
Colonel Joel Stone

The colonial life of Colonel Joel Stone is a cautionary tale well suited for modern times. A quintessential American entrepreneur, Stone often put his causes, both business and political, ahead of family concerns. He supported those he cared for yet his loyalty to the crown and his pursuit of fortune led him to Britain and eventually Canada where he passed his days in the Canadian town he founded, Gananoque.


The War of 1812 was a stinging reminder of the forces that dogged Colonel Joel Stone from the time of the American Revolutionary War onwards. As a Loyalist he lost access to his Connecticut fortune and family and was captured, imprisoned and stripped of his possessions. As a businessman, he pursued riches as a merchant, privateer and mill owner.

Eventually he fled to England and later Canada, in search of entrepreneurial opportunity. He founded Gananoque, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River where he lived in exile from his homeland for the remainder of his turbulent life.