I am not sure which Ragland you are but I descend from Evan Ragland and Susanna Pettus in New Kent Co., Va through their son Stephen Ragland. Evan was the immigrant to Va. from Somerset Co, England.
STEPHEN RAGLAND was in new Kent County, Virginia,. He was listed in St. Paul's Parish. In 1711 his recorded as a freeholder with 200 acres of land described as"upper part of Chickahominy River.": JOHN RAGLAND was a neighbor.
New Kent County and Hanover Road Records 1706-1743 taken from the Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish:
In obedience to an Order of New Kent County court, dated 8th day of March 1715, its Ordered that Jeremiah Parker, have Frances Clark, : Jn. Venables, Jn. Corley, Sam Sperring, Wm. Webb, Paul Bunch's Quat, Tho. Weatherford, Albert Gibson, W. THACKER, STEPHEN RAGLIN, and John Hart with all of their tithables to assist him in closing a road from Stony run downward to half sink road.
(2) 28 April 1721:
In obedience to an order of Court dated 4th of 8 (Aug) 1723 Ordering Charles Moorman to Succeed. Jere. Parker, deceas'd, in y road he was surveyor of " Ordered that he assist him in maintaining the said road. William Webb, Thomas Johnson, Rich. Allen, John Killcrease, Frances Clark, John Smithin, Tho. Rowland, WILLIAM THACKER, JOHN RAGLIN, STEPHEN RAGLIN, Timothy Sullivan, Timmothy Roach, WM. HARRIS with all of their tithables.
Many RAGLAND researchers have STEPHEN RAGLAND's wife as MARY HUDSON, daughter of JOHN HUDSON and ELIZABETH HARRIS. The HUDSON Association claims through DNA that MARY HUDSON was not the wife of STEPHEN RAGLAND and was married to another man named SAMUEL BUNCH. However, the will of 1747 for STEPHEN RAGLAND names a wife named MARY.
STEPHEN RAGLAND was in Bertie Precinct and Northampton County was formed from it and STEPHEN was in NC about 1730. He was described as from Hanover County, Virginia. His plantation was located where present day US Hwy 158 crosses the Roanack River is in Northampton Co., NC. STEPHEN RAGLAND was listed as a resident in the Quit Rent rolls of 1732 and appears on the July list for Bertie County in 1735.
STEPHEN RAGLAND ran a ferry on the Roanoke River in Northampton County, NC before his death in 1747. The lad was close to Artur's Creek which is Weldon, NC. STEPHEN started out with approximately 400 acres and it grew over a period of time to over 1,600 acres at the time of his death in 1747.
One deed is recorded in Abstracts of Deeds of Northamton Co., NC:
p. 190 STEPHEN RAGLAND to WILLIAM SHORT of Northamton Co. 21 Mar 1744 1 ponds 1 shilling 6 pence 1 acre or more or less, on the south side of Turberville's Run, all houses , buildings, orchards, etc.
Wit: Thomas Barrett, GEORGE RAGLAND
Re: Northampton Co. May Ct. 1745 Robert Forster C Ct.
EVAN RAGLAND (sic JR) and GEORGE RAGLAND extrs. of the last will and testament of STEPHEN RAGLAND, decd. all the provence of NC gentleman 29 May 1751 50 pounds current money of Va 200 acres RAGLAN, Turbafield's run, a branch and the river,
Wit: John Bradford, Thomas Barrett Reg Nothampton Co. May ct 1751 J. Edwards C Ct.
Between 1740 to his death in 1747 STEPHEN held the position of Royal Collector of Bertie Precinct. STEPHEN also built a number of public warehouses which were leased to the colonial government of NC for the stirage and inspection of tar, pitch, and turpentine and tobacco awaiting shipment to England.
STEPHEN RAGLAND Will in Northampton Co., NC:
1 Mar 1746 Feb Court 1747
Sons: GEORGE, WILLIAM and FREDERICK, plantation to EVAN
Dau: AGNESS, one Indian slave
Ex: EVAN and GEORGE RAGLAND (sons)
Wit: Robert Hicks, Joh Hamilton, John Webb
Clerk of the Court I. Edwards
More info STEPHEN RAGLAND:
Abstracts of Deeds of Northampton Co NC:
p. 190 STEPHEN Ragland to WILLIAM SHORT of Northampton Co 21 Mar. 1744 1 p ounds 1 shilling 6 pence 1 acre more or less, on the south side of Turb eville's Run, all houses, buildings, orchards etc. Wit: Thomas Barrett, GEORGE RAGLAND Reg. Northampton Co. May Ct. 1745 Robert Forster C Ct.
