Rutherford County, North Carolina, tax list, showing William Logan, 1782

William Logan was one of the four Logan brothers who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, two years prior to this tax list. His adjacent neighbor, Gabriel Washburn, was, like William Logan, a church official for Buffalo Baptist Church in York County, South Carolina.

Note how slaves are counted in the tax list along with horses and cattle as “things” to be taxed, denying them their humanity.


Source: North Carolina Digital Collections, State Archives of North Carolina


Obituary: Sarah “Sallie” Rowell Logan, spouse of Lt. David Jackson Logan, killed in Civil War, McConnellsville, York County, South Carolina, 1836-1904

Sarah “Sallie” Rowell, daughter of Benjamin D. Rowell and Elizabeth “Eliza” Catherine McFadden Rowell, was born 15 February 1836 in York County, South Carolina. She married David Jackson Logan, son of John Randolph Logan and Sarah Patterson Jackson Logan. He was killed by a sniper in the trenches surrounding Petersburg, Virginia, 18 June 1864. Sallie Rowell Logan died 26 April 1904. She and David Jackson Logan are buried at Bethesda Presbyterian Churchyard, York County, South Carolina.

(Note: David Jackson Logan’s first name and middle initial are incorrect below.)


Source: The Cleveland Star, Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 22 June 1904

Buffalo Baptist Church records, originally York County, now Cherokee County, South Carolina, 1803-1860

The earliest records of Buffalo Baptist Church have long been lost. The church is thought to have been founded circa 1770-1772. In 1860, Buffalo Church appointed R.E. Porter to locate and transcribe all existing church records. Porter was able to find records from circa 1803 to 1860. The Broad River Genealogical Society Quarterly (Vol. X, Nov. 1990) printed some of these records “transcribed from the microfilm copy of Porter’s transcription of the church records of the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention….” by Roy M. Brooks.

We shared the Logan names in an earlier post (Anthony, William, Esom, Green, and John Logan). One of them, William Logan, the Logan brother who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain, was a “Judge of Temporal Controversy” and “Judge of Temporal Disputes” for Buffalo Church. In this post, we’re highlighting individuals — members of Buffalo Baptist Church — whose family names have been associated with our Logan family.

Among the earliest Elders found in the Buffalo Baptist Church records are James Bridges and James Byars. As researcher Beverly Logan Craig points out, Bridges and Logans are closely associated. We find them as neighbors, coreligionists, and in deeds and other documentation. So far, we haven’t found any intermarriage, which is a little surprising.

The Byars, Byers, Bias, Byas (etc.) name is even more closely affiliated with our Logans. William Logan’s brother, Joseph, married Anna “Annie” Bias. There are several Bias and Byas and Byars Logans. The name “Bias” continues down through the generations in, especially, the Joseph Logan line.

Gabriel (various spellings) Washburn is an early deacon of Buffalo Church. It’s not surprising that “Gabrael” Washburn sold land to William Logan and that Washburn was a chain carrier for William Logan’s survey in 1783. They were neighbors and church officials, after all.

In addition to William Logan, Peter Quinn was a Judge of Temporal Controversy for the church. Peter Quinn was a former Tory in the Revolutionary War, demonstrating how communities, neighbors, and churches were split by that war and how, later, they had to learn to reconcile.

Another intriguing name is Charles Hester, a fellow Judge of Temporal Disputes with William Logan. A Charles Hester, who died in 1828 in nearby Spartanburg District, was Thomas Logan’s stepfather. Is this Charles Hester one and the same?

