Thanks for your detailed search. It's great to see some enrollment dates!I agree that Isaac Ragsdale(b. 1797) would have a trail to follow.He married Mary Sanders, b. 1801, Cherokee Nation(GA). His brother, Thomas,b. 1799, married Mary, b. 1803, Hiawassee TN and their brother William, b. 1805, married Nelly, born 1805, Hiawassee.
I show John Ragsdale, son of Benjamin Ragsdale and Susannah Price, born Chester, SC. This Benjamin died 1815, Anderson County SC. John's brother, Hezekiah, b. about 1758, Chester, SC had two sons, Wiley and William, who remained in SC. Wiley had a son named Benjamin and I have no data on William.
There are a great many Benjamin Ragsdales!
I have two that I cannot connect with fathers: Benjamin Ragsdale, who married
Mary Ann Rudd, 5 Jun 1828, McMinn, TN and Benjamin Ragsdale, who married Rebecca Terrell, 11 Jan 1831, Hall County, GA. This last one is interesting because it is just over the mountain from Anderson County, SC and probably is the Benjamin you have found who enrolled April 7, 1832.If he is the one, then William Ragsdale must have married a Cherokee as well. [Peter Ragsdale, also]
John Ragsdale married Nellie Harnage and they had 7 children: Elizabeth(1795), Isaac(1797), Thomas(1799), Susie(1801), John,Jr.
(1803), William(1805) and Ezekiel(1807).
Dr. Emmet Starr did not include a Benjamin in their offspring.
The German heritage would not have been my Benjamin Ragsdale(my 3rd Great Grandfather).
The Ragsdales came from England, settling in Virginia, then moving to NC, SC and going West to TN and KY before continuing on West.
My Benjamin's father was probably born in Southern VA, probably Lunenburg County, who moved to Caswell County NC where my Benjamin was born 1807/1808 in the Richmond District.
I found good evidence in the 1790 Census to support this idea.In the Lawrence County, Ark Censuses for both 1850 and 1860, Benjamin, wife Polly(Mary), states he was born in NC.I got the Atlas out and followed the trail.Benjamin had uncles and cousins who had already gone to KY directly from VA.He went to Knox County, KY sometime before 1825.Knox Co. was formed out of Lincoln Co. Dec 19 1799. Records stored in the Courthouse show that the Knox Co. part of the Old Wilderness Road began at Cumberland Gap. Daniel Boone blazed the Wilderness Road in the Spring of 1775 and Harrodsburg and Boonesborough were both established that year, the year the Revolution began in the seaboard colonies.
Settlers began to pour into KY from VA and the Yadkin and Catawba Valleys of North Carolina. The Revolutionary War was 4/19/1775 to 11/26/1783. At least two of Benjamin's uncles served as Captains and others were soldiers who applied for pensions in KY. The officers got large land bounties in KY.
Benjamin married Mary "Polly" Coffelt 19 May 1825. He was about 18 years old. A record of their marriage is at Knox County, KY. Polly's parents moved there when she was a baby from Greene County, TN in the Appalachians. Her father was the son of Phillip Kaufeldt, b. 1738, Philadelphia. His parents emigrated from Germany. Phillip married a woman from Ireland, Eleanor Nelley Ryan. Polly Coffelt's father, John, married Elizabeth Roy,whose parents came from England and Scotland. John Coffelt had a twin brother, Henry, who married in Greene County, TN and then moved his family to Knox County, KY also. Later on, both John and Henry Coffelt moved their families to Arkansas. After the birth of their son, Silas(1835) my Benjamin and wife Polly moved their growing family to Arkansas, to Spring,or Imboden,Lawrence County. This is near Newport, Arkansas. There are records of homestead applications in the Federal Land Records. Polly's father died 1839, leaving a will.His brother, Henry, died that year also.
One of Henry Coffelt's descendants, Ida Belle Coffelt(born about 1866)married James Buffington in OK Territory. Buffington is from the Capt. John Lightfoot line, Deer Clan, and is listed as 1/2 Cherokee. His other Indian bloodline is Delaware.
If you find the above Benjamin, who married Rebecca Terrell, Hall County, GA, please post who his father was.Also, the other one who married in McMinn TN.
There was also a Peter Ragsdale who lived in Greenville, SC.This is just over the mountain from GA also and he may be the father of one of the Benjamin's.
Thanks for all your helpful responses.