Fourth Generation.

Robert Reynolds Logan was born July 20, 1814, in Shelby County, Kentucky, on a farm, four miles west of Shelbyville. This homestead was a story and a half brick, and I am told a part of it is still preserved. He was a son of Alexander Logan and Jane McCampbell. He bore a striking resemblance to the mental and physical Logan characteristics as mentioned in Green's "Historic Families of Kentucky." He was by nature retiring and modest, was naturally taciturn, but when aroused was lively and vivacious in conversation, possessed the traditional Irish wit, and was good in repartee. He bore locally the title of colonel. In the times called "Muster days," when all able-bodied men over twenty and under fifty, met for military drill, he won the honor of Colonel. I remember his military outfit, his cocked hat and plume, his coat with silver fringed epaulets. He held the office of Squire from 1862 to 1870. Greatest of all was his innate and unfaltering Christian character. He had early been imbued with the principles and practice of a sound moral, and religious traininig, received from good and pious parentage, and clung with unfaltering faith to the religion of his ancestors, who had suffered so much privation and peril to maintain. He embraced religion at the early age of sixteen and made a public profession with the united churches of Shiloh and Olivet in Shelby County, Ky. He was ruling elder of the Auburn Presbyterian Church in Lincoln County, Mo., for thirty-six years, and lived to see all of his eleven children that came to maturity gathered under the sheltering wing of the Saviour. My mind recalls the time when a large circle gathered at evening time around the big open fireplace in the old homestead, and my father always led in family worship, reading a scripture lesson, and singing a hymn, when every member of the family joined in the singing. But the voices of that hearth are still and the circle that gathered there is broken, only in memory.

On October 22, 1884, after life's battles had been fought, death came like the benediction that follows after prayer. The union of Robert Reynolds Logan and Elizabeth Eleanor Irvin proved to be a most happy one. I never heard an angry word, or saw an angry look pass between them. They were blessed with ten children all of whom lived to maturity save one. They were as follows:

I. Samuel Alexander, b. Dec. 9, 1847, died Apr. 17, 1848.
II. Sarah Margaret,1 b. June 21, 1849, married Henry Maurice Morris Dec. 18, 1883, in Corydon, Ind. He was born in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 7. 1847, and was killed by an accident in the steel plant at Alexandria, Ind., while employed in erecting a giant engine June 26, 1895. He
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was a son of George and Henrietta (Davis) Morris, both born near Lynchburg, Virginia.

On Dec. 20, 1895, I was elected matron of the Cornelia memorial Orphan's Home, New Albany, Ind., which place I filled for nine years. Coming as it did at a time in my lonely life, it furnished me an occupation, and filled my mind with many happy surroundings, for I found the care of the children very enjoyable, many of whom have gone out into the world making useful men and women.

