John Ragan, a son of Jonathan Ragan, Sr. and his wife Rebecca, was born on 8 Jul 1766 in either Amelia or Augusta County, Virginia (465, 498). At John Ragan’s birth, his father was about 22 years old; little is known about John’s mother. John Ragan was one of 10 children born to Jonathan and Rebecca Ragan. Before 15 Sep 1778, the Jonathan Ragan, Sr. family migrated to Wilkes County, Georgia (608).

During the Revolutionary War, John Ragan served with the rank of Private in the Georgia Continental Line under Elijah Clark (499). Following the war, he settled in Wilkes County, Georgia. On 2 Feb 1784, John Ragan was issued a warrant to survey land in Georgia as a bounty grant for his Revolutionary War service (194, 501).

On 25 Jan 1785, John Ragan witnessed a deed made in Wilkes County, Georgia by Owen Fluker to convey land to William Walker (172). On 1 Apr 1789, John surveyed a plat of 425 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia (456). The survey responded to a warrant issued on 1 Oct 1788. John Ragan also signed the plat as District Surveyor. The survey plat indicates that the land was adjacent to other land held by a Ragan family member.

On 21 Dec 1789, John Ragan and Susannah Faucette Battle married in Greene County, Georgia (31, 436). At their marriage, John Ragan was 23 years old, and Susannah Battle was age 15 years. Born in Virginia, Susannah Faucette Battle was a daughter of Jesse Battle and Susanna (Faucette) Battle.

On 12 Mar 1792, twin children were born to John and Susannah Ragan (879). Apparently, these first two children died young.

On 10 Jun 1791, John Ragan was appointed to the rank of Captain in Alexander’s Battalion of the Wilkes County Militia (500). A son, Simon Ragan, was born to John and Susannah Ragan on 15 Jul 1792.

On 31 Oct 1792, John Grayham of Wilkes County, Georgia made a deed to John Ragan of Greene County, Georgia for 287 and 1/2 acres of land in Greene County on the waters of Island Creek, bounded on the east by Jones land; on the south by Gouldsborough; and on the west and north by land held by John Ragan (601). John Ragan paid £50. R. Worsham, Justice of the Peace, and A. Comer witnessed the deed. The deed was recorded on 14 Jan 1794.

On 13 Dec 1792, John Ragan was appointed Justice of the Peace in Greene County, Georgia (26). On 22 Mar 1794 and again on 26 Nov 1795, he was appointed as a surveyor in Hancock County, Georgia (878).

A daughter, Serene Ragan, was born to John and Susannah Ragan in Hancock County, Georgia on 30 Oct 1794 (373), and a son, Elam Sharron Ragan was born in Hancock County on 7 Feb 1797.

During 1797, John Ragan was granted 67 and 3/4 acres of land in Hancock County, Georgia (507), and on 12 Apr 1799, he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Hancock County (26). A third son, Jesse Battle Ragan was born to John and Susannah Ragan in Hancock County on 4 Sep 1799.

On 7 Aug 1804, as district surveyor, John Ragan submitted a survey plat for District 1 of Baldwin County, Georgia (429). On 18 Jul 1807, again as district surveyor, John Ragan submitted a survey plat for District 11 of Wilkinson County, Georgia (430).

Between Mar 1802 and May 1812, five additional children were born to John and Susannah Ragan: John Ashburn Ragan on 4 Mar 1802, Lazarus Battle Ragan on 27 Feb 1807, Isaac Ragan on 16 Dec 1809, and Susanna Ragan on 12 Apr 1812.

Before 1818, the John Ragan family migrated to Lawrence County, Mississippi where they were enumerated by the Mississippi Territorial Census (428). On 4 Nov 1819, John Ragan created the original plat for the town of Mount Carmel in Covington County, Mississippi in Parts of Sections 22 and 23 in Township 8 North, Range 18 West, comprising 74 lots (525, 526, 527). The 1820 federal census of Lawrence County, Mississippi enumerates the household of John Ragan, age 45 years or older (145). A female between 26 and 44 years old was presumably Susannah Ragan. A male, 16–18 years old; two males, 16–26 years old; a female, 10–15 years old; and a male, 10–15 years old were also living in the household. The John Ragan family were enumerated in 1823 and 1824 by the Mississippi state census of Lawrence County (611).

On 1 Sep 1824, John Ragan acquired 80 acres of land in Section 23 in Township 8 North of Range 18 West in Covington County, Mississippi (506). This land was likely adjacent to the town of Mt. Carmel. About one year later on 1 Oct 1825, he acquired 4 additional parcels of in Township 8 North of Range 18 West:

    •    Two parcels of 79 and 90/100 acres in Section 12 (566, 570);
    •    159 and 65/100 acres in Section 13 (564); and
    •    79 and 93/100 acres in Section 22 (565).

The land in Section 22 was likely also adjacent to the town of Mt. Carmel.

John Ragan died on 30 Apr 1830 in Covington County, Mississippi (465). He was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery. The gravestone at John’s grave in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, and possibly his remains, were later moved to Mount Zion Methodist Cemetery in Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi (498).

Notes and Comments

The date of John Ragan’s birth as 8 Jul 1766 is accepted as that inscribed in the family Bible of his son, Lazarus Battle Ragan, as well as on his gravestone (465, 499). But head rights on 2 Feb 1784 with a warrant to survey land in Washington County, Georgia appear inconsistent with this date of birth. If John Ragan was born on 8 Jul 1766, then on 2 Feb 1784, he was only 17 years old. On 25 Jan 1785, John Ragan witnessed a Wilkes County, Georgia deed by Owen Fluker to William Walker, and if he was born on 8 Jul 1766, John Ragan was only 18 years old when he served as a witness. To have been 21 years old on 8 Jul 1766, John Ragan would have been born before 26 Jan 1764.

Mt. Carmel, established by John Ragan, was located at 31° 34′ 48.7812″ N latitude, 89° 53´ 4.02″ W longitude.

John Ragan is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, now in Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi. At his death , Mt. Zion Cemetery was in Covington County, Mississippi, which was dissolved by 4 Jun 1906. Mt. Zion Cemetery is located at 31° 37′ 53.0″ N latitude, 89° 47′ 35.9″ W longitude (31.63140, -89.79330).

The creation of new counties and changes in county boundaries, rather than migration, may account for the residence of John Ragan in different Georgia counties. Relevant county histories includes:
    •    Wilkes County, Georgia was created on 7 Feb 1777 as one of the original Georgia counties;
    •    On 25 Feb 1784, Washington County was created from parts of Wilkes and non-county area;
    •    Greene County, Georgia was created on 3 Feb 1786 from parts of Wilkes County and Washington County, Georgia;
    •    Hancock County, Georgia was created on 17 Dec 1793 from Greene County and Washington County, Georgia; and
    •    Baldwin and Wilkinson Counties were created on 11 May 1803 from non-county area.

As District Surveyor, John Ragan created plats for District 1 of Baldwin County on 7 Aug 1804 and for District 11 of Wilkinson County on 18 Jul 1807.

At the 1820 federal census, Susanna Ragan was about eight years old. Apparently, the census taker failed to record her. In addition to John Ragan, males enumerated by the 1820 census were likely John Ashburn Ragan, Jesse Battle Ragan, Lazarus Battle Ragan, and Isaac Ragan. The female 10 to 16 years old was likely Rebecca Ragan.

The gravestone identifying the grave of John Ragan in Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery may have been moved from John Ragan’s grave in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

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