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O'KEEFFE from Ireland

Journal by Coastalskipper01

Looking for information on Thomas O'KEEFFE (various spellings b.1842 Bruff,Limerick who married Catherine (Kate) O'NEILL,again various spellings of surname)b.abt 1843 Kinsale,Cork.They married 1862 in Kinsale. They left Ireland soon after for Australia but only staying there a short time before coming to Taranaki, New Zealand.Ships unknown for both trips.They had 3 children born either Australia or New Zealand before coming down to Christchurch NZ. where Thomas Started supervising the planting of Oak trees in Hagley Park. They had 8 more children born in Christchurch.I know all about them in Christchurch but nothing about them in Ireland.
Thomas'father was Edmond (Edmund) and mother was Bridget McMahon. Catherine's Parents were Michael and Margaret White.
Can anyone help me with the Irish information. Thank you in advance

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by creta5797 on 2019-10-28 21:35:35

I know the irish records were severly damaged from the civil war . However Something isnt right ------??? I think !!!! in the names , dates , places you gave . where or how did you get this information ?? could you let me know . I'll continue searching. nothing is showing up in some very good irish websites + Irish contacts i have.

by Coastalskipper01 on 2019-10-28 23:55:55

Good Afternoon Creta, just on 1300hrs. Tuesday

Some of the information came from Microfiche at the Mormon Church, some from a newspaper clipping as a Biography after Thomas died which would have been from his family. What I omitted from my notes was that when they were in Melbourne, Australia, Thomas saw an add wanting Volunteers to come to New Zealand to fight in the Maori Wars (1860's). As he had been in the Militia in Ireland he decided to join up. Coming to NZ on the ship "Gresham". Now they call it the New Zealand Wars. He was presented with a medal which my husband proudly wears on Anzac Day.
Thomas also lost his musket during one of the skirmishes which would have been an act of Mutiny.

by ngairedith on 2019-10-29 00:18:18

Hi Coastalskipper,
EDIT .. I see your comment just prior to me posting this and that you have that he arrived on the 'Gresham'? Your first post said you didn't know the ships, so I will leave you with the following that I found in this morning's research ..😁

Thomas, Kate and their 3 children arrived in Lyttelton 20 Sep 1863 on the wooden brigantine/schooner 'Viceroy'. They had been in Melbourne for only about a year so if they had 3 children by then I think they married earlier than 1862 and their children (at least 2), were born in Ireland.

The Viceroy was a cargo ship which left Melbourne on its way to Auckland via Lyttelton.
They did not stay in Christchurch but there was a couple of weeks to look around before they went on to Auckland, which may have been the reason they returned years later to settle.
The Viceroy left for Auckland on 6 Oct 1863 where they arrived 26 Oct, probably stopping in at other ports to drop cargo.

Thomas worked as a compositor in Auckland until the NZ War. He had been a compositor on some of the Irish newspapers before they left for Melbourne.
He enrolled in the Military Settlers' Brigade where he rose to the rank of sergeant, taking part in many of the principal fights in the Auckland district.
He was later sent to Taranaki to help with the uprising there.

At the end of the war Thomas and his family migrated down to Canterbury where he was placed in charge of the tree planting at Hagley Park, Christchurch. He later worked for the Christchurch Gas Company.

by Coastalskipper01 on 2019-10-29 03:50:42

Thank you Ngairedith
That was very interesting. There were some things that I didn't know.
I hadn't heard of the "Viceroy: only that I was told my an elderly Aunt (now passed away)that a lot of soldiers traveled on the "Gresham" but I don't always take notice of elderly aunts until I can verify it.She obviously didn't know where the children had been born.
The newspaper clipping I mentioned was The Press, page 7, 24 October 1918 and when I read it I went to the National Archives and they also mentioned the "Gresham". Glad that you could tell be different.

by Coastalskipper01 on 2019-10-29 20:03:13

by creta5797 on 2019-10-29 21:01:20

Here is the official list of births in Limerick - ireland for the years 1838- 1845. as you will read . --- not anything on Thomas o' keeffe or his parents . Do have anything on the grand parents ???? or A registered document in Ireland that I can look at -

Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881

1-30 of 30 Results for Name: o'keeffe Birth place: limerick, ireland Birth Year (Range): 1840 - 1845

