Rev. Richard Buggy c.1802-1864

The Rev Richard Buggy died on 7 November 1864[1] and at the time was the parish priest of Clonaslee  Catholic parish, Laois. According to his death certificate, he was about 62 years old when he died giving an approx year of birth of 1802.[2] The RootsIreland database has a listing for a Richard Buggy born in 1802 in Co. Kilkenny and a Richard Patrick Buggy born in Co. Laois in 1804.

In the early years of his vocation he was a curate in the Catholic parish of Ballyadams, Laois in the late 1830s.[3] Before Ballyadams the Rev. Buggy worked as a curate in the village of Borris, Carlow. While there he was central to disturbances that occurred following the election of Thomas Kavanagh, Esq. as a representative for county Carlow. A letter signed by Buggy and the other Catholic clergymen outlined how a local magistrate and body of militia had disturbed religious worship on consecutive Sundays in 1835. A reply from the Lord Lieutenants office, via a local magistrate, countered that the Catholic clergymen had been central to inflaming some parishioners to turn against others who had voted for Kavanagh. You can read the full account here.


[1] Keogh, Very Rev. Canon. 1865. Catholic Directory Almanac and Registry of Ireland England and Scotland. Dublin: John Mullany

[2] Mountmellick Registration District, Ireland, Death Certificate, 1864, vol 18:383, Richard Buggy; General Registrars Office, Dublin.

[3] Author Unknown. 1838. The Catholic Directory and Annual Register for the year 1838. London: James Smith

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US Newspaper Articles VIII

Brooklyn, NY – 1939                                                                                                                         In a newspaper obituary for Michael J. Fogarty of 719 57th St who died 20 June, a Patrick Buggy is listed as a brother-in-law. No details are given about Patrick’s wife, Michael’s sister. Michael’s wife was Elizabeth Fogarty who was already deceased by this time. His children Edna and James are also listed.[1]

Manhattan, NY – 1934                                                                                                  Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Marjorie Elizabeth Buggy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Buggy of 788 Riverside Drive, to William Richardson Meagher, son of Mrs. Martin J. Meagher, of this city. Miss Buggy was graduated from the Barnard School for Girls and from Marymount College. Mr. Meagher was graduated from Fordham University in 1924, and three years later from the Fordham Law School where he is now a member of the faculty. He is with the firm Hunt, Hill and Betts. The wedding will take place in June.[2]

Manhattan, NYC – 1898                                                                                                                   A list of plans filed for alteration contains the entry: 11th St, n s, 240ft east of 4th Av, 16.8×100.11; John Buggy to Mary Buggy, Gift.[3]

Brooklyn, NY – 1898                                                                                                                     List of officers and men of the fourteenth regiment of Brooklyn who will go to Chickamauga National Military park to train for the Spanish American War. Company F, Private John Buggy.[4]

You can read other posts containing examples found in American newspapers at US Newspaper Articles VII, US Newspaper Articles VI, US Newspaper Articles V, US Newspaper Articles IV, US Newspaper Articles III, US Newspaper Articles II and US Newspaper Articles I.


[1] Author Unknown, Deaths in The New York Times, 23 June 1939, p.34; Proquest Historical Newspapers http://www.proquest.com  accessed 26 June 2012

[2] Author Unknown, Other Engagements in The New York Times, 1 January 1933, p.12; Proquest Historical Newspapers http://www.proquest.com  accessed 26 June 2012

[3] Author Unknown, The Building Department in The New York Times, 28 December 1898, p.10; Proquest Historical Newspapers http://www.proquest.com  accessed 26 June 2012

[4] Author Unknown, Roster of Fourteenth in The New York Times, 19 May 1898, p.6; Proquest Historical Newspapers http://www.proquest.com  accessed 26 June 2012

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Insolvencies in Kilkenny 1830

In a list of insolvencies presented as Summer Assizes 1830 there is one entry which reads:

Michael Buggy, Walkin St, Kilkenny £0 1s. 0d.[1]


[1] Author Unknown. 1830. The Presentments of the Grand Jury of the City of KIlkenny at Summer Assizes 1830. Kilkenny Denroche, p.30

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Sergent’s Tragic Homecoming 1952

A very sad story about the family of U.S. army sergeant, Charles Buggy, from 1952.[1]


[1] Author Unknown, Sgt’s Tragic Homecoming in Sunday Times, 31 March 1952, p.3; National Library of Australia, http://trove.nla.gov.au :  accessed 5 June 2012

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Assistant Mine Foreman 1918

A report on mining in the state of Pennsylvania lists a Thomas Buggy of Barnesboro as an assistant mine foreman.[1] To obtain the position he had to pass an examination which was held at the Miner’s Hall in Patten, PA from 10-12 April 1918.[2] For the purposes of the report this was in relation to the fifteenth bituminous  district, which covered the counties of Cambria, Indiana and Clearfield.[3]


[1] Pennsylvania Dept of Mines. 1920. Report of the Department of Mines of Pennsylvania Pat II: Bituminous. Harrisburg, Pa: JLL Kuhn. p.841

[2]Ibid. p.840

[3] Ibid. p.781

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Dorchester, MA Tax Records 1869

Taxation records can often be a valuable genealogical resource and census substitute. This entry comes from taxation records for the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts.[1]

Richard Buggy / Location: Neponset Av. / Polls: 1 / Real (Probably Real Estate Tax): $2,200 / Personal: $200 /Amount Taxed: $2


[1] Dorchester Town(?). 1869. The Taxable Valuation of the Real and Personal Estates with the Polls and Amount of Tax in the Town of Dorchester. Boston: Wright and Potter. p.14 Available online at: FamilySearch Family History Books: accessed 29 May 12

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The Land Purchase Act Advances 1916

The Irish Land Commission oversaw the wholesale transfer of land from estate owners to tenant farmers during the 19th and 20th centuries.  One publication from their records outlines the advances of money for the purchase of land from the former estate of Viscount Mountgarrett in counties Wexford and Kilkenny. These advances were made on 20 April 1916 and all three are for land in county Kilkenny.[1]

No. 69 William Buggy[2] / Ballyconra townland / Area: A(cres) 0, R(oods) 0, P(erches) 6 / Tenement Valuation where Known: Unknown / Rent £0 s(hilligs).13 p(ence).0/ Tenure of Tenant, Judicial or Not Judicial: Not Judicial / Purchase Money price: £1610 / Amount of the Advance: £1610 / Number of Years Purchase of Rent: 17.9

No. 71 William Buggy[3] / Ballyconra townland / Area: A 59, R 2, P 4 / Tenement Valuation where Known: Unknown / Rent £90/ Tenure of Tenant, Judicial or Not Judicial: Not Judicial / Purchase Money price: £10 / Amount of the Advance: £10 / Number of Years Purchase of Rent: 15.4

No. 300 Mary Buggy[4] / Rathmoyle townland / Area: A 27, R 2, P 20 / Tenement Valuation where Known: £18 s.15 / Rent £16 s.16 d.4/ Tenure of Tenant, Judicial or Not Judicial: Not Judicial / Purchase Money price: £359 / Amount of the Advance: £359 / Number of Years Purchase of Rent: 21.3


[1] Irish Land Commission. 1917. Return of Advances Made Under the Irish Land Purchase Acts During the Months of April-July 1916. Dublin: His Majesty Stationary Office. p.72

[2] Ibid. p.74

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid. p.78

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