Jonathan Ragan, Sr. was likely born in Amelia County, Virginia before 23 Dec 1743 (103, 586). His parents have not been identified. He married Rebecca before 22 Dec 1761, possibly in Augusta County, Virginia (103, 465).

By the American Revolution in 1776, 10 children were born to Jonathan Ragan and his wife: Polly Ragan and Nathaniel Ragan in about 1762 (582), John on 8 Jul 1766 (465), Ann Nancy Ragan in 1768, Rebecca in 1771, Abigail in 1772, Winifred in 1773, Elizabeth in 1774, Jonathan Ragan, Jr. before 1775, and Asa in 1776 (103). All 10 children were likely born in Virginia or in Wilkes County, Georgia.

During the American Revolutionary War, Jonathan Ragan served in the Georgia Line under Colonel Elijah Clark (455). He was paid 2 £ 10 for his service during the period 15 Sep – 15 Oct 1778 (608). Presumably, the Jonathan Ragan family migrated to Georgia before Sep 1778.

Certificate of Revolution War Service by General Elijah Clark, 2 Feb 1784 (455)

Certificate of Revolutionar War Service, 2 Feb 1784 (455)

Jonathan Ragan was living in Wilkes County, Georgia by 1 Nov 1782, when along with John Autrey and Jacob Autrey he was appointed to appraise the Wilkes County Estate of Edward Hammett, deceased (533). William Hammett served as administrator. In Wilkes County, on 28 Feb 1783, Micajah Williamson, George Lumcans, Jonathan Ragan, and George Bagby were appointed as appraisers of the Estate of George Ozburn, deceased (173, 240). Danial and Susannah Coleman served as administrators. In Wilkes County, Georgia Court, on 10 Feb 1784, as appraisers, Jonathan Ragan, John Fling, and Walton Harris submitted an Inventory of the Estate of John Morgan, deceased (883).

Jonathan Ragan, Sr. acquired substantial land holdings in Wilkes County, Georgia. On 10 Nov 1783, he was issued a warrant to survey 200 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia (212, 508), and on 15 Nov 1783, the District Surveyor, Sanders Walker, completed the survey of a 200 acre plat on Beaverdam Creek (511, 535). At Savannah on 2 Feb 1784, Colonel Elijah Clarke certified Revolutionary War service by Jonathan Ragan entitling him to a 250 acre land grant, free from taxes for 10 years (455); Jonathan Ragan, Sr. was granted 287 and 1/2 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia. On 20 Mar 1784, Jonathan Ragan, Sr. was issued a warrant to survey 700 acres in Wilkes County, Georgia (510). The survey was signed on 25 Mar 1784 by Sanders Walker, District Surveyor (509). On 27 Apr 1784, an additional 100 acres of land on Beaverdam Creek in Wilkes County, Georgia were surveyed for Jonathan Ragan (536). The survey was executed on 7 Jul 1784 by Peter Smith, Assistant Surveyor.

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 (503). Balaam Bentley and Sanders Walker also witnessed this deed.

Before 19 Oct 1787, Jonathan Ragan’s first wife, Rebecca, died.  He then married Ann (502), whose given name begins appearing on deeds for land transactions in Wilkes County by 19 Oct 1787. A son David Ragan was born to Jonathan and Ann Ragan in about 1787.

On 29 Oct 1787, Jonathan Ragan and wife Ann made a deed to Richard Melear for 125 acres of land on Beaverdam and Kettle Creeks in Wilkes County, Georgia (504). Jacob Early, Justice of the Peace witnessed the deed. Also 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 the Little River in Wilkes County, Georgia (505).

On 30 Jan 1788, Jonathan Ragan of Wilkes County, Georgia purchased an additional 287 and 1/2 acres of land on the Oconee River in Washington County, Georgia from Hezekiah Bussey and his wife Amey Bussey for £110 lawful money of Georgia (600). Hezekiah Bussey received this land as a grant for Revolutionary War service. Lott Warren, Mark Cook, and Thomas Busey witnessed the deed. The deed was recorded on 21 Feb 1788.

On 7 Mar 1788, Jonathan Ragan and wife Ann conveyed 700 acres of land on Long Creek in Wilkes County, Georgia to Abram Hill (258). Burwell Pope witnessed the deed. Presumably this was the same 700 acres surveyed for Jonathan Ragan on 25 Mar 1784 (509).

