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My GGG was Jeremiah "Darby" Dufficy (~1791 - 1875) who married Sarah Elwood (~1792 - 1882). Darby was born in Clooneigh, Roscommon, Ireland and raised his family in Clooneigh, Roscommon, Ireland with his wife Sarah.

My research tends to indicate that his father may have been Owen Dufficy (~1759 - 1837).

Owen was born possibly in Clooneigh, Tulsk, Roscommon, Ireland about 1759.

He was a Private in the British Army and served with the Royal Longford Battalion (9 years) and the 10th Light Dragoons (13 1/2 years).

His attestation date for the Royal Longford Battalion is estimated as being around 1793. He was discharged from the Royal Longford Battalion on May 12, 1802 after being described as "worn out in service".

His attestation date for the 10th Light Dragoons is 1814.

Service Details (1802):

  • 5' 6" in height, age 43
  • Trade : Taylor
  • On his discharge the army was in the process of being disembodied with his discharge being noted as " It is to be observed that this man cannot receive any further subsistance".
  • Surgeon Certificate : H.M. Royal Bounty of Kilmainbam Hospital (near Dublin).
  • Residence in Dublin (Aug 13, 1814)
  • Captain Jenkins Company

Service Description Details (1814)

  • 46 years, height 5' 7", yellow complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, oval visage (ie: face)
  • Trade : Tailor
  • Born : Roscommon.

Graveyard: Killynagh More (Old Elphin Graveyard) shows reference to Rev. Patrick Dufficy, his father Owen & brothers Michael & Thomas.

Exact wording of epitaph: Sacred to the memory of Revd. Patrick Dufficy late Curate of the Parish of Coolaven, Co. Sligo who depd this life 3rd June 1835 Agd 31 Years. this Monument was Erected by his loving father Owen Dufficy & affectionate brothers Michl owen & Thos Dufficy he was Sincerly Regretted by his Parishinners & Lamented by those who Appreciated his Learning Zeal & Unfeigned piety. Requiescat in Pace. Amen. Beate sunt Mortui qui Moriun in Domino.

Owen was a Farmer at the time of his passing where probate was granted to his son Michael of less than 20 pounds

Owen passed away in Cartron, Roscommon, Ireland in June, 1837 although his residence was actually Clooneigh, Roscommon, Ireland. It also appears that he was residing with his son Michael at the time of his passing.

Should anyone have additional information regarding Owen (or his descendants) as well as information regarding the "Royal Longford Battalion" / "10th Light Dragoons" it would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, I have been researching the DUFFICY name for a number of years and would be very happy to hear from other descendants who can add to the stories.


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  • "Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Owen Dufficy, Jun 1837; citing 00120, 005014883, Principal Probate Registry, Dublin; 100,969.
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Terry Dufficy

Sydney, NSW, Australia



Friday 25th Feb 2022, 05:05AM

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  • Hello Terry and welcome to Ireland Reaching Out

    Terry would it be ok if I sent your query to a friend who deals a lot with military records and who is from Roscommon to see if he can help with this


    Geraldine Buckley-Smith, Ireland XO Volunteer

    Saturday 26th Feb 2022, 12:12AM
  • No problem at all. Thank you for your interest.
    Terry Dufficy


    Saturday 26th Feb 2022, 09:44PM

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