Front of the "Colonial Home" facing the left side of the Wrens Post Office. Photo taken 3-16-2007.
Side of the "Colonial Home" facing Highway 1 and Ga Power. Photo taken 3-16-2007.
Frances Wren and his wife Elizabeth had a son, John Wren, born in 1798. He died in 1869 and is buried in the Wren Family Cemetery on the grounds of what later became Wrens Associate Reformed Presbyterian church. John Wren married Martha Corbit on November 24, 1819. After the death of Martha Corbit he married her sister Catherine Corbit. John and Martha Corbit Wrens were the parents of:
(1) William Streetman Wren, born 1820, married Caroline E. Patterson in 1851. They were the parents of Martha Wineford, Sarah Mosell, Robert Patterson, William John, Caroline Isabel, David N. and Ruth Catherine Levicy Wren.
(2) Sarah Ann Martha Wren,
(3) John Blackstone Wren,
(4) James Jackson Wren
(5) David Brinson Wren
(6) Lavicy Darcy Wren
(7) Rufus Washington Wren
John Wren acquired six hundred acres of land on which a part of the City of Wrens and most of the business district is located from Mund Gross in 1939. A plat shows adjoining landowners, as Young, Moses, Brinson, Rogers, Freeman, Carswell, Perdue and the Quaker Road.
The son of William Streetman Wren, William John Wren was the owner of the six-hundred acre tract of land when the Augusta, Gibson and Sandersville Railway asked for a right of way through his property for a new train that would begin in Augusta and terminate in Sandersville. The railroad wanted to establish a depot on the land as it was near the Pope Hill crossroads.
Knowing that a community would strive around the depot, Mr. Wren suggested that it be named "Pope." The railroad insisted that the town be named Wrens. In Deeding the land for the depot, William John Wren also deeded land for a park, called "Kill Kare" located on the block where the Wrens Post office now stands. He made several deeds of gift for his lots in Wrens, including the lot of the Wrens Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church where the old Wren Family cemetery is located. This church where his descendants still worship should be custodians of a plot of land so sacred. William John Wren a numerous of his stores, a planer mill, flour mill and his interest in Wrens Bank. He was president of the McNair-Young Oil Company, the town's largest industry when he died in 1919. He was elected to that office in 1908 He also served as a member of the State legislature.
this article was found in Wrens City Hall and written at the time of William John Wrens' death:
"Our Town Father, Hon. W. J. Wren, has passed away. On last Saturday morning, April 12 the news was quickly spread that Mr. W. J. Wren was dead, the greatest chock that Wrens has ever had on account of a death. To call Mr. Wren the father of the town is appropriate in the true sense of a father. He opened a merchantable business here thirty odd years ago, and as a father would care for be interested in the development of his son, so was he in the progress to see the town a great moral and spiritual center.
Mr. Wren married Alice Estelle Stone, the daughter of Robert Augustus and Julia Elizabeth Robinson Stone. The built and made their home now occupied but he Floyd Norton Family and it was known for its hospitality.
After his death the home was purchased by Paul Kilpatrick and Ammie Lou Wiggins, Wrens, who named it "Colonial Inn" and operated it as a hotel and boarding house for many years. They were known for their genuine welcome and hospitality. The front side of the gardens were used for all sorts of civic-sponsored activities, including Tom Thumb wedding, maypole dances, etc. William John and Alice Estelle Wren have six living grandchildren: William James Wren, Jr., Jerry Wren, and Corrie Kelley Wren Dantzler, children of Corrie Kelley and William James Wren; Mrs. Alice Walker Cox, a daughter of Julia Wren and James Walker; Barbara Wren Brown, a daughter of Martha and Lamar Stone Wren; and Agnes Wren Justice. a daughter of Irene Patrick and Alex A. Wren.