Person:Benjamin Logan (3)

Gen. Benjamin Logan, Sr.
m. Abt 1738
  1. William LoganAbt 1739 - Bef 1796
  2. Mary LoganBef 1740 - 1810
  3. Gen. Benjamin Logan, Sr.Abt 1743 - 1802
  4. Hugh Logan1745 - 1816
  5. Col. John 'Black Head' Logan1747 - 1807
  6. Nathaniel LoganEst 1750 -
  7. Sarah LoganEst 1752 -
  • HGen. Benjamin Logan, Sr.Abt 1743 - 1802
  • WAnne Montgomery1752 - 1825
m. Abt 1773
  1. David Logan1774 - 1816
  2. Judge/Sen. William Harrison Logan1776 - 1822
  3. Jane Logan1779 -
  4. Mary Logan1782 - 1867
  5. Elizabeth Logan1784 - 1863
  6. John Logan1786 - 1826
  7. Dr. Benjamin Logan, Jr.1789 - 1873
  8. Robert Logan1791 - 1813
  9. Ann Logan1794 - 1825
Facts and Events
Name Gen. Benjamin Logan, Sr.
Gender Male
Birth? Abt 1743 Augusta County, Virginia
Christening? 1 May 1743 Tinkling Spring, Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage Abt 1773 Holston, Washington, Virginia, United Statesto Anne Montgomery
Death? 11 Dec 1802 Bullskin Creek, Shelby County, Kentucky
Reference Number? Q4888980?

Benjamin Logan was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Baptism at Tinkling Spring

Benjamin Logan is listed in the Tinkling Spring List of Baptisms in Augusta County, Virginia on 1 May 1743.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 289.--22d June, 1763. William Brown and Isble to Benjamin Logan, £30, 160 acres on North River Shanando. close to mouth of Cook's Creek, patented to William, 11th July, 1761.
  • Page 244.--4th September, 1765. John McMahan and Isabella of Frederick County, to Benj. Logan, £100, 400 acres on North River of Shanandow on the next spring branch below the mouth of Cooks Creek. Delivered: George Mallo, March, 1773.
  • Benjamin Logan received a patent for 268 acres "on North River, corner Samuel Gibson. David Nelson's part of said tract", 16th February 1771, as listed in the disposition below:

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 101.—19th November, 1766. Benj. Logan to Jacob Hornbarrier, £40, 160 acres on North River Shanandore. patented to Wm. Brown, 11th July, 1761. and by him conveyed to Benj., below mouth of Cook's Creek. Delivered: Jacob Hornberry (Hornberger), November, 1768.
  • Page 147.--18th March, 1772. Benjamin Logan to James Donnald, 110 acres, part of 268 acres patented to Benjamin, 16th February, 1771, on North River, corner Samuel Gibson. David Nelson's part of said tract, Delivered: Benj. Logan, 17th March, 1773.
  • Page 153.--17th March, 1772. Benjamin Logan to David Nelson, Sr., part of 268 acres patented to Benjamin, 16th February, 1771.
  • Page 155.--16th March, 1773. Benj. Logan, of Fincastle County, to Windle Butts. Delivered: Anthony Ayler, August, 1776.
  • Page 204.--18th March, 1773. Benj. Logan, of Fincastle County, to Windle Butt, part of 268 acres patented to Benjamin, 16th February, 1772. Delivered: Anthony Ayler, August, 1776.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:

