Elizabeth Keegan 18551855

Elizabeth Keegan 1855

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Place of migration
Stayed in Ireland

Elizabeth, known as Bessie, was my Great Grandmother. She was the daughter of Michael Keegan and Mary Smyth who were married at Killucan in October 1845. Siblings were Bridget (b.1846), John (1848-1908), Patrick (1850-1929), Michael (1852-1907) and William (1857-1895).

Elizabeth married Edward Walsh in Killucan on the 29th February 1892. Edward was from Dungarvan, Waterford but living in Dublin. The witnesses were Matthew and Bessie Kelly who were the children of Mary Keegan whose relationship to Elizabeth is unknown. Perhaps they were cousins.

Elizabeth moved to Dublin with her husband, a tailor, and her mother Mary. Her mother died in 1895 and is buried in Glasnevin.

At some time, Michael and Mary's relationship had broken down. Petty session records in 1872 and 1873 show Michael as defendant accused of threatening Mary and his brother Darby. It is believed Michael died in Mullingar Asylum later in 1873. He is recorded as deceased at John's marriage in 1874.

Elizabeth's relationship to Derby (niece) is recorded in Probate records. Darby died in Killucan on 1st February 1888 though probate wasn't granted until 1911. He was unmarried.

Of her siblings, I have no record of Bridget beyond her baptism. John moved to England where he married. Patrick moved to Cork where he married. Michael died in Dublin, he was unmarried. William joined the RIC, was married. His daughter was Molly Keegan, a noted Mezzo Soprano. He died in Dublin.

Elizabeth is buried at Glasnevin.

My father spent many summers in Killucan as a boy staying with (I believe) the Brien family at what is now a pharmacy.

Additional Information
Date of Birth 7th Oct 1855 (circa)
Date of Death 15th May 1918


  • Keegan - I am a descendant of a County longford Edward Keegan, convict to Australia in 1834. I have read this Keegan Post and would like to add that the Building - Killucan Market was built by Thomas Keegan, circa 1830. 


    Col K


    Sunday 14th June 2020 01:08AM
  • paMy Bessie Keegan was Elizabeth Bessie McKeogh, birth 11 November 1855, Killucan,death 1942 Long Island City, Queens NY. Her father was Peter McKeogh, mother Ellen Cahill.  

    She married Thomas Joseph Keegan birth 11 Jan 1858 in Kinnegad,  death 1910, Long Island City Queens NY, his father John Keegan 1841,mother Catherine Farrell.

     The children of Thomas and Catheritn Farrell were---Mary 1860, Peter 1863-1906 NY, Margaret 1865, and Patrick 1868.  Patrice





    Patrice Donovan Grospe

    Tuesday 22nd February 2022 02:49PM

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