An Order of Sale of Real Estate filed in Churchill County in July 1891 transferred the property of Ragtown from Catherine Kenyon, widow of Asa, to James Leete. And yes, With the change of ownership the property came to be known as Leeteville.
Leete had come to Churchill County about 1882. The Leete family ranched the area along with operating the old stage station and trading post for many years. It was the only stopping place between the county seat, Stillwater, and the communities of Wadsworth or Virginia City, depending on the road westward.
Known Only To God
I have always had an interest in old graveyards and gravestones. I guess my interest started when I found a grave and an old marker in the middle of nowhere on a large piece of land that a friend's family owned. It was thousands of acres and they didn't even know it was there until the day that I stumbled on it while ferreting out a few head of cattle from a small grove of trees during a gathering.
19 years, 11 months, and 15 days
Who Was For Earth And Earthly Scenes
To Pure To Linger Here
And Tho We Feel Our Loss Her Gain
During the winter of 1861 to 1862, floods obliterated everything in the Ragtown area including that old graveyard. All of the names of folks buried there was lost. And yes, it makes me wonder sometimes if we will ever find them again.
Though it's a shame that we will probably never find their graves, or know who they were, it's my belief that's what is lost to man is known to God.
And yes, that's really all that counts.