My paternal great grandfather John Pugh came to the US from Ireland at the age of 14 (1855). He worked in New York, worked on the Union Pacific railroad, then moved to Mechanicsville, Iowa where he married. He later moved to South Dakota after retiring from the railroad in 1907.
Searching other Pugh's who followed the same migratory path, I found a Patrick Pugh and wife Jane. They came over in 1864, with two sons- Francis and Patrick, first found in Middletown NY, where John's brother James lived, then again in Mechanicsville, where James and John lived. I was able to find church records on son Patrick, who died in Nebraska, and found he was from County Meath. His father Patrick is buried in Lisbon Cemetery, Iowa- in the same cemetery as John's inlaws. There is a Jane listed at the bottom of the John Pugh family in 1905 census records. Nothing noted for kinship. In addition, Clem wrote that his grandmother came with them to South Dakota in 1907. The other grandma was already dead, it had to be his paternal grandmother. I have not been able to find any burial records on her, in Iowa, Nebraska or South Dakota. I believe Jane is the step mother to John and his brothers.
John's death certificate shows his father's name as Patrick and family records have his mother's name as Mary Dineen. I checked the online records for Meath County, and found a John Pugh 1842 born to Patrick Pugh and Catherine Dinnany. Patrick Piew married to Catherine Dinnan in 1839. Both are from Parish-District Beauparc.
The death certificate for Patrick Pugh Jr shows his parents as Patrick Pugh and Catherine Dinnany. According to Helen Kelly, Irish genealogist, there is no proof that John was born in Mayo, as we originally believed, but there are no Dinneens or Dinnany's in Mayo. To find the area that the Irish came from, they usually look at the name patterns. She felt County Meath was more likely. There was a Patrick Pugh and a Francis Pugh in the Griffiths Evaluation- and we visited the exact spot that Patrick Pugh lived before coming to the US. See pictures of our trip to County Meath.
Resting Place of Patrick Pugh
Lisbon Cemetery, Iowa.
Patrick Pugh, d 7 Au 1894 ae. 80 yrs.
Lot 5 Space 1 Next to Pineview Drive