Mrs. Rone...A Tennessee Pioneer

Jessie Rone, Sr and H. Murphy (cousins)
Jessie Rone, Sr and H. Murphy (cousins) | Source

Inspiration for Writing About Pioneers

This article was inspired by a fellow Hubber, Ginn Navarre, and her article Pioneer Women...In The Background. I am thinking tonight of another pioneer woman whose name is not known to me. Mrs. Rone is one of my earliest ancestors and I feel sure she was born here and not an immigrant. She is nameless although there is a lot of information about her husband and all of her children.

Bedford County Court House
Bedford County Court House | Source

Cedar Creek, Tennessee

Mrs. Rone lived in Tennessee in 1810. I know this because she gave birth to her first son named Simon Rone in 1810. It is highly likely that Mrs. Rone was born in North Carolina because Tennessee was known as the Western Reserve for a long time although the settling the land was a complicated process even after Tennessee became a state in 1796.

Mrs. Rone and her husband George had a home place on Cedar Spring in what is now known as Marshall County, Tennessee. The first Methodist Meeting House was on the original Rone home place so it is easy to believe that Mrs. Rone was a good Methodist and a good christian. The Rone family later moved to Cedar Creek so it is likely that Mrs. Rone gave birth to another of my ancestors, Andrew Jackson Rone in 1833 on Cedar Creek. We know that George Rone lived on Cedar Creek in 1840 with his wife and family because they are listed in the 1840 Federal Census. Both George and Mrs Rone were listed as being between forty and fifty years old. There is no mention of George Rone ever having a second wife so the chances are highly likely that Mrs. Rone was the mother of all twelve of his children.

I find it interesting that all twelve children can be positively connected to their father, George Rone, but not one of them has been directly connected to their mother, Mrs. Rone, who gave birth to them. History is strange.



Wife of George Rone

Mrs. Rone was a wife and a mother who cared for her home and raised her children to be God-fearing, and respectable. Her children were hard working because many of their names are listed in county records from the 1830’s as working on the road building that took place in early Tennessee history. They voted, participated on juries, witnessed land sales and in general participated in the society and political structure of the day. George Rone was active in the political life of the community. And yet, nothing is mentioned of Mrs. Rone... Nothing is mentioned of her life and we do not know when she died. It is certain that Mrs. Rone was dead when George Rone passed away in 1850 because the two younger sons were left to the guardianship of their brother-in-law, David A. Hill, who married their older sister, Mahulda Rone. So some time after 1840, and before her husband George died in 1850, Mrs. Rone passed into eternity.

Tennessee Cabin

Tennessee Cabin I, Brian Stansberry [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Tennessee Cabin I, Brian Stansberry [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Mrs. Rone: Mother of 12

I would have loved to meet Mrs. Rone and know her. She must have been a busy woman with twelve children to raise. Her life was one I can only imagine. It was a hard life and certainly no conveniences such as we have today. Yet because she lived, I am here today. Mrs. Rone never knew that her younger sons would live through the Civil War and be forced to choose sides when our country came apart at the seams. She could never have imagined the world as I know it today. She most likely never thought about me, her fourth great-granddaughter, or that I would wonder about her and the life she lived.

I know it sounds unbelievable that I could be the fourth great-granddaughter of someone who lived in 1800, but most of my ancestors were late in life children other than my father in a direct line back to Mrs. Rone and George. I will always admire and wonder about the life of Mrs. Rone...Pioneer Woman of Tennessee.

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Marshall County Historical Quarterly Vol. XII Fall 1981 No III P. 91
From Genealogical Journal, Vol. 24, Number 3, 1996 TENNESSEE’S DISPUTES WITH NORTH CAROLINA By Gale Williams Bamman, CG, CGL.© 1996, 1997. All rights reserved

© 2009 Sandra Mireles

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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas Author

I am really into history. My mother's mother had ten children and my mother had nine! None of us were so brave. I have three kids but most of the others had one or two. My brother's wife had two children but they adopted two more so the family became the largest of the group. Thanks for stopping by.

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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

An interesting hub it is fascinating to read about the lives of the women who raised large families with out the aid of modern technology. My grandmother was born in 1895 and she had ten children my mother born 1919 being the eldest.

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