Monday, March 10, 2014

Another Denis Buggy in County Kilkenny, with a Surprise

What my friend Roxanne didn’t know when she visited the homeland of her ancestor Dennis Buggy, is that there is in Kilkenny a man whose grandfather also was named Denis Buggy. He shared this photo of Denis and wife Catherine (Leary) Buggy of Grovine, Kilkenny. Denis was from Conahy, Kilkenny, a parish just east of Freshford, where American Dennis Buggy was baptized.[1] With origins in adjacent parishes, a family connection between the two men is possible, but unknown.

Wedding portrait of Denis and Catherine (Leary) Buggy. The dress dates the photo to the mid 1890s.
Courtesy of Denis Buggy.

The 1911 census gives a glimpse of Denis and Catherine’s family.  All family members were Roman Catholic (column 4), could read and write (except the two youngest children, col. 5), were born in Co. Kilkenny (col. 13), and spoke English (except the one-year-old, col. 14). None was infirm (col. 15). Catherine Buggy had been married fifteen years (col. 10), and given birth to nine live children (col. 11), of which seven were still living (col. 12).[2]

No.
Christian name
Surname
Relation to head
Age, male
Age, female
Occupation
Civil status
1
Denis
Buggy
Head
39

Farmer
Married
2
Cathrine
Buggy
Wife

36

Married
3
Mary
Leary
Mother in Law

60

Widow
4
Annie
Buggy
Daughter

14
Scholar
Single
5
Richard
Buggy
Son
12
12
Scholar
Single
6
Bridget
Buggy
Daughter

10
Scholar
Single
7
Kathleen
Buggy
Daughter

6
Scholar
Single
8
Marget, M
Buggy
Daughter

4
-----
Single
9
John James
Buggy
Son
1

-----
Single


 The Surprise
It turns out that Denis Buggy’s descendants operate a coach company in Kilkenny that offers local tours, among other trips (http://www.visitkilkenny.ie/buggys). Contacting them will definitely be on the list for Roxanne’s next trip to Ireland!



[1] “Catholic Parishes of County Kilkenny,” County Kilkenny Ireland Genealogy (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irlkik/caparish_kilkenny.htm : accessed 9 March 2014).
[2] Census of Ireland, 1911, Outrath [indexed as Antrath], Kilkenny, Form A, Grovine West townland, Denis Buggy household; digital image, The National Archives of Ireland (http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002597974/ : accessed 10 March 2014), images 289-90.

© 2014 Judy Kellar Fox, CG

Monday, July 22, 2013

Connecting to a County Kilkenny Past


My friend and yoga instructor reveals her identity and shares some photos of her Irish homeland in this guest blog, kindly written after her June 2013 trip to Ireland.

 
Near Freshford, County Kilkenny

At the beginning of March of this year, my friend Judy Fox and I struck up a deal.  I would trade private yoga instruction in exchange for genealogical research into my immigrant ancestor.  I wanted to find out where he came from before my trip to Ireland in June.  Through Judy's tireless research, hours of straining neck and wrist muscles and no doubt eyes glazing over from staring at a computer screen, she was able to achieve what I consider the impossible: the exact spot where my great-great grandfather was born in County Kilkenny,Ireland, in the year 1829.

Although the goal of our arrangement was to find the origin of birth of my Irish ancestor and some flexibility for Judy, we came to find so much more.  Through yoga poses and mugs of hot cider, we also discovered a genuine and caring friendship with each other.  Each week as we met on Judy's living room floor I would applaud her latest discoveries, and she would go into a pose and say, “I'm going to feel this tomorrow.”
 
A walking trail named the Freshford Loop winds through fields, over walls, past a stream and into the woods.  It really felt magical and I felt for sure we were near to our ancestral homeland.  This ruin lies at the edge of a plowed field.

Because of Judy's research I was able to visit the exact townland where my family originated.  As I walked through woods and fields on the Freshford Loop, I was able to imagine what life might have been like for my ancestors living in such glorious countryside.  Breathing in the fresh smell of grass and hearing the sounds of a gentle brook while climbing over stone walls, I had the sense of coming home.  This is what we are probably searching for when we decide to trace our roots.  It’s a way to feel connected to the people from our past who had a part in creating us, even though we never met.
 
