ÒMissingÓ GENEALGOICAL EVIDENCE for Timothy Ragan/Reagan, Revolutionary War soldier, his wife, Elizabeth Trigg and his Children from Madison County, Illinois Deeds Record
Donald B. Reagan
Author of THE BOOK OF RAGAN/REAGAN
All Rights Reserved 2013
Today - January 05, 2013 - is the most memorable day in this "almost 50 years" family/ historical research on Timothy Ragan/Reagan, Revolutionary War soldier, his wife Elizabeth Trigg, and their children.
I am a direct descendant of Richard Ragan/Reagan who was the eldest son of Timothy Ragan/Reagan who served as a Revolutionary War soldier in the Continental Troops under General George Washington, from the province of Maryland.This Timothy Ragan/Reagan was born circa 1750 in Elk Ridge community, Anne Arundel County, Maryland to Timothy Ragan/Reagan, Jr. and Rachael Nelson.He was married circa 1776 to Elizabeth Trigg, daughter of Clement and Mary Ann Foreacres of Prince GeorgeÕs County, Maryland.They migrated from the province of Maryland to the temporary place of residence on the state line between Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina.And then, later, they went to Sevier County, Territory of the United States of America South of the River Ohio (now the State of Tennessee) circa 1795.My direct lineage has remained in Sevier County, Tennessee for seven generations since that pivotal year.
This family historical research had commenced in 1965 when I started to inquire about the family histories and records with older kinfolks of my fatherÕs family in Sevier County, Tennessee.I had been told that the written Ragan/Reagan family history had not existed at all.It was oral family traditions. I then knew that the family historical research would be a most difficult task for me to embark on.So, it became my lifetime goal.
All first seventy-two (72) years [1784-1856] of Sevier County records under the governments of the ÒLostÓ State of Franklin, State of North Carolina, Territory of United States of America South of the River Ohio, and State of Tennessee were lost in the courthouse fire in March 1856 at Sevierville, Tennessee.
I then realized I would have to look away from Sevier County, Tennessee for family traditions; family records; and contemporary (federal, state and local) public records.
So I started to search for any contemporary records I could find on Timothy Ragan/Reagan, Revolutionary War soldier; Elizabeth Trigg; and children in the States of Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.With all contemporary records that I was able to discover from 1965 to 1993, it had taken me a long while to put family data together for a complete family history.
Hopefully by the grace of God, the existence of some record(s) for Timothy Ragan/Reagan, Elizabeth Trigg, and children would show up for me in an unlikely manner.It had happened so many times for me over the years.
In 1984, the photocopy of Harkey H. HuskeyÕs (typewritten copy) family manuscript came to this writer from my friend who worked at Mid-Continental Public Library at Independence, Missouri.It had supported my family historical research on Timothy and Elizabeth Trigg Ragan/Reagan, and children that I had done earlier.
As stated by Mrs. Dorothy Huskey Odell and others, the writer of family manuscript was Harkey H. Huskey.He was the youngest son of James and Rhoda Ragan/Reagan Huskey; and grandson of Timothy and Elizabeth Trigg Ragan/Reagan.He was born on 20 May 1833 in Perry County, Alabama and died on 20 May 1908 in LaPorte, Harris County, Texas.
As it had been stated to me, this family manuscript was written down betwen late 1890Õs and early 1900Õs from his personal knowledge of earliest Ragan/Reagan and Huskey/Husky families from his father and mother, James and Rhoda Ragan/Reagan Huskey in Macoupin County, Illinois.Upon the recommendation of my lawyer friend in 1993, it was suggested that this family manuscript (typewritten copy) was to be used verbatim in the new book, THE BOOK OF RAGAN/REAGAN.Ever since then, it became a public source record.
From fourth paragraph of the family manuscript, Harkey H. Huskey listed the children of Timothy and Elizabeth Ragan/Reagan from his personal knowledge.It is as follows:
ÒRichard ÒReason ÒNancy ÒRobert
ÒKatherine ÒRhoda ÒJeremiah ÒJoshua
ÒTimothy Òand three girls whose names cannot be recalled by the writerÓ
Again, in 1990, the original 1906 autobiography by Richard Robinson Ragan/Reagan of Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois was given to this writer by my cousin, Mrs. Eva F. England of Warrenton, Missouri for posterity.It had lent credibility to my family historical research on Timothy and Elizabeth Trigg Ragan/Reagan, and children again.Mrs. Eva F. England was a descendant of James and Rhoda Ragan/Reagan Huskey of Macoupin County, Illinois. She informed this writer by mail that she was given this letter in person while she was visiting her kinfolks in Macoupin County, Illinois.She kept it till it came into the hand of this writer.
