i saw a couple of message posted on Vaheys and Tuffys and thought i'd contribute. Its a long shot but i have info on tuffyd of belcarra mayo ireland (relations of mine). there is a William and Catherine Tuffy (nee Riordan) who lived in 1800 - 1850 in Mayo. One of their sons Thomas married a Catherine Mugan. They had a son daniel (born 1842 who's sponsors were a john tuffy and an Anne Vahey. Given the fact that both surnames are rare i thought maybe there was a connection. Let me know if this sparks something.