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Warren - Key Family Cemetery  &
Warren Farm
located on Highway 212 (George Warren Drive) just south east of the town of Williams, South Carolina
  Warren House
Photo above by
Robbie Warren
Photo above by Pat Sabin, c1999-2000

Warren Key Cemetery Colleton County

Tombstone transcriptions can be found on pages 232-233:
Cemeteries of Upper Colleton County, South Carolina
by Evelyn McDaniel Frazier Bryan and Gibson Howard Bryan
Copyright 1969-1974

Birdette M. Warren
Dr. J. M. Warren
Col. George Warren
George L. Warren
Harriet A. Warren
James Otto Warren, Sr.

Robert Williams has provided additional information on the Warren family:

I visited Williams, SC recently and had a talk with Duncan Warren about the house.  According to Duncan, the house was constructed by Colonel George Warren in 1842.  In those days, the area was refered to as Buck Head.  There currently is a "For Sale" sign in front of the house (May 2006).

Mrs. H.. A. Warren, Colonel Warren's wife, is buried in the cemetery. http://www.oldplaces.org/colleton/cemeteries/Harriet A Warren.JPG

Her maiden name was Harriet Ann Williams, Colonel Warren was her second husband.  Harriet was first married to her first cousin, Francis Fontaine Risher.

Frank passed away 16 July 1833, his grave site is unknown.  He was survived by his widow and two children, 1)Joseph Koger Risher (1832-1915), and  2) Adaline Risher.  Joe married Olive Warren, a
daughter of Paul Warren.  Both are buried in the South End Cemetery in Bamberg, SC.   A number of reserachers confuse him with his uncle Joseph Koger Risher (1807-1868), my great great grandfather,  Some even say they were father and son. 

The 1850 census shows Joe and his sister as part of George Warren's household.  Also, Joe passed away after SC started using death certificates and his death certificate indicates his parents were Harriet Williams and Francis Risher.

Adaline Risher,  was born 24 Dec 1833, five months after her father passed away.  Adaline married Richard Spell and rests in the Spell Cemetery on SC 61, Augusta Highway.

Dr. J. J. Stokes of  Atlanta, Georgia who wrote "Henry Stokes of Colleton County" indicates Harriet Williams Risher married her second husband on 16 July 1836, three years after the death of her first husband.

As mentioned the Williams area was generally refered to as Buck Head. In 1895, a post office was opened there and Harriet A. Warren's younger brother Thomas R. Williams, was the first post master.  Tom wanted to use Williamsburg, Williamston as names for the post office but they were already in use so the community it served became known simply as Williams, SC.  Some say Tom named the post office after himself but he
probably named it after the Williams family. (Tom was married to Elizabeth Kirkland but they had no children.)

We now know Tom's older brother Molton Williams was still living when the post office opened.  From an obituary that appeared in "The Southern Christian Advocate," we now know Molton passed away in Dec 1895.  Most of the Williamses living in the Williams-Ruffin area at that time were descendants of Molton.

Molton's niece Martha Ann Risher was married to Henry Allen Williams. Henry and Martha are my great grandparents.  Generally, they are over looked by researchers - most of their children had moved to Florida
around 1900.  Including my grandparents but they returned to SC because my grandmother got homesick.  Martha Risher Williams was a daughter of Joseph Koger Risher(1807-1868) and Havillah Williams.  Joe and Havillah were first cousins.  He was an older  brother of Francis Fontaine Risher and Havillah was a sister of Harriet Ann Williams Risher Warren.    Robert J. Williams <robjnil@hargray.com>  May 17, 2006.

The attached tombstone and house photographswere contributed for use by the Colleton County SCGenWeb Project  by:
Robbie Warren <Robbiew80@yahoo.com>    November 2004
Robbie is searching for Perry Warren, and Benjamin M Warren and Eldred Warren

Background on the Warren family was contributed by Robert Williams, 2006

Field and house photograph and "landscape" cemetery photo by Pat Sabin  c1999

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