Jesse Battle Ragan was born on 4 Sep 1799 likely in Hancock County, Georgia—his parents were John Ragan and Susannah Faucette (Battle) Ragan (1003). At Jesse Ragan’s birth, John Ragan was about 33 years old, and Susannah Ragan was 25.

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 (525, 527)—Jesse Battle Ragan was 20 years old.

In about 1819, Jesse Battle Ragan and Sarah King Bohannon married in Covington County, Mississippi. Sarah was a daughter of Wiley Bohannon and Ann (King) Bohannon. At their marriage, Sarah Bohannon was about 15 years old, and Jesse Ragan was about 20 years old. A daughter, Elizabeth Ann Ragan, was born to Jesse and Sarah Bohannon on 16 Feb 1819, likely at Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi (1283).

The 1820 federal census of Covington County, Mississippi enumerates the household of Jesse Ragan, age 16–25 years (616). A 16–25 year old female living in the Ragan household was presumably Sarah King (Bohannon) Ragan. Two children, a male and a female both less than 10 years old, were also living in the household. The female was likely Elizabeth Ann Ragan. The male has not been identified, and may have died young. Jesse Ragan worked as a farmer.

On 9 Mar 1822, a second daughter, Amanda Susan Ragan, was born to Sarah and Jesse Ragan, likely in either Covington or Copiah Counties of Mississippi (470).

Between 1820 and 26 Apr 1824, the Jesse B. Ragan family migrated from Covington County, Mississippi to Copiah County, Mississippi, where Jesse established a 260 acre plantation. On 26 Apr 1824, Jesse acquired land in Copiah County described as a fractional section of Township 12 North of Range 5 East and Section 6 in Township 2 North and Range 4 West of the Washington Meridian (523, 524). On 1 Oct 1825, Jesse Ragan acquired additional land in Copiah County, Mississippi described as the east 1/2 of the southeast 1/4 of Section 6 in Township 2 North of Range 4 West on the Choctaw Meridian (617).

During 1826 a son, John Curtis Ragan was born to Sarah and Jesse Ragan.

The 1830 federal census of Warren County, Mississippi enumerates the household of J. B. Ragan, age 20–29 years (388). Also living in the household were a female, age 20–29 years, presumably Sarah (Bohannon) Ragan; a female, age 10–14 years, likely Elizabeth Ann Ragan; a female, age 5–9 years, presumably Amanda Susan Ragan; a female less than five years of age; and a male less than age 5 years, likely John Curtis Ragan. The female less than five years old has not been identified.

A daughter, Vansa Laura L. Ragan, was born in about 1832.

On 3 Jun 1833, Robert J. Turnbull of South Carolina made a deed to Jesse B. Ragan through his agent J. Andrew Turnbull to acquire land described as (515):

  • Lots 5 and 6 of Section 29 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East in the Choctaw District of the State of Mississippi, containing 160 and 20/100 acres;
  • The east 1/4 of Section 30 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East, containing 159 and 50/100 acres;
  • The northwest 1/4 of Section 30 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East, containing 159 and 56/100 acres;
  • The east 1/2 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 30 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East, containing 79 and 78/100 acres;
  • The northeast 1/4 of Section 31 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East, containing 159 and 56/100 acres;
  • The east 1/2 of the northwest quarter of Section 31 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East, containing 79 and 70/100 acres;
  • Lot 3 of Section 35 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East, containing 80 acres; and
  • Lot 4 of Section 35 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East, containing 80 acres.

In Warren County, Mississippi on 18 May 1836, Jesse Ragan’s daughter, Elizabeth Ann Ragan married Hugh Rice Austin (626), and on 6 Nov 1838, his daughter, Amanda Susan Ragan, married William Patrick Stone in Hinds County, Mississippi (540).

On 28 Sep 1836, Jesse B. Ragan acquired 504 and 1/2 acres of land in Warren County, Mississippi from his father-in-law Wylie Bohannon and wife Ann (King) Bohannon for $10,000 (618). The deed describes the land as 255 acres situate in Section 23 in Township 15 of Range 4 East, except that portion of the tract situate west of the creek running between the gin and the dwelling house on said tract, also one other tract containing 249 and 1/2 acres in Township 15 being lots 3 and 4 of Section 25 in Range 4 East together with the entire crop of cotton made on the place, farming utensils stock of horses cattle and hogs—black smith’s tools and 32 Negroes.

