Do you know whether there is any connection between your Thomas and a Laurence (Lawrence) O'Keefe, born about 1813-1817 in Ireland, married to Mary Barry, born in Ireland about 1811-1814, children: John (born about 1838 in Ireland), Johanna (born about 1845 in Ireland), Hannah (born about 1846/47 in Massachusetts), and Thomas (born about 1849 in Massachusetts)?
Based on the births of the the children listed in the census, they came to the U.S. between 1845 and 1847 to Massachusetts - probably Boston?
From there, the census shows they went to the Fox Valley in Wisconsin - Nekimi, Winnebago County, in 1850, Black Wolf, Winnebago County, in 1860 and 1870, and Appleton, Outagamie County, in 1880.
Around the turn of the century it seems like the only O'Keefe's in Appleton were related to either Lawrence or Thomas so I was hoping someone would know whether there was a connection or just coincidence (i.e., stories about "that other O'Keefe family we're not related to").
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