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Mary S Veazey (O'Keeffe)

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Death: July 20, 1909 (79)
Place of Burial: Lamb Cemetery, Coryell Co, TX, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hugh O'Keeffe, Jr. and Mary Ann O'Keefe
Wife of Montgomery Stiles Veazey
Mother of Hugh Frank Veazey and Nancy Ann Elizabeth Cox
Sister of Arthur H. O'Keeffe

Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
Last Updated:

About Mary S Veazey

Birth: Apr. 10, 1830 Kentucky, USA Death: Jul. 20, 1909

wife of M. S.

Father: Hugh O'KEEFFE b: 25 DEC 1804 in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland Mother: Mary Ann MORGAN b: 25 DEC 1804 in Henry County, Kentucky

Family links:

 Montgomery Stiles Veazey (1830 - 1911)

 Hugh Frank Veazey (1862 - 1914)*
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Burial: Lamb Cemetery Coryell County Texas, USA

Created by: Anonymous Record added: Apr 11, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 50970756


Information on the children of Hugh comes from Laurel Burns .


"...about 1839, when the family migrated to Cass County, Illinois.... In 1853, the O'Keeffe family migrated to Bell County, Texas, in ox-drawn covered wagons and purchased a farm home on Pepper's Creek on the old Waco Road near the town of Belton, Texas. Mary served as housewife and reared her family of eight children who lived to reach the age of adulthood. Two sons, Hugh Jr., and Alfred Jackson, died in the Confederate Army. The other three sons died in childhood. Her husband, Hugh O'Keeffe, always called her by the endearing name, "Polly Anna".

La Fayette Lamb, Jr., and Aline Lamb-Sellers, A History of the Lamb/Lam Family -- The Family History of Marquis de La Fayette Lam and Wife America Ann Rogers-Lam.


THE HISTORY OF BELL COUNTY, TEXAS by George W. Tyler, Page 159 - "Ten Years of Growth, 1850 - 1860"

5. New Communities and Settlers in the Fifties

"About the same time came Elisha EMBREE, who settled on Pepper's Creek, on the Waco road, some four miles northeast from Belton; Silas BAGGETT, at Howard, about four miles further on; and several other families in that section, on Pepper's and Bird's Creek, including Mrs. GRAVES, Hugh O'KEEFE, Warren PUETT, Elisha PUETT, Jas. W. HODGE, Alex HODGE, J.A. CLARK, John NICHOLS, Wm. A. YOUNG, Thos. P. DOOLEY and others."


THE STORY OF BELL COUNTY, TEXAS, Volumes I&II, 1988, Bell County Historical Commission. Page 799 & 800, Originally Submitted by: Major Fred T. O'Keefe

Hugh O'KEEFFE was born December 25, 1804, in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland, and was sent to the parish school to be trained for the priesthood. His religious training was discontinued in 1822 when the family immigrated to America. Hugh was described as a stocky, red-headed, and witty Irishman.

Upon arriving in America the family settled at Madison, Indiana, where the father resumed his profession of river boat pilot on the Ohio River. Later, they crossed over the river into Kentucky and lived on Pattons Creek, Oldham County. Here, Hugh Married Mary Ann (Polly) MORGAN on August 30, 1826. Polly, the daughter of John MORGAN, was born on December 25, 1804, in Henry County, Kentucky. The six children born to Hugh and Mary in Kentucky were: ...

It was in Illinois that Hugh's widowed mother, Johannah, died and was buried. His father, Hugh O'KEEFFE, Sr., had died previously while they were living in Kentucky.

Hugh, Mary and their 10 children moved to Texas in covered ox-drawn wagons and settled in Bell County in 1853. Hugh purchased 150 acres of land on Peppers Creek in the Howard community and built a house. He engaged in farming, ranching and, for a period, operated the stagecoach stop at Howard. Later he purchased about 100 acres of land on the north side of the Leon River in the vicinity of present-day Lake Belton. While living in Howard, Mary persuaded Hugh to attend a revival in Belton being conducted by Major PENN, a known evangelist. Hugh renounced his Catholic faith and joined the Baptist church with Mary.

