CALEB LOGEE
Generation Four

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8. Caleb Logee4 (Philip3, Abraham2, Philip1)
Born: 19 Jul 1756 Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island
Died: 23 Sep 1825 Burrillville, Providence County, Rhode Island
Married: Rachel Battles 14 Mar 1776 Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island
She Born: 1 Apr 1757 Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts
She Died: 28 Jul 1850 Burrillville, Providence County, Rhode Island

Children:1

  1. i. Comfort Logee b. 23 Feb 1777; m. Joseph Emerson

  2. ii. Cyrus Logee b. 12 Oct 1778 Glocester, R.I.

  3. iii. Daniel Logee b. 25 Jul 1781 Glocester, R.I.

  4. iv. Darling Logee b. 12 May 1782 Glocester, R.I.

  5. v. Dorphin Logee b. 26 Feb 1783 Glocester, R.I.
    vi. Rhobe Logee b. 18 Jan 1792 Glocester, R.I.; d. 6 Feb 1792 Glocester, R.I.2

  6. vii. Caleb Logee Jr. b. 23 Mar 1796 Glocester, R.I

  7. viii. Burrill Logee b. 22 Nov 1797 Glocester, R.I.

Personal Information:

Caleb Logee was born 19 July 1756 in Smithfield, Rhode Island3. He was the oldest son of Philip and Comfort (Chase) Logee. Caleb Logee and Rachel Battles filed their marriage intention in Mendon, Massachusetts on 7 Feb 17764 and were married on 14 Mar 1776 in Smithfield5. Rachel was the daughter of Jeremiah and Hannah (Washburn) Battles and was born in Mendon, Massachusetts on 1 Apr 17576.

Shortly after their marriage Caleb answered the call to fight for Independence in the American Revolution. Rachel's widow's application for a pension filed 18 Oct 1837 included two declarations regarding Caleb's war service7. They are included below and provide the best available detail of Caleb's experience in the Revolution.

From Pension Application:;

Oath of Henry Mowry - "I Henry Mowry of Mendon, County of Worcester, State of Massachusetts - now at Smithfield, County of Providence, State of R.I. now 78 years of age on Oath do testify and say -- I was wll acquainted with Caleb Logee a Private Soldier in the war of the Revolution now Decd husband of the Widow Rachal Logee - I well Remember of he and I Serving togeather a number of towers [tours] in the fore part of the war. In December of 1776 he and I Served one month under Capt. David Eddy, Stationed at Warwick - In May 1777 at Providence he and I served 1 month together under Capt. Simeon Aldrich, Col. Brown Regement. In September 1777 one month General Spencer expedition Capt. Aldrich and Col. Brown Stationed at Bristol - In Dec 1777 one other month Same Capt. and colonel Stationed at Tiverton - In March 1778 he and I Served togeather one month Same Capt. and Same Colonel Stationed at Tiverton - In august 1778 we Served togeather one month General Sullivan Expedition Stationed on Rhode Island, Capt. Simeon Aldrich and Col. Chad Brown - In December 1778 one Other month under Same Capt. and Colonel. the above months I well remember of Serving with the Said Caleb Logee all the time a private and all of the above towers he was Drafted form the Malitia. I have no doubt but we Served other towers togeather at this Distant period I can not remember the partickular towers."

Oath of Jeremiah Mowry - "I Jeremiah Mowry of Smithfield, County of Providence, State of Rhode Island now 76 years of age on Oath do testify and say - I was well acquainted with Caleb Logee now Dead husband of the widow Rachel Logee in the war of the Revolution - I well remember of he and I Serving togeather - In August 1780 one month on the island of Rhode Island he Served under Capt. Winsor or Ross from Gloucester in Colon George Peck Regiment. In March 1781 we Served on other month togeather same Captain & Colonel Stationed on Rhode Island. The above towers I was under Capt. Trask of Smithfield same Regement the said Logee was a private - I further over I was a neigh neighbor to the said Caleb Logee in the fore part of the war he must have been married to Rachel Battles in 1775 or 76 for I well remember of seeing him and his wife Returning to his fathers after they was married - In the year of 1778 he removed to Gloucester an adjoining town and they had one or two children when they removed to said Gloucester."

