|WARREN and STRINGER
The Families of my G-G-G-Grandparents,
Benajah and Ferriba Stringer Warren
| Benajah and Ferriba STRINGER WARREN left their home in Montgomery County, Georgia, in about 1820, to come to the newly opening Mississippi Territory. They settled in Jefferson County, in the southwest corner of Mississippi. My g-g-grandmother, Abba Ann WARREN GARRETT, was their daughter. (To see a photo of my g-g-grandmother, Abba, go to Old Garrett Family Photos Page.
It took quite awhile to put the pieces of Abba Ann's puzzle together. Even after I identified her to be the daughter of Benajah and Ferriba, I still had the problem of connecting them to the Warren and Stringer families of Montgomery County, Georgia. The reason for this was that their names had been misspelled on the marriage record in Montgomery County. Benajah was labeled "Benjamin" and, though I've been told that in those days the two names were interchangeable, this complicated matters because Benajah Warren had a cousin of his generation who was named Benjamin. Also, the Warren and Stringer researchers whose work I saw, didn't know what had become of Benajah or Ferriba.....so no one before me had tied the familes together in any way.
My first breakthrough came because of the dedicated and untiring work of a researcher and historian in Jefferson County, MS, by the name of Ann Brown. Ann has published Cemetery Surveys for Jefferson County and has been successful in tracking down many abandoned cemeteries in that county. One of those cemeteries was the Warren Cemetery where my g-g-g-grandparents, Benajah and Ferriba, were buried. The dates on their stones proved who they were, so that I could say with confidence that Benajah was the son of Josiah and Nancy DOTY WARREN and Ferriba was the daughter of Noah and Celia Ann WARNER STRINGER, of Montgomery County, Georgia (later, Lawrence Co., MS).
Because of this (and later, records I found in Benajah's probate records in Jefferson County) I came to know that Benajah's mother was a descendant of Edward DOTY of The Mayflower. This was quite a surprise, because all along, I'd been searching for a connection of my WARRENS to Richard WARREN of The Mayflower, which goes to show.....you never can tell!
Once I found this connection, the hardest part was done, because several extremely dedicated Warren and Stringer researchers have done exhaustive work on these two lines. Among them, Mary, a cousin I found on-line (she is a descendant of Abba Ann Warren Garrett's brother, Charles Culpepper Warren) has very generously shared her considerable work on the Warren line with me. I don't know which of us was happier to have solved the mystery when I found those probate papers to prove lineage, Mary or me! Sadie Greening Sparks, Olivia Saffold and Russell Henderson have, also, been very helpful and generous with the Warren family, and Olivia with the Stringers, as well. Extensive work has been done on the Stringer family by Bob Britnell. There are many other researchers for these lines, especially the Warren line, and they have done outstanding work.
Noah Stringer (John 3, John 2, Daniel 1) was born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina in 1760 and died in Lawrence County, Mississippi in1836. He married Celia Ann WARNER in Georgia.
Children of Noah and Celia Ann Striner:
Abel Stringer, b. April 23, 1788, Edgecombe County, North Carolina; d. 1854, Franklin
County, Mississippi; married: Nancy Warren (sister of Ferriba's husband, Benajah Warren)
in Montgomery County, GA.
Abea Stringer, b. November 5, 1789 (I've wondered if 'Abea' should read 'Abba' which was my
Ferriba Stringer, my g-g-g-grandmother (Ferriba is found spelled in a number of different ways
by various researchers, this spelling was found on Benajah's probate and guardianship
papers and her name is, also, spelled this way on her tombstone.) b. May 7, 1791;
d. August 16, 1866, Jefferson County, Mississippi; married Benajah Warren in
Montgomery County, Georgia, on May 6, 1810.
Daniel Stringer, b. September 1, 1798.
Elizabeth Stringer, b. June 3, 1801; d. 1840, Lawrence County, Mississippi
John Stringer, b. January 10, 1804
Noah Stringer, Jr., b. October 12, 1807, d. bef. 1833, probably in Monroe County, Mississippi
Nancy Stringer, b. November 6, 1809, Georgia
Eliza Stringer, b. March 1, 1811
To see details of Benajah and Ferriba's descendants, go to Garrett Family Page.
Josiah Warren, my 4-g-grandfather, was the son of Hinchey and Rachel Anderson Warren. He was born on February 18, 1759, in Northampton County, NC, and died in 1809, in what is now Laurens County, GA. He married Nancy Doty in Onslow County, NC. Marriage bond dated 1780, Bondsmen: Hinchey Warren and Benajah Doty. Josiah and Nancy Warren are both buried at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Laurens County, GA. Nancy Doty was the daughter of Benajah and Elizabeth Farr Doty. You can find out more about her ancestors on Edward Doty, My Mayflower Ancestor page.
The following excerpt was shared with me (along with much more wonderful information) by my Warren cousin, Mary W. Wallace, for which I am very grateful:
From History of Poplar Springs North Baptist Church, Laurens County, Dublin, GA, 1807-1988, "Josiah had two periods of service in the Revolutionary War. In his second period of service, in 1781, he was in Capt. William Butler's Volunteer Company. In one of these two periods of service, he was a Captain on the coast of Georgia. He received grants for 287.5 acres of land in Georgia, probably Burke County. Shortly after peace was declared Josiah and Nancy moved to Burke County, GA, settling near Briar Creek. Josiah served as a deacon in Bark Creek Baptist Church and he and Nancy were charter members of Poplar Springs Baptist Church."
Children of Josiah and Nancy Doty Warren (this is not the correct birth order):
Benajah Warren, my 3-g-grandfather; Josiah Robert, m. Margaret Ann Martin; Charles;
Richard; Hinchey; Kittrell, m. Mrs. Patsy Lowe Floyd; Silas; Eli, a soldier in the War of 1812;
m. Eliza Jane Love; Rachel, m. Charles Culpepper; Sarah, m. Ichabod Scarborough;
Mary, m. Joseph Hill; Lott, m. Jane de laBleaux; Nancy Doty Warren, m. Abel Stringer
on March 11, 1810 in Montgomery Co., GA; they moved to Franklin County, MS (Nancy Warren
was the sister of my g-g-grandfather, Benajah Warren, and Abel Stringer was the brother of my
2-g-grandmother, Ferriba Stringer Warren.)
Many distinguished members of this family served their country honorably in times of war and peace. When time permits, I hope to add a more detailed history of Benajah's brothers and sisters and their families.
| Warren Cemetery, Warren Family Probate/Guardianship
Jefferson County, MS Photographs Papers of Benajah Warren