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Richard O'Keefe John Thomas Shaughnessy was born Friday, December 29, 1869 to James and Sarah (nee Collins) Shaughnessy in Marion, Ohio. His father, James was 48 and his mother, Sarah was 35. The family moved back to Cleveland, Ohio in 1880 when he was eleven. His father died August 30, 1883 and John signed the burial receipt. John was 14 years old at the time. Between 1880 and 1896 Sarah and her son John moved at least seven times before settling on 92 Lindus (later renamed 1390 East 90th Street) that would become their permanent home. They were members of St. Thomas Aquinas parish. From age 20 to 27 John was listed in the City Directory as either a painter or wood finisher. The 1900 census listed his occupation as house painter and showed that he owned his house and carried a mortgage on it. John married Louise Helen Blondin on Wednesday, May 27, 1896 in St. Patrick's Church on Bridge Ave. Cleveland, Ohio. Rev. James P. McCloskey officiated. John was 27 and Louise was 21. They settled into their own home for almost a year before they moved in and began living with his mother. Their first child, Adele H. Shaughnessy, was born April 17, 1897. Nina, their second child was born in March 1900. Unfortunately, Nina died when she was only 17 months old from cholera infantum. Louise gave birth to a boy on February 3, 1902 but he only lived three hours. Both children were buried with their grandfather, James, in St. John's Cemetery. John and Louise had two more children. Lawrence was born May 23, 1903 and Marion arrived February 24, 1906. When Marion was born Louise was 31 and John was 37 years old. Adele was 9 and Lawrence almost 3 years old. John's oldest daughter was married in November 1918. By 1919 at the age of 50, John was listed as foreman in the City Directory. He was in charge of the paint shop at the Cleveland Railway Company which would later be called the Cleveland Transit System, the forerunner of the Regional Transit Authority. In 1928 he bought a house and moved to 13516 6th Avenue in East Cleveland, which was in St. Philomena's parish. In that same year, John went out to Denver to visit relatives. On that trip, John and his nephew Leonard Murphy and his four-year-old great nephew, Richard Sullivan, drove up to Central City to see the Glory Hole mine, which was still in operation. In April 1929, John traveled back to Marion, Ohio the town where he had grown up and noted that everything's changed in his 49-year absence. His youngest daughter was married on November 8, 1932. John's son got married on October 19, 1934. John's wife, Louise was in poor health and this together with economic conditions brought on by the Great Depression made it a natural for Marion and her husband Ed together with their first child, Robert, to move in with Marion's parents. John retired from CTS as their paint shop foreman about 1939 probably at the age of 70. Ed and Marion's second child, Mary Louise was born October 4, 1937. On the afternoon of October 8, 1941, Kathleen Frances arrived. Then on September 20, 1943 Richard Joseph was born. John developed colon cancer. After several years living with Marion's parents, the family moved to Mayfield Heights in February 1944. The older children would go back to their grandparent's home on 6th Avenue in East Cleveland to help out with yard work and the like. John discovered he had colon cancer in January 1944. Surgery was unsuccessful in eliminating John's cancer and he died July 11, 1945 in his home. By the time of his death, John had seven grandchildren. After a Requiem Mass at St. Philomena's Church, John was buried at Calvary Cemetary (section 39 lot 144) in Cleveland. He was 76 years old and had been married to Louise for 49 years.
