Mark Stanley Keating (14 January 1954 – 28 February 2012)

Mark Stanley Keating, MD
Mark Stanley Keating, MD

Mark Stanley Keating, MD was born on 14 January 1954 in Gordo, Alabama. He died 28 February 2012 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 58. His parents were Hill Franklin Keating and Willodene Thornton Keating

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hill Franklin and Willodene Thornton Keating, as well as brother-in-law, Floyd Lee Shelton, and sister-in-law, Mahaska Skelton.

He is survived by his wife, Sabrina Skelton Keating, and children, Robert Hill Keating and Rebecca Leigh-Ann Keating. He is also survived by his brothers, Paul Franklin Keating (Teresa) of Marion, North Carolina, James Hill “Jim” Keating (Betty) of Palmetto, and Thomas Elisha “Tom” Keating (Shirin) of Cumming, Georgia; father and mother-in-law, William Bruce and Kate Dyer Skelton of Palmetto; sisters-in-law, Meta Skelton Criswell (Frank) of Reform, and Yoma Skelton Shelton of Dallas, Georgia; as well as nieces and nephews, Tiffany Suzanne Hall (Russell), April Victoria Westmoreland (Neil), Brittany Leigh Keating, James Hill Keating, II (Ashley), Shayon Thomas Keating, Meena Nicole Keating, Berkley Jade Criswell, William Addison Criswell, and Meredith Lee Shelton; and five great-nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of The State of Alabama, and The American Academy of Family Physicians, where he served the Alabama Chapter as a director for eight years and as president in 2006-2007.

Published in Tuscaloosa News on Mar. 3, 2012

Source: (2012). Mark Stanley Keating Obituary. [ONLINE] Available at: [Last Accessed 16 January 2014].

Thomas Ronald Keating (24 November 1931 – 16 August 2008)

Thomas Ronald Keating

August 23, 2008

HAMPTON — Thomas Ronald Keating CWO2 (Ret.), of Hampton, was born Nov. 24, 1931, to Thomas John and Dorothy Keating of New Jersey, and passed away Aug. 16, 2008. He was the husband of Eunice Ruth Keating for 53 years.

Mr. Keating was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife; his daughter, Donna Frances Liller; brother, Lawrence; and his sister, JoAnne.

Mr. Keating leaves to cherish his memory his loving daughter, Patricia Dorothy Keating; his granddaughter, Amber Leigh Nettles; sister, Karen Hinkus and husband, Norman; and numerous relatives and friends.

Mr. Keating was a Vietnam veteran, serving in both the Air Force and the Army.

Mr. Keating was a resident of Hampton since 1968. After his retirement from the Army, he worked at United Virginia Bank as a loan officer.

Mr. Keating’s remains will be interred next to his wife’s at Hampton Memorial Gardens. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. A celebration of Mr. Keating’s life will follow the service at his home in Hampton.

Arrangements by Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cat Corner in Hampton.

Source:, Originally Published: 23 August 2008, Viewed: 6 February 2012.

Geoffrey Thomas Keating (10 June 1930 – 17 November 2011)

In Memory ofA picture of Geoffrey Thomas Keating
Geoffrey Thomas Keating
June 10, 1930 – November 17, 2011

Peacefully, following a brief illness on November 17, 2011 GEOFFREY T. KEATING, born June 10, 1930 in Quincy, MA to G. Walter and Mary Twomey Keating. He was a 1952 graduate of the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he served as Class Agent. He served in the United States Army in the post-Korean War era. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish in Cockeysville, MD. He enjoyed spending time with his family, following the Boston Red Sox and wintering in Punta Gorda, FL. Geoffrey is the beloved husband of 55 years to Jean A. Keating (nee Marvel); devoted father of Mary T. Keating and her husband Michael Smith, Sharon Ann Maynor and her husband William, Thomas G. Keating and his wife Chantelle, Gerald F. Keating and his wife Suzanne and Colleen V. Gioffreda and her husband James; dear brother of J. Brian Keating; cherished grandfather of Cailin, Kirby, Connor, Abigayle, Angelina, Ryan, Megan, Anderson and the late Zachary.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC. 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, MD 21093 on Sunday, 2-4 & 7-9pm.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, MD 21030 on Monday, November 21 at 12noon.

Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed in Geoffrey’s memory to Little People of America, National Office, 250 El Camino Real, Suite 201, Tustin, CA 92780, please designate donation for Adoption Grants or visit online at

A Guest Registry is available at

Source:, Viewed: 27 January 2012.

