Saturday, January 8, 2011

Isabella Aileen Boggess (1849-1946)

Isabella Aileen Boggess

Isabella Aileen Boggess was born on May 1, 1849 in Jackson County, Arkansas.  She was the third child born to Charles and Isabella and is presumably her mother’s namesake; however she was most often known by her middle name.  Aileen married Lewis T. Ragsdale on November 16, 1866 in Conway County, Arkansas.  She was 17 years old and he was one month shy of his 26th birthday.  Lewis was born in December 1840 in Arkansas. 

In the 1910 census, Lewis and Aileen are listed as the parents of nine children, six of which were still living at that time.  All six were still living when Lewis died in 1918.  The nine children of Lewis and Aileen Ragsdale are as follows: 

            Albert Sidney            born July 1865
            Charles D. or T.        born March 18, 1869
            Excelsior Hanna      born November 19, 1871
            (Child)                       born and died between 1872 and 1900
            John Lewis               born December 1878
            (Child)                        born and died between 1880 and 1900
            Robert Arthur            born May 1884
            Alleene                      born April 1890
            Wade A.                    born February 1893

Lewis and Aileen and their children lived in Pottsville, Pope County, Arkansas in 1900 and on Pine Street in Russellville in 1910.  Lewis was a physician for many years and was well respected in the community.  He was also a Confederate veteran of the Civil War, as a 1st Lieutenant in the 10th Arkansas Infantry, Company K. 

Lewis T. Ragsdale died in his home on Sunday, June 16, 1918.  He was 69 years old at his death.  The following is a copy of his obituary:

Courier-Democrat dated 20 June 1918
Dr. L. T. Ragsdale, a pioneer citizen and large property holder in Russellville and Pope County, died at his home in this city Sunday morning after an illness of seven months, during most of the time he had been confined to his home. He had been slightly improved recently and had been able to come down town a few times, though due to his age, his family and friends had feared for some time that the end was near. Funeral services were conducted from the Central Presbyterian church Monday morning at 10 o’clock by the Rev. Wiley Lin Hurie, assisted by Rev. J. P. Snipes. The remains were laid to rest in Pisgah Cemetery near Pottsville, in the community where Mr. Ragsdale had practiced his profession for many years prior to moving to Russellville some eighteen years ago.

Dr. Ragsdale was a Confederate Veteran and was active in the reconstruction of this part of the country after the war. He had spent most of his life in this community and was widely known. He is survived by his aged wife and six children, all of whom live in Russellville and were present at the funeral except Robert A., who had but recently gone to Norfolk, Va., to enlist in the Marine corps. The other children are: E. H., Dr. Sid, postmaster Lewis Ragsdale, Wade, and Miss Allien.

To the bereaved family and many relatives we join a host of friends in extending condolence.

Aileen, widowed at the age of 69 years, went on to live almost 30 years after her husband’s death.  Isabella Aileen Boggess Ragsdale died on May 26, 1946 in Pope County, Arkansas.  She passed away twenty-five days after her 97th birthday.

Notes for Isabella Aileen Boggess:
Birth:  Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Individual Records. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000.
Marriage to Lewis T. Ragsdale:  Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection – Individual Records. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000.  Also - Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Arkansas Marriages, 1851-1900.[database online] Provo, UT:, 2001.
Children:  Year: 1910; Census Place: 3-Wd Russellville, Pope, Arkansas; Series: T624; Roll: 61; Page: 140A; Enumeration District: 88; Part: 3; Line: 8.
Death:  Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Individual Records. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000.

Notes for Lewis T. Ragsdale:
Birth:  Year: 1900; Census Place: Pottsville, Pope, Arkansas; Roll: T623 72; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 174.
Occupation, Death and Obituary:  “The newspaper would probably be the Courier-Democrat from Russellville, Arkansas. I'm not sure when it changed from being the Russellville Democrat. But it is the same newspaper with just a different name. It is now known as "The Courier". In the early days it was a weekly newspaper published on Thursday each week. Now it is a daily paper published Tuesday through Sunday”  (Excerpt from an email from Linda Boyd in response to a posting at
Military Service:  United States National Archives. Civil War Compiled Military Service Records [database online] Provo, UT:, 1999-.

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