Jul 15, 2003 · posted to the surname Shaughnessy
Richard O'Keefe Joseph was born in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday, April 2, 1854 to Michael and Catherine (nee Garland) O'Keeffe. Very little is know about his early days other than the fact that his parents survived the potato famine from 1846 to 1851 and that conditions had improved enough to again bring children into this world in Ireland. Dublin, the second largest city in Great Britain, is the capitol of Ireland and in 1854 had a population of approximately 260,000. It is located in County Dublin in the province of Leinster about mid-point near the east coast of Ireland. Joseph married Catherine Kearns on November 3, 1872 in the Catholic Chapel of SS Michael & John in South Dublin when he was 18 and she was 19. Prior to that Joseph was living at 7 Linnenhall Street in South Dublin's Registrar's District of Mo 2 South City. Rev. John O'Hanlon officiated and Matthew O'Reilly and Mary Dunne were witnesses at the ceremony. Their first child, Elizabeth, was born May 28, 1874 in Dublin when Catherine was 21 years old. Early marriage was fairly common back in those days especially with life expectancy somewhere in the forties. Their second child, Harry, was born November 12, 1876 in Dublin. Elizabeth was 2 ½ when Harry was born. The next thing we know about them is that the family traveled to Liverpool, England and sailed to America arriving on May 1, 1883. Joseph was 29 and the children were age almost 9 and 6 respectively. Somehow they settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He appeared in the Cleveland City Directory in 1883 and was a carpenter by trade as was his father. Their last name was sometimes spelled with a double f, especially in the early days. He filed his Declaration of Intention (to become a citizen) or First Papers on March 3, 1890 in Common Pleas Court in Cleveland. On August 17, 1891, Elizabeth married Henry J. Billinghurst who had arrived just two years earlier from Devonshire, England on May 7, 1889. Since she was under age 18 (only 17 at the time), Joseph had to sign for her giving his consent to the marriage. By 1892, Henry was also listed in the City Directory as a carpenter and there's a good probability that Joseph helped his new son-in-law obtain that skill. On October 25, 1892, Joseph filed his Petition for Naturalization or Final Papers in US Federal District Court in Cleveland and received his US citizenship that day. Catherine and Harry automatically became citizens that same day. Joseph's original naturalization document is kept with the family historical documents. After renting at several different locations in Cleveland, the family lived at 34 Korman from 1896 until 1911. In 1906, streets and/or addresses were changed across Cleveland and 34 Korman became 8010 Korman (just a couple blocks south of St. Clair Avenue and East 80th Street). Joseph probably lived the life of a fairly typical Irish Catholic family man working at a skilled trade. In 1908, a house was built at 12413 Ferris Avenue and this became the family home by 1914. There is a good chance that Joseph and his son-in-law, Henry Billinghurst were involved with the construction of this house. The location is just over a mile from Calvary Cemetery. According to tax records, Joseph and "Kate" bought the house on January 13, 1914. This house remained "home" for many members of the family until it was sold in 1942. Joseph died September 30, 1914 from Carcinoma of the stomach from which he suffered under a doctor's care for about a year. His wake was held at the family home and after a Requiem Mass at Holy Name Catholic Church, he was laid to rest in section 24 lot 21, a three grave plot in Calvary Cemetery. He was 60 years old and was married 41 years. His headstone and cemetery records erroneously show his date of birth as 1859. Postscripts: Joseph's great great grandson, Joseph Ripley McFarland Jr., apparently bears enough likeness to his great great grandfather that his co-workers thought that a photo of Joseph O'Keefe on his desk was actually the younger Joseph dressed in period costume with a handlebar mustache added for good measure.
Jul 15, 2003 · posted to the surname O'Keefe
Richard O'Keefe Sarah COLLINS was born in Ireland about 1824 according to her death record or 1833 according to the 1900 census or even later from the 1880 census. In 1862, she was living in Cleveland, Ohio. She married James SHAUGHNESSY in Cleveland on May 11, 1862 shortly after his first wife died. Their marriage license shows her name as Jean Collins. James eldest son, David enlisted in the Union Army and fought during the Civil War. James other son, also named James, ran away from home in 1864 at the age of sixteen and got a job shoeing horses for the Confederate Army at Nashville, Tennessee. After the civil war was over in 1865, the younger James returned to Cleveland staying only a short while before he enlisted in the United States Army in 1865 to go to fight Indians in Wyoming. James and Sarah had two more children. Apparently, James and Sarah moved to Marion, Ohio before Margaret was born November 14, 1865. Finally, John Thomas was born January 29, 1869. When John was born his father was 49 and his mother was about 45. His sibling's ages were David 26, James 21, Mary 13, all half-brothers and