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The O'Keeffe Ancestry

O'Keeffe lineage to 1703 A.D. from the time of the Celtic
chieftain Oilill Olum, 7 generations before St.Patrick.
(sources: Book of Munster, Fr. Eugene O'Keeffe, 1703
& Booklet "The O'Keeffe's", unknown origin, 1989)

Felim, 52 B.C. (King of Munster)
Oilill Olum (sometimes called Ailill)
Eoghan Mor (from whom The Eoghanacht - The Race of Eoghan)
Fiacha Muilleathan
Oilill Flann Mor Oilill Flann Beag Deachluath
Lughaid Fiodach Daire Cearbra Maine Munchaoin
(308-353 A.D.) |
| Criomthann Mor Mac Fiodhaig
| (Crevan The Great, King of Ireland 366-378 A.D.)
Lughaid Cathfaidh Corclosadh "Corc"
Conall Mac Lughaid
Nadfraoich Cas MacBroic Ciar 4 sons by 3 sons by
(King of Cashel) Muingfionn another
Aonghus Oilill Eochaid Feidhlimid
(411-489 A.D.)
(also called Aeneas, King of Munster)
(baptised by St.Patrick)
(had 24 sons & 24 daughters - gave 12 of each to St.Patrick & God)
(2nd of the 12 lay sons was ancestor of the O'Keeffe clan)
Feidhlimid Dubh Eochaid Finn Breasal Seanach ........
(442-532 A.D.)
(or Eoghan)
Criomthann Criomthann (Crevan)
Feihmin/Sreibh son of Dearcon
(473-543 A.D.)
(from whom Siolb Caoimh,
the Eoghanacht of Glanworth)
Cairbre Crom Fiacha Aodh Crom Fiachra Eidhseach Fearadach
d. 580 A.D.
Aodh Flann Cathrach
(538-592 A.D.)
Cathal Ceallach Aonghus Liath
(569-621 A.D.)
Cu Gan Mathair Naolochtraigh Cronmhaol Maolanfaidh ...
d. 664 A.D.
Finnghuine Oilill
| |------|--------|
| Fogantach Aonghus Dubhda
Cathal Mac Finnghuine, King of Munster
(an only son, from whom
are the O'Keeffe / Ui Chaoimh,
'Cineal Cathail Mac Finnghuine')
Artir, King of Munster (Arthur / Art ; thought by some to be the
(725-806 A.D.) same Arthur, King of Cardigan, Wales)
Fionghuine (Fineen / Finian)
Caomh (the first to adopt the name 'Caomh'/'Keeffe')
(865-937 A.D.)
Donnchadh (Denis) (commanded Munster forces in 924 and
| obtained victory over Danish Vikings)
Aodh (Hugh) (slain at the Battle of Clontarf)
(d. 1014)
Domhnall (Donal / Daniel)
Maghnus (Manus)
Eoghan Finn O'Keeffe (Eugene/Owen of the fair hair)
Conchubhar (Conor / Cornelius)
Art Art Domhnall Croich Lughaidh
(the Dromagh | (from whom the (from whom
line) | Sept of Glenville) Sept of
| Conn Maol (ruling line) Dunbullog)
| (a Dominican |
Dohmnall Brother) Diarmuid
| |
|-----------| |-----------------------|
Maghnus Art Tadhg Eoghan
| | | |
| | | |---------|----------|
Domhnall Domhnall Red Keeffe Art Donnchadh Eoghan
| | |
| Margaret.......................|
| |
| |--------|---------|---------|--------|------|---|-|-|
Art Domhnall Lughaid Donnchadh Conchubhar Art-Og Caomh F A E
| | | X | | X X X
| | Conn Cathal-na-Seabhac Fr.Eugene Diarmuid
| | + + (ordained |
| | 1679) Caomh
Art Og |-----------|-------|----------|----------| +
| Art-Caoch David Aodh Donnchadh Maghnus
| |
| |-------------|----------------|
Maghnus Conchubhar Fionghuine Margaret
| (both died in France) (m. Art O Caoimh of
| Ballymichael, Muskerry)
(still alive 1703)

other names/dates from the Booklet "The O'Keeffe's"
which did not fit into the tree above :-

Ceallach O'Keeffe (an achorite, died 1063)

Tadhg of Dromagh was one of the few to join the Desmond rebellion

1582, Hugh O'Keeffe killed in a raid by the Earl of Desmond
into Pobal Ui Caoimh

1612, Art (cousin of Hugh) granted Dubullog Manor Castle & Mill
(diocese of Cloyne, Co.Cork)

