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,
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:
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.
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 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
Salem, Mass. gr grandfather Bernard Noone from
Galway approx. 1880
8) Welcome new member Betsy McEver of San
9) Welcome new member Margaret Carpenter of
Green Bay, WI.
10) Kai Nicholson of Victoria, Australia your
Tipperrary and Limerick and Irish Families book
has shipped !
11) Member Mary Hoar of Yonkers, NY, thanks
for renewing; your Waterford genealogy book and
Milesian Families shipped!
12) Rick O’Kelley, of Fayetteville, AR, Your Annals
of Ireland by the Four Masters, has shipped !
Check out our online search list at:
Irish Family Names of the Day:
(1) Corkery, for member Martin Collins of Winchester, CA
(2) O’Keefe, for member Robert O’Keefe of New Rochelle, NY
Related Spellings of the Name
Corkery: Corker, Cork, O’Corkery, Corkry, Corkeran. #334....
O’Keefe: Keefe, Kiefe, Keeffe, Kieffe #979, 2457, 1671...
Varient Spelling Groups:
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names
Notes on the Name Corkery
We find the name often in Cork, Limerick and Kerry,
and it can be a variant of ‘Corcoran’. It is most
numerous in Cork, and we have found several
references to the name in the Journal of the
Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.
From the ‘Families of County Cork, Ireland’:
the names of Corkery, Corker, OCorkerane,
and Corke are given in listings.
The Irish Book of Arms gives illustration of 'Corker' arms.
Here the arms are those of Edward Corker of Dublin,
in 1696, this Edward Corker was later ‘removed to Cloyne’.
History notes on the Name O’Keefe
We have covered the name before in podcasts,
so lets take a look at a few references to O’Keefe
from the ‘Families of County Cork, Ireland’,
The O'Keeffes were marshals of Desmond and
princes of Fermoy in Co. Cork. Among their castles
were those of Dromagh and Dunragil and junior
branches of the families were to be found at Glenville
and Dunbulloge as well as in Duhallow itself.
O'Heerin finds O'Keeffe as chief of Glanworth in
the barony of Fermoy. Fermoy was taken by the
Anglo-Norman family of Roche or Roach, and
became later sometimes known as 'Roche's
O'Keeffe is found as a principal name of Cork City
in the census of 1659 and O'Keefe is given as a
principle name of Cork at that time as well.... etc...
copyright 2010, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small
Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search in that work shows:
1) Corker Arms are illustrated in the Irish Book of Arms.
2) O’Keefe is illustrated in the Irish Book of Arms as well, with a
Lion Rampant I believe they call it....
The Free Master online index at www.Irishroots.com shows:
Listings for the Corkery name 9 times, here are a few examples:
1) Families of Co. Kerry, D. Corkery
2) Families of Co. Limerick
3) Families of Co. Cork, Ireland
4) D. Corkery in Irish Families on the California Trail
5) O’Corkery in Irish Names and Surnames by P. Woulfe
6) Corker Arms in Co. Dublin genealogy and family history notes.
and for O’Keefe 54 times:
1) Glanworth O’Keefe in Families of Co. Cork, Ireland
2) O’Keefes Country in Families of Co. Cork, Ireland
3) T., and J. Keefe in Irish Families on the California Trail
4) O’Keefe in Missouri Irish
5) O’Keefe in Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters
You can use this free index to search for your family name:
Remember to leave off the Mac or O when typing your name.
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