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Michael O'Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Grange
spouse:
Ellen O'Keeffe Dugan
children:
Michael O'Keeffe
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Thomas O'Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Bally William
spouse:
Mary O'Keeffe Meany
children:
Thomas O'Keeffe
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Edmond O'Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Grange
spouse:
Mamrgaret O'Keeffe Quinn
children:
James O'Keeffe
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John O'Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Rathkeale
spouse:
Mary O'Keeffe Conway
children:
Bridget O'Keeffe
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William O'Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Mitchelstown
spouse:
Ellen O'Keeffe Walsh
children:
Mary O'Keeffe
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John O'Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Mitchelstown
spouse:
Mary Leahy
children:
Cornelius O'Keeffe
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Alisia Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
23 August 1842
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
John Keeffe
mother:
Ellen Hayes
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Danl Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
8 February 1842
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
John Keeffe
mother:
Margaret Walsh
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John Keiffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
6 January 1843
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
Martin Keiffe
mother:
Mary Madigan
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Honora Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
15 March 1843
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
John Keeffe
mother:
Margt Walsh
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Ellen Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
28 March 1844
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
John Keeffe
mother:
Catharine Neville
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John Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
30 May 1841
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
John Keeffe
mother:
Catharine Neville
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Danl Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
2 April 1841
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
John Keeffe
mother:
Margaret Walsh
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Patrick Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
4 July 1841
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
John Keeffe
mother:
Ellen Young
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Anne Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
12 April 1845
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
John Keeffe
mother:
Ellen Hayes
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Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
15 November 1840
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
Martin Keeffe
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Danl Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
24 June 1845
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
Martin Keeffe
mother:
Mary Madigan
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John Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
christening:
7 July 1845
ASKEATON,LIMERICK,IRELAND
father:
Keeffe
mother:
Margaret Walsh
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Cornelius Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Newtown
spouse:
Julia Keeffe Mccarthy
children:
Catherine Keeffe
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Michael O'Keefe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Grange
spouse:
Ellen O'Keeffe Deggan
children:
David O'Keefe
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Edmond Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Grange
spouse:
Margaret Quinn
children:
Mary Keeffe
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John Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Granges Road
spouse:
Margaret Butler
children:
Thomas Keeffe
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Benjamin Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Scarteen
spouse:
Ellen Keeffe Brown
children:
Abby Keeffe
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Patrick Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Tankardstown
spouse:
Jane Keeffe Mitchell
children:
Martin Keeffe
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Cornelius Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Kilfinane
spouse:
Mary Keeffe Hayes
children:
Edmond Keeffe
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Patrick Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Templeglantine
spouse:
Ellen Keeffe Horrigon
children:
Patrick Keeffe
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David Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Abbeyfeale
spouse:
Margaret Keeffe Connors
children:
Thomas Keeffe
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Patrick Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Tankardstown
spouse:
Jane Mitchell
children:
Jane Keeffe
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John Keeffe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
9 Model Cottages
spouse:
Johannah Keeffe
children:
Ellen Keeffe
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Michl. Keefe
Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881
birth:
Camas
spouse:
Bridget Keeffe Hennessy
children:
James Keefe
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by creta5797 on 2019-10-30 04:18:35

The following is an extract from the webite - irish surnames > Could be the county of Cork that they grew their ancestry -

Irish Surname - O'Keefe Recorded in the spellings of O'Keefe and O'Keeffe, this is an ancient Irish surname and is the anglicised version of the Irish O'Caoimh, from the gaelic word caomh, meaning 'kind' or 'gentle'. The original Caomh, from whom the family descended, lived in the early 11th century and was a descendant of Art, King of Munster from 742 to 762.Originally the clan occupied territory along the banks of the Blackwater river in County Cork. They were driven further west by the Norman invaders after 1170, and they moved into the barony of Duhallow, where their territory became known, and is still known, as Pobal O'Keeffe. It was there that the senior branch of the family had their seat at Dromagh in Dromtarriff Parish. The last chiefs of this branch were Domhnall O'Keeffe of Dromagh (died c1655), who was prominent in the Catholic Rebellion of the 1640s, and his son Captain Daniel O'Keeffe, who was killed fighting for King James at the Battle of Aughrim in 1691. Although they family were eventually dispossessed, Pobal O'Keeffe is still the area in which the surname is most common, with surrounding areas of Cork, Kerry and other Munster counties also having many of the descendants.Unlike most O surnames, O'Keeffe is one which has retained its prefix fairly consistently: in the 1880's registration of O'Keeffes and Keeffes was about equal but to-day the O'Keeffes largely predominate.

by creta5797 on 2019-10-30 04:27:47

possible Grand parents - of Thomas o'Keeffe ?????

Edmond /O'Keefe/
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Sex
Male
Birth
1809
Cork, Cork, Ireland
PARENTS
Father
John /O'Keefe/ 1769 - 1843 - Cork - Ireland
Mother
Anastasia /Barry/ - 1777 - 1850 - " "
MARRIAGES (1)
Spouse
Margaret //
NOTES (1)
AFGS
1 _PPEXCLUDE
CITING THIS RECORD
"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3D9L-B3L : accessed 29 October 2019), entry for Edmond /O'Keefe/; "Hospod Family Tree" file (2:2:2:MMD1-87C), submitted 21 February 2017 by tfh3289 [identity withheld for privacy].

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