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Okey Ragsdale
Birth: Nov. 9, 1870
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 9, 1927
Woodward County
Oklahoma, USA

My great Grandpa. Several papers spell his name Oakey but most have it Okey.

Son of James Madison Ragsdale & Susannah Wiley; grandson of Berryman & Sarah G. (Walton) Chapman Ragsdale and James & Sarah Abigail (Webb) Wiley.

5th great-grandson of Godfrey I and Mary Ragsdale

Newspaper article [sorry, don't know which one] "OAKEY AND CALLIE RAGSDALE. On April 22, 1889, a young man of nineteen raced across the Kansas border with hundreds of other homeseekers to stake out a claim in the Oklahoma Territory. He was Oakey Ragsdale, who was of Scotch-Irish and Welsh descent. His parents, James M. and Susan Wiley Ragsdale, had come from Kentucky following the close of the Civil War, and had settled in Kansas, where Oakey was born on November 9, 1870. Oakey made a second 'Run' when the Cherokee Outlet was opened in 1893. He did not keep his claims, however, and in 1894 we find him in Lawton."

Married Alice Calista Tousley July 29, 1893; they were the proud parents of eleven children.

Grandma's daddy heard that oil had been discovered in Tampico, Old Mexico, so in 1903 with five small children they boarded a train and headed south; they were back in Oklahoma in 1905 living near Foss. In 1910 Grace was born in a sod house at Foss. The family lived in Custer County about seven years. It was during this time that they became acquainted with many of the Indians. Roman Nose was a particular friend. The Indians often stopped by and helped themselves to Grandma's light bread. Once they traded her two dogs for two geese; she cringed but let the geese go rather than offend them.

By 1914 Grandpa & Grandma (with nine children) settled in Woodward County. They raised most of their food; having milk, cream, butter, cottage cheese, mince meat, sauerkraut, and fried sausage put up in two-quart jars. They also made their own peanut butter. Grandpa raised and butchered his own hogs and cured the meat; tanned leather, half-soled the worn-out shoes, and did his own black-smithing. Grandma made her own soap, called lye soap; washing clothes in a galvanized tub on a washboard. The children attended school at Webster and later at South Persimmon; and they walked, yes, a distance of two and one-half miles.

Grandpa lived only 56 years, 11 months but he is no longer looking for that perfect spot ... The Lord called, and he answered.

Many thanks to Rita Collvins Mayfield for stone photo and to Mary Lambert who first listed and graciously transferred memorial. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  James Madison Ragsdale (1827 - 1899)
  Susannah Wiley Ragsdale (1836 - 1920)
 
 Spouse:
  Alice Calista Tousley Ragsdale (1875 - 1959)
 
 Children:
  Elwin Charlesworth Ragsdale (1896 - 1917)*
  Thaddeus Wilbur Ragsdale (1897 - 1959)*
  Albert Jennings Ragsdale (1899 - 1972)*
  Olga May Ragsdale Johnson (1901 - 1984)*
  Georgia Viola Ragsdale Willden (1903 - 1978)*
  Lloyd Ragsdale (1906 - 1906)*
  Ida Ann Ragsdale Kruckenberg (1907 - 1990)*
  Grace Lenora Ragsdale Garro (1910 - 1989)*
  Bessie Lee Ragsdale Huyser (1912 - 1996)*
  Ruby Ola Ragsdale Jones (1914 - 1989)*
  Ramona Harriet Ragsdale Hawk (1918 - 2011)*
 
 Siblings:
  Louis Ragsdale (1853 - 1929)*
  Guilford W Ragsdale (1861 - 1902)*
  Adelia Ragsdale Black (1863 - 1932)*
  Edmona Ragsdale Hiatt (1868 - 1947)*
  Okey Ragsdale (1870 - 1927)
  James Cullen Ragsdale (1877 - 1961)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Marker has him born 1869, however his birth date is Nov 9, 1870
 
Burial:
South Persimmon Cemetery
Sharon
Woodward County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Maintained by: Arleta ♥
Originally Created by: Mary Lambert
Record added: Apr 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14072369
Okey Ragsdale
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Okey Ragsdale
Added by: Rita Collvins Mayfield
 
Okey Ragsdale
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Rita Collvins Mayfield
 
 
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Easter blessings Grandpa,
- Arleta ♥
 Added: Apr. 20, 2014

- Star Kline
 Added: Apr. 18, 2014
Happy St. Patrick's Day Just a fun way to say you are being thought of today.
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