Death certificate, William J. “Bay” Logan, Washington County, Illinois, 1927

This is thought to be the death certificate of William John “Bay” Logan, son of William Logan and Matilda Thaxton or Thackston Logan.

There are some uncertainties. Although we know — from Naomi Logan Bass, daughter of William Logan’s brother, Enoch F. Logan — that “Uncle Bay” … came to our house before my dad died and stayed a while. He was almost blind. Since Enoch Logan died in March of 1924, it could help explain why Naomi lost track of “Uncle Bay” until his death in 1927. Another uncertainty is that we can’t seem to find William J. Logan in a couple of censuses. He had been living in Cherokee County, Kansas, but his mother died there in 1897 and his father in 1905 at the Cherokee County Farm. We lose him for a time afterward.

Since William Logan was “almost blind” and had “muscular heart disease” for a year-and-a-half, it makes sense that he would have lived at the County Farm, the only “safety net” other than family prior to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s and 1940s.

William Logan died in 1927 and is buried at the Washington County Poor Farm Cemetery in Beaucoup Township, Washington County, Illinois. A large stone marker adjacent to a farmer’s field lists the occupants of the cemetery, including William; however, there are no individual markers and nothing to mark even the cemetery’s boundary.

(William J. Logan was called “Bay.” His brother, Drury Logan, was called “Boy.”)

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Some Logan and Kin Members of the Perry County, Illinois, Militia in 1862

The following men were members of the militia in Perry County, Illinois, in 1862, as the Civil War was ramping up. Most of these men went on to serve in the Civil War or were already serving, even though their names were on the militia list. Among the war’s survivors, several moved to Kansas after the war.

This list comes from Donna Timpner Vuichard’s transcription of the 1862 Perry County Militia Census, reprinted in the Saga of Southern Illinois, Vol. XXI, No. 3, Fall, 1994. The Saga is published by the Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois, Carterville, Illinois. Vuichard’s publication is also at the Pinckneyville Public Library in Pinckneyville, Illinois.

  • Richard Guy — Richard was the son of William and Louisa Guy. He was about 22 years old at the time of the militia census.
  • Benjamin B. Logan¬† — Benjamin B. Logan was the son of Euclid W. Logan and Queen Della or Queendella Benedict Logan. Benjamin B. Logan’s brothers, Robert J. Logan and William A. Logan, saw combat in the Civil War. One died of his wounds in 1865; the other died several years later of complications from his Civil War wounds. Another brother, D.B. Logan died in 1865 (see below).
  • Josiah Bigham — married Harriet N. Logan, daughter of Carroll Bias Logan and Lucinda “Lucy” Ann Venable Logan. Harriet was a twin; her brother was Andrew Jackson Logan.
  • Joseph Allen — married Margaret J. Logan, daughter of William Logan and Matilda Thaxton Logan. Joseph Allen served in the Civil War in Co. D, 48th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was wounded in the assault on Fort McAllister in Savannah, Georgia, and his left arm was amputated.
  • Robert Beggs¬† — Robert Beggs married Frances Adeline Logan, daughter of William Logan and Matilda Thaxton Logan. Robert Beggs and his two brothers served in Illinois units during the Civil War. One, Absolom Beggs, Co. I, 80th Illinois, died of a gunshot wound while confined as a prisoner of war in Huntsville, Alabama. Robert Beggs served in Co. I, 49th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
  • Robert J. Logan — Robert J. Logan served in Co’s. D and H, 110th Illinois. He died of wounds in DeCamp Hospital, David’s Island, New York.
  • Wm. Logan — William A. Logan was Robert J. Logan’s older brother. Wm. Logan married Sarah Mahala Garrison, daughter of Luther Alexander (Stamps) Garrison and Mahala “Millie” or “Milly” Logan Garrison. William A. Logan served in Co’s. D and H, 110th Illinois. He was wounded above the knee during the Battle of Jonesboro. The wound was severe enough that his right leg had to be amputated mid-thigh. William A. Logan died in 1876 as a result of his war wound.
  • D.B. Logan (also known as John D.B. Logan) — John D.B. Logan died in 1865. He had been married only three months and died just a little over a week after his brother, Robert J. Logan, died. It’s possible John D.B. Logan died in the war, too. We’re still hoping to uncover further records.
  • W.T. Caton — married Amelia “Milly” or “Millie” Logan, daughter of William Logan and Matilda Thaxton Logan. Wilson T. Caton served in Co. D, 89th Illinois. His regiment saw extensive action in the Civil War. W.T. Caton mustered out of service in 1865.

The militia consisted of “all able bodied men … over 18 … and under 45….”


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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Tombstone: Robert Beggs, spouse of Frances Adeline Logan Beggs, Cherokee County, Kansas, 1830-1893

Robert Beggs was born in 1830 in Randolph County, Illinois. He served as a private in Co. I, 49th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, U.S (Union), during the Civil War. His brothers, Archibald and Absolom Beggs, also served during the war. Absolom Beggs died of a gunshot wound while a prisoner of war in Huntsville, Alabama.

Robert Beggs married Frances A. Logan, daughter of William Logan and Matilda Thackston or Thaxton Logan, 2 March 1854 in Washington County, Illinois. Frances Adeline Beggs died in 1870 in Cherokee County, Kansas. Robert Beggs died 30 December 1893 in Cherokee County. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Melrose, Cherokee County, KS.

