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

Logan mysteries, enigmas, conundrums, and brick walls

DNA analysis has taken us farther back in time while simultaneously bringing our Logan lines closer together. Paper and digital searches continue apace. Yet, despite decades of searching by many people, we still have several major unsolved Logan genealogical puzzles. Here are a few:

  1. How do the four major Logan lines connect and where? Who is the common ancestor?
  2. Who is (are) the immigrant ancestor(s)? When did he/she arrive in the colonies? Might it have been William Logan of Spotsylvania County, Virginia? Or, perhaps his parent or parents?
  3. How does Margaret Logan of old Rappahannock County, Virginia, connect with our Logans? Or does she?
  4. Who was William Logan’s spouse? (A spouse is cited in certain DAR submissions, but I’m uncertain of the source or proof. Perhaps some of you have more information or can clarify.)
  5. Who are the parents of William Logan (Edgefield County, SC), Reuben Logan (TN), and Drury Logan (Halifax County, VA)?

On the Joseph Logan and Anna “Annie” Bias line:

  1. How do all the Bias, Byas, Byers, Byars, Bice, etc. lines fit together? Has anyone been able to sort this out?
  2. So far, no one has found a marriage record for John Black Logan. Does one exist?
  3. What religion was Zachariah Logan? We assume Baptist because of his father and siblings, but no one (to my knowledge) has found a church record whether in the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, or Illinois. Is there a reason we haven’t?

There are dozens more Logan riddles, great and small. Please feel free to add them to this list and/or comment.


Buffalo Baptist Church records, originally York County, now Cherokee County, South Carolina, 1803-1860

The earliest records of Buffalo Baptist Church have long been lost. The church is thought to have been founded circa 1770-1772. In 1860, Buffalo Church appointed R.E. Porter to locate and transcribe all existing church records. Porter was able to find records from circa 1803 to 1860. The Broad River Genealogical Society Quarterly (Vol. X, Nov. 1990) printed some of these records “transcribed from the microfilm copy of Porter’s transcription of the church records of the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention….” by Roy M. Brooks.

We shared the Logan names in an earlier post (Anthony, William, Esom, Green, and John Logan). One of them, William Logan, the Logan brother who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain, was a “Judge of Temporal Controversy” and “Judge of Temporal Disputes” for Buffalo Church. In this post, we’re highlighting individuals — members of Buffalo Baptist Church — whose family names have been associated with our Logan family.

Among the earliest Elders found in the Buffalo Baptist Church records are James Bridges and James Byars. As researcher Beverly Logan Craig points out, Bridges and Logans are closely associated. We find them as neighbors, coreligionists, and in deeds and other documentation. So far, we haven’t found any intermarriage, which is a little surprising.

The Byars, Byers, Bias, Byas (etc.) name is even more closely affiliated with our Logans. William Logan’s brother, Joseph, married Anna “Annie” Bias. There are several Bias and Byas and Byars Logans. The name “Bias” continues down through the generations in, especially, the Joseph Logan line.

Gabriel (various spellings) Washburn is an early deacon of Buffalo Church. It’s not surprising that “Gabrael” Washburn sold land to William Logan and that Washburn was a chain carrier for William Logan’s survey in 1783. They were neighbors and church officials, after all.

In addition to William Logan, Peter Quinn was a Judge of Temporal Controversy for the church. Peter Quinn was a former Tory in the Revolutionary War, demonstrating how communities, neighbors, and churches were split by that war and how, later, they had to learn to reconcile.

Another intriguing name is Charles Hester, a fellow Judge of Temporal Disputes with William Logan. A Charles Hester, who died in 1828 in nearby Spartanburg District, was Thomas Logan’s stepfather. Is this Charles Hester one and the same?

Here are some names of Buffalo Baptist Church members from 1803-1860 with brief comments:

  • Abednego Adams — Was a witness to several deeds involving William Logan
  • Aaron, Amelia, Catron,  Elizabeth, Fanny, John, Lindia, Moses, Nancy, Patsy, Robert, Sarah, Stephen, Susanna, Sylvira, Unicy, and Wilis Bridges — Along with James, more members of the closely-affiliated Bridges family
  • Byars — In addition to James Byars, Ann, Elizabeth, Francis, James, Joseph, Kisiah, Rhoda, Prudence, and Thomas  Byars were church members.
  • Able, Isac, Guinna, and Polly Black — William Logan’s wife was Jane Margaret Black. Are these Blacks related? (The Blacks were also Loyalists in the Revolutionary War.)
  • Hugh Kerr — A neighbor of William Logan
  • Raney — James, Louise, and Saray Raney; and Lucinda Rany — William Logan’s son, John Black Logan, married Lois “Lou” Rainey. Are these families related?




Charles Dodson Bible, owned and transcribed by Mrs. J.H. Jackson, Franklin, Kentucky: births, marriages, and deaths

Mahala Logan, daughter of Joseph Logan and Anna “Annie” Bias Logan, married Dillingham Dodson, son of Charles Dodson and Lucy Morgan Dodson. Joseph Logan and Charles Dodson were coreligionists in South Carolina, then later in Warren County, Kentucky (including the portion now Allen County).

Later descendants, Joab L. Logan, son of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan, and Telitha Dodson, daughter of Mahala Logan Dodson and Dillingham Dodson, married in 1838 in Allen County, Kentucky. Mahala and Zachariah Logan were siblings. Joab L. Logan and Telitha Dodson were cousins.

