Logan family papers


Collection 0379

( Bulk, 1670-1872 ) 1638-1964
(34.8 Linear feet 65 boxes, 79 volumes, 12 flat files)

Summary Information

Repository
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Creator
Logan family.
Title
Logan family papers
ID
0379
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1670-1872
Date [inclusive]
1638-1964
Extent
34.8 Linear feet 65 boxes, 79 volumes, 12 flat files
Author
Finding aid prepared by Holly Mengel
Sponsor
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.
Language
English
Mixed materials [Oversize]
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2
Mixed materials (00006427) [Box]
62
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1
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63
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60
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Abstract
The Logan family was a prominent Philadelphia family dating back to 1699, when James Logan, the family patriarch, arrived in Philadelphia to serve as the first secretary of the Pennsylvania colony. Through work in agriculture and politics, Logan and his descendants were intimately involved in the development of the Pennsylvania colony and, later, the fledging United States. James Logan's prominence resulted in connections, both professional and familial, with other prominent colonial families, including the Norris and Dickinson families. The Logan family papers, 1638-1964 (bulk 1670-1872), documents James Logan’s personal and professional life, as well as that of several generations of his descendents. There are papers documenting the lives of his son William, his grandson George Logan, his great-grandsons Albanus Charles Logan and Algernon Sydney Logan, and the subsequent relationships with the Dickinson and Norris families. John Dickinson, who married one of James Logan's descendents, is well documented in this collection as are his activities with the Pennsylvania and Delaware governments and his legal practice. This collection is rich in the history of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Delaware, the formation of the colony of Pennsylvania, the relationship of early colonials with the Native Americans, the bid for independence and the later formation of the United States of America. Included in the papers are correspondence, legal records, estate records, financial records, land and property records, diaries, and writings. Not only are prominent political figures (James Logan, George Logan, and John Dickinson) well documented in this collection, but women are also well documented, largely thanks to Deborah Norris Logan who kept a diary for most of her adult life. Her diaries and letters and those of some of her female relations reveal a glimpse into the lives of educated and prominent women in the Philadelphia area during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Preferred Citation note

[Indicate cited item or series here], Logan family papers, 1638-1964 (bulk 1670-1872), (Collection 379), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Logan family was a prominent Philadelphia family dating back to 1699, when James Logan, the family patriarch, arrived in Philadelphia to serve as the first secretary of the Pennsylvania colony. Through work in agriculture and politics, Logan and his descendants were intimately involved in the development of the Pennsylvania colony and, later, the fledging United States. James Logan's prominence resulted in connections, both professional and familial, with other prominent colonial families, including the Norris and the Dickinson families. Together these families affected and influenced the formation, progress and development of the city of Philadelphia, the colony of Pennsylvania, and the United States of America.

James Logan, the first secretary of the Pennsylvania colony under William Penn, was born on October 20, 1674 in Lurgan, Ireland, the son of Patrick and Isabel Hume Logan. His father was a scholar and an Anglican minister until his conversion to Quakerism. James was educated in his father's school, the Friar Meetinghouse School in Bristol. His early careers included working as a linen draper in 1687, as an assistant schoolmaster to his father from 1690 to 1693, and as the schoolmaster of the Friar Meeting house from 1693 to 1697. From 1697 to 1698, James Logan unsuccessfully worked in the linen trade. In 1699, he obtained the position of secretary for William Penn, who was about to sail for his province of Pennsylvania.

Upon arriving in Pennsylvania, James Logan began his service as secretary of Pennsylvania. Subsequently he served as receiver-general of Pennsylvania, member of the Provincial Council, mayor of Philadelphia, chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, president of the Provincial Council and acting governor. At the same time, he gained wealth through commerce, trade with Native Americans and land purchases.

James Logan was an intellectual. He was "a linguist of competence in a bewildering number of languages, a classicist who in the margins of his books crossed swords with the greatest European editors, and a scientist who described the fertilization of corn by pollen, understood and used the new inventions of calculus, wrote on optics, and made astronomical observations," ( At the Instance of Benjamin Franklin, page 32). He collected books and arranged for his substantial library consisting of nearly 2,600 volumes, the Loganian Library, to be made public upon his death. The Loganian Library, which was received in trust by the Library Company of Philadelphia, exists almost in its original entirety. According to Edwin Wolf II, historian and past librarian of the Library Company, Logan "brought enthusiasm, erudition, and a good Quaker sense of value to bear on his book purchases, [but was] however, finicky, bad tempered, over pedantic and hard," (Wolf, page 44).

On December 9, 1714, Logan married Sarah Read Smith, the daughter of Charles and Amy Child Read. James and Sarah became the parents of Sarah (1715-1744), William (1718-1776), Hannah (1719/20-1761), and James (1728-1803). Three other children, James, Rachel and Charles, died as children. Sarah Read Smith Logan died on May 17, 1754, and James Logan died on September 2, 1751 at the age of 77 in his country home, Stenton, which he built in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

William Logan, the son of James and Sarah, was born on July 14, 1718 in Philadelphia. At age 12, he went to England to study with his uncle, also named William, who was a doctor in Bristol. After returning to Pennsylvania, he worked with his father as a Philadelphia merchant. In 1741, he became the attorney to the Penn family. He was elected to the Common Council of Philadelphia on October 4, 1743 and continued to serve until 1776 when the Declaration of Independence dissolved the existing municipal government. He also served on the Governor's Council from 1747 until his death, in 1776. As a Quaker and a pacifist, William Logan opposed Indian wars and the Revolution. With his cousin, Israel Pemberton, Logan formed the Peace Association in order to prevent a war with the Delaware Indians in 1756 (French and Indian War, 1756-1763).

When his father, James Logan, died in 1751, William inherited the family's home, Stenton. At this point, William began working in agriculture. He also, "with his brother James and sister, Hannah Smith, … on August 29, 1754, deeded library property, designed by his father for the use of the people of Philadelphia to a board of trustees ... [and] bequeathed to the library thirteen hundred volumes bequeathed to him by his uncle Dr. William Logan of Bristol, England," (Jordan, page 31).

William married Hannah Emlen, the daughter of George Emlen, on March 24, 1740. She and William had six children, four of whom survived childhood. These children were Charles, George, Sarah, and William Jr. William died at Stenton on October 29, 1776 and Hannah died on January 30, 1777.

George Logan, the second son of William and Hannah, was born on September 9, 1753 at Stenton. He received education at Worcester, England and worked as a merchant. After his father's death, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, earning his degree in 1779. He worked as a physician and a farmer and was described by Thomas Jefferson as "the best farmer in Pennsylvania in theory and practice" (Stenton). He was also a founder of the Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Agriculture.

George Logan was active in politics, serving in the Pennsylvania Assembly and as United States Senator from Pennsylvania. The Logan Act of 1798, which prohibited conducting foreign relations without authority, was created because of his efforts to prevent war with France in 1798.

