Anna Louisa Wellington Stoner was born in 1857 to Dr. Royal Wetherton Wellington and Martha Elizabeth Foster Wellington. She and her husband, Clinton Stoner, moved from Victoria County, Texas to Uvalde, Texas in the early 1880's. The family lived in Edwards County until Clinton's death in 1884. Following her husband's death, Stoner moved her three small children to the Nueces River Canyon and bought 320 acres of land. This served as the beginning of Stoner Ranch, which encompasses more than 2,000 acres today. Her mother, Martha, joined Anna at the ranch to help her raise her family. She lived and worked on the ranch until she died in 1953.
More information about Anna Louisa Wellington Stoner can be found in the Wellington-Stoner-McLean Family collection at The Texas Collection and in the following oral memoirs from the Institute for Oral History.