Richard O'Keefe

AncientFaces Member since Jun 08, 2003

About: Researching O'Keeffe, Garland, O'Keefe, Kearns, Seitz, Gross, Shaughnessy, Collins, Blondin & Richard families. Also Krapf, McGregor, McCracken, Remaklus, Remaclus & Minnich families.

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All 12 Remaklus siblings L to R Margaret, Clarence, Sr. Paulissa, Jane, Sr. Lillian, Nick, Stella, Catherine, Susann, Marcella, Emma, Mary. I believe the...
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I'm guessing the photo was taken near the time of their wedding, 1883.
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Professional photo taken late in life. This is perhaps the last photo tken of her. She died in 1943.
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A professional photograph taken late in life. He died in 1934.
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Photo is of the couple in front of their Indiana farm house.
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The notation on the back says the photo was taken on their wedding.
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Sisters picture taken in Cleveland, OH
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A beautiful child & a beautiful person. Photo taken in Cleveland, OH.
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Margaret was born December 29, 1903 and moved from the family farm in Indiana to Akron, OH where she married Louis Paul ROMESTANT on June 17, 1925.
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Grew up in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
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Richard O'Keefe The Richards were French-Canadian for many preceeding generations
Jun 05, 2012 · posted to the photo Priscilla maiden name Richard
Richard O'Keefe Are you related to them?
May 29, 2012 · posted to the photo Priscilla maiden name Richard
Richard O'Keefe Her mother was Celia BRENAUGH (various spellings of surname) November 1814 - January 28, 1903, died in Ogdensburg. Her father was Louis RICHARD 1814 - 1896
May 29, 2012 · posted to the photo Priscilla maiden name Richard
Richard O'Keefe The photo was probably after 1911 (age 18) & maybe closer to the date of her marriage 1913. Thanks for posting it.
Mar 02, 2005 · posted to the photo SUSANNE REMAKLUS
Richard O'Keefe Ellsworth was born Sunday, June 9, 1878 at his parent's home in Cleveland, Ohio to Charles Avon Blondin and Priscilla Blondin (nee Richard). Charles was 33 and Priscilla was 30 when he was born. He was baptized Joseph Alcesz Blondin on July 5, 1878 by Rev. A. Gerhardin at Annunciation Church. Annunciation Church had a largely French-speaking congregation. His godparents were Albert Desson and Mathilda Blondin. It is not known where the name Ellsworth came from or when it was first used. In later years his birthday was celebrated on June 6. The family moved frequently, especially in the early years but usually only a short distance staying in the same neighborhood. Sometimes they lived in the same place for 7 or 11 or 9 years. Since the Ursuline Nuns established a grade school at St. Patrick's parish in 1853 that continued until 1970's, most likely Ellsworth attended grade school there. Ellsworth appeared in the City Directory in 1895 as a musician. He was 17 years old. Ellsworth continued to be listed at his parent's address as a musician or music teacher for the next ten years. In June and July of 1900, Ellsworth was traveling throughout Germany while performing. Apparently in 1905 at the age of 27, he left Cleveland for Kenosha, Wisconsin to pursue his musical career. Shortly thereafter he married Lill in Wisconsin. His nieces and nephews and their families always called him "Uncle Alsie". Ellsworth's obituary provided the following information. "In the early 1900's, Mr. Blondin traveled through Europe with High Henry's Minstrel, and his group was known as the Greater New York Comedy Four. He was a member of Simmons Band in Kenosha, directed by George Green, and conducted his own Hawaiian band, known as Blondin's Hawaiians. He also taught music at Congdon's Conservatory of Music in Racine and Kenosha." In 1913 a postcard indicated that Ellsworth was living in Kenosha, Wisconsin with his wife Lill. His first wife died in 1920. On Friday, December 7, 1923 in Waukegan, Illinois he married Susie V. Schoop of Mexico (Missouri). The couple lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin for several years before moving to Perry, Missouri. After living in Perry for about 5 years they moved to Mexico (Missouri). He died on December 21, 1956 in Perry, Missouri. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.