On September 6, 1781, George married Deborah Norris, an eminent Philadelphian. She was born on October 19, 1761, the daughter of Charles Norris and Mary Parker Norris and the granddaughter of Isaac Norris, colleague of James Logan. She obtained her education at Anthony Benezet's public school for girls, the first public school for girls in America, and was considered highly educated for a woman of her time. She was "a skilled historian and writer ... [and] wrote articles and poetry into her seventies" (Stenton). She documented her life in seventeen volumes of diaries, wrote a memoir of her husband after his death, transcribed many of James Logan's papers, and was the first woman elected as a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She died at Stenton in February 1839, nearly twenty years after her husband George's death on April 9, 1821 at Stenton. George and Deborah were the parents of Albanus Charles, Gustavus George and Algernon Sydney.

George and Deborah's oldest son, Albanus Charles, was born on November 22, 1783. Albanus was a physician. He married his second cousin Maria Dickinson, daughter of Mary Norris and John Dickinson, who was born in 1753. Albanus Charles and Maria Dickinson Logan had four children, Mary Norris, Sarah Elizabeth, Gustavus George and John Dickinson. Maria died in 1851 and Albanus died on February 10, 1854.

Though two generations of Logans married members of the Norris family, the Logan and Norris families were tied politically from the early days. Isaac Norris (1671-1735) moved to Philadelphia in 1690 and became involved with the politics of the colony. In 1708, he was elected to the Governor's Council, he served on the Provincial Assembly and as speaker in 1712, he served as justice for Philadelphia County in 1717, and he was elected mayor of Philadelphia in 1724. Isaac Norris married Mary Lloyd and they had a son, Isaac Norris, who was born in 1701. Norris died on June 4, 1735.

Isaac Norris (1701-1766) was educated at the Friends' School of Philadelphia and began his career as a merchant. Soon, however, like his father, he became involved in politics. Norris served as a councilman and alderman and joined the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1734, serving as speaker from 1751 until 1765. He eventually retired from politics due to health concerns. In 1739, Norris married Sarah Logan, the daughter of James Logan. Their daughter Mary Norris married John Dickinson in 1770.

The Logan family appears to have been extremely proud of their connection to John Dickinson, one of the founding fathers of the United States. John Dickinson, son of Samuel and Mary Cadwalader Dickinson, was born on November 13, 1732 at the family estate, "Crosiadore," near Trappe, Talbot County, Maryland. His family moved to Dover, Delaware in 1740, where he was educated by private tutors. He studied law under John Moland in Philadelphia and at the Middle Temple in London. In 1757, he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and began practicing law in Philadelphia.

He served as a member of the Assembly of the Lower Counties (now Delaware) from 1750 to 1760; member of the Assembly of Pennsylvania from 1762 to 1764, delegate to the Stamp Act Congress in 1765; Pennsylvania Delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776; Delaware Delegate to the Continental Congress in 1779; brigadier general of the Pennsylvania Militia; Delaware state senator in 1781; president of Delaware from 1781 to 1782; president of Pennsylvania from 1782 to 1785; member of the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787; and signer of the United States Constitution from Delaware.

After Parliament levied the Stamp Act, Dickinson wrote Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress and  Letters of a Pennsylvania Farmer, which “emphasiz[ed] the contradiction the Acts posed to traditional English liberties" (Dickinson College) and were published in London in 1768 by Benjamin Franklin. This "series of essays gained its author international recognition as a man of reason and principle," (United States Army Center for Military History). Further, Dickinson "organized Philadelphia's protest over the Coercive Acts, a series of political and economic measures that Parliament enacted in 1774 to demonstrate its control over the colonies," (United States Army Center for Military History). In 1775, he wrote a  Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms with Thomas Jefferson. He served as chairman of Pennsylvania's Committee of Safety and Defense and he organized the Associators, a battalion of troops raised in Philadelphia.

Despite his opinions regarding Great Britain's injustices and the Colonies' need to defend themselves, he "was opposed to a separation from Great Britain and worked very hard to temper the language and action of the Congress, in an effort to maintain the possibility of reconciliation," (www.ushistory.org). Essentially, he was concerned about timing and preferred the creation of a confederation of colonies prior to a declaration of war. As a result, he abstained from voting on the Declaration of Independence and did not sign it. After the Declaration of Independence, Dickinson led the committee to draft the Articles of Confederation.

During the Revolutionary War, Dickinson led the Associators and served at Elizabeth, New Jersey. Under General Caesar Rodney, Dickinson participated in the Battle of Brandywine and he was commissioned as a brigadier general of militia. Following his service to the Army, Dickinson served as a Delaware Delegate to the Continental Congress in 1779; as a Delaware state senator in 1781; as president of Delaware from 1781 to 1782; and as president of Pennsylvania from 1782 to 1785. At the time Dickinson served as president of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Rush founded Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1783, naming it in his honor.

He served as member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787; and as a signer of the Constitution from Delaware. During the Constitutional Convention, he wrote, under the pen name Fabius, essays promoting the Constitution. In 1792, he worked for the creation of a new constitution for Delaware.

Dickinson married Mary Norris on July 19, 1770. Marry Norris Dickinson was born on July 10, 1740, the daughter of Isaac Norris, the speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly, and Sarah Logan. She grew up as a member of a very wealthy and influential Quaker family in Philadelphia and was highly educated for a woman of the day. John and Mary met after her father’s death in 1766 when John was involved in the settlement of Isaac Norris’ estate.

John and Mary Dickinson were the parents of five children, but only Sally and Maria survived infancy. Known by her family as "Polly," Mary Dickinson remained true to her Quaker beliefs throughout her life. She died on July 23, 1803 at the age of 61. According to the Ann Conser Curley, "Mary Norris Dickinson saw the most momentous days in the founding of this country; yet her relatively unknown place in history probably would be the one she would choose." (Curley, page 32).

John Dickinson died on February 14, 1808 at his home in Wilmington, Delaware at the age of 75. Both he and Mary are buried on the grounds of the Friends Meeting House in Wilmington.

Bibliography

Curley, Ann Conser. "Mary Dickinson: A Quiet Woman of Substance." Dickinson Magazine, October 1990.

Dickinson College. http://chronicles.dickinson.edu/encyclo/d/ed_dickinsonJ.htm (accessed February 25, 2010).

Hicks, Lewis Wilder, ed. The Biographical Record of the Class of Seventy, Yale College, 1870-1904. Boston: Beacon Press, 1904.

Jordan, John W., ed. Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978.

Library Company of Philadelphia. James Logan, 1674-1751: Bookman Extraordinary. Philadelphia: Library Company of Philadelphia, 1971.

Plunkett, Keving. "A Eulogy for Logan," Philadelphia Independent, 1 no. 21, October 2004.

Stenton.org. "History, Art and Collections." http://www.stenton.org/history/, accessed May 4, 2010.

United States Army Center for Military History. http://www.history.army.mil/books/revwar/ss/dickinson.htm (accessed February 25, 2010).

United States Congress Biographies. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts;biodisplay.pl?index-D00321 (accessed February 25, 2010).

Woolman, John. "The Journals and Essays of John Woolman." New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922.

Wolf, Edwin, 2nd. "James Logan, Bookman Extraordinary," Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, 79 (1967), pps 33-36.

