February the 6th 1826 Recved of John Logan five Dollars for work on the Jail window frame & door frame
Bradley Dalton (X his mark)
This is the kind of receipt I enjoy coming across. I hope I can find a Bradley Dalton descendant out there that appreciates learning about the kind of work that their ancestor did.
The Dalton line isn’t an easy one to research in a morning’s worth of blogging. At first glance it appears that there were some Dalton brothers that settled in Rutherford County from VA before the 1800s. Soon after, many went west. One of the brothers was a Bradley Dalton but the there was a younger Bradley Dalton who was a son of William Dalton. Which Bradley is the one referenced in this document would be best left to a Dalton expert to decide. I am reaching out to a lot of Dalton researchers who will hopefully be kind of enough to leave a comment for the benefit of all who read this blog.
Many of you know that my wife is a descendant of John Logan through his son Judge George W. Logan who was made famous by his successful prosecutions against the KKK. George’s son R. W. Logan and J.B. Carpenter owned a Republican slanted newspaper called the Rutherford Star. This paper was raided by the KKK as well as the homes of many Republican voters. The most famous was the lynching of Aaron Biggerstaff which sparked a U.S. Congressional investigation into the matter. J.B. Carpenter testified to congress that B. F. Logan, Sheriff of Cleveland County was involved in the raids and that his horse had been identified as being in the raids and that Mr. Biggerstaff offered to swear that he was one of the men at his house. Congressman Blair asked if he is related to Judge Logan and J.B. Carpenter answered, “Very distantly related”. (source: Congressional Testimony)
When I see the many business dealings between B. F. Logan and John and his son John W. Logan (whose house in Mooresboro was also raided by the Klan) I often think about how B.F. Logan would later turn against his own family in such a violent way. Then again Aaron Biggerstaff and his brother Samuel were staunch enemies of each other according to the congressional testimony. If B.F. Logan is distantly related to George W. then he must be a descendant of one of Maj. Francis Logan‘s brothers.
I’ve never been able to find much information about B. F. Logan. According to Civil War roster lists, his name is Benjamin F. Logan. I am hoping to learn more about his Logan line.
Please leave a comment below if you have additional information about Bradley Dalton or Benjamin F. Logan.
About the Logan Project: I possess a box of 170 documents passed down 6 generations in the Logan family that originate from John Logan (1775-1841) of Rutherford County, NC. These documents are mainly receipts that show the various business and legal dealings of many different families from Rutherford County, NC. I will be posting these documents on this blog in chronological order. The scanned images of these documents are the copyright of Jonathan Medford. Do not redistribute these documents for the purpose of commercial gain without his expressed written permission.