III. Mary Louisa, born Jan. 2, 1851, married Jan. 21, 1869, William N. Hopkins, of Lincoln County, Mo., where they still reside. He was a son of Stephen Briscoe and Anna (Cobb) Hopkins, of Nelson County, Ky. Their children:
1. Arthur L., b. Aug. 10, 1871, married Lottie B. Bain, of Illinois. Children:
Levi Gorden, b. Apr. 14, 1900;
Arthur De Ette, b. June 23, 1912;
William Howard, b. Nov. 10, 1914.
2. Ann Elizabeth, b. Aug. 6, 1874, married William Jefferson. They have the following children:
(a) Mary Louisa.
(b) Naoma.
(c) Thomas.
(d) Clarence Otto.
(e) Infant.
(f) William Lewis.
(g) Olivia Elizabeth, died.
(h) Thelma Darling.
3. Stephen Briscoe, b. Aug. 15, 1877, married Vina Foster. They live at 2124 N. 11th street, St. Louis, Mo.. Their children:
(a) Myrtle Hazel.
(b) Lavina.
(c) Emery Reyniond.
(d) Carl Stephen.
(e) Logan.
4. Maggie May, b. April 26, 1880, married Marion Foster, of Lincoln County, Mo., a brother of Vina. Two children:
(a) Joseph Hayden, b. Dec. 12, 1899.
(b) Ruby.
5. Mary Inez, b. May 29, 1883, married Claud C. Watts. Live in Lincoln Co., Mo. Three children.
(a) Carl Otis.
(b) Earl Wesley.
(c) Robert Reece.
6. Robert Reynolds, b. June 4, 1885, spent a number of years in California, is now motorman on electric street car in St. Louis, Mo.
7. Walter Herbert, b. Apr. 11, 1888, married Nora Bryles. They live in Lincoln County, Mo. Have one child,
George Frederick, b. Dec. 9, 1914.
8. Sarena Bertha, b. Aug. 11, 1891, married Pendleton Fisher and reside in Monroe County, Mo. No children.
IV. Amantha Eleanor, b. Jan. 17, 1853, married Nov. 15, 1910, John Joseph Bulleit, a prominent business man of Corydon, Ind. She was a school teacher, taught in Lincoln County, Mo. Taught twelve years in public schools of Corydon, Ind.
V. Robert Irvin, b. Oct. 10, 1855, married Mrs. Katie Thompson (nee Hammock), Feb. 6, 1893. He still resides on part of the old Logan homestead in Lincoln County, Mo. Was a school teacher. They have two children,
James Reynolds, b. Apr. 23, 1894. Graduated at Welch, La. Is teaching in the consolidated schools near Vinton, Calcasieu County, La.;
Lois Eleanor, b. July 8, 1896, who on May 19, 1915, graduated with honor from the Buchanan High School of Troy, Mo., winning two scholarships. She will teach this coming fall and winter in the county.
VI. James Hervey, b. Oct. 12, 1857, married Jennie Wallace, in Lincoln County, Mo. He is a carpenter and contractor, but at present foreman of the planing mills of El Paso, Texas. Their children:
Henry Hervey, b. Feb. 6, 1895. Henry Hervey graduated May 28, 1915, from the High School of El Paso, Texas. Is taking a course in electrical engineering.
infant, b. May 27, 1897, died May 30, 1897.
VII. Matilda Olivia, b. Sept. 21, 1861, married Nov. 28, 1889, Newton Dodson (son of James and Margaret (Norton) Dodson, grandson of Elijah and Sara (King) Dodson, and great-grandson of Elijah and Cloe (Oldham) Dodson, of Nelson County, Ky.). They reside on the old Dodson homestead in Lincoln County, Mo. Matilda was also a school teacher before her marriage. They have the following children:
(a) Osie Gertrude, b. Aug. 1, 1891, now living on a claim near Hugo, Colorado.
(b) James Newton, b. Dec. 22, 1892, married Dulcie Creach and resides at 1730 Texas avenue, St. Louis, Mo. He is conductor on the electrical Street cars.
(c) Margaret Elizabeth, b. July 31, 1894.
(d) Morris Grier, b. Sept. 16, 1895.
(e) William Houston. The last three still living at home.
VIII. Catherine Doak, b. July 14, 1863, died in Corydon, Ind., Oct. 25, 1879, while yet the bloom of youth was on her cheeks, bright, lovable and talented. Would have graduated from the Corydon High School the spring following.
IX. Williamson Bryson, b. January 13, 1866, married Rhoda Hammock, of Lincoln County, Mo. She and Katie Thompson are sisters. He is a Presbyterian minister now located at Quanah, Texas. Is a graduate of Erskine College, Die West, South Carolina, and McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill. While yet a student in the Seminary was sent out to supply some vacant churches in Woodford and Jessamine Counties, Ky., among them Ebenezer in Jessamine, where his grandmother worshipped in her young days, over ninety years ago. I think her parents, James and Jane (Dunn) Doak, had their membership there. This church was built of stone more than a hundred years ago, and is still standing. One child,
William Finley, b. Jan. 23, 1894, and died Nov. 22, 1900, in Corsicana, Texas.
X. Preston Breckenridge, b. June 2, 1870, married Jane McFall in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1900. Two children:
(a) William Preston, b. Apr. 23, 1901, died June 16, 1901.
(b) Annie, born May 29, 1905.
He is a United Presbyterian minister. He graduated from Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill., and the Allegheny U. P. Theological Seminary, Allegheny, Penn. He has always remained in Pennsylvania. His first charge, Slate Lick, then Oxford, Valance. At present located at New Wilmington, Penn. His name is one handed down in our family for generations. The origin dating back to about 1745, when Letitia Preston became the second wife of Robert Breckenridge. They had four sons, John, James, William and Preston. The next generations combined and perpetuated "Preston Breckenridge." I think, and I am pretty sure, the mother of my great-grandfather, James Doak, was a Breckenridge. About 1750 Anna Doak married Robert Breckenridge, son of the above Robert, and later their son, Robert Beckenridge, married his first cousin, Mary Doak, and tradition has it that she was a sister of James above mentioned.

1 The author of this book.

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