William Ragan1

Male, #43350, (say 1718 - circa 1786)
Ancestry Unknown* Information about the ancestry and siblings of William Ragan is wanted. See page footer for contact information. 
Birth*say 1718 William was born say 1718. 
Marriage*say 1739 He married Lucy (?) say 1739.2 
American Revolution*between 1775 and 1783 He provided service in the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783
(DAR Listing: William Ragan, born circa 1738 (sic), died before 28 Apr 1787 in South Carolina, married Lucy ___, Patriotic Service, South Carolina.)3 
Will*15 Jan 1785 He made a will at Saint Mark's Parish, Craven Co., South Carolina, on 15 Jan 1785, naming as heir(s) Lucy Ragan and Elizabeth Broughton.

In the name of God Amen. I William Ragan of St. Marks Parish in Craven County in the State of South Carolina considering the transitoryness of life do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament (being at this time of sound and dispossing mind and memory Judgment and understanding) that is to say, it is my will that all my just debts be well and truly satisfied and paid out of my Estate within some convenient time after my decease by my executors herein after named.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Lucy Ragan the use of my dwelling house during her natural life with her maintenance out of my moveable Estate which is to be kept together for that purpose as long as she lives.

My daughter Lucy Ragan and her daughter Mary Ragan is to have their maintenance till the death of my wife or until my daughter Lucy shall get married if that should happen before.

Likewise my son William Ragan is to be maintained with his Mother till her death after which the whole of my moveable Estate is to be sold (except a negro Boy named Sharpar) and to be divided in the manner herein after mentioned.

Item. I give to my daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Edward Broughton, one Guinea.

Item. I give to my daughter Jemimey, the wife of William Griffen, the sum of One Guinea.

Item. I give to my daughter Sarah, the wife of William Saundey, one third of my moveable Estate after it shall be sold and the legacies paid which are herein after mentioned.

Item. I give to my daughter Frances, the wife of Richard Harvin, the sum of One Guinea.

Item. I give to my son John Ragin the sum of One Guinea.

Item. I give to my daughter Tabitha, the wife of Richard Rodgers, one third part of my moveable Estate after it shall be sold and the legacies paid which are herein mentioned.

Item. I give to my daughter Lucy Ragan one third part of my moveable Estate after it shall be sold and the legacies paid which are herein mentioned.

Item. I give to my son William Ragan during his natural life the use and service of a Negro boy named Sharper and the interest of two hundred and twenty Pounds Sterling which is to be put at interest for the purpose of maintaining him by my Executors and after his death the Negro Sharper if alive is to be sold and what he fetches with the two hundred and twenty Pounds to be divided in manner following that is to say one hundred Pounds to be divided equally between the children of my son John Ragan to be paid to them as they arrive to the age of twenty-one years and one hundred Pounds to be equally divided between the children of daughter Jemimey Griffen to be paid to them as they arrive to the age of twenty-one years and the remainder to be equally divided among the children of my daughter Francis Harvin as they come to the age of twenty one years.

Item. I give bequeath and demise unto my two grandsons, William Saundey, the son of my daughter Sarah Saundey, and John Broughton, the son of my daughter Elizabeth Broughton, and their heirs forever all my real Estate to be equally divided between them at the discretion of my Executors.

Item. I give to my granddaughter Mary Ragan, daughter of my daughter Lucy Ragan, the sum of forty Pounds Sterling to be put at interest after my Estate is sold and is to be paid to her either at her being married or the age of twenty-one years, and in case she dies before she comes of age or marries, then I give it with the interest to my daughter Lucy Ragan.

And lastly I constitute and appoint my loving friends John James, Samuel Little and William Saundery to be my Executors to this my last Will and Testament revoking and disannulling all former wills and bequests by me made heretofore and acknowledging this to be my Will. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five and in the ninth year of the independence of America. Sealed published and declared by the above named William Ragan for and his last Will and Testament in the presence of
Josiah Furman
Thomas Casity
Sarah Furman.

William (x) Ragan

Recorded in Will Book A1, Page 384.
Recording date not available.
Ord. not known.
Apt. 130, Pkg. 5116.4
 
Death*circa 1786 He died circa 1786. 
Probate*28 Apr 1787 A probate action was taken on his estate on 28 Apr 1787 at Kershaw Co., South Carolina,

William Ragan's estate was apraised for £522 in property and £238 in bonds and notes.4 

Family 1

Lucy (?) (say 1721 - )
Marriage*say 1739 He married Lucy (?) say 1739.2 

Family 2

Child
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited30 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2001 to Warren Culpepper from Herbert W. "Hub" Broughton.
  2. Lucy is named in her husband's will.
  3. DAR Patriot Index, Washington, DC: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2003.
  4. Craven County Wills, Loose papers, Repository: Camden SC Archives & Museum.