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Early History of Downtown Shelbyville
Friends of Grove History
by Duanne Puckett
Unmarked grave gets a monument
" Sallie Logan"
Photo by Duanne B. Puckett
The historic Logan family plot at Grove Hill Cemetery will soon have an additional monument.
Sarah “Sallie” Logan came from a long line of Logans that date back to General Benjamin Logan (1742-1802), the great pioneer and friend to Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton. She was one of nine children born to James and Mary Logan who owned 706 acres along Bullskin Creek in western Shelby County.
Her mother died in 1844 and her father in 1846. They were buried in the family cemetery alongside four sons that died in childhood. The other siblings married and moved away, yet a few were returned for burial upon their deaths. Sallie never married, stayed on the land with servants and cared for the family buried there.
In the mid-1850s, she heard of Grove Hill Cemetery that was advertised as offering “perpetual care”. She made the decision to move all her loved ones and monuments to the Shelbyville burial grounds in 1861 – the largest re-interment in the history of the cemetery that opened in 1854.
She died in 1875 and was buried at Grove Hill, yet has no monument. Friends of Grove Hill collected donations to purchase one for her and will now hold a long-overdue memorial service for Sallie Logan.
Duanne Puckett, a member of Friends of Grove Hill, said the late historian Betty Matthews shared Sallie Logan’s story with her decades ago. “She asked me to keep her cemetery stories alive so we typically mention Sallie Logan,” Puckett said. “MaryAnn Gramig will portray Sallie at the service and will tell you ‘the rest of the story’ because it is full of history and heartfelt sentiments.”
The Rev. Dave Charlton, minister at First Christian Church, will perform the memorial and former Broadway vocalist Stanton Garr has agreed to sing.
Puckett said, “I honor my friend Betty Matthews with this project since she raised $50,000 in the 1990s to restore and reopen the cemetery chapel. I know she would be pleased to know ‘her’ friend Sallie Logan now has a monument alongside her loved ones.”
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