EVAN RAGLAND and GEORGE RAGLAND extrs. of the last will and testa ment of STEPHEN RAGLAND, decd. all of the province of NC to WILLIAM SHORT of the province of NC gentleman 29 May 1751 50 pounds current money o f VA 200 acres more or less, known as the warehouse land on Roan Oak ri ver, joining Robert Hicks, FREDERICK RAGLAND, Turbafield's run, a branc h and the river. Wit: John Bradford, Thomas Barrett Reg. Northampton Co . May Ct 1751 J. Edwards C. Ct.
For some reason, processioning records for the St. Paul's Parish during
the 1720s are not available. Neighbors in the 9th precinct (returned January
1731/2) include: Henry Bowe, John Anderson, Joseph Perrin, Wm Alsup,
Timothy Sillivant, Thos Rowland, Peck's orphans, STEPHEN RAGLAND, JOHN
RAGLAND, John Guess, Ed Davis, John Smithin, Chas Moorman, Wid Cole, John
Snead, John Pulliam, Chile's orphans, Michael Holland, Francis Clark, John
Gilchrist, Geo Davis, Thos Johnson, Chas Talley, Wm Nichols, Robt Allen, John
Cannon, Thos Cawton, JOHN RAGLAND, Wm Alsop. A note indicates that Clark and
Allen didn't show. This list of neighbors remained much the same on the 1735,
1739 and 1743 processioning lists although the precinct became the 3rd in 1735.
1741-1759 Abstracts of Deeds, Northampton Co, North Carolina, Public Registry - Deed Book One and Deed Book Two, By Margaret M. Hofmann. STEPHEN RAGLAND of Northampton Co., planter to ROBERT HICKS of Northampton Co., planter 5 Mar, 1746 26 pounds current money of Va. 30 acres more or less on the north side of Morattuck river, joining a deep valey (sic) and Warehouse branch Wit: John Webb, John Hamilton, William Hicks Reg. Northampton CO, May Ct. 1747 John Hooker D.C. Ct.
March 1, 1746. February Court, 1747. Sons: STEPHEN, GEORGE, WILLIAM and FREDERICK (plantation to each). Even. Daughter: AGNESS (one Indian slave). Wife: MARY. Executors: EVEN and GEORGE RAGLAND (sons). Witnesses: ROBERT HICKS, JOHN HAMILTON, JOHN WEBB. Clerk of the Court: I. EDWARDS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, page 305)
STEPHEN RAGLAND is first found among the records of St. Paul's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia. In 1711, Stephen is listed as a freeholder with 200 acres of land described as on, "...upper reaches of Chickahominy River..." JOHN RAGLAND is a neighbor. Parish records list STEPHEN in various roles in the community. In 1715, STEPHEN was made overseer of the preceinct; in 1716 he assisted in clearing the roads; and in 1724 he was named as a superintendent of a road gang. These records indicate that he was a person of responsiblity in the community.
It appears that STEPHEN RAGAND was a unmarried free holder in 1711, and his first child may have been born ca 1715 so a possible marriage date to MARY unknown could have been around 1713. EVAN RAGLAND, JR was his first born.
STEPHEN RAGLAND married MARY, who CHARLES J. RAGLAND identifies as a member of the Hudson family. The only proof of her family name is the use of the "Hudson" name by the Raglands. Charles J. Ragland's idenfication of her as the daughter of John & Elizabeth (Harris) Hudson of Hanover Co., Virginia is believed to be incorrect according to the researchers at the HUDSON FAMILY ASSOCIATION.
STEPHEN RAGLAND removes to North Carolina by 1730. In the NC deeds he is described as "of Hanover County, Virginia." STEPHEN prospered in North Carolina. By his death in 1747, STEPHEN has accumulated around 1,690 acres of land and had at least six slaves. He also owned a tobacco warehouse and ran a Ferry. His plantation is said to have been located where present day US HWY 158 crosses the Roanak River into Northampton County. Between 1740 and his death he held the position of Royal Tax Collector of Bertie Precinct. Some of the land appears to have also been in Halifax County, NC.
