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.

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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

Cora Gregory Logan, Perry County, Illinois, 1873-1940

Cora Gregory, daughter of James Gregory and Jane McCluny Gregory, was born 30 March 1873 in Perry County, Illinois. She married Enoch F. Logan 9 April 1894. Enoch Franklin Logan was the son of William Logan, in turn the son of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan, and Matilda Thaxton Logan. Enoch’s two previous wives both died.

Cora and Enoch Logan had one child, Naomi Logan, born either 31 August or 1 September 1907 in Perry County, Illinois (conflicting sources).

After Enoch’s death in 1924, Cora married (second) Andrew Jackson “A.J.” “Jack” Logan, son of James W. Logan and Eveline Wilson Logan, in 1928. Cora Gregory Logan died 8 January 1940 in Perry County, Illinois. She and Enoch are buried at Brown Cemetery.

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Photograph furnished by Tim Riead

Newspaper articles about Zachariah Milton Garrison and Mary Lucinda Brock Garrison, ranging from 1870 to 1916

Zachariah Milton “Cain” Garrison was the son of Luther Alexander Stamps Garrison and Mahala “Millie/Milly” Logan Garrison. Milly or Millie Logan was the daughter of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan. Both Z.M. Garrison and Milly Logan were born in Allen County, Kentucky. Zachariah Milton Garrison was named for his two grandfathers, Zachariah Logan and John Milton Garrison.

(After Mahala “Milly” Logan Garrison died of measles, Luther Garrison married Eliza Logan, Milly’s cousin.)

Z.M. Garrison married Mary Lucinda Brock. She was born in Silverdale, Lawrence County, Indiana, daughter of Levi Thomas Brock and Mary Lucinda Hedrick Brock. Mary Lucinda Brock Garrison and Z.M. Garrison had 15, 16, or 17 children. (Sources vary.) They lived in Kentucky, Mary Lucinda in Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Missouri again, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Z.M. Garrison died in 1908 in Dewey, Indian Territory. Mary Lucinda Brock died in Dewey in 1927. They are both buried at Dewey Cemetery, Washington County, Oklahoma.

Z.M. Garrison was active in local government and also was a Civil War veteran so there are many articles about him. As was typical of the time, everyday women’s lives tended to be invisible in print, but we can get a glimpse into Mary Lucinda’s active life, too — beyond her role as the mother of so many children — from the following slice-of-life articles.

Regarding 1870 and the history of Spring Township, Butler County, Kansas:

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“Garrison returned to Bates county, Mo., and left T.L. Kelley and myself on the claims to “hold the fort” until their return….”

Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 15 March 1895

1872: Z.M. Garrison is the Assessor for Spring Township in Butler County, Kansas.

Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 12 July 1872

1874: Z.M. Garrison was a member of the Spring Valley Grange.

Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 27 November 1874. Note: He also is listed as a member of The Grange in several other years.

1877:

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Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 27 July 1877

1880:

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Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 7 May 1880

1885:

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Source: Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 3 July 1885

1890:

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Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 21 March 1890

Reference to “… Z.M. Garrison, county organizer of Greenwood county ….”

Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 25 July 1890

1894: Z.M. Garrison and son, Thomas, went to Caney last week. It is said they are looking for a better location.”

Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 24 August 1894

1904:

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Source: Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, 7 December 1904

 

1916: “Pleasant Valley” — Mrs. Z. Garrison of Dewey, Okla. is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andy Fields.”

Source: Daily Republican, Burlington, Coffey County, Kansas, 16 August 1916

 

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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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.

 

Court case, Jacob S. Zorger vs. Drury Logan, DeWitt County, Illinois, 1873

Drury Logan, son of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan, was involved in a lawsuit in 1871. Two years later, he was a defendant in another suit. The following documents were culled from a more extensive file from DeWitt County, Illinois, involving a lawsuit between Jacob S. Zorger and Drury Logan in 1873. Drury lost this case (and the appeal), but the jury awarded Zorger $6 instead of the $50 in damages he sought.

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Court case: Lucretia Rainey vs. Drury Logan, DeWitt County, Illinois, 1871

Drury Logan, son of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan, was involved in a court case brought by Lucretia Rainey on a Writ of Replevin in DeWitt County, Illinois. “Replevin” refers to property wrongfully held or taken by a defendant. (It is one of the oldest actions in English Common Law.) In this case, it appears that Drury Logan believed an arrangement he had with Lucretia Rainey’s deceased spouse was valid and he (Drury Logan) believed a bay horse “Six or Seven years old” was rightfully his. Widow Rainey disagreed. Drury Logan lost and filed an appeal to the Circuit Court. It appears he lost his appeal as well.

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Newspaper articles re Zachariah Milton “Cain” Garrison, “El Dorado Republican,” El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 25 April 1913 and 11 March 1887

Zachariah Milton “Cain” Garrison, son of Luther Alexander Stamps Garrison and Mahala “Milly” “Millie” Logan Garrison, was born 22 November 1837 in Louisville, Allen County, Kentucky. He was named for his paternal grandfathers, Zachariah Logan and John Milton Garrison.

Mahala Logan was the daughter of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan. Z.M. “Cain” Garrison married Mary Lucinda Brock, born 3 April 1840 in Lawrence County, Indiana. Zachariah M. Garrison served in Co. I, 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Union, from 1862-1865. He died 8 January 1908 in Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma. He is buried at Dewey Cemetery, Dewey, Washington County, Oklahoma.

Mary Lucinda Brock Logan, mother of 15 or 16 children (!), died in Dewey, Oklahoma, 3 January 1927. She is buried at Dewey Cemetery.

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El Dorado Republican, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 11 March 1887

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