M. Marco


Darlington, SC 29532


Manuel Marco (1844-1910) immigrated to the United States around 1857 and enlisted as a private in the Confederate army in 1862. Following the war, newspaper clippings and census records place Manuel in Darlington County where he grew cotton, took up the merchant trade, and invested in local real estate. In the 1890s, he was listed among the property owners who sustained damage to their stores and merchandise in the Darlington Public Square fires of 1891, 1892, and 1897.


At some point before 1880 he married Maryland native Rosa Rosenstein (1858-1915) and in 1883 was appointed postmaster for the town of Lydia—a position he held until 1899. The following year, he was listed in the US Census as a clothier in the state capital.

Main Image: Newspaper clipping referencing cotton trade. Reprinted from The Charleston Daily News, August 25, 1871.


Above Image: Newspaper clipping describing losses from the Darlington fire of 1891. Reprinted from The Watchman and Southron, November 11, 1891.

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