- James H. Reagan was born in the White Oak Flats community untile his marriage.
In both the 1830 and 1840 Federal Census of Sevier County, Tennessee, he is
listed with his parents.
James H. went across the Great Smoky Mountains and met his future bride, Martha
"Patsy" Bradley on the Bradley Fork of Oconalufty River in Haywood County,
Shortly after the marriage, James H. and his wife Martha "Patsy" Bradley moved
to Sevier County, Tennessee for a "temporary" two years stay. Then they
returned to Bradley Fork of Oconalufty River in Haywood County, North Carolina
to establish their permanent home.
On 29 May 1848, James H. bought 89 acres of land from his father-in-law Isaac
Bradley for $10.00. This land was located on the watershed of Bradley Fork,
part of Oconalufty River in Haywood County, North Carolina. It began "at a
Beech on the North side of said River on the waggon Road..."
James H. and his wife Martha were listed in the 1850 Federal Census of Haywood
County, North Carolina. There were three children in the household at that
time: Sarah, age; Thomas, age 3; and Jerrymiah, age 1.
On 9 January 1851, James H. bought 25 acres of land from John Hyde of Cherokee
County, North Carolina for $25.00. This land was located "on the left hand
fork of Ocona Lufta River known by the name of Morrison's Flats" in Haywood
County, North Carolina.
In 1860 James H. and his wife Martha were listed in the Federal Census of
Jackson County, North Carolina. They now had seven children in the household.
They were: Sarah, age 16; Thomas, age 14; Chasteen, age 10; Marcus, age 8;
Jeremiah A., age 6; John, age 4; and Isaac, age 1.
On 22 June 1861, James H. sold 10 acres of land to his brother-in-law Thomas
Bradley for $10.00. This land located on the watershed of Bradley Fork, part
of Oconalufty River in Jackson County, North Carolina. It began "at a Beech on
the North bank of the left hand fork of Oconalufty on the bank of the Road
above the residence of the said Thomas Bradley..." This was the land that
James H. had purchased from his father-in-law Isaac Bradley.
Two years later on 2 March 1863, James H. Reagan enlisted as a private in
Company F. Thomas' Legion which was commanded by Colonel William H. Thomas. It
is most likely that he served out his enlistment in Company F, Thomas' Legion
from Jackson County, North Carolina. After he was discharged, he went home to
resume farming on his lands.
James H. died in the Oconalufty River community and was probably buried in the
Bradley-Carver Cemetery in the Bradley Fork area, Great Smoky Mountains
In the Abstract of Titles for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there was
noted "outstanding interests of the heirs at law of James Reagan for a
one-eight each in that portion of tract" of land. Also another interesting
item about this family was noted in the file...
"James Reagan died leaving the following children and heirs at law,
"Sarah Roberts, husband Dan Roberts
"J. Chastain Reagan
"John C. Reagan
"Mary Jane Bradley, husband General Bradley"
Combining these excerpts and the census records verifies the names of the
children of James and Martha "Patsy" Bradley Reagan.
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 71.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 2", Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 139, 156.
"The Book of Ragan/Reagan", Donald B. Reagan, 1993, p 311, 314-316.