Corkery, O’Keefe genealogy; Irish Wilderness mystery

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Among Todays Topics at the Irish Roots Cafe:

1)   Family of the Day: Corkery, O’Keefe
2)   CD of the Month: Missouri Irish
3)   Searching For: Graney, Brady, Sullivan, Kennedy, Boyd,
Guilsedon, Noone,
4)   Curious Note: The Irish Wilderness mystery solved

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What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1) We have quite a backlog of podcast info to cover so I think
I’ll combine several episodes till we catch up.  So we’ll try
to cover Corkery and O’Keefe this time.

2) Our new Irish CD Masters Program Year One is almost
ready to launch.  Four CD’s are done and available now,
they are Missouri Irish; Irish Language; Irish History; and
in the next week or two Irish Video DVD shorts will be in.
You can of course, now enjoy our shows anywhere !
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3)   The next two CDs are: Irish Song and Recitation, and then
the first of our Irish Genealogy Series.
We publish more Irish genealogy books than anyone in the world !

CD of the Month:

Irish in America Series, #1.
Missouri Irish, the original history,
audio edition, now condensed from the book !
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Missouri Irish
This CD is from the first book ever compiled on the Irish
in Missouri, with special coverage of Kansas City, St. Louis,
The Irish Wilderness, The Murphy Wagon, and more !
Molly Nickle is the narrator (reader) for this first CD in our
Irish in America Series, which runs 80 minutes.

First of its kind
It first appeared in 1984, and took a few years of research to
put together.  I looked through all the counties and included
everything possible in this book.  We had just started up
an Irish American Cultural Center, here in the city, so it
was timely.

The Irish Wilderness ‘mystery’
Our visit to the Irish Wilderness led us through the
National Forest, and finding an old map of the area, along
with the forest ranger telling us of the old well where all
the old remnants were dumped into at one point.  Here
we saw the settlement lands, and even heard stories of
the settlement from present day residents.

‘They got no further’
One friendly fellow pointed to the fence and said ‘ The
priests settlement never went further than that fence right there!’.
He was quite sure of that, though it was over 100 years ago.
I also got a letter accusing me of representing the Catholic
Church and lying about the forest as it is not a pine forest.
Well we straightened that out, as the pine trees were
harvested some time back, and I was not trying to acquire
land for a church !  My, my, how memories come alive.

Just one example
All in all it was a great deal of fun compiling this record
from one end of the state to the other.  Even found some
info on family from Edina and the Peter ‘Early’ settlement.
I had no idea how far that line went back.

Mystery solved
Since then, several folks have written about the ‘mystery’
of the Irish Wilderness.  There actually is no mystery when
you research the subject.  It was a frontier settlement in
wild country, and the civil war helped put an end to it.
Some settler descendants still survived.

Molly reads
Molly Nickle was the fellow researcher who went on
that trip back around 1984.  She walked through the fields
and asked questions of all who would talk with us.  It is
quite fitting that she ends up narrating this audio book
on the Irish in Missouri.  The book of course, includes
notes on the trip.

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Coming Up:  Corkery and O’Keefe…great Cork Families, I think…

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1)  Welcome long time member Thomas F. Rahrig of Cumberland,
Maryland, who says: I am researching my gr grandfather William
Graney, from Co. Galway, need townland and immigration info..
Brady from Co. Cavan.

2) Welcome Sharlin Quest of Roanoke, TX., as a new member
searching: Murphy Sullivan Donovan Twigg Britton Mc Cabe Faye
ALL of your books have shipped !

3) Welcome new member, Lorre Wells of N. Richland, TX. search:
Kennedy, Boyd, McGowan.
My great grandmother, Ellen Kennedy was born in Colombo, Ceylon in
1853.  She married my GGF, William Boyd there c 1872. I have no other information.
A possible clue is my grandmother was name Daisy McGowan Boyd, so
I believe McGowan is also a family name. I could really use some help
with how to find old records in Sri Lanka

4) Martin O’Brien of Limerick, Ireland, your County Limerick
books have shipped !

5) Adrian Meaney of Allenwood, Co. Kildare your Kildare book
has shipped !

6) Welcome new Gold Member Brenda Gregory of Vermont !
Looking for James Guilsedon, b. July 11, 1858. Julia Slattery
b. Dec. 25, 1866, father Patrick Slattery, mother Catherine Ryan.

7) Welcome new Gold Member Richard Noone of Salem, Mass.
gr grandfather Bernard Noone from Galway approx. 1880

8)  Welcome new member Betsy McEver of San Antonio, TX.

9)  Welcome new member Margaret Carpenter of Green Bay, WI.

10)  Kai Nicholson of Victoria, Australia your Tipperrary and
Limerick and Irish Families book has shipped !

11) Member Mary Hoar of Yonkers, NY, thanks for renewing;
your Waterford genealogy book and Milesian Families shipped!

12) Rick O’Kelley, of Fayetteville, AR, Your Annals of Ireland by
the Four Masters, has shipped !

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Irish Family Names of the Day:
(1) Corkery,  for member Martin Collins of Winchester, CA
(2) O’Keefe, for member Robert O’Keefe of New Rochelle, NY

Related Spellings of the Name
Corkery: Corker, Cork, O’Corkery, Corkry, Corkeran. #334….
O’Keefe: Keefe, Kiefe, Keeffe, Kieffe  #979, 2457, 1671…

Varient Spelling Groups:
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

Notes on the Name Corkery
We find the name often in Cork, Limerick and Kerry, and it can
be a variant of ‘Corcoran’.  It is most numerous in Cork, and we
have found several references to the name in the Journal of the
Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.
From the ‘Families of County Cork, Ireland’: the names of
Corkery, Corker, OCorkerane, and Corke are given in listings.

The Irish Book of Arms gives an illustration of the arms for ‘Corker’.
Here the arms are those of Edward Corker of Dublin, in 1696, this
Edward Corker was later ‘removed to Cloyne’.

History notes on the Name O’Keefe
We have covered the name before in podcasts, so lets take a
look at a few references to O’Keefe.
The O’Keeffes were marshals of Desmond and princes of Fermoy
in Co. Cork.  Among their castles were those of Dromagh and
Dunragil and junior branches of the families were to be found at
Glenville and Dunbulloge as well as in Duhallow itself.  O’Heerin
finds O’Keeffe as chief of Glanworth in the barony of Fermoy.
Fermoy was taken by the Anglo-Norman family of Roche or Roach,
and became later sometimes known as ‘Roche’s Country’.
O’Keeffe is found as a principal name of Cork City in the census
of 1659 and O’Keefe is given as a principle name of Cork at that
time as well…. etc…

copyright 2010, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search in that work shows:

1) Corker Arms are illustrated in the Irish Book of Arms.
2) O’Keefe is illustrated in the Irish Book of Arms as well, with a
Lion Rampant I believe they call it….
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the Corkery name 9 times, here are a few examples:

1)  Families of Co. Kerry, D. Corkery
2)  Families of Co. Limerick
3)  Families of Co. Cork, Ireland
4)  D. Corkery in Irish Families on the California Trail
5)  O’Corkery in Irish Names and Surnames by P. Woulfe
6)  Corker Arms in Co. Dublin genealogy and family history notes.

and for O’Keefe 54 times:
1) Glanworth O’Keefe in Families of Co. Cork, Ireland
2) O’Keefes Country in Families of Co. Cork, Ireland
3) T., and J. Keefe in Irish Families on the California Trail
4) O’Keefe in Missouri Irish
5) O’Keefe in Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters

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Remember to leave off the Mac or O when typing your name.

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