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Re: Colonel John Okey (Hanged in 1662)
Posted by: Gayla Okey Peek Date: August 11, 2000 at 19:56:52
In Reply to: Re: Colonel John Okey (Hanged in 1662) by Janet Downing of 97

For what it's worth:
1)There is a citation in Cavaliers and Pioneers: Land Patents and Grants 1623-66 which says that one Captain John Ashton received 783 acres in Westmoreland County(VA)on Nov. 16, 1664 and transported 16 persons, including a man named William Okey. In another part of the same text it says, "Sea captains were especially active in the acquisition of land through the transportation of settlers, and they not infrequently acted conjointly with London merchants." p. xxv
That might be a place to begin...

2)To clarify the message from Bonnie Benton, her Okey hospital contact had a brother in Nova Scotia, which, if I remember correctly, was her family's home base. He held the original of a metal engraving of Colonel John Okey, which was decorated around the edges with details of his execution at Tyburn. She also had some very interesting Bible covers and a letter from someone named Laura King (born Jan. 16, 1846), who wrote of marrying a man named William Okey on Jan. 4, 1865 in New Zealand. Evidently this Mr. Okey had been sent abroad by his family to travel. He was a surgeon and hospital superintendent.

3)Lastly, these folks are listed as convict arrivals at Port Jackson, New South Wales: Catherine Okey, arrival 1801; James Okey, arrival 1790; William Okey, arrival 1788, on the ships Nile, Neptune, and Alexander respectively. You can view this information at

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