|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.
Update 24 June 2013: Closer examination of the marriage records
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.