John Logue, referred to as John1 in this document, was my fourth great grandfather. In researching his life I find there were two John Logues in early Pennsylvania history, both of Ireland, living (and dying) about the same time and living in many of the same places. This second John Logue is referred within as John2. This overlapping of lives had created a bit of confusion and has generated some, seemingly inaccurate, information associated with the two. Some deeds associated with one belong to the other, and vice versa. I hope to highlight and eventually clarify some of this misinformation.
John2 seems to have much more documented history compared to John1. John2 was married to Mary Buchanan Sproul. To date, the wife of John1 is unknown. I do find a few references in some online genealogies, but those names almost appear to be guesses as no documented references are currently found.
There is a Will, transcribed online, for John2. In it are noted the names of his wife, Mary, and children. His children are noted as: Andrew, James, William, Robert, John, Kitty Twehiligar, Polly, Sally, Charles and Betsy.
No Will seems to exist for John1. There is a reference to John1 in the History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, written in 1884. This reference notes that John Logue was a revolutionary soldier settling on Little Will’s creek (Londonderry Township) about 1800, moving from Cumberland Valley Township. Logue purchased property from Godfrey Wolford, who was an early settler. This document notes that John1’s children were: John Jr. (who was born in Cumberland Valley Township in1797), James, Daniel, Andrew, Isaac, George, Elizabeth and Hannah. (source: The History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, 1884, Waterman, Watkins & Co., p. 370.)
There is an SAR and DAR documented war record for John Logue, serving under Captain Ramsey, entering from Chester County, Pennsylvania. This record is currently associated primarily with John2, though some online genealogies make reference to that record when speaking of John1. I do believe that it is correctly associated with John2. His history does indicate that prior to coming to the western counties of Pennsylvania, he was living in Chester and Cumberland counties in eastern Pennsylvania. This would more closely match a Revolutionary War enlistment in Chester County.
John2 spent most of his adult life in Armstrong and Clarion counties, in the upper west portion of the state. He is buried in Clarion County. A headstone marks his grave. John2 is found in the Armstrong County Census records for 1810, 1820 and 1830.
John1 spent his life in Londonderry Township, Bedford County, PA. John1 can be found in the Bedford County Census records of 1800, 1810, 1820 and 1830. There is no known gravesite for John1. The website, “Mother Bedford” (a historical site related to the history of Bedford County), notes that Revolutionary War Patriot, John Logue, is buried in Bedford County. It is possible that John1 also had a service record from the Revolutionary War, but the one most often found on the internet relates, supposedly, to John2.
In the Pennsylvania Septennial census records for 1786, there is a John Logue noted in the Huntingdon, Bedford, Pennsylvania census. As there is also a John Logue in the 1786 Chester County, Pennsylvania census, it is likely that the Bedford/Huntingdon John is John1 and the Chester reference is to John2. (Source: Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA on Ancestry.com)
There are three John Logues in Huntingdon County, PA, north of Bedford in the 1790 census records. Is this both John1 and John2, plus another? The proximity to Bedford County certainly suggests that one could be John1. Many of John2’s children are said to have been born in Huntingdon County, so it is possible he was there also in 1790. However, some internet genealogy records note that John 2 married Mary Buchanan Sproul in 1792 in Chester County (in the far eastern part of the State). If that is the case, then it would seem unlikely that he would have been listed in the 1790 Census for Huntingdon County, so far west two years earlier. Of course, the marriage reference could be wrong. The 1800 Federal census for Huntingdon County shows one John Logue. Which is this? Is it possible that the two Johns had crossed paths in Huntingdon County in the 1790’s? This could certainly have added to the confusion that came about later on. Is it possible that the 1800 reference, then, relates to John2, as John1, by then, had moved to Londonderry Township in Bedford County?
From Ancestry.com, a reference is made to John2:
From Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania 1898; in reference to story about Homer N Logue p 1542
Our subject’s paternal grandfather, John Logue, was a native of County Donegal, Ireland, and at the age of 13 was bound out to become a sailor. After a few trips to America, he became infatuated with this country, and in order to remain he deserted the crew. He located east of the mountains, and later on Bear Creek in Butler county, Penn., his farm being now known as the Sheppard farm, very rich in oil. He wedded Mary Sproul, who was also born on the Emerald Isle and came to the United States shortly after he located here. When crossing the mountains to make a new home in Clarion county they had three children, two of whom they placed in sacks with their heads out, and these sacks they hung across the back of a horse. Their family consisted of the following named: William, Catherine, Sarah, James, John, Robert, Andrew and Elizabeth. All but Elizabeth are now deceased.”
