RAGAN.-- Rev. Elbert S. Ragan died at
his home in Lock Springs, Daviess county, Mo., September 3, 1902.
Brother Ragan was born in Blount county, Tenn., January 23, 1834;
professed religion at Concord camp ground in his fifteenth year,
and united with the Shady Grove congregation of the Cumberland
Presbyterian church. He came with his parents to Gentry county,
Mo., in 1851. In October, 1872, he moved to Lock Springs, where
he has since lived. On January 24, 1856, he was married to Miss
Nancy Groom. Of this union six children were born--five daughters
and a son, all of whom with their mother, eight grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren, survive him, his being the first
death in the family. He lived to see all his children converted
and members of the church of his choice. His son was elected and
ordained a ruling elder in the New Design congregation a few years
ago. Brother Ragan was received under the care of Chillicothe
Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry at the session held
at the McCollum schoolhouse in Harrison county, Mo., October 5,
1863, Rev. J. W. French, moderator, and Rev. W. D. Mahan, clerk;
was licensed at the session held at Dawn, in Livingston county,
Mo., October 3, 1864, Rev. Robert Speer, moderator, and Rev.
J. M. Ragan, clerk; and was ordained at the session held
at Rush Chapel, in Carroll county, Mo., October 4, 1871, Rev.
Thomas Montgomery, moderator, and Rev. J. H. Tharp, clerk. Brother
Ragan was perhaps known to more people within the bounds of his
presbytery than any other man of his own or any other church.
I feel sure that he had preached in every congregation in the
presbytery, and had served most of them as pastor. He was an earnest,
faithful preacher. No one ever head E. S. Ragan preach who did
not believe he was in earnest. His strongest point was in revival
work, and he was always in demand for protracted meetings, frequently
going beyond the bounds of his own presbytery to assist in such
meetings. He was the most popular preach, with the common people,
of his presbytery. I do not write this in disparagement of any
other member of the presbytery, but simply to emphasize a fact.
He had full work at the time of his death. After appropriate services,
conducted by Rev. M. R. Dougherty and the writer, his body was
laid away in lock Springs cemetery to await the resurrection of
the just. Peace to his memory!
S. S. HARDIN.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, September 18, 1902, page 351]
Ordained Ministers Deceased
Name: E. S. Ragan
Occupation: is charge
Place of Residence: Lock Spring, Mo.
Date: Sept. 3, 1902
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1903, page 183a]