- Francis Marion Ragan lived in Macouping County, Illinois until leaving for his
military service with the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was listed
with his parents in the 1850 Federal Census of Macoupin County, Illinois. In
the 1860 Federal Census of Macoupin County, Illinois, he was listed with his
brother, Richard Robinson Ragan.
Serving with the Confederate Army, Francis Marion Ragan enlisted as a private
in Company D, 8th Regiment of Missouri Infantry on 7 August 1862 at Eleven
Points Mill in Shannon County, Missouri. His term of enlistment was for three
years, or, the duration of the war. His personal description at the enlistment
was grey eyes, light hair, fair complexion, and was 5 feet 7 inches tall. He
was a Junior 2nd Lieutenant when his regiment surrendered at New Orleans,
Louisiana on 26 May 1865. He was a prisoner of war for a very short time and
was paroled on 7 June 1865 in Alexandria, Louisiana.
He returned home in late 1865 to Macoupin County, Illinois where his father was
living during the Civil War. He "was a school teacher at Lick Skillet school
near Palmyra in Macoupin County, Illinois. The little schoolhouse was still
standing" in 1993 according to direct descendants.
Francis Marion Ragan and his second wife Elizabeth were listed in the 1870
Federal Census of Macoupin County, Illinois. He was appointed as administrator
for his father's estate by the Macoupin County Court after his father's death
13 October 1874. The final settlement was made in 1878.
After settling his father's estate, Francis Marion and his wife Elizabeth
migrated to Henderson County, Texas. In the 1880 Federal Census, they were
listed in Henderson County, Texas. There were two children in the household:
Lucy A., age 8; and Windrield B., age 1.
Francis Marion Ragan was buried in the Sonora Cemetery.
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 48, 51.
"Joshua Reagan", Lula F. Shelton, 1982, p 70.
"The Book of Ragan/Reagan," Donald B. Reagan, 1993, p 370, 386, 387.