Jonathan Ragan, Sr. was born 11 Apr 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia. His parents have not been identified. In about 1761, Jonathan Ragan married his first wife Ann in Augusta County, Virginia.

By about 1776, Jonathan Ragan, Sr. was living in Georgia, and during the American Revolution, he served in the Georgia Line under General Elijah Clark.

1783 Survey for Jonathan Ragan, Sr. of Wilkes County, GeorgiaJonathan Ragan, Sr. acquired substantial land holdings in Wilkes County, Georgia. On 10 Nov 1783, 200 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia were surveyed for Jonathan Ragan. The survey was executed on 15 Nov 1783 by Sanders Walker, D.S. The following year, on 27 Apr, 1784, 100 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia were surveyed for Jonathan Ragan. On 22 Apr 1784, Jonathan Ragan, Sr. was granted of 287 and one-half acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia for his Revolutionary War service. On 30 Jan 1788, he purchased an additional 287 and one-half acres of land on the Oconee River in Washington County, Georgia from Hezekiah Bussey and his wife Amey Bussey. Hezekiah Bussey received this land as a similar grant for Revolutionary War service.

On 25 Jan 1785, Jonathan Ragan witnessed a deed by Owen Lluker to William Walker for 900 acres on the Ogechee River in Wilkes County, Georgia. Also witnessing the deed were Balaam Bentley and Sanders Walker. (1)

On 19 Oct 1787, Jonathon Ragan and wife Ann made a deed to Richard Melear for 125 acres of land on Beaverdam and Kettle Creeks in Wilkes County, Georgia. Jacob Early, Justice of the Peace witnessed the deed. (2)

During 1787, Jonathan and Ann Ragan disposed of about 900 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia:

  • On 29 Oct 1787, Jonathan Ragan and wife Ann of Wilkes County made a deed to Samuel Crockett of Bedford County, Virginia for 200 acres of land on Beaverdam Creek and Little River; (3)
  • On 7 Mar 1788, Jonathon Ragan and wife Ann made a deed to Abram Hill for 700 acres of land on Long Creek according to the original grant of 1784 to said Ragan. Burwell Pope witnessed the deed. (4)

On 4 Dec 1789, Joseph Crockett conveyed 50 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia on waters of Beaverdam Creek adjacent to land of said Ragan and Samuel Crockett. Presley Rucker and Jacob Early witnessed the deed. (5)

The Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index for 1789 records John Ragan owning 425 acres in Greene County, Georgia on Highland Creek. In 1790, Jonathan Ragan was lilving in Greene County, Georgia where he signed a memorial to Governor Telfair complaining about appointments by a board of officers. (6) On 31 Oct 1791, Jonathan Ragan signed a petition to Governor Edward Telfair as a citizen of Lower Battalion in Greene County, Georgia regarding recommendations by Colonel Henry Karr for field officers. (7)

1797 67.75 acres in Hancock County
1798 300 acres in Hancock County on Town Creek
1798 80 acres in Hancock County on Town Creek
1821 4.9 acres in Oglethorpe County

The Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index for 1816 records J. Ragan holding 6.5 acres of land in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. (Source: Abbe, Mary H., Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866, Volume ZZ, Page 66, Record ID: 48550. Georgia Virtual Vault, Accessed 14 Apr 2013.) Additionally, the Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index for 1821 records J. Ragan holding 49.5 acres of land in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. (Source: Abbe, Mary H., Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866, Volume YY, Page 381, Record ID: 48489. Georgia Virtual Vault, Accessed 14 Apr 2013.)

The 1800 U.S. Federal Census of Oglethorpe County, Georgia enumerates the Jonathan Ragan household as:

Jonathan Regan, Sr. Household
Captain McElroy's District
GMD 230, Woodstock District
Oglethorpe County, Georgia
Jonathn Ragan, a: 45+
+Female, a: 45+ (Ann)
Male, a: 16-25
Male, a: 16-25
Female, a: 16-25
Male, a: 10-15
Male, a: 10-15
Male, a: 0-9
Male, a: 0-9.

Johnathan Ragan, Sr. made a Will in Wilkes County, Georgia on 6 Apr 1813. His estate was settled in Mar 1814 when the Will was filed in Wilkes County, Georgia.

 


 

1. Wilkes County, Georgia Deed Book AA 1785-1787, Page 36

2. Wilkes County, Georgia, Deed Book DD 1788-1789, Page 22

3. Wilkes County, Georgia, Deed Book EE 1788-1789, Page 34

4. Wilkes County, Georgia, Deed Book DD 1788-1789, Page 84

5. Wilkes County, Deed Book HH, Page 94

6. Telamon Cuyler Collection, Manuscript #1170, Hargrett Library, University of Georgia. Call Number: Box 40A, Folder 43; Page Number: 1; Family Number: 158. U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820, Ancestry.com.

7. Telamon Cuyler Collection, Manuscript #1170 Hargrett Library, University of Georgia; Call Number: Box 42, Folder 5; Page Number: 7; Family Number: 46. U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820, Ancestry.com.