Sunday 23 February 2020

Signature Silhouette #2 ~Teresa (Carroll) Wynne

For many of my ancestors, we have no photographs, no treasured heirlooms, not even a funeral card to remember them by. But of those who could read and write, a few left their signatures behind. They often signed historical census returns, for example, copies of which still survive. Apart from descendants, their signature may be all that remains of them today. So, it's my intention to feature a Signature Silhouette for one ancestor, each week, until they are all are preserved.

Here's one for my maternal great-grandmother, Teresa (Carroll) Wynne:-

Teresa Carroll Wynne (1888-1958)

Sadly, I've no document containing the signature of Teresa's husband, my great-grandfather, Patrick James Wynne (1868-1937). He died intestate, so did not leave a signature on a will. He still lived with his father in 1901 and was a lodger in Cork in 1911, so didn't sign either census as head of a household. I can't think where else I may find his signature now.

If any of my cousins have a document with his signature, I'd be truly grateful to see a copy of it. 🙏

Idea courtesy of Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls.

Source of signature: Last will and testament, Teresa Wynne, Newcastle Upon Tyne, dated 1 May 1958.


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Sunday 16 February 2020

Seeking descendants of Thomas Keogh and Charlotte Lysaght

My first genealogy project of 2020 involves tracing the descendants of my third-great-grandparents, Jeremiah Keogh and Jane Crosby, mainly to see if any of them can be identified among my mother’s list of DNA matches. In addition to their daughter Maryanne, who was my great-great-grandmother, Jeremiah and Jane had three sons - Thomas, Martin and John. This post is about Thomas and his descendants.

Thomas Keogh married Charlotte Lysaght (sometimes known as Charlotte Mooney after her stepfather, John Mooney) in St Laurence O’Toole’s church in Dublin city on 13 April 1866.

Barely one month later, their eldest son was born. He was christened Jeremiah Richard Keogh in St Andrew’s church, on the other side of the River Liffey, on 21 May 1866. He was named after both his grandfathers, Jeremiah Keogh and Richard Lysaght. As far as I can tell, Jeremiah Richard was the couple's only surviving child.

Soon after he was born, Thomas and Charlotte returned to O’Toole’s parish, where three additional children were baptised - Thomas Michael born in 1868, died in 1869, Catherine Margaret born in 1870, died in 1880 and Martin, born in 1872, died that same year.

Both Thomas and Charlotte died relatively young themselves. Charlotte got nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) and died at home, at 7 Ossory Road, on 15 March 1895, stated age fifty years. Thomas died of bronchitis at his son Jeremiah's home, at 14 Abercorn Road, on 12 May 1898.

Jeremiah Richard Keogh worked as a bricklayer, like his father and grandfather. He married twice. His first wife was Mary Cassidy, who he married in 1890 and with whom he had five children. Mary died of phthisis (tuberculosis) in 1902, and in 1903 Jeremiah married Christina Griffen. They made their home in Caledon Road, Dublin, and had six more children. Jeremiah died on 18 March 1940, having suffered from hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body) for ten days.

DNA evidence:
After tracing Jeremiah's many descendants, only one DNA match became apparent. This lady shares a 27 cM DNA segment with my mother and 17 cM with Mam's maternal first cousin, and shares a different 15 cM DNA segment with my maternal uncle.

A relationship calculator estimates their connection as either third cousins once removed, fourth cousins, or second cousins twice removed. And, it turns out they're third cousin once removed. Our new cousin's grandmother was born Charlotte Keogh, Jeremiah's second-eldest daughter. It all fits!

And it provides genetic evidence that Thomas and my Maryanne were siblings, and helps to link me scientifically with my third great-grandparents.

Charlotte (Keogh) Stacey
(courtesy of her great-granddaughter)
Jeremiah Richard's children were:
  • Bridget Charlotte Keogh (1890-1974)
  • Charlotte Keogh (1893-1975)
  • Mary Jane Keogh (1896-1918)
  • Ellen Josephine Keogh (1898-1918)
  • Thomas Peter Keogh (1901-1902)
  • Jeremiah Francis Keogh (1904-1971)
  • Christina Annie Keogh (1906-1917)
  • Kathleen Keogh (1908-1985)
  • Gretta Keogh (1910-1965)
  • Charles Patrick Keogh (1913-1955)
  • Patricia Keogh (1916-1963)

If you are related to anyone mentioned here, have any further questions, or have additional information about this family, please contact me at Blackraven.genealogy(at)gmail(dot)com.

Copy marriage register, Thomas Keogh and Charlotte Lysaght, Dublin North, 13 April 1866, Civil records on

Baptism registers, Jeramiah Keogh, St Andrew Parish, 1866; Thomas Michael Keogh, St Laurence O'Toole's Parish, 1867; Catherine Margaret Keogh, St Laurence O'Toole's Parish, 1870; Martin Keogh, St Laurence O'Toole's Parish, 1872, Church records at

Burial register index of Glasnevin Cemetery, Thomas Keogh, 25 Mabbot, aged 1 year, 1869; Martin Keogh, 29 Lower Jane Place, aged 6 months, 1872, Genealogy at Glasnevin Trust.