Norval C. Logee, great grandson, of Caleb and Rachel documented some of the verbal traditions passed down through the generations8. It provided an interesting view of the home life during the Revolution. He wrote, "Rachel was married at the beginning of the American Revolution. She was mother of four children before the war ended. She reared children, kept home and provided food, clothing, etc. Besides helping cultivate the farm while her husband was in the army, she was raising sheep for wool, shearing, spinning, weaving, cutting the clothes and sewing into clothes. My mother often spoke of her culture, Puritan piety, high mentality, perfect body and health, and her high Christian character." Norval also wrote, "He [Caleb] was hurrying the stacking of the oats that he might enlist again. Grandmother [actually his great grandmother] Rachel helped him all day, July 25, 1780. She stacked the oats back in the mow. That night my grandfather Daniel, their third child was born. Harvest was soon finished. In August, when the new baby was about two weeks old, he enlisted again, for a short campaign."

Norval's final story was about an event that was referred to as "The Dark Day of May 19, 1780." "Her [Rachel] story was the same as others. I always wanted to know the reason for things. It came on in the fore moon, after slight rain. Candles burned all day. At night the darkness was impenetrable. Rachel could not see into the Pot, boiling the family dinner." This dramatic event was important enough to Rachel for her to pass it down to her children and grandchildren. An article in the Providence Gazette on 20 May 1780 reported the occurrence9. It included the statement, "Common Beliefs was wholly suspended and that which was necessary obliged to be, though at Noon Day, by Candle Light." At the time no one had an explanation for this meteorological phenomena. A recent genealogical article stated that one of the major factors in causing this event was the smoke from a large fire in upstate New York.

By 16 Apr 1779 Caleb's family was living in the portion of Glocester, R.I. which would later become Burrillville. On that date his father granted him 60 acres of land with a dwelling house where said son now dwells10. The property was given for "good will and paternal affection." Following the Revolution, Caleb began accumlating property in Northern Glocester11. Between 1801 and 1806 he began to transfer some of these properties to three of his children (Darling, Dorphin, and Cyrus)12.

When Burrillville separated from Glocester in 1806, Caleb became involved in the Town's administration13. From 1806 to 1809 he served as one of the appraisers of Estates. At the 31 Aug 1813 meeting, he was appointed as a Juror of the September Court. In the years from 1819 to 1821 he was elected as on of the Surveyors of Highways.

In the last few years of his life Caleb began divesting of his property holdings14. Three land transactions indicated that at least some of Caleb's children lived on adjoining properties. They partially described the lands in these transactions as "Isabel Chase Inman to Caleb Logee 6 acres 28 rods of land next to Darling Logee house; Caleb Logee to son, Burrill Logee 50 acres, Northerly part of Home Farm; and Caleb Logee to son, Caleb Logee Jr. 1 acre 50 rods, SE corner of my farm next to Caleb Logee Jr. house."

On 20 Sep 1825, just 3 days before his death, he executed his will15. He left the following bequests:
--To "Beloved wife Rachel Logee one half of my indore household furnature for and During her natural life" "in addition to her right of Dower";
--To his daughter Comfort Emerson wife of Joseph Emerson "one feather Bed Stid Cord and furnature there unto Belonging."
--To son Siras Logee "my Best Suits of wearing apparel."
--To son Daniel Logee "remaind of my wearing apparel."
--To three grandchildren, children of my son Darling Logee, namely Olney Logee, Sarah R. Baker wife of Hanson Baker, Leonard Logee "one Dollar apeace."
--To son Dorphin Logee "one feather Bed and Stid and Cord and furniture thereunto Belonging."
--To son Caleb Logee Jr. "a Lot of Land Lying on the South Side of the road that Lends from my house to Moab Paine and on the north Side of the road the leads from my house to my Said Son Calebs and also adjoining my Said Son Caleb Logee land by Estimation about five acres""Providing that the Personal Property that I have not above given away Shall be Sufficient to Pay all my said Just Debts and funeral expenses and Legacys afore Said."
--To son Burrill Logee "remainder of my Estate and Estates Both real and Personal."

He further stated in his will that, "The reason why that I Do not give my Said Children and my three grand Children namely Cyrus Logee, Daniel Logee and my Said Son Darling Logee Deceast, Dorphin Logee, Caleb Logee Jr. and my Said Daughter Comefort no more is that I have heare to fore and heare in given them is their Eaquel Proportion of my Estate."