Frances (Piccirillo) Keating (~1920 – 22 January 2012)


Frances P., 92, of Whiting, NJ, died on Sunday January 22, 2012 of natural causes at the Whiting Health Care Center.

Frances was the daughter of the late Antonia and Andrew Piccirillo of Naples, Italy.

Frances was born in New York City, grew up in Fort Lee, NJ and was a WWII veteran of the Navy Waves. Following her release from the service, she became a beautician which became her profession for over 25 years.

Frances was the loving mother to her two sons Ronald Keating of Sinking Spring, PA and Lawrence Keating of Whiting, NJ. Also surviving are her two grandsons: Thomas and William Keating, sisters: Mary Lijoi of Farmingdale, NY, Dolores Chesler of Whiting, NJ, and brother: John Keating of Fort Lee, NJ and many nieces, nephews and their children.

Frances was predeceased by a sister Ida O’Grady and brothers Joseph and Paul Keating.

A Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6-9 PM at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home – 115 Lacey Rd Whiting, NJ. Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 9 AM. Interment will follow at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery.

Published in The Record/Herald News on January 25, 2012

Source:, Viewed: 26 January 2012.

Gerald Joseph Keating (1948 – 21 January 2012)

A picture of Gerald Joseph KeatingIn Memory of

Gerald Keating

1948 – 2012

Gerald Joseph Keating, 63, of Beavercreek, OH passed away Saturday January 21, 2012.

He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Keating; and first wife, Joan Keating.

Survivors include wife, Irene Keating; mother, Lucille Keating; children, Nik, James and wife, Angela, and Rosie; step-sons, Kyle and Travis Tilbury; siblings, Mike Keating, Tom Keating, Mary Chakos, John Keating, Ann Fillers, Margy Gilliat; and many nieces and nephews.

Gerald served in Vietnam in the US Air Force and worked at Dayton Daily News for 37 years.

Visitation is Friday January 27, 2012 from 12pm to 2pm with memorial service starting at 2pm at the Newcomer Funeral Home (Beavercreek Chapel), Beavercreek, OH.

Inurnment will be in the Dayton National Cemetery.

A gathering will be held at the home of Gerry and Irene Keating following the burial.

Source:, Viewed: 26 January 2012.

A Gerald J. Keating was also mentioned in this 1975 article. I wonder if it is the same Gerald?

An Account Of John Charles Keating

There are two letters written by children of John C. Keating that helped me start my research. Though written many years after the events described, and I’ve since found that some of the details (such as dates) are not precise, they provide an interesting view on the life of my immigrant ancestors.

The following was first transcribed from the original letter by Michael J. Keating on 06/29/1980. I later re-typed it on 08/13/1996. This letter mentions all three immigrant Keating brothers, John, Patrick, and Simon. The story of the shipwreck still captivates me to this day. I’ll follow up on this letter with some anecdotes regarding the contents.


John C Keating was born in the small city of Ballymore, Co. Kildare, Ireland, about 35 miles from Dublin. He was one of a large family of seven boys and two girls. They all grew up large, strong and healthy men and women. On account of the coercive laws of England they had no schools at that time, and as a result they had no education.

As a young man, he worked at carrying large sacks of grain up in a large building for storage purposes (there were not any elevators in those days). He was a large, strong man, 5’11-1/2 in his stocking feet, and 210 lbs.

He married early in life Julia Hyland, also from Ballymore, a very smart and capable young woman. The Keating family were poor, while the Hylands were well to do. The bride was very popular, and they had many valuable wedding presents. They packed all into four large trunks and started on their wedding trip to America, the land of freedom and of their dreams.

This was before steamboats came into use. They started on a sail boat. The trip generally took six weeks; this trip took eleven weeks. They were wrecked in mid-Atlantic Ocean at midnight. John C. Keating and a watchman were the only ones on deck when the storm struck. The first wave burst in the hatch on one side of the boat, and the water rushed down on the passengers and crew in their berths. They were frantic, and all rushed for the ladders. John C. Keating and the watchman stood at the top of the ladder and pulled them up. Each person had a hold of one ahead and would not let loose until their hold was broken. This made it hard work; they had to pull until someone’s hold broke; sometimes two would come, and sometimes three. It was daylight before they got them all up. Then in the meantime they got the pumps working and carpenters boarding up the side. John C. Keating was the hero on this occasion. The passengers presented him with a purse to show their appreciation.

