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Re: Richard Okey married 1866 Mahaska Co. Iowa
Posted by: Wayne Hill, Jr. (ID *****1680) Date: June 26, 2005 at 20:42:25
In Reply to: Richard Okey married 1866 Mahaska Co. Iowa by Kaaren Goldizen of 97

Hello, Ms. Goldizen; I believe Richard Okey is the brother of my great great grandfather. Please allow me to explain. My father's mother was Dorothy Lois Okey of Oskaloosa. Her father was Jesse Harper Okey of the same place. His father was Lewis Franklin Okey, who had two brothers. Each served in the Civil War and both are buried in the Okey family plot at a cemetery I visited last year outside of Oskaloosa. The father of Lewis F., Richard and the other brother, whose name escapes me at this late hour, was an immigrant from France, who applied for citizenship in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1835. His name (Anglicized?) was Lewis Okey. I have some of the particulars if you are interested. I am awaiting info. from the Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society relative to info. on the French Lewis Okey as I write. The entire family moved from Belmont Co. Ohio to Manhaska Co. Iowa about 1860. You can track them in the US Census'. I can't remember the name of the cemetery I visited last Sept. but Richard and his brother are there. It's pretty far out of town, but a splendid, beautiful location on a bluff overlooking farmland. There are a bunch of Okeys, I assume the French variety (There's an English Okey family in Oskaloosa too...) all buried in one area of this cemetery. Please let me know if I can assist in any way. Regards, Wayne Hill of Virginia.


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