Judith Keeffe (aka Judith (Keeffe) Tobin) (Gowran, Kilkenny, Ireland – circa 1821, Northern Bay, Bay de Verde District, Newfoundland)
In Searching for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in “The Boston Pilot," 1831-1920, I found the following extract of an advertisement dated 29 September 1855 from Michael Tobin who was living in Thorold, Ontario. Michael was searching for his brothers Patrick and Richard in Canada.
OF RICHARD & PATRICK TOBIN, sons of Patrick Tobin and Judith Keeffe, of Parish Goran, co Kilkenny; when last heard from, one was in Prince Edward Island, and the other in Black Head, North Shore, Newfoundland. Information was received by their brother Michl Tobin, Thorold, Canada West, where he has lived for the last 14 years.
Please note that most genealogy and family history researchers refer to the 8 Volume publication and the on-line databases as “Missing Friends”. My discovery in Volume 3 was made before the three databases were available. (The validation that they are my family is described in detail in the XO People account for her husband Patrick Tobin.)
The following web sites have “Missing Friends” databases: Boston College; AmericanAncestors; and Ancestry. Boston College’s “Missing Friends” database is named: Information Wanted, It is free. The other versions are subscription sites.
Please be aware that the Boston College record for the above advertisement extract is inconsistent. (The records in the other two databases are consistent.) Unfortunately, there are no images of the original advertisements in the three databases. Ancestry’s version has indexed each family member. I prefer the Ancestry version because of the indexing.
Also, please note that I can’t find records in Canada, Ireland and Newfoundland that pin-point the Judith (Keefe) Tobin’s family’s Dates and Places of Birth, Baptism, Arrival, Death and Burial. Her husband was Patrick Tobin. Her sons were Richard, Patrick, Michael and James. I assume that the four sons were born in Newfoundland in the early 1800s. Based on the fact that Patrick re-married in 1822, I assume that Judith died circa 1821.
In addition, please note that in the XO Chronicle, XO People account for Judith’s husband, Patrick Tobin from Gowran, there are paragraphs on the validation of the family extract in “Missing Friends” by a Certificated Canadian Genealogist. He is an author of books on the Northern Bay Newfoundland area including one on the Catholic Parish. Prior to the publication of the 8 Volume set of books, he had validated that my 2 gg grandfather was RichardTobin based on Richard’s son Richard’s published Marriage Banns in Nova Scotia. Before the 8 Volume set was published, he validated that Richard Tobin in Northern Bay Newfoundland was one of Patrick and Judith’s four sons. The XO People account for Patrick Tobin explains in detail the importance of the “Missing Fiends” databases. Most paragraphs in Patrick’s account are quoted from the Ancestry.com “Missing Friends” version.
Finally, please note that the “Missing Friends” material from Ancestry is not repeated here.
By the way, I classify all versions of “Missing Friends” databases as both an Ireland and an Irish Diaspora databases in my free genealogy seminars and free individual consultations.
Note that there was a Keefe family in Northern Bay in the early 1800s. The family may have been related. Their 3 children were: Mary, Thomas and John. Mary Keefe married James Cotter and had at least one child, Thomas. Thomas Keefe married Mary Woodfine. Patrick Keefe married Catherine Whelan and had at least one son, Michael. John Keefe married Elizabeth McCarthy.
Possible Keeffe Relatives in Ireland
Gowran Tithe Applotment Records for Keefe and Keeffe:
Surname Name Page Number Townland
Keefe James 20 10 Castle Ellis
Keefe John 5 7 Stangs, Pedlarsgrange, Woodquarter
Keefe Pierce 15 8 Clashwilliam
Keeff John 23 18 Gowran
Keeffe Andrew 14 4 Ballyquirke
Keeffe Andrew 11 8 Clashwilliam
Keeffe James 7 21 Gallows hill
Keeffe Mrs 6 1 Bricana
Keeffe Patrick 17 9 Castle Ellis
Keeffe Patrick 5 25 Rathouse & Talbotshill
Keeffe Patt 14 4 Ballyquirke
Keeffe Pierce 22 3 Blanchfieldspark
Keeffe Pierce 7 1 Bricana
Keeffe Pierce 18 9 Castle Ellis
Griffith's Valuation for Gowran lists the following Keeffes:
Keeffe Anne Ballyquirk Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Bridget Brickana Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Bridget Main Street Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Catherine Castle Ellis Road Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Catherine Clashwilliam Upper Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Cathrerine Earlsbog Commons Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe David Ballyquirk Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe David Blanchvillespark Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe David Clifden Commons Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe James Castle Ellis Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe James Clashwilliam Upper Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe James Gallows hill Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Michaek Castle Ellis Road Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Pierce Castle Ellis Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Pierce Clashwilliam Upper Gowran Kilkenny
Keeffe Pierce Talbotshill Gowran Kilkenny
My correspondence with a Certificated Canadian Genealogist. He has requested anonymity.
Ancestry.com, “Missing Friends” and Tithe Applotment.
Askaboutireland.com, Griffith’s Valuation, (I like the maps!)
Newfoundland Grand Banks, Judith’s son Richard and Mary Hogan’s marriage record is in Bay de Verde District’s Vital Records for Northern Bay Catholic Parish Records.
Novascotiagenealogy.com has the Marriage Record for Judith’s grandson Richard and Honora Dooley by Banns. They were married on 22 November 1868 in North Sydney, Nona Scotia (page 38, number 132). Richard’s parents are listed as Richard and Mary from Northern Bay Newfoundland. Honora’s grandparents were Ormonds from Lismore, Waterford, Ireland who immigrated to North Sydney in the early 1800s.
|Date of Birth||1770 (circa)|
|Date of Death||1821 (circa)|
|In an Advertisement in “The Boston Pilot" on 29 Sep 1855 Judith Keeffe from Gowran, Kilkenny was identified as the mother of my 2G Grandfather. She lived in Newfoundland. The record was validated by a Newfoundland Certificated Canadian Genealogist.|