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Posted by: ROBERT WILLIAMS (ID *****7849) Date: July 14, 2004 at 21:14:45
In Reply to: Re: JOSEPH KOGER OF COLLETON SOUTH CAROLINA by Carla Nelson of 468

As you mentioned, we have corresponded before. I am still sorting things out, my biggest discovery for me was learning back in December 2003 that my mother was dad's second wife. His first wife passed way back in February 1929 and was survived by dad and two children: Myrtle Evelyn Williams and Robert Williams (not sure why dad named me Robert since it appears Robert was still living when I was born.) Like myself, Robert and Myrtle would be 4X great grandchildren of Captain Joseph Koger II.

One reference refered to by some people is the book CEMETERIES OF UPPER COLLETON COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA by Evelyn and Gibson Bryan. The book first came out in 1969, was reprinted in 1974 and my understanding is no longer available until suffcient number of people try to order it. The book is available by interlibrary exchange. The Bryans did some outstanding work as far as listing cemeteries and tombstones. They included a number of family histories but apparently did not verify the accuracy of material given them and yes, there are errors.

My first memories of visiting the gravesite of my great great grandfather Joseph Koger Risher(1807-1868) goes back to when I was a child over 50 years ago. On page 526 of CEMETERIES, the Bryans have two paragraphs about the War Between the States Service of Captain Joseph Koger Risher, Company E, 24th SC Infantry. The first paragraph begins, " A son of Benjamin Risher, Jr and Mary Koger Risher was Captain Joseph Koger Risher who served throughout..." As written one gets the impression that my great great grandfather who served as a colonel in the SC militia prior to the War Between the States saw active service as a Confederate captain. Until about 1997, there was very little reason for me to question the Bryans statement and like a lot of "Squire Joe's" descendants I was proud of his service.

In 1997, Longstreet House published a book titled ENLISTED FOR THE WAR: THE STRUGGLE OF THE GALLANT 24TH SOUTH CAROLINA VOLUNTEERS, INFANTRY, 1861-1865 by Eugene Jones. In the book are two photographs of Captain Joseph Koger Risher, one was taken during the war and he is shown in uniform. My great great grandfather would have been in his mid 50's when the photograph was taken, the man in the photograph looks a lot younger but in the back of my mind was the realization that people age differently. So possibly the man in the picture was my ancestor. However, the other photograph was taken at a veterans reunion held in Bamberg, SC in 1914. My great great grandfather had passed away 48 years before the photograph was taken. The second photograph caused me to realize that there had been at least two Joseph Koger Rishers. The death certificate mentioned in my other posting was provided by Mr. Keith Peeples and that documnet confirmed who Capt Risher's parents were. ( Mr. James Otto Warren, Jr. of Orangeburg, SC had provided the photographs to the author. Otto is a great grandson of Captain Joseph Koger Risher and a grandson of Dr. Charles Kinsey and his second wife Lulu Risher.)

My great great grandfather was not a Confederate captain, his nephew, same name was. Captain Joseph Koger Risher lived most of his life in Colleton County, SC; the last eight years were spent in Bamberg, SC and he was buried in the South End Cemetery there. (The Bryan's first sentence would have been correct if they had written "A grandson..." rather than "A son of...")

Also, on page 526 of the Bryan's book is a listing of the children of Benjamin Risher, Sr. and his wife Mary Fontaine Risher, The list shows 3 sons and 8 daughters: Francis Fontaine Risher; Benjamin Risher, Jr; Richard Risher; Eleanor Risher; Mary Risher; Eliza Risher; Harriet Risher; Ann Risher; Sarah Risher; Susan Risher; and Lucy Thompson Risher. This is what I consider the South Carolina list. To the west are descendats of James Risher and John Risher who settled in the Mississippi/Alabama area. Descendants of John and James indicate the two men were sons of Benjamin Risher, Sr. Both are shown as heads of household in the 1810 census of Colleton District, SC. But to Koger researchers, Benjamin Risher, Jr. who married Mary Koger and Harriet Risher who married Abraham T. Williams are the probably the most important.

Abrahm T. Williams was a son of James E. Williams and Catherine Hamilton Williams. We don't know who James' parents were, like Benjamin Risher, Sr. he settled in what is now Colleton County, SC. Besides Abrahma, James had at least two other sons: Henry M. Williams and James Allen Williams. Abraham T. Williams is one of my 3X great grandfathers; Henry M. Williams is a 2X great grandfather.

Abraham T. Williams as already mentioned married Harreit Risher. Two of Abraham's daughters married sons of Benjamin Risher, Jr. and Mary Koger Risher. Harriet Williams married her first cousin Francis Fontaine Risher. They had two children Joseph Koger Risher and Adaline Risher.

Another daughter of Abraham Williams and Harriet Risher Williams was Havillah Hamilton Williams. Havillah married her first cousin Joseph Koger Risher (1807-1868). Havillah and "Squire Joe" had at least 8 children. A daughter, Martha Anne Risher married Henry Allen Williams, the youngest son of Hnery M. Williams mentioned above.

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