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] ( : accessed [date you read it]).

Please ask permission before copying the narrative text:

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,

[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.)

No. and Letter of Reference to Map
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,

[1] John Grenham, “What is Griffith’s Valuation?” Ask About Ireland ( : accessed 19 May 2013).
[2] “Griffith’s Valuation,” Ask about Ireland ( : 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 ( : 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 ( : accessed 19 May 2013), search for Buggy, County Kilkenny, Tubbridbritain Parish, “Map Views.”

Sunday, May 19, 2013

18. Loose Ends: Land and Pension Files

Dennis Buggy’s homestead and Civil War pension application files have come in.  Both offer invaluable information for family history, and the pension application states County Kilenny as Dennis Buggy’s birthplace.

Homestead File  Dennis Buggy’s file for his 1871 land purchase in Minnesota does not reveal his place of birth.  No mention is made of his having been foreign-born or naturalized. It does describe his house and farm and the improvements he made in order to get his land patent (handwritten text in italics):

[Dennis Buggy] has built a house thereon of Logs 14x18 feet—shingle roof—1 Door & 1 Window & upper & Lower floor and has lived in the said house and made it his exclusive home from the 26” day of December, 1865, to the present time, and that he has since said settlement ploughed, fenced, and cultivated about 30 acres of said land, and has made the following improvements thereon, to wit: Fenced 120 acres—Built a stable & Granary & Dug 2 Wells—Planted a few hundred forest trees[1]

Civil War Pension Application  Dennis Buggy applied for a Civil War pension, but was rejected.  On 31 January 1907 he made several statements that bear on his personal and family history:

            “My wife is ded  I am a wido[we]r”
            When, where, and by whom were you married?  Answer: “in 1856”
                        “in Naugatuc Conn Jan 17= 1856”
            What record of marriage exists?  Answer: [blank]
            Were you previously married?  “none”
            Have you any children living?
                        “Richard  Born  oct 27=   1856
                        “John          “         oct 15=   1858
                        “Nellie       “          aprl 10   1860
                        “Kattie       “          aug 10    1867”[2]

            When [sic] were you born?  “Co Kilkiney  Ireland”
            Where [sic] were you born?  “June 11=  1832”[3]

Dennis Buggy pension application questionnaire

 The pension application provides yet another date of birth, but it is consistent with the obituary that gives County Kilkenny as his place of birth.  Clearly the man did not know what year he was born or how old he really was.  He claimed June 11 as his birthday, and his heirs consistently reported that date for his obituaries, death certificate, and gravestone.  This date cannot be accurate, as it is after the 6 June date of his baptism.

He said, she said  Dennis Buggy reported his (second) marriage on 17 January 1856 in Naugatuck, Connecticut.  This conflicts with the marriage recorded in the parish register of St. Mary, Derby.  The date was 20 January and the copy annotated “1857” in 2013.[4]  This date is after the birth of first child Richard (27 October 1856).[5] 

Update 24 June 2013: Closer examination of the marriage records
Another photocopy of the full parish register page bears a year at the top.  It appears to be 1856, suggesting that the first few entries took place in 1856, and the January one, farther down the page, in 1857.  On close inspection, the 6 of 1856 appears to be written over a 5.

Examination of all the parish's marriages from 1855 through 1858, ten unnumbered pages, reveals inconsistency in the entries.  The few indications of years suggest that the order of pages, following the chronology of the marriages, should be 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 [including the Buggy marriage], 8, 4, 5, 10.

The key to the reordering is an agreement on 27 November 1856 that appears at the bottom of page 9.  James C. Kirby agrees to allow  Winifred McIntyre, “whom I am now going [to] marry,” to attend the catholic church and to raise any children they have as members of the Roman Catholic Church.  The record of the Kirby-McIntyre marriage, also dated 27 November 1856, appears at the top of page 4, identifying the correct chronology of pages 4 and 5.  Marriages entered on unnumbered pages 1-3 and 6-7 took place in 1855, with the transition to January 1856 (and the Buggy-Phelan marriage) on page 7.  The early entries on page 7 were from late 1855 and the January one in 1856.