sisters and his sister Margaret was 4. Apparently, the Margaret born about 1855 died as a child. The family moved back to Cleveland, Ohio in 1880 after working for the railroad. Sarah's husband, James died August 30, 1883 at the age of 63 after 21 years of marriage. Sarah had her youngest son John sign the burial receipt for his father's burial at St. John's Cemetery. Margaret moved out west to Colorado probably living with her half-brother James and his family in Hugo. Between 1880 and 1896 Sarah and her son John moved at least seven times before settling on 92 Lindus that would later be renamed 1390 East 90th Street. John from age 20 to 27 was listed in the City Directory as a painter or wood finisher. Sarah's daughter, Mary, who lived in Cleveland, got married May 31, 1888. Her other daughter, Margaret, living in Colorado was married on December 31, 1888. Mary had two children and Margaret had five. However, Sarah's daughter Mary died May 8, 1895 at the young age of 38. This left her two children under the age of six to be raised without their mother. Sarah's youngest son, John, married Louise Blondin on May 27, 1896 and lived in his own home with his wife for about a year before the couple moved in and began living with his mother. Their first child, Adele, was born April 17, 1897. Nina, their second child was born in March 1900. Unfortunately, Nina died when she was only 17 months old. Louise gave birth to a boy February 3, 1902 but he only lived three hours. John and Louise had two more children, Lawrence and Marion. According to the City Directory in1904/5, Sarah lived at a different address. Was this a mistake or was she living somewhere getting nursing care? Sarah had 9 grandchildren when she died of pneumonia in her home at 1390 E. 90th St. N. E. in Cleveland, Ohio January 10, 1907 at the age of 73. Her funeral was from St. Thomas Aquinas church at 8:30 a. m. Saturday morning. She was buried next to her husband, daughter and two grandchildren in St. John's Cemetery (part 10 range 5 section 2 No. 5).
Jul 15, 2003 · posted to the surname Collins
Richard O'Keefe James was born in Limerick, Ireland on Wednesday, May 17, 1848. His father, James was about 28 and his mother, Honora was about 26. The family survived the potato famine in Ireland and in 1854, when he was six the family sailed to America settling in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother died March 28, 1862 in Cleveland and his father remarried on May 11, 1862 and shortly thereafter his brother, David, enlisted in the Union Army. When he was 16 (1864) James ran away from home and got a job shoeing horses for the Confederate Army at Nashville, Tennessee. After the civil war was over, he returned to Cleveland and enlisted in Company E of the 18th Infantry of the United States Army in 1865. He was transferred to Company E of the 27th Infantry at Fort Steele, Wyoming (located about 135 miles south and east of Casper). His life in the army was enlivened by the Indian Wars and once in a skirmish he was struck by a tomahawk. He bore that scar for the rest of his days. According to his pension application in 1917, he remained a Private during his three-year hitch. In 1869 after his hitch in the army, he became a fireman (keeping the engine loaded with wood or coal) for the Union Pacific railroad running out of Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 1874 he became an engineer for the Kansas Pacific railroad at Hugo, Colorado (located about 90 miles northeast of Colorado Springs). In 1881 at the age of 33, he married his wife Belle Bartley who was born in Wisconsin and was 20 years old. On May 27, 1882, their son David Edgar was born apparently in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1883 his sister, Margaret, left Cleveland and moved to Colorado to live with him and his wife in Hugo for two years before moving to Denver. In 1886, Nina Shaughnessy was born in Colorado to James and Belle Shaughnessy. Unfortunately Nina died when she was 2 ½ in 1889. She was buried in another cemetery, possibly Cheeseman Cemetery in Denver. Cheeseman cemetery later had all the remains moved to Riverside Cemetery and was closed. James' wife, Belle, died in 1903 at the age of 42. They were married 22 years. She was buried in Riverside Cemetery in Denver and Nina was moved to be next to her in block 19 south half of lot 133. Belle's headstone has a seal of "Women of Woodcraft" and the words Courage Hope Remembrance on it. Apparently this was a fraternal organization that sold life insurance and conducted social activities. James retired from the railroad in 1907 when he was 60. On March 2, 1937, James' son David, who was single, died of chronic alcoholism and was buried next to his sister in Riverside Cemetery. Charles J. Shaughnessy, apparently one of David's sons provided the information for his death certificate. Then on September 29, 1938, James died at the veteran's hospital in Fort Lyon, Colorado at the age of 90. Ft. Lyon is about 115 miles east and north of Colorado Springs. Funeral services were held at Olinger Mortuary at Sixteenth Street in Denver on October 3, 1938. He was buried at Riverside Cemetery in Denver (block 19 south half of lot 133) next to Belle, Nina and David Shaughnessy. His VA supplied tombstone shows that he served in "E" Company, 27th Infantry.