This same ship was wrecked again when going through Long Island Sound. It ran on a sandbar. There was a life-saving station there, and they got a line to the boat, then a second line. They took the passengers off two at a time loaded in the little boat (women first). So Father and Mother were separated and landed at different parts of the shore. He wandered and searched all night, wet, cold, and hungry, for Mother. It was a cold winter night. He finally found her sitting on the steps of an old building looking out at sea nearly frozen with her wet clothing. They lost all their baggage. Of course, they still had some money and the purse the passengers gave him. They drifted down to a small town in Connecticut where he secured a job cutting ice during the winter.

This was in 1853; James Buchanan was president of the U.S.A., and the country was in an awful depression. The government opened poor houses to help feed the people. They rationed out corn meal and bacon twice a week.

They lived there during the winter, and while still there his brother Pat Keating came out from Ireland — left his wife and one young son behind. Pat got a job cutting wood with an axe and chopped his foot; he never used an axe before (They used a Bil Hook for choppingin Ireland). Then they all left for Mt. Savage, Md.

John C. Keating secured a job on the railroad, and Pat went to work as housman for a Mr. A.C. Greene, Supt. of the old Borden Mining Co.. This was in 1854.

The railroad had wooden rails with one-inch strap iron spiked on; the road bed was not solid. This caused much vibration, and the spikes on the ends worked loose and out, and caused the strap iron to cock up on the loose ends. If it got high enough, it would run over the top of the wheels and wreck the engine or train. So they pushed a flat car in front and had a man posted there as a lookout to watch ahead. This was his first job, and he was getting along all right.

Then they rented a house on a sixty acre farm two miles from Mt. Savage about 1/2 a mile east from the village Allegany, and this was the first effort to start the Keating clan in Western Maryland.

After about three months at his job, he missed seeing one of the loose joints sticking up, and he landed in a culvert on his head; he was out for ten hours; his neck and shoulder were badly bruised and skull fractured. Being a very strong man, he seemed to recover quickly and it did not bother him. He continued until he was getting up to about fifty years and it continued to get worse and evenutally caused his untimely death, he being only 58 when he passed away.

After he fully recovered, he went to work in a rolling mill in Mt. Savage, swinging a 95-lb hammer. There was two such hammers in use there; the other one was swung by his brother, Simon Keating. This was heavy work, and it took a very strong man to do it, and it paid extra. His brother Simon stood 6’2 in his stocking geet and weighed 220lbs.

After a couple of years, Pat Keating quit his job with Mr. Greene and left Frostburg for Fort Duquesne — now Pittsburgh, Pa. — over the old Braddock’s Road in a heavy old-time jolt wagon with his wife and child through the wilderness of the Allegheny Mountains. Pat was a man with vision and plenty of nerve. Coal was just coming into use, and he started the first coal yard in Pittsburgh and made a lot of money quickly. Then he quit the coal business and he and John C. Keating went into building new railroads all around the country. They spent about fifteen years at railroad building, made plenty of money, and spent and lost money. After that John C. Keating went to work at the New Hope Mine as coal inspector (or dock boss).

After building the house [183 McCulloh St. in Frostburg], the family moved from the little farm. Your father [John W. Keating, 1871 – 1941] was about fourteen years old when we moved. All of the family were born there except the oldest girl, Jerry Counihan’s mother.

John C. Keating was always on time for all his duties or appointments in life; he never missed one. He kept his word at all times; he was very quiet and reserved. He was not only a Catholic, but he lived his religion. He went regular to all his duties, and all his family had to join him at 9 P.M. each night to recite the holy rosary. He never bought anything on credit. He could look the whole world in the face for he envied not any man. I have pulled back the curtain that (illegible) his life and found no dark spots or skeleton in his closet. And he is surely gone to heaven.

