(O') Keefe


(O)KEEFE variants of the surname of Ireland, (O) Keeffe, Ó Caoimh, Ir. caomh - gentle. (MacLysaght). Traced by MacLysaght in south Munster, especially Co. Cork.



At Caplin Bay: Crown Land Registry: #240 - Keefe, Edward - Caplin Bay - 1838
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - Edward Keefe.
  Crown Land Registry: # 3042 - Keefe, Edward - South Side of Caplin Bay and South of road to Trepassey - 1870.
  Lovell's 1871 Directory: Edward Keefe, planter.
  Births, Deaths, Marriages in Newfoundland Newspapers (1810-1890) - Death: Oct 20, 1879 - Edward O'Keefe of Ferryland - aged 80. Deceased was a native of Waterford, Ireland, "here 50 years." "Boston papers copy."
  Births, Deaths, Marriages in Newfoundland Newspapers (1810-1890) - Death: Sat. April 5, 1884 - Mrs. Edward Keefe - Ferryland - aged 75
Family History: Research indicates that Edward (O')Keefe settled at Caplin Bay about the mid-1830s when he married Margaret Rossiter. In his Crown Land Grant #240 for 1838, it states that "Edward Keef of Ferryland" was a fisherman. However, there is no clear indication that he was related to the O'Keefes of Ferryland who trace their ancestor to Co. Tipperary. The surviving survey map shows that this initial land grant was for a piece of coastal property east of a small stream that flows into Caplin Bay. This property was initially part of the 1773 Nash Plantation, which later came into possession of the wealthy Holdsworth family of Devon who, in turn, leased it to the Sweetland fishing enterprise. Edward also had another Crown Land Grant registered in 1870 for some property that appears to have been south of the road leading to the area known as The Point.
  Edward and Margaret had at least four children, a son, Michael, and three daughters Anastasia, Margaret, and Mary. Michael and Anastasia are known to have emigrated to the USA circa 1860, while Margaret married Thomas Hagan of Fermeuse and Mary married Paul O'Neill also of Fermeuse.
  The two death records in the St. John's newspapers, although stating that Edward and Margaret (O')Keefe had died at Ferryland, match Edward and Margaret O'Keefe, who lived and died at Caplin Bay. The instruction "Boston papers copy." on Edward's obituary was included since his children, Michael and Anastasia (O')Keefe had both settled in Massachusetts. After Edward and Margaret's deaths, part of the old (O')Keefe property was leased and then sold to John Boland, by their daughter, Mary O'Neill.

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