Jul 29, 2003 · posted to the surname Blondin
Richard O'Keefe Abbigail C. Blondin was born Friday, October 2, 1868 at her parent's home in Cleveland, Ohio to Charles Avon Blondin and Priscilla Blondin (nee Richard), the eldest of five children. She was the oldest of five children and was called Abbie. Charles was almost 24 and Priscilla was 21 when Abbie was born. Rev. James O'Reilly baptized her Marie Blondin on October 4, 1868 at St. John's Cathedral. Her baptismal name apparently was never used. Her godparents were Joseph Rivers and Delia Richard. In later years her birthday was celebrated on October 14. Like her father and mother, she was very short in stature. The family moved frequently, especially in the early years but usually only a short distance staying in the same neighborhood. Sometimes they lived in the same place for 7 or 11 or 9 years. Since the Ursuline Nuns established a grade school at St. Patrick's parish in 1853 that continued until 1970's, most likely Abbie attended grade school there. Abbie married Henry E. Lane on Monday, December 27, 1886 in Cleveland. She became the new Mrs. Abbigail Lane at the age of 18. Henry was born in New York state. The young couple had a daughter, Cecile, born January 17, 1888 but unfortunately the marriage didn't last and their divorce became final on April 23, 1891. They had been married less than five years. Abbie was awarded twenty dollars a month in alimony. Abbie and her daughter, Cecile, moved back with her parents and lived with them until after Cecile was grown and married (1913). According to the 1900 census, Abbie was a dressmaker. The 1910 census listed both Abbie and Cecile as dressmakers. After her daughter, Cecile got married, Abbie lived with Cecile, and her husband Louis (pronounced Louie) together with her family for the rest of her life. Abbie died April 23, 1953 at the age of 84. After a Requiem Mass at 10 a. m. in St. Agatha's Catholic Church, which was located at E. 123rd and Lakeview Road in East Cleveland, she was buried in a three grave plot at Calvary Cemetery, section 74 lot 618.
Jul 29, 2003 · posted to the surname Blondin
Richard O'Keefe Lillian Mary Blondin was born Friday, April 15, 1881 at her parent's home in Cleveland, Ohio to Charles Avon Blondin and Priscilla Blondin (nee Richard). She was their youngest child. Charles was 36 and Priscilla was 33 when she was born. She was baptized Maria Leosa Blondin on April 17, 1881 by Rev. A. Gerhardin at Annunciation Church. Annunciation Church had a largely French-speaking congregation. Her godparents were Mathias and Rosalia Talardy. It is not known how the name Lillian came about. The family moved frequently, especially in the early years but usually only a short distance staying in the same neighborhood. Sometimes they lived in the same place for 7 or 11 or 9 years. Since the Ursuline Nuns established a grade school at St. Patrick's parish in 1853 that continued until 1970's, most likely Lill attended grade school there. Lillian never married. She appeared in the City Directory in 1909 living at her parents address working as a milliner. She only was listed in the residential section for that one year, presumably being listed in the business section after that. According to the 1910 census, Lillian was a dressmaker and so were Abbie and Cecile. In July 1917, Lill went to Ogdensburg, New York to visit her mother's relatives. On January 19, 1931, Lillian bought a two grave plot in Calvary Cemetery that would eventually be a final resting place for her mother, herself and John and Louise Shaughnessy. Shortly after her mother died in 1932, her father and she moved to 4222 Lorain Avenue on Cleveland's near west side. Lillian Mary Blondin died October 3, 1938 and three days later after a Requiem Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Bridge Avenue was buried with her mother at Calvary Cemetary in section 39 lot 144. Her father, Charles, realized that by Lillian being buried next to her mother that he would later have to be buried in a separate section. She was 57 years old. The cause of death was listed as "cardio-renal disease due to chronic nephritis".