Family story of John Logue, Sr. (mainer104 added this on 28 May 2012)
John Logue, Sr., was born in Ireland around 1757. It was said he was schooled for a priest in Ireland, but he ran away from home and came to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1774. He fought with the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill, but not as an enlisted soldier. Shortly after that he went to eastern Pennsylvania and on June 18, 1774 (or 1777) he enlisted as a soldier in Captain John Ramsey’s company of Chester County, Pennsylvania, militia, commanded by Colonel Lloyd K. Sproul (Spraul, Sprogel). This company was mustered into U.S. service July 11, 1777. The military record of John Logue, Sr., may be found in the Book of Pennsylvania Men of the Revolution, Volume 2, Page 79. He married Mary Buchanan Sproul in 1793, who was born in 1770 and Died August 26, 1840. She had been married to Col. Sproul. He was killed, and John Logue was sent to bring her the news of his death. They came to western Pennsylvania and settled near the old spring on a tract of land given him for serving in the army. There he built a large house known in later years as the Logue Mansion. This farm lies between St. Petersburg and West Freedom via Grass Flats. He died June 6, 1833, and was buried in the old cemetery at Concord Church (Presbyterian) in Perry Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
Below is a summary of some Historical Records of JOHN LOGUE and his movement across Pennsylvania. Some seem clearly related to John1, while others are tied to John2. A few are not as clear, and are noted as John? Is this yet another John Logue? Or a son? Or John 1 or John2? The years are listed chronologically, with each county noted. You can see where the two Johns perhaps cross paths:
JOHN2 – 1777 John Logue Militia Chester County Private in Revolutionary War
source: LOGUE John Pennsylvania Archives Serives 2 Volume XIV Muster Rolls of Chester County PA Page 79 on Fold3 Probably the John2 and Sproul Under Capt John Ramsey
JOHN? – 1780 John Logue Supply Rates Cumberland County
source: LOGUE John Pennsylvania Archives Series 3 Volume XX Supply Rates Cumberland County 1780 Page 296 on Fold3
JOHN2 – 1780 John Logue Tax Rates Chester County Noted as LOGE
source: LOGUE John 1780 Tax Rates Chester County LOGE Fold3_Page_289_Pennsylvania_Archives
JOHN2 – 1781 John Logue Tax Roll Chester County
source: LOGUE John 1781 Tax Chester County Fold3_Page_451_Pennsylvania_Archives and LOGUE John 1781 Tax Chester County Fold3_Page_635_Pennsylvania_Archives
JOHN? – 1781 John Logue Muster Rolls Cumberland County Corporal
source: LOGUE John Pennsylvania Archives Series 5 Volume VI Muster Rolls Cumberland County 1781 Page 423 on Fold3
JOHN? – 1781 John Logue Muster Rolls Cumberland County Noted as John Louge
source: LOGUE John Muster Rolls Cumberland County LOUGE Fold3_Page_636_Pennsylvania_Archives
source: LOGUE John Muster Rolls Cumberland County LOUGE Fold3_Page_637_Pennsylvania_Archives
JOHN? – 1782 John Logue Taxables Cumberland County
source: LOGUE John Taxables 1782 Cumberland County Fold3_Page_570_Pennsylvania_Archives (1)
JOHN1 – 1785 John Logue Tax List Huntingdon County
source: LOGUE John 1785 Bedford Tax and Exoneration Record
JOHN1 – 1786 John Logue Census Huntingdon County
source: LOGUE John 1786 Huntington Bedford PA census likely our John as other John is in Chester PA in 1786 metadata
JOHN2 – 1786 John Logue Census Chester County
source: LOGUE John 1786 Oxford Chester PA census likely the other John metadata (as he served with Capt Ramsey in the Revolutionary War from Chester)
JOHN1 – 1788 John Logue 150 Acres Huntingdon County Noted as LOUGE
source: LOGUE John Taxable Land Huntingdon PA Archives Services 3 Volume XXII 1788 from Fold3 John Louge
JOHN1 – 1788 John Logue Militia Huntingdon Militia Under Capt Little
source: LOGUE John Pennsylvania Archives Series 6 Volumn III Militia Rolls 1783-1790 Huntingdon County PA Page 449 AND LOGUE John Pennsylvania Archives Series 6 Volumn III Militia Rolls 1783-1790 Huntingdon County PA Page 448
JOHN2 – 1788 John Logue Tax List Chester County
source: LOGUE John 1788 Ancestry.com Pennsylvania Tax and Exoneration 1768-1800
JOHN1 – 1789 John Logue 150 Acres Huntingdon County
source: LOGUE John 1789 Huntingdon Tax and Exoneration Record
JOHN1 – 1790 John Logue Federal Census Huntingdon County
JOHN1 – 1791 John Logue Muster Roll Huntingdon County
source: LOGUE John 1791 Muster Roll Huntingdon County Fold3_Page_324_Pennsylvania_Archives
JOHN1 – 1793 John Logue 186 Acres Huntingdon County
source: LOGUE John Warranties of Land Pennsylvania Archives Serices 3 Volume XXV Huntingdon County Page 732 on Fold3
JOHN? – 1794 John Logue Land Warrant Cumberland County With a George Logue and Adam Logue. These two are supposed to be brothers to John Logue (husband of Mary Sproul – John1)
source: LOGUE John 1794 Land Warrant Cumberland County Probably NOT our John Fold3_Page_710_Pennsylvania_Archives
JOHN1 – 1798 John Logue Tax List Huntingdon County
source: LOGUE John National Archives Pennsylvania US Direct Tax Lists 1798 on Ancestry com
JOHN1 – 1799 John Logue Land Deed note Bedford County
source: LOGUE John Land Deed 1799 research
JOHN1 – 1800 John Logue Federal Census Bedford County
By 1800, JOHN2 seems to be in Butler/Armstrong/Clarion County
JOHN1 – 1810 John Logue Federal Census Bedford County
JOHN1 – 1820 John Logue Federal Census Bedford County
JOHN1 – 1830 John Logue Federal Census Bedford County