My name is Steve McHone. My great grandfather's name was Ellis and the family has always told me that there were connections with Daltons in western Virginia.
My grandfather's name was Robert Jackson McHone, and was working on the Denver and Rio Grande railway. A run in with the conductor over drinking on the job (he was a fireman) cost him his job, and he moved back east.
He got a job as fireman on the Norfolk and Western and married Nancy Ferris in Carroll county VA. They subsequently moved to Keystone WV. My father was born there in 1920. His name was Roy William McHone. My father was the youngest of three boys. My uncle Bernard McHone was born in 1918, and my uncle Frank Wilson McHone was born in 1916.
In 1932, my grandfather went on disability, and the family moved to Mount Airy, NC. My father died May 31, 2002, and I am the next and only male survivor. My son, John Steven McHone graduated from Tarboro High School (Tarboro, NC) last weekend and is now the last male survivor in our branch of the family.
I have a Winchester Carbine with octagonal barrel that is handed down to each generation that was supposedly used by Ellis when he was a deputy sherriff in McDowell county WV. My father also had and I now have a rosewood handled carpenter's square of my great grandfathers that has the initials "E.M." carved on the handle.
Please post back to me any other information you have on our family, specifically more information on the Dalton connnection. I have been told jokingly that I am remotely related to the Dalton gang.