Obituary of Sharon Pursell Wright, 1941-2019

Sharon Kay Wright, age 78, of Pinckneyville, IL, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6:04 p.m. in Marshall Browning Hospital, DuQuoin, IL.

Sharon was born on October 24, 1941 in Pinckneyville, IL, a daughter to Roy Arkell and Carrie Gladys (Williamson) Pursell. On June 24, 1961, she married Stuart Russell “Stu” Wright in Johnston City, IL and he preceded her in death on December 20, 2015. She was a homemaker and also worked as the accountant for her family’s business Wright’s Inc. in Pinckneyville, IL. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pinckneyville, IL, she was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and she volunteered at Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, Scott (Molly) Wright of Pinckneyville, IL and Stu (Valerie) Wright of Caledonia, MS; seven grandchildren, Samantha (Ryan) Schupbach, Shannon (Josh) Hauser, Sydney Wright, Trenton (Linnie) Hagene, Stuart (Ally) Wright, Nathaniel Wright and Emma Wright; seven great-grandchildren, Ayla Hagene, Lexi Hagene, Stuart Wright V, Mavery Wright, Evelyn Schupbach, Henry Schupbach, and Chloe Hauser; a sister, Norma Jones of West Frankfort, IL; and a very very special friend Louis Kellerman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, infant son, Steve Wright two brothers, Carl Pursell and Ed Pursell, and sister, Irene Dixon.

A celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church, Pinckneyville, IL on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. with Reverend Don Meeks officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois or Perry County Historical Society.

Pyatt Funeral Home, Pinckneyville, IL have been entrusted with the arrangements.

Obituary of Ada Schwenke Logan, 1934-2019

Schuller Family Funeral Home Obituary for Ada Logan

The funeral service for Ada Logan of Crosslake, and formerly of Wadena, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastor Stephen Meltzer officiating. Friends may call at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service.

Ada Mae Logan, age 85, of Crosslake, MN formerly of Wadena, MN died peacefully at home, Monday, December 23, 2019 surrounded by family.

Ada was born February 22, 1934 to the late Arthur Schwenke and Emelia Zwar Schwenke in Owatonna, MN. Ada met the love of her life, James “Jim” Logan and they married on October 5, 1950.

In the early 1960’s they owned and operated two motels; first in Algona, Iowa, then in Wadena, MN.

After selling the motel, Ada worked as a bookkeeper for Wadena Implement, and then started her own business out of her home. Once retired, she enjoyed reading, bird watching and solving puzzles on Wheel of Fortune.

Ada is preceded in death by her husband Jim; daughter Deborah Youngbauer; granddaughter Melissa Bible; and all her sisters and brothers.

She will be deeply missed by her children Mark (Laura) Logan of Crosslake, MN, Sarah (John) Bible of Statesville, NC; grandchildren Matthew Logan, Julie Youngbauer Peterson, Amy Whitcomb, Danielle Keller, Laura Bible Crowther, Samantha Bible; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Tyson Bostick, Callan Logan, Matthew Logan, Danielle Keller, John Bible, and Ben Whitcomb. Burial will be in Wadena Cemetery, Wadena, MN.

Breaking DNA news about Anna “Annie” BIAS LOGAN, wife of Reverend Joseph LOGAN

We have exciting news to share! And an incredible matrilineal descent story to boot. This is all thanks to intrepid researchers and genetic genealogists, Patrick Logan and Tracy Lynn Kaufman-Drane. I’ll turn this over to Patrick now to reveal what he and Tracy have discovered and how it was done.

Anna Bias(Byars) – Logan mtDNA Haplogroup found
We’ve recently been able to determine the mtDNA Haplogroup of our progenitor Anna Bias wife of Rev. Joseph Logan d. 1812 Warren County, Kentucky.
I’ve been a Logan researcher for twenty years and got into the DNA aspect five years ago. I’ve personally taken every test available on myself and manage kits for about thirty family members. I’ve matched over 1,800 autosomal DNA matches to our common MRCAs (Most Recent Common Ancestor), almost 300 of these being Logan descendants.
Recently I came across a match to myself of 6C1R on GEDmatch and made a note. I later found the same match on AncestryDNA and had an epiphany. This wonderful woman had the rare distinction of being a direct matrilineal descendant of our Anna Bias – Logan. She is the 6th Great Granddaughter of Anna, but her connection is all through females. Daughters to daughters to daughters through 8 generations! She is the only one I’ve ever come across and I’m actively looking!
I reached out to her around Thanksgiving and learned she is also an avid researcher and genetic genealogist. She however had never fully tested her mitochondrial DNA but had a ballpark idea from 23 & Me testing. She graciously volunteered to test and her wonderful husband provided the kit as a birthday gift around the same time. The stars were aligning.
This week her results came back. Drum roll….
mtDNA Haplogroup: H1bb
I’d like you to meet fellow Logan descendant and avid researcher Tracy Lynn Kaufman – Drane.
Below is her descent from Joseph and Anna Logan
1. Anna BIAS (BYARS) b.1750
2. MahalaLOGANb.1779
3. Mahala(Messiniah)DODSONb.1815
4. LouisaFrancisWRIGHTb.1838
5. MargaretMysainahLYLESb.1861
6. MaudeLouTAYLORb.1891
7. NaomiRuthMCCURDYb.1914
8. EdithLeeKINGb.1938
9. Tracy Lynn KAUFMAN b.1967
Please join me in extending a heartfelt thanks to Tracy and welcome her to our research family.
Thank you Tracy!