My RONE Family History- from North Carolina
to Mississippi


This is the story of my paternal family and their journey from North Carolina to Attala County, Mississippi. I hope other RONE's can make a connection so, together, we can solve some mysteries and break down some brickwalls.

My lineage has been traced and documented only as far as my GGG-grandmother, Elizabeth RONE, born 1799 and died 1883. Census records tell us she was born in North Carolina, and family tradition says most likely in Mecklenburg County. She is buried in Attala County, Mississippi in the Old Providence Cemetery south of the Tabernacle Community where she lived. The area around the homeplace was originally called Turkeycreek and is still called that by many who grew up there.

Elizabeth and her two sons, John Shepard and Isaac Singleton arrived in Attala County from Lancaster County, South Carolina. Elizabeth, Shepard, his wife Matilda PLYLER Rone and family arrived around 1869. Isaac and his wife, Eliza J FUNDERBURK Rone arrived after 1870 and before 1880. We know the dates because of US census records, and a notation in the John Shepard Family Bible.



Isaac Singleton Rone
John Shepard Rone
This is my paternal story, as it is known today. It is ever evolving as additional research uncovers new information.

There were RONE's living in this country as early as 1660 in Virginia. Anthony RONE arrived in 1658 and John RONE in 1677, according to Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists Index.  In 1733 Henry, Joseph and Richard RONE arrived in Georgia according to the same Index. We will go back to "Henry" later.  Early US census records mention RONE's as far north as New York during the formative years of our country. A RONE line that has been extensively researched is that of Adam RONE born in Pennsylvania in 1762, married Barbary Ann (born 1772) and migrated to Kentucky. A long line of RONE's descend from that patriarch.
My line of RONE's could have come from any of these or from undiscovered others during those early years. I began my search in North Carolina where the evidence is greatest. At least 4 RONE names appear from the same time period as my family. That of William D. RONE, born 1818 in NC; Samuel RONE, born 1813 in NC; Matthew RONE, born 1814 in NC; and Loyd RONE, born 1817 in NC. Henry RONE is also found in several NC documents of the same time period.
In addition to my Mississippi RONE's, there have been and still are today, thousands of persons throughout the United States with the name RONE.

The land of our origin is still debated among family members. There is evidence to suggest Irish, Scot-Irish, Dutch or German. The spelling of my line has not changed since 1799.
The various other spellings include, but are not limited to Roane, Roan, Rhone, Rohan, Roen, and Rhoane. The communities in which my ancestors lived had bearing on the ethnicity of the family and thus the spelling. As any genealogist knows, spellings within the  family sometimes changed over the years for any number of reasons. One must be careful not to research a given spelling at the exclusion of others. This is of particular note in census records where the enumerator often wrote names phonetically or simply misspelled names.
Clues to my family's origins and kinships may be found in the collateral names associated with the ancestral and current family. These are people who have intermarried with my family, have been business associates, or neighbors.
Among the many collateral names are PLYLER, FUNDERBURK, LANEY, RAY, DOTY, BURCHFIELD and BELK.
In the following pages I will share some genealogy, discuss the family history that is documented and ask a lot of questions (hoping someone reading this has an answer). I am anxious to hear from others researching these names . Eventually, I will make some "guesses" about how my Rone's may be connected to other Rone families- particularly those around Lancaster Co., SC and Union and Mecklenburg Counties of NC. Things that "just make sense" and hope someone can help verify the connections.


1829-1902
My great great grandfather

1822-1892
my great great grand uncle

Daddy Tom and Grandmama Mary's homeplace- as I remember it growing up. Ethel, Attlala Co., Mississippi

John Thomas RONE (1894- 1987) Grandfather
Mary Theora OLIVER Rone (1899- 1996) Grandmama