On 31 Oct 1791, Jonathan Ragan signed a Petition to Governor Edward Telfair complaining about appointments by a board of officers (884).

At the 1800 federal census of Oglethorpe County, Georgia, Jonathan Ragan, Sr. and his wife Ann were age 45 years or older (589). Two males and a female living in the household were 16 to 25 years old; two males were 10 to 15 years old, and two males were less than 10 years old.

On 6 Apr 1813, Jonathan Ragan made a will in Wilkes County, Georgia (264). Jonathan’s will does not name his wife Ann; presumably she died before 6 Apr 1813. Jonathan Ragan, Sr. died in Oglethorpe County, Georgia before his will was filed during Mar 1814 in Wilkes County, Georgia.

Notes and Comments

Two sources document the the date of Jonathan Ragan, Sr.’s birth as 11 Apr 1744: Mrs. Howard H. McCall in Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia (103) and the genealogy notebook of Amelia E. Cutliff (586). These sources may be based on related primary information.

The inscription on Nathaniel Ragan’s headstone states that he died on 21 Sep 1831, in the 69th year of his age (582). Assuming that he died within his 69th year, then Nathaniel Ragan was born between 21 Sep 1761 and 21 Sep 1762, and Jonathan Ragan, Sr. likely married before 22 Dec 1761. If Jonathan was at least 18 years old when he married, then he was born before 23 Dec 1743.

A Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia prepared by Mrs. Howard H. McCall states that Jonathan Ragan was born in Nottoway County, Virginia on 11 Apr 1744. Nottoway County, Virginia was created on 1 May 1789. In 1744, that area of Virginia was within Amelia County, Virginia.

Jonathan Ragan, Sr.’s first wife may have been named Rebecca, and they may have married in about 1761 in Augusta County, Virginia. In 1761, Augusta County, Virginia included most of present-day Virginia south of the Northern Neck and east of the Appalachian Mountains as well as all of the present-day states of West Virginia and Kentucky. Stating that Jonathan was born in Augusta County does little to identify a location.

The Will of Jonathan Ragan made in Ogelthorpe County, Georgia on 6 Apr 1813 names children: Polley Phillips, Nathaniel Ragan, Nancy Callaway, Rebecca Callaway, Winney Callaway, Abbi Haynes, Elizabeth Lumpkin, Asa Ragan, Jonathan Ragan, David Ragan, Jehu Ragan, Marcus B. Ragan, and John Ragan.

Jonathan Ragan, Sr. may be buried in the Phillips Mill Baptist Church Cemetery in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Phillips Mill Baptist Church is located at 33° 40' 7.9” N latitude, 82° 53' 1.4" W longitude (33.669210, -82.883775) in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, USA.

Wilkes County, Georgia was created on 7 Feb 1777 from St. Paul Parish and additional unassigned land. Wilkes County was one of Georgia’s original counties.

Washington County, Georgia was created on 25 Feb 1784 from parts of Wilkes County and other non-county land. Greene County, Georgia was created on 3 Feb 1786 from parts of Washington County.

Oglethorpe County was created on 19 Dec 1793 from parts of Wilkes County, Georgia. On 25 Dec 1794, land from Greene County was added to Oglethorpe. On 16 Feb 1799, Oglethorpe County exchanged land with Greene County, and on 30 Nov 1799, the boundary between Greene and Oglethorpe Counties was redefined to accommodate private individuals.

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103. McCall, Mrs. Howard H. Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia. Georgia Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Atlanta, Georgia, 1941. Volume I, Page 144. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file)

115. Marriage, Jonathan Ragan, Sr. and Rebecca. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Source 321.000. (Database: Ancestry.com).

172. Wilkes County Georgia Small Book of Mixed Records, Wills, Administrations and Deeds — 1781–1783 Foilio 16. Davidson, Grace Gillman. Early Records of Georgia: Wilkes County. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Publisher, 1968.

194. De Lamar, Marie, and Elisabeth Rothstein (Eds.). Records of Washington County, Georgia. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 2000.