  • Page 336.--29th July, 1759. Martha Fruit's will (widow)--To Jean Logan, all concerns except one bed and a horse; to Wm. Care, one bed and a horse. Teste: Jno. Shanklin, Benj. Logan, Jannet McDonnald. Proved, 21st November, 1759, by the witnesses. Jane Logan qualified executrix, with Danl. Love, Charles Campbell.
  • Page 191.--24th January, 1767. Thomas Watterson and Mary ( ) to Abraham Smith, £47.15, 540 acres patented to Thomas, 12th May, 1769, line of Francis Brown's land. Teste: James Bell, Robert Currey, Jarrod Erwin, Benj. Logan. Delivered: Col. Abraham Smith. March, 1772.
  • Page 61.--18th November, 1767. Daniel Smith's bond (with John Malcom, Benj. Logan) as administrator of Nicholas Null.
  • Page 109.--23d March, 1768. John ( ) McClure and Mary ( ) McClure to Samuel Briggs, Benj. Harrison, Francis Erwin, cows, sheep, hogs, horses, 8 reads for use of weavers, £27, mortgage. Teste: Benj. Logan, Edward Erwin, Elizabeth McClure, Jas. Campbell. Delivered: James Trimble, 14th December, 1773.
  • Page 168.--11th November, 1768. Jacob Miller's estate appraised, by Benj. Logan, Francis Stuart, Joseph Cravens.
  • Page 308.--15th November, 1768. Valentine Matchier to Hugh Gibson £40, 275 acres patented to James Carrill, 5th July, 1751, and by him conveyed to Valentine Pence, by whose will Peter Miller was directed to make conveyance, who devised same to Valentine Matcheier; corner Benj. Logan's land. Delivered: Hugh Gibson, 3d March, 1772.
  • Page 221.--9th May, 1769. John Shanklin's estate appraised, by same -- William Loagen's note; Benj. Loagen's note.
  • Page 160.--1st March, 1771. Henry Davis to Benj. Logan, binds himself servant for 1 year and 10 months, £15. Teste: Benj. Yardly. Delivered: James Magill, July, 1771.
  • Page 7.--25th April, 1792. Francis Alexander's will, of the Long Meadow--To wife, Elizabeth; to son, Gabriel, home plantation; to son, John, 100 acres on Christie's Creek, either joining Robert Russell or John Graham; to daughter, Janet Alexander; to son, William; to daughter, Dorcas Alexander, unmarried; to son, Francis, 100 acres on Christian's Creek, to be schooled by son Gabriel, 1,760 acres in Caintuckey in care of Benj. Logan. Executors, brother Gabriel Alexander and sons Gabriel and John. Teste: John Ballard, John Alexander, James Ross. Proved, 19th June, 1792, by all witnesses. Executors qualify.
  • Page 38.--David Laird's will, dated 5th October, 1799--Wife and son Samuel, executors; wife, Ann; daughter, Jean Coughran; son, James, tract located for David by Benj. Logan; son, David, tract assigned to David by Robert Lamme, of Kentucky; son, Samuel.

Biography of Benjamin Logan

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Benjamin Logan (May 1, 1743 – December 11, 1802) was an American pioneer, soldier, and politician from Virginia, then Shelby County, Kentucky. As colonel of the Kentucky County, Virginia militia during the American Revolutionary War, he was second-in-command of all the trans-Appalachian Virginia. He became a politician and help secure statehood for Kentucky. His brother, John Logan, who at times served under him in the militia and replaced him as delegate, became the first state treasurer of Kentucky.

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He was among the earliest and most distinguished of those bold pioneers, who, penetrating the western wilds, laid the foundation of arts, civilization, religion and law, in what was then the howling wilderness of Kentucky; to which he moved his family in 1776, a year memorable in the history of the district as one of peculiar peril. (Collins History of Kentucky) In him generosity, benevolence and self-sacrifice were as characteristic as the courage which never feared the face of man (Green's Historic Families of Kentucky) p. 130/p.183


Benjamin Logan (c.1742 – December 11, 1802) was an American pioneer, soldier, and politician from Shelby County, Kentucky. As colonel of the Kentucky County militia (United States) of Virginia during the American Revolutionary War, he was second-in-command of militia in Kentucky. Logan was a leader in Kentucky's efforts to become a state.

Biography Benjamin was born in Augusta County, Virginia, the eldest son of David (1706-1757) and Jane (McKinley) Logan. At fifteen, Logan's father died, and Benjamin inherited his father's 860 acre (3.5 km²) farm. He would marry Ann Montgomery in 1772, and they raised eight children.

In 1764, Logan saw service in Henry Bouquet's campaign against the Shawnee Indians. In 1774, he was a lieutenant in Lord Dunmore's War. The next year he moved to Kentucky, then still part of Virginia, starting the settlement of St. Asaph's, near Stanford, building Logan's Fort there.

