Behind the Scenes With Loganalogy

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Spring has sprung, and soon the yard will start bursting with new growth and the flowers with new buds. My other passion is gardening, or ‘yardening’ as I call it. I love getting out in the fresh air and enjoying what nature offers. It is excellent for my mental health, tending to plants, bees, pollinators, and birds.

But I love researching my ancestry too. Lately, I’ve been dabbling and making headway into some ancestors who have been sitting on my branches waiting to be explored. I proved a so-called family myth: “Wild Bill” Hickox William Hickox- 1608-1645 (Logan Family) was related to my Hickok line. I also connected him to his 4th great-grandmother, who was accused of being one of the Salem witches. Warrant for Arrest of Susannah Roots (Logan Family).

FamilySearch has this “Are We Related?” feature where you can see if you are related to famous people or others you follow in social media groups, etc. One thing they don’t really explain to the novices of the genealogy world is that the accuracy is only as good as the tree it is based on. When you place your tree on FamilySearch, anyone can change it anytime. This is because the premise behind FamilySearch’s trees is to have one shared tree.

This is not meant to be your private working tree. It is one public tree where anyone can provide input and collaborate. But, because not everyone understands this, things get changed and deleted without information. In other words, when you click on the “Are We Related?” feature, beware! You may not be related at all. I spent several weekends digging into several of these so-called relations. Most were untrue because of the wrong information in the tree, but a couple of them were correct, which was pretty exciting.

Do not get me wrong, I love FamilySearch for its immense repository of free information compiled and maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Their records are second to none! I highly recommend using their records for your genealogy research.

Several years ago, I wrote about my 9th great grandfather, a Scottish POW, John MacBean – Scottish POW (Logan Family). A few weeks ago, as I was dabbling in my tree, I discovered that his daughter married his POW friend, John Sinclair, making them my 8th great-grandparents. Sinclair evidently comes from the noble St. Clair family of Roslin, Scotland. And, as intermarriage goes, John MacBean’s grandson married John Sinclair’s granddaughter.

I also researched my Coffyn/Steven’s line, which stems from my Convicted of High Treason! Oh No, 9th Great Grandfather! (Logan Family) Gove family. Dionis Stevens was part of the Great Migration to New England and arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1642. She was quite the businesswoman. More on her after some more research.

Things have also been changing in my personal life, giving me more time for gardening and family history. In a couple of months, I will be going part-time. I’ve been working towards this goal for a while now. It is exciting and scary at the same time. This means you’ll be hearing more from me, I hope.

Until then, keep researching your own family tree. As always, let me know if I can help.


Do You Know the AGBI?

It is the American Genealogical Biographical Index and one of the most essential printed genealogical sources in the United States. But, I did not always know that. It was a hint, a source in that would come up periodically on my New England ancestors. I never really understood it except for it to confirm a birth or some other fact. Ah, the ignorance of the early days!  

Recently, I looked back at some older entries in my family tree to see if I could find new leads on some of my more elusive ancestors. One was Margaret Car(r), my 6th great-grandmother. She married John Logan, the ancestor who came to Connecticut through Massachusetts. Although I know John came from Ireland, I do not know anything about Margaret before she came to Connecticut. Although I know they married in Massachusetts.  

One of the first clues I looked at again was the AGBI. In researching it, I came across a blog by Diane B. of In it, she wrote, “The Boston Transcript was a Boston, Massachusetts newspaper that regularly carried a page of genealogical questions and answers. That feature ran for several decades in the late 1800s/early 1900s.” And, it is indexed in the AGBI!  

Even more exciting was learning that I can order them and over 800 printed genealogies and other compiled sources from the Godfrey Memorial Library. From their website, “Godfrey Memorial Library is the owner and publisher of the American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI) which contains more than four million names, statistics, and sources for research including local histories, church, and vital records, military lists, and more. It also includes over two million records from the Boston Transcript. AGBI is the largest and most important genealogical reference set ever published and clearly the best starting point to find any early New England settlers. This is an index to the books and periodicals on our shelves.”

This is what it looks like in

Did I just stumble upon a gold mine? We’ll soon find out as I mailed out my request a couple of days ago. I printed out their order form, and for $10 each entry, I can soon find out what they know about my ancestor.  