Jul 16, 2003 · posted to the surname Shaughnessy
Richard O'Keefe Frances Margaret Seitz was born Tuesday, February 14, 1882 to Jacob and Catherine Seitz in Cleveland, Ohio. Frances was baptized shortly thereafter in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Cleveland. Frances Margaret Seitz married Harry Michael O'Keefe on Wednesday, November 11, 1903 in St. Francis' Church, Cleveland, Ohio. Rev. F. Metternich officiated. The new Mrs. Frances O'Keefe was 21 and he was 27 years old. He had returned from fighting in the Philippines a little over eighteen months previously. They had three children. Harry and Frances moved in with his parents for about a year when their first child, Gertrude Catherine O'Keefe was born October 19, 1904 and again when Edward Joseph O'Keefe arrived on May 11, 1907. In 1910 they moved to 1460 East 93rd Street, which would be their home until 1926. Bernice Frances O'Keefe was born December 23, 1917. When Bernice was born Frances was 35 and Harry was 41. Gert was 13 and Ed 10 years old. On August 16, 1922, at the age of 45 Harry joined the U. S. Government's Veteran's Bureau (later called Veteran's Administration) serving in Dayton, Columbus, Lexington and Toledo before finally being assigned to the Cleveland office. Frances was left to run the household while her husband worked out of town. About the same time her son Edward started working full time when he left school after finishing the ninth grade at the age of 16. A few years later, Harry and Frances bought a home that had been built in 1927 at 1251 Irene Road, Lyndhurst Village in what was called the Mayfield Highlands. Ed moved out a few years before he got married on November 8, 1932 and, Gert, her oldest daughter was married on January 26, 1933. Frances' husband Harry died October 9, 1937 at his home 1251 Irene Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio from angina pectoris (heart problems) at the age of 60. Frances was 55 when Harry died. After a funeral mass at St. Gregory the Great Church, he was buried at Calvary Cemetary. Harry and Frances were married 33 years. Bernice was 19 when her father died and was living at home with her mother on Irene Road. On August 9, 1941 Bernice married Edward Charles Feller. Bernice was 23 years old and Ed was 22. Ed Feller was soon serving in the US Army during the Second World War. Bernice continued to live with her mother on Irene Road until Ed came back from the service in 1944. Frances sold the house on Irene and moved into a duplex with Ed and Bernice. Frances lived with Bernice and her family for the next twenty years. After a short stay in the hospital, Frances moved into the apartment on Wellesley with her daughter Gert a few years after Gert's husband Dan's death in 1961. Gert and Frances later moved to the retirement apartments that were built where Euclid Beach Park had been located. Frances, needing more care, was moved to Greenlawn nursing home in Concord, Ohio for several years before her death. Frances died October 20, 1980 at the age of 98. After the Mass of Resurrection, she was buried next to her husband of 33 years; some 43 years after his death, in Calvary Cemetery section 12 lot 183.
