Widower Tom O’Connor, who is the brother of Molly O’Connor, was a blacksmith in Mount Jackson, Shenandoah County, Virginia. In The Man from Shenandoah, he joined the trek west with the Owen family, taking his young children, Rida and Joshua, with him.

By the time Tom showed up again in Ride to Raton, he had married a beautiful señorita named Rosalinda, and his fortunes had improved.