Newspaper information about Drury Logan, 1871, 1875

From the Clinton Semi-Weekly Register, Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois, 8 September 1871

The Stock Sale: M.R. Hall to Drury Logan, 4 sucking mules, $45 each.

From the Clinton Weekly Register, Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois, Friday, April 23, 1875:

Town of Nixon, Township 19, Range 4 East; Drury Logan, se se Section 10, 40 acres, total tax: $15.09


New Information: Death of Drury Logan, 1883

We didn’t know when or where Drury Logan died. This from “The Clinton Public,” Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois, 16 February 1883:
Drury Logan died at Mound Valley, Kansas, before his daughter, Mrs. Robert Given, arrived.

We don’t know the exact date of his death yet, but circa the ides of February 1883.
Mound Valley is in Labette County, Kansas.

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!

South Carolina Land Grant referencing William Logan and Thomas Logan, Buffalo Creek, York County, South Carolina, 1790

Our thanks to Kay Dawson for sharing this grant from South Carolina Land Grants. “Buffillo” is Buffalo Creek in York County, South Carolina. York County is continuous with North Carolina. “Archilos” Holt is Achilles or sometimes Akilles Holt. Achilles Holt and William Logan were York County neighbors. The Achilles/Akilles Holt Cemetery is extant, although in rough condition when I was last there. There are pictures of the cemetery in “Logan Connections.”


Irene Pursell Dixon Obituary, 1928-2019

[Note: Irene Dixon was a wonderful lady. She was descended from Reuben Logan, a Union Civil War veteran, and Anna Guthrie (Logan). This obituary was posted online by the Searby Funeral Homes of DuQuoin and Tamaroa, Illinois.]

M. Irene Dixon (January 28, 1928 — March 12, 2019)

M. Irene Dixon, 91, of Du Quoin, passed away … Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at her residence.

Irene had been owner and teacher at Park-A-Tot Nursery School for thirty years. She began her career at Lower Arm School in 1946. Irene graduated from Pinckneyville High School in 1945 and then graduated from SIU in the early 1950s. She had also worked on her master’s degree. Irene was a member of the First Christian Church in DuQuoin, where she had been a deacon and an elder. At the church, she was also President of C.W.F. and was in charge of the rummage sales. She was also a member of the Marshall Browning Hospital Auxiliary, Perry County Historical Society, Perry County Jail Museum, Red Hat Society, Order of the Eastern Star, V.F.W. Auxiliary, and D.A.R. Irene was a founding member of the A-Wa-We-Go Camping Tribe and served as Chaplin.

She was born January 28, 1928 at Pinckneyville, IL, the daughter of Roy Arkell and Carrie Gladys (Williamson) Pursell.

She married Curtis E. Dixon on March 8, 1952 at Pinckneyville, IL, and he preceded her in death on December 20, 1981.

She is survived by four children — Sue Dixon of Pinckneyville, Todd Dixon of DuQuoin, Clay Dixon and wife Evelyn of Carterville, and Kent Dixon of DuQuoin, two sisters — Norma Jones of West Frankfort and Sharon Wright of Pinckneyville, three grandchildren — Seth Dixon and wife Nicole of DuQuoin, Cory Dixon of New Baden, and Emily Crain and husband Stephen of Chesterfield, MO, nine great grandchildren — Collin Dixon, Kylie Dixon, Emmett Crain, Alden Dixon, Matthew Rees, Michael Daniel, Makayla Davis, David Peters, Dayonna Peters and one on the way, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers — Carl Pursell, Ed Pursell, and Wilford Andrew Pursell in infancy, two brothers-in-law — Kenneth Junior Jones and Stuart Wright, and three sisters-in-law — Isabelle Pursell, Theresa Pursell and Patricia Pursell.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Searby Funeral Home in DuQuoin with David Gross officiating.

Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Park at DuQuoin.

Friends may make memorials to the Marshall Browning Hospital Tree of Life, First Christian Church in DuQuoin, or the donor’s choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Deeds for Elijah B. Logan, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, 1825 and 1826

Our thanks to Kay Dawson who uncovered two more deeds for Elijah B. Logan in Spartanburgh District, South Carolina. In Logan Connections, we have an 1822 deed to Elijah B. and another to him in 1833 and again in 1836 (pages 114 and 115). Our additional information is as follows for 1825 and 1826:

28 Nov 1825, Thomas Thomas (Spartanburgh Dist) to Elijah B. Logan (same) for $85 sold a certain tract of land in said List. on the waters of Thickety Creek, containing 45 acres land. Witness George Richards, John R. Richards. Signed Thomas Thomas. Witness oath by John R. Richards 9 Mar 1826 to F.W. Robertson J.P. Rec. 31 Dec 1833.

6 Nov 1826, Ephraim Smith (Spartanburgh Dist) to Elijah B. Logan (same), for $25 sold a certain tract of land in said Dist., containing 50 acres more or less, on the waters of Thickety creek. Border: Preuet, Frances Little, Lee Linder, Ephraim Smith, Lick Branch. Witness George Richards, Moses Webber. Signed Ephraim Smith. Witness oath by George Richards 2 Mar 1827 to Geo. Camp J.Q. Rec. 31 Dec 1833.

The source for the above deeds is: Spartanburg County/District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, Books A-T 1785-1827 by Albert Bruce Pruitt, 1989.

Elijah B. Logan was the son of William Logan and Jane Margaret Black of York County, South Carolina, born circa 1788. He married Patsy _____.