Reuben Logan and Joseph Allen, privates, Co. D, 48th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, U.S. (Union), 1864-1865: Muster and Descriptive Roll

Reuben Logan, son of Carroll Bias Logan and Lucinda “Lucy” Venable Logan, was born 17 August 1845 in Perry County, Illinois. After the Civil War in 1870, he married Anna Guthrie Maxwell. Anna’s first husband, Lt. William B. Maxwell, had served in the same company and regiment as Reuben Logan. William Maxwell was killed in the Battle for Atlanta 28 July 1864. He and Anna had been married a little over five months.

Margaret Jane Logan, daughter of William Logan and Matilda Thackston / Thaxton Logan, married Lewis K. Allen. Lewis Allen was killed by a horse 4 January 1861 in Washington County, Illinois. Margaret J. Logan Allen then married Lewis’ brother, Joseph Allen.

Reuben Logan and Joseph Allen both enlisted in Co. D, 48th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Reuben was 29; Joseph Allen, 30. Reuben Logan made it through the war unscathed; however, Joseph Allen was wounded by a shell 13 December 1864 while engaged in the assault on Fort McAllister at Savannah, Georgia. His left arm was amputated. He was discharged because of disability 23 March 1865. Joseph, Margaret, and their children moved to Cherokee County, Kansas. The History of Cherokee co., Kansas has a detailed biography of Joseph’s Civil War service.

Below is the Muster and Descriptive Roll for Company D, Forty Eighth Infantry, enumerating both Joseph Allen and Reuben Logan.



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Marriage of Reuben J. Chorpenning and Helen J. Buhrman, “Nashville Journal,” Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 4 April 1918

Reuben John Chorpenning was the son of George B. McClellan Chorpenning and Cora Belle Logan Chorpenning. Helen Jean Buhrman was the daughter of Theodore Buhrman and Nancy “Nannie” Kerr Buhrman. Al Logan (erroneously listed as A.L. below) was Reuben Chorpenning’s cousin. “Mrs. A.L. Logan” — DeIna Ruth Buhrman — was Helen Buhrman’s sister.


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

Newspaper article, “Nashville Journal,” Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 1939

The Nashville Journal runs a wonderful “It Happened Here” feature. In the March 26, 2014 edition of “It Happened Here” — 75 years ago, 1939:

Discovery of oil at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Pilot Knob Township and a successful test in DuBois caused talk of an oil boom in Washington County.

Oil pumps are still visible — some working — “behind” Oak Grove (Presbyterian) Cemetery today. Many years ago, Reuben Chorpenning and Helen Buhrman(n) Chorpenning filed suit to try and recover some funding from the oil company because both Reuben and Helen had relatives buried at Oak Grove Cemetery. In Rube’s case, there are several Chorpennings buried at Oak Grove, including his father, George B. McClellan Chorpenning (no stone extant). In Helen’s, her mother, father, and sister — Nancy “Nannie” Kerr Buhrman, Theodore Buhrman, and Georgie Buhrman — are buried at Oak Grove as is George Henderson, her g-grandfather, and her grandmother, Sarah Smith Henderson (assumed; no stone).


Some Logan and affiliated families’ land entries prior to 1851 in Washington County, Illinois

Pilot Knob Township: James Guthrie: 1840-8-27; 1845-12-16

Oakdale Township: Solomon Maxwell: 1838-2-1; 1838-5-14

Oakdale Township: Reuben Logan: 1848-7-11

Oakdale Township: Drury Logan: 1849-11-5

Lively Grove Township: Archibald Coulter: 1833-12-20; 1839-8-1

Source: Original Land Holders in Washington County, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois



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)