O'Keef Sr. born 1816, Toulart,
married first Margaret
(surname unknown) born
Children of Daniel Sr. And Margaret:
born November 1847,
Sr. married second Ann or Anna
Donlevy or Don Levy, born 1826 Swenford,
I. Pope served in the Civil War
with his step-brother, Daniel O'Keef, Jr. William married Katie McQuinn
1856 in New York State, on 15 April 1872 in Oconto, Wisconsin. Her
William McQuin and Anna McCarthy both born in
Children of Daniel Sr. and Anna:
Anna born July 1854,
(or Michael?) born
born March 1859,
O'Keef Jr. born Nov. 1847,
Ann Delaney born July 1853 in
Children of Daniel Jr. and Mary A.:
1. Loretta E.
born 27 December 1875, in
2. Howard George, born 17 March 1877
D. born 4 January 1880 in
Edward. P., born 3 August 1888 in
Catherine O'Hara, born 14 February 1903 at
Mary V. born 12 December 1891 in
Anna O'Keef born
*Joseph LeClair, born 1850 in
Children born to Joseph LeClair and Mary Anna:
F. LeClair born March 1879 in
LeClair born May 1881 in
O'Keef born March 1859,
* John J. Riley born August 1885 in
Known children of John J. Riley and Eliza O'Keef:
W. born January 1882 in
E. born Jun 1886 in
E. born December
A. born December 1889 in
M, born 1891 in
6. Francis H.
born December 1892 in
7. Rose H. born
July 1894 in
8. Frances E. born March 1898
9. Unknown additional child died before 1990.
Summary of Daniel O'Keef family 1814 - 1904
O'Keef arrived in the US just
before or early in the Great Potato Famine of Ireland that eventually
death of one-third of the population from starvation and disease, and
one-third of the population emigrate to all corners of the globe.
was born in Toulart,
lived on Long Island in the 6th
ward, which is where most of the Irish immigrants lived when they first
Daniel next married Ann or Anna (Donlevy) Pope, a widow, in about 1852. She became widowed about the same time as Daniel lost his wife. She had emigrated in 1841. She attended the same church. She had a son, William Pope, the same age as Daniel Jr.
and Anna moved to
1. James born 1853
2. Mary Anna born July 1854
3. Morgan Michael born 1856
4. Eliza J. born Mar 1859
5. & 6. Margaret, age 15 and Daniel, age 13, who was attending school were listed along with William Pope [Anna's son], age 12, attending school. In addition there were two other children in their household:
8. Sarah Gallagher age 14.
Unfortunately, the 1860 census does not give relationships. Attempts so far have not divulged who these children were in relation to the O'Keef family. That must have been quite a household for Daniel and Anna to care for.
1860 there was much talk about
things being better "out west." There were both Donlevy and O'Keef
families in Oconto by 1860. Undoubtedly some were related and
and Anna to move there.
In preparation for his trip out west, Daniel opened a savings account in 1861 at the New York Emigration Savings Bank and listed his place of birth and ship he arrive on and the date. He stated he had six children. His wife, Anna was added in 1863, listing her place of birth and date of immigration. She stated she had four children. (Perhaps her son, William Pope, was away at that time.) They saved for several years to get the money together to make the move.
was relatively easy to travel the
inland waterway. Daniel
and his family
left for Oconto after 4 May in 1863, when Daniel added his wife's name
savings account. (Daniel Jr. and William I. Pope, his step-brother,
1864, so they were in Oconto by then.)
The O'Keef household undoubtedly travelled by steamboat up
after their arrival in
Daniel Sr was active in his church and community as long as he was physically able. Ann, his beloved wife, died 22 June 1876 in Oconto caused by paralysis of bowels from heavy lifting. Daniel died 13 September 1881 of paralysis. His death notice, found in the Oconto County Recorder September 17, 1881, reads:
O'Keef, father of our
respected townsman, Daniel O'Keef Jr., departed this life Tuesday
having been a great but patient sufferer for upwards of twelve years,
the time, being confined to his bed... Before disease had laid its
upon him, he was a man of quick and reliable judgment and generous
impulses. He was sixty seven years of age at the time
of his death, but looked more aged, on account of the terrible disease
held him in its vice like grip for so long a period of time.
His funeral took place Thursday, the services
being held at
Daniel (Jr), learned the shoemaking trade, from James Donlevy (Sr), probably his mother's relative. The shoemaking trade was considered a skilled occupation and required several years of instruction and work. (There are several court cases involving the Mr. Donlevy and Daniel O'Keef (Jr) together as plaintiffs or defendants in business affairs of their shoe store). Daniel made his living from the trade and was a well-respected member of the business community.
Daniel (Jr) married Mary Ann
January 1874 at St. Josephs in Oconto. By 1880 Daniel Jr. and Mary
listed in records as Marie) had three children. Loretta was age 4,
known as George, was age 3 and Edwin was less than a year old. In that
massive flooding of the
this time we don’t know if Daniel
Sr.'s oldest daughter, Margaret, stayed in
Daniel O'Keef Jr and Mary Ann had the following children, all born in Oconto:
1. Lauretta E. born 27 December 1875
2. Howard George born 17 March 1877
3. Edwin D. born 4 January 1889 (No further information known)
4. John Edward P. born 3 August 1888
5. Margaret Mary V. born 12 December 1891
Mary Ann O'Keef married Joseph LeClair on the 23 April 1878. Joseph LeClair was a woodsman and had died by 1900 leaving Mary Ann a widow. In 1900 she lived next door to her sister, listed in the census as Eliza Reilly. Both sons were still at home.
Mary Ann and Joseph LeClair had the following children, believed to all be born in Oconto:
1. Frederick F. born March 1879
2. Sylvester born May 1881
Eliza J. married John J. Riely on 5 April 1880 at St. Josephs in Oconto. John J. Reily was employed as a day laborer when they were married 5 April 1880 in Oconto. Eliza J. and John J. Riely had the following children believed to all be born in Oconto:
1. James W. born January 1882
2. Anne E. born June 1886
3. Mary E. born December 1887
4. John A. born December 1889
5. Elsie M. Born 1892
6. Francis H. born December 1892
7. Rose H. born July 1894
8. Frances E. born March 1898
In 1900, John was a saloon keeper in Oconto. By 1930, Eliza was a widow in Madison, Wisconsin residing with children Elsie M., age 38, Frances H., age 36, Rose H., age 34 and Edwin W. Bard or Bon, a grandson, age 15.
E. O'Keef and
William Joseph Sullivan, born 1874 in
Howard George O'Keef married Theresa may Davis, daughter of Edward Davis and Jane Payne, born 1875 in Oconto, were married 22 Jun 1904. No further information has been found about them.John Edward P. O'Keef and Marie Catherine O'Hara, born 14 February 1903 at West Allis, Wisconsin, the daughter of Richard J. O'Hara and Sarah O'Neil, was married 18 April 1922 at West Allis, Wisconsin. They had two children.