The 1840 federal census enumerates the Jesse B. Ragan household in Hinds County, Mississippi (389). Jesse Ragan was 40–49 years old, and his wife Sarah was 30–39 years old. Also living in the household were a 10–14 year old male, likely John Curtis Ragan; a 10–14 year old female, likely Vansa Laura Ragan; a 5–9 year old male, likely Wylie Bohannon Ragan; and a female less than five years old, likely Sarah Ragan. A male age 20–29 and a female age 15–19 years were likely William Patrick Stone and Amanda Susan (Ragan) Stone. A male less than five years old was likely William Ragan Stone, the first child of William P. and Amanda Stone.

On 10 Feb 1840, Jesse B. Ragan was issued a patent for 79 and 78/100 acres of land in Warren County, Mississippi described as the west 1/2 of the northeast 1/4 of Section 30 in Township 15 North of Range 5 East in the District of Lands subject to sale at Mount Salis, Mississippi (677).

On 16 Dec 1846, a Warren County, Mississippi bankruptcy court heard arguments involving Sarak K. (King) Ragan (1010). The available copy of the record is illegible.

On 27 Nov 1849, Jesse and Sarah Ragan’s daughter, Vansa Laura L. Ragan, married Beverly Colin Buckner in Warren County, Mississippi (625). Laura Ragan was about 16 years old. 

On 4 Sep 1850, Jesse B. Ragan and Sarah K. Ragan, his wife, made a deed to their son, John Curtis Ragan, to convey for $5.00 all the property of every kind and description owned and possessed by Sarah K. Ragan, consisting principally of a plantation, slaves, planting utensils, horses, mules, stock, etc. lying in Warren County, Mississippi (1008). John C. Ragan was to hold this property in trust for the sole use and benefit of Sarah K. Ragan during her natural life, and if Jesse B. Ragan survived her, John Curtis Ragan was to hold the property in trust for the term of his life. The deed was recorded on 4 Apr 1851.

On 2 Oct 1850, the Jesse Ragan family was living in Warren County, Mississippi where the federal census records the household of Jesse B. Ragan, age 50 years (623). Sarah K. Ragan was 44 years old. Also living in the household were John Ragan, 23 years old; Wylie B. Ragan, age 16 years; Sarah Ragan, age 12; Sarina Ragan, age 10; and 1 year old Ashburn Ragan. Jesse Ragan held real estate valued at $20,000.

Sarah King (Bohannon) Ragan died on 27 Mar 1851 at 51 years of age, likely in Warren County, Mississippi (624). At her death, four of her children were minors: Wylie Bohannon Ragan, Sarah Augusta Ragan, Jesse Serena Ragan, and Ashburn R. Ragan. Jesse Serena Ragan died on 16 Jun 1854 in Warren County, Mississippi (676). On 6 Jan 1857, Sarah Augusta Ragan married Horace H. Miller in Warren County, Mississippi (235). On 27 Mar 1957, Jesse B. Ragan was released as guardian of Sarah A. (Ragan) Miller (459).

On 14 Feb 1854, Lazarus Battle Ragan, acting as attorney for Jesse Battle Ragan, Rebecca (Ragan) Jones, and John Ashburn Ragan, made a deed to John Garner for land in Covington County, Mississippi described as southeast 1/4 of Section 24 in Township 8 of Range 18 West (1285). The land had previously been sold to Serene (Ragan) Robertson. The deed by Lazarus B. Ragan was made in Hinds County, Mississippi.

At the 1860 federal census, Wylie Bohanan Ragan and Ashburn R. Ragan were living in the household of their sister, Amanda Susan (Ragan) Stone in Carroll Parish, Louisiana (308).

By 16 Nov 1865, Jesse Ragan was living at Hamburg in Ashley County, Arkansas. He married again in about 1870, probably in Ashley County, Arkansas. His second wife was named Kate A.; however, her maiden surname has not been identified. A son Marcus B. Ragan was born to Jesse and Kate Ragan in about 1871. A second son Jesse N. Ragan was born in about 1873. Both children were likely born in Ashley County, Arkansas.

On 20 Jan 1872, Jesse B. Ragan purchased land in Ashley County, Arkansas from Isaac Newton and his wife Levinia Newton for $300.00 (1009). The property was described as the south 1/2 of the northwest 1/4 and the southwest 1/4 of Section 14 in Township 17 South of Range 6 West. The deed was recorded on 22 Jan 1872. On 11 Sep 1873, Jesse B. Ragan and his wife Kate A. Ragan sold the same parcel of land to Charity Ragan for $125.00 (458).

