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Re: Estate Inventory of John Conner, Free African

Hello Toni,

This is some document!!!! It brings a lot of questions to mind.

It appears John Conner (FPOC) died 'intestate', without a Will, and this is an appraisal of his estate and it names NO apparent heirs.

I went to the 1850 Census records and found a John Connor as both an FPOC and a Slave Owner, in St. James Goose Creek Parish, Charleston, SC

The 1850 Census shows what appears to be John Conner with a wife, two (2) children and another person in his household.

1850 Census
Name: John Conner
Age: 44
Estimated birth year: abt 1806
Birth Place: South Carolina
Color: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): St James Goose Creek Parish, Charleston, South Carolina
Family Number: 228
Household Members: Name Age
John Conner 44
Susanah Conner 38
Andrew Grooms 21
Isaac Conner 10
Mary Ann Conner 6
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The 1850 Slave Schedule shows John Conner as 'owning' five (5) slaves, 2 female & 3 males.

1850 Census Slave Schedule
60 Female Black John Conner St James Goose Creek, Charleston, South Carolina
50 Female Black John Conner St James Goose Creek, Charleston, South Carolina
46 Male Black John Conner St James Goose Creek, Charleston, South Carolina
26 Male Black John Conner St James Goose Creek, Charleston, South Carolina
19 Male Black John Conner St James Goose Creek, Charleston, South Carolina
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I went to Carter G. Woodson's "Free Negro Owner's of Slaves in 1830" and located a Daphney Conner between the age of 55-100 who owned 1 slave and had a total of 18 persons in her Household. Daphney was not located in the 1830 Census, but there was, in the same area, an Isaac Conner with 18 slaves. Hmmmmm, this is an interesting connection.

1830 Census
Name: Isaac Conner
Home in 1830: St James Goose Creek, Charleston, South Carolina
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 2
Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 2
Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 2
Slaves - Males - 55 thru 99: 1
Slaves - Females - Under 10: 3
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 4
Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 1
Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 2
Slaves - Females - 55 thru 99: 1
Total Slaves: 18
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 18

The 1859 appraisal shows John Conner as 'owning' three (3) slaves named... Daphney, Critizene & George. The Estate is valued at $1,000 with the 3 slaves valued at $850.00 leaving only $150.00 balance for the remainder of the value placed on John Conner's Estate.

The Conner surname, the pre-1870 time period and the area of St. James Goose Creek Parish in Charleston county, SC would appear to be an interesting project to follow up on.

How did the Conner's become free and when? How was the Estate of John Conner's dispersed, who got what including the three (3) slaves? Are the Conner's listed as FPOC's in the 1860 Census for St. James Goose Creek Parish, Charleston, SC part of an extended family dating back to 1830 & earlier? Could the Daphney Conner of 1830 be the the slave Daphney of 1859? There are so many questions to ask.

Toni, thanks for this posting and best wishes and success in your continuing efforts to document "Low Country" history.

Art Thomas

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