Elkin Reed & Mollie Ragsdale
Elkin Reed Ragsdale, born January 20, 1859 in Shelby County,
Alabama, and died February 07, 1941 in Collinsville, Grayson County, Texas.
He is buried in the Collinsville Cemetery. Collinsville, Grayson County,
He married (1) Bettie Nichols before 1883 probably in Collinsville,
Grayson County, Texas, daughter of A.F. Nichols and Martha Griffith. She
was born January 17, 1863 in Wingo, Kentucky and died June 08, 1891 in
Collinsville, Grayson County, Texas. She is buried in the Collinsville
Cemetery, Collinsville, Grayson County, Texas.
He married (2) Mollie Nichols 1892 in Collinsville, Grayson County,
Texas, daughter of A.F. Nichols and Martha Griffith. She was born October
06, 1865 in Wingo, Kentucky, and died March 21, 1941 in Collinsville, Grayson
County, Texas. She is buried in the Collinsville Cemetery, Collinsville,
Grayson County, Texas. She was the younger sister of his 1st wife,
COLLINSVILLE TIMES, FEBRUARY 18, 1932
Mr. Ragsdale came to Collinsville long before there was a town here.
He was born near Mobile, Alabama January 20, 1859, and lived in that place
until he was 6 years old. His parents then moved to Louisiana, where they
lived two years before coming to this country. His father bought a tract
of land a part of which is now the present township of Collinsville, and
the family moved into a little log cabin about one quarter of a mile from
the present town site on Christmas Day 1869.
He was 10 years old when his parents came to this country. In recalling
the early days here, Mr. Ragsdale remembered when this country was infested
with outlaws, cow thieves, and other ruffians. He also remembered of many
culprits being hanged "on the spot" when found guilty of such a crime.
Mr. Ragsdale was married January 7, 1883 here in Collinsville to Miss Bettie
Nichols and after her death in 1891, he married her sister Mollie Nichols
in 1892. These ladies were the daughters of A.F. and Martha Nichols. Mr.
Ragsdale is the father of four children, one girl Eula, married to Van
Pearce and Rupert, married to Edna Harbison, Erlin, married Miss Bess Moore,
and Herman L., who lives here in Collinsville, and is also a businessman.
Mr. Ragsdale recalled the days Governor Murray lived here and remembers
"Alfalfa Bill" as a boy. He also remembers the parents of the Governor.
Children of Elkin Reed Ragsdale & Bettie Nichols
Austin Erlin Ragsdale
Herman Lee Ragsdale
Rupert C. Ragsdale
Child of Elkin Reed Ragsdale & Mollie Nichols
Eula Mae Ragsdale
By Elaine Nall Bay & Patricia Nall