The Vereens Of Horry

 The VEREENS are definitely among The First Families of South Carolina.

 Papers show “Names of 18 French Protestants going to Carolina be transported for Ashley River or other part of Carolinas lying more Southerly than 34 Degrees of North latitude in the Richmond (1650-1680)on the Maties Frigot. Among the list “Jacque Varin &c of Rouen of Normandy with famillie...2”, but the passenger list of perhaps, the Maties Frigot, shows Mr Varin, 1 man, 1 woman and 1 child (#4). It also listed others that sailed with them. They arrived April 29,1680.

 The first home of the Vereens was in Charleston, lots 297 & 298 south east corner of Meeting & Water Street. The second and third generations resided in the Parish of St. Thomas and St. Dennis in Berkeley County. The next home was on the Santee River along the Georgetown-Williamsburg County line. The next home was on the Horry Strand. Early Maps and land plats show Vereen homes at Yauhanna and below Plantersville in Georgetown County and in Horry County at Withers Swash, Singleton Swash, Windy Hill, Long Bay Plantations No. 1 and No. 2, a plantation near the present Crescent Beach, and one at Island Landing. This Island Plantation was originally an Alston place. William Vereen had a plantation adjacent to this. He bought this place for his son Jeremiah who in turn gave it to his son Joseph Jeremiah Vareen.

 The faith of the first Vereen was French Huguenot. Each Vereen at some time should visit the old French Huguenot Church in Charleston and realize that this was the first spiritual home of the Vereens. Perhaps the first ancestor and his wife are buried there in unmarked graves. The second and third generations were members of the Episcopal Church. They worshipped and are buried at the ancient Church of St. Thomas and St. Dennis in Berkeley County. Each Vereen at some time should visit this old church. The next generations of Vereens were also members of the Episcopal Church and worshiped at St. James, Santee and at All Saints near Murrells Inlet. The next generations were Methodist. They were among the founders of the Methodist Church at Little River. Today the Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal and other Christian Faiths number Vereens among their members. Some are members of the Catholic Faith.

 The Varins in Quebec and in France are mainly Roman Catholic in their faith. For the preparation of this history, we are indebted to the papers of the late Rev. Alexander R. Mitchell, an Episcopal minister of Greenville, S. C. His grandmother was Mary Eliza Vereen Magill. Mrs. Magill was a daughter of Eliza Porcher Wilkes and William Vereen and a granddaughter of Jeremiah Vereen of Windy Hill. This Jeremiah Vereen was host to President George Washington while on his Southern tour.