Peter Ragle senior was born March 4, 1806 in Sullivan, Tennessee, the third child of Jacob Ragle and Susannah Ritchey. He died on November 17, 1886 in Raglesville, Daviess Co. Indiana and is buried in the Ragle family plot in Raglesville Cemetery. He married Margaret Wadsworth on March 20, 1828 in Orange Co. IN. Picture provided by Barbara Ragle Lucak. This is an "Ambrotype" taken in 1858 by H. E. Couch, according to pencil notes inside the case, where the cost is given as $ 4.00.
Obituary: "Peter Ragle had gone out to his barn to feed his stock Wednesday, Nov, 17, and when he called by his wife answered, but not coming to the house for some time, Mrs. Ragle sent a boy after him. The boy found the old gentleman in the barn dead with a basket of corn on his arm. He had died suddenly from a smothering spell, to which he was sometimes subject. Mr. Ragle was eighty three years old, was a pioneer of Daviess County, having settled on the place where he died near Raglesville, many years ago. He was at one time Colonel of a militia regiment under the old militia law. He belonged to the Methodist Church, had eight sons, four of whom are living, and five daughters who are living. The Gazette joins with many friends in sympathizing with the bereaved family."
The source of the obituary is unknown beyond "the Gazette." The "Mrs. Ragle" mentioned in the article is Rachel J. Smeltzer, his second wife, whom he married on April 4, 1878 after the death of his first wife in the spring of 1876. Nothing is known of Rachel Smeltzer, except that she is supposed to have come from TN.