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The Ring Family of North Arkansas

Updated March 21, 2001

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My immediate family presently resides in Sharp and Independence counties in North Arkansas. My direct ancestry can be traced eight generations to Thomas Ring Sr. of North Carolina. Beginning with me my pedigree is like this...

Rev. Michael S. Ring [1971- ] & Ann M. DuVall [1973- ]
{No children}

J.D./Jeff Jr. Ring [1934-1985] & Lula M. Blankinship [1944- ]
{Michael S. & Tammy L.}

Jefferson Davis Ring [1914- ] & Irene Staley [1918- ]
{J.D.; Infant boy; Jessie; Pete; Sharon; Geraldine}

William Thomas/"Bud" Ring [1877-1960] & Doll Easter [1889-1951]
{Coy; Woodrow; Iva Jewell; Jeff; Jasper; Jennie; Mae; Kenerd; Beatrice}

Rev. Christopher Clay Ring [1853-1937] & Cassandra Ann Ring [1854-1939].
(Jenetta, William Thomas "Bud", Cora Bell, David Newton, Joseph Baxter, Perneller Jane, James Madison, Martha Jane, Sanford Andrew V., Frank P., Samuel E., Dove Elizabeth)

James Thomas Ring [1827-1890] & Mary Elner Ring [1827-1873]
(Christopher Clay, Elizabeth A., Arminta (Amanda), Marion Columbus, Jasper N., Virginia C., Emilou Alla, George W.)

Joseph Peter (Joe) Ring [1795-1865] & Carmela Medline Unknown [????-????]
(Margaret, James Thomas, Nancey J., William R., Susan, Mary Adeline, Carmila.)

Thomas Ring Sr. [1757-1846] & Susan Fountain [????-????]
(Elizabeth, William, Dinah, Thomas Jr., Joseph Peter (Joe))

The majority of this family line has been born and raised in North Arkansas but lived at times in Arizona and California. The family is mostly buried in Ring's Cemetery and Maxville Cemetery in Sharp County Arkansas near Cave City.

Some research leads me to believe that the Ring surname originated in Denmark about 1000 AD. The name has been found in English, Irish, Dutch, and U.S. records and is very popular in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Maine, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. I'd like to find links to others with the Ring surname and make a connection to my heritage. If there are links or other information available please help.

Family Photos
  • Family Crest (9 KB)
    Wearing the helmet of the Protector, this Ring coat of arms represents valor and defense. The mantle is Celtic red representing a warrior spirit or martyrdom, with a curved shield bearing the Bend (the scarf of a knight commander) symbolizing defense or protection, and three crescents representing one who has been honored by God with a hope of greater glory.
  • Family Crest (11 KB)
    Another Ring family coat of arms.
  • Michael & Ann Ring Family Crest (33 KB)
    The Michael & Ann Ring Family Crest represents Restoration in God and is a collaboration of both old arms. Wearing the helmet of the Victor the new Angled shield is green symbolizing hope, joy and loyalty in love. The shield has a burgundy Dramatic mantle symbolizing patient victory, and is supported on the left by a lion symbolizing dauntless courage, and on the right by an eagle symbolizing nobility and strength. The shield bears a Cross Raguly in the center symbolizing difficulties encountered, with a Annulet in the upper left corner symbolizing fidelity, an Angel in the upper right corner symbolizing missionary service, an Anchor in the lower left corner symbolizing hope and spiritual steadfastness and a hand in the lower right corner symbolizing God’s new covenant with the Ring family through Jesus Christ. The Banners are orange symbolizing worthy ambition and bear above the helmet the family motto “God’s Covenant Restored” and the family name on a banner beneath the shield. In the union of Michael Ring and Ann DuVall a new covenant has been established in which God will “[shew] mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.” Deuteronomy 5:10 KJV
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