Page from Mary Jane Dickerson Logan family Bible — Births

Mary Jane Dickerson married Drury Armstead Logan, son of Joab L. Logan and Telitha Dodson Logan. Drury and Mary Logan and their children lived in Benton County, Missouri.


Shared by Sharron Rustman (Sharron notes that she was told this was Mary Jane’s Bible; however, it might have belonged to one of her children.)


Book update

Several people have asked how many Logan Connections are left to purchase (thinking about a legacy gift for children and grandchildren now too young, Christmas or birthday gifts, sponsoring books for libraries and genealogical societies, etc.).

We have 104 books left. However, some of those already are spoken for for next Christmas. The actual number of available books not earmarked is 97.

A tidbit about DNA….

Naturally, we genies are interested in the rapidly-expanding science of DNA: how we become who we are over time, thanks to our ancestors. But here’s an interesting tidbit about genetics from the book Cafe Neandertal — Excavating Our Past in One of Europe’s Most Ancient Places by Beebe Bahrami (2017): “Humans share 18 percent of their DNA in common with plants, 26 percent with yeast, 44 percent with fruit flies, 92 percent with mice, 98 percent with chimpanzees, and 99.7 percent with Neandertals.” As Bahrami says: “Its a different sort of family tree, one on the full tree of life. It tells us how interconnected we are with all life on earth….”

Updated family information regarding Kate Logan Tate (Evans) and Robert Tate

Dana Darnell has shared some updated information. In “Logan Connections,” we have Catherine “Kate” Logan, daughter of James W. Logan and Eveline / Evaline Wilson Logan, marrying Charles E. Evans. This is correct. However, we didn’t know that Kate Logan had an earlier marriage to Robert Tate. (She married Charles E. Evans in 1905.)

Evaline “Eva” Tate, born 29 April 1900, was the child of Kate Logan Tate and Robert Tate. (Eva is listed as “Eva Evans” in the 1910 and 1920 Union County, Illinois, Federal censuses.)

Evaline “Eva” Tate married Hosea Darnell from Cobden, Union County, Illinois. She died 7 December 1991.

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Photograph of Evaline “Eva” Tate Darnell, furnished by Dana Darnell.

Evaline Lee Tate Darnell’s tombstone, Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois, furnished by Dana Darnell



James Harvey Logan, son of Drury Logan and Sarah Ann Lyons Logan, 1854-1855: clarification

Cousin Patrick Logan notes a conundrum regarding a recent post about James Harvey Logan, son of Drury Logan and Sarah Ann Lyons Logan. James H. Logan is buried at Old Salem Cemetery in Washington County, Illinois, very near the St. Clair County line.

Recently, we had posted some new information from “Register of Baptisms in Unity R.P. [Reformed Presbyterian] Church” which gives James Harvey Logan’s date of baptism as 24 October 1853. However, James H. Logan’s tombstone has him dying 13 March 1855 with the inscription he was 1 year, 1 month, and 2 days old. That makes his date of birth 11 February 1854. Patrick points out this would make his birth date 3 months and 18 days after his baptism. Clearly, something is awry.

Since that original post, I donated the “Register of Baptisms in Unity R.P. Church” to the Wisconsin State Historical Society. My best guess is that either the Register or the transcriber of the Register or, most likely, me recorded the year of baptism incorrectly. I will get into the State Historical Society Library within the next couple of months to check this out. In the meantime, let’s assume that James Harvey Logan was baptized 24 October 1854, not 1853.

Good catch, Patrick, and thanks.