1641, Daniel O'Keeffe, Chief of his nation, held about 18,000
acres of land in Duhallow ; these lands were lost after 1691

Daniel, son of aforementioned Daniel was a memeber of the
Confederation of Kilkenny

1641, outlawed: Donal, Donogh Mac Donail, Donogh Og O'Keeffe of
Dromagh as well as Conn O'Keeffe of Cullen

1653, Capt. Hugh O'Keeffe surrendered Dromagh castle

Battle of Aughrim: Daniel, nephew of aforementioned Hugh, was
killed (Commander of Foot) ; also Daniel's son Arthur killed

1703, Daniel, son of Hugh, dispossessed and became the outlaw
Donal a Rasca

1830, last parcel of O'Keeffe land (about 9,000 acres) in the
Ballydesmond area (Pobal O'Keeffe) sold to Mr.Scully (Cork M.P.)
- this land was leased from the Crown since the 1700's
- the land was further sold to Nicholas Dunscombe in 1858 in
the Encumbered Estates Court

1697, Arthur O'Keeffe of Dunbullog left his manors,lands, etc.
to his heir, Daniel, with remainders to his sons Charles
and Arthur, Counsellor at Law, who died in London in 1756 and
is buried at Westminster Abbey (described in 1740 as of Lincoln's
Inn and Bedford Row, London)

1679, suretor for Fr.Owen O'Keeffe (under registration for Popish
clergy) was Manus O'Keeffe, Knockageeha (Cullen)

Cornelius O'Keeffe, born 1664, 6th son of Denis O'Keeffe and
Hanora Daly, ordained at Toulouse, ministered at La Rochelle &
Nantes, became Bishop of Limerick 1720-1737

1734, Bishop O'Keeffe founded Burses in the Irish College in Paris
for any good O'Keeffe descended from the stock of Glenville

The Wild Geese included several O'Keeffe's :-

- Constantine O'Keeffe, Ballydesmond, 1671-1745
- his brother was killed while fighting with Claire's Dragoons)
- 2 other members of Art O'Keeffe's family killed in other
battles while fighting with the French army
- his youngest brother, Art, born 1682, went to France and had
a distinguished career in the French admiralty
- most of this family had served in Lord Kenmare's Irish
Jacobite regiment

- Hudson O'Keeffe, son of Daniel, Ballymaquirke, settled in the
province of Champagne
- his grandson became Keeper of the Royal Treasury of Louis XV

1732, O'Keeffe's admitted into the ranks of the French Nobility

1690, Arthur & Manus O'Keeffe, Knocknageeha, and Edward O'Keeffe,
Dromagh, were outlawed for high treason

The O'Keeffe lands at Ahane (Cullen) were confiscated after the
Desmond Rebellion ; the family stayed there as tenants well
into the 19th century

Soon after 1700, Charles O'Keeffe, Cullen, became a Protestant in
order to get land

1715, Charles leased 9 gneeves of land at Knocklucoge (Mount Keeffe)
- the family became prosperous & influential around Newmarket

1740, Daniel, son of Charles, died

1751, Meanus, grandson of Charles, married Mary Bunworth

1781, Meanus died and was buried in Dromtariffe Old Church
- all others in family buried in Newmarket Protestant Graveyard

1861, the last Meanus died (a Meanus in every generation)

1882, Charles, son of Meanus, died

1907, James Manusel O'Keeffe, grandson of Meanus, died tragically
- his wife remarried: her cousin Fitzgerald O'Keeffe of Kanturk
- Mount Keeffe sold to O'Keeffe's after Fitzy's death in 1934
- Lusanna then moved to England and died 1950

1929, Mount Keeffe Chalice given to the Victoria & Albert Museum,
London ; inscription reads "C.O.K. Me Fieri Anno Domini 1590"

& from another source (Joe O'Keefe Web pages) :-

Concubhar (b. ABT 1600)
Eoghan (b. ABT 1615)
Caomh (b. ABT 1635)
Eoghan Lughaidh Concubhar
b. ABT 1656 at Glenville b. ABT 1658 b. ABT 1660
m. Feb 1680 m. ? m. ?
d. 5 Apr 1726 d. AFT 1707 d. BEF 1707
| at Carrick-
| on-Suir
Art Og Eoghan Joseph Caomh 3 girls
b. ABT 1680 b.ABT 1682 b.ABT 1684 b.ABT 1686 Onora
m. ? Siobhan
d. Aug 1709 Marie
at Rochelle