AKA: Jonathan Riggan, Jonathan Reggan

Jonathan Ragan, Sr. was likely born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia before 23 Dec 1743 (103; 586, Page 13). He was likely a son of Joseph Ragan and his wife Mary (Pegram) Ragan.

Jonathan Ragan married Rebecca Shearin before 15 Oct 1761, probably in Granville County, North Carolina (103, 115, 465, 1223  ). Rebecca Shearin was a daughter of John Shearin, Sr. and his wife Lucretia (Rivers) Shearin. A daughter Polly Ragan and a son Nathaniel were born to Jonathan and Rebecca Ragan in about 1762 (582). 

A son John Ragan was born to Jonathan Ragan, Sr. and Rebecca (Shearin) Ragan on 8 Jul 1766, probably in Bute County, North Carolina (465, 498). Jonathan Ragan was living in Bute County, North Carolina by 13 Feb 1768 when the Bute County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions appointed Jonathan Riggan to a petit jury (1209, Page 12). In about 1768, a daughter Ann Nancy Ragan was born to Jonathan and Rebecca Ragan in Bute County, North Carolina (586, Page 14).

On 1 Aug 1768, Jonathan Reggan acquired 278 acres of land in Bute County, North Carolina from Arthur Atkins (1077). Both Jonathan Ragan, Sr. and Arthur Atkins were of Bute County. Jonathan paid £45 Virginia money. The parcel was described as part of an Earl Granville grant of 556 acres to Alexandr Donnell, late of Northampton County, bought from him and proved and registered in Northampton County, adjacent John Lynch the eldest. Daniel Pegram, Henry Foote, William Colclough, and Thomas Harton witnessed the deed. The deed was registered in Bute County Court on 7 Jan 1769.

On 10 Aug 1769, Jonathan Riggin, was sworn as a juror before the Bute County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (1209, Page 55). In Bute County, on 16 Feb 1770,  Jonathan Riggin was appointed as a petit juror in the case of Cade versus Bullock (1209, Page 70).

In 1770, Jonathan Riggan sold the 278 acres he acquired on 1 Aug 1768 to George Webb of Bute County, North Carolina  for £45; one-half to be paid on 25 Dec 1770, and the remaining one-half to be paid on 25 Dec 1771 (1075). Daniel Pegram, Jr. and Fredrick Cook witnessed the deed. Jonathan Riggin acknowledged the deed in Bute County Court on 12 Feb 1771, and the deed was registered on 8 May 1771 (1209, Page 95). Jonathan Reagan appears on a 1771 Bute County, North Carolina tax list (1211), and on 12 Feb 1771, he acknowledge a deed to George Webb in Bute County court (1209). On 6 Jan 1775, the Committee of Safety appointed Jonathan Ragan as an Ensign in the Stone House District Militia of Bute County, North Carolina (1079).

Before the American Revolution in 1776, five additional children were born to Jonathan Ragan and his wife: Abigail in 1772, Winifred in 1773, Elizabeth in 1774, Jonathan Ragan, Jr. before 1775, and Asa in 1776 (103; 586, Page 14).

The Jonathan Ragan family likely migrated from Bute County, North Carolina to Anson County, North Carolina before 1776 when Jonathan Ragan signed a petition to divide Anson County (1080). During the American Revolutionary War, Jonathan Ragan served in the Georgia Line under Colonel Elijah Clarke (103, 455). He was paid 2 £ 10 for his service during the period 15 Sep – 15 Oct 1778 (608).

On 20 Sep 1779, Jonathan Riggan received a grant of 700 acres of land in Warren County, North Carolina on the east side of Little Creek the waters of Hub Quarles (1207). This land may have been located in Bute County, North Carolina prior to 11 Feb 1779. 

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 (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 (50).

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.

Jonathan Ragan’s first wife, Rebecca (Shearin) Ragan, died before 19 Oct 1787.  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 1 Mar 1813, Jonathan Ragan, Sr. was issued a warrant to survey a unoccupied tract in Oglethorpe County, Georgia (1239).

On 6 Apr 1813, Jonathan Ragan made a will in Oglethorpe 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 Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

Sources

50. Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants. Genealogical Publishing, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1996.

