General Comments on the Family's Westward Movement.

As far as I can understand it, the Holston Colonies, extreme southwest Virginia, and eastern Tennessee constitute the jumping-off place for the diversification of the Ragle clans. My own direct ancestors seem to have gone through Kentucky directly to the Indiana areas across the river from the Falls of the Ohio. Their assembly point was in Orange County, near Orleans.

With the end of the Creek Wars and the end of the War of 1812, land opened to the south of the Tennessee settlements, and Martin Ragle sought his fortune just on the border between Tennessee and Alabama. Some of his male children moved westward to Texas. George Henry Ragle stood "pat" in the Church Hill area of Tennessee, and his brother Henry Ragle apparently moved up into Kentucky, somewhere on the Cumberland River. In the 1830's and 1840's Ragles appear in Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and elsewhere. The surname maps of the United States shown below and refering to 1880 and 1990 show a distribution of Ragles in the country's midsection.