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Posted by: ROBERT WILLIAMS (ID *****7849) Date: October 05, 2010 at 13:12:03
In Reply to: Re: JOSEPH KOGER OF COLLETON SOUTH CAROLINA by Sandra Elder of 468

Mary Koger who married Benjamin Risher, Jr. was a daughter of Captain Joseph Koger and his wife Mary Koger nee Cook.

Joseph Koger who was married to Abigail Sleigh was Mary Koger Risher's brother.

A Charleston, SC newspaper dated Wednsday Evening, January 5, 1805 indicated, "Married on Thursday, the 27th of December last, by the Rev. Mr. Darley, Benjamin Risher, Esq to the amiable Miss Mary Koger, eldest daughter of Capt. Joseph Koger of St. Bartholomew's."

St. Bartholomew was a parish in Colleton District. Today's modern Colleton County, SC consists of what was St. Bartholomew's Parish.

A family Bible of James Cavanau Koger indicates Mary Koger was born 4 July 1782. (Her father Joseph Koger is shown to have married Mary Cook on 15 Feb. 1777.)

Mary Koger Risher's husband Benjamin Risher, Jr. passed away in October 1810 due to a fall from a horse. The Rishers had three sons: Benjamin Risher III, Joseph Koger Risher (my great great grandfather), and Francis Fontaine Risher. Joseph Koger Risher and Francis Fontaine Risher both married sisters who were Williamses and the first cousins of their husbands.

Mary Koger Risher remarried. Her second husband was Thomas Newell. Mary passed away on 25 October 1814 after giving birth to a son Thomas Newell, Jr. Thomas Newell would remarry and he would relocate to Mississippi with Thomas Newell, Jr. The latter passed away in August 1834 and had never married. Mary Koger Risher Newell thus has no descendants from her second marriage.

Unfortuantely, we do not know where Mary's grave site is located. Probably in Colleton County, SC near the Edisto River.

Mary's and Benjmain Risher, Jr's three sons remained in South Carolina. There is speculation as to who took care of them after their mother's passing. I beleive their grandfather Capt. Joseph Koger Risher took care of them until the boys became adults.

Bob Williams

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