In searching for any information on Fite Risinger, I came across the following land dispute at the SC Archives. According to the transcription below, Mary "the widow Mulberry" married 2nd to a Mr. Henry and 3rd to Fite Risner, whom I believe to be Fite Risinger. A Durrett family was involved in this dispute. Here's the transcription:
Box 7, Package 12
Frederick Ringer and wife Elizabeth, Thomas H. Dawkins vs John Goree, Benjamin Durrett, Thomas Durett, William Durrett, Lewis Durrett and minor Lucretia Durrett. Bill for discovery, relief, and injunction. Filed 14 Dec 1821.
Benjamin Durrett had children Thomas, William, John (died young), Lewis, Elizabeth (married Frederick Ringer), and Lucretia Durrett. This family later moved to Alabama.
Stephen Hogg was possessed of 38 acres on Broad River originally granted to John Hogg and bounded by Thomas H. Dawkins and John Goree. On 7 Apr 1810 Stephen Hogg conveyed this 38 acres . . . "for love and affection that I have toward my young friends John and Elizabeth Durrett" . . . that land shall be sold to best advantage and John Durrett to have $100 and the remainder to Elizabeth Durrett. John Durrett died shortly after reaching 21 years of age leaving as his heirs his father Benjamin Durrett and the siblings listed. Frederick Ringer and his wife Elizabeth sold the tract of land in 1818 to Thomas H. Dawkins. There is a dispute over who owned the land in the first place. John Goree states that James Liles owned the land in 1795 and kept it until 1809 when the sheriff sold it to Capt. John Henderson who sold it to John Goree in 1814. John Goree has had possession of the si__ 1814.
Frederick Henry testified that the land originally belonged to Godf__ who sold it to George Dawkins (father of Thomas H. Dawkins) and W. Mulberry who were partners. "Old W. Mulberry" had two children George and Barbara Mulberry. Frederick Henry was a half brother to George Mulberry. Frederick Henry's mother Mary was the widow of W. Mulberry and now Mary Henry. George Mulberry was taken off to Jamaica by his then step-father Fite Risner when the English Army left Charleston at the close of the Revolutionary War. George was 12-13 years old at the time. George Mulberry still lived in Jamaica 12 years ago. Frederick Henry is 54 years of age now.
If ANYONE can tell me ANYTHING about this Durrett land dispute, or any info on the family before leaving for Alabama, I certainly would appreciate your letting me know.
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