Abner Ragland was a carriage maker in Putnam County Georgia. He died at the age of 59 in 1829, leaving a widow, eight sons, and a daughter. Five of his sons became carriage makers, and after the Civil War, most of them became mechanics.
Born about 1770 in Hanover County, VA, Abner was the eldest son of Gideon Ragland (1723 to 1795), the grandson of Evan Ragland, Jr. (1683 to 1739) of New Kent County, VA, and the great-grandson of Evan Ragland, Sr. (1655 to 1716), the original Ragland immigrant who was kidnapped as a child and sold into indentured servitude in Virginia..
Abner was listed as a taxpayer in St. Paul's Parrish, Hanover County, VA in the years 1788, 1790, 1791-3, 1796-7, 1798, and 1799.
On March 3, 1799, Abner was married to Nancy Fox, daughter of Richard and Hannah Fox, in Mecklenburg County, VA. Four children were born in Virginia to Abner and Nancy: Reuben (about 1806), Polly (about 1808), Richard (about 1811), and Edward (about 1812).
According to a letter written June 15, 1902 by Abnerís grandson, James Henry Ragland (son of John) of Coweta County GA to a DAR columnist in the Atlanta Constitution, Abner served in the War of 1812 in Captain William J. Minton's Company, Thomas Regiment. Since Captain William J Minton's Company is listed as a Georgia Company composed to a great extent of men from Putnam County GA, it would appear that Abner was in Georgia when he enlisted.
Abner appeared on the tax lists for Putnam County, Georgia in 1813. In 1814, Abnerís fourth son, Williamson Ragland, was born in Georgia. About 1819 Abner fifth son, John Ragland, was born in Putnam county.
The census of 1820 showed Abner with five sons and one daughter.
In 1827, Abner was awarded land in the Cherokee Land Lottery. Abner died in 1829 in Putnam County GA.
According to Hanover County Chauncery wills and notes written in 1833 after the death of Abnerís mother, Mary (Davis) Ragland, Abner had only seven children: Reuben, Richard, Polly, William, Edward, John, and Nancy. However, the census of 1830 for Jones County GA (adjacent to Purnam County) showed a widow named Nancy Ragland with three sons under ten in her household as well as three older children who were the correct ages to have been Edward, John, and Polly Ragland. In appears that Abner and Nancy produced three more sons between 1820 and Abner's death in 1829, but their names are unknown.