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Elizabeth Pettus

Female Est 1750 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Elizabeth Pettus 
    Born Est 1750  Louisa Co., Colonial Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I21132  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2019 

    Family John3 Lipscomb Ragland,   b. 1751, Hanover, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1831  (Age 80 years) 
    +1. William Dabney4 Ragland,   b. 26 Mar 1788, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1871  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F7902  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S100] Internet Source,
      The Ragland family is now of Welsh origin, but descended from Norman stock, which goes back to the Herberts who followed William the Conqueror to England. They settled in Monmouthshire, Wales, and some three hundred years after their coming to England one Robert, youngest son of Evan Thomas Herbert, had a son, John, who was brought up by his uncle, Sir William Thomas Herbert, of Raglan.

      This Sir William Herbert was a contemporary of Sir Roger Vaughan, who with him was knighted by Henry V on the battlefield of Agincourt in 1415 before the battle was fought. Sir Roger Vaughan fell in the battle. His daughter, Elinor, married Robert Herbert, father of John, and John Herbert took the name of Raglan.

      Raglan castle in Monmouthshire, one of the great strongholds of the Middle Ages, and one of the famous places of Great Britain, passed form the Herberts to the De Clares, from then to the Berkeleys, etc.

      The family belonged in England to what is known as the gentry, and had a coat of arms which was brought to Virginia by the American founder of the family, John Ragland, who married his kinswoman, Anne Beaufort, in Wales. They emigrated from Monmouthshire, Wales, to Virginia, probably about 1720, for in 1723 they were settled in "Ripping Hall" on Mechums creek, near the mouth of the Chickahominy river, in Hanover county, Virginia. The old home was occupied up to the time of its destruction by fire in 1823. John Ragland took out land patents which aggregated over fifteen thousand acres in the counties of Hanover and Louisa.

      John Ragland had by his wife, Anne Beaufort, six sons and three daughters. The sons appear to have been James, Samuel, Pettus, John, Evans, and William. The three daughters married, one a Tinsley, one a Jones, and one a Bowe.

      The Virginia roster of the Revolutionary soldiers shows eleven Raglands ? David, Dudley, Evan, Edmund, Finch, Gideon, John , Pettus, Pettus, Jr., Shelton, and Thomas.

      The late Major Robert L. Ragland worked out the family history in detail from John down, but we are especially concerned with the lines of Ragland in Halifax county, one of which was Joseph E. Ragland (better known as "Ned" Ragland).

      Evan Ragland, son of John the emigrant, married Susannah Lipscomb, and moved from Louisa to Halifax county, settling on Banister river, a few miles above its confluence with the Dan river. They had five children ? Nancy, Lipscomb, Evan, John, and Anne. Two of his sons, Evan and John, were very zealous churchmen in the Episcopal Church of that day, and Evan was a gallant Revolutionary soldier, and was severely wounded in the war, his wounds never healing. He never married and bequeathed the bulk of his estate to Antrim Parish.

      John, the son of Evan (grandson of John the emigrant), married his cousin, Elizabeth Pettus, and they had nine children ? Susannah, Evan, Nancy, Dabney, John, Lipscomb, Anne, Martha and Samuel.

      Dabney Ragland, son of John, married, December, 1822, Harriet Byron Faulkner and had six children, Robert Lipscomb, Samuel H., John Pettus, Joseph E., Elizabeth A., and Harriet D. Ragland. This makes Joseph Edward Ragland fifth in descent from John the emigrant.

      John was a Revolutionary soldier. His son, Dabney, was a soldier in the War of 1812; and the four sons of Dabney were Confederate soldiers. There is evidently an old Roman strain in the family, because at the outbreak of the Civil War Dabney called his four sons together and told them that it was their duty to go to fight for their country.

      The coat-of-arms of John Ragland the emigrant is described thus:

      "Argent, three unicorns passant in plae sable. Crest, a unicorn statant gules, armed, crined and enguiche (unguled?) or."

      Mr. "Ned" Ragland began his business life at the age of fifteen (1853) as clerk in the store of his brother, the late Major Robert Lipscomb Ragland, in the village of Hyco. Later he became connected with the firm of Tucker, Chappell & Co. In 1859 he went with the firm of Owen, Jordan & Co., at Black Walnut, where he remained until March, 1860, when the firm name was changed to Owen, Ragland & Co., Mr. William L. Owen, one of the partners, retiring and Mr. Ragland taking his place.

      The war clouds were even then lowering, and a few months later, in 1861, Mr. Ragland entered the Confederate army, was a member of Company C of the Third Virginia Cavalry, which company was then under the command of Captain John A. Chappell and Lieutenant John M. Jordan, who surrendered the company at Appomattox after Captain Chappell was killed at Winchester in 1864. From that time until the surrender of lee?s army at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, Mr. Ragland served gallantly and well as a private soldier, always at his post of duty, and was among the ragged survivors with Lee at the end.

      Returning home after a short rest, he engaged in the mercantile business at Harmony, with T. B. Traynham and Mr. John M. Owen as partners. This firm continued in business until the death of Mr. Owen, in 1871, when Mr. Ragland returned to Hyco. His mercantile career, except in the four years interval of the war, covers a period of sixty-one years. He has not amassed a great fortune, but has gained a competency and the esteem of the people of a wide area. Speaking of his business history, he says: "I have tried to do my duty as I see it to my fellow men, and I have no regrets for the past in my dealing with my customers, doing unto them as I would be done by." That he has lived up to this creed is shown by the regard in which he is held by the people of his native county in which his long life has been spent.

      A Democrat in his political beliefs, he has never sought office, but has served his people as notary public and postmaster of the village in which he lives for forty years, an office more useful to the people than lucrative to the holder. He has been a Mason since 1859, and for many years a trustee of the Southern Methodist Church of his locality.

      He is an earnest and devoted advocate of the prohibition of the liquor traffic, and from time to time has contributed articles to he press of his section in advocacy of that cause. Through his long life his favorite reading has been the Bible, and for fifty years he has been a consistent follower of the Christian faith.

      He has been twice married. His first wife was Mary S. Bailey, daughter of John and Elizabeth Bailey, of Person county, N. C., to whom he was married May 3, 1868. After a brief married life she died, leaving an infant boy, Charles Dabney Ragland.

      On December 14, 1872, Mr. Ragland was married in Halifax county to Lucy A. Lawson, a daughter of David and Jane Lawson.

      The child of his first marriage, Charles Dabney Ragland, was an unusually promising and brilliant young man. After receiving a liberal education he entered on his duties as professor chemistry at Randolph-Macon College, but his useful life was cut short in his early prime, on October 30, 1900, when he passed away. This son married Miss Mary Fisher Luckett and had one daughter, Mary Bailey Ragland.

      Of the second marriage there are two children:
      Janie H. (married W. C. Slate, president of the Slate Seed Company). They have five children, Lucile, Mary Elizabeth, Joseph Edward, Martha and Elise Slate.

      The son, David Lawson Ragland, married Mary W. Stovall. He is in business in Lynchburg. They have five children, Mary L., Charles Dabney, David L., Jonathan B., and William W. Ragland.

      On a recent visit to the Ragland home we found an aged but very active couple. Mr. Ragland has the advantage of his wife in years ? I should say a good many years ? and yet he does not seem old, for he is inwardly young, with a mind as clear and bright as a man of fifty, and a most wonderful memory. This interesting couple live alone in the old home (except for the servants), and the quiet air of contentment and happiness was refreshing to one who sees only the turmoil and rush of life as it is today.

      The genial face and kindly smile of Mr. "Ned" Ragland is not easily forgotten, and his hospitality bespeaks him to the manner born.