Our earliest traced Ragland immigrant ancestor is Thomas Ragland who was born about 1620-1625 in St Decumans Parish, Somerset, England. While the Ragland family was living at that time in England, the family has deep roots in Wales. "Raglan Thomas, 1558, gent of Lyswurney aged 45 years", according to the Cardiff records, had moved from the old family home at Llys-y-Fronydd across the Bristol Channel to Somerset, England, to escape danger from pirates.
Wales (/ˈweɪlz/ ( listen), Welsh: Cymru; pronounced [ˈkəm.rɨ] is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. It has a population of three million, and a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,200 km (750 mi) of coastline, including its offshore islands; the largest, Anglesey (Ynys Môn), is also the largest island in the Irish Sea. Wales is largely mountainous, with its highest peaks in the north and central areas, especially in Snowdonia (Eryri), which contains Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit.