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 2: The First Ragland in America

More About Where Evan Ragland Lived 1654—Orange County, Virginia According to Wikipedia[1], New Kent County is located in the eastern part the Commonwealth of Virginia. New Kent County is included in the Greater Richmond Region. History of Kent County New Kent County was established in 1654, using territory annexed from York County and was organized and settled by William Claiborne. The county's… Continue reading Part 2: The First Ragland in America

Advent Wreaths

About the Advent Wreath The Advent wreath originated among German Lutherans in the sixteenth century. However, it was not until three centuries later that the modern Advent wreath took shape, thanks to German protestant pastor Johann Hinrich Wichern (1808-1881). Along with Wichern’s wreath came the tradition of lighting candles during the Advent worship services.  The… Continue reading Advent Wreaths