Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Catherine Sullivan O'Keefe 1837-1928

Obituary of Catherine Sullivan O'Keefe 1837-1928 from the Lowville Journal Republican, 16 February 1928

Mrs. Catherine O'Keefe

Former Resident of Lowville Dies in New York—Funeral at St. Peter's Church Today.

Mrs. Catherine Sullivan O'Keefe, 91, a former resident of Lowville died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.D. Austin, New York. The remains were brought to the undertaking rooms of Graves & Virkler, Lowville, Wednesday, and funeral services will be held from St. Peter's church at 9:30 this morning. Burial will be in Rural cemetery.

Mrs. O'Keefe was born in Albany in April, 1837, but came as a child to Lowville with her parents. Practically all her long life was spent in this village, until ten years ago, when she sold her home here and went to love with her daughters. Her husband, David O'Keefe, died in 1870.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Margaret O'Neil, of this village; four daughters, Mrs. Austin and Miss Ella O'Keefe of New York; Mrs. David Barry, of Dedham, Mass., and Mrs. James Downey, Birmingham, Ala, and two sons, Frank D. O'Keefe, Carthage, and Maurice O'Keefe, of Staten Island. A sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Conway, 83, died in this village about a month ago.

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Note: Catherine Sullivan was my 3rd great-grandmother (Thomas MacEntee > Jacqueline Austin > Alfred Austin > John Ralph Austin > William Dence Austin > Catherine O'Keefe > Catherine Sullivan) and I have her wedding silver from the late 1850s.

Source: Mrs. Catherine O'Keefe, digital image, NYS Historic Newspapers (, accessed 13 July 2014), Lowville Journal Republic, published 16 February 1928, Volume 69, Number 17, p. 5, col. 3.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday's Faces from the Past: Elizabeth McGinnes

Elizabeth Agnes McGinnes, was my great grand-aunt, the sister of my great grandmother Therese McGinnes. She was born in 1886 in New York and was the oldest child of Matthew McGinnes and Bridget Farren (Farron). Elizbaeth died on January 23, 1956 in New York.

Photo: "Elizabeth McGinnes," ca. 1904. Digital photograph. Privately held by Thomas MacEntee, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Chicago, Illinois. 2014.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Census Sunday - John Ralph Austin Family - 1925 New York State Census

The 1925 New York State Census, the last year this census was taken in New York, shows my great-grandfather John Ralph Austin living with his wife Therese, age 28 and son Alfred, age 9 at 158 East 184th Street, Bronx, New York.

Source: 1925 New York State Census, Bronx County, New York, population schedule, Bronx, Block 2, Election District 30, Assembly District 8, p. 9 (penned), as of 1 June 1925, house no 158, East 184th Street, John R AUSTIN: digital images, Ancestry ( accessed 21 June 2014); from New York State Archives.

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