- Timothy Ragan Jr. was born in the Middle Creek community where he grew to manhood.
Timothy Ragan Jr. sigend his name as a witness to the will of Phillip Emmert, his wife's uncle, on 20 March 1821. The "Junior" was added as a part of his signature.
Timothy and Barbara Shultz Ragan Jr. were living in the area of Timothy Creek, part of Emert Cove, now a part of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Probably this creek was named for this Timothy. He and his wife Barbara were listed in the 1830 Federal Census of Sevier County, Tennessee. There they had one son under five years of age; and three daughters age 5-10 years in the household.
Two more sons were born in here Tennessee to Timothy and Barabara. Then they and their growing family migrated to Madison County, Missouri by wagon train in June of 1834. They settled in the area near Marquand, Missouri. Shortly after their arrival, his wife Barbara Shultz Ragan was stricken with an unknown illness and died.
Timothy and his second wife Martha M. Moore were listed in the 1840 Federal Census of Madison County, Missouri. There were two males and one female under five years of age; two males age 5-10 years; one male and one female age 10-15 years; and two females age 15-20 years in the household then.
On 30 August 1841, Timothy Ragan Jr. purchased 54 acres of land from John Cobb and his wife Louisa for $70.00 in Madison County, Missouri. It was "the undivided half of the west half of Lot No. 2 North East quarter of Section No. 6 in Township No. 32 North of Range No. 8 East."
Timothy and Martha were listed in the 1850 Federal Census of Madison County, Missouri with seven children at home. They were: Benjamin B., age 16; William P., age 14, George L., age 13; Sarah C., age 11; James G., age 9; Henry P., age 7; and Margaret T., age 4. Three daughters, Nancy, Elizabeth, and Mary, and one son, Richard Rainwater had married and left to start their own families.
Daniel Emmet Ragan was not living at home at that time and was not located in the census records.
In the 1860 Federal Census, Timothy and Martha were listed in Bollinger County, Missouri. There were five children at home. They were: Sarah, age 21; James, age 18; Henry, age 16; Margaret, age 14; and Jane, age 9. In the 1870 Federal Census of Bollinger County, Missouri, they were again listed with three children still at home. They were: W. B., age 34; James, age 29; and Martha,
After his second wife's death Timothy was living with his son and daughter-in-law, James Gasney and Elmitta E. Matthews Reagan. Again he was listed in the same household in the 1880 Federal Census of Bollinger County, Missouri. He was 80 years old at that time.
It is believed by descendants of this family that Timothy and Martha M. Moore Ragan Jr. were buried in the family cemetery on the farm.
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 2a, 70.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 2", Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 16, 22, 27.
"The Book of Ragan/Reagan," Donald B. Reagan, 1993, p 327-328.