The Raglands. Wales, England
Note: Names like Ragland, Raglan and Rhaglan are normally associated with the parish of Raglan in Gwent (Monmouthshire). See our note on Raglan Castle. Authorities notice that the surname was also found in east Glamorgan and it is possible that there was once such a place name in that county of south Wales.
Family tradition has it that once Evan Ragland had arrived in Virginia, he was sold into servitude. Because of his education, he became secretary to a planter (perhaps Stephen Pettus of New Kent County, Virginia). Once the term of his indenture had expired, Evan married the daughter of his employer and ultimately the couple inherited 500 acres in New Kent. Charles Ragland writes "While he (Evan) and his sons obviously worked in their own plantation the register reveals that he owned slaves, although in what number is not known".
Thus a Welsh name became associated with slavery almost by accident.
Charles Ragland quotes an English source as estimating that between 1640 and
1680 up to 100,000 children may have been kidnapped in Britain and sold to the
highest bidders in America. This is a surprisingly high figure but the author
says that in periods when the British were reluctant to emigrate, captains of
ships bound for the colonies would simply kidnap children for sale on their
arrival. He says that protests (and increased interest in voluntary
emigration) had brought the practice to an end around 1679, in which year a
captain was hung for kidnapping an eleven year old
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