a biography

The epitaph on his tombstone declares: “A Loyal Christian, A Brave Soldier, and A True Friend”. Such is the remembrance of James A LOGAN who was born on 18 Nov 1837 near Hanover, Coosa County, Alabama. He was the son of Alexander LOGAN, an early settler of Coosa County, and Martha SMITH. He died on 25 Dec 1911 and is buried at Andrews Chapel Methodist Cemetery, Hanover, Coosa County, Alabama. He died of “Haemiplegia”, a form of paralysis which was probably a secondary cause of death, see Death Certificate.

James A LOGAN probably married (1) Harriet TEKLE in 29 Aug 18581 witnessed by James W JETER; pg 135 of Marriage Book C. There is no further information on Harriett TEKLE. There was apparently no issue from this marriage.

James A LOGAN married (2) Angeline WHITE, the daughter of Alexander Robert Major WHITE and Elizabeth Ann BLANKENSHIP on 5 Jan 18602 in Coosa County, Alabama. Angeline WHITE was born on 9 Nov 1840. Angeline died on 18 Apr 1927. She is buried in Andrews Chapel Methodist Cemetery, Hanover, Coosa County, Alabama. Page 233 Marriage Book C, wit: L W PRESSLEY.


James A LOGAN had substantial military service in the Civil War. On May 5, 1862 at Rockford, Alabama, James LOGAN joined Company F of the 2nd Battalion of Hilliard's Legion with the rank of private. Later, following the resignation of its leadership, part of Hilliard's Legion became the 59th Alabama Infantry. Serving in Co. C of the 59th Alabama Infantry, James A LOGAN was promoted to 3rd Corporal on 1 Jan 1863. He suffered a hernia on the left side from rolling a "cannon wagon" up a hill at the Siege of Cumberland Gap in the summer or fall of 1862. In May 1864, James A LOGAN sustained a mini-ball wound to his right knee at the 2 nd Battle of Drewry’s Bluff [part of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign not the earlier Peninsula Campaign], on 16 May 1864, in Chesterfield County, Virginia. James A LOGAN was wounded during this action serving as part of General Beauregard’s successful counteroffensive against the Union General Butler. LOGAN’s regiment faced General Sheridan, and the regiment suffered many dead and wounded. LOGAN was hospitalized at Chimborazo Hospital number 3 at Richmond, Virginia. In his pension application3, he states that he was wounded and on furlough at the time of General Lee’s surrender in 1865. His other military records indicate that he was hospitalized from May until September of 1864 and then furloughed for 60 days. He may have remained in or around Richmond as he would have stated that he was at Appomattox at the historic surrender. James LOGAN’S granddaughter, Ola Catherine Smith BEASLEY retold the family story in 1964 that James A LOGAN arrived home after the Civil War in 1866 half-starved, weary, barefoot, and unrecognized by his family. His family had given him up for dead months before.

James A. LOGAN and his wife Angeline WHITE raised their family in their hilltop, log home on the west side of Hwy 21, a short distance north of Rockford, Alabama where the highway crosses Hatchett Creek Bridge. Their children were: Mary Ella LOGAN (who married William H SMITH), James M LOGAN (married Ida FOSHEE), Amanda Alice LOGAN (married Isaac Patrick SMITH), and Addison LOGAN. On 5 Aug 1897 (pension), he was in possession of 120 acres of land, a log house and auxiliary buildings. After his death, the holdings on 7 Apr 1922 had diminished to 30 acres with an income from the acreage of $35 per annum for his widow.

Corrections — Errors in Other Accounts

Some researchers incorrectly claim Angeline WHITE’s given name as “Carrie Angeline” WHITE. There is no existing record that authenticates this claim. All primary source records (marriage, pension, census, and death certificate) as well as her personal signature indicate that her given name was “Angeline”. In addition, some flawed accounts state that Elizabeth Ann BLANKENSHIP, the mother of Angeline White, was a Native American (Cherokee, Choctaw, or Creek), through her maternal family line. This statement has been made without a shred of source record proof. While the BLANKENSHIP family were early settlers of Coosa County, and it would be intriguing if there actually was a Native American connection, the fact is well documented accounts from a variety of sources do not indicate this connection. Specifically, the Thompson-Choctaw Descendants Association, the Mt. Tabor Indian Community in Rusk County, Texas, and other sources such as the Oklahoma Historical Society, as well as Brian Tompsett at the University of Hull do not indicate any Native American connection whatsoever to Elizabeth Ann BLANKENSHIP. In addition, descendants of Elizabeth Ann BLANKENSHIP have had Mitochondrial DNA testing performed and the results indicate that the maternal line of Angeline White and her mother (Elizabeth Ann BLANKENSHIP) were of European descent (haplogroup type U5a1a, a haplogroup unassociated with Native Americans).


  • 1,2Marriage Books, Coosa County Courthouse, Alabama
  • Death Certificate, Center for Health Statistics, State of Alabama
  • 3Application for the Relief of Confederate Soldiers and Sailors, NARA
  • Brewer, George E; History of Coosa County [establishes, amongst other things, the kinship of James A Logan to Alexander Logan ]
  • Year: 1860; Census Place: Subdivision 2, Coosa, Alabama; Roll M653_7; Page: 291; Image: 292.
  • Year: 1870; Census Place: Vincent, Coosa, Alabama; Roll M593_11; Page: 355; Image: 141.
  • Year: 1880; Census Place: Hanover, Coosa, Alabama; Roll T9_9; Family History Film: 1254009; Page: 210.1000; Enumeration District: 51; Image: 0425.
  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Hanover, Coosa, Alabama; Roll T623_11 Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 23.
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Hanover, Coosa, Alabama; Roll T624_8; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 60; Image: 1163.

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