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.



Ragland v. Ragland lawsuit, either Washington or Perry County, Illinois, 1872

This abstract from a Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois newspaper about a Ragland v. Ragland lawsuit contains helpful genealogical information. Washington County, Illinois, is mentioned but some of the Raglands lived in Perry County, Illinois (close to the Perry-Washington County boundary in both cases.) It wasn’t clear from the clipping in which county the lawsuit was filed.

Benjamin Ragland and Nancy, his wife, John Ragland and Patsy, his wife, Elijah Harris and Patsy, his wife, Allen Williams and Catherine, his wife, William Rainey and Harriett, his wife, Hawkins Ragland and Lucinda, his wife, Samuel S. Maxwell and Serilla, his wife, heirs of John Ragland, late of Washington County, deceased.


Moses Jackson, in right of his wife, Nancy, deceased [Jackson children all named], Rebecca Ragland, wife of Joseph T. Ragland, deceased, Briant West and Ruth, his wife, Elizabeth W. Ragland, John Ff. Maxwell and Emily Frances, his wife, Wm. F. Maxwell and Catherine, his wife, George W. Ragland, Zachariah B. Ragland, John L. Ragland, and Hawkins Ragland, heirs of Joseph T. Ragland, deceased.

The Logans and Raglands are connected this way: Nancy Dodson, daughter of Dillingham Dodson and Mahala Logan Dodson, married Benjamin Ragland in Allen County, Kentucky. Mahala Logan was the daughter of Joseph Logan and Anna “Annie” Bias Logan and the sister of Zachariah Logan.

Nancy Dodson Ragland and Benjamin Ragland had a son named Dillingham Ragland. He married Ruth A. Maxwell in Washington County, Illinois. Their son, Benjamin Ragland, mentioned above, was born in Washington County, IL.

Source: “Abstracts from Sparta, Illinois Newspapers,” Branching Out from St. Clair County, Illinois, Volumes 22-24, Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, Marissa, St. Clair County, Illinois, 1994

Death certificate: Dallas Marion Law, Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, 1890-1920

Dallas Marion Law married Mae Julia Williams, daughter of Grace Logan Williams and Ed Williams. Grace Logan was the daughter of Zachariah T. “Jess” “Jesse” Logan and Mary Emaline Gibson Logan.

Dallas Law’s death illustrates how deadly what today we consider to be minor health issues were before the invention of penicillin and other “miracle drugs.” An otherwise healthy young man 30 years old, he died of septicemia (sepsis) from an infected furuncle (basically, a boil) on his upper lip.

Shared by Linda Morrison

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Photograph: Mae Julia Williams Law Frosco, 1900-1989, and Grace Logan Williams, 1881-1964, Tilden, Randolph County, Illinois

Grace Logan, daughter of Zachariah T. “Jess” “Jesse” Logan and Mary Emaline Gibson Logan, was born 6 October 1881 in Marissa (White Oak), St. Clair County, Illinois. Grace Logan married Jacob or James Edward “Ed” Williams 14 June 1899 in Perry County, Illinois. Their daughter, Mae Julia Williams, was born 3 April 1900 in Randolph County, Illinois. Ed Williams died 3 February 1943 in Tilden, Randolph County. Grace Logan Williams died 17 August 1964 in Sparta Community Hospital, Sparta, Randolph County. She and Ed are buried at Tilden Cemetery, Tilden.

Mae Julia Williams married, first, Dallas Marion Law in 1916 in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois. He was born in 1890 in Perry County, Illinois. Dallas Law died 7 June 1920 of septicemia. He is buried at Tilden Cemetery. Mae Julia Williams Law married, second, Robert John Frosco in 1921. Robert Frosco died in 1976. Mae died 11 May 1989. They are both buried in Tilden Cemetery.


Photograph furnished by Linda Morrison, Tilden, Illinois

Wedding photograph: Jacob or James Edward “Ed” Williams, 23, and Grace Logan, 18, Perry County, Illinois, married 14 June 1899

Grace Logan was the daughter of Zachariah T. “Jess” “Jesse” Logan and Mary Emeline Gibson Logan. She was born 6 October 1881 in Marissa, St. Clair County, Illinois. Ed Williams, son of Robert Williams and Lucinda Orr Williams, was born 16 June 1875 in Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois.

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Photograph furnished by Linda Morrison, Tilden, Illinois

Obituary: Tom Porter, spouse (2nd) of Cora Belle Logan Chorpenning, Washington County, Illinois, 1876-1965

Thomas Alexander Porter, son of Ace Lee Porter and Sarah Jane Campbell Porter, was born 22 July 1876 in Washington County, Illinois. He later moved to Washington County, Iowa, where he married Cora Belle Logan Chorpenning, widow of George B. McClellan Chorpenning. Tom Porter died in 1965 in Washington County, Illinois, and is buried at Marissa Cemetery, Marissa, St. Clair County, Illinois.

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Copy furnished by Elsie Campbell Giacomo