Kia ora Roimata
Just happened upon your posts as I start writing Chapter 3 of family history, which is about my great grandmother Margaret Keogh, daughter of John Keogh and Mary Noonan. Another cousin with a strong interest in genealogy has managed only to find as much as you have -
John Patrick Keogh born about 1830 in Killanoe, County Clare, died on 27 December 1915 in Waipipi.
He married Mary Noonan, who was born on 4 March 1841 in Knockbrack, Cork, on 6 February 1860 at St Mary's Catholic Church, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. She died on 29 October 1907.
Their children were:
1. James Keogh, born Cape Town 1860, and died there.
2. Mary Keogh, born CapeTown 1862, died 7 November 1950
3. Thomas Keogh, born 1867 Waipipi, died 29 August 1931
4. Margaret Keogh, born 1869 Waipipi, died 18 September 1948, Warea
5. Johanna Keogh, born 1872 Waipipi, died 28 August 1948, Waipipi
6. John Patrick Keogh, born 1874 Waipipi, died13 July 1938
7. Timothy Keogh, born 1876 Waipipi, died 9 August 1944
8. Martin Keogh, born 28 March 1878 Waipipi, died 1 May 1946 Auckland
9. James Keogh, born 1880 Waipipi, died 3 October 1954 Okato
10. Michael Keogh, born 1882 Waipipi, died 11 January 1969 Waipipi
11. Daniel Keogh, born 1886 Waipipi, died 8 June 1947
Which was your family? I am assuming it was one of the Keogh boys who went flax-milling up north with Margaret's husband, Samuel Jones. He died 6 weeks before their seventh child was born, and Margaret raised the children alone and successfully farmed with the help of her brother James.
Seems that the tracing back of Irish family is incredibly fraught, so I think I shall give up and just keep on writing the history. Happy to share, once done. It's for a family reunion of Margaret's family in Warea Taranaki at the end of January 2013.
Good luck with your search!