Biography of J. W. Logan 

Contributed By: Jason Presley

SOURCE: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern
Arkansas. Chicago: Goodspeed Publishers, 1890.
J. W. Logan, one of the early and prominent settlers of this county,
is a Kentuckian by birth and a son of J. R. and Emeline (Wright) Logan,
also natives of the Blue Grass State. The paternal grandfather, J. R.
Logan, Sr., was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, during which he was
captured by the Indians, and for two weeks had his thumbs tied together
with sinews of deer, at night being suspended to a branch of a tree. At
the end of three weeks, while under the care of one Indian, he managed
to escape. J. R. Logan, Jr., the father of the subject of this sketch,
served a short time in the Mexican War. He and his wife were members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and were the parents of seven
children, three of whom are still living: J. W., Mattie C. (wife of
J. Pryor, of Henry County, Ky.), and Mary F. (the widow of J. A.
Patterson, and resides in Louisville, Ky.). J. W. Logan was born in
Henry County, Ky., in 1840, and at the age of twenty-one commenced
farming for himself on rented land in Kentucky, continuing until 1860,
going thence to Canada, remained for some five or six years and during
that time traveled over a large part of British America, including Nova
Scotia, New Brunswick, and Easter and Western Canada. he returned in 1865
to Kentucky, but a year later, started out again, and traveled over the
Eastern and Northern States, and back to Canada. In 1874, Mr. Logan was
married to Miss Florence M. Garr, of Jefferson County, Ky., after which
he settled down to farming near Louisville, also carrying on the dairy
business until January, 1880; removing to Arkansas he settled within two
miles of his present farm, bought 260 acres of land and in 1887 purchased
his present farm on which he lives, now owning altogether 1,531 acres,
with 300 acres under cultivation. Mr. Logan has considerable stock and
raises hay, corn, etc., being considered one of the most prosperous farmers
in the county. Himself and wife were the parents of six children (two of
whom are deceased, the others are at home): James E., Mamie, Virgie,
George, Willie (deceased) and Jessie (also deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Logan
are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.