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. Page 43.

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

212. Abbe, Mary H. Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735–1866. R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation and The Georgia Archives. (Database: Georgia Archives)

URL: http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us:8888/

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.

URL: http://www.giddeon.com/wilkes/books/early-records-of-ga-vol1/039-045.shtml

257. Ladson, Jack. Ragan. Georgia Genealogical Magazine 95:53-56.

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.)

465. Lazarus B. Ragan Bible. Family Bible Records, Mississippi Archives, Jackson, Mississippi. (Print and images on file. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

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

501. John Ragan, Georgia General Name File, Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia. Page 14. (Images: Georgia Archives. Image on file.)

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. (Images: Georgia Archive, Image on file.)

509. Survey Plat, 200 acres, Jonathan Ragan, Wilkes County, Georgia, 25 Mar 1784. Headright and Lottery Loose Plat File, Georgia Surveyor General. Record wlks1817. RG 3-3-26. Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia. (Images: Georgia Archives. Image on file.)

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

533. Inventory of the Estate of Edward Hammett, Wilkes County, Georgia, 1 Nov 1782. 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.

URL: http://www.giddeon.com/wilkes/books/early-records-of-ga-vol1/039-045.shtml

535. Survey Plat, Jonathan Ragan, Wilkes County, Georgia, 1783, 200 acres. Abbe, Mary H., Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735–1866, R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation and the Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia. Volume A, Page 108, Record 47499.

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

582. Gravestone. Nathaniel Ragan, Methodist Historical Cemetery 4, Lincoln County, Georgia. Find A Grave Memorial 72945950. (Images: Find A Grave)

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. Courtesy of Peggy Carter Price.)

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, Maryland, 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.)

URL: http://www.hiddenancestors.com/wilkesga/Rev_War_Pay_Records.pdf

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.

URL: http://www.giddeon.com/wilkes/books/early-records-of-ga-vol1/039-045.shtml

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)

1075. Deed by Jonathan Riggan to George Webb, Bute County, North Carolina, 1770, 278 acres. Bute County, North Carolina Deed Book 3, Page 197. Kerr, Mary Hinton Duke. Warren County, North Carolina Records. Volume II. Warrenton, North Carolina, 1967. (Database: Bute County, North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779)

URL: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/historical/Bute/index.htm

1066. Daniel Steilen, Personal communication, 24 Feb 2018.

1077. Deed by Arthur Atkins to Jonathan Reggan, Bute County, North Carolina, 1 Aug 1768, 278 acres. Bute County, North Carolina Deed Book 2, Page 98. Kerr, Mary Hinton Duke. Warren County, North Carolina Records. Volume II. Warrenton, North Carolina, 1967. (Database: Bute County, North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779)

URL: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/historical/Bute/index.htm

1079. Jonathan Ragan, Ensign, Stone House District Militia, Bute County, North Carolina, 6 Jan 1775. Committee of Safety. Kerr, Mary Hinton Duke. Warren County, North Carolina Records. Volume II. Warrenton, North Carolina, 1967. (Database: Bute County, North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779)

URL: http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/historical/Bute/index.htm

1080. Petition to Divide Anson County, North Carolina. North Carolina Legislative Petitions, 13, Nov–Dec 1776 and Apr–May 1777.

1207. Land Grant to Jonathan Riggan, Warren County, North Carolina, 700 acres, 20 Sep 1779. Grant Number 35, Page 356, Book Number 39. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1209. Holcomb, Brent Howard. Bute County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1767–1779. Columbia, South Carolina: Brent H. Holcomb, 1988. (Images: Ancestry.com.)

1210. Milton Calaway Household, 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Sumter County, Alabama, 27 Nov 1850. U.S National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. Roll M432_15, Page 307A, Image 104. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1211. Bute County, North Carolina Tax List, 1771. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Film 18348, DGS 7513189. (Images: Family Search. Image on file.)

1223. Will of John Shearin, Warren County, North Carolina, 12 May 1794. Warren County, North Carolina Will Book 8, Page 172. (Images and transcript on file.)

1239. Jonathan Ragan, Sr., Warrant to Survey, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, 1 Mar 1813. (Image on file.)


Revised 18 Oct 2020.