I have a new McKeown who, I have just discovered, went to South Africa.
James Phillip McKeown was born, like most of my other McKeowns, in Jersey, Channel Islands of Britain, in his case, in 1860. He is on the 1871 and 1881 censuses there, but after that, nothing was known of him.
Now there has appeared on Ancestry, in the war records, Eugene Gavey McKeown, who was b.1894 in Johannesburg, and is buried in Mawnan, Cornwall, England (d.1917). Since Gavey was James' mother's maiden name, I quickly assumed for the moment that he was James' son.
Furthermore the father is given on the death record for Eugene, as James P McKeown of Penhalonga, via Umtali (today Mutare) Rhodesia. It appears that Eugene was an engine room fitter on HMS Foyle, which hit a German mine outside Plymouth. He came to London from Cape Town in 1915 on the Llandovery Castle and lasted barely 2 years.
There is another record for Mr J P McKeown, manager age 58, Mrs M J (possibly) McKeown, age 52 and daughter Miss P McKeown, age 17, who travelled from South Africa to London in 1920 on the Grantully Castle; this may well be him and his family.
However, I couldn't quickly find any other records of McKeowns in Mawnan Cornwall, or anything decisive for any of them in the UK. Can anyone in South Africa find any more information on this family?
I was really impressed last time I posted here, about John Thomas McKeown, by the knowledge and helpfulness of other posters, and I hope that someone will be able to help this time