The Civil War erupted a few years later and five of Hugh's sons were inducted in the Confederate army. They were: John, Hugh, Jr., Presley, Albert Jackson and Arthur. Hugh, Jr. died in the war and was buried at Austin, Arkansas. Albert Jackson died in the service, but the date and place of his burial is unknown. Presley was taken prisoner and later released. The others were released after the surrender.

Hugh was still farming and ranching in Bell County in 1870. Hugh and Mary were living in the household of their son, Arthur and family, in 1880 and still residents of the county. *Hugh died in the summer of 1885 at the home of his daughter in Mound, Texas. *Mary died there in January 1897.

Letter from Jermiah O’KEEFFE, Querrin, Kilrush Post Co. Clare,Ireland 20 Feb

1878 to his cousin Hugh O'KEEFFE, Jr.


[Betty SIROS BURNS, 7961 Mesa Trails Circle, Austin TX 78731 22 Nov 1985

[Transcribed by BSB from xerox copy of the original, sent by Robert Webb

BURNS in early ca 1964 to WAB/BSB. Parts are torn. Surnames capitalized by

BSB. Laurel Burns split it into lines and added a missing line, 1999.

Spelling as in original. No noticeable punctuation.]

Querin February 20th 1878

I received your letter the 17th which

was handed to my son from the post

master in Kilrush which gave me

great pleasure to hear from any of

the name altho I was very lonesome

for a few minutes for been so far

seprated and no chance of seeing

you for Ever I am a son of your

Uncle Malicky who left at the same

time your father left or after it and

no account of him sinse he

left wife and four after him

one of them went to sidney

30 years ago his name was [torn – started with an F?, T?, K? or H?]

another went in the polie[torn]

15 years ago I have seen h[torn]

time sinse his name was M[torn]

one sister Ellen and she [torn]

and so is my self poor in like

manner I follied the sea fairing

business sense I was 20 years

old My family was six I am a Pilot

at ships from sea to Limerick

I am at the ? age of 67 years old

there are 4 of my family

living 2 Boys and 2 girls my own

name is Jermiah OKEEFFE sons

Denis and Daniel O'KEEFFE

Mary and Catherine all married

except Daniel I live within

a half a moil of where your

Father lived that is in Querin

and there is none of the OKEEFFEs

there now but me and my family

I have no land nothing to live on

but my bare wages and now I

am getting old I must soon give up

I have one son single

[torn] he is living with me that

[torn] Daniel the rest is married

[torn]uncle Denis went to England

[torn]t 60 years ago and got a situation

[torn] the dock yard I have no account

[torn] his family up to this his son

Charles Robert I have no account

of him uncle Daniel died in the

Co. Clare 40 years ago and uncle

John at the same time

Uncle John had no family he was

married to father Patt McINERNEYs sister

in Doonbeg she died about the same

time before himself or some time

before himself and he was living

with ant Kate that was maried to

Patt LYNCH and Kate had three

sons the times got bad and they

went to south America and died

with sickness ant Kates husband

died and she lived 2 years after

she has one daughter living and

Is well off ant Mary that was

Married to T. KELLY had one son

and was very rich and he died

of a sudden ant Ellon tha[ ]

was Married to J. HONAN [ ]

a long time after her husband [ ]

had 2 sons and one daughter[ ]

the are rich farmers uncle

Daniel had 2 daughters and are

well off the BOROUGHs that had

the law with your father and

grandfather are all dead and

half the land is unther the cort

Please to let me know have

you any family or how are

you situated the two

Houses that your Father had

in Kilrush some of the

Wales of them are up yet

and no man canot build

on them and let me know

was he very old when he died

all the Information I can get

I will send It In my next

[ ] I have no more to say

[ ]t Presant time I remain

[ ]truely faithful and

[ ]tionate friend untill

[ ]ath Jermiah OKEEFFE

Adress to

Jermiah O KEEFFE Querrin


Kilrush post Co. Clare


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Mary S Veazey's Timeline

April 10, 1830
Kentucky, United States
May 27, 1860
Age 30
Mound, Coryell, Texas, United States
January 1862
Age 31
Texas, United States
July 20, 1909
Age 79
Lamb Cemetery, Coryell Co, TX, USA