Jul 16, 2003 · posted to the surname Seitz
Richard O'Keefe Elizabeth was born in Dublin, Ireland Thursday, May 28, 1874 to Joseph and Catherine (nee Kearns) O'Keefe. He was 20 and she was 18 years old. The baby was named Elizabeth after her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth McGrain. Her brother, Harry, was born when she was 2 ½ years old. In April 1883, when she was almost 9 years old, the four of them immigrated to the United States and somehow settled in Cleveland, Ohio. On Monday, August 17, 1891 at St. John's Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, she married Henry J. Billinghurst, who had come to the United States from Devonshire, England. Rev. W. Thomas Thorpe officiated. She was 17 and Henry was 23. According to church records, Henry was not Catholic at the time of his marriage but he must have converted to Catholicism sometime during his life because he was buried from the Catholic Church. Elizabeth Billinghurst gave birth to her first child, Harry, October 16, 1893 when she was19. The couple had three more children. George was born December 6, 1895 and Agnes February 7, 1898. Since Elizabeth was married before her father was naturalized, she had to wait until her husband Henry was naturalized on March 23, 1899 to become a U.S. citizen. Before 1920 women were not permitted to apply for US citizenship. According to the 1900 census, Elizabeth had five children but one of them died as an infant. Then Robert arrived March 14, 1900. She was almost 26 years old when she gave birth to Robert. When Robert was born the ages of his siblings were Harry 6 ½, George 4 and Agnes 2. Elizabeth lost another child in infancy according to the 1910 census and then in July 1909, a daughter Marie also called Mary was born. Unfortunately, she died on August 2 of the following year and was buried in Calvary cemetery. All the children were born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Elizabeth worked as a telephone operator during her early years. Elizabeth divorced Henry in 1914, but when he took seriously ill around 1916, Elizabeth took him back and cared for him until May 12, 1918 when Henry died. He was 50 years old and she just 44. Henry was buried in Calvary Cemetery in the same three-grave plot that her father, Joseph O'Keefe, was buried only 4 years earlier. On October 18 of that same year, Elizabeth's daughter Agnes married Guy Walkup, who had just returned from serving in World War I. Agnes was 20 years old at the time. In 1920 both Harry and George were married. George married (Mary) Coletta Shea. She was the daughter of Michael and Lydia Shea. Lydia had passed away in 1910 and their son, William, had been killed in 1918 in France during the First World War. Then in 1922 Elizabeth and Michael Shea were married. She was 48 and he was 6 years her senior. With the marriage, Michael and Elizabeth became stepparents to George and Coletta respectively in addition to their in-law status. Elizabeth officially went by the name Mrs. Michael J. Shea. Elizabeth's first grandchild, Bruce Walkup, couldn't say "Granny" and it came out "Dinny". The name stuck and even to this day she is referred to affectionately as "Dinny" by those who knew her and still have wonderful memories of her. Dinny was also known for being a pretty good shot with a gun. The O'Keefe home on Ferris was host to many lively parties with piano music and dancing, where even Grandma O'Keefe (Catherine) was known to hitch up her skirts and do a jig. On November 27, 1923, Elizabeth's mother, Catherine, died at the age of 66 and was buried next to her husband in Calvary Cemetery. Elizabeth and Michael together with their children who were still living at home moved into the family home at 12413 Ferris Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Her youngest son, Robert, was married to Anna Lynch on August 31, 1927. The family gathered frequently at Dinny's house (her grown children, their spouses and her grandchildren, etc.) Even though Dinny was a little woman, she could be a real spitfire when anyone got out of line (including her grown sons and son-in-law) especially if something off-color was said. Elizabeth's daughter-in-law, Mary Coletta was seriously ill from diabetes during the last few years of her life, so George and his family moved into the "family home" on Ferris Avenue and Elizabeth helped to raise the children. Mary Coletta died October 9, 1932. Their oldest child wasn't quite 10 and the youngest not yet one. During Mary Coletta's illness and after her death, Dinny made tea and toast every evening for the children before they went to bed. George remarried on June 20, 1936 to Grace McKinney (nee Nutting). Grace also had lost her spouse in 1932 and had three young children, Kenneth, Marjorie and Donald. George and Grace had two more children. Jeanne Marie was born October 17, 1937 and Alfred Leroy was born September 6, 1941. He later changed his name to Roy A. Billinghurst. Elizabeth's brother Harry passed away October 9, 1937. On August 28, 1941, Michael Shea died at the age of 73 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery next to his first wife Lyda and daughter Colette in section 5 lot 505. Elizabeth and Michael had been married 19 years. She was 67 years old. Elizabeth sold the family home at 12413 Ferris Avenue in 1942 and lived with her daughter Agnes and her family at 17306 Miles Avenue during Elizabeth's later years. Elizabeth lived through the Spanish-American war, in which her brother, Harry, fought plus the First World War, the Great Depression and the Second World War. In fact during the Second World War, Dinny had 5 grandchildren (Bruce and Roy Walkup, Bill Billinghurst, and Ken and Marge McKinney) in military service. She wrote to each of them weekly telling them what was happening at home and what the others in the service were doing. Dinny recorded the births, deaths and marriages of her extended family throughout the years, in the Family Record section of her bible. In 1944, George moved his family to Avon, Ohio and the previously frequent visits back and forth became very infrequent because of the distance. In fact, Roy Walkup drove Elizabeth out to Avon for her first visit when he came home from the service in 1945. Elizabeth's daughter-in-law Loretta, Harry's wife, preceded her in death by two weeks. Elizabeth died March 9, 1949. The funeral home was Lester J. Gallagher, 9610 Miles Avenue and after a Requiem Mass at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, she was laid to rest in section 24 lot 21 in Calvary Cemetery with her first husband, Henry and her parents. She was 74, the mother of four, grandmother of 12, step-grandmother of two and great-grandmother of four at the time of her death.
