Photograph: Unidentified church in Allen County, Kentucky — Carl, Bevie, and Addie Lyles on steps

Caption: “For Maud, where our dad and your mother went to church in Ky. Carl, Bevie, and Addie on steps.”

Maud or Maude was Maude Lou Taylor McCurdy. “Our dad” was James Wesley Lyles. “Your mother” was James’ sister, Margaret Mysainah Lyles Taylor.

Photograph and explanatory information furnished by Tracy


Photograph: Family of Gilliam Joshua Johnson (1890-1981), Joppa, Massac County, Illinois, circa 1972

Gilliam Joshua Johnson (1890-1981) was the son of Sarah Jeanette Logan Johnson and the grandson of Joshua E. Logan. Joshua E. Logan was the son of Young Logan and Sarah “Sally” Graham Logan. Joshua E. Logan was born in Allen County, Kentucky. He married Martha “Mattie” L. Green. The family moved to Joppa from Logan County, Kentucky, around 1915.

Photograph furnished by Leland Johnson.


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Ragland v. Ragland lawsuit, either Washington or Perry County, Illinois, 1872

This abstract from a Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois newspaper about a Ragland v. Ragland lawsuit contains helpful genealogical information. Washington County, Illinois, is mentioned but some of the Raglands lived in Perry County, Illinois (close to the Perry-Washington County boundary in both cases.) It wasn’t clear from the clipping in which county the lawsuit was filed.

Benjamin Ragland and Nancy, his wife, John Ragland and Patsy, his wife, Elijah Harris and Patsy, his wife, Allen Williams and Catherine, his wife, William Rainey and Harriett, his wife, Hawkins Ragland and Lucinda, his wife, Samuel S. Maxwell and Serilla, his wife, heirs of John Ragland, late of Washington County, deceased.


Moses Jackson, in right of his wife, Nancy, deceased [Jackson children all named], Rebecca Ragland, wife of Joseph T. Ragland, deceased, Briant West and Ruth, his wife, Elizabeth W. Ragland, John Ff. Maxwell and Emily Frances, his wife, Wm. F. Maxwell and Catherine, his wife, George W. Ragland, Zachariah B. Ragland, John L. Ragland, and Hawkins Ragland, heirs of Joseph T. Ragland, deceased.

The Logans and Raglands are connected this way: Nancy Dodson, daughter of Dillingham Dodson and Mahala Logan Dodson, married Benjamin Ragland in Allen County, Kentucky. Mahala Logan was the daughter of Joseph Logan and Anna “Annie” Bias Logan and the sister of Zachariah Logan.

Nancy Dodson Ragland and Benjamin Ragland had a son named Dillingham Ragland. He married Ruth A. Maxwell in Washington County, Illinois. Their son, Benjamin Ragland, mentioned above, was born in Washington County, IL.

Source: “Abstracts from Sparta, Illinois Newspapers,” Branching Out from St. Clair County, Illinois, Volumes 22-24, Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, Marissa, St. Clair County, Illinois, 1994

Newspaper articles about Zachariah Milton Garrison and Mary Lucinda Brock Garrison, ranging from 1870 to 1916

Zachariah Milton “Cain” Garrison was the son of Luther Alexander Stamps Garrison and Mahala “Millie/Milly” Logan Garrison. Milly or Millie Logan was the daughter of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan. Both Z.M. Garrison and Milly Logan were born in Allen County, Kentucky. Zachariah Milton Garrison was named for his two grandfathers, Zachariah Logan and John Milton Garrison.

(After Mahala “Milly” Logan Garrison died of measles, Luther Garrison married Eliza Logan, Milly’s cousin.)

Z.M. Garrison married Mary Lucinda Brock. She was born in Silverdale, Lawrence County, Indiana, daughter of Levi Thomas Brock and Mary Lucinda Hedrick Brock. Mary Lucinda Brock Garrison and Z.M. Garrison had 15, 16, or 17 children. (Sources vary.) They lived in Kentucky, Mary Lucinda in Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Missouri again, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Z.M. Garrison died in 1908 in Dewey, Indian Territory. Mary Lucinda Brock died in Dewey in 1927. They are both buried at Dewey Cemetery, Washington County, Oklahoma.

