Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Logan mss., 1814-1931, consist of the papers of George Washington Logan, 1827-1893, Cass County, Indiana, farmer. The son of Thomas and Anna (Smith) Logan, he married Nancy Braford, the daughter of James and Nancy (Wilson) Braford of Virginia in 1848. Logan was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the F.&A.M. Lodge, and the Democratic Party. Further biographical details about him and his brother Samuel may be found on pages 808-809 and 937 of T.B. Helms' Cass County, Indiana, Chicago, 1886 (Lilly F532 .C4 H47).

The correspondence includes an 1814 letter by Nathan Lecky of Clark County, Kentucky, to his father, Thomas Lecky of Rockbridge County, Virginia, about family matters and mentioning his daughter Nancy (Lecky) Wilson whose granddaughter later married George Washington Logan. In 1828 are the appointment papers of Logan's father Thomas as road supervisor of District 4, Jackson Twp., Fayette County, Indiana. Letters of John P. Smith of Preble County, Ohio to Thomas Logan in 1849 report a raging cholera epidemic. The last will and testament of Thomas Logan was witnessed on February 15, 1851.

The George Washington Logan correspondence covers the period of 1853-1891 with most of the material dating between 1874-1878. In this group are the 29 letters of Mary Logan, the wife of John Logan, G.W. Logan's brother. These letters are concerned with Mary and her family's survival in their new home in Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas. She writes of farming, crop prices, Indians, the weather and the hard winter of 1874, and a devastating flood in the summer of 1876. G.W. Logan served as the go-between in these transactions. Here also may be found the estate papers, 1851-1879, of Thomas Logan for which his son G.W. Logan served as administrator.

The last letter in 1931 concerns Andrew J. Logan's search for genealogical information on his family.

Family members whose letters are present are: Andrew Jackson Logan, David Perry Logan, John Logan, Mary Logan (Mrs. John Logan), Mary Jane Logan (Mrs. David Perry Logan), Samuel Logan, Martha (Logan) Moore, and Henry S. Peter (the husband of Mariah Logan). Other letters such as that of William Steele of Hancock County, Indiana, in 1858, reflect the social customs of the time.

Miscellaneous general papers include a sketch of "the clered peace and The dedning," Clinton County bill of Thomas Logan for weaving and dyeing materials, a poem about George Washington, beginning: "Our chief is dead, a doleful sound...," and a recipe for a salve for sores.

Among the printed materials are clippings about farming, a brochure for Spain's Patent Barrel Churns, an instructional manual for a child (lacks covers) which includes Dr. Watt's Cradle Hymn and the Shorter Catechism, and By-Laws and Rules of Order of Clinton Lodge, No. 54 of Free and Accepted Ancient York Masons of Frankfort, Indiana, 1873.

An inventory in the Vertical File notes all of the correspondence and contents of the collection.

Collection size: 183 items

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