Ragsdale Burial Site
Copyright 1999 by Debra C. Blackard
From the Clara B. Eno Collection, Small Manuscript Collection,
Arkansas History Commission, Number One Capitol Mall, Little
Rock, AR 72201.
Excerpt of a letter from Aaron Matthews, Lamar,
7 Aug 1918,
to Miss Clara B. Eno, Van Buren, AR.
"You ask as to whether I knew Elzy Ragsdale
and whether he was a Revolutionary soldier or not. Yes I remember him.
but don't remember of ever hearing of his being a Revolutionary soldier.
I think he died during the Civil War or just before. He and a Union soldier
were buried on his farm. They are the only men buried their. Neither grave
is marked. They are buried within a mile of where I live. Though Mr. Ragsdale
as I remember seemed to be very old, but I hardly think old enough to have
been in the War of 1776. His son-in-law, Milum told
me that he, Milum was in the war of 1812 and took part in the battle of
New orleans. He seemed in 1868-69, when he told me this to be a very old
man. T. J. Wood owned the Ragsdale farm as the writer
of your letter said but he has_been dead five or six years."
Note: T. J. Wood and Aaron Matthews are both buried in the Minnow
Creek Cemetery, S19-T10N-R22W.
Attention Ragsdale Descendants: The site of
these burials is near the location of the old Minnow Creek School and in
the vicinity of a plot of land identified as Ragsdale's Field on the original
1842 plat of Perry Twp., Johnson Co. A pine thicket has grown around
the neglected grave site. The current landowner is agreeable to having
family or other volunteers clear and repair the site. E-mail:Debra