Mike, I just came across your post from 2006 about Nathan Ragan. I have been working with a cousin here in Alabama on and off for about 5 years on our family tree. We have uncovered quite a bit of info on the family in Mississippi, primarily in the Counties of Panola, Tippah, Tate and Desoto. My paternal grandfather, Tommie Ragon (sic) was one of the children of a John and Ida Ragon, and there is some question as to who John's father was. Some places mention a Nathan Ragan as a possibility. The problem we have encountered, as I'm sure you have also, is the various spellings of the Ragon name. Due to the lack of most people in the South to either read or write well or at all, the spelling often was inadvertently changed on birth or detah certificates, bills of sale, etc. We also learned that several of John's brothers and a couple of his children left Mississippi and went to Texas. We also believe they "originally" came from the North Carolina area. I believe there are a number of Ragon/Ragan/Reagan family lines in the U.S. and some, but not all are interelated. There is even a Ragon, Tennessee, a Ragon Mountain in Arkansas. My great grandfather John, died sometime around 1907 or 1908 as best as we are able to determine, but we haven't found a grave or death certificate yet. His wife, Ida Knight Ragon then married a man named Arthur Hurt. Her daughter, Lena married a man named Peek.
I any of this sounds familar or might tie into your Nathan, please give me a holler, either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org
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