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Scope and Contents note

The Logan family papers, 1638-1964 (bulk 1670-1872), document James Logan and several generations of his descendants including his son William, his grandson George Logan, and his great-grandsons Albanus Charles Logan and Algernon Sydney Logan. The collection also documents the Logan family's relationships with the Dickinson and Norris families. John Dickinson, who married James Logan's granddaughter, is well documented in this collection as are his activities with the Pennsylvania and Delaware governments and his legal practice. This collection is rich in the history of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Delaware; the formation of the colony of Pennsylvania; the relationship of early colonials with the Native Americans; and the bid for independence and the later formation of the United States of America. Included in the papers is correspondence, legal records, estate records, financial records, land and property records, diaries, and writings. Not only are prominent political figures (James Logan, George Logan, and John Dickinson) well documented in this collection, but women are also well documented, largely thanks to Deborah Norris Logan, who kept a diary for most of her adult life. Her diaries and letters and those of some of her female relations reveal a glimpse into educated and prominent women in the Philadelphia area during the 18th and 19th centuries.

This collection was acquired in two separate accessions and as such was originally processed into two large series. The first series, "Logan and Dickinson family papers," was acquired by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania from the Logan family in 1840. The bulk of the material in this series consisted of bound volumes. Many of these volumes have since been disbound, but because catalog cards with item-level description exist at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the order of these volumes was maintained and no physical arrangement was performed during the 2011 processing of the collection. Researchers interested in item-level description should contact the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for information regarding visiting. For more detailed description of the contents of this series, please see notes located at the series and subseries levels.

The second series, "Logan, Dickinson and Norris family papers," was purchased by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with money from the Gratz Fund in 1832. James Logan is not well represented in this series, nor are his sons William or George. Instead, the Logan family is best represented by Albanus Charles Logan and Algernon Sydney Logan. The bulk of the papers are assumed to relate to John Dickinson and his practice of law, although Dickinson's name is rarely connected to the documents and the handwriting is difficult to positively identify as his. Regardless, this series provides a detailed view into the practice of law in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and contains significant documentation of the properties and land of Pennsylvania and neighboring areas. For more detailed descriptions of this series, please see notes located at the series and subseries levels.

Researchers are advised to examine both series in the collection as there is signficant overlap of topic, creator and type of record. Researchers interested in the Logan, Dickinson and Norris families should also plan a visit to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in order to examine extensive card catalog records which provide item-level cataloging of almost all the documents in the first series.

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Arrangement note

Series I. Logan and Dickinson family papers

Subseries a. James Logan papers

Subseries b. Official records collected by and/or created by James Logan

Subseries c. William Logan papers

Subseries d. Dr. George Logan papers

Subseries e. Deborah Norris Logan papers

Subseries f. Logan family material

Subseries g. John Dickinson and family material

Subseries h. Estate records

Subseries I. Other creators

Series II. Logan, Dickinson and Norris family papers

Subseries a. Correspondence

Subseries b. Legal papers

Subseries c. Financial papers

Subseries d. Estate and land papers

Subseries e. Poetry and other miscellaneous documents

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The Historical Society of Pennsylvania 2011.06.28

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
215-732-6200

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Processing Information note

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.

This collection was minimally processed in 2009-2011, as part of an experimental project conducted under the auspices of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to help eliminate processing backlog in Philadelphia repositories. A minimally processed collection is one processed at a less intensive rate than traditionally thought necessary to make a collection ready for use by researchers. When citing sources from this collection, researchers are advised to defer to folder titles provided in the finding aid rather than those provided on the physical folder.

Employing processing strategies outlined in Mark Greene's and Dennis Meissner's 2005 article, More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Processing Approaches to Deal With Late 20th-Century Collections, the project team tested the limits of minimal processing on collections of all types and ages, in 23 Philadelphia area repositories. A primary goal of the project, the team processed at an average rate of 2-3 hours per linear foot of records, a fraction of the time ordinarily reserved for the arrangement and description of collections. Among other time saving strategies, the project team did not extensively review the content of the collections, replace acidic folders or complete any preservation work.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Delaware Public Archives: John Dickinson Letters.

Dickinson College: John Dickinson papers, MC 2001.13.

Library Company of Philadelphia: Dillwyn and Emlen family correspondence, 1770-1818; John Dickinson papers, 1676-1885 (Bulk: 1753-1808); Logan family papers, 1684-1925; Rush family papers, 1748-1876.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Logan family papers (Collection 2023), 1698-1842; Logan-Fisher-Fox family papers (Collection 1960), 1703-1940; Norris family papers, 1742-1860, R.R. Logan collection of John Dickinson papers, 1671-1882 (bulk 1670-1800), Collection 383.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Loganian Library.
  • Pennsylvania. Courts.
  • Pennsylvania. High Court of Errors and Appeals.
  • Pennsylvania. Provincial Assembly.

Genre(s)

  • Biographies.
  • Business records.
  • Commonplace books
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds.
  • Diaries
  • Estate records.
  • Family papers.
  • Financial records.
  • Legal records.
  • Property records.
  • Wills.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Philadelphia (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Dickinson, John, 1732-1808
  • Dickinson, Mary Norris, 1740-1803
  • Logan, Albanus Charles, 1783-1854
  • Logan, Algernon Sydney, 1849-1925
  • Logan, Deborah Norris, 1761-1839.
  • Logan, George, 1753-1821.
  • Logan, James, 1674-1751.
  • Logan, William, 1747-1792
  • Norris, Isaac, 1671-1735
  • Norris, Isaac, 1701-1766

Subject(s)

  • Medical education.
  • Pennsylvania--History--1775-1865
  • Pennsylvania--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
  • Pennsylvania--History.
  • Quaker women.
  • Quakers.
  • United State--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Logan and Dickinson family papers 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the papers of James Logan, his sons, William and George, George's wife Deborah Norris Logan, and John Dickinson, who married Deborah Norris Logan's cousin, Mary Norris Dickinson. The series is arranged into nine series: "a. James Logan papers, 1683-1751," "b. Official records collected and/or created by James Logan," "c. William Logan papers, 1745-1783," "d. Dr. George Logan papers, 1775-1830," "e. Deborah Norris Logan papers, 1782-1839," "f. Logan family material, 1680-1840," "g. John Dickinson and family papers, 1758 to 1819," "h. Estate records," and "i. Other creators." These papers provide a rich glimpse into one of the first families in Pennsylvania and the pride and tradition that was maintained in generations following James Logan's death.

Subseries a. James Logan papers 1683-1751 

Scope and Contents note

The subseries "a. James Logan papers, 1683-1751" consists of financial records, information regarding Indian affairs and correspondence. Financial records include an account book, a daybook, a ledger and a receipt book. There are also financial records and land records in Box 10, which contains a significant number of indentures and bonds. Of interest is what appears to be a receipt from 1723 for slaves (Box 10, Folder 113). Correspondence includes significant material to and from the Penn family (including William and Hannah), William Aubrey, John Bartram, Thomas Callowhill, Thomas Chalkley, William Dixon, Charles Gookin, Richard Peters, James Steel, and John Wright, to name only a few. Letterbooks date from 1701 to 1750. Beyond the general correspondence of James Logan, there are two books dedicated to a single correspondent: Jonathan Dickinson, 1698 to 1742, and John Penn, 1722 and 1728 (photocopies). For copied letterbooks of James Logan correspondence, please see the subseries, "e. Deborah Norris Logan papers, 1782-1839."

