|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1746|
|Death: ||May 11, 1779|
Benjamin was born at Limerick Plantation, S.C., fourth son of Daniel and Mary (Cordes) Huger. One of the celebrated patriot Huger brothers, grandsons of Daniel Huger, the refugee from France. Benjamin was educated in Europe with his brothers; was a representative in the commons house of the assembly of South Carolina, and with his brothers Isaac and John, was a delegate to the provincial congress in 1775. He joined his brothers in encouraging Revolutionary movement in South Carolina and was commissioned major of the 1st regiment of riflemen, afterward the 5th South Carolina regiment in the continental establishment. While engaged in reconnoitering the position of the British under Prevost before Charleston, he was shot and killed, May 11, 1779.
(From The twentieth century biographical dictionary of notable Americans)
He was married first, July 19, 1767, to Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Culcheth Golightly; children were Benjamin 1768- 1823 (Find A Grave Memorial #7188520 and Mary Golightly 1771-1835.
Married second, Dec. 10, 1772, to Mary Esther, daughter of Francis Kinloch and Ann Isabella (Cleland); of the four children born to Benjamin and Mary Esther only Francis Kinloch Huger (1773-1855) survived.
Benjamin Huger was buried in St. Philip's Church cemetery and a monument was placed by his widow in 1786, but was destroyed by fire when the church burned in 1835.
Ye that Peruse his Name who living shin'd
Oh! Bear the Merits of the Dead in Mind!
How skill'd he was in each engaging Art,
The Mildest Manners with a generous Heart.
He was ---- but Heav'n how soon ordain'd his End,
In Death a Hero, as in Life a Friend.
Sacred to the Memory of
MAJOR BENJAMIN HUGER,
Who fell before the Lines of Charleston,
On the 11th day of May 1779,
In the thirty-second year of his Age,
This Memorial of her affection
Was caused to be erected by his Widow
(Frederick Dalcho, An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South-Carolina, 1820)
Mary Esther Kinloch Huger (1752 - 1822)*
Francis Kinloch Huger (1773 - 1855)*
Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Julia Cowart
Record added: Jun 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71572519
John C. Irish
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