In Memorium

Feature photograph courtesy of Ancestry. com. Clockwise from the lower right corner: Debora Ann Ragland Buerk, Peggy Ann Scoles Ragland (my mother), Bessiel Lola Beach (my great grandmother),Margie Violet Dunn (my grandmother). In MemoriumMy MomPeggy Ann Scoles Ragland1936-2022 Peggy Ann Scoles Ragland Death is Nothing at All Death is nothing at allI have only slipped… Continue reading In Memorium

Riding the Rails Post Script

As I wrote at the beginning of my train trip, posting would be difficult with a sparse internet connection, and photos became impossible. So, I'm adding pictures to this post. Why I Love Traveling by Train One of the main perks of long-distance train travel is the ability to get a good night’s sleep in… Continue reading Riding the Rails Post Script

A Day of Infamy

Groundhog Day 1976 Forty-six years ago this month, Groundhog Day specifically, was a defining moment in my life. What was it? My high school newspaper was censored. Don't laugh, at seventeen being named one of the editors-in-chief was a big deal. A scholarship-making deal. I was taken unawares when called into the vice principal's office.… Continue reading A Day of Infamy

The First James Madison Ragland

What's in a Name? EDITOR'S NOTE: I began this research for my father before he died this winter during COVID-19. My father died on his 90tth birthday, January 25, 2021. I write this post in his memory. My father, James Madison Ragland 1931-2021), is named after the first Ragland to bear the name "James Madison Ragland" born… Continue reading The First James Madison Ragland

Mystery Solved?

In researching the history of the Raglands, I've been concentrating lately on tracing the Raglands in America. From their arrival in the American Colonies 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 about who was… Continue reading Mystery Solved?

Dunn Family History

My Family History About the Dunns Debora "Dunn" Ragland My Grandmother's name was Margie Violet Dunn. Her parents were C.C. Dunn and Bessie Lola. Here's what I know about the Dunn Family. Jasper Dunn Family In 1876, Jasper Dunn (1850-1929) and Anna Taylor Dunn (1854-1941) lived on a farm southeast of Urich. Later they bought… Continue reading Dunn Family History