Full Will of Stephen Ragland 1747 Northampton Co., NC
STEPHAN RAGLAND son of EVAN RAGLAND and SUSANNA PETTUS is my grandfather. He married MARY unknown. "The Raglands : The History of a British-American Family by CHARLES J. RAGLAND states that STEPHEN RAGLAND possibly married MARY HUDSON. She is the daughter of JOHN HUDSON and ELIZABETH HARRIS. The HUDSON DNA ASSOCIATION claims that MARY HUDSON married another man instead of STEPHEN RAGLAND. However, STEPHEN RAGLAND did marry MARY unknown by the following will in 1747. I so far have been unable to prove MARY's maiden name. I descend from their daughter AGNES RAGLAND who first married EPHRAIM MERRITT and when he died in 1760 AGNES married my grandfather JOSEPH LANGSTON in 1760 in Granville County, North Carolina.
STEPHEN RAGLAND Will Feb Court 1747 in Northampton County, North Carolina: --- 20th May 1748
In The Name of God Amen STEPHEN RAGLAND of Northampton County in the province of north carolina Being sick and week in body but thanks bee to almighty God of perfect mind & memory and Calling to mind that it is appointed for all men to die do therefore Constitute and ordain this Present Wrighting To be my last will & testament and my soul I recommend into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the merrits of my beloved savour Jesus Christ to have --- on for all my sins as to my Body commit to the ground to bee decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors here after mentioned and as to the temporal Estate as it hath lesed Almity God to Bestow on mee after my Debts and funerall charges bee paid I give and Dispose of as followeth
Impromi ? I give and bequeath to my loving son STEPHEN RAGLAND one hundred and fifty Aker of land be the same more or left together with my ferry --plantation --- the same --negrow woman names -ORK ? after the Dispose of my loving wife MARREY RAGLAND to him and his heirs and assignes forEver
Item my will and desire is that my land and plantation as Bought of ROBERT HARRIS to be sold by my Executors and the money arrising by such sale to be Equally Divided betwen my wife and children sons & Daughters
Item I give and bequeath to my loving son GEORGE RAGLAND my plantation whereon I now Dwell togetherwith one hundred and sixty Akers of land begining at a white oake standing in a bottom betwen my son STEPHEN and my son GEORG his land and to a north --- for the -- to my upper line to him and his heirs & assignes forEver
Item I give & bequeath to my loving son WILLIAM RAGLAND to him and his heirs and assignes forEver one hundred and sixty Aker of land and JAMES --- land & Bound along a line of mark trees to -- & my Dividing line
Item I give and bequeath to my loving son FREDERICK RAGLAND to him and his heirs and assignes forEver two hundred and Eighty Akers of land bee the same more or less adjoining my other land together with one negrow Boy named RED after the Depose of my loving wife MARY RAGLAND
Item I give and bequeath to my Loving Daughter AGNESS RAGLAND to her and heirs and assignes forEver one Indian slave named --- ? -- after the Death of my loving wife MARY RAGLAND
Item I give and bequeath to my loving son GEORG RAGLAND to him and his heirs and assignes forEver one negrow man named PEETER ? after the Despose of my loving wife MARY RAGLAND
Item I give unto my loving wife MARY RAGLAND all the res ? of my Estate Be it as it will with the -- of all my slaves During her natural life after my loving wife -- my will is that what of my Estate is left to be Equally Divided betwen my sons & Daughters the slaves only -- which my will is they be Divided as & in manner before mentioned all my beloved children and my Desire and will is that what of my Estate that is to bee Divided betwen my wife & children be Equally divided by three of my neighbours freeholders With out troubel to the Corte? or any charges blonging to the same and my will and desires and I hereby Do Nomin ? Constitute and apoint my loving sons EVEN RAGLAND and GEORG RAGLAND to be my Executor to this my last will and Testament and Do hereby -- and Revoke all other wills by mee made and Do Constitute and ordain this to bee my Last will & testament and no other by mee made
Signed Seled and Acknowled to be my last will & testament in the presence of us whose names are and with Subscribed This first Day of march one thousand sevenhundred fort six
S RAGLAND (Seal)
ROBERT HICKS Jurat
JOHN WEBB Jurat
Northampton County -- February Court 1747
The within written Will of STEPHEN RAGLAND -- was proved in open Court by the oath of ROBERT HICKS & JOHN WEBB two of the subscribing witnesses thereto at same time EVAN RAGLAND & GEORGE RAGLAND --duly -- Executors thereof