Throughout James Logan's life in the colonies, he developed and maintained good relationships with Native Americans. His relationships with them included not only official business, but also interactions related to trade. Documentation of Logan's dealings with Native Americans can be found in Box 11. Included are correspondence, speeches, invoices, extracts of minutes, and extracts of treaties. Native American tribes that are best represented are the Susquehanna, the Delaware and the Cherokees, although many treaties refer to "Several Nations."

Volume

Account book 1712-1720 

1
Box

Correspondence (Volume I) 1683-1730 

1

Correspondence and Biographical and Personal Documents (Volume II) 1734-1762 

2
Volume

Daybook (fragmentary) 1722 September-1723 January 

2
Box

Indian Affairs (Volume XI) 1701-1802 

11
Volume

Ledger 1720-1727 

3

Letterbook, Volume I 1701-1726 

4

Letterbook, Volume II 1702-1720, 1724-1726 

5

Letterbook, Volume III 1725-1732 

6

Letterbook, James Logan, Volume III (photocopies) 1725-1732 

7

Letterbook, Volume IV 1717-1718, 1726-1728, 1730-1734, 1736-1743 

8

Letterbook 1712-1715 

9

Letterbook 1717-1731 

10

Letterbook (original) 1748-1750 

11

Letterbook (copy) 1748-1750 

11a

Letterbook of Jonathan Dickinson and James Logan 1698-1701, 1731-1732, 1742-1742 

12
Box Folder

Letters to John Penn, 1722, 1728 (photocopies) undated 

46 1
Box

Additional letters and business papers (Volume X) 1698-1769 

10
Volume

Receipt book 1702-1709 

13

Subseries b. Official records collected/created by James Logan 

Scope and Contents note

The subseries "b. Official records collected and/or created by James Logan" focuses on his work for the colony of Pennsylvania. Records include documents of the Provincial Council from 1694 to 1753, Pennsylvania laws, quit rents, and records of Upland County. Provincial Council records include petitions to the Council; orders of the Council; reports of Council debates; oaths of office for members of Council and governor; copies of the records of the Philadelphia Court; complaints, queries and answers; addresses, speeches and messages; articles of impeachment; acts of Assembly; and amendments. There is also correspondence to and from Governor John Evans, Edward Shippen, William Markham and Charles Gookin.

Volume

Documents of the Provincial Council 1701-1709 

14
Box

Documents of the Provincial Government (Volume III) 1694-1706 

3

Documents of the Provincial Government (Volume IV) 1706-1753 

4
Volume

Early Pennsylvania Laws (original) 1693-1699 

16

Early Pennsylvania Laws (negative photostat copy) 1693-1699 

16a

Justification before the Assembly 1709 October 19 

15

Quit rents. Three Lower Counties 1701-1713 

17

Quit rents. Governor John Blackwell 1681-1690 

18

Quit rent receipt book 1743-1750 

19

Records of the County Upland 1768-1781 

20

Records of the County Upland (extracts from) 1768-1781 

21
Box Folder

Upland Court records (photocopies) 1676-1681 

48 1

Subseries c. William Logan papers 1745-1783 

Scope and Contents note

The "c. William Logan papers, 1745-1783" subseries is almost entirely personal in nature and minimally reflects his political career. William Logan, son of James Logan, worked with his father in the mercantile trade, served as attorney of the Penn family after 1741, served on the Common Council of Philadelphia, and served on the Governor's Council. These papers are largely related to his estate, although there is a journal documenting his journey to Georgia and a small amount of correspondence dating from 1757.

Box

Correspondence (Volume X) 1757 

10
Volume

Inventory of goods and copies of will and estate 1772, 1781 

22

Journey to Georgia 1745 

23

Thomas Fisher's ledger regarding the estate of William Logan 1772, 1783 

24

Subseries d. Dr. George Logan papers 1775-1830 

Scope and Contents note

The "d. Dr. George Logan papers, 1775-1830" subseries documents George Logan's medical and political careers, as well as his personal life with his wife, Deborah Norris Logan, and his sons Albanus Charles Logan (1783-1854) and Gustavus George Logan (died 1876). The bulk of the material in this series consists of correspondence dating from 1784 to 1830. Correspondents include, but are not limited to, Robert Barclay, Joel Barlow, M. Dickerson, John Dickinson, Nicholas Gilman, Thomas Law, Thomas McKean, Henry Muhlenberg, John Nicholls, James Pemberton, Timothy Pickering, Joseph Priestley, John Randolph, William Rotch, Benjamin Rush, Sir John Sinclair and Thomas Truxtun. Dr. George Logan frequently corresponded with the president of the United States, and there are several letters to and from Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Letters address a multitude of topics, including abolition, the quasi-war with France in 1798, the War of 1812, and the Senate of the United States of America. Letters to and from his wife, Deborah Norris Logan, and his son Albanus Charles Logan are also frequent.

George Logan traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to study medicine and during his time there, he wrote letters to his brother William regarding his study, travel and experiences in the form of a journal. Also present are notes written by Dr. George Hutchinson for Dr. George Logan regarding a lecture by Dr. Hunter on the physiology of the alimentary tube.

In addition to the large quantity of letters regarding politics, Dr. Logan's career as a member of the Pennsylvania Assembly, the Pennsylvania Legislature and the United States Senate is documented through his notes, published speeches and government pamphlets, some of which he wrote. For a biographical sketch of Dr. George Logan, see the "Subseries e. Deborah Norris Logan papers, 1782-1839."

Box

Correspondence of Dr. George Logan (Volume V) 1784-1810 

5

Correspondence of Dr. George Logan (Volume VI) 1810-1830 

6
Box Folder

Correspondence, letters, 1793-1813 (copied by Elizabeth McClellan) 1898 

46 2

Correspondence, letters, 1798-1810 (copied by Elizabeth McClellan) 1898 

46 3

Correspondence, letters from Thomas Jefferson, 1808 (copied) undated 

46 4
Volume

Dr. George Hutchinson's Notes from Dr. Hunter's lecture on the Physiology of the Alimentary Tube (written to Dr. George Logan) circa 1775 

25

Journal (trip to England to study medicine, written as letters to his brother) 1775-1779 

26
Box Folder

Newspapers and clippings regarding George Logan 1788-1810, undated 

46 5

Pamphlets, government (some authored by George Logan) 1787, 1797, undated 

46 6

Published speeches 1809-1810 

46 7

Political notes 1792, undated 

46 8

Political notes 1793, undated 

46 9

Political notes 1810, undated 

46 10

Subseries e. Deborah Norris Logan papers 1782-1839 

Scope and Contents note

Deborah Norris Logan, the wife of Dr. George Logan, was a self-made family historian. As a result, the materials within the "Subseries e. Deborah Norris Logan papers, 1782-1839" document not only her life, but also the lives of her husband, her father-in-law, and Charles Thomson. The most valuable segment of this subseries consists of Deborah Norris Logan's diaries which she began keeping in 1815 and continued almost until her death in 1839. She also wrote a biographical sketch of her husband and copied many letters of James Logan which are included in this subseries.

