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John Logan retailing license to sell liqour Feb 2, 1818

John Logan Retailing License Feb 2, 1818
John Logan Retailing License Feb 2, 1818

State of North Carolina

Rutherford County                                Jan of [?] 1818

The Court Granted a license to John Logan to retail spiritous liquor at his usual place of Residence for one year who paid this tax & Clerks fees 48/–

Witnessed                Richard Lewis C.C.

By Isaac Craton D.C.

issued 2nd of Feb of 1818

Finally! Something with a little more detail! I have several different documents that discuss John Logan’s business dealings with selling liquor. I came across a newspaper article from the November 11, 1838 edition of the Western Carolinian about a fire at Rutherfordton that:

“consumed one whole square, and the Public house of John Logan, Esq., on another, together with all the papers and Docket of the Court of Equity of the County.”

I felt like an idiot when I didn’t know what a Public house was. It’s a “Pub”, duh! There is also a court case, after his death where his sons John W. Logan and George W. Logan are suing over a thirty year lease on land for the purpose of mining gold. John Logan had made a verbal contract with Thomas Coggins:

“for the purchase of his interest in the metals on the premises, under the previous lease, for some small price, which was paid in a barrel of flour and seventy gallons of whisky; but that, after the mines had been found not to be worth working as aforesaid, Logan rescinded the contract with Coggins and took Coggin’s bond for the value of the flour and whisky, and afterward received the money thereon.”

Colonel Richard Lewis

The following is from “The Genealogy of the Lewis Family” 1892:

Colonel Richard Lewis, son of John and his wife, Sarah Taliaferro, was born in 1765, in Albemarle county, Virginia. He was upward of six feet high, with light hair, blue eyes and fair complexion. He emigrated to Rutherford county, North Carolina, with his father before the Revolutionary war, and was a saddler by trade. After the close of the Revolutionary war there were but four offices within the gift of the people of the county; three of those offices were conferred upon three of the Lewis brothers, viz.: Major John Lewis was elected Sheriff of the county; Charles Lewis was elected as Representative of the county in the State Legislature, and Colonel Richard Lewis was elected Clerk of the County Court. He was a member of the convention that revised the Constitution of North Carolina. He married Sarah Miller, daughter of General James Miller and his wife, Agnes Miller, in 1789. General Miller and his wife were cousins. They emigrated from Ireland to the United States. He was an officer in the Revolutionary war, and commanded at the siege of Augusta, Ga., as Captain or Colonel, and after the war he represented Rutherford county, North Carolina, as Senator in the State Legislature in 1782, 1781, 1785 and 1787. ( See Wheeler’s History of North Carolina.)

General Miller raised only two daughters: Sarah, married Colonel Richard Lewis, and the other married James Erwin, of Rutherford county, North Carolina. Richard Lewis and his wife were members of the Methodist-Episcopal church. They finally moved from Rutherford county, North Carolina, and settled near Pendleton, S. C., on Seneca river, where he died in 1831, and she a few years afterward. Their remains were interred at the Stone church ( Hopewell), near Pendleton, S. C.

Colonel Richard Lewis and his wife, Sarah Miller, had nine children, viz.:

E 1. Mary Mansfield, married Hon. John McDowell, in 1810.
E 2. Lindamira, died single in 1838.
E 3. James Overton, married Mary Lawton, in 1822.
E 4. Nancy Elvira, married Joseph Van Shanklin, in 1820.
E 5. Richard Marins, died single.
E 6. John Earle, died single.
E 7. Sarah Ann, married Edwin Reese, in 1834.
E 8. Eliza Love, died single, and
E 9. Andrew Fielding, married Susan Sloan, in 1840.

Colonel Isaac Craton

Colonel Isaac Craton was a native of Guilford County who came to Rutherfordton about 1808, and had served with distinction as an officer in the War of 1812, and practiced law for several years in Rutherfordton. He married to Elizabeth Miller, daughter of John Miller and Susannah.  They had five children, three sons and two daughters. One of their sons was Civil War Colonel, Marshall D. Craton. Isaac died when Marshal was just 2 years old (1831). Marshall was educated at Rutherford Academy, and at the age of 17 entered the United States Military Academy at West Point where he entered in June 1846.

If you have any info about the Fire of Rutherfordton, Richard Lewis or Isaac Craton, please post 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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