PHILIP LOGEE
Generation Three

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3. Philip Logee3 (Abraham2, Philip1)
Born: aft. 1712 probably in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Died: 2 Feb 1780 Smithfield, Rhode Island
Married: Comfort Chase 3 Jul 1754 Cumberland, Providence County, Rhode Island
She Born: 18 Oct 1734 Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts
She Died:

Children:

  1.  i.  Caleb Logee b. 19 Jul 1756 Smithfield, Rhode Island; m. Rachel Battles 14 Mar 1776 Smithfield, R.I.; d. 23 Sep 1825 Burrillville, Rhode Island

  2.  ii. Aaron Logee b. 16 Feb 1759 Smithfield, Rhode Island; m. Susanna Herendeen 1 Apr 1779 Smithfield, R.I.;d. between 21 Apr and 28 may 1819 Burrillville, Rhode Island

Personal Information:

Philip Logee was born aft 1712, probably in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony1. He was the son of Abraham and Hopestill (Foster) Logee. His father purchased land in Smithfield in 1729. Some of this land was transferred to Philip on 7 Nov 17402. In two deeds Abraham "Loge" transferred to Philip portions of "my homestead where I now dwell" for "Love and affection." This land was located in the area now called Logee Hill in the Woonsocket area. Bayles History of Providence County included the following statement: "Another settler of that period [1730] on the Smithfield side was Philip Loja or Logee, who lived on the summit of the hill which has since borne his name. His brother Abraham lived on the eastern slope of the same hill. They were sons of Abraham Logee of Mendon, who became owner of the land in 1729. Scarcely a ruin is left of the dwelling place of Philip Logee who was a wealthy and prominent citizen.3"

In 1741 Philip "Loja" was admitted as a freeman to the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations4. On 20 May 1747 Philip purchased 120 acres in Smithfield from William Sprague which was partially described as the land formerly laid out to John Mowry5. In the history of the Town of Smithfield, Abraham and Philip "Loja" were listed in District 16. The District was described as "began at Glocester, line near Daniel Matthewson, thence northeasterly by his house to Wainsocket Falls, till it meets Cumberland in the middle of the Bridge. Also, beginning at Patience Arnold's, thence down to District No. 2. (This was a portion of the Great Road to Sayles Hill, and South Main Street, west to Burrillville).6"

Philip was married to Comfort Chase in Cumberland, R.I. on 3 Jul 1754 by Job Bartlett, justice7. Comfort was born 18 Oct 1734 at Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts8. She was the daughter of Isaac Chase and Amy Anthony. Philip and Comfort settled in Smithfield and had two sons, Caleb and Aaron. On 8 Apr 1760 Philip's father transferred the rest of his homestead to Philip9. It was followed by an indenture in which Philip agreed to provide for his parents, Abraham and Hopestill, and his sister Hannah for the rest of their lives10.

Though Philip and his family lived in Rhode Island, the 1774 Rhode Island Census, listed "Philip Loja" with 3 Blacks in his household11. He also posted an add in the Providence Gazette on 2 Mar 1779 which stated, "Whereas my Negro man, named NAT, has taken undue liberties, by trading and running me in debt, this is therefore to forbid all persons harbouring or trusting him on my account, as I will not pay any debt of his contracting from the date hereof.12"

On 16 Apr 1779 as Philip neared  the end of his life, he gave his oldest son Caleb "land in Glocester where Caleb now dwells.13" This was followed by a deed on 13 May 1779 in which he gave Aaron 60 acres "of my homestead where I now dwell in Smithfield" for "fatherly love and affection.14" Philip died on 2 Feb 178015. The inventory of his estate was valued at £1070.7.416. Philip Logee's probate did not mention his Comfort Logee. It is therefore probable she preceded him in death. On 13 Apr 1780 Aaron sold the home farm except for the "burying plot on the homestead property.17" This was most probably where the earlier Logee family members were buried. The burial site has long since been lost to history.

Sources:

1. [Philip Logee birth] Approximate birth date and birth location based on marriage date of parents

2. [1740 land] Smithfield, R.I. Land Evidences, Vol. 1  1731-1743 pg 593, microfilm no. 0959544, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)

3. [Philip land in Woonsocket] Richard M. Bayles, History of Providence County, Vol 2 Chapter VIII Town and City of Woonsocket, (New York: W.W. Preston, 1891), pgs 269-271

4. [freeman] J.R. Bartlett, Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Vol 5 1741-1756 (Providence, R.I., A.C. Greene and brothers, 1856-65), pgs 19/30

5. [1747 land] Smithfield, R.I. Land Evidences,  Vol. 2 pg 130, microfilm no. 0959545, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)

6. Thomas Steere, History of the Town of Smithfield, (1881, reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books Inc., 1992) pg 30

7. [Cumberland Marriages 1-19, Phillip/Comfort marriage] James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850, Vol 3, (Providence, Rhode Island: Narrangansett Historical Publishing Co., 1892) Cumberland Marriages pgs 21, 45

8. [birth Comfort] Gen. of R.I. families, NEHGS Register, Vol 1 pg 159

9. [1760 land] Smithfield, R.I. Land Evidences,  Vol. 4 pgs 451-453, microfilm no. 0959546, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)

10. [Bond] Smithfield, R.I. Land Evidences,  Vol. 6 pg 9, microfilm no. 0959546, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah) 

11. [1774 Census] John R. Bartlett, Census of the Inhabitants of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1774, (Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterdon House,1984) pg 107

12. [slave ref] Maureen Alice Taylor, Runaways, Deserters and Notorious Villains from Rhode Island newspapers, The Providence Gazette 1762-1800, Vol 1, (Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1995) pgs 100/101

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

14. [land to Aaron] Smithfield, R.I. Land Evidences,  Vol. 7 pg 229-231, microfilm no. 0959546, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah) 

15. [death of Philip] Glocester, R.I. Land Evidences,  Vol. 9 pg 547, microfilm no. 0941832, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)

16. [Phillip Logee inventory] Smithfield Probate Records 1769-1797 pg 187, microfilm no. 0959535, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah) 

17. [burying plot] Smithfield, R.I. Land Evidences,  Vol. 7 pg 229, microfilm no. 0959546, (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah)