Duffy s cut exclusive s massacre at duffy s cut by william e. Mar 02, 20 the men and women of duffys cut may be dead but their story and their cause shall live on. Oct 31, 2011 duffys cut dig ends as amtrak refuses mass grave excavation. Donegal welcome home duffys cut murder victim john ruddy. It had become expedient for the tile film crew to have the remains transported to donegal so that this reburial ceremony at the ardara cemetery could be included in death on the railroad. Ruddys remains were the firstfound set of remains from duffys cut in 2009.
Its chock full of articles, pictures, and updates on the project. More bones turn up as researchers dig at duffy s cut. When the epidemic subsided, the official account of the sad but unremarkable toll at track mile 59, also known as duffys cut, was eight dead, with. It is too close to the track, still used by amtrak and septa. So as we finish let us take a moment to bow our head for john ruddy and let us remember that 50 of john s friends still lay buried, covered in 30 of malvern dirt. John ruddy killed while building pennsylvania railroad in. The remains of john ruddy, one of 57 irish railroad workers who died at an area in malvern known as duffys cut, will be buried on saturday, march 2 in a donated grave at holy family church in ardara, county donegal, ireland181 years after his death. Irish woman murdered at duffys cut in 1832 begins journey. Most were from county donegal with a few from counties tyrone and derry. Ahtes iii, 48, of wallingford, a history and theology professor and archaeological detective, died at home sunday, july 11, of a heart attack. Duffys cut is the name given to a stretch of railroad tracks some 30 miles west of philadelphia, usa, and originally built for the philadelphia and columbia railroad in the summer and fall of 1832. Annes cemetery in the port richmond section of philadelphia, and until now, his grave has been unmarked purposefully. The watsons have been working on doing justice to the dead of duffys cut for years, long before anyone in the press paid them any attention, nor did the the john ruddy connection result in some great avalanche of attention.
Donegal residents welcome home duffys cut murder victim john. The bones of john ruddy, the youngest of the duffys cut 57, died there at the age of eighteen. In the following years, the research and onsite excavations have been led by the watsons and earl schadnelmeier. Funeral of murdered 1832 duffys cut female victim in co. After the tragedy, the area where they were working became known as duffys cut. Excavated from the duffys cut site about four years ago, john ruddy was able to be identified through his skeletal remains and the passenger.
May 18, 2015 image duffys cut image caption catherines name and that of her fatherinlaw john burns on. Duffys cut victim returned to ireland ireland calling. Professor told the story of deaths at duffy s cut by sally a. Earl schandelmeier is an adjunct professor of history at immaculata university and also one of the founding members of the duffys cut project. This weekend, a man named phillip duffy will receive a grave marker which is being donated by laurel hill cemetery. The watsons have been working on doing justice to the dead of duffys cut for years, long before anyone in the press paid them any attention, nor did the the john ruddy connection result in.
John ruddy was one of the 57 irishmen who came from counties including donegal, tyrone and derry who were hired in 1832 to help build a. His body was returned to ireland for burial among relatives there. John ruddy, who was recently buried in ireland west laurel hill cemetery held a memorial service on march 9, one year after five duffys cut workers were buried at the cemetery. Duffys cut is the name given to a stretch of railroad tracks about 30 miles west of philadelphia. Laurel hill and duffys cut a history of our connections. He is also a coauthor of the book the ghosts of duffys cut by william watson, frank watson, john ahtes and earl schandelmeier. Published on mar 3, 20 181 years ago, donegal man john ruddy was killed and buried in a mass grave at duffys cut near philadelphia. He is also a coauthor of the book the ghosts of duffy s cut by william watson, frank watson, john ahtes and earl schandelmeier. A 2inch coffin nail tells the story of john ruddy, an 18yearold irish immigrant. He also made a casket for john ruddy, a young man whose body was returned to ireland to be buried there. Researchers are going ahead with ruddy s burial this weekend because of a looming deadline for a documentary film crew that has been following the duffy s cut project. When phillip duffy died in 1871, his family made the decision to.
Duffys cut archaeologists search for descendants of murdered john ruddy. Duffys cut archaeologists search for descendants of murdered. In the days of sailing ships, the crossing was dangerous and could take up to three months. Duffys cut memorial cross designed by johnnie rowe from the beginning of the duffys cut project, back in 2002, bill and frank watson knew there was a possibility that they would not be able to recover the bodies of the 57 irish workers who died in 1832 under mysterious circumstances while building mile 59 of the pennsylvania railroad. The majority of those who died at duffys cut were male and of an average age of 22. Part of a jawbone believed to belong to john ruddy, one of the workers at duffy s cut. The legend about duffys cut on the pennsylvania railroad between malvern and frazer. I have to keep pushing at the edges of what i can do. They laid his bones in a bed of bubble wrap, with a care beyond what is normally given to fragile things. Madam i read the brief news item sunday independent, march 3, 20 on the remains of john ruddy being brought back and buried in his native co donegal. Irelands forgotten sons recovered two centuries later history.
