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Ragan/Waters family of Wilkinson County in 1825
Posted by: Marilyn Wetherington (ID *****0488) Date: February 06, 2006 at 10:40:55
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I am seeking information on who Phillip Ragan's parents were. There are about 25 posted family trees with his name but they all begin with him. On the 1820 census record on page 18, John Waters, Uriah Paulk, and Brice Ragan are all listed on the same page. I know that John Waters, Sr. who is also listed on the 1820 census must be Catherine Waters father and James and John (listed on this census) must be her brothers. She married John Paulk and they had 3 children, but he died in 1825. Along comes Phillip Ragan (I am sure that he is a relative of Brice Ragan) seemingly out of nowhere and marries Catherine Waters Paulk in August of 1825. Since he was born in 1784, that makes him 41 years old when he married her. He came from someplace, but first appears on the 1830 Wilkinson Co. GA census as being head of household. Both he and Catherine died in Grady Co. GA (Phillip in 1880 and Catherine in 1883). I can tell from looking at census records that the Brice Ragan listed on the 1820 census must have died (he was listed as over 45 then and was probably a lot older than that and does not appear on any census record after 1820). Phillip and a younger Brice Ragan that is also listed on the 1830 census records as being close neighbors must have moved. Phillip appears on the Thomas Co. 1840 census, which is next to Grady Co. where he died, and Brice to another county also--I have looked this up but the name of the county where Brice moved escapes my mind just now. Phillip Ragan and Catherine Waters Paulk Ragan were my great, great, great grandparents. I am out of ideas as to where to look for information. They were so old when they moved to Thomas and Grady Counties that I don't think I would find anything there. ANY help would be greatly appreciated.
Marilyn Wetherington


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