Copy death registers, Catherine Margaret Keogh, Dublin North, 27 May 1880; Charlotte Keogh, Dublin South, 15 March 1895; Thomas Keogh, Dublin North, 12 May 1898; Mary Keogh, Dublin South, 22 August 1902; Jeremiah Richard Keogh, Dublin North, 18 March 1940, Civil records on

Copy marriage registers, Jeremiah Keogh and Mary Cassidy, Dublin North, 18 February 1890; Jeremiah Keogh and Christina Griffin, Dublin North, 27 November 1903, Civil records on

Sunday 9 February 2020

Signature Silhouette #1 ~ Kevin Wynne

For many of my ancestors, we have no photographs, no treasured heirlooms, not even a funeral card to remember them by. But of those who could read and write, a few left their signatures behind. They often signed historical census returns, or their last will and testaments, for example, copies of which still survive. Apart from descendants, their signature may be all that remains of them today.

I've wanted to feature my ancestors' signatures for a while now, to share them with anyone interested, and to store them all together, in one place, in my online family tree. But, I was at a loss as to how best to present them. Then last month my blogging buddy Cathy showcased a Signature Silhouette for one of her ancestors. This is a grand solution to my little conundrum. And, if even one ancestor silhouette a week is created, it won't be long before all their signatures are preserved.

So, to start with, here's a Signature Silhouette for my maternal grandfather, Kevin Wynne:

Kevin Wynne (1909-1960)

How cool is that! 😍

Idea courtesy of Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls, and The Genealogy Girl.

Source of Signature: Kevin Wynne, Student 562, 1938, National College of Ireland, Clar-Leabhar na Sgolairi 1937-42', College Student Registers, Ref. IE/NIVAL CR/CR67/561, National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), accessed 17 Feb. 2015.

Sunday 2 February 2020

Introducing the Keogh family

As far as my maternal grandmother is concerned, much of my genealogy research has concentrated on her father' side, while little work has been done on her mother's ancestors. Likewise, until recently, I had not identified any DNA matches linked to her mother, Christina Devine. My first project this year sought to change that.

Except, it was easier said then done. All Christina Devine's siblings either died in infancy or died childless, so Granny had no maternal first cousins. And, nothing is known about Christina's father John Devine, prior to his marriage to Maryanne Keogh. John's parents were named in the church register of their marriage, but that remains frustratingly illegible. So, my best chance for success was on Maryanne Keogh's side.

Maryanne Keogh, was the eldest daughter of Jeremiah (also known as Darby) Keogh and Jane Crosby. She was baptised in Lucan parish on 9 February 1834. Her parents married under licence in the same parish, on 26 April 1833. I wrote about their possible reasons for obtaining a licence, rather than the usual practice of announcing their impending marriage by banns, here and here.

Subsequent records for this couple are scarce, but three additional sons have been identified.
Thomas Keogh was named the son of Jeremiah Keogh and Joanna (Latin for Jane) Crosby, when he married Charlotte Lysaght in St Laurence O’Toole’s on 13 April 1866. His baptism record has not been found. He became a bricklayer, like his father. When their mother died in 1891, my great-great-grandmother, Maryanne (Keogh) Devine, registered her death, but Thomas organised her burial. 
Martin Keogh married Ellen Ryan in St Andrew’s parish on 4 September 1871. His father was named Jeremiah Keogh, whose occupation was left blank on Martin's marriage register. His mother was named Jane, her maiden name wasn’t given. There’s no record of Martin's baptism, but there is plenty of circumstantial evidence connecting him to my family.

For example, his eldest daughter was called Jane (i.e. after his mother) and Thomas Keogh (i.e. his brother) was her Godfather. Martin worked as a bricklayer (i.e. like his father). Jane Keogh of Jane Place (where his mother is known to have lived) registered the birth of his second son. His third daughter was Charlotte, not a common name in Dublin (i.e. after his sister-in-law, Thomas Keogh's wife), and her Godmother was Catherine Devine (i.e. his niece, and my great-grandaunt). Plus, he named his youngest daughter Maryanne (i.e. after his eldest sister). And, Thomas Keogh (i.e. his brother) named one of his sons Martin. 
John Keogh was baptised in St Andrew’s parish in Dublin city, on 15 July 1844. His parents were named as Darby and Jane Keogh. And, when he married Maria Brien on 26 February 1869, in St Laurence O’Toole’s church, his parents were confirmed as Jeremiah Keogh, a bricklayer, and Joanna Crosby.

The next step was to discover more about Thomas, Martin and John Keogh, and trace their descendants forward, to see if any of them could be identified among my mother's lists of DNA cousins.