Z.M. Garrison was active in local government and also was a Civil War veteran so there are many articles about him. As was typical of the time, everyday women’s lives tended to be invisible in print, but we can get a glimpse into Mary Lucinda’s active life, too — beyond her role as the mother of so many children — from the following slice-of-life articles.

Regarding 1870 and the history of Spring Township, Butler County, Kansas:


“Garrison returned to Bates county, Mo., and left T.L. Kelley and myself on the claims to “hold the fort” until their return….”

Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 15 March 1895

1872: Z.M. Garrison is the Assessor for Spring Township in Butler County, Kansas.

Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 12 July 1872

1874: Z.M. Garrison was a member of the Spring Valley Grange.

Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 27 November 1874. Note: He also is listed as a member of The Grange in several other years.




Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 27 July 1877



Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 7 May 1880



Source: Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 3 July 1885



Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 21 March 1890

Reference to “… Z.M. Garrison, county organizer of Greenwood county ….”

Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 25 July 1890

1894: Z.M. Garrison and son, Thomas, went to Caney last week. It is said they are looking for a better location.”

Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 24 August 1894



Source: Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, 7 December 1904


1916: “Pleasant Valley” — Mrs. Z. Garrison of Dewey, Okla. is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andy Fields.”

Source: Daily Republican, Burlington, Coffey County, Kansas, 16 August 1916


Affidavit by William Logan, Cherokee County, Kansas, for Cherokee Nation citizenship for Benjamin B. Logan, 1896

Benjamin B. Logan was the son of Euclid Washington Logan and Queen Della or Queendella/Queendilla Benedict Logan. He was born around 1839 in Allen County, Kentucky. He was named for his grandfather, Benjamin Benedict. E.W. Logan and Q.D. Benedict Logan came from Allen County, Kentucky, to Perry County, Illinois, where they lived for many years. They then moved to the area on the border of Bates County and Henry County, Missouri.

In this document, Benjamin B. Logan is applying for membership into the Cherokee Nation. William Logan is vouching for his application. William Logan was the son of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan. Zachariah Logan was Robert S. Logan’s brother.

One of the most interesting things about this affidavit is that it spells out Benjamin B. Logan’s lineage as follows: “… son of EW Logan who was a son of Robert Logan [Robert S. Logan of Allen County, KY] who was a son of Joseph Logan.” William Logan was 83 at the time. He made his mark, being unable to write his name.

The Dawes Commission Rolls of 1835 and 1838 are referenced, as was protocol for these applications.

It is important to note that, although numerous Logans of our line applied for Cherokee citizenship, all were denied for insufficient proof.

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GUY members of Trammel Fork Baptist Church, Allen County, Kentucky, 1850-1902 (with Logan and Dodson notes)

The following information was researched by David C. Smith of Pembroke, Kentucky, and compiled as “Minutes of the Trammel Fork Baptist Church 1819-1994, Allen County, Kentucky.” It is posted on the Allen County, Kentucky, genealogy website:

The first 15 years of Trammel Fork Baptist Church history are missing. Author David C. Smith breaks the membership down by clusters of years. This doesn’t mean someone was a member for the full time; rather, that their period of membership falls within that particular time frame. Items in parentheses are from Smith; items in brackets from Jones.

