There are numerous memorable discoveries that I can recall. Many of those involved finding the identity or personal details about an elusive ancestor. The one that sticks out at this moment happened last year, concerning my Fifth-great Grandfather, William Logan (Logan-684, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Logan-684
My maternal grandfather had mistakenly thought our ancestor was General Benjamin Logan (Logan-156, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Logan-156
) of Kentucky, who founded the fort of ''Logan's Station'' and fought on the Kentucky Frontier of Virginia and in the Northwest Territories. My first great discovery had been that our ancestor was actually the younger brother of General Benjamin Logan, William Logan, who had also served in the Revolutionary War in Virginia and the Kentucky Frontier. I only wish that I could have told my grandfather before he died. Little could I have imagined then that more family history awaited in the cold north.
I was visiting Valley Forge in Pennsylvania last summer, all by myself, with no one rushing me. I spent some considerable time in the museum there, exploring their exhibits and delving into their fascinating archives. I assumed that my family from the south could have no possible connection with Valley Forge. Then I happened to look at a list of ''Washington's Personal Guard'' on exhibit there. I was shocked to find the name of William Logan. That could not possibly be the same William Logan as my ancestor! What would a Virginia man be doing in Washington's Guard, hundreds of miles from Virginia, where I already knew he had served in the Revolutionary War? No, that could not be him in Washington's Personal Guard.
When I looked into this further, I was shocked to discover details I did not know. When General Washington first formed his Personal Guard, he wrote a letter requesting that it be comprised of soldiers from his home colony of Virginia. Furthermore, William Logan had been selected from Virginia. Moreover, after researching possible men named William Logan from Virginia, none of the other men by that name served in Virginia during the Revolutionary War. My ancestor had served in Virginia and the Kentucky frontier, but with no service record during the time he would have been in Washington's Guard. By process of elimination, dates, and locations, it soon became apparent to me that my ancestor did serve in General Washington's Personal Guard, something I had never expected to find.
William Logan died in 1796, six years before his famous elder brother, Benjamin. William had never commanded an army, like his elder brother, but he had served his both his fledging country, his frontier brothers, and his Commander in Chief with honor. My grandfather would have been amazed to learn that.