A contemporary thatched cottage

My trip to Ireland was filled with beautiful sights, history, interesting characters and music.  The highlight was Kilkenny City where I strolled the streets, toured the castle and the 800-year-old cathedral, and enjoyed a pint along the River Nore.  I would like to thank my friend, Judy for giving me this gift.

--Roxanne Buggy Thomas, Roxanne Thomas Yoga



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In Conclusion


I can now report with confidence the following new or corrected information:  
Dennis Buggy

Dennis Buggy was born on or before 6 June 1829 to Richard Buggy and Mary Brannagan, probably at the Buggy family residence in Kyleballynamoe Townland, Tubbridbritain Civil Parish, Freshford Catholic Parish, County Kilkenny, Ireland.[1]

He was baptized 6 June 1829 in Freshford Catholic Parish, County Kilkenny, Ireland.[2]

Dennis Buggy married 1) Alice Fagan on 23 September 1854 in Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut.[3]

Dennis Buggy married 2) Catherine Phelan on 20 January 1856 at St. Mary Church, Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut.[4]  The couple may also have married on 17 January in Naugatuck.[5]


Please add this new information, along with its source information, to genealogy databases.  The sources are usually found in the footnotes and can be copied into database notes.

To cite this blog, write: Judy Kellar Fox, “[title of blog post],“ Pinpointing Dennis Buggy’s Irish Origins, posted [date of post] (http://foxkellarbuggy.blogspot.com : accessed [date you read it]).

Please ask permission before copying the narrative text: foxkellarj@comcast.net.

Many thanks to Ruth McLaughlin, Matthew Whalen, Michel Ann Dobyns, and my friend and yoga teacher (a Dennis Buggy descendant) for inspiration, encouragement and sharing.

Thanks to you for joining me.  It’s been a fun challenge.  I learned a lot, and I hope you did, too.

THE END (until new information surfaces to require reevaluation)


© 2013 Judy Kellar Fox, CG, foxkellarj@comcast.net.




[1] Catholic Church, Freshford Parish (Kilkenny, Ireland), Parochial Registers, 1773-1881, Baptisms, 1825-1847, p. 66, Denis Buggy (1829); Family History Library microfilm 926,192, item 3.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Sharon [last name not given], Town/City Clerk’s Office (Derby, Connecticut; 203-736-1462), telephone interview by Judy Kellar Fox, 8 April 2013, citing an old, fading marriage index held at the Town/City Clerk’s Office.
[4] St. Mary Church (Derby, Connecticut), marriage book, arranged chronologically, Dennis Buggy and Catherine Phelin (1857); Archdiocese of Hartford Archives, Hartford.
[5] Questionnaire 3—389, Dennis Buggy (Pvt., Co. K, 20th Conn. Vols., Civil War), pension claim no. 1355777 (Rejected); Case Files of Rejected Pension Applications, Civil War; Records of the Bureau of Pensions and Its Predecessors; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
[6] Dennis Buggy obituary, Faribault County [Minnesota] Register, 27 May 1915; Blue Earth Community Library, Blue Earth, Minnesota.  See also, Questionnaire 3—447, Dennis Buggy pension claim no. 1355777 (Rejected), Civil War, RG 15, NA-Washington.
[7] “The Phelan Descendants: The Buggy Family, The Delaney Family, The Dollard Family,” privately held, 2013, 8.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

19. Pinpointing the Buggy House


Looking in the Right Place: Tubbridbritain
Knowing that Kyleballynamoe is in Tubbridbritain, not Freshford Parish, allows research in two resources that, together, target the Buggy house in Kyleballynamoe.

There’s No Escaping Taxes: Griffith’s Valuation
In the mid-nineteenth century a property tax survey established a value for every piece of land in Ireland.  Those living on and/or working the land paid the tax, unless the value of the land they occupied was less than £5, in which case the landlord was responsible for the tax.  The valuations were published by county; County Kilkenny’s was the second, in 1849-50. [1]

Searches for “Buggy” in “Kyleballynamoe” in both years show entries for Mary Buggy and Denis Buggy, Dennis and his mother.[2]  (Denis is the spelling from his baptism entry and from the 1860 U.S. census, too.)

