Rev. James William Koger
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Rev. James William Koger

BIRTH 1853 • Bartholomews Parish, Walterboro, Colleton, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 28 JAN 1886 • Brazil

Son of the Rev. Charles Evans Koger and Mary Joanna White

Married: January 7, 1880, probably at Tanglewood Plantation - Officiated by her brother the Rev. Alexander Coke Smith

Frances Selina Smith

BIRTH 31 OCT 1853 • TANGLEWOOD PLANTATION Lynchburg, Sumter Co Lee Co, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 4 JUN 1897 • South Carolina, USA

Daughter of the Rev. William Hankin Robert Smith and Maru Isabella McLeod.


Reverend J.W. Koger Superintendent of the Methodist Brazil Mission,  Married to Francis "Fannie" Selinea Smith.  They were both missionaries to Brazil.

Rev. James W. Koger, and his wife, Fannie Smith Koger and their infant son, James W. Koger Jr. They sailed for Brazil as missionaries for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, April 1881.


Rev. Koger was licensed to preach at Spartanburg Station while a student at Wofford College. He graduated in 1878 and was admitted to the Conference that year. He left for Brazil in 1881 and died at his post in Brazil 1886.


After the death of her husband, Fannie and her two young children returned to South Carolina via New York, arriving on October 18, 1886 on board the Advance.

The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, SC) 9 Feb.. Tue. Page 3

Death of a Missionary

The News and Courier of th 8th contains notice of the death of Rev. Jms. Koger, a missionary to Brazil, who died of fever in his missionary field.  His death will cause much sorrow to his friends in Sumter County where he was well known.  Mrs. Koger is the sister of Rev. A. C. Smith and has a large circle of relatives and friends whose deepest sympathies will be felt for the bereaved ones left behind.

The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, SC) 16 Mar. Tue. Page 3

We learn from the S.C. Advocate that Mr. Ira Koger, of Kingstree, has received a letter from Mrs. Jms. W. Koger, wife of the Rev. J. W. Koger, who recently died in Brazil.  The letter was written six days after her husband's death.  She says he was sick only onr week and was delirious several days before he died.  Mrs. Koger expresses a wish and determination to remain in Brazil if possible, and assist in carrying on the work in which her husband was engaged at the time of his death.

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Rev. James W. Koker And Family (1881)

Aug. 10, 1852 - Jan. 28, 1886

Missionaries in Brazil

(Mrs. Fannie S. (Smith) Koger and son, James W. Koger, Jr.,

Mrs. Koger died June 3, 1897

(Editor's note:  There is no record of a baby boy named James W. Koger, Jr.

Perhaps he is misnamed and should be William Charles Koger, born on Oct-ober 29, 1880, 10 months after their marriage.) 

Tanglewood Plantation,

Also known as the Ellison Durant Smith House and as Smith’s Grove Plantation, is a historic plantation home located in Lynchburg, South Carolina. In 1747, King George II granted the almost 5,000-acre tract of land to Arthur Smith, who moved here from Smith Island, North Carolina.
The current two-story Greek Revival Plantation house was built about 1830 by Reverend William H. Smith and features a two-story pediment front portico supported by four square columns on freestanding brick piers. The house was built with timber cut onsite and still boasts its original cypress wide-plank floor and clapboard exterior. Outbuildings on the property include a pine clapboard kitchen building, a round-cut log constructed smokehouse (circa 1750), and a one-room  schoolhouse.  

Tanglewood Plantation was the home of Ellison Durant “Cotton Ed” Smith, United States Senator from 1908 to 1944, who was influential in organizing the Farmer’s Protective Association and the Southern Cotton Association. Senator Smith loved Tanglewood and brought many famous dignitaries to visit, including President Teddy Roosevelt. Another influential descendant of the Smith family is Alexander Coke Smith, Bishop of the Methodist Conference from 1902 until 1906.The house and grounds were accepted to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1977. Subsequent owners oversaw historically sensitive renovations that have left the Plantation intact and strong as it approaches its bicentennial.


BIRTH 29 OCT 1880 • Brazil

DEATH 20 FEB 1907 • Muskogee, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
Married:  1904
Lucile Wilhelmena Meyer

