~Today's prompt is brought to you by the letter K ~
Kinship is defined as "a relationship between any entities that share a genealogical origin, through either biological, cultural or historical descent." (Wikipedia) Family History Month honors the collective history that binds family together ~ a group, a clan, a tribe ~ one's relatives or family, one's kin. Today on the anniversary of my grandfather's birth I would like to share with you his story ~ one of the group of Plate Cove, the clan of Keoughs, and the tribe of the Irish. Today why not share a story of your kinship.
Although I was quite young when my grandfather died, I have fond memories of going to his home for family events and playing with my many cousins in the backyard or at the grade school across the street. As a child I knew that my grandfather immigrated to the United States but until I became interested in genealogy I could not have told you much about Newfoundland or its history. I thought on the anniversary of my grandfather's birth I would share his story as told through the paper trail.
Andrew Francis Keough
(11 Oct 1892 - 7 Jun 1963)
My grandfather was born on October 11, 1892 in Plate Cove East, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, the fourth child of Patrick Kehoe and Mary Driscoll. He was one of 11 children (7 boys and 4 girls) but as was often the case in those days 3 of those children died in in early childhood. Andrew's great grandfather (also named Andrew Kough) had immigrated to Newfoundland from County Carlow, Ireland between 1814- 1816. My grandfather's birth certificate and baptism register entry both list his surname as Kehoe. I recently learned that the spelling of surnames was at best an inexact science and, in fact, oftentimes reflected the registrar's or priest's choice of spelling. One archivist told me that he could identify where a parish priest was from based on his choice of spelling the name Keough with its variations of Kehoe, Keogh or Kough.
My grandfather came to the United States on December 9, 1916 as evidenced by his certificate of arrival issued in Northgate, Burke County, North Dakota. He arrived via the Great Northern Railway from Sydney, Nova Scotia (a rather common starting point for many Newfoundland emigrants). Following the paper trail led me to his World War I military registration card dated Jun 5 1917 and filled out in Silver Bow, Butte County, Montana where he was working as a structural iron worker employed by ACM Company at its mines. On the card he stated that he provided support for his family back in Plate Cove, Newfoundland.