Jesse Stone and Sarah Tappenden were longstanding natives of Kent. Jesse was born to Edward Stone and his wife Elizabeth.
Jesse was born on the 11th January 1784 in the village of Bonnington in the district of Kent. From what I understand Bonnington is and has always been a very small place built alongside marshland. Just a wee bit up the road is the town of Kennington. It is here that on the 13th October, 1802 at the age of eighteen that Jesse married another local girl from Boughton-Atulph, Sarah Tappenden. Sarah was also eighteen.
By the April of the following year (1803) they welcomed their first child, a daughter, Ann Maria Stone who would be known through her life as Annie or Anna. A year later in 1804 their first son William was born. It would appear they remained in Kennington.