Leonardo Andrea, the noted South Carolina genealogist, was hired by a Vereen family member in the 1950's to research our family. The following information is mainly from both his research notes and the pamphlet handled out at the dedication of the Vereen Memorial Garden.
ANY ADDITIONS AND/OR CORRECTIONS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!
1. Jacques Varin (1650-1689), a joiner, married Susanne Aury/Horry (1659-1725) in France or London. She was the daughter of Samuel and Jeanne DuBois Aury and was from Chatell, Switzerland. Jacques was the son of Jeremie Varin, a Huguenot of Rouen, Normandy, France. He left two sons, Jeremie and Samuel Varin. A Joel Poinsett married a woman named Susanne Varin. She was either the widow or daughter of Jacques Varin.
2. Samuel Varin (1683-1745) (son of #1) was born in South Carolina. He moved to the north side of the Santee River and died there. His plantation was along the present Georgetown-Williamsburg County line. According to church records, he had a son, James Varin, who died at age one. His will was signed November 1, 1744. He named a daughter as Anne E., wife of Francis Harbin , and granddaughters, Martha and Elizabeth Crousby, daughters of a deceased daughter.
3. Jeremie Varin (1675-1710) (son of #1) was married to Jane Evens (a/k/a Jean Avant). He moved from Charlestown to the Parish of St. Thomas and St. Dennis in Berkeley County. He is buried in that ancient church. From church records and from his will, he left two children, Jeremiah Vereen and Mary Vereen (June 23, 1709/10). His widow remarried and had at least one other child.
4. Jeremiah Vareen (Jan. 6, 1706/07-1768) (son of #3) moved from the Parish of St. Thomas and St. Dennis to a plantation on the Santee River near his uncle Samuel (#2). His first wife was named Mary and they had four children, William, Elisabeth, Ann, and Sarah. Mary died on July 26, 1733 and is buried in the church yard of St. Thomas and St. Dennis in Berkeley County. Elisabeth ("Ellis") (Nov. 14, 1731-?) married John Sullivant; Ann (m. Jenkins) and Sarah (m. Lewis). Jeremiah's second wife was nÃ©e Mary Coachman. She inherited lands at Singleton Swash. Children by his second wife were Jeremiah, Ebenezer, Rebecca (m. Jonah Bonhoste), Hannah, Rachel, Jean and Martha.
5. William Vereen (Nov. 3, 1729-Sept. 20, 1789) (son of #4) was born in the Parish of St. Thomas and St. Dennis where he was baptized as a baby. He was married on Nov. 20, 1754 to Elizabeth Lewis (Nov. 30, 1734-June 7, 1779), the daughter of Charles and Martha Lewis. He was active in the Revolution, furnishing supplies and assisting General Francis Marion in securing food and forage for his men and horses. His children were: William, Charles, Jeremiah, John, Daniel, Martha E. (m. Daniel Morrall), Mary Elizabeth (m. Nathan Huggins), and Mary Vereen. He died on the Horry Strand and is buried at the Island Landing cemetery.
6. Ebenezer Vereen (son of #4) (? - before 1791) had a plantation on the Pee Dee River near Yauhanna in Georgetown County. In a marriage contract signed Sept. 8, 1784, he married Catherine McIver (MacKiver).
7. Jeremiah Vereen (1745-1808) (son of #4) was a soldier in the American Revolution. He was a sergeant under General Francis Marion. He is buried in the destroyed cemetery at Windy Hill. His wife was Susanne Blanchard (uncertain if middle or maiden name). He hosted President Washington in his tour of the states. The Court Minutes of Horry County show that Jeremiah died in 1808. His children were William, Alexander, John Ephraim, Elizabeth (m. Robert Livingston). Jeremiah and his wife are buried at Windy Hill.
8. William Vereen, Sr. (Jan. 27, 1756-1811) (son of #5) was a soldier in the American Revolution. After the Revolution, he was a captain in the South Carolina Militia. He was married in 1790 to Elizabeth Huggins. He had two children, Charles and Jeremiah. His widow entered into a marriage contract with Samuel Commander of Georgetown County on May 7, 1812.
9. Charles Vereen (Oct. 29, 1757-1811) (son of #5) was a soldier in the American Revolution. He married Mary Withers, a widow. They had no children. His home was at Withers Swash. He owned several large plantations in both Georgetown and Horry.
10. Jeremiah Vereen (June 3, 1760-1813) (son of #5) was a soldier in the Revolution. His home was the Island Plantation. He married Elizabeth Raven Daniel . Their children were Robert Daniel, Mary Ann, James, Elizabeth Lewis , Mary Martha, Sarah G., Amelia L., and Joseph Jeremiah. Amelia married Cornelius Thomas, Sr., Joseph Jeremiah married Susanne Blanchard Vereen Hemingway, a widow. The others died young or unmarried.
11. John Vereen (May 12, 1765-?) (son of #5) He was rumored to have moved to Georgia. His widow, Jane Vereen, is in the 1800 census. They had children.
12. Daniel Vereen (Aug. 20, 1777-1830) (son of #5) had a home between Singleton Swash and Little River. He married Hester . His children were Charles, Jr., William Pinckney, Hester (m. William Henry Lewis Hemmingway), Martha Rebecca (m. James G. DeWitt) and Sarah Lewis Vereen. Daniel and Hester were buried at Windy Hill.
