The 1812 Census Woodhouse shows Thomas, age 1, with parents, Alexander Logan & Anna Secord. Baptism registered 20 Aug 1820 at St. Mark's in Niagara by Rev. Robert Addison, a Military Chaplain. Sibling Elizabeth b. 1815, died 1883, was also baptized at this time. Elizabeth Logan married Jesse FURRY, son of Lawrence FURRY and Barbara ZAVITZ of Moulton Twp.
Thomas enlisted in the 1st Haldimand Militia, 2nd Company, at about the age of 19. Atus (Otis) & John ROOT (brothers of Laura), Jonas, Henry & William FURRY (brothers of Jesse) were also members of the same company in the Haldimand Militia
He married Laura ROOT born 1812 in the US, who died 1900 in Wainfleet. She was the daughter of an American, John ROOT of Haldimand, who had settled on Lot 17, Conc. 1 in 1820. Family lore says that Laura's mother's name was SECORD and was Native American. This has not been proven. Perhaps that is why Laura's parents were against the marriage. Love is strong and they eloped on Christmas Day in 1831.
Indian Tribes of Ontario
Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
Elva Sanghera 1934-2003, a Secord researcher and family member, stated that all Secord girls were accounted for during that time period. If anyone has any imput, please write to Email address below.
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When Thomas was a young man he worked building locks on the construction of the Welland Canal. David B. Logan
holds copies of his payroll vouchers.
Welland Canal History
Pioneer Settlement in Haldimand County, Welland Ontario Library, lists Thomas as a Magistrate for Haldimand Co., hence known as Squire LOGAN. Brother-in-law John ROOT was also a magistrate.
Thomas Logan & Laura Root married 25 Dec 1831
As one of the first land owners in Sherbrooke, Haldimand Co., Thomas purchased from Thomas Clark & Samuel Street, the East half of the South half of Lot 14, ( 25 acres) and the West half of the South half of Lot 15 (25 acres), 2nd Concession, for sixty two pounds, ten shillings, Bargain & Sale #10653 & #12708, dated 21 Jan. 1834. Registered 22 Dec. 1835. Sherbrooke was called Sherbrooke Forest in the document and located on Niece Road. I visited this property in September of 2001. In talking with a neighbor, he remembered when the building was torn down and a very large well had to be filled in as the neighbors horses were falling into the opening. I felt a sense of awe to walk on the land where my ancestors had lived one hundred and sixty-seven years before.
The 1852 Census described the land as "dry & rich, worth two pounds,
ten shillings per acre".
"The Squire built a house from bricks made in a kiln on his property. The walls were solid brick, one foot thick. Lumber cut from good pine trees on his property were used in the construction. The square-block type house had a windowed cupola which made the house resemble an observatory. The cupola was used to house prisoners."
Quoted from: Grand Heritage, by Cheryl MacDonald,
Haldimand County Museum. Sept. 1996.
The Sherbrooke property was sold to Lorenzo Willson Dickout, for $2500.00, Bargain & Sale #62 & #63, 3 Dec. 1874. Registered 5 Dec. 1874.
Thomas & Laura purchased Lot 28 Con. 4, North half of the North East one quarter (25 acres) in Wainfleet, Welland County, Ontario from Francis and Catherine Beam, B & S #1374 (Bargain & Sale) for $1000 on 14 Oct 1875. Registered on 29 Jan, 1876.
On 2 Feb 1914, at age 70, son Albert signed an agreement #11221, for care, etc., in exchange for the property in Wainfleet, Lot 28, Conc 4, with Thomas Lincoln Pew and Ada Minor Pew for $1.00. He signed his name as Albert Willington Logan. Thomas Lincoln Pew was the son of Richard Pew and Mary Ann Logan Pew. Ada was their daughter-in-law.
The 25 acre Wainfleet property was sold by the Pews, 10 Mar 1921, for $1650.00, to James A. Maines, Quit Claim #11222.