(O') Keefe

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(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.

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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 if he was related in any way 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 stream that flows into Caplin Bay. Edward also had another grant registered in 1870 for property which appears to have been south of the road that leads to the area known as The Point. Indications are that 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 that appeared in the St. John's newspapers, although stating that the people had died at Ferryland, appear to match Edward and Margaret O'Keefe, who actually lived at Caplin Bay. The instruction "Boston papers copy." on Edward's obituary was likely included since his children, Michael and Anastasia had both settled in Massachusetts. No records have been found to indicate if anyone laid claim to the Edward's property at Caplin Bay, or if it just reverted to common use over the years.

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