John Keating and his Forbears

Note: Despite the similarites in names and geography, I know of no relationship to John Keating. However, having said that, I would love to find a familial link to this distinguished family. At the bottom of this article, I’ve included a family tree that I derived during the course of the transcription. It may help to have it handy when reading the article, as J. Percy does occasionally backtrack and foreshadow. Any errors in the transcription or the chart are my own. – John W. Keating III





Some years ago the late Martin I. J. Griffin called upon the writer seeking information regarding John Keating’s connection with an early land settlement in Pennsylvania which was known as the Asylum Company; and in the course of the conversation he expressed his surprise that no member of the Keating family had ever taken the trouble to “write up” so interesting a personality. In his article subsequently published in the American Catholic Historical Records he has this to say: “Of John Keating, much could be said but little as been published concerning this foremost and most venerable old–time Philadelphian. The name is familiar and a household one in our city. It is to be hoped that his descendants will soon make public recognition of the wealth of their progenitor, a truly representative Catholic. … Just read the tribute of Liancourt to his worth and then wonder why more has not been given in recognition of it by those who could do so.”

Continue reading “John Keating and his Forbears”

Annie K. (Cronin) Keating (c.1872 – 16 March 1936)

Mrs. Keating Funeral Tomorrow

The funeral of Mrs. Annie K. (Cronin) Keating, wife of Thomas P. Keating, who died at Miami, Florida, March 16, will be held from the home of her sister, Mrs. Michael O’Neill, 33 Cottage street, tomorrow morning, with a solemn high mass of requiem at Sacred Heart church at 9 o’clock. Burial will be in St. Bernard’s cemetery.

Mrs. Keating is survived by her husband, two sons, Thomas L. Keating of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Walter A. Keating of this city, three sisters, Mrs. O’Neill, Miss Margaret Conlin of Boston, and Mrs. John Reilly, Gardner.

The body will arrive here tonight at 9 o’clock and will be taken by William P. Mallahy, undertaker, in the home of Mrs. O’Neill.

Source: Mrs. Keating Funeral Tomorrow, Fitchburg Sentinal, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 25 March 1936, p 5.


1. I was told that Annie’s last name was Snow, the same name as Thomas L. Keating’s wife. This may have been a mistake.
2. Her name is Cronin, the same name as the husband of Thomas P. Keating’s sister, Mary Cronin — Patrick Cronin.
3. Why, if her name was Cronin, was her sister “Miss Conlin”?
4. What drew this particular line of Keatings to Fitchburg, Mass?
5. Saint Bernard’s Cemetery is located in Fitchburg, Worchester County, Massachusetts.

Keating-Pope Wedding (7 October 1933)

This image is from the wedding of my grandparents, John William Keating and Sara Elizabeth Pope. It comes from a scanned negative and is a group shot from the wedding and reception that I’d never seen before scanning it in. The location is a bit east of Grantsville, Garrett County, Maryland, where the Pope family had their farm.

Keating–Pope Wedding

I’m trying to identify everyone in the wedding picture. If you can help, click on the image to go to the page where it is hosted.

There, if you move your mouse over the picture, you’ll see notes indicating who I’ve identified so far. Please feel free to add your own or write a comment below. Move your mouse over the boxes to see who that person is.

You can see a larger image by clicking on the “All Sizes” button above the image on

Keating Reunion – Descendants of Michael Keating

On the Keating mailing list, Tom Keating wrote of an upcoming family reunion for descendants of his great-grandfather, Michael Keating:

I have been advised that is to be a family reunion of  the descendants of my gr-grandfather, Michael Keating, (1834-1906, see below) in 2011. If you believe that you are related to our branch of Keatings, please contact me.  My grandfather is John, b. 1879.

Unfortunately, the mailing list dropped the attachment containing Michael’s immediate family. I’ve included it after the fold… Continue reading “Keating Reunion – Descendants of Michael Keating”

Thomas F. Keating (c.1844 – 13 July 1917)


Keating—On Friday, July 13, 1917, at his residence, 405 West End Av., Thomas F., beloved husband of Anna E. Keating, in his 73rd year. Requiem mass will be celebrated at Church of the Holy Trinity, 82nd St., near Broadway, on Monday, July 16, at 10:30 A. M. Please omit flowers. Interment private. Pittsburgh papers please copy.

Source: Died, The New York Times, New York, New York, 15 July 1917. Available via the New York Times archives.

Annie Leonard Keating (c.1862 – 10 July 1917)

Obituary Notes

Mrs. Annie Leonard Keating, wife of Thomas F. Keating, a hay and grain merchant of South Brooklyn, died at her home, 221 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, on Tuesday. She was 55 years old.

Source: Obituary Notes, The New York Times, New York, New York, 12 July 1917. Available via the New York Times archives.

