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I am not an aggressive genealogy researcher, but I do have a persistent curiousity about my family origins. I am particularly interested in the area of overlap with one of my other ongoing passions which is Civil War lore. In my case this has been especially productive because all four grandparent lines have cousins and direct line ancestors who were soldiers for the Southern cause. I have no inclination to glorify the cause, but I think it is proper to appreciate the depth of their conviction--their willingness to make the ultimate commitment and their sacrifice. Another tie to the Civil War is the Location of family land holdings in the the areas of Paulding County involved in extensive military action during the Atlanta campaign of 1864.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to come across printed genealogies for three of the four primary lines. These were completed by other family members and in two cases are quite well done with excellent documentation and family anecdotes in one case to the mid 1600's. By carefully studying the dates of births, sibling birth order and locations and by placing those within the context of local and national historical events it is often quite possible to produce a reasonably substantial story about any one generation of a family.

The Ragsdale genealogy (my maternal grandmother, Pauline) by June Hart Wester, compiled from the research of Mrs. Blake Ragsdale Van Leer is one of the best and most complete genealogies I've ever seen. It focuses on the descendants of Elijah Ragsdale, born in Virginia in 1778 and married in South Carolina in 1799, a veteran of the War of 1812, who migrated to the area of Paulding County Georgia and established his prolific family there.

The other three lines are Evans, King and Hunt. The Evans line is descended from John Evans, Revolutionary War veteran born in 1758 probably in Virginia, who migrated first to North Carolina and then to Gwinnett County Georgia. Information about the descendants of John are from a genealogy in progress by Lanny Cauthen of Fayetteville, Georgia.

The Hunt family also has a respected Georgia heritage starting with the migration of William Henry Hunt from Connecticut to Athens, Georgia sometime prior to 1808. He was a teacher at Franklin College until his premature death in 1830. At least two of his sons graduated from Franklin prior to it becoming the University of Georgia and both became pillars of the community in antebellum Marietta, Georgia. I am very curious about William Henry's background in Connecticut.

I am quite willing to exchange information regarding these pioneer North Georgia families and am eager to hear from others who have connections with them.
The Ronald A. Evans Family Research Home Page
Updated September 5, 2000

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Ronald Anthony Evans
113 Smoketree Ave.
Oak Park, CA 91301
United States
818-707-1704
ronaldaevans@earthlink.net


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