According to his U.S. application for citizenship in Newberry County, South Carolina, 16 April 1844, James Fleck was born in County Antrim, Ireland. His certificate of citizenship was issued on 19 Oct. 1847. In 1850 he owned Real Estate valued at $1,200 and was a painter. He lived in Newberry town with a woman named Jane Fleck another Mary Fleck, also born in Ireland and another, Margaret Fleck who was born in South Carolina. In the same year he enslaved two human beings a woman aged 25 and a man aged 18.
By 1860, Fleck/Fleek, lived in Greenville and had Real Estate to the value of $1,600 and Personal Estate of $4,000. His household comprised Martha and Mary, born in Ireland and Margaret born in South Carolina. He enslaved one woman aged 40.
With thanks to James Fitzgerald.
Sources (all records accessed 27 May 2022)
Abstracts of Newberry District Citizenship Petitions 1807 -1890
1850 US Slave Schedule, Newberry, Newberry County, South Carolina
1850 US Federal Census, Newberry, Newberry County, South Carolina
1860 US Federal Census, Greenville, Newberry County
1860 US Slave Schedule
John Berwick, his brother Simon and sister Elizabeth were all slaveholders.
Pennsylvania Evening Post, 30 May 1783.
South Carolina Gazette, 27 Sept 1770.
With thanks to John G M Sharp.
This newspaper account from the Yorkville Enquirer, 2 Aug 1860, gives further information about William McKenna of Donegal & Lancaster County, South Carolina. He is described as having been married three times. His first wife is named as Cloe Fuller, married about 1803. His second wife was Anna Cousart. Ellen Quigley was his third wife and was still living at the time of his death in 1859.
Further information about William McKenna and the people he enslaved here
Further research needs to be undertaken to ascertain if Anna Cousart, being the only child of James & Elizabeth Cowsar, had a dowry of enslaved people upon her marriage. My thanks to Catoe4 who posted this newspaper account here www.findagrave.com/memorial/162904266/william-mckenna
Martine Brennan (Curator)
Enslavement to citizenship: African Americans in Irish Slaveholder records by Martine Brennan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.