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15 – D.M. O’Connor Heirs – 500,000 acres

The O’Connor family’s ties to cattle ranching in South Texas date back to the 1830s, when Thomas O’Connor arrived from Ireland. His son Dennis Martin joined the family business, and today, the descendants of D.M. O’Connor share ownership of an

The O’Connor family’s ties to cattle ranching in South Texas date back to the 1830s, when Thomas O’Connor arrived from Ireland. His son Dennis Martin joined the family business, and today, the descendants of D.M. O’Connor share ownership of an estimated 500,000 acres of ranchland in and around Victoria County.

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5 comments on “15 – D.M. O’Connor Heirs – 500,000 acres

  1. T.Michael O'Connor says:

    Thomas O’Connor Lands(est.1834), had two sons Thomas M.O’Connor and Dennis M. O’Connor. Upon his death they operated the Lands as O’Connor Brothers. Today descendants of T.M. and D.M. still operate the land grant properties of Thomas O’Connor referred as O’Connor Ranch. A good resource on the O’Connor Ranch and other ranches in Texas is The Texas Handbook which is on line. We would appreciate the information reported corrected.
    Regards,
    T.Michael O’Connor

  2. Daniel Charles says:

    My wife’s family lost a big part of what is now the O’Connor empire. It was part of a land grant given to Manuel Becerra who served as guide to Stephen F. Austin in the early 1820’s during Austin’s colonizing days in Texas. Stolen Heritage by Abel Rubio (a descendent of Becerra) is an excellent read.

  3. Refugio Guy says:

    Danny, no matter what the State of Texas does, I’m sure it won’t be enough to right the so called “wrongs” delt to the Mexican community. I’m sure this traumatic experience has effected you greatly and will continue to do so for years to come. Gimme a break, want a whine burger to go with those cries? The O’Connor family has given so much to the community of Refugio ans its surrounding areas, contributing no only to employment opportunities (Quintana Petroleum) but through many, many financial contributions to the youth programs in school and livestock auctions. I’m sure you weren’t running down the family too much when you enjoyed brand new sports equipment and charter buses through out the football playoffs. Stop trying to find a nail on someone else’s wall to hang your failures in life on, those belong solely to you my friend. Thank you for doing a great job in Victoria T. Michael. Lord knows you have your hands full.

    GO CATS GO!

  4. Cody E says:

    Looking to do some graduate work (writing) on the Oconnors. The tidbit on the handbook of Texas website hardly seems like enough for a family with that much ranchland. Would any of yall know of any other historical sources I could tap into for this project?

    Regards,
    (Eire go brach)

    Cody Edwards
    codeman1021@yahoo.com

  5. Susie Rountree says:

    To the O’Connor’s
    I am actually sitting in a gray F250 that belonged to
    Your farm. The one with the big bumpers.
    Nought in Rogersville, Alabama and now lives with me
    In Boston,ky. I was waiting on my husband and
    Looked thru book and found oil change records.
    Googled your name/ranch. Found the read very
    Interesting that so many generations have owned
    The ranch. We are going on 4 generations of a
    Towing company! Good For us and y’all !!!

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