- Benjamin Bradford Ragan was born in the Emert Cove Community. He was a three
or four month baby when his parents migrated to Madison County, Missouri in
June of 1834. Benjamin Bradford was listed with his parents in both the 1840
and 1850 Federal Census of Madison County, Missouri.
Benjamin Bradford was hired to drive an ox team at the Pilot Knob Furnace in
Iron County, Missouri in 1854 when he was 20 years old. Beginning with this
position, he filled every position up to the superintendent of the furnace.
In the 1860 Federal Census of Iron County, Missouri, he was listed as the head
of the household. His occupation at that time was hostler.
Benjamin and hjis wife Utica were listed in the 1870 Federal Census of Iron
County, Missouri. There were two daughters in the household: Hatta, age 5;
and Edith B., age 2. A son born in 1863 had died about a year later. Hatta
died in late 1870.
He left his job at Pilot Knob Furnace to take the job as the "receiver of coal"
at Midland Blast Furnace, Crawford County, Missouri in 1875. Four years later
he was hired as "wood-boss" in 1879.
In the 1880 Federal Census, he and his wife Utica were listed in Crawford
County, Missouri. They had tree daughters in the home. They were: Edith W.,age 11; Mary U., age 9; and Grace E., age 7.
A bit later at Midland Blast Furnace in Crawford County, Missouri, he was
promoted to be superintendent. He retained this position until his retirement.
Benjamin Bradford and Utica were still listed in the 1900 Federal Census of
Crawford County, Missouri. There were three daughters in the household: Edith
B., age 30-Jul 1869; Mary Utica, age 28-Oct 1871; and Grace E., age 25-Mar
Benjamin Bradford Reagan was buried beside his wife in the Knight of Pythias
Benjamin was brought to Madison County, Missouri by his parents when he was
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1974, p 5.
"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, 359-360.