Ragland Castle & Tea

If you're thinking—or hoping—the Ragland Castle is now open for high tea, I'm sorry to say that isn't the case. However, you can have tea in a china cup featuring the Ragland Castle. About the Ragland Castle China The Ragland Castle was one of many castles in a china pattern made by the Johnson Brothers.… Continue reading Ragland Castle & Tea

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

Auld Lang Syne

"Should old acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind?Should old acquaintance be forgot,and auld lang syne?For auld lang syne, my dear,for auld lang syne,we'll take a cup of kindness yet,for auld lang syne." Auld Lang Syne "Auld Lang Syne" is a Scottish song pronounced: [ˈɔːl(d) lɑŋˈsəin]. Traditionally, it is sung to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne

Mystery Solved?

Finding a Lost Letter In researching the history of the Raglands, I've been concentrating lately on tracing the Raglands in America. From their arrival in the America their westward movement. But it's murky at best about who the first Raglan to emigrate to the colonies and it's uncertain when. On Ancestry.com, I've seen several theories… Continue reading Mystery Solved?

Founding Father James Madison

JAMES MADISONAuthor of US Constitution and The Federalist Papers "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." ―PREAMBLE UNITED STATE CONSTITUTION September… Continue reading Founding Father James Madison

Evan Ragland’s Family Tree

The First American in the United States,Evan Ragland's Family Tree Evan Ragland is from Wales. This tree shows his Welsh lineage. More on his forefathers later. [1] Source: Research done on Ragland Family History on Ancestry.com and private family history. My family history continues through the son, Evan Ragland (Jr.) Debora BuerkWriter, Editor andSometimes Family Historian