Photograph, Fair Grounds, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, circa 1912 (some Logans included)

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Photograph and labeling courtesy of Sharon Pursell Wright. Our thanks to Sharon so these folks — and this photograph — aren’t lost to time. If anyone has additional information to help fill in the blanks, it would be greatly appreciated.

Top row:

  1. Scott Miller (son)
  2. John Miller (father)
  3. Fannie Miller (mother)
  4. Charlie Miller (son)
  5. James W. Logan (Civil War veteran)
  6. James Wayland “Wale” Logan (father)
  7. Edna Lou Logan (mother)
  8. Verna Logan (daughter) (married, first, Choisser; second, Van Horn; third, Setzkorn)
  9. labeled Choisser Van Horn [assume this is Rex Choisser?]
  10.  ?
  11. ?
  12. [Second row] Josie Taylor (father)
  13. Pauline Taylor (daughter)
  14. ?
  15. Dora Taylor (mother)
  16. Ethie Morton (mother)
  17. Essie Morton (daughter)
  18. John Morton (father)
  19. Mrs. John Keene Morton
  20. Mary Tipton
  21. Joshua Tipton
  22. Asa Hill
  23. Mary (Hill) Pursell
  24. Benjamin Hill
  25. [Third row] ?
  26. Gladys Miller (died young)
  27. Edith Taylor (daughter) md. Dempsey Keene
  28. ?
  29. Edgar Pursell
  30. Arthur Pursell
  31. Rewey Pursell
  32. Leonard Pursell
  33. Albert Pursell
  34. Phillip Ray Pursell
  35. Ira Pursell
  36. George Pursell
  37. Harry Pursell
  38. [bottom row] Carrie Miller (daughter of John and Fannie)
  39. Bill Miller (son of John and Fannie)
  40. Floyd Davis
  41. Mother Davis
  42. Father Davis
  43. Cecil (Kuhnert) Pursell
  44. Wilma Pursell
  45. Viola (Kuhnert/Keene) Pursell
  46. Elmer Pursell
  47. Lena (Birkner) Pursell
  48. Bessie Pursell
  49. Grayell Pursell
  50. Myrna Pursell
  51. Roy Arkell Pursell
  52. Blanche Pursell
  53. Pluma (Jones) Pursell
  54. Velma Pursell
  55. Henrietta (Jones) Pursell


Cross Baptist Church, near Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois

Many of our Logans and affiliated families attended Cross Church in Perry County, Illinois. Several are buried in Brown Cemetery, close to the former church site.

Cross Baptist Church was torn down, which is unfortunate, but perhaps understandable without a viable adaptive re-use. What is unconscionable is that all the church records were destroyed. This would have been a rich trove of Logan (and many other families’), Baptist, Cross Church, and Perry County history. This archival destruction has to stop! If there were sensitive items in the church minutes, they could have been gently edited out before being shared. Shameful and inexcusable to just destroy them.

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Obituary: “Mrs. A.J. Logan” — Martha Elizabeth Norton Lamer Logan, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, 1860-1927

Martha Elizabeth Norton Lamer married A.J. Logan 23 December 1897 in Cobden, Union County, Illinois. A.J. Logan — Andrew Jackson Logan — son of James W. Logan and Eveline Wilson Logan, was born 19 July 1868 and died 24 March 1944 in Pinckneyville, IL.

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Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 10th, at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. E.H. Zipprodt, assisted by Rev. I.E. Lee, of Herrin. Burial in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Obituary shared by James W. “Bob” Logan

Obituary: Cora Gregory Logan, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, 1873-1940

Cora Gregory, daughter of James F. Gregory and Jane McClury Gregory, was born 30 March 1873 in Perry County, Illinois. She married Enoch F. Logan 9 April 1894. Cora and Enoch F. Logan had one daughter, Naomi Logan. After Enoch Logan’s death in 1924, Cora Logan married (second) A.J. Logan 24 October 1926. Cora Gregory Logan died 8 January 1940 in Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois.

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Furnished by James W. “Bob” Logan