Here are some names of Buffalo Baptist Church members from 1803-1860 with brief comments:

  • Abednego Adams — Was a witness to several deeds involving William Logan
  • Aaron, Amelia, Catron,  Elizabeth, Fanny, John, Lindia, Moses, Nancy, Patsy, Robert, Sarah, Stephen, Susanna, Sylvira, Unicy, and Wilis Bridges — Along with James, more members of the closely-affiliated Bridges family
  • Byars — In addition to James Byars, Ann, Elizabeth, Francis, James, Joseph, Kisiah, Rhoda, Prudence, and Thomas  Byars were church members.
  • Able, Isac, Guinna, and Polly Black — William Logan’s wife was Jane Margaret Black. Are these Blacks related? (The Blacks were also Loyalists in the Revolutionary War.)
  • Hugh Kerr — A neighbor of William Logan
  • Raney — James, Louise, and Saray Raney; and Lucinda Rany — William Logan’s son, John Black Logan, married Lois “Lou” Rainey. Are these families related?




Photograph: Four generations of Lowry/Vassey family, Cherokee County, South Carolina

Zulia Pacolet Vassey Lowry — what a wonderful name! — the woman in the center of this photograph (below), was the daughter of William Vassey and Nancy A. Logan (Vassey). Zulia Pacolet Vassey married John Green Lowry. Nancy A. Logan’s father was Elijah B. Logan, son of William Logan and Jane Margaret Black Logan. William Logan was one of the four Logan brothers at the Battle of Kings Mountain in October 1780.

Elijah B. Logan was born in York County, South Carolina. He married Patsy ______. Nancy “Nannie” A. Logan was born in Spartanburg District, South Carolina. She married William Vassey. Zulia Pacolet Vassey was born in Spartanburg County, SC. The family lived for a time in Union County, then Cherokee County, SC.

This four-generations family photograph consists of, from left to right:

  • Marvin Lowry, born in 1914
  • Vera Dianne Lowry Fowler (living)
  • Zulia Pacolet Vassey Lowry, born in 1865
  • Howard Eugene Lowry (living)
  • Malcolm Eugene Lowry, born in 1884

Our thanks to Dianne Lowry Fowler for sharing the photo.

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Letter from Abraham Hardin — who taught John Randolph Logan the “art and science” of surveying — to Lyman C. Draper, author of “Kings Mountain and Its Heroes”

Abraham Hardin (1789-1881) taught John Randolph Logan the “art and science” of surveying. Surveying was an advanced skill that few had at the time; therefore, it could be a lucrative occupation, though a hard one, especially in the early years of settlement and over rough, forested, and marshy ground. Abraham Hardin’s early mentoring of John R. Logan in surveying meant that Logan could later have the means to enter into government service, politics, church leadership, and education. For this reason, Hardin’s autobiographical sketch (below) is of interest.

Hardin was the deacon of Antioch Baptist Church for sixty years. A coffin-maker, Hardin made his and his wife’s coffins himself.

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Transcript: You seem to have some wish to know the place of my nativity and of my Early Life. In answer I would say to you that I was born in Rutherford County NC now Cleaveland County NC on the 22 day of June, 1789, of poor parentage when and where there was no schools so I was deprived of Letters and when I arrive to manhood I had to Labour in the Farm or Shop all day and Read and Study at night with out help except God’s blessings of good health and a retentive memory, and of a determined will. I had to work about five years to purchase a little tract of land & in 1811 I settled down in York County S.C. where I have resided for sixty years past and Served this county to the best of my ability as follows: Served the Church as Deacon & Superintendent of Sunday School for Sixty years, in the same time served the State & County as Civil Magistrate forty-two years, and Eight of that time as Representative  of The County in the State Legislature, also served as Surveyor of Lands Forty years, performed 100s of marriages and adjusting Litigation without Lawsuits, and making Coffins and thus I have Served the Last Two or Three generations according to their day and yet they Call and I am now awaiting the call come home but until I receive that Call I must still serve on.

I would tell you more of the favours conferred on me of sight & hearing and how to preserve the Eye and prevent the sight from receeding [sic] but I have spoken of self so much above that I beg to be excused. I know of nothing more to promote your work as Historian but if any thing does occur worth Notice I will forward it to you. I received your Books at Two different Times for which manafestations [sic] of Kindness I feel greatfull [sic] and wish you success in all your undertakings and I remain yours Truly          Abraham Hardin

Transcribed by Betty Logan