by Leonide Cousins
The Reagan/Reagin family who was associated with the Quakers in Newberry County, SC, were descendants of Timothy and Mary Lary Reagin through their son Reason/Rezin Reagin and his wife Anne Beaumont Reagin. Their sons John, Thomas, Reason, and Daniel migrated to Newberry County.
John Reagin, Sr. (1745-1800) married Elizabeth Edwards (1743-aft. 1800), whose father was Joseph Edwards (1718-1797) of Berkley County, WVA, whose ancestors were Quakers and associated with the Concord Meeting House in the Concord (later Delaware) Township in PA.
John and Elizabeth moved to the Newberry area about 1768. They had eight children--a number of whom married into Quaker families. Joseph (1763-1816) married Mary "Molly" Jay; Daniel (b. 1765) married ___ Julien; Jesse (1769-1826) married Rachel Jay; John, Jr. (1773-1803) married Synthia Gilbert; Reason (1779-1825) married Anna Gilbert; Sarah Ann (b. 1781) married John Wright; and Elizabeth (1784-1825) married John Smith Edmundson. Joseph's son Cary Reagin (1789-1812) married Nancy Speer, who married Alexander Jay after Cary's death. They moved to Ohio where Nancy's daughter Elizabeth "Betsy" Reagin married Allen Linton in Clinton County, OH, 30th of 10th month 1828. Joseph's daughter Elizabeth married William McClure. Jesse Reagan and wife Rachael Jay Reagan moved to Abbeville District, SC, and their family can be traced throughout the South. John Reagin, Jr. died in 1803, and his widow Synthia Gilbert Reagin remarried Patrick Jacob Lewis. John Reagin, Jr.'s family migrated to Limestone County, TN. Reason Reagin died in 1825 and much of his family ended up in TX via Limestone County, TN. Reason and Anna's son John C. Reagin married Dorothy Chandler, daughter of Israel and Lydia Gilbert Chandler.
John Reagin, Sr.'s brother Thomas Reagin moved to Newberry County, SC, was married to Hannah [Pugh], served in the Revolutionary War, and died in Clinton County, IN. Names associated with him are McKinsey and O'Neal. Note: The Newberry Pugh family is from the same area of Virginia where John and Elizabeth Edwards Reagin lived. Reason Reagin, another of John's brothers, also moved to Newberry. He married Rachel [Connell]. Katherine, one of their daughters, married Mordecai McKinsey. Another daughter married Isaac Ballinger. Another of John Reagin, Sr.'s brothers was Daniel Reagin, who married Leah Wright. Their son Wilkes married Beulah Gaunt (Miami Monthly Meeting), and daughter Patience married Ephraim Mills. Leah Reagan is shown as part of the 1807 Miami Monthly Meeting.
DNA testing has recently proved that a great-great-great-grandson of William Reagin (1775-1830) is the great-grandson of Timothy Reagan (d. 1743). William Reagin married Phoebe Burton and remained in Newberry with a large family. A couple of their children stayed in Newberry, but most of them moved to Georgia and Alabama.