This Richard Robinson Ragan/Reagan of Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois was the son of Joshua and Jane Huskey Ragan/Reagan; and grandson of Timothy and Elizabeth Trigg Ragan/Reagan.He was born on 03 Sep 1828 in White Oak Flats, Sevier County, Tennessee, and died on 08 Apr 1916 in Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois.
Upon the recommendation of my lawyer friend in 1993 again, it was suggested that this original family letter (typewritten copy) was to be used verbatim in the new book, THE BOOK OF RAGAN/REAGAN.Ever since then, it became a public source record.
From the first paragraph of the original 1906 autobiography by Richard Robinson Ragan/Reagan of Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois, he wrote a bit of family history from his personal knowledge.It is as follows:
ÒI Richard R. Reagan, Was born Sept. 3rd, 1828, in Sevier County, East Tennessee My Fathers name was Joshua, Grand FatherÕs name was Ti[m]othy and Grand Mother Reagan maidenÕs name was Elizabeth Trigg. my MotherÕs name was Jane Husky and Grand MotherÕs Husky maiden name was Jane Miller. I went with my parents to Madison County, Missouri, in the fall of Q1833; where we resided til late in the fall of 1835, when I again moved with the family to St. Clair county, Ill.. where Father got a job of work for a month or two, as wood chopper and rail splitter on the banks of the MISSISSIPPIRIVER. then about June when the family was a gain on the move; this time we landed in Macoupin County Ill. which has been my home since the summer of 1838. Father bough a small farm on HodgesÕ Creek, where erected a long cabin; where we lived til the Spring of 1841, when moved on a farm north west of where Palmyra is now situated.The family resided on this place til Spring of 1844, we emigrated to a farm which Father bought of Coulter in what is now Barr township, Here the family resided til Sept. 1856, when Father and Mother and the minor children, moved to Phelps County Missouri where after a few years Mother died.After the breaking out of the war, Father and a few of the children returned to Ill.Ó
Just recently, Robert C. Evans of Troy, Illinois, a descendant of Davis and Catherine "Caty" Ragan/Reagan Carter, was doing research on Carter and Ragan/Reagan lineage at Madison County, Illinois courthouse. And, this is where he found Timothy ReaganÕs Power of Attorney as recorded in Madison County, Illinois deeds record. [See attached.]
As it shows from Madison County, Illinois deeds record, we are very grateful for the foresight by our Revolutionary War soldier, Timothy Ragan/Reagan, when he executed the power of attorney for the family of Timothy Ragan/Reagan in Sevier County, Tennessee to Davis Carter and his wife Catherine Ragan/Reagan Carter of Madison County, Illinois as true and Lawful Attorneys to handle and settle the estate of Rezin (Reason) Ragan/Reagan, deceased. Ê
Here is the transcript on ÒTimothy Reagan's Power of Attorney to Davis Carter and his wife Catey Carter." [This Power of Attorney for Timothy Ragan/Reagan was duly proven and recorded at Sevier County courthouse in 1815/1816, but it was lost in courthouse fire of 1856.] Ê
Source: TIMOTHY REAGAN, POWER OF ATTORNEY, TO DAVISÊCARTER AND HIS WIFE CATY CARTERÊ
- Deeds Book 6, Page 206-207-208
Madison County, Illinois, RecorderÕs Office, Edwardsville, Illinois
In left-side margin before text, it is written as:
ÒPower of Attorney to D. CarterÓ
ÒState of Tennessee)
