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
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Single
9
John James
Buggy
Son
1

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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

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