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.


Byrd Logan: Confederate casualty report, Battle of Stones River (also known as Battle of Murfreesboro), Tennessee, and discharge due to wound

Byrd Logan served in Co. F, Captain Eddins Company, 41st Alabama Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America (CSA). He was severely wounded in the arm at Stones River (Murfreesboro) and  was medically discharged as a result.

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Byrd Logan’s medical discharge for a gun shot wound in the arm shows him born in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He was the son of Freeman Logan and Sabra Martin Logan. He lived in Tuskaloosa (Tuscaloosa) County, Alabama. Byrd Logan married Ann Sexton. He died in Tuscalooosa County, AL, 27 September 1895.

Mrs. T. Logan — Texanna Haggard Logan — widow of Jasper Newton Logan: application for pension, 1918, and application for mortuary warrant, 1928, Johnson County, Texas

Laura Texanna Haggard, daughter of Squire Haggard and Elizabeth Parrish Haggard, was born 30 October 1845 in Bedford County, Tennessee. She married Jasper “Jap” Newton Logan, son of Hillary Logan and Abigail Wallace Logan, Christmas day 1865 in Coryell County, Texas. Jasper N. Logan served in Co. H, 10th Texas Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America (C.S.A.), from 1861-1865. Texanna Haggard Logan — “Mrs. T. Logan” — was entitled to a Texas state pension based on her husband’s Civil War service.

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Source: Texas State Archives

Death certificate, Frances Jane Bryant Forbes, Lawrence County, Missouri, 1852-1939

Frances Jane Bryant was the daughter of Jane Logan Bryant and Reuben Bryant. Jane Logan was the daughter of William Logan and Permelia Neece Logan. Frances was born 14 February 1852 in Lawrence County, Missouri. She married Josiah C. Forbes. He was a Civil War veteran: Wisconsin 5th Light Artillery Battery, U.S. (Union). He died in 1895. Frances Jane Bryant Forbes died 2 April 1939 in Lawrence County, Missouri.

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William Logan, Cherokee County, Kansas: Affidavit supporting son, Drury Logan’s, application for membership in the Cherokee Nation, Dawes Commission, 1896

William Logan, son of Zachariah Logan, applied for membership in the Cherokee Nation with the Dawes Commission in 1896. William Logan was 83. William made his mark for his signature, being unable to write his name. Like all our Logan family’s applications for Cherokee Nation citizenship, William Logan’s was rejected (“demurred” in the legal language of the Dawes Commission). The document which follows is William Logan’s affirmation of his son, Drury Logan’s, eligibility for Cherokee Nation membership.

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