  • Amanda M. Guy, 1870-1889 — [Note: Amanda M. Logan, daughter of Robert S. Logan and Rebecca T. Dodson Logan, married Vincent (Vinson) Guy, son of Samuel Guy and Nancy Hinton Guy.]
  • Anna Guy, 1870-1889, 1890-1902 (notation: now Briley)
  • C.J. Guy, 1890-1902
  • Charles P. Guy, 1870-1889, 1890-1902
  • Cora M. Guy, 1890-1902
  • Comelia M. Guy, 1890-1902
  • Elizabeth Guy, 1890-1902, died 2/13/1891
  • Emily A. Guy, 1870-1889 (notation: now Dodson/discharged by letter) [Note: Emily “Belle” A. Guy married Lewis McKendry “Mac” Dodson, son of Joseph Logan Dodson and Mahala Reader or Reeder Lovell. Joseph Logan Dodson was the son of Dillingham Dodson and Mahala Logan Dodson. He was named for pioneer Baptist minister, Joseph Logan, Mahala Logan’s father.]
  • Harry C. Guy, 1890-1902
  • Herschell G. Guy, 1890-1902
  • John E. Guy, 1850-1869 (notation: died 1860) [Note: John E. Guy was the son of Mathias or Mathis Guy and Mariah Duncan Guy.]
  • Lady Guy (1), 1890-1902 (notation: now Harmon, dead)
  • Lady Guy (2), 1890-1902 (notation: now Meredith)
  • M.J. Guy, 1890-1902 (notation: died 10/1896)
  • Martha J. Guy, 1870-1889
  • Mary C. Guy, 1890-1902 (notation: now Cooksey)
  • Merty Guy, 1890-1902 (notation: died 1902)
  • Minnie B. Guy, 1890-1902
  • O.S. Guy, 1890-1902
  • Olivia Guy, 1870-1889, 1890-1902 (notation: now Cushenberry)
  • Ollie B. Guy, 1890-1902 (notation: now Pearson)
  • Otie/Ota Guy, 1870-1889, 1890-1902 (notation: now Patton, died 1902)
  • Proctor Guy, 1890-1902
  • R.E. Guy, 1890-1902
  • Rebecca F. Guy, 1850-1869 (notation: discharged by letter)
  • Robert Guy, 1890-1902 (notation: died 1907)
  • Robert S. Guy, 1870-1889 (notation: excluded 9/6/1884) [Note: Son of Amanda M. Logan Guy and Vincent/Vinson Guy.]
  • Sidney N. Guy, 1850-1869 (notation: died 8/10/1860)
  • Susan J. Guy, 1870-1889, 1890-1902 (notation: now Pruitt, died 1899)
  • Toy Guy, 1890-1902 (notation: now Griffin)
  • V.A. Guy, 1890-1902
  • Vinson Guy, 1870-1889 — [Note: Spouse of Amanda M. Logan Guy. Please see above.]
  • William E. Guy, 1870-1889 (notation: excluded 1/6/1877)
  • Wm. W. Guy, 1870-1889

Little-known fact about the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848

Logan Connections details a smattering of Logans or Logan-affiliated men who served in the Mexican War of 1846-1848. Author Ronald C. White points out that the war, “… largely forgotten today, was the second costliest war in American history in terms of the percentage of soldiers who died.” There were 78,718 American soldiers who served in the war: 13,283 died, a casualty rate of nearly 17 percent. That compares with a casualty rate of 2.5 percent for Americans in World Wars I and II, 0.1 percent for Korea and Vietnam, and 21 percent for the Civil War. As was typical of nearly all wars until recent times — with the advent of modern medicine, knowledge of the germ theory of disease, and improved methods of sanitation —  11,652 of the soldiers died of illness, disease, and accidents, not actual combat.

One Mexican War veteran profiled in Logan Connections is John Benjamin Ragland, son of Benjamin Ragland and Nancy Dodson Ragland. This family moved from Allen County, Kentucky, to Perry County, Illinois. John B. Ragland’s story helps illustrate the toll the Mexican War took on the men.

Ragland served as a private in Co. K, 2nd Regiment Illinois Volunteers (or 2nd Illinois Foot). At the Battle of Buena Vista 23 February 1847, Private Ragland was wounded, a wound from which he never fully recovered. He received a pension as well as 160 acres of public domain land. But his wound eventually killed him and he died young on 5 July 1863 in Perry County, Illinois. His death, like so many, wouldn’t be counted as an “official” death from the war, but it was very much so.

Interestingly, John B. Ragland and his wife, Martha Jane Huggins Ragland, named their son James Knox Polk Ragland, after President James K. Polk who forced the U.S. aggression against Mexico. James K. Polk Ragland went by J.K.P. Ragland. (There were a lot of J.K.P.s at the time.)

(The source for the above quote and casualty statistics comes from Ronald C. White’s book, American Ulysses — A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, 2016.)