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My Riley, Keys, Flaherty, Patton, Zimmerman, Families

Updated June 14, 2006

Shanna Marie Flaherty-Pierce
PO Box 53
201 North Boston
Allen, Oklahoma 74825
A-United States

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Family surnames that I'm researching are (Father's side) RILEY, KEYS, FLAHERTY, O'FLAHERTY, PATTON, HAYES, BOOTHE. (Mother's side) ZIMMERMAN, PETERSON, THAYER, McLEESE.
Through my research and knowledge I have found that there is alot of history in my Riley/Keys line and that the Riley roots originated in Alabama. However, further back with Moytoy the roots start in Cherokee Nation East, TN.

Little bit of history here: First Principal Chief of the Cherokee's John Ross married into my Keys anscestory. Riley Keys was a Judge for the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. Town of Keys, Oklahoma is named for my Keys anscestory. Keys Cemetary is named after our Keys family. Riley Chapel , South of Tahlequah is named in honor of our Riley ancestors. I am also first cousin six times removed to Sequoyah.

Flaherty's originated in Ireland as O'Flaherty. Family story is two brothers stow away on a ship bound for America. They agreed that once they docked they would both drop the "O" from their last name. They were caught and forced to work for their passage, after docking in America, both brother's were sold into slavery, never to see each other again. But they both kept their promise and dropped the "O". My father once said that he believed that one of the brother's was named Benjamin O'Flaherty. My Flaherty side is mainly in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas and originated from Bortetourt County, Virginia. The late actor Dennis Weaver's grandfather Marion P. Weaver was married to my Grandfather's sister Cynthia Ann Flaherty.

Zimmerman's originated in Germany and family story is my ancestors went into hiding and escaped Germany and all the termoil going on. These ancestors settled in Nebraska and Wyoming but started out in Pennsylvania. I currently have information back to my Great Great Grandparents William Henry and Margaret Ann Snyder. Singers Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) and Ethel Merman (Ethel Zimmerman) are both distant relatives.

The date range on my family history research ranges from the early 1700's to Present. The RILEY/KEYS families are also documented in several books, such as, Emmett Starr's HISTORY OF THE CHEROKEE INDIANS and OLD CHEROKEE FAMILIES, William G. McLoughlin's CHEROKEE RENASCENCE IN THE NEW REPUBLIC and CHEROKEE AND MISSIONAIRIES 1789-1839, Sober's THE INTRUDERS as well as others.

I have located several Keys, Zimmerman, Patton and Flaherty cousins (and several have located me) over the Internet and have also located a Riley cousin who wrote a book on the Rileys. We all keep in contact and exchange information and we are always constantly up-dating our records. I have also had some Flaherty cousins find me. I am currently hoping to locate some THAYER cousins.

I am always interested in hearing from people, so all inquiries are welcome by all, related or not.

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