By Marriage to the First American President
William Dandridge married Unity West, daughter of John West of Westforth, niece of Lord Baltimore. They had several children. Nathaniel West married Dorothea Spotswood, second daughter of George Alexander Spotswood. Sons: William and Nathaniel West. Daughters: Martha, Elizabeth, Dorothea and Mary. Of these three daughters, three married Raynes, Archibald Philip and George Roodson Payne. Dorothea married first Winston, second, Patrick Henry.
William, the eldest son, married Anne Bolling. Their daughter, Jena Bolling married Reverend Joseph D. Logan. Their son, James William Logan married Sarah Strothers of Culpepper, Virginia, daughter of Jeremiah Strothers and Anne Clayton. The Claytons and Strothers came over when the Spotswoods did. Philip Clayton was a friend of Governor Spotswood, a knight of “Golden Horse Shoe” and a member of Cincinnati. Samuel Coleman, my grandmother’s maternal grandfather was also.
The Logans are descended from Lord or Laird Robert Logan of Restlerid near Edinburgh, Scotland. I have a copy of the tomb of Laird Robert which I have given to my grandson, Robert Logan Nugent. The Logans of Restlerid were expatriated and went to live in Ireland where they remained some years, married there, and were afterwards allowed to return. One of the descendants settled in Bristol. I can’t trace exactly, but have been always told my ancestors were the same as those of James Logan of Pennsylvania, secretary to William Penn. All the papers of the Logan family that I had burned in the Atlanta fire, May 20, 1917.
The Logans settled in Rockbridge County, Virginia, near Lexington. James Logan married Hannah Jeoine, great granddaughter of John Knox, the reformer. They had nine sons and two daughters. The two daughters never married. Of the nine sons, seven were in the ministry. Their names, as far as I remember were John, William, Robert, Joseph, Benjamine, Irvine, and others whose names I do not recall. Of those, Joseph, Robert and Benjamine settled in Virginia, John went west to Illinois, William to Missouri. I don’t know where the others settled. Joseph married Jean Butler Dandridge first. There were three children: Mary, Anne, and James William. Second, he married Louisa Lee and had four children, two daughters: Jane and Lillian and two sons: Joseph and John Lee.
John died young, was a very handsome and talented man and a great favorite of my father and mother. His name was the first enrolled on the list of students at Virginia Military Institute. He entered the Episcopal ministry and was to study at the Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, but was taken ill and died at Madison or Orange county. He was buried there on the property of Mr. Nalle, who wrote that his burial place was marked by a stone, placed there by his fellow students who were greatly attached to him. I think he died when I was very young, as I do not remember him. I remember how my father and mother were grieved when he died and how my mother loved him. She has often told how attractive he was and how handsome, but not so pleasant, being of an imperious nature. He was successful as a physician in Atlanta. He married Ann Elizabeth Daniel of Virginia, and had two daughters and one son. All died young. One Nannie Lee married John Grant and a daughter Linda Lee, married William Haynes. My uncle Joseph married second Miss Alice Clark of Atlanta. There were no children. Laura Lee Haynes lives in Columbia, South Carolina. She has two daughters, Nannie Lee and Frances and one son.
I never knew of my father’s half sisters and have never seen them since I was very young. One of them, Jane, married her cousin, Robert Logan. The other, Lillian, married a Mr. Prall. They both had children, but I never knew them.
This Logan family is said to be descended from Alfred the Great, a Sir Robert Logan having married one of his descendants, and their son or grandson was progenitor of the Logan family in the United States. I had this paper in full, but it was destroyed also in the Atlanta fire. Of course, I do not remember the records.- I have met cousins in Cincinnati, Ohio and corresponded with others in Kansas, Missouri, and in Shelbyville, Kentucky. I also have met Logans of North and South Carolina who claimed relationship. All I know I had to find out. My father’s mother died when he was six years old and his father married again and he was adopted by his great aunt, Mrs. George Woodson Payne (Mary Claiborne Dandridge) and was therefore separated from his Logan relations. More of this later.
My mother, Sarah Strother was the daughter of Jeremiah Strother and Anne Clayton. The Claytons came to the American colonies about the time the Dandridges and the Spotswoods families came. One Philip Clayton was one of the Knights of the Horse Shoe and went with George Spotswood to the Blue Ridge Mountains. He was one of the members of the society of “Cincinnatus.” One Philip was vestry man of St. Stephens and St. Marks Parish. I had this book but it was burned also. This Philip came from Essex County on horseback as everyone traveled then, to Culpeper County. He carried a switch to ride with, and when he alighted stuck it in the yard. It took root and grew to be a great tree and the home was named Catalpa and its owner called “Philip of Catalpa.” This was the grandfather of my grandfather.
Philip Clayton of Catalpa married Elizabeth Coleman. They had children. Philip went to Georgia and was the progenitor of the Claytons there. Anne Clayton, daughter of the second Philip married Jeremiah Strother. Their daughter Sarah married James William Logan of Goodland County, adopted son of George Woodson Payne and Mary Claiborne Dandridge. There was much intermarriage between Claytons, Williams, Pendletons and Strothers. The Strothers date to colonial days, were said to be Welsh, and were originally Anstruthers, afterwards Struthers, but in this country, have always been Strothers.
I have always heard there were three Jeremiahs, the third being my grandfather, who married first Martha Payne, granddaughter of Nathaniel West Dandridge and Dorothea Spotswood. Archibald Payne, brother of George W. Payne married Martha mentioned above. Issue of Jeremiah Strother and Martha Payne were Archer George Woodson and Martha, than whom was never born a lovelier person, physically, mentally and spiritually. She was half sister to my mother, born in 1805, lived with us and was devoted to my mother. She was like a mother to her, being fourteen years older. My mother’s mother died when she was fourteen. This family aunt cared for her. I wish I could write of all her noble deeds. Dear Aunt Martha, endowed with beauty, a brilliant mind and nobility of character. How I recall your noble deeds.
This aunt was also cousin to my father through the Dandridges. There was much intermarriage in the Payne and Dandridge families. My Aunt lived with her uncle George Woodson Payne, my father being the adopted son. They grew up in close intimacy so we knew and loved her relations. It was as though the Paynes were our near relatives. As children she would take us to visit them. I often went to Richmond with her to visit the Grattan family and many others. The Bollings of Wythville were related to my father and aunt through Dandridges and Paynes. Mrs. Woodrow Wilson (President) is the daughter of my cousin, William Holcombe Bolling of Wythville, Virginia.
From this brief genealogical sketch it will be seen that my father’s children and grandchildren are related to many Virginia families descended from Bolling, Spotswood, Dandridge, Strother and Claytons.
I have the book “Pocahontas and her Descendants,” and “St. Mark’s Parrish” burned in the Atlanta fire.
The Strothers and Claytons had a large connection and much intermarriage between Claytons and Williams, Pendletons and Slaughters. Among my dearest relatives were the Patton family of Richmond, Virginia.
Mrs. Patton was a Williams, her mother a Clayton, first cousin of my grandmother. To this family belonged charming More Williams, first Bishop of China. To the Strothers family the descendants of Zachary Taylor, president of the U.S. Jefferson Davis, of Confederate days, married the daughter of Zachary Taylor, afterwards Miss Farina Howell. During the Civil War I met some of the Davis relations.
Martha Dandridge was the daughter of John Dandridge and niece of William Dandridge and married George Washington, President.