The Bamberg Herald, 28 Feb. 1907 Thu.  Page 1
Died in Muskegon
The sad intelligence of the death of William C. Koger in Muskegon, Indian Territory, was received in Augusta yesterday, bringing great sorrow to the hearts of the many by whom he was known and admired.  Mr. Koger left this city the first of February to accept a government position in Muskegon, and his health, which was very poor at the time of his departure, did not improve with a change in climate.  Arrangements have been made for the interment of the remains here.
Mr. Koger resided in Augusta only since last summer, coming here from South Carolina, in which state he presided over several large schools.  He married Miss Luella Wilhelmina Meyer, of this city, in 1904.
Mr. Koger was born in Brazil, S.A., where his father, Rev. James Koger, had been sent to do missionary work.  At an early age, and immediately after the death of his father, he was brought to America and sent to school in Columbia, S.C..  Later attended Wofford college in Spartanburg and graduated with honors from that institution.  He became a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity while at Wofford.  Mr. Koger was related to a number of South Carolina families and was a nephew of the late Bishop A. Coke Smith.  He died in his 26th year.
Surviving the deceased are a wife, Mrs. Luella Koger, two sisters, Mrs. John P. McCreary and Miss Frances S. Koger, and a brother, Mr. J. Gaston Koger.  His brother and sisters reside in Spartanburg.
The funeral announcements will be made later - Augusta Chronicle
The news of Mr. Koger's death was a shock to the people of Bamberg.  He was well known here, having been principal of the graded school at the time.  He left here last summer for Augusta.  We understand that his death was caused by typhoid pneumonia.
No known children

BIRTH 16 FEB 1882 • Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 6 NOV 1965 • Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Married: 2 Jul 1905 Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA

Dr. Julian Percival Mc Creary Sr

BIRTH 14 SEP 1877 • Williston, Barnwell, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 23 AUG 1915 • Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

Son of Dr. John Shley McCreary and Cornelia Ann Odom

The Greenville News, 7 Nov. 1965, Sun. Page 3B 
Mrs. McCreary
Mrs. Mary Belle McCreary, who lived with a daughter, 16 Forest View St. ., died at a Greenville nursing home Saturday at 4 p.m. after a long illness.
She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. James W. Koger, Methodist missionaries.  She lived most of her life in Spartanburg, where she taught voice for many years.  She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church of Greenville and was a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Columbia College.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. R.C. Griffith and Miss Margaret McCreary of Greenville and Mrs. F. Hughston Green of Spartanburg; one son, Julian P. McCreary of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted Sunday at 3 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg by Rev. Melvin Derrick.  The family requests that flowers be omitted.  J.F. Floyd Mortuary of Spartanburg is in charge.
The Greenville News, 24 Aug. 1915,  Tue. Page 1
Dr. J.P. McCreary, Of Spartanburg, Dead
Spartanburg, Aug 23 -- (Special) -- Dr. J.P. McCreary, a popular dentist who stood high in his profession, died at his residence here this afternoon at 1 o'clock, after a long but vain fight against Bright's disease.  He had been forced to give up his practice last May.  Burial will be at Springfield, S.C., Wednesday.
Dr, McCreary is survived by his wife who before marriage was Miss Mary Koger, daughter of Rev. J.W. Koger, a missionary of the Methodist church to Brazil, three daughters, Isabel, Sylvania and Margaret, and Julian P/ McCreary, Jr.  He was born in Williston, S.C., where his father was a physician.  

BIRTH 24 MAY 1883 • Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 25 MAR 1960 • Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, USA

Never Married
The Bamberg Herald, 22 Mar. 1906, Thu  Page 1

Musical Entertainment

     Thursday night, March 22nd, at 8:15 o'clock, Mr. J. Gaston Koger, of Spartanburg, S.C., will give a piano recital in the chapel of the Carlise Fitting School.

     Mr. Koger is a full master of the piano, and a genuine treat is in store for all music lovers of Bamberg on this occasion.

Be sure to attend.

     Mr.. and Mrs. William C. Koger, of Bamberg, have consented to assist him with a few vocal selections, and that a first-class entertainment will be given, is certain.

     In order that every lover of music may attend, the general admission of 25c will be asked.  Remember the date, Thursday, March 22nd, and the price, 25c.



BIRTH 13 SEP 1885

DEATH Unknown


Cornelia Isabel McCreary

BIRTH 17 JULY 1906 • Spartanburg, Spartanburg,

South Carolina, USA

DEATH 26 AUG 1994

Married:  24 Jun 1936 • Easley, South Carolina, USA

Dr. Robert Carl Griffith

BIRTH 17 AUG 1895 • Davie County, North

Carolina, USA

DEATH 15 JAN 1975 • Greenville, Greenville,

South Carolina, USA

Son of  Robert Lee "Bob" Griffith and Rachel

L. Danner

Dr. Griffith was married first to :

Bertha Wilson Scott

BIRTH OCT 1897 • Greenville

County, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 31 JUL 1935 • Edgefield,

South Carolina, USA

Daughter of John Wilson Scott and

Sallie Summerfield Wilson

Married: 1919

Children of Robert and Bertha:

1.  Robert Carl Griffith Jr.  (1920-2012)

2.  John Harvey Griffith  (1922- 1998)

3.  William Garrett Griffith  (1928-1991)

      R. C. Griffith and (Probably) Bertha Scott



The State (Columbia, S.C.)  16 Jan, 1975 

Thu  Page 38

Rev. Carl Griffith Dies In Greenville

Greenville - The Rev. R. Carl Griffith, 79, died Wednesday in St. Francis Hospital after a short illness.