Jul 29, 2003 · posted to the surname Blondin
Richard O'Keefe Margaret was born Tuesday, November 14, 1865 in Marion, Ohio. Her father, James was about 45 and her mother, Sarah was about 41. The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1880 when she was fifteen years old. In 1883 at the age of 17, Margaret moved to Hugo, Colorado (located about 90 miles northeast of Colorado Springs) to live with her half-brother, James and his family. Her father died that same year. Two years later she moved to Denver. On Monday, December 31, 1888 she married Jeremiah Murphy, a cattleman. The new Mrs. Margaret Murphy was 23 years old and her husband was one year older. They had five children. Their first, Marie, was born October 3, 1889. The family moved to a ranch in Kit Carson, Colorado (located about 115 miles east of Colorado Springs). The ranch was 5 miles from the closest neighbor. Margaret kept a shotgun near the door to deal with rattlesnakes when she went outside. Leonard was born in November 1891. Cornelius arrived in July 1894 and Kathryn August 16,1899. Margaret was born February 13, 1901. When Margaret was born her father was 37 and her mother was 36. Her sibling's ages were Marie 11, Leonard 9, Cornelius 6 and Kathryn 1. According to the 1900 census, they owned a home with a mortgage and listed their occupation as "stock raiser". They sent their oldest daughter to school at Loretto Heights Academy in 1902. According to the 1910 census, they owned a farm with a mortgage and listed their occupation as "merchant and rancher". Jeremiah ran a general store in Cheyenne Wells with a partner. Leonard was the oldest boy and was the favorite of his father. He got choice chores to do on the ranch while his brother, Cornelius, got the dirty jobs like riding the range. Once while out riding the range, Cornelius was caught in a blizzard and couldn't see to find his way home so he let his horse have his head and his horse found the way back safely. Marie would later become Sr. Marie Clyde of the Sisters of Loretto in 1915 at the motherhouse in Kentucky. Margaret was known as "Aunt Maggie" to her nieces and nephews and their families. About 1915 the family sold their ranch to Swift & Company, meat packers, and moved back to Denver and lived either there or in Englewood, Colorado (just south of Denver) for the remainder of their lives. Jeremiah invested a good part of the proceeds from the sale of the ranch into a mine at Central City and lost most of his investment. Margaret's son, Cornelius lost his wife, Clarris, on June 20, 1926. She was only 30. Cornelius purchased a four grave plot in Mt. Olivet Cemetery (sect 7 block 7 lot 2 graves 8 through 12). Mt Olivet was the only Catholic cemetery in the Denver area. Clarris was buried in grave 9. In 1927, Margaret and Jeremiah's daughter Kathryn lost her husband, Malcolm who was only 39. Shortly afterwards, Margaret & Jeremiah moved in with their daughter Kathryn in Englewood. In 1929, during the depression, Margaret and her husband Walter Sullivan and their young son, Richard, also moved in with Kate. They lived with her for about five years. In 1935, their daughter, Sr. Marie Clyde, returned to Denver to teach at Loretto Heights College 21 years after she left to become a nun. This provided them with an opportunity for much more frequent visits. They were living with their daughter Kathryn Marks in Englewood when Margaret died October 27, 1940 from a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 74. The funeral home was Boulevard Mortuary. After a requiem Mass at St. Louis Catholic Church in Englewood, she was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Denver (sect 7 block 7 lot 2 grave 11). At the time of her death she had 5 grandchildren ~ James Marks, Richard, Joseph Eugene, Dennis, and Mary Kathleen (Susie) Sullivan. Her husband, born in 1864, died six years later in 1946 at the age of 82 and was buried next to her (sect 7 block 7 lot 2 grave 12). Accoring to cemetery records, his name is listed as "John I. Christopher Murphy". Margaret was married to Jeremiah for 51 years. On March 29, 1962, Cornelius was buried next to his wife (grave 8) who died 36 years earlier and his parents (graves 9 & 10).
