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The Edmund l KEYES family came to America between 1845 and 1850.  Edmund l & Margaret JONES KEYES left five children dead in County Cork, Ireland from the great hunger.  The living children were:

Ellen, m. Daniel Murphy

Mary, m. James Flannigan

Michael, m. Bridget O'Brien

Edmund ll, m. Elizabeth Egan

Patrick, single

Catherine, m. Michael Mellaney

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Tom KEYES of this web is the great grandson of Edmund ll.

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Edmund Keyes ll

From County Cork - the largest county in Ireland, Province of Munster

Cork was one of the worst affected areas during the time of the Great Famine, with an estimated 150,000 persons dying between 1841-1851, and over 50,000 emigrating.

The Story of Edmund ll

Edmund II was born in 1831, Parish Killdorrery or Kilclooney, County Cork, Ireland. He died in 1893, Twn. Lyndon, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Edmund 11 and Elizabeth Egan were married in Sheboygan in 1858. She was born in 1835 in Ireland and died in 1915. They are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cascade.

In 1856 Edmund II purchased 53 acres at $6.00 per acre in Section 8, Town of Lyndon, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, from his brother, Michael Keyes and James Dooley. The area was wilderness covered with hardwood timber and many rocks. The land had to be cleared and shelters built to forge a unit which could support a family. The struggles and hardships of the early pioneers are difficult to imagine. They lived off the land which was abundant with wild game, nuts and berries. Trees were cut down and the surplus wood converted into charcoal which was sold as fuel. Edmund supplemented the meager farm income by grading roadbeds with his yoke of oxen when the railroad was being built North from Milwaukee to Green Bay,.

Edmund was not a person to overlook an opportunity. His two brother in laws were on the police force in Chicago and doing well. The expectations of the windy city ran high with rumors from the Egans of the big money to be made. About 1870 Edmund purchased a special box with lock and key to secure all the money there was to be had, made an agreement with the Mellaney's to run the farm, packed up the family and made for Chicago. Reality did not meet the families dreams, expenses were much greater than in the Twn. of Lyndon and they returned within the year with an empty lock box.  

Edmund II was an expert story teller. His favorite tales were mysteries which would leave his listeners spellbound. This interest was heightened by the call of the "Old Sod".  He returned to the Emerald Isle in about 1884 to locate the family treasure buried by his father 30 years earlier. The location of the booty; at the old family home was revealed as Edmund I laid on his death bed alone with his son by his side. After extensive digging the search ended. To this day it is not known if someone else stumbled on to the hiding place or if the description was misleading.  The family savings were never found.

Edmund II and his wife acquired stature in the community as successful farmers and a devout Christian Catholic family. Three of their daughters devoted their lives to the exclusive service of their church as nuns. Two other daughters were registered nurses. Their son, Maurice, purchased the family farm which he operated until retirement in 1940. The farm operation was continued by Edmund III, son of Maurice. Edmund II died from typhoid fever. Elizabeth died at home from old age.

The following children were born to Edmund 11 and Elizabeth Egan Keyes:

1. Sara Ann, died at 3 yrs. of age

2. Susanna (Sr. Kostka), b. 1863, d. 1941

3. Margaret (Sr. Gonzaga), b. 1866, d. 1940 (twin)

4. Mary, b. 1866, d. 1868 (twin)

5. Ellen (Sr. Theophila), b. 1867, d. 1962

6. Elizabeth, died at birth

7. Maurice, b. 1870, d. 1966, m. 1897 to Lena Konrad, b. 1872, d. 1949, they are bd. in St. Mary's Cem. Cascade, WI.

8. Elizabeth, b. 1872, d. 1960, bd. St. Mary's Cem. Cascade

9. Mary Ann (Mayme), b. 1876, m. Ed Jahncke

10. Catherine (Cassie), b. 1879, d. 1945, m. John O'Neill of Galena, IL

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