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Nancy (McPherson) Ragan (1808 - 1905)

Nancy Ragan formerly McPherson
Born in Tennesseemap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 15 May 1827 in Williamson County, TNmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 97 in Maury Couny, Tennessee, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Apr 2015
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Nancy's birth date is given as April 1808 in the 1900 Federal Census. The Find a Grave website reports her birth date as October 1, 1808, and place as North Carolina, USA. Her son, Neely's, birth month is listed as October in the 1900 Census. The 1880 Federal Census lists both her parents as being from North Carolina. In 1900, she has had 5 children, 5 of whom are still living.

Home in 1850: District 22, Maury, Tennessee, USA [1]

  • Thompson Ragin, 42
  • Nancy Ragin, 40
  • R M Matthews, 23
  • Martha Matthews, 16
  • Eliza Matthews, 14
  • James Matthews, 12
  • Samuel Matthews, 10
  • Samiza Matthews, 8
  • Audy Matthews, 6
  • Mary Matthews, 4

Home in 1860: District 23, Maury, Tennessee [2]

  • Thompson Ragin, 56
  • Nancy Ragin, 48
  • Louisa Ragin, 25
  • Sarah L Ragin, 18
  • Andrew J Ragin, 16
  • Mary Ragin, 12
  • Elizabeth Ragin, 10
  • William Neely Ragin, 9
  • Susan A Ragin, 4

Home in 1870: District 23, Maury, Tennessee [3]

  • Nancy Ragan, 60
  • Mary Ragan , 21
  • Neely Ragan, 19
  • Lizzie Ragan, 17
  • Susan Ragan, 14

Home in 1880: District 23, Maury, Tennessee [4]

  • Nancie Ragan, 72
  • Neely Ragan, 26

Home in 1900: Civil District 23, Maury, Tennessee [5]

  • Neely Ragan, 54
  • Nancy Ragan, 99
  • Hattie Brown, 32
  • Octie Brown, 11

She passed away in 1905, and was buried at Ragan Cemetery, Rally Hill, Maury County, Tennessee.[6]


Will of Nancy Ragan, probated Oct. 9, 1905

I, Nancy Ragan being of mature years, of sound mind, and considering the fraility of life and the certainity of death, do make and publish this as my last will and testament which is as follows to wit.

That my burial expenses shall be paid and my doctor's bill, if there be any.

That my personal property shall be distributed as follows: To my son John one dollar; to my daughter Martha Robason one dollar; to my son James one dollar; to the children of my daughter Lemiza Brown one dollar equally divided between them; to my son Andrew one dollar; to my daughter Mary Robason one dollar; To the children of my daughter Elizabeth Brown one dollar equally divided between them; to my daughter Susan Robason one dollar; and to my youngest son Neely Ragan I give and bequeath all the remainder of the propertu that I possess both personal and real, of every character and description to have, hold and control as he may see cause to do with, any and all such property as I may be possessed of at my death.

I have let my son Andrew Ragan have fifty dollars in cash which I relinquish in consideration of his having built two chimneys, one to my dwelling house, and the other to my kitchen. I would further state there is a judgement on W.A. Glenn's docket in my favor and against Allen Adcock, which the above memtioned propert shall also to into the hands of my son Neely in order to assist in the payment of my burial expenses, and to futher compensate him for the support he has given me, and the care he has taken of me for the last twenty five years. I also desire that my grandson John T. Robason shall not be allowed a house on the above mentioned realty. I hereby appoint my son Neely Ragan as my executor and that he shall not be required to give hand as such.

I declare this to be my last will and testamony whereonto I set my hand calling on W.M. Andrews and D.A. Johnson for witnessessin signing in my presence, the eighth day of August eighteen hundred and ninety nine. Nancy, her X mark Ragan. W.M. Andrews, D.A. Johnson, witnesses.


Ragan Family Reunion in 1888:

Follow up on this post: "There are some McPherson's in Maury Co. Tn. Nancy McPherson married Thomas (Thompson) Ragan. She was dau. of Enoch McPherson and Sarah Neal. Enoch's parents were-William McPherson and Phoebe Passmore. William was the son of Daniel McPherson and Ruth Shires. Hope you are part of this family and this helps you."


  1. 1850 United States Federal Census ; Year: 1850; Census Place: District 22, Maury, Tennessee; Roll: M432_890; Page: 249A; Image: 489
  2. 1860 United States Federal Census; Year: 1860; Census Place: District 23, Maury, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1264; Page: 509; Family History Library Film: 805264
  3. 1870 United States Federal Census; Year: 1870; Census Place: District 23, Maury, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1548; Page: 665A; Image: 112567; Family History Library Film: 553047
  4. 1880 United States Federal Census; Year: 1880; Census Place: District 23, Maury, Tennessee; Roll: 1271; Family History Film: 1255271; Page: 103B; Enumeration District: 154
  5. 1900 United States Federal Census ; Year: 1900; Census Place: Civil District 23, Maury, Tennessee; Roll: 1589; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0093; FHL microfilm: 1241589
  6. Find A Grave Memorial# 19654572

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