A Quick Claim Deed dated 31 October 1793, St. Bartholomew Parish, Charleston District, SC (modern Colleton County) mentions John Risher, deceased. his widow Sarah, two sons Benjamin Risher(Ben Risher, Sr.) and Richard.In two places Michael Burdge and Eletha Burdge are mentioned as witnesses.More than likely Eletha was Michaels' wife.If Eletha was a Risher, John and Sarah were probably her grandparents.
My understanding is Micheal was still in SC around 1808/1810 when he re-enetered the Methodist ministry.
Benjamin Risher, Jr.son of the Benjamin Risher mentioned in the Quick Claim Deed passed away in October 1810 due to a fall from a horse.His death took place after the 1810 census was taken.We know he was survived by a widow, Mary Koger Risher, and three young sons under age 10. (Benjamin Risher, Jr. was probably a first cousin of Michael's wife.)
However, in looking at the 1810 census, one notices 3 females, over 10 and under 16 years old in Ben,Jr's household.Michael's daughters?
Also in the household were 3 males under age 10.These would have been Ben, Jr's sons, one of whom was my great great grandfather Joseph Koger Risher.Also, there was 1 male 10 and under 16; 1 male 16 and under 26; 1 male 26 and under 45.Possibly the male 16 and undr 26 was Ben, Jr.and the older male may have been Michael Burdge.
Was Michaels's wife named Hannah or Eletha?Some indiviuals were known by more than one name. About the only Hannah Risher whose name we have come across in the period was Hannah Cook Taylor who married Samuel Risher.Samuel entered the Methodist miistry and left SC for NC and then Virginia.Possibly Samuel and Hannah Risher took care of Michael's daughters at some point.maybe after the death of Benjamin Risher, Jr. (There is uncertainy as to who Samuel's parents were.)