Family History

The Logan family is like many families living in the nineteenth century. Common diseases and the inability to cure them took the lives of children and adults at an alarming rate.
The Logan museum receives frequent inquiries from individuals whose family tradition records that they are related to Major General John A. Logan. Logan and his wife Mary Cunningham Logan had three children but only one, John A. Logan II, has living descendants. The following information is posted in an effort to help individuals sort out their possible Logan family connection.

Dr. John Logan


Elizabeth Jenkins


Alexander M. Jenkins


Mary Cunningham


John A. Logan

The General

Hibert Cunningham

Brother-in law

Thomas Logan


Sallie Oliver


William H. Logan


James V. Logan


John A. Logan II


Edith Andrews


Mary “Dollie” Logan


Mary Logan

Grandmother with grandchildren

Soldiers’ Cemetery

John and Mary are buried here

The Family of John A. Logan

Dr. John Logan was born November 16, 1788 in Monaghan County, Ireland of Scotch-Irish descent. He came to the United States with his parents, John and Elizabeth (Pharrell) Logan in 1793. Dr. Logan died in November 4, 1853, and is buried in Murphysboro, IL.

The Logan family lived in Maryland and Ohio before settling in Missouri. There, in 1814, Dr. Logan married Mary Berthiaume. Before she died of an unknown disease in 1822 the couple had two children:

1. Elizabeth Logan, born about 1815, and died about 1816.

2. Louisa Villars Logan, born 1816 in Missouri; and died in 1895 at age 79 in Murphysboro, Illinois. Louisa married three times and five of her seven children survived to have families.

After his first wife’s death, Dr. Logan moved to Jackson Co., Illinois. Here he married Elizabeth Jenkins (1805-1874) about 1824. They had a family of ten children all born on the Logan farm in what is now Murphysboro, Illinois.

3.John Alexander Logan was born February 9, 1826 in Murphysboro, Illinois; he died December 26, 1886 in Washington D.C.

On November 27, 1855 John Alexander Logan married Mary Simmerson Cunningham.

Mary was born August 13, 1838 in Boone, Missouri. Mary died February 22, 1923 in Washington D.C. John and Mary are buried in Soldiers and Airman’s Cemetery in Washington D.C.

John A. and Mary had three children:

a. John Cunningham Logan b. Marion, Illinois in 1856; d. in Murphysboro, Illinois 1857; buried in City Cemetery in Murphysboro, Illinois.

b. Mary Elizabeth “Dollie” Logan b. Benton, Illinois in 1858 d. in Washington D.C. in 1940; buried with her parents and two sons. She married William F. Tucker Jr. They had two sons, Logan Tucker & George Tucker, neither of whom married.

c. Manning Alexander Logan (later John A. Logan II) b. Carbondale, Illinois in 1865 killed in action in the Philippines in 1899; awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor; buried in Youngstown, Ohio. He married Edith H. Andrews and they had two daughters, Marie and Edith, and one son, John A. Logan III.

4.Thomas Manning Logan b. 1827; d. 1907 in Murphysboro. Sallie Oliver was his third wife. He had no children from any of his marriages.

5. Dorotha Adaline Logan b. 1830; d. 1864 in Murphysboro, Illinois. She married Cyrus Thomas in 1850. They had one child who d. in infancy.

6. Margaret Caroline Logan 1832-1833

7. Dorothula Angeline “Annie” Logan b. 1834; d. 1894 in Murphsyboro, Illinois. Married four times. One surviving child from her marriage to Israel Blanchard: John Enos Blanchard b. 1859 in Murphysboro, Illinois went to Washington D.C. after 1883.

8. William Henry Logan b. 1836; d. 1868 in Murphysboro. Married Mary Eveline Henderson (1844-1904) in 1861. They had two children: Thomas Claude (1866-1914) and Anna E. (1867-1882). Both died in Murphysboro and are buried with their parents in City Cemetery.

9.James V. Logan b. 1838; d. 1917 in Murphysboro, Illinois. He married Mary E. Fritchey (1852-1897) in 1878. They had one daughter who married Nathan Payne and had no children. Mary is buried in Olney, Illinois and James V. is buried in an unmarked grave in City Cemetery in Murphysboro.

10. Solomon J. Logan b. and d. 1845.

11. Philip Benton Logan b. 1841; d. 27 Dec 1846 in Scarlet Fever epidemic.

12. George Marion Logan b. 1842; d. 24 December 1846 in Scarlet Fever epidemic.

Dr. John and Elizabeth Logan and all of their children (with the exception of Elizabeth, who d. in Missouri and John A) are buried in City Cemetery in Murphysboro, Illinois. City Cemetery also contains the graves of many other Logan relatives.

If you are not related to John A. Logan through one of his siblings you may be tied to the family through one of his many Logan aunts and uncles.

John and Elizabeth (Pharrell) Logan Family

John Logan was b. 1762 in Monaghan county, Ireland and he d. between 1838 and 1840 in Jackson County, Illinois. He married Elizabeth Pharrell who was also born Ireland. She died in Scioto Co., Ohio in 1804/05 and is buried in Portsmouth, Ohio. They had the following children.

1. James Logan b. 1784 in Monaghan County Ireland and d. in 1852 in Jackson Co., Illinois. He married first Mary Cooper about 1807. They had Dr. John A., Dr. James S., Elizabeth, Harriet, and Jane (d. young). After Mary’s death he married Fannie Gill about 1829 and they had Margaret, Nancy, and Lucretia.

2. Mary Logan b. 1785 in Monaghan County Ireland and d. in Scioto County, Ohio about 1805.

3. William Logan was born about 1786 in Monaghan County Ireland and d. there before 1793

4. Jane Logan b. I Monaghan County Ireland 1787 and d. after 1850 probably in Perry Co., Missouri. She married first James Joseph Woolsey and they had 3 children none of whom had heirs. She married second Benjamin A. Davis and they had Eliza Ann, Augustus Adolphus, and Washington.

5. Dr. John Logan

6. Thomas Logan b. 1790 in Ireland and died young.

7. Katherine Logan was b. 1792 in Ireland and died after 1850, probably in Jackson County, Illinois. She never married.

8. Elizabeth Logan b. 1793 on the Atlantic Ocean and d. in 1867 in Jackson Co., Illinois. She married Clark Green and they had Andrew Jackson, Nancy Elizabeth, James M. and William

9. Abel Bond Logan was b. 1795 in Maryland and d. in Texas about 1858. He married first Nancy Grey and they had one daughter, Elizabeth. She and two daughters were living in Houston Co., Texas in 1850. He married second Hicks?? They had the following children: Nancy C. (married G. C. Blackburn in Walker Co., TX), James Farell, Able Cartwright, William Henry Harrison, and John.

10. Nancy Logan was b. 1798 in Maryland and d. in Missouri. She married William Hatcher and had Margaret.

11. Margaret Logan was b. 1803 in Scioto County, Ohio and d. in1892 in Murphysboro, Illinois. She married twice but all of her children were by her first husband, Rev. Philip Davis (1797-1841) whom she married in Missouri about 1821. They had Mary Ann, Nancy Ann, Abel Cartwright, Sarah Elizabeth, Louisa Katherine, Margaret Jane, Harriet Adaline, and Philip Logan

Margaret Logan Davis Phelps wrote a history of the Logan family in 1883 and it is from this document that this information has been taken. If you have any further questions about the Logans or Logan family material that you would like to share with us please contact the museum.