According to the 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Michael O'Connor was born about 1793 in Ireland. At the time of the Census, he was living in the town of Beaufort, St Helena Parish with his South Carolina-born wife Mary, and Lawrence, Michael and Edmund (his sons?). Also present in the household were Susan Beal and Sarah Arden. Ann Connolly, aged 13, the youngest member of the household was also Irish-born. Michael O'Connor was recorded as a store-keeper with Real Estate valued at $16.000 which was far in excess of that of his neighbours. John M Verdier, a lawyer and planter had Real Estate valued at $5,000, a Methodist Clergyman, D. D. Cox had $2,500, Thomas McMillan, a baker $2,000, the Planter Edgar Fripp, $5,000, Maria Cook, a midwife, $3,200 and Elizabeth H. Thompson, $500.
Michael O'Connor was also recorded in St. Helena Parish, Beaufort 1850, as the owner of 20 human beings, 6 men and boys ranging in age from 65-2 and 14 women and girls, aged 50-1.
1850 U. S. Federal Census, St. Helena Parish, Beaufort, South Carolina
1850 Slave Schedule, St. Helena Parish, Beaufort, South Carolina
In 1840, Michael O'Connor was living in a household in St. Helena Parish, Beaufort with 7 others and 15 enslaved people.
In 1830, O'Connor was living in St. Helena Parish, Beaufort in a household with 3 others and one enslaved man.
1840 U.S. Federal Census, St. Helena Parish, Beaufort
1830 U.S. Federal Census, St. Helena Parish, Beaufort
There is a listing for a Michael O'Connor, born in Ireland, who died 5 June 1850 with a wife Mary who is buried at St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetary, Beaufort. However the 1850 Census in Beaufort took place on 27 Nov. 1850. It is possible that the date on the headstone is inaccurate but I am unable to verify at this time. There was, however, a woman named Mary O'Connor living with a Lizzie Catherwood in Beaufort in 1860. She had Real Estate to the value of $10,000, Personal Estate of £18,500 and 13 enslaved people. There is also a tree on familysearch which identifies this Michael O'Connor as having a birthplace of Charlesville, Co. Cork but I cannot verify that either at this time.
1860 U.S. Federal Census, St. Helena Parish, Beaufort
1860 Slave Schedule St. Helena Parish, Beaufort
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.