John Randolph Logan’s Surveying Equipment

John Randolph Logan’s surveying chain, leather equipment pouch, and surveyor’s compass.

Courtesy of the Earl Scruggs Center and the Cleveland County Historical Collection, Shelby, North Carolina. Our thanks to Betty Logan who arranged the visit and to Annmarie Reiley of the Earl Scruggs Center.

Obituary: Ralph Leonard Logan

Thanks to O. Logan for sharing the following obituary. He is Research Secretary for the Pre1800 Logan group and is an avid longtime researcher, helper, and generous sharer of information.

Ralph Leonard Logan

Camarillo, CA

It is with heavy hearts that we bid a sad farewell to a beloved husband, father, brother and friend. Ralph Leonard Logan passed away January 15, 2016. Ralph was born in Washington state, April 4, 1945 and moved with his family to Ventura County as a young boy. After graduating from high school he held a variety of jobs. He sprayed field crops, drove big rigs and worked on kelp boats. In the late 1960s, Ralph went to work for Facelle Paper Co. The company sold to Procter and Gamble and Ralph stayed there until he retired in 2000.

Ralph kept very busy with his various hobbies. His home showcased his many talents with concrete, masonry, electrical and plumbing.

Over the years, he was very active in bowling leagues, softball teams, motorcycling, hunting, fishing, traveling the US in his RV and having BBQs with his many friends.

Many thought Ralph was a confirmed bachelor but he surprised us all! That all changed on a company business trip to Alabama in 1993. There he met Julie Wood, who became the love of his life. They would court long distance until they wed in 1996.

Ralph leaves behind his loving wife Julie, their little dog Sissy, sons Leonard and David, stepdaughter Kim (John), grandchildren: John Austin, Ella Grace and Eli Martin, brother Roger (Judy), sister Ann (Linda) and the many friends that were family to him.

He was preceded in in death by his parents, Cecil and Marguerite Logan and pet dog and cat, Tassy and Purtec.

In Remembrance of You

The moment that you died my heart was torn in two, one side filled with heartache the other died with you.

I often lie awake at night, when the world is fast asleep, and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheeks. Remembering is easy, I do it every day, but missing you is heartache that never goes away.

I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain, until the joyous day arrives that we will meet again.

-Author unknown

A celebration of life for Ralph will be January 22, 2016 from 2-5 p.m. at the Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura.

Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Camarillo (805) 482-1166.

Obituaries contributed by Lance Logan

Many thanks to Lance Logan for the following obituaries:

Emma Maxine White Logan obituary

Betty Laubhan obituary  (Betty’s obituary contains family photographs.)

Hubert Laubhan obituary (contains family photographs)

Lois Neel obituary (71 photographs in the photo gallery)

Bill Yost obituary

Sandra Yost obituary (37 photographs in the photo gallery)

Sara Judith Logan obituary

Gilbert Ruth obituary

Book orders: by states

We thought you’d be interested to learn which states are represented among folks who will be receiving Logan Connections (and how far our Logan roots have spread).  So far:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

(Kentucky: Where are you?)

The gift that keeps on giving

crestHave you considered donating a copy of Logan Connections to your local, regional, and state:

  • Library?
  • Genealogical society ?
  • Historical society?

You certainly want to have a personal copy for yourself and your family. But what about the wandering soul who comes to town to find out more about their roots? Not just now, but in a few years? Where might that person get more information? Where would they look? Their first stop is probably going to be the local library and genealogical or historical society.

Donating a copy would be a great way to help other family members and allied families looking for connections. Long after we’re gone, the book will remain to help guide and steer others in their quest for more information about their family — and themselves.

Please consider donating a copy of Logan Connections. It can be one of those “gifts that keeps on giving” and is a nice way to help others. Thank you.

(To help get us started, I’ve donated a copy to the Wisconsin State Historical Society Library in Madison.)

By the numbers…

Logan Connections by the numbers:

  • Two volumes
  • 38 chapters
  • Over 3,000 pages
  • Over 500 family profiles
  • Weight of the two volumes: approximately 16 pounds (yes, we know it’s odd to highlight a book by its weight. We’re aware that “critical mass” isn’t a guarantee of quality. But we’re simply stunned by that statistic and wanted to share it so you can have your chiropractic appointment already lined up when the book arrives!)

Postage for new book orders

Now that we’ve added a second volume to Logan Connections, we’re going to have to raise the cost of mailing to reflect (nearly) the actual cost of postage. THIS WON’T EFFECT ANY OF YOU WHO HAVE ALREADY ORDERED A BOOK OR BOOKS. But for NEW orders (January 2016 or after), the cost of mailing will rise to $12.50 for the two-volume set. This will make the total cost for the books and postage $50.

We want to assure you we’re using the least expensive mailing option, “media mail.” But the two volumes now weigh somewhere around 16 pounds so we have to do this.

Again, those of you who have already ordered Logan Connections don’t have to do anything or send any additional funds. This is for new orders beginning January 2016.


About our indexer

At a Logan family reunion in Kentucky many moons ago, Sue Pearson Carpenter, a distant cousin I’d never met, generously offered to index the in-the-early-works Logan Connections book when the time came for publishing. Far too long afterward, I took Sue up on her kind offer. (Yes, she was still eager and willing and as good as her word.)

Even as the book ballooned in size and scope and expanded from one volume to two, Sue never wavered. This was not an easy indexing task. Sue had to grapple with thousands upon thousands of names, many with a myriad of alternate spellings.

I don’t know what went on behind the scenes. Sue may have screamed in the night as the indexing seemed never to end, but she never uttered one discouraging word to me or indicated in any way that this Logan book was getting out of hand. Do you know how encouraging — and refreshing — that was? Especially when hard drives were crashing and visions of legions of upset family members were dancing in my head.

A big thank you to Sue Pearson Carpenter, Volunteer Extraordinaire!