Duffy's Cut Teen's Remains To Be Buried in Ireland

John Ruddy, identified through a birth defect of the jaw, will be buried in County Donegal in March.

The remains of one of the railroad workers unearthed at Duffy's Cut will be buried in Ireland in March, according to a recent report in the Daily Local.

John Ruddy, an 18-year-old laborer, was identified by a genetic jaw defect. He will be buried in County Donegal, Ireland, in a ceremony March 2:  

Ruddy, a common laborer, died at Duffy’s Cut, a location west of today’s Malvern where construction workers were building the Philadelphia and Columbia Rail Road. Workers were cutting through a hill. The fill was being used in a valley to make a land bridge to level the roadway.

The workers came down with cholera, died and were buried at the site.

The article also points out that Sen. Bob Casey was able to get the work moving again at Duffy's Cut after work was halted due to the dig site's proximity to Amtrak rail lines.

Five other sets of remains from the dig site were buried in a Bala Cynwyd cemetery last March.

See also:

AP: Researchers Unable to Unearth Mass Irish Grave

Tree Growth Hampers Skeleton Search at Duffy's Cut

More Bones Turn Up As Researchers Dig at Duffy's Cut

K. Lee February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM
I think it's still unknown if they truly died of Cholera, or a more sinister demise.
Paula K February 26, 2013 at 02:48 PM
The Daily local goes into more detail on the cholera legend and that it likely was more sinister. K. Lee is correct. They recovered a bullet in one of the skulls--kudos to Sen. Casey for getting permission to continue the recovery of remains. And also to the cemetery for donating the burial space.


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