Jul 15, 2003 · posted to the surname O'Keefe
Richard O'Keefe Charles Avon Blondin was born to Antoine Blondin and Josephine Blondin (nee Montpetit) on Thursday, November 7, 1844 according to family records or May 25, 1843 as stated in his obituary. He was born in Coteau du Lac in the Montreal district of Quebec, Canada. He moved to Ogdensburg, New York from Coteau du Lac, a distance of slightly more than 100 miles, about the year 1863. In his later years, a newspaper reporter wrote of Charles' experiences with ox-carts, Conestoga wagons and horse-drawn buggies while he was a young man in Ogdensburg. He married Priscilla Richard at Notre dame Catholic Church in Ogdensburg on August 18, 1865. He was 21 and Priscilla was about 18. They moved to Cleveland, Ohio when he was 21 in 1866 and first appeared in the 1866/67 City Directory. He was a blacksmith. For most of his life he lived on the near west side which today is called the West 25th Street area. He was also a musician, playing the violin both for personal enjoyment and professionally. Charles and Priscilla had 5 children over a twelve-year period. Abbigail or Abbie as she was called was born October 2, 1868. Charles was born September 16, 1871. Louisa which became Louise sometime after she was married was born July 22, 1874. Ellsworth was born June 9, 1878 and Lillian was born April 15, 1881. Lil's father was 37 and Priscilla was 34 when she was born. When Lil was born her sibling's ages were Abbie 12, Charles 9, Louise 6 and Ellsworth almost 3. According to the 1900 and 1910 census, they had another baby who died while still a child. The 1900 census showed that Charles was a naturalized citizen who came to the US in 1863. The family moved frequently, especially in the early years but usually only a short distance staying in the same neighborhood. Although there were times when they lived in the same place for 7 or 11 or 9 years, the annual city directory usually showed them with a new address, more than 23 times. Their oldest daughter, Abbie, married Henry E. Lane on December 27, 1886 when she was 18. 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. Abbie and her daughter, Cecile, moved back to her parent's home and lived with them until after Cecile was grown and married. Charles married Lizzie Mitchell on January 31, 1895 in St. Patrick's Church on Bridge Avenue. However, on February 4, 1903 Charles married Alice Andrews (nee Hudson). Since he was married both times in the Catholic Church, his first wife presumably died. Another of Charles and Priscilla's daughters, Louise, married John Thomas Shaughnessy on May 27, 1896 in St. Patrick's Church on Bridge Avenue in Cleveland when she was 21 years old. Louise and John had five children between 1897 and 1906 but two died as infants. Ellsworth was a talented musician. First giving music lessons, then joining an orchestra in Kenosha, Wisconsin and eventually traveling to Europe to perform. He married once in Wisconsin and once in Illinois. Charles and Priscilla's youngest daughter Lillian never married. Charles was short in stature but had a big heart. When great grandchildren came along, he was called "little grampa" to differentiate him from their grandfather. From that time on both children and adults in the family referred to him by that name. His wife Priscilla died December 4, 1932 at their home at 3340 W. 120th St. in Cleveland. She was 85 years old. Not long after, Charles and his daughter Lillian moved to 4222 Lorain Avenue. At the age of 94, as he was crossing the street on his way to St. Patrick's Church he was hit by a car and hospitalized for a fractured knee. In a newspaper article about the accident they wrote, "Smooth of cheek and unwrinkled, with a heavy moustache and unruly shock of hair, Mr. Blondin amazed doctors at the hospital with his vitality. They had estimated his age at between 60 and 65. He is retired from his occupation as a blacksmith chiefly because he can find no more work". His daughter Lillian died about a year later on October 3, 1938 at the age of 57. Shortly after her death, he moved in with one of his granddaughters, Adele Smith, and her family at their home in Lakewood on 13519 Fairwood Drive. He lived with them until his death on Sunday, January 16, 1944. He was 99 years old. After a requiem mass at St. Vincent de Paul's Catholic Church at 9:30 AM, he was buried on the following Wednesday in section 12 lot 509 at Calvary Cemetery. Section 12 contained only single graves and was near the section where Priscilla had been buried almost eleven years earlier.