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Researched and photograph furnished by Patrick Logan

60th wedding anniversary, Lavinna Logan Guy and Nicholas Herman Guy, West Mineral, Cherokee County, Kansas, 1923

Lavinna “Vinnie” Logan, daughter of Reuben Logan and Sarah Thackston / Thaxton Logan, was born 2 August 1842 in Washington County, Illinois. She married Nicholas Herman Guy, son of James Guy and Charity Ann Maxwell Guy, 10 January 1863 in Washington County, Illinois. Nicholas H. Guy was born 18 November 1842 in Washington County, IL.

N.H. Guy died 15 February 1933 at West Mineral, Kansas. Lavinna Logan Guy died 19 September 1936. They are buried at Sherman City Cemetery in Sherman City, Cherokee County, Kansas.


Source: Pittsburg Sun, Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas, 8 March 1923

George S. Logan’s death, 1914

George S. Logan, son of William Logan and Matilda Thaxton Logan, was born 22 October 1848 in Perry County, Illinois. He married Nancy Guy, daughter of James Richard Guy and Charity Ann Maxwell Guy. Nancy was born 16 January 1853 in Washington County, Illinois (assumed). The following article is from The Modern Light, Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas, shared by Patrick Logan.


The community south of town was shocked on Saturday evening last, by the news of the death of George Logan, who fell dead in his barn, from what is said to have been heart failure. Mrs. Logan had called her husband to his supper, and failing to get any response, she went to the barn and found him a corpse. Deceased had been a resident of this locality for many years and was the father of “Cap” Logan, who survives him. The funeral services were held at the home on Monday morning, conducted by Mr. E.C. Aultman, and the remains conveyed to Fairview cemetery for interment the same day.

Fairview Cemetery is in Neosho Township, Cherokee County, Kansas.

Guy, Campbell, Logan, McElhaney news, Oakdale, “Nashville Journal,” Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 1894, 1895

From Oakdale

John Guy and family, also son-in-law Thomas Campbell and family, left for Cherokee county, Kan., on Monday of this week. (Friday, August 17, 1894)

From Oakdale

Mrs. Logan has moved into her own property, formerly occupied by Rev. Fravart.

Work was begun on the R.P. manse Monday morning. The contract for digging the cellar and cistern was taken by Elihu Logan…. (Friday, August 31, 1894)

From Oakdale

Charles McElhaney, of Princeton [Indiana], was here attending his mother’s funeral Wednesday. Mrs. McElhanny [sic] died at her home in Oakdale Monday morning. She was a sufferer for years which resulted in a tumor causing her death. She leaves two sons and grandchildren. She was a member of the R.P. Church and delighted in public service and was seldom absent if able to attend. (Friday, November 8, 1845)


Allied families in “Logan Connections” (part 1)

A person inquiring about Logan Connections asked about affiliated families to try and determine possible connections with her family research. To help those searching for associated families, here is a listing of the Allied Families and Significant Others” in the book:

  • Beggs / Baggs family — This is a compilation of miscellaneous records concerning the Beggs family (often pronounced “Baggs” in the old Scots-Irish fashion) from Perry and Washington counties, Illinois, and a few who moved on to Cherokee County, Kansas.
  • Benedict family — Another compilation of miscellaneous records. Much of this work began with correspondence and original research of Gladys Benedict Wilson. This section begins with Benjamin Benedict, Sr. and Mary “Molly” Ritchey in Virginia, then as they moved to Lincoln County, Kentucky; then follows their descendants in Barren, Warren, later Allen County, Kentucky, then on to Perry County, Illinois.
  • Lindsey Benedict and his three wives — Lindsey Benedict was a son of Benjamin and Mary Ritchey Benedict. His profile traces him from Warren (later Allen) County, Kentucky, to Perry County, Illinois.
  • Sampson Bethel/Bethell and Mary Cantrell — The Bethel family was closely associated with pioneer Baptist preacher John Hightower. Hightower was one of the three “master builders” of churches in Warren County, Kentucky. The others were our Joseph Logan and Alexander Devin. Sampson Bethel lived in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, as did John Hightower. The Bethels and John Hightower moved to Warren County, Kentucky. The Bethels then moved on to Warren County, Tennessee. Larkin Bethel is referenced in this section, too, as are members of the Byars family who lived in Warren County, Tennessee.
  • Sampson, Lemuel, and Isaac Cantrell — Miscellaneous records — A few records from Warren County, Tennessee, and references to Isaac Cantrell.
  • Bias, Byas, Byers, Byars, Byess, Bice, etc. surname variants — This is simply an accumulation of Bias/Byas/Byers/Byars, etc. gathered along the way. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Byars/Bias, etc. families are listed in Warren County, Tennessee (above), and are scattered throughout Logan Connections.
  • Joseph M. Boleyn, W.R. Bolin, and William Bolin — These are Boleyn/Bolin families from York District, South Carolina.
  • Cason family — This section focuses on Edward Cason in Essex County, Virginia; then Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Casons are listed in Anson County, North Carolina; Halifax County, Virginia; and Edgefield District, South Carolina. Casons in the various Georgia Land Lotteries are enumerated (1805, 1807) as well as Georgia’s Gold Lottery of 1832. This section is for reference and further study.
  • Triplet or Triplett Cason — Two Triplet Casons are outlined in this section. One went to Bienville Parish, Louisiana, as did the William Logan and Joanna Cason Logan family. The other died in Georgia after 1830.

More to follow….