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.
- WRWC Keys and Family (15 KB)
My Great Grandparents and family. My grandmother is the little girl on the left.
- George Arthur Eugene Flaherty (13 KB)
- George Arthur Eugene and Dorothy Zimmerman Flahert (79 KB)
My parents on their wedding day, September 2, 1958
- Benjamin Edward Flaherty (67 KB)
My Grandfather. Born April 8, 1876 Died Jan 12, 1953.
- Dorothy Zimmerman-Flaherty (29 KB)
- Lawrence Emory Zimmerman (89 KB)
- Otta Gertrude Keys Flaherty (91 KB)
My Grandmother. Born Sept. 4, 1894 Died Aug 8, 1937. The children are Cage and Norma Cole, Margaret Reese (on lap). Children from first two marriages.
- Shanna Flaherty and Terry Pierce (18 KB)
My second husband and I on our Wedding Day.
- Richard Keys & WRWC Keys Headstone (41 KB)
My Great Great Grandfather Richard is listed at the top and my Great Grandfather WRWC is listed below. Cottonwood Cemetery, Muldrow, OK.
- Lucretia Sarah Jones-Patton (49 KB)
Wife of Paschal Patton and mother of Sarah Jane Patton Flaherty. She was my Great Great Grandmother.
- John Keys Headstone (15 KB)
Son of Theodore and Margaret Kesterson Keys. Cottonwood Cemetery, Muldrow, OK.
- William Chapel Boothe and Lettie Jane Howard (9 KB)
My Great Great Grandfather and his second wife. He was the father of Mary Elizabeth Boothe Keys.
- Doris Evelyn Peterson (3 KB)
My Grandmother. She married Lawrence Emory Zimmerman.
- Richard Keys (14 KB)
My Great Great Grandfather.
- Mary Ann Hayes Keys (9 KB)
Wife of Richard Keys
- Irven and Mable Thayer Zimmerman (6 KB)
My Great Grandparents.
- Otta Gertrude Keys and Henry E. Cole (8 KB)
My Grandmother and her first husband. Taken on their wedding day. She was 15 he was 21.
- Thomas Morgan and Sarah Jane Patton Flaherty (41 KB)
My Great Grandparents
- Muldrow School Room 2 (16 KB)
My Grandmother Otta Gertrude Keys Flaherty and her grade school class.