Drury Logan and Sarah Ann Lyons Logan’s children: a bit more information

In the “Register of Baptisms in Unity R.P. [Reformed Presbyterian] Church,” we find Sarah Elizabeth Logan, daughter of Sarah A. Logan, baptized 9 May 1853.

James Harvey Logan, son of Drury and “Sara” A. Logan, was baptized 24 October 1853.

In addition to learning the dates of baptism and to which church Sarah Ann belonged at the time, this is the first record we’ve found of the children’s middle names.

James H. Logan died 13 March 1855. He was 1 year, 1 month, and 2 days old.

Sarah E. Logan married Robert Given or Givens. She was born 27 August 1845 “at Marissa,” St. Clair County, Illinois. She died in Weldon, DeWitt County, Illinois, 9 or 10 August 1913.

What makes these baptisms more poignant is that three other children of Drury and Sarah Ann Lyons Logan had already died: Jane A. Logan died 11 December 1851, 9 years and 3 months old. Robert Logan and Joseph Logan died days apart in 1852. The four Logan siblings lie buried in a row in Old Salem Cemetery in Washington County, Illinois.

In a “List of Members Recorded Into Unity Reformed Presbyterian Church,” Sarah A. Logan became a member 20 April 1853.

Source for “Register of Baptisms in Unity R.P. Church” and “List of Members Recorded Into Unity Reformed Presbyterian Church”: “Old” Bethel Reformed Presbyterian Church 1820…. Eden / Sparta, Illinois, compiled by Jane Boyd, Randolph County [Illinois] Genealogical Society.



Affidavit by William Logan, Cherokee County, Kansas, for Cherokee Nation citizenship for Benjamin B. Logan, 1896

Benjamin B. Logan was the son of Euclid Washington Logan and Queen Della or Queendella/Queendilla Benedict Logan. He was born around 1839 in Allen County, Kentucky. He was named for his grandfather, Benjamin Benedict. E.W. Logan and Q.D. Benedict Logan came from Allen County, Kentucky, to Perry County, Illinois, where they lived for many years. They then moved to the area on the border of Bates County and Henry County, Missouri.

In this document, Benjamin B. Logan is applying for membership into the Cherokee Nation. William Logan is vouching for his application. William Logan was the son of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan. Zachariah Logan was Robert S. Logan’s brother.

One of the most interesting things about this affidavit is that it spells out Benjamin B. Logan’s lineage as follows: “… son of EW Logan who was a son of Robert Logan [Robert S. Logan of Allen County, KY] who was a son of Joseph Logan.” William Logan was 83 at the time. He made his mark, being unable to write his name.

The Dawes Commission Rolls of 1835 and 1838 are referenced, as was protocol for these applications.

It is important to note that, although numerous Logans of our line applied for Cherokee citizenship, all were denied for insufficient proof.

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Deed: Joab Logan to C.B. Logan and Jackson B. Logan, Allen County, Kentucky, 1855

Joab Logan, thought to be the son of Reuben Logan and Rachel Moore Logan, was born circa 1798 in Pendleton District, South Carolina. He married Mahala Bennett 6 July 1827 in Allen County, Kentucky. Joab and Mahala Bennett Logan had children: Carroll Bennett Logan and Jackson “Jack” B. Logan, born 25 May 1830 and 20 December 1833, respectively.

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Charity Logan Andrews’ application for membership in the Cherokee Nation, Dawes Commission, 1896

Several members of our Logan family claimed Cherokee citizenship “by blood” through their descent from either Zachariah Logan or Washington Logan (Euclid Washington Logan or E.W. Logan). William Logan, son of Zachariah Logan, was among them. Here,  below, he is attesting to Charity Logan Andrews’ eligibility for Cherokee citizenship through her father Washington Logan via his father, Robert (S.) Logan. Zachariah Logan and Robert S. Logan were sons of Joseph Logan and Anna “Annie” Bias Logan. The commission set up to make these eligibility determinations was the Dawes Commission.

All of our Logan applicants were denied membership in the Cherokee Nation. It should be noted that, before DNA analysis and more exacting genealogical research methodology, people often were said to have “Indian blood” if they had so-called Native American features, e.g. high cheekbones, dark hair, and dark skin. Sometimes these clues led to tribal ancestry; more often, they did not. Many people from many ethnicities have these features in common. A primary Logan example is General John A. Logan (not our relative) who was often said to have “Indian features.” Well, we know when his ancestors arrived in this country and there was no chance, in that brief interlude, for there to have been Native American ancestry.

While we would be proud to claim Cherokee ancestry, DNA and the “paper trail” don’t lead us down that genealogical path. Nonetheless, these Dawes Commission documents are interesting for their historical and genealogical value. Charity Logan Andrews’ application “claims her right to citizenship in [the Cherokee Nation] together with the rights of her children.” Their names and ages are: Carrie Andrews, 16; Leanora Andrews, 14; and Jessie Andrews, 11.

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