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240. Probate of the Estate of George Ozburn, Wilkes County, Georgia, 28 Feb 1783. Wilkes County Georgia Small Book of Mixed Records, Wills, Administrations and Deeds - 1781-1783, Foilio 44. Davidson, Grace Gillman. Early Records of Georgia: Wilkes County. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Publisher, 1968. Page 43.
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258. Deed by Jonathan Ragan and Wife Ann to Abram Hill. 700 acres, Wilkes County, Georgia, 7 Mar 1788. Wilkes County, Georgia, Deed Book DD 1788–1789, Page 84.

264. Will of Jonathan Ragan, Sr., Oglethorpe County, Georgia, 6 Apr 1813. Oglethorpe County, Georgia Will Book B, Page 97. (Images on file)

455. Jonathan Ragan, Certification of Revolutionary War Service. Colonel Elijah Clarke, 2 Feb 1784. (Image on file.)

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498. Gravestone, John Ragan, Mount Zion Methodist Cemetery, Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi. Find A Grave Memorial 53060516. (Image: Find A Grave. Image on file.)

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502. Sydnor, Brad. Tyler’s Quarterly 8:204–205.

503. Deed by Owen Lluker to William Walker. 900 acres, Wilkes County, Georgia, 25 Jan 1785. Wilkes County, Georgia Deed Book AA 1785-1787, Page 36.

504. Deed by Jonathan Ragan and Wife Ann to Richard Melear, 125 acres, Wilkes County, Georgia, 19 Oct 1787. Wilks County, Georgia Deed Book DD 1788-1789, Page 22.

505. Deed by Jonathan Ragan and Wife Ann to Samuel Crockett. 200 acres, Wilkes County, Georgia, 29 Oct 1787. Wilkes County, Georgia Deed Book EE 1788-1789, Page 34

508. Warrant to Survey 200 acres, Jonathan Ragan, Wilkes County, Georgia, 10 Nov 1783. Abbe, Mary H. Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866. Volume A, Page 108. R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation and the Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia. Record 47499. (Image on file.)

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510. Warrant to Survey 700 acres, Jonathan Ragan, Wilkes County, Georgia, 20 Mar 1784. Headright and Lottery Loose Plat File, Georgia Surveyor General. RG 3-3-26. Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia. Record wlks1818. (Images: Georgia Archives. Image on file.)

511. Survey Plat of 200 acres, Jonathan Ragan, Wilkes County, Georgia, 15 Nov 1783. Headright and Lottery Loose Plat File, Georgia Surveyor General, RG 3-3-26, Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia. Record wlks1818 (Images: Georgia Archives, Image on file.)

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536. Survey Plat for Jonathan Ragan, Wilkes County, Georgia, 1784, 100 acres. Abbe, Mary H., Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866. R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation and the Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia. Volume G, Page 296, Record 47649.

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586. Cutliff, Amelia E. “Amelia E. Cutliff Notebook,” Albany, Georgia. Courtesy of Margaret Truslow, Raleigh, North Carolina, 21 Jun 1987. (Print and images on file.)

589. Jonathan Ragan, Sr. Household, 1800 Georgia Territorial Census, Captain McElroy’s District, Oglethorpe County, Georgia. (Image on file.) Index: Oglethorpe County Georgia GenWeb Project.
URL: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gaogleth/Census/1800/GMD_230.htm

600. Deed by Hezekiah Busey and Amey his wife of Wilkes County, Georgia to Jonathan Ragan, Washington County, Georgia, 287 and 1/2 acres, 30 Jan 1788. Greene County, Georgia Deed Book 1, Pages 199–201. McCall, Mrs. Howard H. Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia. Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore, Marland, 1968. Page 190.

608. Jonathan Ragan, Sr., Revolutionary War Pay Records, Georgia Military Affairs, volume 1, 1775-1993. Original Papers, Georgia Department of Archives and History. (Transcription: Bob Ellis, Wilkes County, Georgia GAGenWeb Project.)
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883. Jonathan Ragan, John Fling, and Harris Appraisers, Inventory of John Morgan. Wilkes County, Georgia, 10 Feb 1874. Wilkes County Georgia Small Book of Mixed Records, Wills, Administrations and Deeds - 1781-1783. Davidson, Grace Gillman. Early Records of Georgia: Wilkes County. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Publisher, 1968. Foilio 15, Page 43.
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884. Petition to Governor Edward Telfair by Greene County, Georgia Citizens. Telamon Cuyler Collection, Hargrett Library, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. Manuscript 1170, Box 40A, Folder 43, Page Number 1, Family Number 158. (Database: Ancestry.com)