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O'KEEFE, LIEUT. WILLIAM, born in Rathcormac, County Cork, Ireland, May 22, 1839; attended the national schools in his native land; came to the United States in 1853, and settled in New Haven, Ct., where he continued his studies. He enlisted in the Ninth regiment, C. V., Sept. 15, 1861, and was mustered as a sergeant of Company B, Oct. 4, that year. He was promoted first sergeant at Baton Rouge, La., June 1, 1862, and was made second lieutenant of his company, Feb. 7, 1863, at New Orleans, La. He served as such until mustered out in Oct., 1864.

He identified himself with the Fenian movement, and went to Ireland in connection with that movement to assist in establishing the independence of Ireland. But the time had not yet come. He returned to the United States. In 1869, he was married to a sister of Capt. O'Brien of New Haven. Lieut, and Mrs. O'Keefe have had 14 children, six of whom are now living. They were given an excellent education and two of them graduated from Yale. In 1872, Lieut.

O'Keefe was appointed a patrolman on the New Haven police force and served in that capacity for nine years. He was then promoted to roundsman and, in 1882, was made a lieutenant of police. In 1891, he was promoted to a police captaincy. He died in 1920 and is buried in Saint Bernard’s Cemetery, New Haven.
From Pg 410 of Murray’s History:

Early in 1862, Lieut. William O'Keefe, of the Ninth, who was then a sergeant, while on picket guard at Ship Island, Miss., captured a Confederate spy and was specially thanked for the exploit by Gen. Phelps. The spy pretended he could talk only Spanish, but when he found that Gen. Phelps was acquainted with that language, he abandoned all further dissembling.

His extended descendants include Carole & Alison Brown as well as Peter Carton.

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