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Col Jordan Vigus

Col Jordan Vigus

Birth
New Glasgow, Amherst County, Virginia, USA
Death 10 Sep 1869 (aged 77)
Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, USA
Burial Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 41207739 · View Source
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Years ago C. B. LaSelle presented
the city with an excellent picture
of Col. Jordan Vigus, Logansport's
first chief executive, and
following is the biographical sketch
which he furnished at the same
time, it being inscribed on the city
records.
"Col. Jordan Vigus was a native
of the town of New Glascow, Amherst
county, Virginia, and was
born September 17, 1792.
In the year 1810 his father
having furnished him with horse
and saddle and a few dollars In
cash, he set out for himself and
proceeded with an elder brother to
Lexington, Ky., where he acted as
clerk in his brother's store.
In 1812 he volunteered in the
First Rifle Regiment of Kentucky
Volunteers at Georgetown in that
state and marched with the troops
to Fort Wayne, this state, where
he relieved the garrison from the
attack of the Indians.
From thence he went with that
party of troops to attack the Indian
village about the forks of the
Wabaah situated two miles below
the site of the present city of Huntington.
Thance they marched to the
mouth of the Anglaise where they
rebuilt Fort Defiance. Thence to
the rapids of the Maumee where
they built Fort Meier.
His term of enlistment having
expired, he returned to Kentucky in
March, and kept a hotel. His resort
was patronized by the leading
men of the state, and he became
popular with them as a man as well
as a host.
In 1826 he removed to Indianapolis
where he also kept a hotel. A few
months Logansport was surveyed and
platted. (April 10, 1828)
He came here temporarily to
examine the site of the future vil-
lage as to its eligibility as a home,
the Place not yet having been
named. He was one of the four
Persons—General John Tipton, Col.
John B. Duret, Cheney Carter and
himself who having met together
agreed to give it the name of Lo-
gansport, in honor of the Shawnee
Chief Logan, who as a scout for
General Harrison's army, lost his
life in a fight with the enemy on
the Maumee in 1812.
In 1829 Col. Vigus, with Charles D.
Burr and S. Lewis, was appointed
a commissioner of the Wabash and
Erie canal by Governor Ray and
by the succeeding legislature was
elected to the same office. At a
public meeting held at Ft. Wayne
on the 22nd of February, 1832 to
commemorate the commencement
of the construction of the canal, the
other commissioners being absent
Col. Vigus after a brief address
commenced the work by digging
the first spadeful of earth followed
by others of the meeting, amid
great rejoicing.
On the 15th of June, 1829, Col.
Vigus removed with his family to
Logansport where he remained until
his death on the 27th of September,
1860.
His remains lie in the old
cemetery on Ninth street and are
indicated by a stately and durable
monument erected to his memory.
The city having been Incorporated
by act of the legislature February
17, 1838, the first erection
for city officers was held in the
following May, at which Col. Vigus
was elected mayor.
He afterwards served two terms
as postmaster, one under the administration
of Gen. Harrison, in 1840, and the
second under Gen. Taylor, in 1848.
In person Col. Vigus was about
five feet eight inches In height
and would weigh about 170 pounds
hair and eyes were dark and complexion,
slightly olive, with tinges
of red on the cheeks.
Col. Vigus had three daughters
and two sons, who were all reared
in Logansport. Ross Vigus, who
served throughout the Civil War,
returning to his old home in this
city after the war, re-enlisted in
the Regular army, serving seven
years, after which he settled in
the West. Horace Vigus, the other
son, was killed while in the service.
The daughters were all married
and Harriet, the eldest, was married
to John Furey, of which Cyrus
Furey, well known citizen of this
city, was the last of the family who
passed away in Los Angeles, Calif.,
the past winter. Audromeda Vigus
was married to John A. Skelton
and two children to this union, are
the only survivors to this family,
namely Pierre Skelton of Clay
township and Osman Skelton of
724 High street, this city. Two
other sons. Ross and Vincent passed
away with in the past two years.
Jennie Vigus Polson, the youngest
daughter, died about ten years
ago in the state of New York, leav-
ing no direct heirs but leaving her
estate, consisting of considerable
money to her sister's children, who
were all residents of this city and
county. There are nine great
grandchildren, all but three of
whom reside in this city.
THE LOGANSPORT MORNING FRESS,
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 1925.


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War of 1812


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  • Created by: Deb Minniear Rush
  • Added: 27 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41207739
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Jordan Vigus (4 Jan 1792–10 Sep 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41207739, citing Ninth Street Cemetery, Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Deb Minniear Rush (contributor 46796299) .