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John Logan Bastardy Note November 11, 1811

John Logan bastardy note from Oct 11, 1811
John Logan bastardy note from Oct 11, 1811

State vs John Logan | Bastardy Received the 11th November 1811 of John Logan the sum of five Dollars the fine to the County in this case

Jno Giles

Now this isn’t the kind of thing a family likes to publicize, but stuff like this happened all of the time. Our ancestors had blood pumping through their veins like we do, they just didn’t have the advantage of today’s contraceptives. The woman involved was John’s eventual wife Martha Harton.  John married Martha eighteen days after paying this fine (October 29th). The child was John’s oldest son Lawson Henderson Logan. Lawson married Sarah Lurana Young on May 28, 1834 in Rutherford County, NC. He died in 1842 at just 30 years old. Sarah died Dec 18, 1839 at the age of 23.  They had three children.

In John Logan’s will, he left Lawson’s share of the estate to Lawson’s children.

“I give to the children and heirs of my son Lawson H Logan Decd five dollars each, believing that the property which I gave him nearly or quite equal to the property which I now give my other children.”

John Giles was a Clerk of Superior Court in Rowan County, NC. The following is an excerpt from Jethro Rumple’s “A History of Rowan County, North Carolina”.

Hon. John Giles

He was a native of Salisbury, and a descendant, by his mother’s side, of the early lawyer, John Dunn, Esq. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1808. He studied law, and settled in his native town, where he practiced his profession for more than thirty years. The name of Jack Giles, as he was familiarly called, was known in the whole western part of the State. He was the clerk of Rowan Superior Court for many years; and was elected to Congress from his district in 1829, but was compelled to decline because of ill health. He never married but maintained his mother and his sisters handsomely while he lived. One of his sisters was the second wife of John Fulton, after whom one of the streets in Salisbury is named, and also the Salisbury lodge of Freemasons. But the last race of Gileses and Fultons has been laid in the grave.

I guess that means there won’t be any John Giles descendants visiting this blog, but if you have any additional information about John Giles or Lawson Henderson Logan, please leave a comment below.

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.

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