Recently my father-in-law, William Robert Roane III, passed away. Among his things we found an original document dated from the 1680's. It is some kind of an agreement of land sales/purchase. I contacted the church in England that it mentions. One of the witnesses is a Charles Roane and the document repeatedly mentions Robert Roane (also my husband's name). The church warden was kind enough to search the church records and found that Charles Roane moved to a nearby town and had a family including a son, Charles, who was the first to immigrate to Virginia sometime after. My husband's grandfather always told them that they were related to Roanes in Virginia, but we never knew why he believed it to be so. Perhaps this document sheds some light. We now understand that Roanes went to Virginia from England, however we do not understand how the Roanes of New York are related. The NY Roanes came from Ireland. Some time after the 1600's a branch of the family went to Ireland to live on land granted to protestants. My husband's family came here from Ireland in the late 1800's. Still, they believe there is a tie to the Virginia Roanes. The ancestor who came to NY was Sexton Crey Roane. His brother went to the midwest where another clan presently lives. Other siblings went to Canada and western NY. If you can help us make a connection or shed any insight it would be greatly appreciated.
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