This Buggy-Phelan marriage in 1856 is supported by Dennis Buggy’s own recollection, as reported in his pension application: 17 January 1856.[6]
St. Mary marriage register page heading, detail

The month and year, January 1856, are probably correct.  I cannot explain the discrepancy between the priest’s record and the groom’s memory of the day.  Perhaps the couple married first in a civil ceremony in Naugatuck on 17 January, then, since there was not yet a Catholic church in Naugatuck, again in Derby on 20 January, a reasonable time before son Richard’s October birth.

Next Time: Dennis Buggy's Home on Antique Maps

© 2013 Judy Kellar Fox, CG,

[1] Michael Dullard and William Hunter, “Proof Required Under Homestead Acts May 20, 1862, and June 21, 1866,” Dennis Buggy (Faribault County), homestead file bearing final certificate no. 1794, 9 May 1871, Jackson, Minnesota, Land Office; Land Entry Papers, 1800-1908; Records of the Bureau of Land Management, Record Group 49; National Archives, Washington, DC.
[2] 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.
[3] Questionnaire 3—447, Dennis Buggy pension claim no. 1355777 (Rejected), Civil War, RG 15, NA-Washington.
[4] St. Mary Church (Derby, Connecticut), marriage book, arranged chronologically, Dennis Buggy and Catherine Phelin (1856); Archdiocese of Hartford Archives, Hartford.  The photocopies, provided by Archivist Maria Medina Paxi, bear no identification of the book and no page numbers.
[5] Naugatuck, Connecticut, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1852-1856, C:48, unnamed child born to Dennis Buggy and Catharine Buggy (1856); Town Hall, Naugatuck; Family History Library microfilm 1,412,958, item 3.
[6] Questionnaire 3—389, Dennis Buggy pension claim no. 1355777 (Rejected), Civil War, RG 15, NA-Washington.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

17. A Proof Summary: Dennis Buggy's Kyleballynamoe

The following evidence, when carefully examined and assembled, proves that Dennis Buggy was born in Kyleballynamoe (Cill bhéil átha na mbó), County Kilkenny, Ireland. [1]
Dennis Buggy
1.  The Phelan family book identifies Freshford in County Kilkenny as the burial place of Dennis Buggy’s parents.[2]

2.  Baptism records for Dennis Buggy and his siblings are found in Freshford parish registers.[3]

3.  The Buggy names from the parish register (except for the mother’s maiden name and one [missing] brother) match the Phelan family book.[4]

4.  U.S. records confirm these children as the siblings of Dennis Buggy.[5]

5.  Two baptism records distinguish Kile St G[     ] from Kile Tullaroan.[6]

6.  A 1786 travelogue locates the St. George name in the vicinity of Kile, within a couple miles of the town of Freshford, in Freshford Catholic parish.[7]

7.  The St. Georges received the lands of the Shortalls after Cromwell.[8]

8.  One of the townlands the Shortalls lost is identified as “Kyle[ballynamoe].”  The brackets suggest the place was known as Kyle, an abbreviation for the longer name.[9]  Kyle and Kile are equivalent spellings for the same pronunciation.

9.  Kyleballynamoe lies in Freshford Catholic parish and Tubbridbritain civil parish.[10]

10.  Its location west of Freshford identifies Kyleballynamoe as the same as Kyle/Kile, the residence of Dennis Buggy and his siblings at the time of their baptisms.  It is found there on current maps, about four miles west of Freshford.[11]

A reasonably exhaustive search for Dennis Buggy in U.S. records turned up none that gives as much information about his birthplace as the Phelan family book.  It was necessary to make the full search, however, to know exactly who Dennis Buggy was and how the siblings listed in the Phelan family book and the Freshford baptism register were related to him.  It’s always better to know more than we think we need!

