When you compare my family history with my wife’s there is a stark difference. My family was mostly poor country folk from the hills of Caldwell County, NC. Sally’s family was a tad more aristocratic from Rutherford County, NC down into the 96th district of SC.
Her grandfather Charles Patterson Logan was a farmer, cartoonist and water-color artist. His father, James Andrew Logan was a U.S. Marshall born in Rutherford County, NC in 1868. James Andrew Logan was a U.S. Marshall for 16 years. His wife Katherine and children were under quarantine for measels for a while so he lived in a hotel room and would go and visit them in Asheville. He died of a heart attack, alone in his hotel room at the age of 40. James was the son of Judge George Washington Logan.
George was the Clerk of Court of Rutherford County from the time he was in his early twenties. George was a general during the Civil War but also served NC as a representative in the Second Confederate Congress as a member of the Peace
Party from 1864-1865. After the war he served in the NC Senate from 1866-1868 as a member of the Republican Party and was a leader in the Union League and was a personal friend of Governor Holden. He helped re-write the NC Constitution in 1868. In 1866 he helped his son start the Rutherford Star Newspaper which was a mouthpiece for unionist ideas. He was nominated to run for Governor at least 5 times but never had a successful bid for the office. He was appointed judge in 1868 where he gained a reputation for rulings prejudiced by politics. In 1871, the conservatives in Rutherford County formed chapters of the Ku Klux Klan and Red Shirts to wreak havoc in Rutherford County to suppress the Republican vote and run Republicans out of office. The Klan ransacked George’s Rutherford Star, lynched many of his political allies and unsuccessfully tried to get George himself but he was out of out of town. George was summoned to Capital Hill to give testimony to congress which helped pass the Ku Klux bill in 1871. George went on to convict many members of the KKK. In Dec of 1871, members of the NC Bar wrote a letter to NC Congress requesting that Judge Logan be impeached. The impeachment failed
by a vote of 23 to 80 which is quite surprising considering the NC House was a majority Democratic at the time. In 1872 Logan and his son Robert decided to shut down the Rutherford Star newspaper. George died at his home in Rutherford County October 18, 1889. The Logan House sits on Lake Lure and is stilled lived in by a descendant of George.
George was the son of John Logan, born in South Carolina in 1775. He died in Rutherford County February 2, 1841.
The Logan Documents
We have a cigar box full of receipts and letters of John’s dating back to 1805. This box has been passed down from John Logan to John W. Logan to Dovey Annabella Logan to Charles Patterson Logan to Katherine Patterson Logan to my wife. In total, there are 170 documents and I have scanned all of them and have started transcribing them and creating an index of names. I’ve decided to start a series of blog posts starting with the oldest document and provide you with a scanned image, transcription, background information on the people in the documents and historical inferences to give you a little historical perspective. If you have ancestors from Rutherford County, I highly recommend you subscribe to this blog!
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