Mid-West Irish Wilderness; Corkery, O'Keefe


Irish Family History Notes 186

Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1) Family of the Day: Corkery, O’Keefe

2) CD of the Month: Missouri Irish

3) Searching For: Graney, Brady, Sullivan, Kennedy, Boyd,

Guilsedon, Noone,

4) Curious Note: The Irish Wilderness mystery solved


What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1) We have quite a backlog of podcast info to cover so I

think I’ll combine several episodes till we catch up. So

we’ll try to cover Corkery and O’Keefe this episode.

2) Our new Irish CD Masters Program Year One is

almost ready to launch. Four CD’s are done and

available now, they are Missouri Irish; Irish Language;

Irish History; and in the next week or two Irish Video

DVD shorts will be in. You can of course, now enjoy

our shows anywhere ! We appreciate the support !

Our CD page is here:


3) The next two CDs are: Irish Song and Recitation,

and then the first of our Irish Genealogy Series.

Irish CD of the Month:

From the Irish in America Series, #1.

Missouri Irish, the original history,

audio edition, now condensed from the book !

For more Irish in America programs go to:


Missouri Irish

This CD is from the first book ever compiled on the

Irish in Missouri, with special coverage of Kansas

City, St. Louis, The Irish Wilderness, The Murphy

Wagon, and more !

Molly Nickle is the narrator (reader) for this first CD

in our Irish in America Series, (80 minutes).

First of its kind

It first appeared in 1984, and took a few years of

research to put together. I looked through all the

counties and included everything possible in this

book. We had just started up an Irish American

Cultural Center, here in the city, so it was timely.

The Irish Wilderness ‘mystery’

Our visit to the Irish Wilderness led us through

the National Forest, and finding an old map of

the area, along with the forest ranger telling us

of the old well where all the old remnants were

dumped into at one point. Here we saw the

settlement lands, and even heard stories of

the settlement from present day residents.

‘The priest got no further’

One friendly fellow pointed to the fence and said

‘ The priests settlement never went further than

that fence right there!’.

He was quite sure of that, though it was over

100 years ago. I also got a letter accusing me of

representing the Catholic Church and lying

about the forest as it is not a pine forest.

Well we straightened that out, as the pine

trees were harvested some time back, and

I was not trying to acquire land for a church!

My, my, how memories come alive.

Just one example

All in all it was a great deal of fun compiling

this record from one end of the state to the

other. Even found some info on family from

Edina and the Peter ‘Early’ settlement.

I had no idea how far that line went back.

Mystery solved

Since then, several folks have written about

the ‘mystery’ of the Irish Wilderness. There

actually is no mystery when you research

the subject. It was a frontier settlement in

wild country, and the civil war helped put

an end to it. Some settler descendants still

survived to tell the tale.

Molly reads

Molly Nickle was the fellow researcher who

went on that trip back around 1984. She

walked the fields and asked questions of

all who would talk with us. It is quite fitting

that she ends up narrating this audio book

on the Irish in Missouri. The book of course,

includes notes on the trip.


Time to raise our eyes skywards and ask for help !

Todays “Magnificent Seven” Irish researchers :

1) Welcome long time member Thomas F. Rahrig of

Cumberland, Maryland, who says: I am researching my

gr grandfather William Graney, from Co. Galway, need

townland and immigration info.. Brady from Co. Cavan.

2) Welcome Sharlin Quest of Roanoke, TX., as a new

member searching: Murphy Sullivan Donovan Twigg

Britton Mc Cabe Faye

ALL of your books have shipped !

3) Welcome new member, Lorre Wells of N. Richland,

TX. search: Kennedy, Boyd, McGowan.

My great grandmother, Ellen Kennedy was born in

Colombo, Ceylon in 1853. She married my GGF, William

Boyd there c 1872. I have no other information.

A possible clue is my grandmother was name Daisy

McGowan Boyd, soI believe McGowan is also a family

name. I could really use some help

with how to find old records in Sri Lanka

4) Martin O’Brien of Limerick, Ireland, your County

Limerick books have shipped !

5) Adrian Meaney of Allenwood, Co. Kildare your

Kildare book has shipped !

6) Welcome new Gold Member Brenda Gregory of

Vermont ! Looking for James Guilsedon, b. July 11,

1858. Julia Slattery b. Dec. 25, 1866, father Patrick

Slattery, mother Catherine Ryan.

7) Welcome new Gold Member Richard Noone of