Jesse Battle Ragan died after 11 Sep 1873, presumably in Ashley County, Arkansas. No record of his death has been found.

Notes and Comments

A database maintained by Ancestry.com includes the date of birth of Jesse Battle Ragan and identifies his parents as John Ragan and Susannah Faucette Battle (1003).

A male, less than 10 years old and living in the Jesse B. Ragan household at the 1820 federal census of Covington County, Mississippi has not been identified. The female 10–14 years of age living in the Jesse B. Ragan household at the 1830 federal census of Warren County, Mississippi has not been identified.

The full description for land in Warren County, Mississippi acquired by Jesse B. Ragan on 28 Sep 1836 is:

  • 255 acres as Section 23, Township 15, Range 4 East of the Washington Meridian in Warren County, Mississippi.
  • 249.5 acres as Lots 3 and 4, Section 25, Township 15, Range 4 East of the Washington Meridian in Warren County, Mississippi.

Born on 8 Jan 1841, Sarah Katherine “Kate” Stone was the oldest daughter of William Patrick Stone and Amanda Susan (Ragan) Stone. Kate Stone’s journal of her experiences during the American Civil War is published as Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone 1861-1868. Kate’s references to “Other Pa” are to her grandfather Jesse Battle Ragan.

Jesse Battle Ragan has not been identified in the 1860 or 1870 U.S. federal census.

Jesse Battle Ragan was known as Colonel Ragan, but his military service has not been documented.

On 17 Dec 1793, Hancock County, Georgia was created from parts of Greene and Washington Counties. The boundaries of Hancock County remained unchanged until 10 Dec 1807. Jesse B. Ragan’s father, John Ragan, completed surveys in Hancock County on 22 Mar 1794 and on 26 Nov 1795. During 1797, He acquired 67 and 3/4 acres of land in Hancock County, and on 12 Apr 1799, John Ragan was appointed Justice of the Peace in Hancock County.

In his Introduction to Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone 1861—1868, John Q. Anderson states incorrectly that Amanda Susan Ragan Stone (“Mamma”) was a daughter of John Ragan (“Other Pa”). Amanda Susan Ragan was a daughter of Jesse Battle Ragan. Jesse Battle Ragan was a son of John Ragan.

Sources

235. Marriage. Sarah Augusta Ragan and Horace H. Miller, 6 Jan 1857, Warren County, Mississippi. (Database: Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935, Ancestry.com)

263. Wyley Bohannon Deed to J. B. Ragan, 28 Sep 1836, Warren County, Mississippi, Deed Book J, Page 103. (Image on file)

308. Amanda  Stone Household, 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Carroll Parish, Louisiana, 11 Jul 1860. Ward 1, Roll: M653_409, Page: 347, Image: 350, Family History Library Film: 803409. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com, Image on file.)

388. J. B. Ragan Household, 1830 U.S. Federal Census, Warren County, Mississippi. Roll 71, Page 207. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com, Image on file.)

389. Jesse B. Ragan Household, 1840 U.S. Federal Census, Hinds County, Mississippi. Roll 214, Page 203. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com, Image on file.)

428. John Ragan Household, 1818 Mississippi Territorial Census, Lawrence County, Mississippi. Roll v229_2, Line 19. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

458. Deed. Jesse B. Ragan and Kate A. Ragan to Charity Ragan, Ashley County, Arkansas, 11 Sep 1873. Ashley County, Arkansas Deed Book J 1873-1874, Pages 247-248. (Print and images on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price)

459. Jesse Battle Ragan Released as Guardian of Sarah A. Ragan, 27 Mar 1857, Warren County Court Minute Book S, Page 60, Warren County, Mississippi. (Print and image on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

470. Gravestone, Amanda Susan (Ragan) Stone, Silver Cross Cemetery, Tallulah, Madison Parish, Louisiana. Find A Grave Memorial 13762786. (Images: W. R. Emanuel. Images on file.)

513. Indenture Between Jesse B. Ragan and Sarah K. Ragan to John C. Ragan. Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, 4 Sep 1850. Warren County, Mississippi Deed Book X, Pages 157-158. (Print and images on file.)