Thomas F. Keating (1845 – 13 July 1917)

Thomas F. Keating

Thomas F. Keating, President of the J. M. Mossman Company, and a pioneer hardware merchant, died yesterday at his home, 495 West End Avenue. Mr. Keating was born in Pittsburgh in 1845, and was for many years Treasurer and New York manager of the Yale and Towne Manufacturing Company. As a leader in the Ninth Assumbly District, Mr. Keating was actively engaged in politics, and in 1895 was the anti-Tammany candide for Register, but was defeated by William Sohmer.

Source: Thomas F. Keating, The New York Times, New York, New York, 14 July 1917. Available via the New York Times archives.

Marriage Licenses (19 September 1967)

Marriage Licenses


Thomas M. Keating, 26, Ann Arbor, Mich., student, and Kathleen E. Supers, 25, of 144 Hollywood St., Oberlin, nurse.

Source: Marriage Licenses, The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 19 September 1967, p. 34.

Motorist Fined $3 (26 October 1939)

Motorist Fined $3

Thomas Keating of R. D. 1, Oberlin, was fined $3 and costs for reckless driving today when arraigned before Mayor Joseph Q. Petro. He was arrested for failure to make a safety stop at West avenue and Second street, causing an accident, according to police.

Source: Motorist Fined $3, The Chronicle Telegraph, Elyria, Pennsylvania, 26 October 1939, p. 19.

Uses Own Bedding During Stay In Jail (5 November 1928)

Uses Own Bedding During Stay In Jail

Shamokin, Pa., — When Thomas Keating, 61, of Shamokin was sentenced to spend a few days in jail, he found the steel cots not to his liking. He sent a hurry call to his home for additional blankets and they were furnished.

At the close of his brief stay in jail, Keating walked away from the lockup with his roll of bedding under his arm.

Source: Uses Own Bedding During Stay In Jail, The Chronicle Telegram, Elmyria, Ohio, 5 November 1928, p. 2.

Personal Notes (24 October 1902)

Personal Notes


Mr. Thaddeus Keating, of Philipsburg was calling upon his old friends here last week. Mr. Keating is a son of Mr. Thomas Keating, who constructed  the Huntingdon and Broad Top railroad from Hopewell to Everett.

Source: Personal Notes, Bedford Gazette, Bedford, Pennsylvania, 24 October 1902, p. 1.

Miss Boch Announces Attendants (1 June 1973)

Miss Boch Announces Attendants

Miss Susanah Marie Boch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Boch, LaVale, has announced her attendants for her June 23 wedding to Leo F. Keating of Frostburg.

Mrs. Cathy Becker will serve as her cousin’s matron of honor. Bridesmaids will be Nancy Boch, her sister, Mrs. Jane Casteel of Solomons, Md., and Mrs. Marianne Armstrong of Leola, Pa.

Best man will be Bernard Keating, Mr. Keating’s brother. Ushers will be Thomas Keating, a brother, Thomas Miller and Bryan Horn, both of Cumberland.

The wedding will take place at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church at noon.

Source: Miss Boch Announces Attendants, Cumberland1 June 1973, p. 4.

Regina Pope (c. 1903 – 12 September 1967)

Mrs. Claude Pope

Salisbury, Pa.—Mrs. Regina Pope, 64, died Tuesday at Meyersdale Community Hospital.

Born in Pocahontas, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Alice (McKenzie) Loraditch.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Avilton, and the Christian Wives and Mothers of the church.

Surviving are her husband, Claude Pope; six sons, Rev. Benedict Pope, OFM, Cap., Hayes, Ky.; James Pope, Gaithersburg, Md.; Eugene and Steven Pope, here; Earl Pope, Mt. Savage, and David Pope, with the Army in Germany; a sister, Mrs. Thomas Keating, Frostburg; three brothers, Bernard Loraditch, Cumberland, and James and John Loraditch of California, and 10 grandchildren.

The body is at the Newman Funeral Home in Grantsville where friends will be received from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. The rosary will be recited there today at 8 p. m.

Requiem mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 11 a. m. at St. Ann’s Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Source: Mrs. Claude Pope, Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 14 September 1967, p. 25.

Brief Mention (2 September 1966)

Brief Mention

Sister Thomas Mary, SSND, Mt. Calvary Convent, Washington, and Sister Rosanna, SSND, St. Joseph’s Convent, Baltimore, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Keating, RD 2, Frostburg.

Source: Brief Mention, Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 2 September 1966, p. 8.