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Posted by: ROBERT WILLIAMS (ID *****7849) Date: July 14, 2004 at 08:28:43
In Reply to: Re: JOSEPH KOGER OF COLLETON SOUTH CAROLINA by Carla Nelson of 468

Joseph Koger Risher (1807 to 1868) and Havillah Hamilton Williams are my great great grandparents, they were also first cousins.

Captain Joseph Koger Risher, Comapny E, 24th SC Infantry, CSA was not their son, he was their nephew. Captain Koger is shown in the 1860 census as Joseph K. Risher, Jr but this is probably because he lived fairly close to his uncle and a common practice when two men had the same name was to refer to the younger as junior even if he was not the oldest man's son.

Captain Risher passed away in 1915 and at that time South Carolina was using death certificates. The file number on Captain Koger's is 17180 and the registered number is 21. He passed away in Bamberg, Bamberg County, SC, on 10 Sept 1915. The person who signed the certificate to verify its accuracy was Mrs. Thomas Black - she was the captain's daughter, Sarah Harriet Risher. The death certificate indicates Captain Koger's parents were Francis Fontaine Risher and Harriet Williams. (Francis was the younger brother of the older J. K. Risher; Harriet was a sister of Havillah.) Francis Risher passed away when his children Joseph Koger Risher and Adaline Risher were still infants.

After the death of Francis, Harriet Williams Risher remarrried. Her second husband was George Warren. If one looks at the 1850 census of Colleton District, SC, Joseph Koger Risher and his sister Adaline are members of George warren's household.

Joseph Koger Risher (1807-1868) had four sons that we know about. The oldest son was William Benjamin Risher(he married 3 times, and served in the War Between the States in Company G, 4th SC Cavalry); Henry B. Risher, Henry was about the same age as his first cousin Joseph Koger Risher, Henry as far as we know never married, and he died while serving the South at Petersburg, Virginia on 20 July 1864, Henry is often overlooked by many researchers; Joseph A. Risher was born 6 March 1840 and passed away on 10 Nov. 1857. Josph A. Risher's grave is the oldest one in what is known as the Joseph Koger Risher Cemetery on the edge of Williams, SC. Hamilton Risher, the youngest son was born in 1850, generally most researchers show he passed away after 1870. Hamilton did marry after the 1870 census was taken, his wife was Annie Dopson. Around 1900 Hamilton, his wife, and son (Hamilton) Franklin Risher moved to Mississippi. Hamilton Risher was 69 years old when he passed away in Vicksburg, Miss on 5 January 1919. Another son of Hamilton's, Joseph Henry Risher married and moved to Philadelphia, Pa. Hamilton's oldest son Lonny did marry but at this time we don't know what became of Lonny.

Joseph Koger Risher (1807-1868) also had four daughters. Two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth are shown in the 1870 census living with their widowed mother and younger brother Hamilton. Generally, it is said they did not marry but there is a possibility that they may have found husbands. Youngest daughter, Sarah Caroline "Carrie" Risher married Benjamin G. Willis, the Willes made their home at Cottageville, SC. The second oldest daughter Martha Anne "Dallie" Risher married her cousin Henry Allen Williams - Henry was a first cousin of Havillah Williams Risher, Martha's mother. Henry Allen Williams and Martha Ann Risher Williams are my great grandparents. At least five of Martha and Henry's children, three daughters and two sons, made their homes near St. Augustine, Florida.

One of Henry And Martha's daughters that remained in South Carolina was Ella Hamilton Williams who married Dr. Charles Kinsey. Ella was about 34 years old when she passed away in 1894. The Kinsey's children were great grandchildren of Joseph Koger Risher (1807-1868). After Ella's death, Dr. Kinsey married Lula Risher, a daughter of Captain Joseph Koger Risher. All of Dr. Kinsey's children from his second marriage were grand chidlren of Captain Joseph Koger Risher. Dr. Kinsey thus had two sets of children, one set calling Joseph Koger Risher great grandfather and one set refering to Jospeh Koger Risher as grandfather and they weren't refering to the same man. One of Dr. Knisey's daughters from his second marriage became intersted in genealogy.

(Far as I know Benjamin Risher, Jr. had no middle name. Apparently Benjamin Risher IV or V started using Lafayette as a middle name and wha la all the preceding Benjamin Rishers must have had a middle name even if they didn't.)

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