Description
1849
1850
1849
1850
No. and Letter of Reference to Map
4ABC&2c
4ABC&2c
5&2d
5&2d
Names of Occupiers
Mary Buggy
Mary Buggy
Denis Buggy
Denis Buggy
Immediate Lessors
Arthur St. George, Esq.
Arthur St. George, Esq.
Arthur St. George, Esq.
Arthur St. George, Esq.
Description of Tenant
House and land
House and land
House and land
House and land
Content of Land, Acres, Roods [4/acre], Perches
15  0  0
15  0  0
1  1  21
1  1  21
Net Annual Val. of Land
7£  0s  0 d
7  0  0
1  0  0
1  0  0
Net Ann. Val. Bldgs.
1  5  0
1  5  0
0  10  0
0  10  0
Total Net Annual Value
8  5  0
8  5  0
1  10  0
1  10  0

Dennis’ mother rented fifteen acres; he rented just over one.  Each had a house, but no farm outbuildings.  Mary would have paid tax on an annual income of 8£ 5s, but Dennis would not have on only 1£ 10s.[3] His landlord would have been liable for that tax.  This liability for taxes of small holdings gave landlords incentive to force folks like Dennis off the land, swelling the ranks of emigrants from Ireland in the nineteenth century.[4]

Ordnance Survey Maps  The entries from Griffith’s Valuation take on additional significance for identifying Dennis Buggy’s home, as they correspond to maps from the Ordnance Survey.   Created from 1833-1846, the Ordnance Survey mapped the entire country of Ireland at six inches to the mile.  The maps have been digitized and are available online.  The map below, published in 1839-40, shows Kyleballynamoe when Dennis Buggy was a boy.[5]

North is at the top.  The townland boundary is red.  Civil parish boundaries are green, showing that Kyleballynamoe lies in the eastern end of Tubbridbritain, adjacent to Freshford civil parish.  The 595 indicates the townland’s size in acres.


Kyleballynamoe in 1839-1840

 © Ordnance Survey Ireland/Government of Ireland
Copyright Permit No. MP 0004913






 Kyleballynamoe Lands Occupied by Mary Buggy and Dennis Buggy 
Griffith’s Valuation describes Mary Buggy’s land as 4ABC and 2c.  It describes Dennis Buggy’s as 5 and 2d.  The codes correspond to an annotated Ordnance Survey map.  The Ask About Ireland website links those annotated maps to the Griffith’s Valuation entries.  Mary Buggy’s 4ABC places the land she rented in the northwest corner of the townland, the darker area [color added] above the letters Y and L.  Dennis’ 5 places his land in an area at higher elevation with much scrub vegetation, the darker area to the center of the townland map.  Mary’s 2c and Denis’ 2d place their houses adjacent to each other.  They lie in the small darker area on the west end of the road through the townland.[6]  That is probably Dennis Buggy’s family home and a house he occupied as a young man before emigrating to the U. S.

How’s That for Pinpointing Dennis Buggy’s Origins!

Next Time: Should be The End


© 2013 Judy Kellar Fox, CG, foxkellarj@comcast.net.




[1] John Grenham, “What is Griffith’s Valuation?” Ask About Ireland (http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-room/history-heritage/irish-genealogy/what-is-griffiths-valuati/ : accessed 19 May 2013).
[2] “Griffith’s Valuation,” Ask about Ireland (http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index.xml : accessed 19 May 2013), search for Buggy, County Kilkenny, Tubbridbritain and Tubbridbritain (Part of) Parish.  Valuations for County Kilkenny were published in 1849 and 1850.  Denis Buggy and Mary Buggy appear in Kyleballynamoe townland in both.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Grenham, “What is Griffith’s Valuation?”
[5] Ordnance Survey Ireland (http://www.osi.ie : purchased 14 May 2013), Search: County Kilkenny, Townland Kyleballynamoe.  This map comprises portions of three six-inch maps, Kilkenny 12 and 13 and Tipperary 43, surveyed in 1839-40.
[6] “Griffith’s Valuation,” Ask about Ireland (http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index.xml : accessed 19 May 2013), search for Buggy, County Kilkenny, Tubbridbritain Parish, “Map Views.”