Lovebirds Post Script

My mother passed away the day before what would have been their 66th wedding anniversary. Seems to me that theirs is a lovebird story. James Madison Ragland (1931-2021) and Peggy Ann Scoles Ragland (1936-2022) Celebrating Their Lives A Final Memory My last photo with my mother was taken less than a month before her death.… Continue reading Lovebirds Post Script

Lovebirds

love·bird [ˈləvˌbərd] noun.1. a very small African and Madagascan parrot with mainly green plumage and typically a red or black face, noted for the affectionate behavior of mated birds. 2. informal (lovebirds)  an openly affectionate couple.Oxford Dictionary Lovebirds You’re probably wondering why I would bring up the subject of Lovebirds outside of Valentine’s Day. Well, let… Continue reading Lovebirds

What’s In a Name

THEN My family tree reaches back to a castle in Wales bearing my surname, Ragland, dating back to the 1300s with my 17th great-grandfather. One of the Sir Raglans was injured in the Battle of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War (1853-1856). To accommodate Raglan’s amputated arm, his tailor fashioned a different sleeve style.… Continue reading What’s In a Name

Slavery in Family Tree

I received an interesting question: in my research if I had found people of different races with the surname Ragland.  The answer is yes. The first Ragland in America was a slave owner In the latter years of the Jamestown settlement, the first Ragland arrived in America circa 1670. That first Ragland was Evan Ragland. Born in 1656… Continue reading Slavery in Family Tree

What’s in a Name?

Editor's note: I began this research for my Dad before he died this winter on his 90th birthday, January 25, 2021. I write this post in loving memory of my Dad. James Madison Ragland My father, James Madison Ragland (1931-2021) was named after the first Ragland to bear the name James Madison Ragland.  1743, Virginia The first James Madison… Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Part 1: The First Ragland in America

The Ragland Family Tree My maiden name is Ragland. I'm a descendant of soldiers who fought in this war, primarily from Virginia through the several family tree branches..  In the days ahead, I'll share with you stories I've uncovered about my family and perhaps they'll overlap with yours. This is what his-story is--stories. The First… Continue reading Part 1: The First Ragland in America