Deborah Norris Logan corresponded with many women, including Sally Norris Dickinson, Hannah Logan Fisher, Sarah Logan Fisher, Hannah Griffits, Maria Dickinson Logan, Debby Logan Norris, Mary Norris Logan, Sarah Vaughn, and Sarah Miller Walker. These letters are largely personal in nature. Also included are letters to her husband, George, particularly while he was in Europe in 1798, in the Senate in Washington, D.C. in 1800, and in London in 1810.

Researchers interested in a biographical sketch of Deborah Norris Logan should see the "i. Other creators" subseries which houses a thesis written by Barbara Jones.

Volume

"Biographical Sketches of the Life and Character of Dr. George Logan written by his Afflicted and Affectionate Widow, Deborah Norris Logan" 1821 

27
Box Folder

"Biographical Sketches of the Life and Character of Dr. George Logan written by his Afflicted and Affectionate Widow, Deborah Norris Logan," (typescript) 1821 

46 13
Volume

"Chart of Human Life With Other Pieces" 1813-1827 

27a
Box

Correspondence of Mrs. Deborah Logan (Volume VII) 1782-1832 

7
Volume

Diary, Volume 1 1815 January 1-1816 January 17 

28

Diary, Volume 2 1816 May-1817 June 7 

29

Diary, Volume 3 1818 

30

Diary, Volume 4 1819 October 12-1821 November 18 

31

Diary, Volume 5 1821 November 21-1822 October 22 

32

Diary, Volume 6 1823 January 1-1824 May 31 

33

Diary, Volume 7 1824 June 2-1825 February 24 

34

Diary, Volume 8 1825 March 19-1825 October 29 

35

Diary, Volume 9 1825 November 8-1826 July 2 

36

Diary, Volume 10 1827 July 4-1827 February 9 

37

Diary, Volume 11 1827 February 11-1828 June 7 

38

Diary, Volume 12 1828 June 7-1830 February 12 

39

Diary, Volume 13 1830 March 1- 1832 February 29 

40

Diary, Volume 14 1832 March 1-1834 January 26 

41

Diary, Volume 15 1834 January 28-1836 July 30 

42

Diary, Volume 16 1838 November 10-1836 August 4 

43

Diary, Volume 17 1838 December 11-1839 January 17 

44
Box Folder

Diaries (typescript copies): Biographical note and selections from the unpublished journal of Deborah Norris Logan, 1815-1816, edited by Caroline Cunningham undated 

44 1-10

Materials relating to Charles Thomson, 1808, undated (copies) undated 

46 12

Portrait of and clipping regarding James Logan undated 

46 14
Volume

Selections (and notes) from the Correspondence of the Honorable James Logan, Volume IV, 1699-1720 undated 

45

Selections from the Correspondence of the Honorable James Logan, Volume I, 1701-1705 1814 

46

Selections from the Correspondence of the Honorable James Logan, Volume II, 1705-1709 1814 

47

Selections from the Correspondence of the Honorable James Logan, Volume III, 1700-1718 circa 1816 

48

Selections from the Correspondence of James Logan, new series, Volume I, 1700-1702 1817 

49

Selections from the Correspondence of James Logan, new series, Volume II, 1702-1704 1817 

50

Selections from the Correspondence of James Logan, new series, Volume III, 1704-1712 1818 

51

Selections from the Correspondence of James Logan, new series, Volume IV, 1712-1719 1919 

52

Selections from the Correspondence of James Logan, new series, Volume V, 1709-1741 1823 

53

Transactions on the farm and memoranda on various matters 1813-1827 

54

Deborah Norris Logan: Reminisces undated 

55

Subseries f. Logan family material 1680-1840 

Scope and Contents note

The "Subseries f. Logan family materials, 1680-1840" contains materials that were not affiliated with any one family member. These materials include correspondence from a number of Logan family members including William Logan, Sarah Logan, Hannah Logan, Albanus Charles Logan and Algernon Sydney Logan. There are also beautiful land, deed, survey and property records that date from 1680 to 1840. Many of these documents are hand drawn and include illustrations of the Delaware Valley, depicting its appearance in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. There are also numerous clippings of maps and illustrations from magazines including Gentleman's Magazine and  London Magazine.

Box

Correspondence of Logan family (Volume VII) 1748-1832 

7
Box Folder

Indexes (possibly inaccurate) for Volumes I and IV of Logan family papers undated 

47 1
Box

Land, deed and property records 1680-1840 

49-50
Box Folder

Maps from Gentleman's Magazine 1748-1772 

47 2

Maps from London Magazine 1752-1762 

47 3

Maps, color undated 

47 4

Maps, miscellaneous (largely Europe) undated 

47 5

Money (Continental, Maryland, and Table of Foreign Monies) 1767-1776 

47 6

Portraits of Deborah Norris Logan and Charles Thomson, sketch of a dog, and photographs of an unidentified man undated 

47 11

Printed material, loose sheets from Gentleman's Magazine undated 

47 7

Printed material, illustrations from Gentleman's Magazine undated 

47 8

Printed material, miscellaneous 1810-1819, undated 

47 9

Printed material, newspapers and clippings 1793-1812 

47 10

Subseries g. John Dickinson and family material 1758-1819 

Scope and Contents note

The "Subseries g. John Dickinson and family papers, 1758 to 1819" documents the life of John Dickinson, politically and personally, and his wife, Mary Norris Dickinson (Polly). The largest component of this subseries is John Dickinson's correspondence. Dickinson corresponded with Mary Dickinson (his mother), Mary Norris Dickinson (his wife), Philemon Dickinson (his brother), Charles Dobson, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, George Logan, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Lea, David Lee, Thomas Mason, Thomas McKean, George Read, Benjamin Rush, Evan Thomas, Charles Thomson, James Vaux and others. These letters discuss politics, the nation's independence, his appointment to the Continental Congress in 1776 for Delaware, and his election as president of Delaware, to name only a few topics. Of particular interest may be the letters between John Dickinson and his wife, Mary Norris Dickinson, which indicate a close and loving married life. Some of these letters may have been written while Dickinson was serving in the Revolutionary War, and later letters are addressed to "My Beloved."

One volume contains letters from Mary Norris (before she married John Dickinson) to Hannah Thomson.

There are also numerous letters to Sally Norris Dickinson, John Dickinson's daughter, following his death in 1813. Sally Norris Dickinson's correspondence includes letters regarding Susannah Dillwyn Emlen and her battle with breast cancer from 1815 to 1819. Researchers will also find a few Norris family letters mixed into this subseries.

In addition to the correspondence in this series, Dickinson's family and political career are documented by his family bible; a commonplace book, a memorandum book, financial records, his manuscript notes regarding Pennsylvania laws, a manuscript copy of a bill for the abolition of slavery in Delaware, and notes regarding the law and his legal practice. There is additional Dickinson material in the "Subseries h. Estate records" subseries as well as in Series II, "Logan, Dickinson and Norris family papers."

