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O’KEEFFE, P.M. Born 1817, Co. Cork, Ireland.
KERIN, Susan. Born 1817, Co. Clare. Connecticut; Dubuque, Iowa, USA.

Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: Historical and Biographical Record of Black Hawk County, Iowa. Chicago: Inter-State Pub. Co., 1886.

P.M. O'Keeffe is a native of County Cork, Ireland, born in 1817. He served an apprenticeship at gardening, but followed mining principally till he came to America, his father being an underground agent or superintendent of a coal mine near his native city. He was married in London, England, in 1851, to Catherine Murphy, and of the six children born to this union all are deceased - Nellie died in England when an infant; Mathew, at the age of six years; John P., aged nineteen years; Charles, aged four years, and two who died in infancy unnamed. He came to America with his wife in 1854, who died in Raymond, Black Hawk County, in the spring of 1861. He was again married in June, 1862, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Susan Kerin, who was born in County Clare, Ireland, April 28, 1817. She came to America in 1849 and lived most of the time in Connecticut till 1854, when she came to Dubuque. Mr. O'Keeffe came to Dubuque in 1855, and commenced as a common laborer, grading on what is now known as the Pacific and Sioux City Railroad. Although this was his first experience at this sort of work, he displayed such an aptitude for it and made such a rapid progress that in 1861 he was made foreman of section 14, which position he held until 1869, when he resigned. He then settled on his present farm in Raymond, which he had bought February 2, 1864, which he has converted from a wild state to a well-cultivated farm. He has now 110 acres, valued at $30 per acre, with a comfortable residence and good out buildings, and is now living somewhat retired from the active duties of life. In politics Mr. O'Keeffe was a Republican until the last election, when he voted a Democratic ticket. He has led too industrious a life to accept any offices in this country, although he has had tendered him most of the township offices. In religious belief Mr. O'Keeffe is a Catholic.

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