Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A little on the Logans

Among the more interesting names in the origins of Fairfield Township is that of Logan.

The family name has endured for centuries in the valley.

Much of this is from House of Hanna. August Reifel's history takes a somewhat blase stab at adding some zest to the Logan name, but it fails generally, focusing on a great-grandson, William J. Logan.

Brothers John and William Logan were among the first members of the Carolina Settlement to claim land in 1804-05. Sarah Hanna, in her history, identifies the locations of the Logan claims but it's hardly relevant now ... it's under water, mostly. William's cabin, on display at Treaty Line Museum, was just south of Fairfield.

For what it's worth, John Ewing, another original settler, and George Leviston, built cabins in an area that would be closer to Dunlapsville or Quakertown.

It seems the original Logans were less ambitious politically than some of the other original settlers.

They were farmers in South Carolina before migrating northward with the Templetons, the Levistons, the Swans and the Hannas. William had served in the American Revolution in the Light Horse Brigade "as a private and was a soldier of some military distinction," the Reifel biography reads. One wonders how a private earned distinction, but it's his story.

The Logans were born in Ireland, John in 1758, William in 1762. Sarah Hanna reveals that they spoke with heavy Irish accents.

Sarah writes that the Logans were deeply religious.

"For a time the Hannas, Templetons and Ewings were engaged in the judicial and governmental affairs of the colony, while the Logans, Levistons and Swans were concerned more deeply in looking after the spiritual welfare of the people and never missed an opportunity (which was rarely given) of having divine services in their houses when an itinerant minister chanced along, no matter of what ecclesiastical faith he was an exponent."

Generally, the settlers favored the Presbyterian faith.

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