Next Time: Loose Ends

Update: An Antique Map

An antique map of Kyleballynamoe shows its Shortall owners at the middle of the seventeenth century.  Trinity College Dublin has just posted online an extraordinary set of maps made to assist in the transfer of properties from Catholic landowners to English adventurers.  The Down Survey mapped the area of each townland in Ireland.  The map for Kyleballynamoe can be seen at

Note that north is in the lower left corner of the map, turning the view nearly upside-down from normal.  No. 56 is “Killobeallenemoe,” belonging to Tho. Shortall Jr. papt [papist] ppr.  The land, 369:0:0 acres, is described as Heathy and Shrubby pasture.  It is adjacent to No. 48, Tuberid, of Robt Shortall Jr. papt ppr, 560:0:0 & Arr. of “Shrubby & Course Heathy Pasture.”  The size of Tuberid seems to correspond more to later maps of Kyleballynamoe.  Both townlands feature an icon in the middle of a castle.[12]

© 2013 Judy Kellar Fox, CG,

[1] Owen O’Kelly, The Place-Names of the County of Kilkenny (Kilkenny, Ireland: The Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1985), 27.
[2] “The Phelan Descendants: The Buggy Family, The Delaney Family, The Dollard Family,” privately held, 2013, 8
[3] Catholic Church, Freshford Parish (Kilkenny), Parochial Registers, 1773-1881, Baptisms, 1800-1825, and 1825-1847; Family History Library microfilm 926,192, items 1 and 3, respectively.
[4] Judy Kellar Fox, “12. The Buggy-Brannagan Family of Freshford: A Possible Match!Pinpointing Dennis Buggy’s Irish Origins (, posted 22 April 2013.
[5] Judy Kellar Fox, “14. Dennis Buggy’s Siblings: Gathering Relationship Clues,” Pinpointing Dennis Buggy’s Irish Origins (, posted 29 April 2013.
[6] Catholic Church, Freshford Parish (Kilkenny, Ireland), Parochial Registers, 1773-1881, Baptisms, 1825-1847, p. 1, Eliza Buggy (7 February 1825), and p. 4, Eleanor Stapleton (3 April 1825).
[7] The Post Chaise Companion: or Travellers Directory through Ireland, 4th ed. (Dublin: J. Fleming [1786]), col. 476; digital image, Google Books ( : accessed 4 May 2013).
[8] William Carrigan, The History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, 2 vols., Vol. 2 (Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1905), 257; digital image, Google Books ( : accessed 3 May 2013).
[9] Ibid.
[10] Ibid.
[11] See, for example, “Search,” Google Earth, Get Directions: Kyleballynamoe, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, to Freshford, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, accessed 14 May 2013.
[12] “The Down Survey of Ireland,” Trinity College Dublin ( : accessed 15 May 2013), “Down Survey Maps,” select County Kilkenny, Cranagh Barony, Tubrid Parish. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

16. Pinpointed: Kyleballynamoe

Found! Maps and histories, together with some minute details from the Freshford parish records, locate Kile as a townland a couple miles north-northwest of Freshford.

Two baptism records provide the clues that solve the problem of where to find Kile in Freshford parish.  One is Dennis Buggy’s older sister’s baptism:[1]

male sponsor
female sponsor
7 Feb 1825
Richd Buggy
Mary Branagan
Margt Buggy
2-6 Kile St G[___] 

Notice that her residence is not simply Kile, as for all the other Buggy children’s baptisms.  The meaning of 2-6 is unknown, but “Kile St G[___]” is intriguing, even though a smudge obliterates the rest of the word.  It takes on meaning when another baptism a few pages later specifies a residence of “Kile Tulleroan.” [2]

Two Kiles in the Parish?  That’s what it looks like.  Tullaroan Parish was separated from Freshford parish in 1843, well after these baptisms.  It’s to the west of Freshford parish, on the western border of County Kilkenny.[3]  It appears, from the baptism records, to have been somewhat distinct even some twenty years before the separation.