Jul 15, 2003 · posted to the surname Blondin
Richard O'Keefe Priscilla Richard was born in Ogdensburg, New York on October 5, 1847 to Louis and Cecile (Nee Brunet) Richard. She was the fifth of nine children. Her parents had come from Canada about 1845. On August 18, 1865 Priscilla married Charles Avon Blondin in Ogdensburg, New York. Priscilla was about 18 and he was 21. She became Mrs. Priscilla Blondin. Charles was born in Canada about 100 miles from Ogdensburg, New York. He moved to Ogdensburg, New York from Coteau du Lac in the Montreal district of Canada about 1863. He was a blacksmith by trade. After the wedding, in 1966 the couple traveled 475 miles probably by train to Cleveland where they would live. According to the 1870 census Priscilla's father was "foreign-born" (Canada) and her mother was from the US. Charles and Priscilla had 5 children over a twelve-year period. Abbigail or Abbie as she was called was born October 2, 1868. Charles was born September 16, 1871. Louisa which became Louise sometime after she was married was born July 22, 1874. Ellsworth was born June 9, 1878 and Lillian was born April 15, 1881. Lil's father was 37 and Priscilla was 34 when she was born. When Lil was born her sibling's ages were Abbie 12, Charles 9, Louise 6 and Ellsworth almost 3. According to the 1900 and 1910 census, they had another baby who died while still a child. The family moved frequently, especially in the early years but usually only a short distance staying in the same neighborhood. Although there were times when they lived in the same place for 7 or 11 or 9 years, the annual city directory usually showed them with a new address, more than 23 times. This constant moving must have been hard on Priscilla. Their oldest daughter, Abbie, married Henry E. Lane on December 27, 1886 when she was 18. 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. Abbie and her daughter, Cecile, moved back to her parent's home and lived with them until after Cecile was grown and married. Charles married Lizzie Mitchell, a girl from the neighborhood, on January 31, 1895 in St. Patrick's Church on Bridge Avenue. However, on February 4, 1903 Charles married Alice Andrews (nee Hudson). Since he was married both times in the Catholic Church, his first wife presumably died. Another of Charles and Priscilla's daughters, Louise, married John Thomas Shaughnessy on May 27, 1896 in St. Patrick's Church on Bridge Avenue in Cleveland when she was 21 years old. Louise and John had five children between 1897 and 1906 but two died as infants. Ellsworth was a talented musician. First giving music lessons, then joining an orchestra in Kenosha, Wisconsin and eventually traveling to Europe to perform. He married once in Wisconsin and once in Illinois. Charles and Priscilla's youngest daughter Lillian never married. Priscilla died at her home, 3340 W. 120th St., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 1932. Following a Requiem Mass for her on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in St. Vincent De Paul's Catholic Church at 9 a. m, she was buried in Calvary Cemetary section 39 lot 144. She was 85 years old and had been married to Charles for 64 years.