Burrill Logee was appointed as executor of the estate. The witnesses to the will were Junie Paine, John Chase, and John Esten. Burrill Logee was again named executor when his mother, Rachel Logee, died 25 years later about September 1850 in Burrillville. The inventory of her estate was taken on 25 Sep 185016. The estate was valued at $457.05. Almost all of the value was in notes from some of her children and a grandchild (Burrill, Daniel, Dorphin, Caleb, and Duty Logee)

The Rhode Island Historical Society listed both Caleb's and Rachel's burial location as Logee cemetery on Hill Road in Burrillville17. the cemetery was listed as having 5 graves. It further noted that the inscription on Rachel's tombstone was Rachel wife of Calef 1757-1850. The stones at this location are no longer visible. Stones were also placed at some point in the Pascoag cemetery, Burrillville, Providence Co, R.I. They are located with many other Logee tombstones. The inscriptions are: "In Memory of Caleb Logee, Esq., He died Sept 23, 1825 aged 69 years 2 mo & 4 days" and "In Memory of Rachel Logee wife of Caleb Logee Esq., She died Jul 28, 1850 aged 93 years 3 mo & 29 days."


Left to Right: Pascoag Cemetery-Caleb and Rachel Logee tombstones; view BU014 cemetery west of Hill Rd.

Sources:

1. Children of Caleb and Rachel Loge entries [except for Rhobe] Glocester Births, Vol 1 pgs 142/143, Glocester Town Clerk's Office, Chepachet, Rhode Island

2. [Rhobe Logee birth] Representative Men and Old Famileies of Rhode Island, Vols 1-3, (Chicago, Illinois: J.H. Beeres & Co., 1908), birth and death date from article on Warren W. Logee pg 2142;  birthdate confirmed in Rachel Logee pension application.

3. [Smithfield Births  1-32 -Caleb Loga of Phillip and Comfort] James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850, Vol 3, Providence County, (Providence, Rhode Island: Narrangansett Historical Publishing Co., 1892) pg 103

4. [Caleb/Rachel marriage intention] Thomas W. Balwin, compiler, Vital Records of the Town of Mendon, Massachusetts to the year 1850,  (Boston, Massachusett: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1920)

5. [Caleb/Rachel marriage] Rachel Logee, widow of Caleb Logee, American Revolution Pension File #2689 Vol 2 pg 93, (Washington, National Archives)

6. [Rachel's birth] Mendon VR

7. [oaths] Rachel Logee, widow of Caleb Logee, American Revolution Pension File #2689 Vol 2 pg 93, (Washington, National Archives)

8. [Norval Logee stories] Noral Logee notes on family history, copy provided by Amanda Dale (copy on file)

9. [Providence Gazette article] Dark Day, Providence Gazette, Providence, Rhode Island,  20 May 1780 pg 3 col 2, (Rhode Isand Historical Society, Reel 855)

10. [Philip to Caleb] Glocester, R.I. Land Evidences, Vol. 9 pg 506, microfilm no. 0941832, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)

11. [Glocester land] Glocester, R.I. Land Evidences, Vol. 13 pgs 305/306 and pg 407, microfilm no. 0941834; Bk 14 pg 429; Vol.15 pg 106, microfilm no. 0941835 (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)

12. [Glocester land to Darling, Cyrus and Dorphin] Glocester, R.I. Land Evidences Vol. 15 pgs 79/80; 619-621 microfilm no. 0941835 (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah) 

13. [town offices] Burrillville, R.I. Town Meeting Records 1806-1881, microfilm no. 0941604, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)  

14. [Burrillville land] Burrillville, R.I. Land Evidences, Vol. 3-4 1813-1828 pgs 361; 449; 477/478, microfilm no. 0941611, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)   

15. Caleb Logee will, Burrillville, R.I. Probate Records, Vol. 1 pgs 427-430, microfilm no. 0941604, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)   

16. Rachel Logee inventory,  Burrillville, R.I. Probate Records, Vol 3 pgs 350/351, microfilm no. 0941605, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)   

17. [Caleb/Rachel Burial sites] Rhode Island Historical Society, Historical Cemetery BU014 west of Hill Rd;