Searching for Kile (or Kyle) and St. G___ and Freshford   A Google search for
“Kyle” and “St. G ” and “Freshford” brings up an eighteenth-century travelogue.  The book describes the natural and man-made features of Ireland, including castles, “Noblemen & Gentlemen’s Seats,” and ruins.  It follows the roads, pointing out interesting sites and the mile markers where they would be found.  One ride runs from the town of Kilkenny west to Urlingford via Freshford.  Of a two-mile area northwest of Freshford, the author writes (emphasis added):

A mile beyond Freshford, on the L. is Kilrush, the seat of Mr. St. George; and farther on is Kyle, the seat of Mr. Colclough; and a little farther are the ruins of four castles, all within the distance of a mile.[4]

Urlingford is about 9 miles west of Freshford along present route R693.[5]  The Kyle that was somehow related to St. George lay between one and two miles west of Freshford, in the vicinity of Kilrush.  Happily, this is in Freshford Catholic parish and very likely the Kile/Kyle of the Buggys.

On this hand-drawn map based on the travelogue, Kile lies at about the two-mile mark west of Freshford, a mile beyond Kilrush.  Note Johnstown, home of Catherine (Phelan) Buggy, and Tullaroan Townland to the south of Kilrush, the name known from the Kile Tullaroan baptism.

Location of Kile, about two miles west of Freshford (left, unlabeled, dot)
© OpenStreetMap contributors, whose map data is available under Open Database License
adapted by Judy Kellar Fox

The Freshford Catholic Parish registers indicate a number of people who resided in “Three Castles.”[6]  Could this relate to the travelogue’s “ruins of four castles”?  An 1862 publication suggests it may be, and gives a name: Balleen Castle:

ABOUT two miles north west from the little town of Freshford, county Kilkenny, stand the imposing ruins of Balleen Castle. Situated on ground of considerable elevation, though of rather gradual ascent, they overlook a country of beautifully diversified appearance, in fine cultivation, and interspersed with numerous interesting remains of antiquity. Once a principal strong-hold of the noble house of Ormond, this castle was of considerable importance, as is sufficiently attested by the extent of the ruins, and the elegance of those parts of the building that have escaped destruction. Of the original structure but two towers at present remain.[7]

Balleen Castle, in ruins already before Dennis Buggy was born, lay within a mile of Kile.  It formed part of the landscape he and his family saw every day.  And this is what it looks like today.[8]
Balleen Castle
Copyright Mike Searle and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Kilrush The eighteenth-century travelogue also mentions Kilrush, which shows up on current maps.  An early twentieth-century history of the Diocese of Ossory (which includes Freshford Parish) describes Kilrush as part of the civil parish of Clomantagh and of the Catholic parish of Freshford.  Kilrush castle was associated with the Shortall family and then the St. George family.[9]  This is perhaps, then, the origin of the distinction of Kile St. George: the part of Kile in the lands of the St. George family. 

The same diocesan history describes the townlands the Shortalls lost at the time of Cromwell, and they include, besides Kilrush, one called “Kyle[ballynamoe].”[10]  Notice that this is “Kyle,” but with more to the name, and the brackets suggest that the full name was not always used.  Kyleballynamoe lies in the vicnity of Kilrush, just as the eighteenth-century travel guide described Kyle, about two miles west of Freshford.