ÒSevrere CountyÊ Ê Ê) Ê ÊKnow all men by these presents that we Timothy ReaganÊsenior Farther and next friend to Timothy Reagan junr his son and Jeremiah Reagan and Joshua Reagan Minor Brothers to Rezin Reagan deceased and Richard Reagan, Rachel Mahan wife of Edward Mahan, Nancy Reagan, Sally Reagan, Betsey Emmett wife of Philip Emmett, Drusila Emmett wife of Frederick Emmett, all of the County of Sevrer and State aforesaid have made Constituted and appointed Davis Carter and his wife Catey Carter of Illinois territory Matson County and wood river township our true and LawfullÊ
Attorneys for us and to our use to ask demand and receive, sue for and receive all such sum or sums of many Debts or dues whatsoever that be owing or any manner be a coming to us heirs of the Estate of Rezin Reagan deceased late of the Illinois Territary Matson County and wood river township and further we do hereby Empower our said Attorneys to Administer in our names and in our Room and Steads as all the goods and Chattel Lands and tenements, rights and Credits of the aforesaid Rezin Reagan deceased and Enter into the same in as full and ample a manner as we or any of us in our own right might or Could do receive personally prevent at the doing thereof and another recovery of any such goods and Chattels Lands or tenements as aforesaid, to dispose of and sell and conveyance to make thereto for the same and Instruments of writing or acquaintances that might Legally be required of us to make in our Names and all things Necessary to be done Concerning the premises aforesaid we do hereby Authorise and Empower our said Attorneys aforesaid to Execute and fulfill in as full and ample a manner as we ourselves might or could do were we personally present at the doing thereof one or more Attorneys under them to make and again at their pleasure to revoke hereby Ratifying and Confirming by these presents whatsoever our said Attorneys shall Legally do concerning the premises aforesaid.ÊÊIn witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals the 19th Day of December in the year of our Lord 1815.Ó
ÒSigned sealed and acknowledged) ( Timothey ReaganÊÊÊ[Seal]
Òbefore usÊ Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê ÊÊ Ê) ( Richard ReaganÊÊ ÊÊ[Seal]
ÒTest- Steward OwensÊÊ Ê ÊÊ Ê ÊÊÊ Ê Ê) (Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê ÊÊhis
ÊÊ ÊÊhisÊ Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê ÊÊÊ) ( EdwardÊÊXÊÊMahanÊÊ[Seal]
ÊÊ Ê Ê ÊÊBenjaminÊÊXÊÊCattelÊ Ê Ê ÊÊ Ê Ê ÊÊ) ( ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê Ê ÊÊMark
ÊÊ ÊÊmarkÓÊ Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê Ê ÊÊÊ) ( ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê ÊÊher
( ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê ÊÊmark
( ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê ÊÊher
( ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê ÊÊmarkÊÊ
( Phillip EmmettÊ Ê Ê ÊÊ[Seal]
( Frederick EmmettÊÊÊ[Seal]Ó
ÒState of Tennessee)ÊÊ
ÒSevere CountyÊÊ Ê ÊÊ) Then was the Execution of the within Power of AttorneyÊbeing duly proven in Open Court by the Oaths of Stewards Owens and Benjamin Cattel the subscribing witnesses thereto and the same is AdmittedÊto Record.ÊÊIn testimony whereof I Samuel Wear Clerk of the Court of pleas and quarter sessions of Severe County have hereunto set my hand and affixed the public seal of my County at Office this 20th day of December 1815.Ó
Ò[L. S.]Ó ÒSaml. WearÊÊCÊÊSÊÊCÓÊÊ Ê
ÒState of Tennessee)
to wit. )
ÒÊSevere CountyÊÊ Ê) I Joseph Vance presiding Justice of the Court of Pleas and quarter sessions for the said County do hereby Certify thatÊthe foregoing Attestation hereto annexed made by Samuel Wear Clerk of the said Court is due form and that full faith and Credit is due thereto in every Court within the United States.ÊÊGiven under my hand and seal this 8th Day of January in the year of our Lord 1816.Ó
Ê ÒJoseph Vance [Seal]Ó
ÒState of Tennessee.