Volume

Bible undated 

56

Commonplace book undated 

57
Box

Correspondence, Dickinson family (Volume VIII) 

8

Correspondence, Dickinson family (Volume IX) 

9

Correspondence, Dickinson correspondence (Volume XII) 1764-1808 

12
Box Folder

Correspondence, letters from John Dickinson 

47 12

Correspondence, letter from Benjamin Rush, 1776 (copy) undated 

46 15
Volume

Correspondence, letters from Mary Norris (Dickinson) to Hannah Thomson 1789-1799 

58

Doctrina Placitandi, Volume I undated 

59

Doctrina Placitandi, Volume II undated 

60

Doctrina Placitandi, Volume III undated 

61
Box Folder

Indentures and payment receipts 1700-1756 

45 3

Law papers 1790-1796, undated 

45 4
Volume

Manuscript notes on Pennsylvania laws 1760 

62

Manuscript for a bill for the abolition of slavery in Delaware undated 

63

Memorandum book 1765-1772 

64

Notes on laws undated 

65-66

Subseries h. Estate records 

Scope and Contents note

The subseries "h. Estate records" includes information regarding many family's estates, but the bulk of the records relate to the Dickinson family and the Norris family. Other estates include those of the Griffits family, the Harrison family, William Hicks, Richard Hill, the Moland family and Dr. Lloyd Zachary. It is unclear how all of these estates directly connect to the Logan, Norris or Dickinson families. These files include correspondence, accounts, bonds, indentures, legal documents, rent rolls and petitions, but by far the most prevalent type of record is the land survey. Researchers will find draughts of lands, maps, and road coordinates. For related land and property records, see the "Subseries f. Logan family papers." There is also a large amount of land and property records in Series II, "Logan, Dickinson and Norris family papers."

The Dickinson family estate records (housed in Boxes 23 to 38) contain a fair amount of information on the building of homes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Included are correspondence, bills and receipts regarding construction, building styles, and the workers employed for the building. In 1804, a home in Jones' Neck burned and there is abundant correspondence regarding insurance and rebuilding the home.

Box

Dickinson estate and Samuel and Philemon Dickinson (Volume XXIII) 

23

Dickinson estate, Dickinson's Manor, Burton's Delight, and Berry's New Design (Volume XXIV) 

24

Dickinson estate, Poplar Ridge (Pleasanton) (Volume XXV) 

25

Dickinson estate, Kingston on Hill, Town Point (Hunn and Manlove) (Volume XXVI) 

26

Dickinson estate, Kinston on Hill, Town Point (Luff and Withered) (Volume XXVII) 1671-1802 

27

Dickinson estate, Rixon, Canterbury, Rejected Valley, Wyeberry Wyefield (Volume XXVIII) 1684-1807 

28

Dickinson estate, Canterbury, Rejected Valley, Wyeberry Wyefield (Volume XXIX) 1760-1801 

29

Dickinson estate, repairs at Fairhill, home on Chestnut Street (Volume XXX) 1771-1776 

30

Dickinson's estate, Land and house in Wilmington (Volume XXXI) 1754-1800 

31

Dickinson's estate, Land and house in Wilmington, land in Brandywine Hundred (Volume XXXII) 1727-1803 

32

Dickinson's estate, house on Jones' Neck (White and Emory) (Volume XXXIII) 1781-1806 

33

Dickinson estate, Miscellaneous (Volume XXXIV) 1750-1773 

34

Dickinson estate, Miscellaneous (Volume XXXV) 1774-1782 

35

Dickinson estate, Miscellaneous (Volume XXXVI) 1783-1790 

36

Dickinson estate, Miscellaneous (Volume XXXVII) 1791-1805 

37

Dickinson estate, Miscellaneous, Merion, Elisabeth Furnace (Volume XXXVIII) 1791-1805 

38

Griffitts estate (Volume XX) 

20

Harrison estate (Volume XXI) 

21

Hicks, William, estate of [Dickinson papers] (Volume XL) 

40

Hicks, William, estate of [Dickinson papers] (Volume XLI) 

41

Hill, Richard, estate of (Volume XVIII) 1709-1734 

18

Hill, Richard, estate of (Volume XIX) 1735-1758 

19
Volume

Hill, Richard, estate of 1729-1742 

67
Box

Moland family estate [Dickinson papers] (Volume XL) 

40

Norris estate (Volume XIII) 1700-1756 

13

Norris estate (Volume XIV) 1757-1763 

14

Norris estate (Volume XV) 1764-1797 

15

Norris estate, Shardlow, Sweetapple, Wood Ellis, etc. (Volume XVI) 

16

Norris estate, Land on Duck Creek Heasley's Land, Friends Meetings accounts (Volume XVII) 

17

Wilson, Tom, estate of [Dickinson papers] (Volume XXXIX) 

39

Zachary, Dr. Lloyd, estate of (Volume XXII) 

22

Logan and Norris parchments (Volumes XLII and XLIII) 

42

Norris and Dickinson parchments (Volumes XLIV and XLV) 

43

Subseries i. Other creators 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes materials created by people not directly connected to the Logan and Dickinson families, but which were probably collected by members of the Logan or Dickinson families. These people include Jonathan Dickinson, Thomas Fisher, Isaac Norris, James Steel and Charles Thomson. Of these people, Jonathan Dickinson is best represented. Jonathan Dickinson (1663-1722), no relation to John Dickinson, was a Quaker merchant who owned plantations in Jamaica and also lived in Philadelphia. He was a successful merchant and served as chief justice in Philadelphia and mayor of Philadelphia from 1712 to 1713 and from 1717 to 1719. He was an associate of James Logan, William Penn and Isaac Norris, and is known to have trafficked slaves with Isaac Norris. His correspondents include John Askew, John Fallowfield, James Logan, Thomas Masters, William Penn, Samuel Preston, George Tyler and Daniel Zachary. He also corresponded with his wife Mary, his brother Caleb, and his aunt Mary. His letters address issues in Jamaica, trade and "the traffic in Negros." Jonathan Dickinson’s ledger from 1699 to 1701 is also included.

A thesis written about Deborah Norris Logan by Barbara Jones and information regarding the Logans' genealogy is included in this subseries.

Box

Jonathan Dickinson: Correspondence (volumes VIII and IX) 1697-1719 

8-9
Volume

Jonathan Dickinson: Ledger 1699-1701 

68

Thomas Fisher: Letterbook 1793-1808 

69

Barbara Jones: Deborah Logan (thesis submitted to faculty of the University of Delaware) 1964 

70

Isaac Norris: Letterbook, "Wallpaper Book" 1735-1755 

71

James Steel: Letterbook 1715-1732 

72

James Steel: Letterbook 1730-1741 

73

Charles Thomson: "Opinion of the Declaration of Independence" (appears to be copied by Deborah Logan and/or others) undated 

74

Unidentified creator, An Account of the Family of the Logans of Restalrig 1829 

75

Unidentified creator, ledger 

76

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Series II. Logan, Dickinson and Norris family papers 

Scope and Contents note

Series II, "Logan, Dickinson and Norris family papers," was acquired at a different time than Series I, "Logan and Dickinson family papers" and as a result, is arranged and described separately, despite significant overlap of creators, subjects and types of papers. This series is arranged into six subseries: "a. Correspondence," "b. Legal papers," "c. Financial papers," "d. Estate and land papers," and "e. Poetry and other miscellaneous documents." These records document prominent families from the 18th to 20th centuries in a number of different professions, but the bulk of the records have to do with legal, land, and estate records.

