The Beginning of the Ragland Tree

For Raglands and those researching the roots of the Ragland clan, the farthest back I've heard of is to Adam of Usk. So who the heck is he? County of Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy in Welsh) Adam of Usk was a Welsh priest, a canonist, late medieval historian, and chronicler. His writings were hostile towards King Richard II of… Continue reading The Beginning of the Ragland Tree

A Confederate Soldier

By Sam Cook A Ragland descendant My name is Sam Cook. Based on the research and writings of my cousin, Charles J. Ragland, Jr., He wrote The Raglands: The History of a British-American Family, Volumes One & Two. The following piece comes from information found in Volume 1. The books were published in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in… Continue reading A Confederate Soldier

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

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