HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Biographical Appendix

  

James M. Logan

James M. Logan, son of John V. and Elizabeth H.(Mallow) Logan, was born in Iron County, November 2, 1833. John V. Logan was born in Salem, VA, in 1809, and immigrated to this country when only twelve years of age.  The mother Elizabeth H, Logan was born in Fincastle, VA, March 23, 1811, and immigrated westward the same year that her husband did, and settled only five miles from where he was living.  They were the parents of seven children, four now living: J.F.C., James M., Lucy C. Gay, and Elizabeth J. Purkis. Those deceased are: Mary J. Muffley, William A. and Addison R. James M. Logan, the subject of this sketch, has lived in this immediate neighborhood for the past thirty nine years, and remembers very distinctly when the entire Bellevue valley, with the exception of a few old Spanish grants was one vast wilderness.  About the time of his birth and during his father's recollection, Indians passed through this country in great numbers, but were as a rule, quite peaceable. Mr. Logan married November 19, 1857, to Miss Ann Stephens, daughter of Joseph L. Stephens, one of Iron County's pioneer settlers. To this marriage was born one child, Eugene M.  Mr. Logan has been engaged in merchandising for a number of years, and is also by trade a carpenter and cabinetmaker but never followed the cabinet-maker's trade for a living.  For the past eleven years he has followed the occupation of a farmer and stock raiser, and is at present the owner of an excellent farm of 455 acres, 300 being under cultivation.  He also owns an interest in four other farms in this county, and on some of his land are indications of splendid mineral deposits, but he has never had them developed.  Mr. Logan is a member of the I.O.O.F., and of the Masonic fraternity.  He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Logan having been a member for thirty years and at one time was a member of the church at Caledonia, the first Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi River with Thomas Donnell as pastor, and was by him baptized.