Logan Family History
Pre America: The
Logan Family History In Europe
Our Logan Immigrant
appears in the substantial form of 1692 arriving Quaker James
Logan, William Penn's steward in his colony and, on Penn's death, employee
of Penn's heirs. With the
death of William Penn, the proprietary policy of brokering with the
natives resident [See Treaties with the Natives of Pennsylvania] and not
those claiming domination over them was changed-Conrad Weiser and James
Logan played key roles in this evolution. Vital to all of Pennsylvania's
treaties with the natives until his death, Logn often entertained hundreds
of natives at his home "Stenton" in Germantown, now part of greater Philadelphia.
Just as he entertained the Delaware , Logan entertained their enemy
the Iroquois, where, due to the shift in policy occasioned by Penn's
more impatient and greedy heirs, Logan's own interest in continued expansion
[he was Surveyor General as well ] , and the friendship of Conrad Weiser
with the Iroquois, he forged the policies evident in the treaties
signed with this nation post Penn's death, which in fact involved lands
of other Native Americans resident in the portions of Pennsylvania
involved [See Shawnee , Munsee and Delaware Indians] . Logan
had no small role in the planning and execution of both the Purchase of
"All Lands West of the Susquehanna" from the Iroquois in 1737 and
The Walking Purchase. of 1738.
As Surveyor General of the colony, he also had significant hand in
the manner in which white settlement occured.
The Iroquois, adept
statesmen with a century of contact with the European predating this time
of Penna history, had spent the century previous consolidating by war and
dominance their position in the lucrative European fur trade while mastering
their diplomacy with the Dutch, and then British , Colonial Governments.
See Pages Associated:
the Natives of
Pennsylvania. and the Treaties with the Natives of Penn
Gen 1. James Logan, Immigrant, arriving
1692 with William Penn and as Penn's impoverished Secretary, Originally
housed with Penn in the Slate Roof House of Philadelphia, he built his
mansion Stenton, in Germantown [now greater Philadelphia] Pa. Many
colonial appointments and duties. Most powerful of men in Penna Colony.
Largest Library in the Colonies. See Also the Natives
Gen 2 William Logan, who cont'd
his father's service to the Penn Family Heirs.
Gen 3 Charles Logan , who maintained abode in both Philadelphia &
Virginia, but whose life enfolds with more detail in the Powahtan County
region of Virginia.
Gen 4 Harriet Logan , who had two husbands she married in Virginia,
and four children, three of whom were born of her husband David P Howard..
She appears to have been removed from the Quaker Church of Va for lack
Gen 5. David Patterson Howard, who, with his two Howard Siblings migrated
to Henderson Texas in 1850 where he and his brother became influential
citizens and land developers.
Gen 6. Jonathan Patterson Howard, Architect, who died in his 30s, and 9
months after his wife, leaving three children orphaned and raised by family
members. He is known to have engaged in his profession in Texas and Alabama,
and was residing Beaumont Texas at the time of his death.
Gen 7. Benjamin Patterson Howard, Telegraph Operator, who was raised in
various family homes in Texas , Georgia and Alabama, , had no means left
to him, though his father provided for his education, the monies being
used by family members throughout his youth to pay for his needs and keep.
He moved to NYC where he met his future wife.
Gen 8. Mary Olive Howard, raised in Manhattan, NYC, married in the 1940s
to Donald McCurdy Swope of Gettysburg Pennsylvania.