Kevin Keegan (not the footballer) writes:
My name is Kevin Keegan( not soccer star). I would be very interested to learn what you find out of this history. I don't have much to add because my grandfather always told me I was a direct descendent of Brian Beru (not sure of spelling) but when I tried to impress some Irish girls working down the shore by telling them of my direct line to the king of Ireland they all yelled "aren't we all" so I soon realized I had no castle in my future. I do see a castle in your photo so I'm hoping to be a prince yet. I have heard many stories but I would love to know the old history. Best of luck to you and please let me know of your findings, Kevin
Bill Keegans writes:
Simon, What a great web site you have!. I have started to show an interest in tracing the Keegans side of my family. So far I have found no reference to the branch of the family located in and around Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland. My father was Cornelius and grandfather was William. Any leads that I could follow? Thanks.
John Keegan writes:
Thank you for your work shared on the website.
My name is John Keegan. I am the great-great-great grandson of Patrick Keegan.
Patrick was born in 1788 or 1789. His father worked as tenant farmer for James Dease of Turbotston (Coole) near Mullingar, County Westmeath. Patrick married the daughter of James Dease and Theresa Plunkett, Mary Jane Dease. In his early 20's Patrick left with his brother (Michael?) to set up a home in St. John's New Brunswick where Mary Jane and their then 3 children joined him in around 1825. In 1835 the family moved to Monroe County, Michigan. I believe Patrick (died 1849) and Mary Jane (died 1850) are buried at St. Patrick's in Carlton, MI.
I have abundant info on the Deases and Plunketts but nothing on Patrick. I have found a church record of a Patrick Keegan birth.baptism Sept 11, 1789 from Blanchardstown in County Dublin with father "Patrick" but mother's name not recorded (possibly "Geneta"). Not sure if this is Patrick's record but is the only record near his birthdate.
If you have any information or ideas, I would be most grateful.
John Thomas Keegan
St. Peters, MO (originally from Monroe, MI)
Irene Huthison writes:
I don't know if what I have will help as I have only been able to go back to about 1819 in Oristown, County Meath Ireland. My gr gr gr gr granparents were Michael Keegan and Catherine Bellew. I have been told that at the time, they were the only Keegan family in County Meath but was also told they probably didn't originate from Oristown because no family members were present for the birth of their children. Their children were:
John b 1839
Patrick b 1848
Matthew b 1850
Michael b 1855
Margaret b 1857
Richard b 1859
My gr gr gr grandfather was John b 1839. He migrated to the U.S., eventually ending up in San Francisco California. He married Mary Goodwin who was born in 1844 in Ireland and died about 1925 in San Francisco. I do have John's obit if you want a copy of it. He died 1896 in San Francisco.
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