Don & Judy Scown wrote:
Thank you so much for all that information, and so quickly. Most interesting is that Ann Burkey...she must have re-married...is all I can surmise. My Ann O'Hearn is in the Brown County Cemetery book, but I'll follow up on that Burkey name.
Alas, we're the Irish Teefey's, but I do have a County Armagh born Grandmother -Bridget Burke daughter of Nancy Ann (Anna) Crummy and Michael Burke, who farmed in Schuyler County and who are buried in Mt.Sterling Catholic Cemetery. Have you had much success with County Armagh sources? www.rootsweb.com/~nirwgw/ is my best source so far. My Grandmother came from the Newry area which is partly County Down now. But all her documents say County Armagh. And certainly Michael Burke's do as well. All the best - I return to the Brown County site so often, it's great,
Judy Gleeson Scown
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken & Laurie Huffman
To: Don & Judy Scown
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2000 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: 1860 Census
Yours is the first request we have received for the surname Teefy in Brown County. The name was originally Taaffe (pronounced like Taffy or Teffy) in Ireland and is very ancient, coming in the 1100's from Wales, where it means "David". This is one of my own ancestral names (mine arrived in PA in 1832 from Co. Armagh, Ire), and since it is so distinctive and rare, I'm delighted to find someone who may share it.
We have had difficulty sorting out what may be the surname Steefy, from Teefy and Teffy and Taaffe in Brown County censuses, as you saw in the 1970 index. However, the Teefy (Taaff) family comes directly from Ireland, whereas another Teefey comes from PA, and Steefy from KY.
I don't know which of these families you are in search of, but I have extracted the Irish one.
Please contact me with any questions.
1860 Fed Census. Mt. Sterling twp, Brown Co, IL 198/180 (12 June):
John Tefey 40, farmer, b. Ireland
Mrs. E. Tefey 40, b. Ireland
John Tefey 11, b. Ireland
Daniel Tefey 8, b. IL
Ann Tefey 6, b. IL
Thomas Tefey 4, b. IL
Anora Tefey 2, b. IL
Ann Burkey 77, b. Ireland
1870 Fed Census, Lee twp, 2/2, (20 June):
John Teefy 55, farmer, b. Ireland, US citizen
Elizabeth Teefy 50, b. Ireland
John Teefy 21, school teacher, b. Ireland
Daniel Teefy 19, farm hand, b. IL
Ann Teefy 15, b. IL
Thomas Teefy 14, b. IL
Honora Teefy 12, b. IL
Michael Teefy 10, b. IL
Mary E. Teefy 7, b. IL
1860 Fed Census, Pea Ridge twp 1583/1521 (29 Aug):
Amanda Fielding 23, b. IL
Lillian Fielding 4, b. IL
C. R. McCoy 25, carpenter, b. KY
Jacob Falkner 59, farmer, b. Ireland
I found 2 marriages you may already have, but I thought I would include them anyway, just in case.
It appears Amanda was 1st a McCoy. C. R. McCoy may be her brother.
Amanda Crabb McCoy md. Levi fielding 14 Jan 1855, Brown Co, IL
Amanda M. Fielding md. Rufus H. Hardy 26 Apr 1861, Brown Co, IL
The listings for 1870 you requested in your second email are for Teefy families out of PA:
1870 Fed Census, Lee twp, Brown Co, IL 274/274 (1 July):
Mary Teefey 39, keeps house, b. PA
James Teefey 18, b. PA
F.A.F. Teefey (fem) 18, b. PA
Q.B. Teefey (male) 15, b. IL
James Teefey 13, b. IL
Margaret Teefey 10, b. IL
1870 Fed Census, Lee twp, Brown Co, IL 285/285 (2 July):
Daniel Teeffey 66, farmer, b. PA
Stephen Teeffey 24, b. PA
James Teeffey 16, b. IL
History of Schuyler & Brown Counties, IL, p. 259:
"Newport, Tipperary county, Ireland, was the birthplace of Mr. Teefey, and he first saw the light of day on the 11th of May 1849. In the spring of 1850, his father, John Teefey, came with the family to America, and the following October settled in Brown County. Mr. Teefey was raised on a farm four miles northwest of Mt. Sterling. In 1872 he began the study of law in Mt. Sterling. In 1874 he pursued a course of study in the law department of the Iowa state university. In September of that year, he was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of Illinois, and at once began practice at Mt. Sterling. He married on the 22nd of May, 1877, to Mary E. Kennedy, who was born at Quincy, in Adams county, but was a resident of Brown county at the time of her marriage.He has two children, Bessie and Nellie." (contines with political activities only - no genealogical information)
Don & Judy Scown wrote:
Hi Ken,At your convenience on the 1860 Brown Co.census, please look up MStwp 198 for John Tefey...and P1583 for Amanda Fielding.Many thanks again for your help.Judy Gleeson [email protected]
I have done some research using an agency in County Armagh, but it took over a year and didn't glean much. They were overwhelmed with American research clients, and just couldn't give it much better attention. I think next time I go that route I will contact an old friend of mine who actually goes to Ireland for his clients, and he works at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He's focused on Ireland his entire career.
My McDonalds, which is my maiden name, (also not from Brown County) are from Donaghadee in County Down. It looks like we may share some roots. I also have Trainor from Armagh, Kilpatrick and Rutherford from Down, and Kingston from Cork. It's all tough going with so many records destroyed in the 1921 fighting.
My feeling on that Ann Burkey was that she was possibly the mother of John Teefey's wife. What do you think. Since we know that
John Teefey Jr. married a Kennedy, and this is a generation back, could it be? It sure would be my suspicion.
Best of luck, and stay in touch.
Don & Judy Scown wrote:
Dear Laurie, Thank you so much for all that information, and so quickly. Most interesting is that Ann Burkey...she must have re-married...is all I can surmise. My Ann O'Hearn is in the Brown County Cemetery book, but I'll follow up on that Burkey name.Alas, we're the Irish Teefey's, but I do have a County Armagh born Grandmother -Bridget Burke daughter of Nancy Ann (Anna) Crummy and Michael Burke, who farmed in Schuyler County and who are buried in Mt.Sterling Catholic Cemetery. Have you had much success with County Armagh sources? www.rootsweb.com/~nirwgw/ is my best source so far. My Grandmother came from the Newry area which is partly County Down now. But all her documents say County Armagh. And certainly Michael Burke's do as well.All the best - I return to the Brown County site so often, it's great,Judy Gleeson [email protected]
Thanks very much for the information on Dr. Trainor. I will make note of it for future reference. You may be right about Ann Burkey's remarriage. It's a tangled web our ancestors have weaved. :o)
I didn't know you were in Australia! I have family from there also - New South Wales. It's a very small world, don't you think?
Don & Judy Scown wrote:
Hi Laurie,Yes, I think that Ann Burkey is the mother of John Teefey's wife also. The only problem is that the Brown County Cemetery book page 622 indicates that his wife is Elizabeth O'Hern 1821-1903 and that her mother is Ann Gleason O'Hern 1777-1869. So where the name Burkey comes from is a mystery unless it's a re-marriage. Laurie are you familiar with Dr. Brian Trainor, Research Director, Ulster Historical Foundation, 12 College Square East, Belfast BT1 6DD, Northern Ireland, or www.uhf.org.uk . Dr. Trainor did a 1998 genealogy lecture tour here in Australia and seemed to be an excellent research expert. I have a high regard for him. As he shares one of your surnames, you might want to contact him. All the best,Judy