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Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Jul 07

James Logan Ex-Slave Called by Death

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 4:54 PM by Jessica Cromer

This July 9, 1934 obituary for James Logan was probably from the Yellow Springs News and is courtesy of the Greene County Room of the Greene County Public Library:

James Logan Ex-Slave Called by Death
James Logan 79, passed away suddenly at his home on Dayton Street last Saturday evening. He had been in failing health for sometime [sic]. Mr. Logan was one of the town characters, known by everyone. He had been a janitor in the public school for several years. Prior to that he was employed at the powder plant for many years. He was born in Kentucky in slavery. Surviving are his widow; four daughters, Miss Rebecca Logan, Mrs. Clara Brooks, Mrs. Anna Shoecraft, Mrs. Edwin Peters; three sons, Charles, Lawrence, and James. Funeral services were held at the A.M.E. Church Tuesday afternoon. Burial at Glen Forest.

The powder plant referenced in the obituary is referring to the Miami Powder Company which produced black powder in the Goes Station, Ohio Powder Mill on the Little Miami River. The company closed in 1925 after 79 years.

James Logan of Yellow Springs, born into slavery April 15, 1855 in Fayette County, Kentucky, died in Greene County 93 years ago to the day today, July 7, 1934.

Logan is buried at Glen Forest Cemetery, also known as Yellow Springs Cemetery, in the village of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Glen Forest Cemetery. Find-A-Grave Photo Courtesy of Grave Hunter, # 47976571.

According to Ancestry and, his spouse was Eva Adams Logan (1860 - 1941), and children determined by “calculated relationship” are James Logan (1890 - 1961), Benjamin Lawrence Logan (1893 - 1975), and Saretta Logan Peters (1898 - 1991). The obituary above does not name his widow, however the Mrs. Edwin Peters from the obituary may be the Saretta Logan Peters named here (possible spouse Charles Edward Peters, 1893 - 1950, and child Wendell H. Peters, 1920 - 1964). Also named here are James Logan and Benjamin Lawrence Logan (spouse Effie May Thompson Logan, 1896 - 1966), which matches the obituary’s James and Lawrence. Benjamin Lawrence served under the name Lawrence Logan in World War I (Xenia Daily Gazette, Feb 21, 1974 obituary). All are at Glen Forest Cemetery.

This Freedman’s Bank Record, below, shows James M. Logan, born 1855 in Fayette County, Kentucky to Anderson Logan and Eliza Logan, had three siblings, Levi, Sarah, and Betty. He was 16 years old at the time of this account date in March 1871.

U.S., Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1871, Kentucky 1871.

Often times, records like these can be the few, if not the only recorded histories of slaves and freed slaves, leaving enormous gaps in our personal and collective history.

Source Information U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. U.S., Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1871 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, 1865-1874. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. Micropublication M816, 27 rolls.

"Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), James Logan, 07 Jul 1934; citing Yellow Springs, Greene Co., Ohio, reference fn 43148; FHL microfilm 1,993,038.

Until next time!


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