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Logston, Joseph

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Logston, Joseph
March 10, 2007 08:09PM
A History of Kentucky, Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities,
Natural Curiosities, Statistics and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers,
Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers,
Merchants, and other leading men of all occupations and pursuits by William
B. Allen, Bradley & Gilbert, Louisville, KY, 1872. Reprinted 1867 by the
Green County Historical Society. p. 384. Green county.

JOSEPH LOGSTON was the first person ever tried in Green County for a high
crime. The court before which he was tried thought him guilty, and sent
him to the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which was held at Lexington for the
final trial. I think on final trial he was acquitted, and immediately left
for the territory north of the Ohio River. Joe Logston came to Green County
at a very early period, from near the source of the north branch of the
Potomac River, and resided for some years in the family of Andrew Barnett,
another individual of great notoriety at that day. It was said of Logston,
that he could out-run, out-hop, out-jump, throw down, drag out, and whip
any man in the country. Collins, in his History of Kentucky, gives the
particulars of a fight, said to have occurred in Green County at a very
early period, between Big Joe Logston and an Indian. The rencontre related
was one of the most desperate ever seen or read of, and possibly did occur
on the frontiers of Illinois. I have the best authority for saying that
the fight alluded to did not occur in Green County, and that Logston never
returned to the county of Green after he had been taken to Lexington for
final trial.

Logston Barnett Collins
IL Lexington-Fayette-KY

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