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O'Keefes in Mississippi

The earliest reference to the Keefe/O'Keefe surname I 've found in this state is a John O'Keefe that appeared in the 1830 census for Claireborne County, MS. He was the Head of Household with his wife and five children.

A different John O'Keefe was in Mississippi by 1840s. He was an Irish immigrant that came into the port of New Orleans in c1841. He married Ellen Mahoney(?), also from Ireland, and their first two children were born in Louisiana: Michael in 1842, and Thomas in 1845. In 1846, John and Ellen O'Keefe must have moved as their third son, John Jr, was born in Mississippi. All seven of the remaining children were also born in Mississippi: Mary, Ellen, Josephine, Jane, James, Honora, and Elizabeth. Another researcher has traced this family line back several generations in Ireland. If you would like more information, please use my email on the Main Page.


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