- Daniel Emmit Ragan was born in the Emert Cove community where he lived forabout four years. Then his parents took the family from Tennessee to Madison County, Missouri in June of 1834. He was listed under his parents in the 1840 Federal Census of Madison County, Missouri.
Daniel and his second wife Delania were listed in the 1860 Federal Census of Iron County, Missouri. There was only one child in the household: Benjamin James, age 8. He was believed to be a son of Daniel's first marriage. In the 1870 Federal Census, Daniel and Delania were listed in Iron County, Missouri. They had six children in their household. They were: Flora Jane, age 10; Mary, age 10; John Edward, age 8; Emily Laura, age 6; Samuel B., age 4;
and Genevie, age 2. In the 1880 Federal Census of Iron County, Missouri, they had eight children recorded in the family. They were: Flora J., age 19, Mary J., age 19; John E., age 17; Laura E., age 15; Samuel Banks., age 13; Porissena E., age 9; Burton E., age 4; and Joseph A., age 2.
Daniel and his wife Delania also appeared in the 1900 Federal Census of Iron County, Missouri. There were two married sons and their wives living with them. They were: Emmett, age 24-Dec 1875, and his wifeRose, age 22-Jul 1877; Joseph, age 22-Feb 1878, and his wife Delpha, age 29-Jun 1870.
A great grandson Thomas Rudolph "Rudy" Reagan gave a short narration about the family and homeplace in Iron County. It is as follows:
"I do not remember Daniel, for he died the year I was born, however, I do slightly remember Delania. The last time I saw her [and one of the few], I was only three or four years old. It was at the old home place some five or six miles from Ironton, in a quit hill country area of Iron County, known because of a peacefully rolling stream, as Stout's Creek, which evidently got it's name from one [or more] of the earlier settlers.
"The 'Home Place' was situated at the top of a sizeable knoll, which droppedrather sharply on the south, east and west sides. The north side tapered more gently into the flatter country and the farm land. The house was of rugged
construction, sturdy and comfortable. A large stone fireplace was set into the west wall of the 'Parlor' and in the front of it's white stone hearth is where Delania, wearing her usual full cut, floor length dress, tight knit cap and a
knit shawl thrown around her shoulders, spent many hours after Daniel's death, slowly rocking in her favorite rocker, smoking her white clay pipe, and peering endlessly into the crackling flames dancing in the fireplace. I have often wondered what she saw. Was she reliving her life with Daniel -- raising their family again? There was quite a family."
Daniel was buried in the Knight of Pythias Cemetery.
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 70.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 2", Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 27.
"The Book of Ragan/Reagan," Donald B. Reagan, 1993, p 328, 349, 350.