It was that of 18yearold john ruddy, who had ultimately been. The watsons have tentatively identified him as john ruddyan 18yearold laborer. Before 2004, hikers passing through the woods in chester county, pennsylvania in the vicinity of malvern would have encountered a granite block enclosure with no identifying marker. Manchester pastor details duffy s cut atrocity in new book. His name was john ruddy of inishowen, and he traveled from. Duffys cut project gutenberg selfpublishing ebooks. His name is believed to have been john ruddy, and he was being returned.
Led by frank watson, william watson, earl schandelmeier, the duffys cut. Archaeological evidence uncovered in 2009 and thereafter demonstrated that some of the workers died of blunt force trauma and bullet wounds rather than cholera. One victim was identified victim as 18yearold john ruddy, based on his bone size and the passenger list of a ship. T he duffys cut project wouldve never set sail had frank watson not spent labor day weekend 2002 poring over the secret railroad file handed down by his grandfather.
She is the second of the duffys cut victims to be identified and buried at home in ireland. The yesterdays we ignore often haunt our tomorrows. At duffys cut, a railroad construction site in chester county, pa, 57 irish immigrant railroad workers died amid a cholera epidemic in the summer of 1832 and were buried in a mass grave. The three, together with john eates, combined to write a book, the ghosts of duffys cut, which was published in 2006. John ruddy 18is the first of the duffys cut victims to be returned to ireland. Plans to repatriate tyroneborn victim of duffys cut. The line later became part of the pennsylvania railroad s main line. Nearly 60 irish railroad workers died at duffy s cut outside philadelphia in 1832. The watsons have tentatively identified him as john ruddy an 18yearold laborer from. Today, saturday march 2nd marks another major milestone in the journey to bring peace to the 57 brave souls that lost their lives at duffys cut. Revisiting the ghosts of duffys cut history ireland. John ruddy was from donegal, in the northwest of ireland.
The remains of one body was identified as likely being a young man named john ruddy, who was only about 18 years old in 1832. As historian and late team member john ahtes once reflected, throughout history, human lives have different values, at different places, at different times. Patricks church in clonoe, county tyrone, to her final resting place by three local women also named catherine. On march 20, 2009, the first human bones were unearthed, consisting of two skulls, six teeth and eighty other bones. Local dentist, using skeletal remains, dental xrays, helping to give some belated respect to 19th century railroad worker trying to unravel duffys cut mystery. Duffys cut victims will be remembered, but not recovered. Aug 09, 2018 the three, together with john eates, combined to write a book, the ghosts of duffys cut, which was published in 2006. Ruddy was from donegal, and his remains were delivered back to ireland in a proper ceremony for reburial in ireland in 20. According to the new york times, he finally received a proper burial in 20.
Because of catherines sex and age, she was able to be identified. Nov 06, 2015 on sunday, july 19, catherine burnss small casket, holding what little remained of the 29yearold widow who died in the railroad work camp known as duffys cut in 1832, was carried from st. Apr 3, 2019 a board based on the novel, the men of duffys cut. Burial in ireland planned for duffys cut victim news.
Celeste ng, ann patchett, min jin lee and others on the books that. Deaths reveal a hidden history of labour and the story of irish america. Oct 15, 20 click here to check out the official duffys cut project website. Burying men under track in the fill became commonplace back in the 19 th century, although duffys cut is the first documented case. Earl schandelmeier is an adjunct professor of history at immaculata university and also one of the founding members of the duffy s cut project.
Morning feature duffys cut and the american story meta. Duffys cut project added a new photo at west laurel hill cemetery and funeral home. While the truth of what actually happened at duffys cut is still being debated, five irish men and one woman were given a christian burial in philadelphia last year. Secrets of duffys cut yield to shovel and science the. Of special note duffy s cut was remembered by a special program by pbs the public. Jul 02, 2012 only one could be positively identified. He was laid to rest in ardara co donegal today in a simple and. The exact whereabouts of the remains of the irish workers within the boundaries of the site, or just beyond its borders, had been a mystery for more than a century and a half. Jun 02, 2015 was cholera or murder responsible for the deaths of railroad workers at duffys cut. The history blog blog archive duffys cut victim returns to. Reburial of woman in native ireland highlights 183year. These men need to be set free and now is the time to do it. More bones turn up as researchers dig at duffys cut.
Among the six recovered at duffy s cut was the first man found, 18yearold john ruddy from donegal, who was reinterred at holy family cemetery in ardara, county donegal on march 2, 20. The other mass grave, with the rest of the remains, cannot be excavated. When cholera swept the philadelphia countryside in the summer of 1832, railroad workers housed in a shanty near duffys cut fled the area, according to julian sachse, a historian who interviewed. John ruddy, an 18 year old boy, who left ireland in april of 1832 has finally come home. Frank watson gained international notice for codiscovering a mass grave of irish railroad workers in 2009. Manchester pastor details duffys cut atrocity in new book. The worksite, called duffys cut, was named after philip duffy, a builder, himself irish catholic, who secured a contract with pennsylvania to construct mile 59 of the philadelphiacolumbia. Her fatherinlaw, john burns, was 70 and again because of the uniqueness of his age compared to the rest of the bodies, there is a chance that he too may yet be traced. Frank watson gained international notice for codiscovering a mass grave of. His latest book, massacre at duffys cut, is available through. The teams book, the ghosts of duffys cut, sold out its first 10,000 copies, and the irish ambassador to the united states paid a visit to the site.