Subseries a. Correspondence 

Scope and Contents note

The "Correspondence" subseries is further divided into the correspondence of "a. John Dickinson," the "b. Logan family," and "c. Miscellaneous." The "a. John Dickinson" correspondence contains a few letters from John Dickinson, however, the bulk of this material consists of letters written to John Dickinson. Significant correspondents include Thomas Adam, James Booth, William Buchanan, Jacob Gooding, John Holt, and Evan Thomas. The letters date from 1761 to 1807 and are arranged chronologically.

The "b. Logan family" correspondence includes letters to and from Albanus Charles Logan, Algernon Sydney Logan, John Dickinson Logan, and William Logan. Most of the Logan family correspondence belongs to Albanus Charles whose correspondents include, but are not limited to, David Ayers, John Radcliff, Henry Stevens and William Wagstaff. Many of these files are in relation to management and sale of the Logansville estate. Files are arranged alphabetically by creator.

"c. Miscellaneous" correspondence includes letters that were addressed and sent by those not belonging to the Logan family or John Dickinson. Files are arranged in chronological order.

i. John Dickinson 

Box Folder

Dickinson, John, to multiple recipients 1771, 1787, undated 

51 1

 1761-1762 

51 2

 1763 

51 3

 1764 

51 4

Garnett, George 1765 April 15 

51 5

 1766 

51 6

 1767 

51 7

 1768 

51 8

 1769 

51 9

Graham, Ennis 1770 

51 10

 1771 

51 11

 1772 

51 12

 1773 

51 13

 1774-1776 

51 14

 1785-1787 

51 15

 1797-1799 

51 16

 1802-1807 

51 17

 undated 

51 18

ii. Logan family 

Box Folder

Logan, Albanus Charles, from multiple authors 1836-1838 

51 19

Logan, Albanus Charles, letterbooks relating to Logansville 1837-1843 

51 20

Logan, Albanus Charles, from multiple authors 1839 

51 21

Logan, Albanus Charles, from multiple authors 1840 

51 22

Logan, Albanus Charles, from multiple authors 1841 

51 23

Logan, Albanus Charles, from multiple authors 1842 

51 24

Logan, Albanus Charles, from multiple authors 1843 

51 25

Logan, Albanus Charles, from multiple authors 1844 

51 26

Logan, Albanus and Maria Dickinson, to and from David Ayers 1845 

52 1

Logan, Albanus, to and from David Ayers 1846 

52 2

Logan, Albanus, to and from David Ayers 1847 

52 3

Logan, Albanus, from multiple authors undated 

52 4

Logan, Algernon, from multiple authors 1826-1833 

52 5

Logan, Algernon, from multiple authors 1834 

52 6

Logan, Algernon, from multiple authors 1835 

52 7

Logan, John Dickinson, from multiple authors 1871 

52 8

Logan, John Dickinson, from multiple authors 1872, undated 

52 9

Logan, William, from [Lord] Stirling 1764 October 29 

52 10

Logan family, miscellaneous undated 

52 11

iii. Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Harmon, Ephram, survey for Andrew Sill 1863 December 17 

52 12

Mayne, Edward to Isaac Norris and James Parrock 1725 June 28 

52 13

Yeats J. to Joseph Parker 1732 April 30 

52 14

 1757-1759 

52 15

 1760 May-December 

52 16

 1761 

52 17

Johnson, Deborah to Mr. Norris 1764 April 30 

52 18

 1763 June-September 

52 19

 1764 April-November 

52 20

 1765 July-December 

52 21

 1766-1768 

52 22

 1769-1773 

52 23

Gregg, Frederick to John [Shue] 1770 September 4 

52 24

 1775 February 21-27, 1776 May 13 

52 25

Miller, Isaac to Thomas Fisher 1784 March 22 

52 26

Rawson, William to Joseph Morton regarding quit rents 1785 

52 27

 1786 April 5, April 29 

52 28

Hamilton W. to Thomas Fisher 1798 February 29 

52 29

Henfrey, Benjamin to Thomas Fisher 1799 December 3 

52 30

 undated 

52 31

Subseries b. Legal papers 

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of the "b. Legal records" probably result from the law practice of John Dickinson. Although dates precede his life and legal practice, it is probable that these files were used as research for his work, particularly in the settlement of estates. The materials almost always relate to cases dealing with debt or disputes over money, land, and the settling of wills, but there are some cases dealing with assault, adultery and murder. Included are notes and drafts of files dating from 1700 to 1808 which appear to relate to a law practice; notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues dating from 1700 to 1837; genealogies probably relating to the settling of estates, and wills dating from 1700 to 1800. Researchers should be aware that almost none of these documents have the Dickinson, Norris or Logan names attached, and therefore, it is very difficult to determine the origin or use of the papers. The processor of these papers has hypothesized that they were used by John Dickinson for his law practice; however, this may not be the case. According to a previous processor, "though the handwriting is often a challenge, [Dickinson's] notes on a case sometimes represent the way he meant to (or did) try it, reaching back to the Bible or ancient Greece for his precedent and often referring to the laws of God and nature as much as to English Common Law and local custom ... also, his plentiful notes on contemporary laws may indicate the concerns of the time as well as the evolution of American laws." Because accounts are included, this series may prove useful to researchers interested in trade, shipping and cost of products and services. Most of the cases here are centered in the Philadelphia area, however, there are cases from Maryland, Delaware, and western regions in Pennsylvania.

Box Folder

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1700-1759 

53 1

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1734-1738 

53 2

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1744-1753, undated 

53 3

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1748-1803 

53 4

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1754 

53 5

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1760-1762 

53 6

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1763-1764 

53 7

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1764-1767, undated 

54 1

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1765-1766 

54 2

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1767-1769 

54 3

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1770-1779 

54 4

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1780-1789 

54 5

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice 1799-1808 

54 6

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice undated 

54 7

[Dickinson, John], notes and drafts relating to law practice undated 

54 8

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1700-1749 

55 1

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1733-1802 

55 2

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1739-1806 

55 3

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1744-1763 

55 4

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1758-1759 

55 5

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1760-1762 

55 6

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1763-1764 

55 7

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1765 

56 1

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1766-1769 

56 2

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues 1770-1837 

56 3

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues undated 

56 4

Notes, drafts and documents regarding estates, financial concerns and property issues undated 

56 5

Genealogies, probably in relation to the settlement of estates 1765-1806 

57 1

Wills 1700-1740 

57 2

Wills 1740-1759 

57 3

Wills 1760-1769 

57 4

Wills 1770-1800, undated 

57 5

Subseries c. Financial papers 

Scope and Contents note

The "c. Financial papers" are arranged alphabetically and include the financial records of the Dickinson, Logan and Norris families as well as miscellaneous accounts, bonds, deeds and indentures. The accounts of Sally Norris Dickinson and her niece Mary Norris Logan, two unwed and propertied women, largely deal with records of Sally Norris Dickinson's business. Papers include her stocks, bonds, loans, and land sales as well as inventories of her assets at the time of her death. Also included is Mary's account with her brother, J. Dickinson Logan, regarding her rents and properties, some of which she inherited from her aunt Sally. The financial records of John Dickinson appear to deal mostly with Dickinson's legal services and money owed to him. These files have little to do with Dickinson's personal finances. The files date from 1761 to 1807 and are arranged chronologically.