13. Alexander Vereen (?) (son of #7)
14. William Vereen (son of #7) lived on a plantation called Guendalos, which was inherited by his wife, Eliza Porcher Wilkes (daughter of Lemuel or Samuel Wilkes), whose marriage contract was signed Oct. 15, 1800. They had the following children: William (m. Mary Costello Donnally); Ann G. (m. James R. Ervin); Mary Elizabeth (m. Dr. John Daniel Magill of All Saints Parish) and one other son and daughter.
15. John Ephraim Vereen (son of #7) (1775-1839) resided at Long Bay Plantation No. 2 and Windy Hill. John E. Vereen had three wives, Jane Livingston was his first wife [children were Frances (m. Hartford Jones), Thomas Livingston , Samuel Porter (m. Rebecca Wilson), William Henry Green (m. Charlotte Ann Fulwood), Susanne Blanchard (m. John Thomas Hemingway and later Joseph Jeremaih Vereen)]; Mary Ann DeWitt (daughter of Joseph DeWitt, Sr.) was his second wife [children were Jeremiah (married Sarah R. Stone), Eliza Jane (m. Joseph Alston Hemingway), Joseph DeWitt (married Sarah), John E., Jr.]; and Frances Harris (daughter of John and Honor Smith Harris) was his third wife (their only child was Jackson Harris).
16. Charles W. Vereen (son of #8) married Maris; a William Vereen of Choctaw Co., MS signed a power of attorney concerning this will so he may be a son.
17. Joseph Jeremiah Vereen (son of #10) (July 16, 1812-Nov. 8, 1872) lived at the Island Plantation. He married Mrs. Susanne Blanchard Hemingway (July 11, 1810-Sept. 10, 1874). They had the following children: Amanda (m. Francis Justice); John F. (m. Lucy Permento); Benjamin F. (m. Bettie Livingston); Jeremiah J. (Feb. 10, 1843-Nov. 9, 1877) (m. Martha Bellamee); Martha A . (May 6, 1845-March 9, 1873) (m. John Gause); Caledonia (m. Maham Vereen); and Hartford J. (m. Florence C. Frink).
18. William Pinckney Vereen (?-1855)(son of #12) married Elizabeth Bellamy. They had a daughter, Elizabeth. His second wife was Martha G. . They had three daughters, Caroline Jane, Sarah Mary, Charlotte Ann Rebecca.
19. Hartford Jennings Vereen (April 12, 1849-Oct. 1, 1902) (son of #16) married Florence C. Frink. They are buried at the Little River Methodist Church. Children were: Thomas, Grover Cleveland, Percy Copeland, Sarah Gertrude (m. Benjamin H. Justice); Orbie Fletcher (m. Geneva McGinn); Susan Pauline (m. George F. Parker); John Ephraim (m. Eva Dell St. George); Samuel Gourdin (m. Kathaleen Vereen); Jackson Hiram (m. Martha Leslie); Elizabeth Mary (m. William Warwick Abbot); Bonson Mitchell (m. Allie Hemingway); Hartford Jennings, Jr. (m. Leila O'Quinn); Joseph Jeremaih (m. Essie Moody); Trezvant Gibbs (m. Maida Bell Stewart and Evelyn Luke) and Henry Noble (m. Jewel Adams).
20. Jeremiah Vereen (?-1858) (son of #15) married Sarah Raven Stone . Their children were John Wesley; Mary A.; Eliza J.; Calvin Calhoun; Jeremiah Kelly.; (Ann M.? may be duplicate of Mary A.); Hezekiah Maham ("Mim") (m. Caledonia Vereen)
21. Charles Vereen (son of #12) was married to Charity. Their children were Daniel (m. Frances Bridgers); William P.; Joseph A.; Charles J.; Hester Ann (m. Matthew Linguish); Sarah C. (m. H. E. Doyle); Mary Jane (m. George Mills); Costello D. (m. A. C. Lewis) and Cynthia J. G. Vereen
22. Joseph DeWitt Vereen (#15) married Sarah (child was William Joseph); Susan A. Lee [children were: Susan D., Lemuel, James S. and Samuel P].
23. William Vereen (1800?-1830?) (son of #14) married Mary Costello Donnelly . She later married Francis B. Durant and moved to Savannah, GA then Brazos Co., TX. They had two children, William Jeremiah and Florence (m. ? Thompson and moved to Selma, AL)
24. William Jerome (previously Jeremiah) Vereen (May 9, 1829-May 23, 1877) (son of #22) m. Eugenia Michel McNair (June 25, 1835-Feb. 10, 1905). They had two children, William Coachman and Florence McNair (m. William Evans of Cheraw Co.)
25. William Coachman Vereen (Aug. 5, 1859 at Cheraw, SC-Feb. 16, 1942 at Moultrie, GA) (son of #23) (married Mary McNeill (July 1, 1851-Aug. 1, 1898) then her sister Ellen McNeill) children: Jessie (m. John Harris Smithwick); Jennie (married Reason Chestnut Bell); William Jerome (m. Lottie Thompson); Thomas Waites (m. Elizabeth Hollis); Pearl (m. Hardin Stuart); Eugene Michel (m. Wyolene Nance); John McNeill (m. Cecil Hicks)