Kyleballynamoe Although Kile/Kyle doesn’t show up on maps or database searches of townlands, the full name, Kyleballynamoe, does.  Here it is, about two miles west of Freshford, in the lower left part of this map:
Kyleballynamoe in relation to Freshford and Kilrush
© OpenStreetMap contributors, whose map data is available under Open Database License
adapted by Judy Kellar Fox

Like Kilrush, Kyleballynamoe belongs to Freshford Catholic Parish, but it is in the civil parish of Tubbridbritain.  It would not be found in lists of the townlands in Freshford civil parish.  The name means Church of the Ford-Mouth of the Cows, perhaps derived from a cow trail, as the church itself sat about twenty yards from the Nuenna River (north of Rte. 693).[11]

The 1901 census of Ireland shows the townland comprising just over 595 acres.  The number of residents of Kyleballynamoe had decreased from eighty-four in 1881 to thirty-eight in 1901, the dwellings from eighteen to twelve.[12]  Perhaps there were more families residing in the area when Dennis Buggy and his family lived there.  A wonderful map from 1794 at the National Library of Ireland describes the fields and acreages in a portion of Kile.  They include turnip fields, clover fields, tenant gardens, orchards, lawns, and a field called “Limekiln,” giving an idea of the variety of crops and sizes of fields in the decades before the Buggy children’s baptisms.[13]

So there we have it: Dennis Buggy’s birth townland, narrowed down to an area of 595 acres in the vicinity of lovely Balleen Castle ruins.  I’ve stuck the map tack in Kyleballynamoe, Tubbridbritain, County Kilkenny, Ireland, and I’m counting on my friend to bring me a photo of her ancestral Irish townland!

Next Time: A Wrap-Up

© 2013 Judy Kellar Fox, CG,

[1] Catholic Church, Freshford Parish (Kilkenny, Ireland), Parochial Registers, 1773-1881, Baptisms, 1825-1847, p. 1, Eliza Buggy baptism (1825); FHL microfilm 926,192, item 3.
[2] Catholic Church, Freshford Parish (Kilkenny), Baptisms, 1825-1847, p. 4, Eleanor Stapleton baptism (3 April 1825).
[3] “Diocese of Ossory,” County Kilkenny Ireland Genealogy and History ( : accessed 4 May 2013), map, no. 41, and “Historical Reference.”
[4] The Post Chaise Companion: or Travellers Directory through Ireland, Containing a New & Accurate Description of the Direct and principal Cross Roads, with particulars of the Noblemen & Gentlemen’s Seats, Cities, Towns, Parks, natural Curiosities, Antiquities, Castles, Ruins, Manufactures, Loughs, Glens, Harbours, &c. &c., Forming An Historical & Descriptive Account of the Kingdom, To which is added, A Travelling Dictionary, or Alphabetical Tables, Shewing the distances of all the Principal Cities, Boroughs, Market & Seaport Towns in Ireland from each other, 4th ed. (Dublin: J. Fleming [1786]), col. 476; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 4 May 2013).
[5] “Search,” Google Maps ( : accessed 4 May 2013), “Get Directions,” Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, to Freshford, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
[6] Catholic Church, Freshford Parish (Kilkenny), Parochial Registers, 1773-1881, passim.
[7] The Illustrated Dublin Journal, A Miscellany of Amusement and Popular Information by the Most Eminent Writers (Dublin: James Duffy, 1862), 489; digital image, Google Books ( : accessed 5 May 2013).
[8] Mike Searle, “S3766: Castles of Leinster: Balleen, Kilkenny,” Geograph ( : accessed 5 May 2013). 
[9] William Carrigan, The History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, 2 vols. , Vol. 2 (Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker, 1905), 257; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 3 May 2013).
[10] Ibid.
[11] Ibid.
[12] Accounts and Papers: Seventy-Seven Volumes, Population (Ireland): Province of Leinster, Session 16 January 1902—18 December 1902, Vol. CXXII, Vol. 68, Census of Ireland for the Year 1901. Part I, Area, Houses, and Population, Vol. 1, Province of Leinster, No. 4, County of Kilkenny (Dublin: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1901), p. 52 for Urlingford Union; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 3 May 2013).
[13] John O’Brien, “A map of Mr. Lawlers part of Kile [Kyleballynamoe] in the barony of Crannagh and County of Kilkenny,” 1794; digital image, National Library of Ireland, Catalogue ( : accessed 6 May 2013).