My Own People--The Browns and Stones of Maryland--Thomas Stone, signer of the Declaration--Moncures, Daniels, and Conways of Virginia--Peytons and Washingtons--The Liberal Principles of my Forbears.
THE lonely corner of the world where I was born ( 17 March, 1832) is in Stafford County, Virginia, about fifteen miles from Falmouth. My parents were Walker Peyton Conway and Margaret Eleanor Daniel, married in 1829, he being then twenty-four, she twenty-two. I was their second child. The name of my birth-house, long gone to decay, was "Middleton," chosen no doubt by my mother, whose great-grandfather, Dr. Gustavus Brown, so named his American residence in Maryland, after the family homestead near Dalkeith, Scotland. This physician, Laird of Mainside, settled in Charles County, Maryland, in 1708, and by his second wife, the widow Margaret Boyd, née Fowke, of Staffordshire, had two children: Dr. Gustavus Brown, of "Rose Hill," and Margaret, who married the Hon. Thomas Stone of Maryland, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas and Margaret Stone resided near Port Tobacco, in a mansion called "Havre de Venture," and had two daughters; one of whom, Mildred, married Travers Daniel, Jr., of the Virginia Legislature, the other, Margaret, his brother, Dr. John Moncure Daniel, U.S.A., my mother's father.
The father of these brothers, Travers Daniel of "Crow's