O’KEEFE / O’KEEFF – Moses 44th Regiment

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44th Regiment Colours

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NameO’KEEFE / O’KEEFF – Moses
Regiment (s)44th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 364
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
11th January 1825 /  20 years / London Middlesex
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
Not yet known
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies 13 years 356 days
Length of Service15 years 156 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 18th June 1840 / Fermoy Ireland (tentative)
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Fermoy Cork Ireland
Pension Districts1840 Fermoy
1846 2nd West London District
1850-1879 Western Australia
Pension Paid6d per diem
1873 increased to 11d per diem for service to Enrolled Force
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
4th March 1850 Portsmouth Hampshire England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
SCINDIAN 1st June 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1802 Fermoy Cork Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
UNKNOWN Norah / Honorah
B 1810 (deduced)
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeDennis B c1842 Ireland (tentative)
M HANNON Margaret 13th October 1861 Albany Western Australia
D 14th January 1915 Albany WA
Buried Albany Cemetery WA
Mary Ann c1854 Western Australia
M WHEELOCK Edward W. 1880 Albany Western Australia
D 2nd June 1884 Albany Western Australia
Buried Albany Cemetery WA
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
16th July 1850 assigned Freshwater Bay Butlers Swamp Lot P224 and P244 Fee Simple 1858
Occupation after
Arrival
1864 Policeman at Albany
1873 employed at the P&O coaling wharf at Albany  – from the obituary for son Dennis these are employment for Moses
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 14th June 1850
The Albany Mail and King George’s Sound Advertiser Saturday 14th April 1888 page 2 Death of Nora O’Keefe
The West Australian Saturday 24th November 1894 page 2 Sale of P 224 Butlers swamp
The Daily News (Perth WA) Saturday 16th January 1915 page 7 Obituary Dennis O’Keefe
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial10th September 1879 Albany Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
13th April 1888 Albany WA (Ann Nora)
Buried Albany WA
Will or ProbateCons 3403 1893/1165
24th January 1893 Dennis O’Keefe applied for Letters of Administration for his father’s will apologizing for the delay
Original will was made 23rd June 1879 when Moses bequeathed all his worldly goods to his wife Nora O’Keefe during her lifetime and after her death the land at Freshwater Bay was to pass to his son Dennis. His daughter Mary Ann O’Keefe was to get all his cooperation shares for her absolute use.
Further InformationDischarge due to being unfit for further service (CO approving the discharge noted “This man is a little given to drink.”)
After the arrival of the Scindian at Fremantle Captain Henderson wrote a report listing the rank name, trade or calling, rate of pension, date of enlistment for 5 months service, marital status, and number of children for each pensioner. Sometimes the trade of calling differed from that recorded at the time of attestation:
Private Moses O’Keefe, farm labourer, 6d, 17th January, married 1 child.
Both Dennis O’Keefe and Edward Wheelock were police men at Albany for some of their working lives