The Name’s the Thing

In Albion’s Seed — Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer, Fischer makes the point that the naming of backcountry children in America (which includes the areas where our Logans lived) was unlike anywhere else in the colonies at the time. “The onomastic customs of these people were unique.” He cites George R. Stewart’s work, American Given Names, to point out the ten most-popular names on backcountry militia lists around 1776. These will look familiar to those of us researching William Logan (1008) and affiliated family branches:

  • John
  • William
  • James
  • Patrick
  • Robert
  • Thomas
  • Charles
  • Samuel
  • Edward
  • Joseph


The book has been published!

Volume I, Front Cover

We are proud and happy to announce that the book has been published! Copies are being shipped directly from the publisher to those who pre-ordered the book.

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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.

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.)

So what’s in a profile?

Most of Logan Connections consists of “profiles” of individuals or couples and their families. So, what’s a “profile”?

A profile in Logan Connections is an outline of a person or couple from the earliest we know about them until the last we know: usually where they died and are buried. A typical profile averages 4-7 pages. If someone died young, a profile may be only a page or two. But some are much more detailed and lengthy. On people who lived a long time ago, profiles are dependent on what information we may have, of course. But I’ve tried to craft profiles so descendants and relatives can get a feel of what their life was like at a certain time and place. One profile may have a lot of information about a person’s religion and occupation. Another might include military information. Some have interesting land and tax records. Others have detailed estate records which let us see what life was really like for people. All profiles include spouses and children when known. The hope is that a profile will open a window into a person’s life in some detail.

For those interested in sources and citations, and where to find more information about a person, couple, and/or family, I’ve included that in smaller print under each entry. If this isn’t your cup of tea, you can just ignore the sources and read on.

Click on the links below to see some excerpts so you can get a feel for what profiles consist of.

Drury Logan Profile Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from one of the profiles found in the Logan Connections book. It is not the full profile, but is intended as an example of the information you can find within the profiles in the book.

Enlists and serves in Revolutionary War, Tryon County, now Rutherford County, North Carolina, 1776-1781

While residing in Tryon [County at the time], [now] Rutherford County, North Carolina, [Drury Logan] enlisted in 1776, and served at various times until in 1781, about thirty-two months in all, as a private in the North Carolina Troops under Captains Harden, Abraham Kirkendol, Robert Alexander, James Gray, Vansant, Levy Johnston, William Smith and Whiteside, Colonels John Thomas and Robert Porter. He served as a guard on the frontiers against the Indians and Tories and was at the siege of Charleston where he was taken prisoner and kept on parole until after the battle of King’s Mountain: he was at the battle of Nelson’s Ferry, at the storming of Friday’s Fort, in engagements at Goose Creek and Governor’s Gate and stated that he “was the bearer of dispatches from General Sumter to General Green when he raised the siege of Ninety Six.”
Source: Pension records, National Archives and Records Administration, cover letter dated 12 July 1933 to Mrs. C.G.Young, Proctor, Arkansas
Serves as bondsman for marriage of James Dougherty and Mary Standford, Rutherford County, North Carolina, 1783
Drewry Logan and Charles Dougherty served as bondsmen for the marriage of James Dougherty and Mary Standford which occurred shortly after 29 January 1783 in Rutherford County, North Carolina.
Source: Marriages of Rutherford County, North Carolina, 1779-1868, Brent H. Holcomb, 1986; North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868,
Note: The date of the marriage bond is 29 January 1783. The marriage would have taken place a few days later.


David T. Logan Profile Excerpt

 The following is an excerpt from one of the profiles found in the Logan Connections book. It is not the full profile, but is intended as an example of the information you can find within the profiles in the book.

Member, Captain Hiram W. Cooke’s Mounted Ranging Company, Coryell County, TX, 1861
To his Excellency Governor Clark for the State of Texas
We the undersigned citizens of Coryell County would respectfully request your Excellency to authorize Capt. Hiram W. Cooke to raise a Mounted Ranging Company. Our Citizens, or enough of them to form a Company, have horses and arms already. Capt. Cook will take pleasure in raising the company. We request that when the said Company shall have been enrolled that they be permitted to elect their own officers to be commissioned by your Excellency. The Indians are now down on the frontier and our boys are anxious to drive them away.
May 24, 1861
Members of Captain Hiram W. Cooke’s Mounted Ranging Company include “Hillery” Logan as well as his sons, James M. Logan, W.L. Logan, D.T. Logan, R.S. Logan, and W.H. Logan.
Tax list, Coryell County, Texas, 1861
Hillary Logan
Jas. Logan is the next person listed. D.T. Logan also is listed.
Inventory by D.T. Logan
Town Lot N B K $100.00
1 Poll
D.T. Logan

Caledonia Logan Profile Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from one of the profiles found in the Logan Connections book. It is not the full profile, but is intended as an example of the information you can find within the profiles in the book.

Birth of Caledonia D. Logan, daughter of Reuben Logan and Elizabeth Ingle Logan, Lincoln County, Tennessee, 1839
Caledonia D. Logan, daughter of Reuben and Elizabeth Ingle Logan, was born 9 February 1839 in Lincoln County, Tennessee.
Source: Newton County, Missouri, Historical Society, Newton County, Missouri tombstone, Ritchey Family Cemetery; “Ritchie Mansion Representative of Heritage,” Neosho Daily News, Neosho, Newton County, Missouri, 2 July 1976; Find A Grave, created by Kim Slayton, maintained by Deborah Black Phenix, photograph added by litekeeper
”Caledonia” is the Latin name the Romans gave Scotland. Caledonia is believed to be related to a Pictish tribe, the Caledonii. After Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Romans, Caledonia was north of the wall, Britannia was south. Many people who named their girls Caledonia believed they were of Scottish ancestry.

Caledonia Logan’s father, Reuben Logan, dies, Lincoln County, Tennessee, 1845

Guardian record, Lincoln County Court, Lincoln County, Tennessee, 1846
Byas Logan guardian for Littleberry Logan, Benjamin Logan, Fanny Logan and Caldona Logan. Oct. 4, 1846.
Source: Guardian and Settlement Record, Early Unpublished Court Records of Lincoln County, Tennessee, Helen C. Marsh and Timothy R. Marsh, Southern Historical Press, 1993

Guardian record, Lincoln County Court, Lincoln County, Tennessee, 1848
Byers Logan guardian for Littleberry, Bryan F., Fanny and Caleadonia Logan, heirs of Reuben Logan, with Hardy and William Logan as administrators. Jan. 22, 1848.Byas Logan guardian for Littleberry, Benjamin F., Fanny, and Caldonia Logan. paid Littleberry Logan who has arrived at full age. Oct. 28, 1848.
Source: Guardian Settlement Book, 1847-1852, Early Unpublished Court Records of Lincoln County, Tennessee, Marsh and Marsh, ibid

Guardian record, Lincoln County Court, Lincoln County, Tennessee, 1849
Byas Logan guardian for Benjamin F., Fanny and Caledonia Logan. Oct. 28, 1849.
Source: Guardian Settlement Book, 1847-1852, Early Unpublished Court Records of Lincoln County, Tennessee, Marsh and Marsh, ibid