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Bruffeys in N.I. or Scotland

Posted: 15 Jun 1999 4:02PM GMT
Edited: 15 Aug 2002 12:35AM GMT
Any ideas where the Bruffeys may have come from in Scotland or Northern Ireland? or how they spelled their name? (Here in USA it's been Bruffy, Bruffey or Bruffie). My ancestor is a John Bruffey who married a Nellie McDonald in Scotland and came over just before the Revolutionary War.
Posted: 24 Jul 1999 5:11PM GMT
Edited: 1 Apr 2006 5:33PM GMT
Hi! I'm descended from a George Bruffey, from the valley of Va., I don't know his country of origin either!!
Most researchers feel the Bruffeys, Bruffys, etc are an Anglised Brophy--originating from Ireland.
Posted: 28 Jul 1999 3:34PM GMT
Edited: 15 Aug 2002 12:35AM GMT
Yes, I haven't seen anything like Bruffey on the British Isles lists, just sounds-likes like Brophy. I noticed two groups of Bruffeys in the Virginia census lists, my line back to Mark Bruffey who settled in the Greenbriar County area and his brothers up in Pochahontas Co areas, and another group of Bruffeys down in the Roanoke area. Was it your George or one of his descendents that was the defendant in case that went to the US Supreme Court twice in the late 1800's?

George Bruffey from Virginia

Posted: 30 Aug 1999 8:22PM GMT
Edited: 15 Aug 2002 12:35AM GMT
Was this the George Bruffey whose debt to a resident of Pennsylvania became, after his death, the subject of a case that went up to the United States Supreme Court twice? (Williams, from PA, wanted to get paid. George's estate asserted it shouldn't have to pay twice: it had paid the State of Virgina, under a Civil War era law that required debts payable to Union territory residents to be paid instead to the state of the Confederacy in which the debtor resided.) It's still often cited in international law cases.)

John and Nellie McDonald Bruffey

Posted: 11 Oct 1999 6:12AM GMT
Edited: 15 Dec 2001 5:50AM GMT
Mark email me at rbrown@bright.net

I descend from John and Nellie's son Patrick who moved to northern Pocahontas County, WV. His mother Nellie moved in with him after John died in 1807. Nellie died in 1825 and is buried next to her son who died in 1853. I have seen the graves of John, Patrick and Nellie.

John Bruffey

Posted: 11 Oct 1999 6:17AM GMT
Edited: 15 Dec 2001 5:50AM GMT
I am not sure about whether John Bruffey was Irish or Scoth-Irish. I do know he was born in Tyrone, Ireland in 1752 and came to America as a young man where he fought in the American Revolution.

He married a Scoth girl who was orphaned at the age of 11 and brought to America by relatives of the same name.

Now, my question is that Scotch and Irish people were not really on good terms. It was not common for Irish and Scotch to marry. Simply because the Irish were Catholic and the Scotch or Scotch-Irish were Presbyterian.

So, John Bruffey might have been Scotch-Irish or simply a converted Presbyterian.

What do you think? email me at rbrown@bright.net
Posted: 14 Nov 1999 9:54AM GMT
Edited: 1 Apr 2006 5:33PM GMT
Sorry this took so long, have been offline for a while. My George Bruffey lived around 1780's and in one person's line was said to be from England. I don't think England would have been the original country of origin, even if he lived there for a while.
Posted: 14 Nov 1999 9:55AM GMT
Edited: 1 Apr 2006 5:33PM GMT
Sorry this took so long, have been offline for a while. My George Bruffey lived around 1780's and in one person's line was said to be from England. I don't think England would have been the original country of origin, even if he lived there for a while.

Bruffey, Bruffee, Bruffie... etc.

Janet Reaves (View posts)
Posted: 2 Jan 2000 10:22PM GMT
My Grandmother, Lillian Frances Bruffey was
the daughter of John Allen Bruffey and Mary
Jane Rader. John Allen Bruffey was the son
of John Bruffey of Pocahontas Co, WV. I
remember her telling me that the name was
originally spelled "Broughy" and may even
have been "O'Broughy" at one time and she
was quite definite about it being Irish.
Don't know how much help this kind of word-
of-mouth information might be to someone,
but her memory went back a lot further than
mine as she was born in 1885.

Broughy

Mike Thornhill (View posts)
Posted: 3 Jan 2000 2:20PM GMT
Thanks for your information. That's very interesting. My father and his brothers and sisters always assumed John Bruffey was Scots-Irish, maybe because their family was so active in the Methodist Church and Christian Missionary Alliance down in Greenbriar County. But, as Rick Brownnotes in this message board, his records, through the Patrick Bruffey line, have John Bruffey as born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1752.
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