Will on file in Montgomery County, Indiana.
"Vacation 1842--Be it remembered that on this 11th day of June A. D. 1842 in vacation of the Probate Court of the county of Montgomery in the state of Indiana the last will and testament of Richard Ragsdale deceased was produced before the undersigned clerk of said court and admitted to proof which said Will and the proof thereof is in these words and figures to wit: In the name of God amen. I Richard Ragsdale of the county of Montgomery, state of Indiana being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, and calling in mind the mortality of my body and knowing that is is appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all, I give and reccoment to be buried in a decent christian like manner no thing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty powers of God, And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First after my debts and funeral expenses are paid I give and bequeath unto my son Richard Ragsdale one colt and, one bed and furniture 2nd I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Ragsdale one bed and furniture. 3rd My will and desire is for my wife to have all the residue of my property during her natural life and lastly, after her death for all the property to be equally divided among my seven children, Elizabeth, Alexander, Dorcas, Richard and Jane, Rebecca and Malinda. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this thirtieth day of September 1840. Richard Ragsdale. Test. James Tate, Francis Evins, Joseph Ragsdale.
State of Indiana, Montgomery County--Be is remembered that on this 11th day of June A. D. 1842 before me the undersigned Clerk of the Probate Court of said county personally appears James Tate, Francis Evins and Joseph Ragsdale the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Richard Ragsdale deceased, who being duly sworn in oath declare that they saw the said Richard Ragsdale the testator therein named sign and seal the same by putting his mark thereto as the same appears, that they heard him publicly pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension and belief of sound proper and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and that they by request of said testator, and in his presence, and in the presend of each other subscribed their names thereto as witnesses. Subscribed and sworn to before me this said 11th day of June, AD 1842. Jams. W. Lynn Clerk per A Thomson Deputy. James Tate, Francis Evins, Joseph Ragsdale.
I James W. Lynn Clerk of the Probate Court of the county of Montgomery in the state of Indiana, do certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the last will and testament of Richard Ragsdale, late of the said county deceased, that the same has been duly proven according to law and that administration of the goods, chattels, rights, credits, monies and effects, which of the said deceased at the time of his death, with a copy of the said last will and testament annexed is by me granted unto Alexander Ragsdale, and the said Alexander Ragsdale is authorized to administer the same according to law. Witness my hand and the seal of said court the 11th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two.
Name Section Acres Date Book Page
RAGSDALE, Joseph 35 160 9-16-1826
RATGSDALE, Richard 35 240 11-10-1826
The following information is from Terri Ragsdale, who wrote a book called " The Ancestral Heritage of Clarence Wilbur Ragsdale".
"Our Richard was born about 1765 in St. James Parish, Lunenburg County,
Virginia. (There was another Richard born the same time who I also did some
research on. I wanted to make sure I was working on the right Richard!) This
other Richard married a Susanna Allen, moved to Georgia, and was the son of
Peter Ragsdale. It didn't take long to rule him out as being our Richard.
Then I started tracing our Richard and his many moves. Richard married Rebecca
Pollard in Nov. of 1785. (Surr. on this marriage was Wm. Burchett)
Rebecca was born in Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg
County, VA. Richard purchased a piece of land in Lunenburg County in 1791,
which he later sold to his brother Drury in 1792. (Drury later sold this land
himself and moved to Kentucky.) I believe Richard may have purchased this land
with with an inheritance from his father, but this is not proven. This land was
purchased from John Norris, Sr. and it ran alongside the "Burchett's" property
line. Richard's sister, Ann, married a Burchett.(She married Young Burchett, brother of William who was surr. on marriage)
Now, when Richard sold the land to his brother, Drury, it was interesting to
note the people who signed the deed. Alexander Lester signed and he married
Richard's sister, Mary. Elisha Pollard signed it and he was Rebecca's brother.
Also a George Clarke signed it. He was the executor of Joseph Ragsdale's will.
Joseph is Richard's father. Also, the description of the property was
interesting. The description of the property lines in the deed are stated as
"Land lying in Lunenburg County on the Waters of Meherrin River, and containing
one hundred and eighteen acres more or less, bounded as follows Vis, Beginning
at Robert Scotts line, on a branch of Meherrin River thence along Scotts line to
Henry Pollards line, thence along Pollard's line to E___ Burchetts line, thence
along Burchetts line to George Clarks line; thence along Clarks line to the
So here we have quite an interesting connection of people. We have now tied
Richard's land in with Henry Pollard as well as George Clark. We have also tied
in Robert Scott, who married Richard's sister, Jane Ragsdale. We also have
Burchetts as neighbors who married Richard's sister, Ann.
Now, in 1793 Richard and Rebecca moved to Madison County, KY. He is found on
the tax lists between the years of 1793-1798. This is where my Drury was born.
In 1799 Richard moved his family to Shelby County, KY where he purchased more
land. Rebecca died between 1802-05 in Kentucky. In 1805 Richard married Martha
Like you, I found records on the Pollard's that shows Henry Pollard selling his
property in 1793 and moving to Madison County, KY - the same time Richard and
Rebecca moved. This was probably the land neighboring Richard's land in
Lunenburg County, VA.
Richard is found in the personal property tax books in Shelby County, KY between
the years 1799-1801. The year 1802 was not legible. Henry County was formed
from Shelby County in 1799 and Richard shows up in the Henry County personal
property tax books between 1804-1823.
The 1810 Henry County, KY census lists Richard as follows:
3 Free While Males age 10-16
1 Free White Male age 26-45
2 Free White Females under age 10
2 Free White Females age 10-16
1 Free White Female age 26-45
In 1824 a part of Henry County, KY becomes Oldham County and Richard shows up in
those personal property tax books in 1824 and 1825. In 1826 Richard sold his
land to Joseph Fible for $1,414 and moved to Indiana.
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