In 1776, he was appointed sheriff and justice of the peace. During the Revolution, he was the second ranking officer in the Virginia militia for Kentucky County, as colonel; and later became a general. He fought Indians north of the Ohio River, under the command of George Rogers Clark, as well as in Kentucky. Logan and Clark were in frequent disagreement over strategy.

After the Revolution, Logan was active in Kentucky politics, especially the campaign to establish it as a separate state. He served as the local representative in the Virginia House of Delegates, from 1781 until 1787, where he first agitated for statehood for Kentucky.

In the fall of 1786, Logan led a force of Federal soldiers and mounted Kentucky militia against several Shawnee towns in the Ohio Country along the Mad River, protected primarily by noncombatants while the warriors were raiding forts in Kentucky. Logan burned the Indian towns and food supplies, and killed or captured a considerable number of Indians, including their chief, who was soon murdered by one of Logan's men. Logan's Raid and the death of the chief angered the Shawnees, who retaliated by further escalating their attacks on the whites, escalating the Northwest Indian War.

Logan was one of those who called for the Danville Convention, and was a delegate when they wrote the first Kentucky constitution in 1791 and 1792. After statehood, he served in the Kentucky state House of Representatives from 1792 to 1795. Logan later ran unsuccessfully for governor, in 1796 and 1800. In 1802, he died of a stroke at home, about 6 miles southwest of Shelbyville, Kentucky, and was buried in a family plot there.

Logan County, Kentucky and Logan County, Ohio are named for him, as is the Benjamin Logan Local School District in Ohio.

References Talbert, Charles G. Benjamin Logan, Kentucky Frontiersman. University of Kentucky Press, 1962, ISBN 0-935680-22-5. Allen, William B. (1872). A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Bradley & Gilbert. pp. 43–46. Retrieved on 2008-11-10.


By Bessie Taul Conkwright.

The American family of Logan has not attempted to trace its connection with the clans of that name in ancient Scotland, nor could such connection add anything to their title of worth and honor. Long before emigrating to America they had been plain people of Ireland. There is a family tradition that their ancestor was a Presbyterian who fled from Ayrshire, in Scotland, to escape persecution, and with some of his family settled in a Protestant community in the north of Ireland. The descendants of this refugee came to Pennsylvania, whose colonial treasurer at the time was one of their kinsmen. Two of these immigrants, John and David Logan, later left Pennsylvania and settled in Augusta county, Virginia. These two were closely related, perhaps brothers. Both served with the troops of the colony in the French and Indian War. John Logan later settled in Rock- bridge county, Virginia, and some of his descendants moved to Kentucky. David Logan married Jane in Pennsylvania; they probably moved to Virginia about 1740, for May 22, 1740, David Logan appeared at the Orange county court house (Augusta county not being cut off from Orange county until 1745) "to prove his importation," and obtain land; he later acquired a thousand or more acres. These hardy Scotch-Irish Americans became the parents of General Benjamin Logan. The names of six of their children are known. Benjamin, the eldest, was born in 1742; his brothers and sisters were Hugh, John, Nathaniel, Mary and Sarah. The records of Augusta county show that David Logan was at various times constable, road overseer, and militiaman of Augusta county, and died about 1757, when Benjamin was about fifteen years old. According to the law of primogeniture then in force in Virginia, Benjamin, being the eldest, inherited all of his father's estate, a farm on Kerr Creek, and became the head of the family. (There is more information not contained here).

  1.   Find A Grave.

    Gen Benjamin McKinley Logan Sr.
    Birth 1 May 1743
    Augusta County, Virginia, USA
    Death 11 Dec 1802 (aged 59)
    Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky, USA
    Logan Family Burial Grounds
    Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky, USA

    Benjamin Logan was born in Augusta County, Virginia, to David and Jane (McKinley) Logan. He married Ann (Anne) Montgomery circa 1772, and together they are believed to have had eight children, including William, who is interred in this same family cemetery.

    After earning the rank of General during the Revolutionary War, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates, leading Kentucky's campaign for statehood. After achieving statehood, he served in the Kentucky House of Representatives and later ran unsuccessfully for Governor.

    Logan Co., KY and Logan Co., OH are named in his honor.