     He was born in Davie County, N.C., a son of the late Robert Lee and Rachel Danner Griffith.  He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky.

     He held pastorates in Swansea United Methodist Church, Brookland United Methodist Church in West Columbia, S.C., Whaley Street and Main Street United Methodist Churches in Columbia, Edgefield United Methodist Church, Easley First United Methodist Church, Lancaster United Methodist, Buford Street United Methodist Church in Gaffney, First United Methodist Church in Bennettsville and Wesley United Methodist Church in Hartsville.  He was retired from Trinity United Methodist Church in Greenville and was pastor of Woodside United Methodist Church after his retirement.  He received an honorary doctorate from Wofford College.

     Surviving are his widow, Isabel McCreary Griffith; three sons, Robert C. Griffith of Georgetown, John Harvey Griffith of Kansas City, Mo. and William Garrett Griffith of Fayetteville, N.C.,; a sister, Mrs. Carl Dayvault of Kannapolis, N.C., two brothers, William Frank and Paul Clemmons Griffith of Kannapolis; 10 grand-children and a great-grandchild.

     Services will be at 2:00 p.m. today in Trinity United Methodist Church with burial in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

     Thomas McAfee Funeral Home is in charge.  The family suggests that those who wish may make memorials to Spartanburg Methodist College.


Julian Percival McCreary Jr.

BIRTH 10 Dec 1907 • Spartanburg,

South Carolina, USA

DEATH 29 Dec1986 • Mesa, Maricopa,

Arizona, USA

Married:  31 Jun 1941 • Concord,

Massachusetts, USA

Christine Isabelle McBreen

BIRTH 12 Oct 1909 • New Haven, New

Haven, Connecticut, USA

DEATH 16 Apr 2004 • Chandler, Maricopa,

Arizona, USA

Daughter of Patrick Humphrey McBreen

and Johanna Hayes


Frances Sylvania McCreary

BIRTH 10 May 1909 • Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 3 Oct 2004 • Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Married:  9 Jul 1935 Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA


 The Greenville News: 5 Oct. 2004  Tue. Page 28

Sylvania M. Green

Sylvania McCreary Green, 95, of Forest View Drive,

widow of W. Hughson Green Sr., died Sunday, Oct.

3, 2004.

Born in Spartanburg, she was the daughter of the

late Dr. Julian P. and Mary Belle Koger McCreary.

he was a teacher for the South Carolina School

for The Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg for 39 years. 

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist


Surviving are her son, W. Hughson Green Jr., and his wife, Anita; five grand-children; and two great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at the gravesite Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stroud Nursing Home, 2906 Geer Highway, Marietta, SC 29661; or to Hospice of The Greenville Hospital System, 255 Enterprise Blvd., Suite 120, Greenville, SC 29615.

The Mackey Mortuary.

The Item (Sumter, S.C.) 22 Mar 1995, Mon  Page 2

Sumter Native Dies Suddenly In Spartanburg

William Hughson Green of Spartanburg, a Sumter native, died suddenly yesterday in Spartanburg.  Funeral Services will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning at the Episcopal Church in Spartanburg.

Although he had been in declining health for some time, his death was unexpected.

Survivors include his widow, Sylvia McCrary Green; a son, William Hughson Green Jr. of Florence; two brothers, John Green of Sumter and Charles H. Green of New Orleans, La., and a number of nieces and nephews.










Margaret Ashley McCreary

BIRTH 10 APRIL 1914 • Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 15 JUNE 2003 • Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, USA

William Hughson Green Jr.

BIRTH 22 FEB 1944 • Spartanburg,

Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 2 FEB 2005 • Cleveland,

Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Married:  9 Dec 2001 • Greenville,

South Carolina, USA

Anita White

The Greenville News, 4 Feb. 2005 

Fri.  Page 30

W. Hughson Green Jr.                                                                               Cleveland

     William Hughson Green Jr., 60, of

120 Pipeline Lane, Cleveland, S.C. 29635,

died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at home.

     Born on Feb. 22, 1944, he was the son of the late William Hughson Green Sr. and Sylvania McCreary Green.

     He was a retired banker and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

     Surviving are his wife, Anita White Green of the home; a stepson, CPL Merritt M. Clack, USMC, Camp Lejeune, N.C., daughters, Kathleen Lapp, MD and her husband, David, of Durham, N.C.,  Elizabeth Green of Knoxville, Tenn., and Anna Green of San Diego, Calif., a son, William Hughson Green III of Greenville, S.C.; and two grandsons, David Hughson Lapp and Joseph Carter Lapp.

     A Memorial service will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Saluda Hills Baptist Church, Cleveland, S.C.

     In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Hospice.

     The Mackey Mortuary, Greenville



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