There is one folder regarding the Fisher family dating from 1786 to 1832. This file contains information regarding the running of the Logan Mill on the Logansville estate in Morris County, New Jersey.

The Logan family's financial records include Albanus Charles, Algernon Sydney, Deborah, George, James, and John Dickinson Logan. Albanus Charles Logan's files date from 1821 to 1849 and include accounts, bills and checks. Algernon Sydney Logan's files date from 1819 to 1842 and include accounts and an estate vendue. Deborah Logan's files include bills, accounts and receipts for mason work, grains (flour, barley, Indian meal, etc.), shoe making and repair, food, dress-making, fire insurance, household goods, and services from craftsmen. This material dates from 1822 to 1829. George Logan's files, dating from 1786 to 1825, include accounts, bonds, deeds and indentures. There is one folder of bonds, deeds and indentures relating to James Logan and dating from 1721 to 1747. John Dickinson Logan's material, dating from 1856-1872, includes receipts for taxes for properties in Delaware, insurance, bank slips, and bills for goods and services such as tools, animals, feed and property maintenance. Finally, there are miscellaneous Logan family financial records that are not attributed to one particular family member.

The Norris family accounts contain financial information for Isaac, Charles, Samuel and H. Norris. There is some business correspondence between Isaac and Charles Norris and Nicholas Scull, various bills, accounts, and receipts to Isaac, Charles and Samuel Norris; and several items relating to properties.

The miscellaneous accounts, bonds, deeds and indentures do not appear to be directly related to the Dickinson, Logan or Norris families, however, it is difficult to know for certain the financial or legal connections that may have existed. It is possible that these files were used by John Dickinson in his law practice. For more material like this, please see the "b. Legal papers" subseries.

Box Folder

Dickinson, Sally Norris and Mary Norris Logan, accounts 1842-1859 

58 1

Dickinson family, accounts 1761-1800 

58 2

Dickinson family, bonds deeds and indentures 1762-1799 

58 3

Dickinson family, bonds deeds and indentures 1763-1807 

58 4

Fisher family, accounts 1786-1832 

58 5

Logan, Albanus Charles, accounts 1821-1824, 1836-1843 

58 6

Logan, Albanus Charles, checks and accounts 1829-1849 

58 7

Logan, Albanus Charles, accounts and bills 1832-1840 

58 8

Logan, Albanus Charles, accounts 1836-1843 

58 9

Logan, Algernon, accounts 1819-1839 

59 1

Logan, Algernon, account books 1821-1836, 1838 

59 2

Logan, Algernon, accounts 1822-1834 

59 3

Logan, Algernon, estate vendue 1836-1842 

59 4

Logan, Deborah, accounts 1822-1829 

59 5

Logan, George, bonds, deeds and indentures 1786-1817 

59 6

Logan, George, accounts 1794-1825 

59 7

Logan, James, bonds, deeds and indentures 1721-1747 

59 8

Logan, John Dickinson, accounts 1856-1872 

60 1

Logan family, bonds, deeds and indentures 1786-1868 

60 2

Logan family, receipts 1794-1857 

60 3

Logan family (George, Deborah and Algernon S.), receipt book 1812-1836 

60 4

Norris family, accounts 1736-1766 

60 5

Norris-Parker family, bonds, deeds and indentures 1728-1762 

60 6

Miscellaneous accounts 1702-1793 

61 1

Miscellaneous accounts 1725-1829 

61 2

Miscellaneous accounts 1730-1835 

61 3

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures 1638-1739 

61 4

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures 1740-1749 

61 5

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures 1750-1759 

61 6

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures 1760-1764 

61 7

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures 1764-1765 

61 8

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures 1766-1779 

61 9

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures 1780-1789 

62 1

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures 1790-1806 

62 2

Miscellaneous bonds, deeds and indentures undated 

62 3

Miscellaneous deeds and indentures 1770-1806 

62 4-5

Subseries d. Estate and land papers 

Scope and Contents note

The "d. Estate and land papers," include materials for the Dickinson, Logan, and Norris families, as well as some miscellaneous records that are not attributed to any particular family member. The estate records include estates, wills and information regarding selling timber from the Logan family lands. Land papers include records regarding the many properties owned by the Dickinson, Fisher, Logan and Norris families. Just a few of these properties are Stenton, Ridge Farm, Loganville and Wakefield Farm and Mill. Many of these records are land surveys which are frequently beautiful, hand-drawn maps of the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

It is important to note that these are not the only land surveys contained within this subseries—others are mixed amongst the other files, particularly the "b. Legal papers" subseries as they may have been used to settle land disputes. Researchers interested in land surveys should see boxes 49 and 50, located in Series I. Further, be aware that there are many estate records located in Series I, in the "Subseries h. Estate records" subseries.

Box Folder

Estate, Sally Norris Dickinson 1856-1859 

62 6

Estate, Samuel Flower 1770 

62 7

Estate, Algernon S. Logan 1821-1843 

62 8

Estate, Logan family 1705-1861 

62 9

Estate, Logan family 1830-1857 

62 10

Estate, Logan family, material regarding sale of land and wood and timber from Logan lands 1831-1832, undated 

63 1

Estate, miscellaneous 1730-1769 

63 2

Estates, Graveyard Memorandum book (deeds) 1742-1771 

63 3

Estates, wills of Mary Norris, Miss Dickinson, Sally Norris Dickinson, and extract from will of John Dickinson circa 1808, 1828, undated 

63 4

Estates, wills, and lists of furniture at Stenton 1832, 1860 

63 5

Land papers, Dickinson family 1761-1845 

63 6

Land papers, estates, surveys and warrants 1708-1787 

63 7

Land papers, Fisher family 1781-1797 

63 8

Land papers, Logan family 1714-1804 

63 9

Land papers, Logan family 1723-1861 

63 10

Land papers, Logan family 1729, 1838-1867 

64 1

Land papers, Logan family 1783-1853 

64 2

Land papers, Isaac Norris 1712, 1726 

64 3

Land papers, Norris family 1725-1769 

64 4

Land papers, Norris family 1761-1766 

64 5

Land papers, miscellaneous 1684-1687, 1751-1761, 1812 

64 6

Land papers, miscellaneous 1739-1800 

64 7

Land papers, Surveys, A-H 1729-1796 

64 8

Land papers, Surveys, I-M 1757, 1807, undated 

64 9

Land papers, Surveys, N-K 1726-1786 

64 10

Land papers, Surveys, S-Z 1685-1799 

64 11

Subseries e. Poetry and other miscellaneous documents 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries, "e. Poetry and other miscellaneous documents," includes poetry of Joseph Lippincott, Robert Restalrig Logan, and unidentified Logan family members. There is also limited information about the Civil War service of John Dickinson Logan.

Box Folder

Lippincott, Joshua, private book (including poetry) undated 

65 1

Logan, John Dickinson, material relating to his service in the Civil War circa 1861 

65 2

Logan, Robert Restalrig, poetry undated 

65 3

Logan family poems and genealogical information 1729-1849 

65 4

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