I am looking for a few more documents to prove relationships between Murray County Logan/Loggins families and those of similar surname in Gwinnett, Hall, Habersham and surrounding counties.
James J Loggins b. 1815 in either North Carolina or South Carolina appears to have been married four times:
1. to the mother of his first children Riley, William, (prob)Abner, and likely Absalom (b. March 1839). Her name remains unknown to me. She may have died around the time of Absalom's birth. Absalom's death certificate lists Catherine Stevens as his mother - and she indeed was the only mother he knew.
2. James J married Catherine Stevens 11 Jun 1839 in Hall County, when Absalom was three months old. Joseph E Loggins, my ancestor, came from this union.
3. A man named James J Loggins married Caroline R Skipper 3 Feb 1846 in Chatham County. He is also found in the 1850 and 1860 Census records for Chatham County, but no children appear for this couple. While Chatham County is not close to Murray County, this James J Loggins - born 27 March 1815 died 5 Mar 1879 - was buried in Fulton County, next to his wife Caroline R Logan and Sarah Lankford Logan his mother. His family is also tied most definitely to Gwinnett County, Hall County, and Murray & Whitfield Counties, which leads me to believe my James J was somewhat of a polygamist. His occupation was listed in Hall County 1850 as farmer, in Chatham County 1850 as a carpenter, in Chatham County 1860 as
Sarah "Sally" Lankford married James Logan in Rutherford County North Carolina 3 Dec 1813. They appear in Kershaw county, South Carolina in 1820 - which works since James J quoted South Carolina as his birthplace. They settled in Gwinnett County Georgia after 1820 and before 1825. Son William P Logan (younger brother of James J) was subject of a guardianship hearing in March 1825 in Gwinnett county, and Robert Webb was chosen as guardian. James Sr. evidently died before 1830. Toliver Webb, son of Robert Webb, married Mary "Polly" Logan 28 Feb 1841 in Forsyth County. Polly is youngest child and only known daughter of James Sr and Sarah.
James Logan of Gwinnett County was a fortunate drawer in the 1827 Cherokee Land Lottery, receiving land in Hall County. October 1829 "Widow Logan" listed son James J Logan as a poor student in Hall County Georgia. Sarah Logan appears as a widow with two sons and a daughter in Gwinnett County in 1830, where she had extended family. "Orphans of James Logan" of Gwinnett County were fortunate drawers in the 1832 Cherokee Gold & Land Lottery, and the parcel of land (#166) they received lay along the border of Murray and Whitfield Counties, right where Route 2 traverses the area. This is exactly the area where Catherine Loggin is found in 1860 - several children living with her and several working nearby as farm hands - in Murray County in 1860. No husband is present at that time.
4. James J Loggins married Mrs. Catherine M. Smith 30 Mar 1851 in Murray County. They were living in the same household in Hall County in 1850, but as stated above they were separated by 1860. In 1855 James Loggins was listed in Murray County with 5 poor school children. Catherine She has several children with James J Loggins/Logan, including Nancy, James J, and George W Loggins (who was born and died in 1860 and was only listed on the mortality schedule), as well as two of her own Marion A Smith and Joseph N Smith, who appear in both the 1850 and 1860 Census records. Catherine leaves with her younger children soon after the war's outbreak, perhaps with relative John A Loggins and his family, who settled in Bond County, Illinois. Catherine is found in 1870 in Switzerland County Indiana, where she remarried to Day Lester, and she died in Harper County Kansas in 1915.