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Funeral record: Dillingham Ragland, Burns Bros. Funeral Records, Coulterville, Illinois, 1914

Dillingham Ragland, son of Benjamin Ragland and Nancy Dodson Ragland, was born in 1824 in Allen County, Kentucky. Dillingham’s mother, Nancy Dodson, was the daughter of Dillingham Dodson and Mahala Logan Dodson. Mahala, in turn, was the daughter of Joseph Logan and Anna “Annie” Bias Logan. She was Zachariah Logan’s sister.

Dillingham Ragland married Ruth A. Maxwell in 1845 in Washington County, Illinois.  Ruth was born in 1825 or 1826 in Bedford County, Tennessee.

Dillingham Ragland died 16 June 1914 at his farm, north of Winkle, Perry County, Illinois. His funeral was 17 June 1914. He was buried at Swanwick Bethel Cemetery. The old Bethel Cemetery register has his and Ruth’s place of burial as Row 6 Center. The following is from the Burns Bros. Funeral Records:

  • Ragland, Dillingham, pg. 124, June 17, 1914
  • Charge to: Alvin
  • Date of funeral: June 17
  • Place of death: Farm North Winkle
  • Funeral services at: Residence
  • Time of funeral service: 3 p.m.
  • Clergyman: Rv. (?) Syfert
  • Date of death: June 16
  • Aged: 90 years
  • Size/style of casket: 6 ft. Plane [sic: plain] Broad Cloth
  • Outside box: Pine
  • # of handles: Six Satten [sic: satin]
  • Interment at: Swanwick Cemetery
  • Price of casket or coffin: $50.00
  • Burial robe: $5.50

Source: Burns Bros. Funeral Records, first seen at private residence in 1979, now in Coulterville Public Library, Coulterville, Randolph County, Illinois; old Bethel Cemetery Register, researched by Stella Runyon

Keowee River Baptist Church: Joseph Logan, 1791, and Charles Dodson, 1800

Keowee Church was constituted by Elders Joseph Logan and ___ Hargiss. The meeting house was from “Old Keowee Fort, on Keowee River, … about one and a half miles from the river.” (“History of Baptist Churches,” Southern Watchman and General Intelligencer, 24 March 1837, posted at Pickens County, South Carolina, Genealogy, 2002)

Historian Frederick Van Clayton notes that there was no Anglo-American settlement in this area until after the American Revolution when it was taken from the Cherokee, who had allied themselves with the British: “Very few settlers came here until 1784 … [when] the Settlement Act was passed which provided for [land grants] in this newly acquired territory. However, previous to 1784 a few people did settle in this territory, and they may be termed … ‘Squatters’, for they did not have a grant for their land, but in all probability had filed their intention with the State government that they would take out a grant when they were able to pay for same, or when the State government passed such laws as would enable them to get good titles to the land.” Joseph Logan was one of these early squatters.                                               (“History of the Keowee River Baptist Church,” Frederick Van Clayton, transcribed by Lois E. Branch, 2000,

The first minister of Keowee Church was Joseph Logan in 1791. In the listing of the ministers of Keowee Church, Van Clayton notes “squatter” beside Logan’s name. Joseph Logan was also the delegate to church associational meetings. Church membership was 17.

Records are incomplete until 1794 when Joseph Logan is no longer a minister or delegate. But in 1800 Charles Dodson was the delegate from Keowee Church to Baptist associational meetings. (“History of the Keowee River Baptist Church II,” Frederick Van Clayton, transcribed by Lois E. Branch, 2000,

Joseph Logan’s daughter, Mahala Logan, would later marry Charles Dodson’s son, Dillingham Dodson. Both the Logan and Dodson extended families would move to Warren County, Kentucky.

Marriage bond for Alexander Devin and Suckey / Sukey / Suke / Sueky Nowlin, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1791

J.H. Spencer, in A History of Kentucky Baptists, refers to Joseph Logan, John Hightower, and Alexander Devin as “the master builders” of Baptist churches in early south-central Kentucky. Logan, Devin, and Hightower worked together, often taking turns serving the pulpit in churches they helped constitute.

Below is the marriage bond for Alexander Devin and Suckey Nowlin. (Sueky / Suckey / Sukey / Suky / Suke / Sucky is a nickname for Susan or Susanna.) Because of the importance of each of these Baptist “master builders” and their interconnection, there are profiles in Logan Connections about Devin and HIghtower as well as Joseph Logan.

Devin moved from Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to Warren County, Kentucky, then later to Gibson County, Indiana Territory. J.H. Spencer in his history quotes a letter Devin wrote to Joseph Logan around 1808-1810. Alexander Devin was a member of the Indiana Constitutional Convention in 1816, helping write Indiana’s state constitution. Alexander Devin died in 1827 and Sueky Nowlin Devin in 1840. They are buried in Warnock Cemetery, Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana.

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Source: Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Marriage Bond Book 1, page 14

Benjamin Logan, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Cleveland County, N.C., 1842: Declaration to obtain pension based on father, Drury Logan’s, service in Revolutionary War

Drury Logan, Benjamin Logan’s father, was a private in the Revolutionary War. Congress finally passed a pension law for Revolutionary soldiers in 1832. Drury Logan died in 1835 and his widow, Sarah Moore Logan, then became the pension recipient. Sarah died in 1840. In the following statement, Benjamin Logan indicates the living children and heirs of Drury and Sarah Logan are, as follows: Joseph Logan, Benjamin Logan, Levy Logan, Sarah Logan, and Aney Logan. Benjamin also states the year his father and mother were married: 1783. Benjamin signed by making his mark, being unable to write his name.

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Source: Research of Pat Phelps, Beverly Logan Craig, Joe Logan