Human remains were also found at the site and closer examination of the remains raised questions about the fate of the workers. Catherine burns was 29 years old when she emigrated to america with her fatherinlaw john burns, following the death of her husband. He has written a book called the ghosts of duffys cut. Some researchers believe cholera was to blame, but historians frank and bill. Murder most foul irish ambassador michael collins and his wife, marie, look at the remains of 18yearold john ruddy with duffy s cut project managers dr. I never knew of duffy s cut until i heard wally page sing about it but i feel so sorry for those people who thought they were off to make a new life and then ended up being buried in a mass grave in pennsylvania. Mar 16, 2014 the bones of john ruddy, the youngest of the duffys cut 57, died there at the age of eighteen. Those involved in uncovering the story published a book of the same name.
William watsons book the ghosts of duffys cut, which is an interesting read for anyone interested in either irish american or pennsylvania or both in my case history. Encyclopedia of greater philadelphia irish the and ireland. These men were william watson, a professor of history at immaculata university in malvern near duffys cut, and his twin brother, dr. From eileen breen only two of the men at duffy s cut were buried in coffins in a christian burial, whether catholic, protestant or some other christian religion. His voyage home is the latest turn in the tale of duffys cut, a wooded patch. Brothers return bones to ireland asbury park press.
They were hired by irish contractor phillip duffy specifically to make a cut through a hill and fill in a valley at mile 59 of the rail line in malvern, pennsylvania to level the land. Jul 18, 2010 professor told the story of deaths at duffys cut by sally a. At duffys cut, a railroad construction site in chester county, pennsylvania, fiftyseven irish immigrant railroad workers died amid a cholera epidemic in the summer of 1832 and were buried in a mass grave. Francis watson available october 22, 2018 and our beautiful cd entitled songs of duffy s cut featuring several artists and their tributes to duffy s cut.
Duffys cut featured on channel 12 wednesday national. When the duffys cut mass grave was excavated, researchers first found material objects, like forks and pipes, which provided evidence of a shantytown the rail workers likely inhabited. Duffy s cut image courtesy of duffys cut project, immaculata university, malvern as so many irish have and will continue to do, eighteen year old john ruddy said goodbye to his family and home in inishowen to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The remains of a fifth irishman, john ruddy, will be shipped to the family.
The first body identified was that of 18yearold john ruddy from donegal, who was reinterred at holy family cemetery in ardara, county donegal on march 2, 20. See more ideas about duffy, clay pipes and irish cottage. The duffys cut project team consisted of four primary members, william watson, frank watson, john ahtes who died in 2010 and earl schandelmeier at immaculata university. In a catholic tradition, people were buried in coffins and a wake was held either one or two days before. He is the coauthor of the book, the mystery of duffys cut. The remains of an irish emigrant who died 183 years ago in the duffys cut massacre in america was finally laid to rest in co tyrone in june 2016. They hope to bury john ruddy s body around st patricks day 2012.
Duffys cut dig ends as amtrak refuses mass grave excavation. Staff photo by jim callahan immaculata university professor bill watson holds a plastic bag containing the remains of john ruddy, an irish immigrant track worker at duffy s cut in east whiteland. The evidence is thin, its true, but its not nonexistent. Irishmen killed building america finally get proper burial. Jun 25, 2015 in 2002, two men who grew up knowing the duffys cut story started investigating railroad documents about the deaths. Deaths reveal a hidden history of labour and the story of.
Researchers are going ahead with ruddy s burial this weekend because of a looming deadline for a documentary film crew that has been following the duffys cut project. Duffy s cut is the name given to a stretch of railroad tracks about 30 miles west of philadelphia, united states, originally built for the philadelphia and columbia railroad in the summer and fall of 1832. The story of john ruddys life and death have now been remembered and commemorated through the work of the duffys cut project team, and now, as he will be returned to his homeland, he will rest in. Aug 14, 2018 the three, together with john eates, combined to write a book, the ghosts of duffys cut, which was published in 2006. A sixth body was recovered and identified as john ruddy from inishowen, county. The tale of duffys cut is sadly similar to that of the average 19thcentury irish immigrant and continues to be uncovered. On friday the town of clonoe will come together to lay burns to rest.
Irelands forgotten sons recovered two centuries later. They will attend the march 2 nd, 20 reburial ceremony of the remains of a man presumed to be john ruddy. Death on the railroad full episode secrets of the dead. Watson, francis frank watson, earl schandelmeier and john athes, the ghosts of duffys cut. John ruddy goes home to donegal the remains of 18yearold immigrant found at duffys cut to be reburied in ardara march 4, 20 irish edition caption.893 428 1100 500 1021 41 519 1376 118 484 537 162 527 666 142 337 1197 963 1481 1035 446 367 43 636 1420 830 206 1250 1122 1046 1001 593 117 689 434 1208 1261 452 1055 958 1317 660 330