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The Tobin Family

first came to South Carolina from Kilkenny County Ireland before 1790. A dynamic man, of strong will and firm mind, he came alone to seek his fortune, leaving behind his wife Judith and two sons, John and Daniel Sr.

THE TOBIN FAMILY

Cornelius Tobin, of ancient French and late Irish ancestry, first came to South Carolina from Kilkenny County Ireland before 1790.  A dynamic man, of strong will and firm mind, he came alone to seek his fortune, leaving behind his wife Judith and two sons, John and Daniel Sr. In 1800, he returned to Ireland to bring them over to the great plantation  he had established in the northern part of the Barnwell District.  In a very short time, Cornelius Tobin had accumulated a vast amount of property, and was an extraordinarily rich planter. His plantation home, Fairmount, near Blackville, compared with the stateliest mansions in Charleston.  Its wide piazza and beautifully proportioned rooms and halls combined to make it one of the earliest patterns for those luxurious ante-bellum homes so favored in the old deep South.  Judith Tobin had everything a great lady could desire, but unfortunately her role as a mistress of Fairmount was short-lived for she died soon after her arrival.

Cornelius Tobin gave his heart to a lady on a neighboring plantation.  His two sons, offended, were restless to be on their own.  John eventually left home to move through Georgia into Alabama where he established cotton plantations.  Cornelius, however, settled liberally on them, dividing half of his property, share and share alike to each, and prevailed on Daniel Tobin Sr. to remain in South Carolina and make his home at the nearby plantation called Kilkenny which was part of the Tobin holdings.  Cornelius Tobin died in 1831. In his lengthy will which was executed August7, 1829, he again divided his remaining property so that John and Daniel Sr. each received another generous portion, while he remembered not only others who were dear to him in South Carolina, but numerous relatives in Ireland.  The only children of Cornelius and Judith were John and Daniel Sr.

Source: Roots in Virginia, An Account of Captain Thomas Hale, Virginia Frontiersman, by Nathaniel Claiborne Hale, Chapter VII, page 161.


Linked toCORNELIUS TOBIN; DANIEL ISIDORE TOBIN SR.

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