Connections between the Logan and Gaffney families featured in Cherokee County, South Carolina, newsletter

The Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPS) of Gaffney, Cherokee County, South Carolina, recently printed an article about the connections between the Gaffney and Logan families in its Autumn 2016 Journal, Volume 12 Issue 2. Titled “Book and Blog Features Information on Local Family,” the article includes a picture of Volume I of Logan Connections.

In brief: Surveyor John Randolph Logan laid out the town of Gaffney in 1873. Captain Michael Gaffney and his wife, Mary Smith Gaffney, settled at a site where two Native American trails intersected. The same paths were used by the Anglo-American settlers, of course. Soon, the Gaffney home and tavern became known as Gaffney’s Cross Roads, ultimately Gaffney.

A Gaffney son, Henry Green Gaffney, married Elizabeth Sarah Logan, John R. Logan’s sister. In 1847, John R. and Sarah Patterson Jackson Logan had a son they named Henry Gaffney Logan. In adulthood, he went by H.G., but his family called him Gaffney. Henry Green Gaffney and Sarah Logan Gaffney had a son they named John Logan Gaffney. Thus, we have Gaffney Logan and Logan Gaffney.

Our thanks to Billy Pennington, editor of the CHAPS Journal, for the nice feature!

Obituary: Sarah “Sallie” Rowell Logan, spouse of Lt. David Jackson Logan, killed in Civil War, McConnellsville, York County, South Carolina, 1836-1904

Sarah “Sallie” Rowell, daughter of Benjamin D. Rowell and Elizabeth “Eliza” Catherine McFadden Rowell, was born 15 February 1836 in York County, South Carolina. She married David Jackson Logan, son of John Randolph Logan and Sarah Patterson Jackson Logan. He was killed by a sniper in the trenches surrounding Petersburg, Virginia, 18 June 1864. Sallie Rowell Logan died 26 April 1904. She and David Jackson Logan are buried at Bethesda Presbyterian Churchyard, York County, South Carolina.

(Note: David Jackson Logan’s first name and middle initial are incorrect below.)


Source: The Cleveland Star, Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 22 June 1904

Obituary: Harriet Emily Allison Logan, 1833-1905, “Cleveland Star,” Shelby, Cleveland County, N.C., 22 Nov. 1905

Harriet Emily Allison, daughter of Hugh Allison and Violet Barry Allison, was born 23 May or July 1833 in York District, South Carolina. She married John Randolph Logan — she was his second wife — in 1870. Emily Allison Logan died 16 November 1905. She and John R. Logan are buried at Sunset Cemetery, Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina.


Letter from Abraham Hardin — who taught John Randolph Logan the “art and science” of surveying — to Lyman C. Draper, author of “Kings Mountain and Its Heroes”

Abraham Hardin (1789-1881) taught John Randolph Logan the “art and science” of surveying. Surveying was an advanced skill that few had at the time; therefore, it could be a lucrative occupation, though a hard one, especially in the early years of settlement and over rough, forested, and marshy ground. Abraham Hardin’s early mentoring of John R. Logan in surveying meant that Logan could later have the means to enter into government service, politics, church leadership, and education. For this reason, Hardin’s autobiographical sketch (below) is of interest.

Hardin was the deacon of Antioch Baptist Church for sixty years. A coffin-maker, Hardin made his and his wife’s coffins himself.

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Transcript: You seem to have some wish to know the place of my nativity and of my Early Life. In answer I would say to you that I was born in Rutherford County NC now Cleaveland County NC on the 22 day of June, 1789, of poor parentage when and where there was no schools so I was deprived of Letters and when I arrive to manhood I had to Labour in the Farm or Shop all day and Read and Study at night with out help except God’s blessings of good health and a retentive memory, and of a determined will. I had to work about five years to purchase a little tract of land & in 1811 I settled down in York County S.C. where I have resided for sixty years past and Served this county to the best of my ability as follows: Served the Church as Deacon & Superintendent of Sunday School for Sixty years, in the same time served the State & County as Civil Magistrate forty-two years, and Eight of that time as Representative  of The County in the State Legislature, also served as Surveyor of Lands Forty years, performed 100s of marriages and adjusting Litigation without Lawsuits, and making Coffins and thus I have Served the Last Two or Three generations according to their day and yet they Call and I am now awaiting the call come home but until I receive that Call I must still serve on.

I would tell you more of the favours conferred on me of sight & hearing and how to preserve the Eye and prevent the sight from receeding [sic] but I have spoken of self so much above that I beg to be excused. I know of nothing more to promote your work as Historian but if any thing does occur worth Notice I will forward it to you. I received your Books at Two different Times for which manafestations [sic] of Kindness I feel greatfull [sic] and wish you success in all your undertakings and I remain yours Truly          Abraham Hardin

Transcribed by Betty Logan


Newspaper (28 July 1864) found in John Randolph Logan’s trunk of personal belongings: obituary of son, David Jackson Logan, killed at Petersburg, Virginia

A newspaper article containing the obituary of David Jackson Logan, son of John Randolph Logan, was found among memorabilia in an old trunk belonging to J.R. Logan. G. Randolph Logan, who found the article, was J.R. Logan’s grandson by J.R.’s second marriage. The trunk also contained some of J.R. Logan’s poems, old receipts, etc. and some letters to pastors written when he was preparing biographical sketches for his book, Sketches, Historical and Biographical, of the Broad River and King’s Mountain Baptist Associations: From 1800 to 1882, printed in 1887. Betty Logan shared the article (below) from The Shelby Daily Star of 1 February 1965.

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