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Posted by: ROBERT WILLIAMS (ID *****7849) Date: July 16, 2004 at 21:32:26
In Reply to: Re: JOSEPH KOGER OF COLLETON SOUTH CAROLINA by Carla Nelson of 468

Rather than email you direct, or snail mail you the answers to your questions, I would rather post what information I have here. The answers may or may not help other people, also if there are any errors someone else may be able to make corrections. Plus information that I don't have, someone else may be able to provide.

Questions #1 and 2: Provided some dates on the last posting. Way back on 12 Novemeber 1919 Robert Black Williams joined the United States Navy. From my childhood I remember stories of his service on board the USS Bridgeport, a destroyer tender. I have no memory of dad talking about his first family; about six months after his death someone mentioned his first wife and a son but there was not enough information as to where to look. Plus at the time I was a young Marine and Vietnam was more on my mind at the time. This is what I learned back in Dec 2003.

The USS Bridgeport sailed into Boston Naval Shipyard during the latter part of June 1924. On Monday 3 November 1924, the USS Bridgeport was decommissimed.

On Sunday 2 November 1924 Robert Black Williams married Myrtle Evelyn Reed of Everett, Mass. Myrtle was a daughter of Frank Reed and Nellie Reed. Dad was assigned to Parris Island, SC until his discharge in August 1925. He returned to Massachus. with his wife.

On 1 February 1929, dad's first wife Myrtle Evelyn Reed passed away. She was survived by her parents, a brother, a sister, her husband (Robert Black Williams) and two children, a son Robert Williams, 20 months old and a daughter Myrtle Evelyn Williams, 3 years old. (At the present time, I don't know what happened to Myrtle's children. The 1930 census shows Robert Black williams living with her parents but the children were not members of the household. Someone has told me Myrle's son was in the US Navy in 1946. At the present time, I don't know why they didn't join dad when he remarried. {Possibly they had been adopted and changed their surname.)

Robert Black Williams' second wife was Helen Augustine Hureau. She was a daughter of Joseph Thomas Hureau and Mary Garland Hureau. Both her parents were from Canada.
The marriage took place in Everett, Mass. (One thing I have been able to figure out is that dad, his first father-in-law and Joseph Hureau all worked at the same place.)

The first child born to Robert Black Williams and Helen Hureau Williams was a baby girl. She died the same day she was born and was not named.

On 10 April 1935, a son Harry Robert Williams was born. Over nine years later a second son Robert Joseph Williams was born on 16 July 1944. Both are still living.

In either 1948 or 1947, Robert Black Williams and Helen Williams were divorced. They remarried in Beaufort, SC in February 1950. As mentioned in another posting dad, passed
away in May 1964. Helen who was born 30 October 1911 passed away on 14 May 1998. She was buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery.

Question @3: Henry Bass Williams was born on 3 June 1869, on 21 June 1891, he married Josephine Adella Black. He died on 18 March 1933, He is buried in the Williams Town Cemetery, Williams, SC which is in Colleton County. Far as I know Bass was born, married, and died in the same area. Eight chidren were born to Henry and Della: Idelle; Mamie;
Ethel; Robert Black Williams; Henry Bass Williams; Calire; Ernest Allen Williams; and Harry Meredith Williams

Josephine Adella Black was born 22 August 1873, She passed away in the hospital in Walterboro, SC on 4 Sept. 1953. Della was buried beside Bass in Williams, SC. Williams, Smoaks, and Ruffin are all in Colleton County.

Question #5, Dell'as father was the fourth Robert Black. He
had no middle name. Della's brother Robert English Black was the first to have a milddle name. "Son" as my great grandfather was called was born on 26 July 1846; married Jane Selina Smith on 13 Dec 1866 and passed away 15 Feb. 1935. He is buried in the Black Family Cemetery in Ruffin, SC. Jane Salena Smith Black was born on 11 May 1846 and passed away in 14 Feb. 1914, she rests beside "Son." Jane's parents were William York Smith and his first wife Jane Smoak Smith.

Questions 6 and 7 go together, About all we have date wise on Henry Allen Williams and Marhta Anne Risher are on their tombstones. Henry was born in 1835 and passed away in 1905.
He was born near Green Pond in upper Colleton County. (There is another Green Pond in lower Colleton County.) Martha was born in 1839 and pased away in 1891. They were married on 21 February 1856, Dr. Paul Williams, a Methodist minister and Henry's first cousin performed the ceremony.
Martha was a daughtte of Joseph Kogerr Risher (1807-1868.)
They had ten children including two daughters named Barbara.
The first Barbara was still an infant when she passed away.
Her grave is the second oldest in the Joseph Koger Risher Cemetery near Williams. Her parents also rest there.

Question # 8 Frank George Williams was a son of Henry Allen Williams and Martha Risher Williams. He was born on 13 Feb. 1871 in Colleton County, SC. He was in the turpentine business and lived in Florida for 41 years. He passed away at his home in St. Augustine, Florida on 15 June 1940. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery there. Frank's survivors included his widow Martha Isobel Williams Williams (her maiden name was Williams). Also his sons: Frank M. Williams, Irwin W. Williams, Edward Williams, and Earl Williams. There was a daughter Mrs. Walter M. Gibson.

I don't have much information about Frank's wife at this time. Martha Isobel Williams was a daughter of Abraham English Williams II and his first wife Isobelle Padgett. Martha's grandparents were Molton Williams and Rebecca Black.

Question # 9, Jospeh Risher Williams, son of Henry Allen Williams was born on 27 July 1857. His wife's full name was Nancy Isobelle Padgett. Joe passed away in St. Augustine on 10 March 1921. He was survived by his widow and six children. His remains were returned to South Carolina for burial in the Joseph Koger Risher Cemetery in Williams, SC. Joe was buried beside two sons who preceded him in death: Henry I. Williams and Charles Williams. (Molton Williams had a son named Joseph Risher Williams, born 6 Feb 1856 and married Havillah Catherine Spell in Feb. 1890. Joe passed away 6 April 1827. Havillah Spell was a daughter of Richard Spell and Adaline Spell nee Risher. Adaline was a daughter of Francis Fontaine Risher and Harriet Williams. Adaline's grandparents were Benjamin Risher, Jr. and Mary Koger Risher. Havillah Spell Williams was born on 8 Sep 1860 and pased away on 17 Nov 1956, Joe and Havillah were buried in the Rice Cemetery near SC 61 in upper Colleton County, SC. Their descendants included a son and grandson named Robert Black Williams.)

Question #10 can't answer at this time.

Question #11, Abraham English Williams II died at his home in Williams, SC on 26 Dec. 1917. He was born 25 March 1854 in Colleton County. Abraham was buried in the Jospeh Koger Risher Cemetery at Williams, SC.

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