ÒSevere County Court December Sessions 1815.ÊÊPresent and in their seats the Worshipful Joseph Vance, Josiah Rogers, Andrew Cowen Justices; this day Timothey Reagan senior into open Court and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he had Eleven Children sons and daughters born to him in Lawful Wedlock by his wife Elizabeth, named as follows, to wit, Richard Reagan his Eldest son _ Rizen Reagan _ Rachel Reagan formerly now Rachel Mahan by Entermarriage with Edward Mahan_ÊNancy Reagan _ Sally Reagan _ Betsey Reagan formerly now Betsey by marriage with Philip Emmet _ CatyÊ
ÒReagan formerly, now Caty Carter by Marriage with Davis Carter, Drusilla Reagan formerly now Drusilla Emmett by Marriage with Frederick Emmett, and his three youngest sons (to wit) Timothy Reagan, Jeremiah Reagan and Joshua Reagan all of whom the above named are Brothers and Sisters and now living except for Rezin Reagan above mentioned, when he the said deponent is Informed, is deceased and died as he the said deponent understands in the Illinois Territory and the said deponent further states that the above named Brothers and Sisters are the true and Lawful heirs of the estate of above named Rezin Reagan decd and all now of Lawfull age except his three youngest sons above mentioned, (to wit) Timothy Reagan _ Jeremiah Reagan and Joshua Reagan aforesaid who are minors and under Lawfull age and are now living under his care and tutition of him the aforesaid Timothy Reagan senr aforesaid their father: Sworn to and subscribed in open Court the 20th day of December one thousand eight hundred and fifteen 1815.
ÒTest. Timothy ReaganÓ
ÒState of Tennessee Sevier County Court December 1815.ÊÊThen was the Execution of the foregoing affidavit being duly proven in open Court by the Oath of Timothy Reagan the subscriber thereto and the same is admited to record.ÊÊIn testimony whereof I Saml Wearm Cleark of the Court of Pleas and quarter sessions of Severe County have hereunto set my hand and affized the public seal of my said County at Office in Sevarville this 20th day of December 1815.Ó
ÒSaml. WearÊÊ ÊÊC.ÊÊS.ÊÊC.Ó
ÒState of Tennessee)
ÒSevrer CountyÊ Ê Ê ÊÊ) I Joseph Vance one of the presiding Magestrates for theÊCounty and State aforesaid do hereby Cetifiy that the attestation hereunto annexed made by Samuel Wear Clerk of the said Court is in due form and that full faith and Credits is due thereto in every Court within the United States.ÊÊGiven under my hand and seal this 8 Day of January in the year of our Lord 1816.Ó
ÒJoseph Vance [Seal]Ó
Ò(Recorded Sept. 7th 1822.)Ó
[The recorded date was entered by the clerk of Madison County, Illinois RecorderÕs Office.]
On this ÒTimothy Ragan/Reagan's Power of Attorney,Ó I personally recognize "Samuel Wear, C.S.C.Ó He was the first clerk of Sevier County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. ÊHe had served in that capacity as clerk of county court from 1784 to 1817 under four governments. ÊAnd ÒC.S.C.Ó stands for Clerk of Sevier County.And, I also recognize Joseph Vance and Benjamin Catlett as early settlers in Sevier County, Tennessee too.So, this power of attorney is for real!
I have already noted that Timothy Ragan/Reagan, Revolutionary War soldier, did not name one son, Robert Nelson, and one daughter, Rhoda, in the power of attorney. ÊBut I do know from my family historical research that Robert Nelson Ragan and Rhoda Ragan, wife of James Huskey belonged to the family of Timothy Ragan and Elizabeth Trigg.I am now wondering if it is human error by the clerk of Sevier County, Tennessee Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in 1815/1816, orÊby Timothy Ragan's memory lapse when he make this declaration at Sevier County, TN Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in Sevierville, TN. ÊWe will never know what the truth is for these glaring omissions.
This ÒmissingÓ Genealogical Evidence, Timothy Ragan/ReaganÕs power of attorney from Madison County, Illinois, is and will always be most crucial document in Ragan/Reagan family history forever.
Huskey, Harkey H., Unpublished Personal Memoirs, late 1890Õs/early 1900Õs [As appeared fully in THE BOOK OF RAGAN/REAGAN, Page A-2 to A-6]
Madison County, Illinois RecorderÕs Office, Timothy ReaganÕs Power of Attorney to Davis Carter and his wife Catey Carter, Deeds Book 6, Page 206-207-208, Edwardsville, Illinois.
Reagan, Donald B., THE BOOK OF RAGAN/REAGAN, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, 1993, Pages 15-30; Pages 245-251; and Pages 291-292.
Reagan, Richard R., Autobiography - 29 Apr 1906 Letter, 1906 [As appeared fully in the BOOK OF RAGAN/REAGAN, Page A-7]