Jul 16, 2003 · posted to the surname Shaughnessy
Richard O'Keefe Catherine Grohs was born Tuesday, October 5, 1847 in part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire later defined as Berlin, Germany. Catherine came to the United States as a young adult most likely in 1868 when she turned 21. Jacob Seitz and Catherine Grohs were married on Monday, December 14, 1868 in the Church of St. Peter located at E. 17th and Superior in Cleveland, Ohio. Reverend F. Westerholt officiated. The new Mrs. Catherine Seitz was 21 years old and her husband was 24 years old. They had five children over a sixteen-year period. Wilhelm J. or William as he later called himself was born September 8, 1869. William was a printer by trade. Katherine E., called Kate, was born October 29, 1877. Phillip J. was born March 20, 1880. Phil was a professional photographer. Frances Margaret was born February 14, 1882. The youngest was Frank G. born February 1886. When Frank was born his father was 41 and his mother was 38. His sibling's ages were William 16, Kate 8, Phil 6 and Frances 4. Frank would eventually work with his brother Phil in the photography business. All the children were born at home in Cleveland. Catherine's husband Jacob died December 24, 1922 in their home at 1230 E. 89th street Cleveland, Ohio where they had lived since 1906. He was 78 years old. They were married 54 years. Catherine was 75 years old when Jacob died. Catherine eventually moved to a different house in 1929. Catherine died in her home at 8015 Superior Ave. Cleveland, Ohio on July 11, 1936. She was 88 years old. The funeral home was John & Dudley Mahon, 13201 Euclid Avenue. After a Requiem Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, she was buried in the family plot (section NEW lot 328 part ALL) in St. Joseph's Cemetary located at 7916 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio beside her husband of 54 years who died 13 years earlier.
Jul 16, 2003 · posted to the surname Grohs
Richard O'Keefe David was born in County Limerick, Ireland in 1843 to James and Honora (nee Martell) Shaughnessy. His father, James was about 23 and Honora about 21. In 1854, when he was eleven, his family sailed to America settling in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother died March 28, 1862 in Cleveland and his father remarried on May 11, 1862. Shortly thereafter, David enlisted in the Union Army when he was nineteen or twenty, according to his enlistment papers, for a three month tour of duty in Company G of the 87th Infantry which was being formed at Camp Chase at Columbus, Ohio on May 29,1862. The 87th was sent to defend the city at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. The city was overrun by Confederate troops and the entire Union forces were surrendered. After their capture, they either escaped or were paroled in mass and returned to Camp Chase where he was mustered out on October 3, 1862. David turned right around and enlisted for a three-year hitch on October 16, 1862 in the 124th Infantry Regiment of the Union Army at Camp Cleveland. According to his military record he stood 5' 9" tall with brown eyes and black hair. At the time, most soldiers were 5' 5" tall. He joined Company C on December 31, 1862. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal on September 3, 1863. According to his military record David fought in 10 major battles ~ Chickamauga, Georgia in September 1863, Brown's Ferry then Lookout Mountain and Mission(ary) Ridge in Tennessee in November 1863. On December 10, 1863 David was promoted to Full Sergeant. He fought at Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Pickets Mills, Kenesaw Mountain and in and around Atlanta, Georgia during May 1864 and Franklin and then returned to Tennessee in December 1864 to participate in the battle of Nashville. The 124th pursued the defeated Confederate Army until the end of the war. David was mustered out of the Army on July 9, 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee. He elected to keep his musket as provided by General Order No. 101 at a cost to him of six dollars. Presumably, David returned to Ohio after the war was over. He married Annie from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Leavenworth, Kansas by April 1872 when their first child, James, was born. David was 29 years old and Annie was 24. Then their son, David, was born in 1874 and Charles in June 1876. The family continued to live in Leavenworth. By 1879, they had moved to Montana where their daughter Annie was born. According to the 1880 census, the family was living in Wallace County, in the western part of Kansas. His occupation was listed as "Fuel Keeper" probably working for the railroad. By 1883, they were living in Parker, Colorado when David's wife Annie died at the age of 35. Unable to care for his young children, David went to Denver and placed the children in the St. Vincent de Paul orphanage. Shortly thereafter, the children ran away and went back to Parker, Colorado and were allowed to stay at the Valgamont Ranch in Parker, Colorado presumably where their father worked. They stayed at the ranch doing chores as they grew until they were young adults. By 1900, James and Charles and their families were living in Pueblo, Colorado while the men worked for the railroad. David died on May 21,1903 at the age of 60in Peublo, Colorado. He was buried next to his wife, Annie, in J. S. Parker Cemetery in Parker, Colorado. From Civil War Service Record: David Shaughnessy 87th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry Company G 20 May 29, 1862 3 months Mustered out with company October 10, 1862 124th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry Company C 20 October 16, 1862 3 years Appointed Corporal September 3, 1863; Sergeant December 10, 1863 mustered out with company July 9, 1865
Jul 16, 2003 · posted to the surname Shaughnessy
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