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Re: Jesse Harper Okey, Iowa
Posted by: Wayne Hill, Jr. (ID *****1680) Date: June 26, 2005 at 20:34:15
In Reply to: Re: Jesse Harper Okey, Iowa by James Okey of 97

Hey, James; I have since found out that my great grandfather, Jesse Harper Okey, was the child of Lewis Franklin Okey, of Ohio, who was the child of Lewis Okey, who immigrated from France and was naturalized in 1835 or thereabouts in Belmont County, Ohio. I'm attempting to get the naturalization papers. I assume, since he was French, that his name was Anglicized. Lewis Franklin Okey had two brothers, both buried in Manhaska County, Iowa, whose graves I located last year. These brothers served with the Grand Army of the Republic during the Civil War, and are buried in the Okey family plot; the name of which I could provide (after digging through my stuff) if interested. It's kind of in the middle of nowhere in Manhaska County, Iowa; outside of Oskaloosa. I have contacted another Gentleman, Richard Okey, of Oskaloosa, who tipped me off as to the existence of two different strains of the same name in Oskaloosa; one French and the other English; he being descended from the English Okeys. If I can be of assistance I would be pleased to do so. Yours, Wayne Hill.

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