Irene Pursell Dixon Obituary, 1928-2019

[Note: Irene Dixon was a wonderful lady. She was descended from Reuben Logan, a Union Civil War veteran, and Anna Guthrie (Logan). This obituary was posted online by the Searby Funeral Homes of DuQuoin and Tamaroa, Illinois.]

M. Irene Dixon (January 28, 1928 — March 12, 2019)

M. Irene Dixon, 91, of Du Quoin, passed away … Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at her residence.

Irene had been owner and teacher at Park-A-Tot Nursery School for thirty years. She began her career at Lower Arm School in 1946. Irene graduated from Pinckneyville High School in 1945 and then graduated from SIU in the early 1950s. She had also worked on her master’s degree. Irene was a member of the First Christian Church in DuQuoin, where she had been a deacon and an elder. At the church, she was also President of C.W.F. and was in charge of the rummage sales. She was also a member of the Marshall Browning Hospital Auxiliary, Perry County Historical Society, Perry County Jail Museum, Red Hat Society, Order of the Eastern Star, V.F.W. Auxiliary, and D.A.R. Irene was a founding member of the A-Wa-We-Go Camping Tribe and served as Chaplin.

She was born January 28, 1928 at Pinckneyville, IL, the daughter of Roy Arkell and Carrie Gladys (Williamson) Pursell.

She married Curtis E. Dixon on March 8, 1952 at Pinckneyville, IL, and he preceded her in death on December 20, 1981.

She is survived by four children — Sue Dixon of Pinckneyville, Todd Dixon of DuQuoin, Clay Dixon and wife Evelyn of Carterville, and Kent Dixon of DuQuoin, two sisters — Norma Jones of West Frankfort and Sharon Wright of Pinckneyville, three grandchildren — Seth Dixon and wife Nicole of DuQuoin, Cory Dixon of New Baden, and Emily Crain and husband Stephen of Chesterfield, MO, nine great grandchildren — Collin Dixon, Kylie Dixon, Emmett Crain, Alden Dixon, Matthew Rees, Michael Daniel, Makayla Davis, David Peters, Dayonna Peters and one on the way, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers — Carl Pursell, Ed Pursell, and Wilford Andrew Pursell in infancy, two brothers-in-law — Kenneth Junior Jones and Stuart Wright, and three sisters-in-law — Isabelle Pursell, Theresa Pursell and Patricia Pursell.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Searby Funeral Home in DuQuoin with David Gross officiating.

Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Park at DuQuoin.

Friends may make memorials to the Marshall Browning Hospital Tree of Life, First Christian Church in DuQuoin, or the donor’s choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Reuben Logan family updates: “Nashville Journal,” Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 1902, 1903

6 February 1902 — Rice: Mrs. Ruben [sic: Reuben] Logan and Mrs. J.B. Logan have been on the sick list but are convalescing at present.

8 May 1902 — Rice: Mr. and Mrs. Ruben [sic: Reuben] Logan attended the dedication of the Denmark Baptist church last Sabbath.

29 May 1902 — Rice: The crowd that went to the Okaw river fishing consisting of Ruben [sic: Reuben] Logan, H.C. Jones, Louis McQuade, Bert Redenbo, Squire Chapman, E.J. Jones, Ed. Hunter returned with good success and plenty of fun.

17 September 1903 — Rice: J.W. Ragland and family will move to Pinckneyville in a few days, also E.J. Jones and family and Ruben [sic: Reuben] Logan and family.


Obituary: George B. McClellan Chorpenning, Washington County, Illinois, 1861-1919

George B. McClellan Chorpenning married Cora Belle Logan, daughter of Reuben Logan and Anna “Annie” Guthrie Logan. George Chorpenning is buried at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Pilot Knob Township, Washington County, Illinois. There is no extant grave marker, although there was one, according to Elsie Campbell Giacomo, who attended George Chorpenning’s funeral and visited the cemetery.

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The Logans of Lawrence County, Missouri

The following excerpts are from History of Lawrence County, Missouri. This material was first sent to me by Logan researcher Ira Nickle many years ago.

William Logan: “… in 1852 he and his family landed in Lawrence county [from Lincoln County, Tennessee]. His father was Reuben Logan, who was one of the first settlers in Tennessee. His wife was Miss Parmelia Neece…. They were the parents of ten stalwart sons and three fair daughters, of whom six of the sons, Newton, Reuben, Wm. B., George W., Rev. B.F. and Buchanan, and one of the daughters, Mrs. Mary C. White, are still living.”

“Most of these remained in the vicinity … [but] in addition to those … many have gone forth to other states until Lawrence county now has Logan representatives from here to Texas and from the state of Washington to … New York … all of them … frequently return [to their beloved Ozark country] for a renewal of the pastoral spirit and celestial charm.”

John Logan: “He was born in Lincoln county, Tennessee, October 8, 1837…. He was married on April 3, 1860, to Miss Harriett Hendricks … as a result of this happy union there came ten children, all of whom are now living, and who were present at the time of his death … September 11, 1914. They are: W.A.B. Logan of Marionville; Mrs. Elizabeth Francis Stafford, of Green Forest, Arkansas; Belinda Florence Hays, of Springfield, Missouri; Tempa Caledonia Rainey, of Auburn, Washington; Mary Geneva Butler, of Springfield, Missouri; Jackson E.B. Logan, of Houston, Texas, and Charles Ross Logan, of Logan, Missouri.”

“During the Civil War he took the side of the rebellion and joined the Confederate army …. He was in the battle of Wilson Creek and … Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was wounded and captured … cast into the army prison at Alton, Illinois, where he remained for more than a year, when he was exchanged and … served until the close of operations.”

“On May 25, 1883, his wife died. … on April 1, 1884, [he] … united in marriage to Miss Julia Ann Stacy. To this union there was born one child, Etta Belle Killingsworth, who is living at Ash Grove, Missouri.”

“For about twenty years Mr. Logan conducted a store in Logan….”

Newton Logan: “The oldest living son of … William Logan, came to [Lawrence] county with his father when he was … ten…. He remained with his father on the farm until he was nineteen, at which time he enlisted in the Eleventh Missouri Infantry … a member of Company F under Captain Crockett Howard in Colonel Hunter’s regiment. He took part in the battles at Wilson Creek, Lexington, Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove, Arkansas. At that latter place on December 7, 1862, he lost his right leg, which totally disabled him for further service in the army. After he returned he farmed what he could, taught school and did such other things as he could find to do.”

“He … married … Miss Belinda Ashlock, daughter of Henry Ashlock … on January 12, 1862. To them were born four children: William Henry Logan, born in 1864, and now residing in Paris, Texas…. [;] Fannie Logan … wife of Harry H. Bloss … residing in Aurora, Missouri [;] Finis A. Logan, married to Miss Nina Arnold and living in Monett [;] George Benjamin Logan, married to Miss Coreta Murray … [living] in Monroe, Louisiana….”

To be continued….



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.


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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“Fayetteville Observer,” Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee: Byers Logan, administrator of estate of Hardy H. Logan, 20 December 1860

Hardy H. Logan, son of Reuben Logan and Elizabeth Ingle Logan, was born circa 1821 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. He married (first) Harriet F. Motlow in 1842. She died after 1850 and before 1858. He married (second) Sallie K. Caldwell in 1858. Hardy H. Logan died of typhoid fever 3 August 1859 in Mulberry, Lincoln County, Tennessee. Hardy Logan’s brother, Byers or Byars Logan, served as the administrator of his estate.


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