Saturday, January 8, 2011

Excelsior Hanna Ragsdale (1871-1930)

Excelsior Hanna Ragsdale

Excelsior Hanna Ragsdale was born in November 1871 in Conway or Pope County, Arkansas.  Excelsior was also known as Hanna, “E.H.” and “Dock.” 

Around his 26th birthday, Excelsior married Emma Susan Oates in Pope County, Arkansas on November 17, 1897.  Emma was 21 years old.  She was born in February 1876, the daughter of Reverend Monroe Oates. 

After their marriage, E.H. and Emma settled down on a farm in Pottsville, Pope County, Arkansas, where E.H. was a miller.  In 1910 they were renting a home on Washington Street in Russellville.  E.H. was a farmer at that time.  The Ragsdale family remained in that area at least until 1930.

E.H. and Emma were the parents of six children as follows:

            Louie Pauline                       born August 1898
            William Glenn Monroe        born in 1902
            Evelyn Lois                           born July 29, 1903
            Margaret Rachel                  born September 13, 1905
            James Hanna                       born April 9, 1911
            William Oates                       born September 29, 1915

Excelsior Hanna Ragsdale died on April 1, 1930 in Pope County, Arkansas.  He was 58 years old at his death.

Notes for Excelsior Hannah Ragsdale
Birth, Occupation and Home in 1900:  Year: 1900; Census Place: Pottsville, Pope, Arkansas; Roll: T623 72; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 174.
Marriage to Emma Oates:  Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Arkansas Marriages, 1851-1900. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2001.
Homes in 1910, 1920, 1930: Year: 1910; Census Place: 3-Wd Russellville, Pope, Arkansas; Series: T624; Roll: 61; Page: 142B; Enumeration District: 88; Part: 3; Line: 26.  Also Year: 1920; Census Place: Illinois, Pope, Arkansas; Roll: T625_77; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 97; Image: 320.  Also Year: 1930; Census Place: Illinois, Pope, Arkansas; Roll: 89; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 19; Image: 884.0.
Death: Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950 [database online]. Provo, Utah:, Inc., 2005. Original data: Division of Vital Records, Arkansas Department of Health. Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950 Microfiche. Arkansas Genealogical Society, Arkansas.

Notes for Emma Susan Oates
Birth:  Year: 1900; Census Place: Pottsville, Pope, Arkansas; Roll: T623 72; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 174.
Parents:  Newspaper Obituary for James Ragsdale Miscellaneous Pope County, Arkansas Obituaries (March 11, 2006)

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