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Keefe /O'Keefe Immigration to America
Page is dedicated to the memory of Arthur Keefe,
a third class passenger, who died on the Titanic, April 15, 1912

Who was the first immigrant with the Keefe/O'Keefe surname to come to America? From a reference I've seen it appears to be an Elizabeth Keeffe who arrived to Maryland in 1678. She was most likely of Irish descent. In my years of research, I have found only 8 other individuals with the Keefe or O'Keefe surname that came to the colonies before the American Revolution


The overwhelming majority of those with this surname immigrated after 1840, and from this point on there were thousands of Keefes and O'Keefes that sailed for American ports in a steady stream until the early 1900s. The Famine Immigrants by Glazier and Tepper, a six volume set on Irish immigrants arriving to the port of New York between 1846-1851 lists no fewer than 147 O'Keefe/O'Keeffe passengers and 465 Keefe/Keeffe passengers. Notice that's just for a five year period into New York. During the post Famine years, many sailed into the ports of Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston and New Orleans. If your Keefe/O'Keefe ancestor came during this time, then it will be very hard indeed to directly trace back your ancestry without having a particular parish name in Ireland. A county name will likely prove useless since most (but not all) of the Keefes and O'Keefes originated from Cork, a large county with many parishes, and more O'Keeffes than any other surname.


Some Potato Famine Immigrants
Here's a small sampling of Keefe and O'Keefe ancestors who came to America between 1840 - 1860

PASSENGER

YEAR

SHIP

TO/FROM

NOTES


Arthur Keeffe (age 26)

1850

ship

arrived to Boston Alien Passengers, list of Alien Passengers (Book of Keefes)

Bridget Keeffe

1853

ip

arrived in New York City may have had children with her: Catharine, Daniel and Mary (Book of Keefes)

Bridget Keeffe (age 20)

1850

SS Isaac Wright

from Liverpool, England to New York Traveling with Ann Keeffe, Patrick Keeffe, Dennis Keeffe; all minors;
Info from Ship Transcribers Guild
Charles Keeffe (age 24)

1854

ship

arrived to New York New York Passenger Arrivals, edited by Sylvia Nimmo (Book of Keefes)

Dennis Keefe

1847

ship

arrived to Pennsylvania Erie Society for Gen Research, PA (Book of Keefes)

Dennis Keefe (age 48)

1847

Ship Omega

from England to Boston Irishman; may have traveled with other family members

Edwd Keefe

1854

Ship Cynosure

from England to New York Irishman

Ellen Keefe (age 29)

1848

Ship Emigrant

from Liverpool England to New York traveling with child, Dennis, age 4

Ellen O'Keefe (age 18)

1847

Ship Globe

from Cork, Ireland to Boston Ê

Eugene Keefe (age 38)

1847

Ship Omega

from England to Boston Irishman; may have traveled with other family members

Honora Keeffe (age 20)

1851

Ship Constantine

from Ireland to New York Ship Transcribers Guild
Hugh O'Keefe (age 55)

1851

Ship Excelsior

from Liverpool, England to New York Traveling with Honor O'Keefe, Pat O'Keefe and Thomas O'Keefe; all claiming Ireland as previous residence.
James Keeffe

1844

ship

arrived to Pennsylvania Erie Society for Gen Research, PA (Book of Keefes)

James Keeffe

1847

ship

arrived to Pennsylvania Erie Society for Gen Research, PA (Book of Keefes)

James Keeffe (age 30)

1850

ship

arrived to Mobile, Alabama (Book of Keefes)

Jeremh Keeffe (age 40)

1854

ship

arrived to New York New York Passenger Arrivals, edited by Sylvia Nimmo (Book of Keefes)

John Keefe

1847

Ship Tennessee

from port of Liverpool, England to Boston Irishman; (traveling with wife, Catherine, and children: Catharine, Mary and Margaret

John Keefe (age 32)

1850

Barque Amy

from London, England to New York Claimed previous residence as Great Britain; from Ship Transcribers Guild
Julia Keefe (age 60)

1849

Ship Isaac

from Liverpool, England to New York; (Passengers bound for New Jersey and Albany) traveling with Mary Keefe age 20, Michael Keefe infant, Alice Keefe age 19, Catherine Keefe age 20, and Mary Keefe age 2

Margaret Keeffe (age 30)

1850?

Rising Son

from Liverpool, England to Boston Listed as an Irish Servant
Mathew Keeffe (age 29)

1844

ship

arrived to Mobile, Alabama (Book of Keefes)

Michael Keef

1849

Ship Albert Galleten?

from England to New York Irishman

Michael Keeffe

1844

Ship Anglo Saxon

arrived to Maryland Frederick County, MD Naturalizations by Raymond Clark (Book of Keefes)


Michael Keeffe (age 32)

1849

Ship Bark Cushlamachree

from Galway, Ireland to New York Ê

Patrick Keeffe (age 28)

1851

SS Beejapore

from Liverpool, England to New York Resident of Ireland;
Ship Transcribers Guild
Patrick Keeffe (age 26)

1850

ship

arrived to Boston i Massachusetts, supt of Alien Passengers, list of Alien Passengers (Book of Keefes)

Susanna Keeffe

1852

Ship Albert Galleten

from England to New York Irishwoman

Thomas Keeffe

1859

ship

arrived to Mobile Alabama (Book of Keefes)

William Keefe (age 20)

1850

Ship Susquehanna

from England to Philadelphia Irishman

Wm Keeffe (age 25)

1847

ship

from Liverpool, England to Boston traveling with wife, Elizabeth and son, John




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