515. Deed by Andrew Turnbull to Jesse B. Ragan, Choctaw District, Mississippi, 3 Jun 1833. Warren County, Mississippi Deed Book G, Pages 140-141. (Print and image on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

523. Patent Issued to Jesse B. Ragan, Copiah County, Mississippi, 26 Apr 1824, 104 acres. Document 270, Accession/Serial Number MS0080_.268. General Land Office Records, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. (Images: General Land Office Records. Image on file.)

524. Patent Issued to Jesse B. Ragan, Copiah County, Mississippi, 26 Apr 1824, 79 and 30/100 acres. Document 269, Accession/Serial Number MS0080_.267 General Land Office Records, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. (Images: General Land Office Records. Image on file.)

525. John Fielding Holloway House, Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi. 28 Oct 1994. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. (PDF file on file.)

527. Survey Plat, Mt. Carmel, Covington County, Mississippi. John Ragan, 4 Nov 1819. (Print and image on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

540. Marriage Bond, License, and Certificate, William Patrick Stone and Amanda Susan Ragan, Hinds County, Mississippi, 6 Nov 1838. (Print and image on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

616. Jesse Ragan Household, 1820 U.S. Federal Census, Covington County, Mississippi. Page: 20, NARA Roll M33_58, Image 40. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

617. Patent Issued to Jesse B. Ragan, Copiah County, Mississippi, 79 and 30/100 Acres, 1 Oct 1825. Accession/Serial Number MS00090_.421. General Land Office Records, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. (Images: General Land Office Records. Image on file.)

618. Deed by Wylie Bohannon and Wife Ann to J. B. Ragan, Warren County, Mississippi, 28 Sep 1836. Warren County, Mississippi Deed Book J, Page 103. (Print and image on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

623. Jesse B. Ragan Household, 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Warren County, Mississippi, 2 Oct 1850. Roll M432_382, Page 244, Image 455. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

624. Gravestone. Sarah King (Bohannon) Ragan, Bohannon-Ragan Cemetery, Antioch, Warren County, Mississippi, USA. Find A Grave Memorial 27531527.

625. Marriage of Collin Beverly Buckner and Vansa Laura L. Ragan, Warren County, Mississippi, USA, 27 Nov 1849. Warren County, Mississippi Marriages, 1826-50. Family History Library Microfilm 1666679-1666680. (Database: Ancestry.com)

626. Marriage of Hugh Rice Austin and Elizabeth Ann Ragan, Warren County, Mississippi, 18 May 1836. Warren County, Mississippi Marriages, 1826–50. Family History Library Microfilm 1666679-1666680. (Database: Ancestry.com)

676. Grave, Jessie Serena Ragan, Bohannon-Ragan Cemetery, Antioch, Warren County, Mississippi. Find A Grave Memorial 27531423. (Cemetery files at Old Court House Museum.)

677. Patent Issued to Jesse B. Ragan, Warren County, Mississippi, 10 Feb 1840, 79 and 78/100 acres. Document 18784, Accession/Serial Number MS1910_.260. General Land Office Records, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. (Images: General Land Office Records. Image on file.)

1003. Birth, Jesse Battle Ragan, Georgia, 4 Sep 1799. Family Data Collection — Births.  Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2001. (Database: Ancestry.com)

1008. Indenture, Jesse B. Ragan and Sarah K. Ragan of the First Part and John C. Ragan of the Second Part. Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, 4 Sep 1850. Warren County, Mississippi Deed Book X, Pages 154–158. (Print and images on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.). Transcription by Peggy Carter Price.

1009. Deed to Jesse Ragan by Isaac Newton. Ashley County, Arkansas, 20 Jan 1872. Ashley County, Arkansas, Deed Book I, Page 12. (Print and images on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

1010. Bankruptcy Court Proceedings, Sarah K. Ragan. Warren County, Mississippi, 16 Dec 1846. Warren County, Mississippi Deed Book V, Page 470. (Print and images on file. Poor quality.)

1283. Eliza Ragan Austin Memorial, Bohannon-Ragan Cemetery, Antioch, Warren County, Mississippi. Find A Grave Memorial 27531480.

1285. Deed by Lazarus Battle Ragan to John Garner, Hinds County, Mississippi, 14 Feb 1854. (Print and image on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

1287. Jesse Ragan Household, Mississippi State Census, Choctaw County, Mississippi, 1860. Mississippi State and Territorial Censuses, 1792–1866, Heritage Quest. Microfilm V229, Roll V229_1. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)


 Revised 12 Aug 2020.