You, too, can access this gold mine at Print and fill out the order form, then use the information from the AGBI index for each ancestor requested. I limited myself to three ancestors, including Margaret.  

Another source attached to Margaret is regarding her marriage in Marshfield, Massachusetts to John, titled “Mayflower Source Records.” Upon closer inspection, it was from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register called the “Mayflower Source Records: Primary Data Concerning Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard” by Gary Boyd Rogers. It’s a source of material where the majority of the descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims settled by the end of the 18th century. Am I, is Margaret, descended from a Mayflower passenger?  

Exciting stuff! New revelations to dig up for sure.  

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William Hickox- 1608-1645 (Logan Family)

This post is an update to the 2021 post.

Is that year correct?  The 1600’s?  You betcha!  My 10th Great Grandfather.

There are many, many spellings of his last name.  Hicox, Hikox, Hickox, Hecock, Hickcock, Heacock, Hickock(s), etc.

William arrived in America in about 1635 on the ship “Plain Joan, ” a passenger ship from England to Virginia when he was about 36 years old.  He soon went and was one of the original settlers of Farmington, Connecticut.    William’s wife was named Elizabeth, however, historians are unsure of her maiden name.

“Farmington was settled almost entirely from Hartford, and a large proportion of the early landowners were nonresident proprietors who continued to live in Hartford. The original purchase of Farmington was made from the Indians by John Haynes on behalf of the settlers of Hartford. The deed was dated 1640. The earliest-known Farmington landowners with the possible exception of Nathaniel Watson and Ezekiel Banks, whose origins have not been traced, were all Hartford men.” Source:  Bickford, Christopher.  Farmington in Connecticut. Canaan NH: Phoenix Publishing, 1982. At Salt Lake City, Utah: FHL 974.62/F1 H2b. 

William and Elizabeth had two sons, Samuel and Joseph, the latter being our ancestor.  Soon after William bought his home lot in Farmington in 1645, he died while farming the land.

Elizabeth remarried and had two more children.  However, in 1655, her second husband died.  And, tragically, a few weeks after that, Elizabeth died.  Four children ages 3 through 12 were left without parents.  In 1655, smallpox and fever were rampant in New England, which may have been the cause of the deaths.

By the time Mr. Adam’s Estate was taken on 6 September 1655, his widow also was gone. The value was determined at £36:03:00. The children listed were as follows:
Benjamin age 6 years
Elizabeth 3 years
Samuel Heacock 12
Joseph Heacock 10 years of age

Not much is known about his and Samuel’s upbringing after that.  We do know that Joseph married Mary Carpenter and died in 1687 shortly after their fifth child was born.  Thanks to their first child, Joseph, our line continues…

Joseph Hickok

There are two William Hickoks of similar age and in all probability, the family came from Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England as did the other William. As a great many of this family removed to London as early as 1567, it is believed that our William was born in London.

Supposedly, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok is a descendant of Joseph.

Wild Bill was the 5th great-grandson of William Hickocks, patriarch of the Hickok family. His line is as follows: William Hickoks – Joseph – Joseph – Stephen – Aaron – Oliver Otis – William Alonzo – James Butler Hickok.  I’ll have to see if I can prove this.  I’ve only traced this line to Stephen.  🙂

UPDATE:  Yes, “Wild Bill” and I are related.  He is my 4th cousin 5x removed through Joseph’s son, Stephen.  I wonder if he knew that his 4th great-grandmother was accused of being a Salem Witch!

Wild Bill

From the book, They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok, By Joseph G. Rosa

Lewis Hiccox

Were he and Shakespeare neighbors?  If you look up Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Wikipedia, it states, “The ownership of the premises passed to William on John Shakespeare’s death. However, by that time William already owned New Place in Stratford and had no need for the Henley Street premises as a home for himself or his family. Consequently, the main house was leased to Lewis Hiccox, who converted it into an inn known as the Maidenhead (later the Swan and Maidenhead Inn), and the small, one-bay house to the north-west was put to residential use.”

 1863 Picture below

2017 Picture Below

The Hickox family came to Connecticut as did the Logan family, lucky for John as that is where he met Dorcas Root, Joseph Hickox’s granddaughter,  and became my 6th great-grandmother.

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