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Sheriff Thomas Ragland

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8th Sheriff of Chatham County

Chatham County Sheriff

Served: Aug 1798- Aug 1804

Appointed/Elected: Appointed

Age taking office: ~34

Population: 11,861 in 1800

Birth date: 1764

Birth place: Louisa, Virginia

Died: June 27, 1837 in Chatham County, NC 

Buried: Chatham County- “Dark” Cemetery located in the Hickory Mountain Township 900 feet north of SR 2151, McLaurin Road, 1,000 feet east of SR 2170, Rives Chapel Road, behind residence at 2540 McLaurin Road. Marker reads “Ragland, Thomas, Sr. (b. 1759 - d. 27 Jun 1837)”

Family Mother: Sarah Avent, b. 1744, in Sussex County, Virginia

Father: William Ragland, b. 1730

Wife: Mary Ann Scurlock, b. 1766, in Chatham County, married in 1786. (Daughter of Mials Scurlock)

Children: Mary, Elizabeth, William, Thomas, and Sarah


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The Louisiana Purchase doubled the land size of the United States.


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