William Henry O'Dowd was born in Ireland in 1818. and died in 1882. His wife was Claudia Elizabeth Salley 1827-1908. Both William Henry and Claudia Elizabeth are buried in the O'Dowd Family Cemetery, Salley, Aiken County South Carolina.
In 1850 he is recorded as a Planter with Real Estate of $2000 in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. In the same year he enslaved one woman aged 30.
In 1860 he is again recorded in Orangeburg County with wife Claudia and children Howel c1848, Michael 1850-1882, William 1852-1888 and Salley 1857-1912. William O'Dowd's Real Estate was valued at $870 and his Personal Estate at $500.
In 1866, two Freedwomen Silvy and Fanny made a complaint to the Freedmens Bureau that O'Dowd had dismissed them without cause.
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1850 US Federal Census (Orangeburg County, SC)
1850 Slave Schedule (Orangeburg County, SC)
1860 US Federal Census (Orangeburg County, SC)
1866 Freedmens Bureau Complaints
1870 US Federal Census (Rocky Grove, Orangeburg County, SC)
1880 US Federal Census (Rocky Grove, Aiken County, SC)
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