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