Jul 15, 2003 · posted to the surname Richard
Richard O'Keefe Harry was born in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday, November 12, 1876 to Joseph and Catherine (nee Kearns) O'Keefe. He was baptized on November 20, 1876 in the church of SS. Michael & John in South Dublin with the name Michael after his paternal grandfather, Michael O'Keeffe. Margaret O'Keefe was listed as his sponsor. It was in the same church and by the same priest, Rev. John O'Hanlon, who married his parents. From the very earliest times Harry Michael O'Keefe was his formal name but he always went by Harry. His sister, Elizabeth, was 2 ½ years old. In April 1883, when he was 6 years old, the four of them immigrated to the United States and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. On October 25, 1892, he was naturalized thru his father because he was a minor (15 years old). Harry was listed in the City Directory as an ironworker before enlisting in the U. S. Calvary. Apparently, during most of his adult life he dropped the "O" and went by Harry M. Keefe. Harry enlisted on September 19, 1898 when he was almost 22 years old and served until January 25, 1899 in "F" Troop, 2nd U.S. Calvary. After basic training and because the Spanish American war ended December 10, 1998, he was discharged in Huntsville, Alabama and returned to Cleveland. However, shortly after The Philippine Insurrection began in February 1999 he re-enlisted in Cleveland on March 13, 1899 in "M' Troop, 4th U.S. Calvary. His enlistment papers show his height as 5' 6½" and 5' 7¼" respectively with brown eyes on one document and blue eyes on the other. It seems they could agree on brown hair and fair complexion. It took six days to travel by train from Cleveland to the Presidio in San Francisco. On June 28, 1899, Harry shipped out on the troop transport "Valencia" which made a short stop in Honolulu on the way to the Philippines. The voyage took 32 days. Harry kept a journal almost daily from March 13, 1899 to May 12, 1900 and again from February 22 to March 13 in 1901. He chronicled what it was like serving during the Philippine Insurrection, which many still referred to as the Spanish-American War in the Philippines. It is very interesting reading. A copy of his journal has been transcribed and is available in computer readable form. His handwriting showed the artist in him and the journal is in excellent shape considering the severe conditions he endured during the war. He contracted malaria, suffered malnutrition and food poisoning while he served in the Philippines. This could explain some of the gaps in his journal. He also served in "G" Troop, 15th U.S. Calvary and after attaining the rank of sergeant was finally discharged on March 18, 1902 in California and then returned to Cleveland. A little over eighteen months later he married Frances Margaret Seitz on Wednesday, November 11, 1903 in St. Francis Church, Cleveland, Ohio. He was 27 years old. She was 21. Harry and Frances moved in with his parents for about a year when their first child, Gertrude Catherine O'Keefe was born October 19, 1904 and again when Edward Joseph O'Keefe arrived May 11, 1907. Harry's occupation was listed as machinist from 1903 through 1916 except for the year 1907 when he was listed as a fireman. In 1910 they moved to 1460 East 93rd Street, which would be their home until 1926. Bernice Frances O'Keefe was born December 23, 1917. When Bernice was born Frances was 35 and Harry was 41. Gert was 13 and Ed 10 years old. From 1917 until 1922 Harry was a foreman (of machinists). On September 12, 1918, Harry registered for the draft as required, even though he was two months shy of his 42nd birthday. On August 16, 1922, at the age of 45 Harry started working for the U. S. Government's Veteran's Bureau (later called Veteran's Administration) serving in Dayton, Columbus, Lexington and Toledo before finally being assigned to the Cleveland office. Harry and Frances bought a home that had been built in 1927 at 1251 Irene Road, Lyndhurst Village in what was called the Mayfield Highlands. The only story Harry's son, Edward, ever told his children about their grandfather was about the time when Harry had to go to a small town in Kentucky or Tennessee and a local who operated a moonshine still fired a rifle at him from across the street, hitting a mail box that he was standing beside. He returned fire with a small .25 caliber automatic pistol that he carried. Apparently neither was hit and it could have well been a warning shot because he was a "government man" even though he had nothing to do with liquor control. His grandson, Richard, now has that pistol that maybe saved Harry's life. Harry was also an artist. He produced many pen and ink sketches, mostly of western themes. He also painted several pictures, some of which are still displayed in his granddaughter's home. Harry began suffering from cardiac disease and coronary thrombosis in 1933. Harry suffered a heart attack at his home at 1251 Irene Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio on October 8, 1937. He was taken to the U.S. Marine Hospital in Cleveland where he died the next morning on October 9, 1937 at the age of 60. The wake was held at the family home. After a Requiem Mass at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, he was buried at Calvary Cemetary section 12 lot 183. Harry and Frances were married 33 years. His wife was buried at his side some 43 years later.
Jul 15, 2003 · posted to the surname O'Keefe
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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