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Posted by: ROBERT WILLIAMS (ID *****7849) Date: July 16, 2004 at 13:21:34
In Reply to: Re: JOSEPH KOGER OF COLLETON SOUTH CAROLINA by Carla Nelson of 468

Robert Black Williams was born on 7 August 1902, South Carolina did not have official birth certifcates at that time, but I have a piece of paper with the seal of the town of Williams, SC on it that indicates that dad was born in Williams, SC.

He passed away on 24 May 1964 and is buried in the Beaufort
National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC.

Dad's younger brother Harry Meriedth Williams, was born on 3 March 1914 and passed away 21 Oct 1960. Uncle Harry was born in Williams, SC and is buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery. He was married to Louise Clement.

Mrs Elanor Bradley, not a Koger descendant, wrote a book titled OUR FAMILY HISTORY, and self published which includes a chapter on our Williams ancestors.

Eleanor indicated in her book that Jame E. Williams' middle name was English, probably based on the fact that one of his grandsons was named as Abraham English Williams. She also indicates that James was born in North carolina, far as I know there is no evidence of that. Family traditon indciates that James E. Williams served at the battle of Guilford Court House near Greensboro, NC during the American Revolution. He probably went from North carolina to South Carolina with General Nathaniel Greene's army.

Family traditon indicates James E, Williams was from Wales.
In other words, we don't really know much about him. In January 2004, I submitted samples of DNA to Family Tree DNA for testing. So far my DNA has not directly matched any of the other Williamses that have been tested. Family Tree DNA has a data base they call "Recent Ethnic Origins," and if one looks at that data base one would get the impression my ancestors were from Scotland not Wales.

The 21 February 1840 editon of "The Southern Christian Advocate," a Methodsit newspaper, indicates the James Williams passed away on 2 Feb. 1840 he was survived by his widow and four children. Unfortunately no names or gender were given. He passed away on his farm near the Edsito River in Colleton District.

His widow's maiden name was Catherine Hamilton that is about all that is known about her other than the fact she was related to an Alexander Hamilton (At least two men of that name served in the SC militia during the American Revolution.)

We only know about three sons of James E. Williams and Catherine Hamilton Williams: Henry M. Williams, Abraham T. Williams and James Allen Williams. To the best of my knowledge only descendants of Henry and Abraham are connected to the Kogers by blood.

But as far as knowing where the Williamses lived in the late 1700's and early 1800's James Allen Williams is important especially to Williams researchers. Allen Williams was born 31 August 1788 and passed away on 25 July 1852; his wife's first name was Ann and she was 64 years old when she passed away 1 March 1859. Allen and Ann aare burioed in waht is known by locals as the Stokes-Connor Cemetery in Colleton County, SC Actually, the cemetery's proper name is the James Allen Williams Cemetery. Everyone buried there is related to him by blood with the exception of spouces.

The oldest grave in the cemetery is that of his daughter Sarah William who was only 17 years old when she passed away on 24 Sept. !841. Sarah's resting place is to the best of my knowledge the oldest known Williams grave of our kin

Sarah's younger sister Anna married Dr. Peter Stokes, a grandson of Benjamin Risher, Sr. and Mary Fontaine Risher, Anna passed away in Feb. 1865.

Anna's older brother Dr. Paul Williams married Elizabeth Barnes. Paul was a Methodist minister and only 44 years old
when he passed away in 1863. Dr. Paul Williams was the last male in James Allen Williams' line. Paul was survived by his wife and three daughters. One daughter Sarah Caroline Williams married Garland M. Yancey and they eventually moved to Flordia.

Elizabeth Barnes, the widow of Paul Williams married Dr. Peter Stokes. Which probably played a part in Dr. Stokes' becoming owner of what had been the property of Allen Williams. Dr. Stokes' daughters married Connors.

The James Allen Williams Cemetery is in Colleton County, SC.
Modern SC 61, the old Augusta-Charleston Highway, runs parallel to the the Edisto River. I 95 passes under SC 61 in the northen part of Colleton County. If one drives on SC 61 towards Bamberg (westerly direction) about 8 miles one comes to Drain Road. The James Allen Williams Cemetery is on Drain Road about a quarter of mile from SC 61.

Using the MILLS ATLAS of 1825 and other sources, the James E. Williams farm was in the vicinity of SC 61 and Drain Road. (About 6 miles north of where I 95 goes under SC 61 is the old Koger Place.)

Dan Padgett, Jr, Joseph R. Williams. and Barney Carter are all buried in the Colonel Joseh Koger Risher Cemetery in Williams, SC. Their widows are buried in St. Augustin, Florida.

Question 22, I will probably not be able to provide answers for. Using censuses for information, Barbara was born about 1865, we have no date of death. Apparently, she passed away while married to Julian Byrd and my current impression is Julian remarried and is buried in Branchville, SC, Orangeburg County,

Question number 20, Mary Elizabeth Williams was born 6 February 1865 in Colleton County, SC near Williams, SC(founded 1895). She passed away on 28 August 1933, and was buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia (Chatham County). I visited Mary's grave with some her her descndants back in April. Her husband, Erasmus, was a brothr of Dr. Charles Kinsey.

Question # 21 Erasmus full name was Ervin Erasmus Kinsey (I have seen Ervin shown as the middle name) They were living at 641 Henry Street in Savannah.

Question #11 there were two Abraham Englsih Williamses. One married Georgiana Sheridan; the one in your question was a son of Molton Williams and Rebecca Black. Some people show Molton as Milton or Morton but his name going by censuses and otehr documentation was Molton. One of Molton's sons married a daughter of Adaline Spell and Ricahrd Spell, Adaline's maiden name was Risher and she was a granddaughter of Benjamin Risher, Jr. and Mary Koger.

I will get back to your questions in a more orderly manner later, I don't keep things saved on computer or disc, like doing it the old fashioned hard way. Some of the questions
I probably won't be able to answer especially the ones concerning the folks that moved to Florida.

Williams, Ruffin, Smoaks are all in Colleton County, South Carolina. With the possible exception of James E. Williams and maybe his wife Catherine Hamilton to the best of my knowledge almost everyone was born in Colleton County, SC. (Did see some name of people born in Flordia I double and tripled checked this for typos but there are probably still some.

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