Letter More

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Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                  Letter More

Civil Parish:                               Ballynakill

Barony:                                       Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Rinvyle

Area:                                           238.29 acres / 238 acres, 1 rood, 6 perches

 

Baptism and Marriage records for Letterfrack R.C. Parish 1821-1881

1901 Census for Letter More (no records)

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Letter More (no records)

Map

Galway Library for Letter More

Logainm for Letter More

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Letter More

 

 

1911 Census for Letter More

Overview of Letter More in 1911.

According to the 1911 census, there were a total of 15 houses in Letter More and they were all classed as private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 10 had slate, iron or tiles for roofing while all the others had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. House 10 was a 2nd class dwelling and the rest were 3rd class dwellings. House 9 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, houses 2, 5 and 6 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 1-4, 7, 8 and 11-15 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front and house 10 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. According to the out-offices and farm-steadings return there were a total of 41 out buildings consisting of 10 cow houses, 12 piggeries, 8 fowl houses, 5 barns, 1 turf house, 4 potato houses and 1 shed. The enumerator’s abstract return shows that there were a total of 82 people in Letter More at that time with 43 male and 39 female. The enumerator was Const. John Cormick.

 

Mullin                         (additional surname: Kerrrigan)

The head of the first household in Letter More was Gregory (65) and he was married to Bridget (62) and had been for 36 years and in that time they had had 8 children of which 6 had survived. They shared the house with 2 of their sons, Thomas (38) and Gregory (15), their daughter, Bridget (21) and they also had a visitor at that time, Mary Kerrigan (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, except Bridget and Mary, could read and write. Gregory (65) and Thomas were farmers and fishermen and Gregory (15) was a scholar. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house, piggery, fowl house and a barn. Gregory Mullin was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The head of the Heanue family in house 2 was the widow Bridget (59) who had had 9 children of which 8 had survived. She lived with 3 of her sons Festy (20), Owen (19) and Michael (15). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all but Bridget could read and write. Bridget was listed as being a farmer and all 3 of her sons were listed as farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house, piggery and fowl house. Bridget Heanue was the landholder.

 

Heanue                                    (additional surname: Regan)

The head of this Heanue family was the widow Barbara who had been married for 38 years and had had 8 children of which on 4 had survived. She shared the house with 2 of those children, Michael (34) and Margaret (24) and her grandson, Michael Regan (10). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Michael (10), who only spoke English. Apart from Barbara, they could all read and write. Barbara was listed as being a farmer, Michael (34), a farmer’s son and Michael (10) was a scholar. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house, piggery and fowl house. Barbara Heanue was the landholder.

 

Conneely

The head of the Conneely family in house 4 was John (60) who was married to Honoria (50) and had been for 21 years and in that time they had had 5 children but only 2 of those had survived. They lived with those 2 children and they were Martin (20) and Mary Anne (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Honoria, could read and write. John was a farmer and carpenter and Martin was a farm servant. Their house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a piggery. John Conneely was the landholder.

 

Diamond

Head of the Diamond family was Patrick (56) who was married to Kate (50) and had been for 29 years and in that time they had had 15 children of which only 7 had survived. They shared the house with 5 of those children, Thomas (26), Michael (21), William (16), Edward (11) and Katie (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Michael, Thomas, William and Katie could all read and write. Patrick was a farmer, Kate had a home industry, Thomas and Michael were fishermen, William was a farmer’s son and Edward and Katie were schollars (sic). They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a piggery. Patrick Diamond was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The head of this Heanue family in house 6 was Michael (70) who had been married to Bridget (60) for 53 years and they had had 7 children and all of those had survive. They shared the house with 3 of those children, Michael (20), Honoria (15) and Margaret (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Michael (70) could not read, Bridget could read only and the children could all read and write. Michael (70) was a farmer and Michael (20) was listed as a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a piggery. Michael Heanue was the landholder.

 

Regan 

House 7 was home to the Regan family and the head of this family was Patrick (71) and he was married to Anne (72) and they had been married for 47 years and had had 6 children and of those 5 had survived. They shared their house with their son Michael (32), their daughter-in-law, Honoria (25), who had been married to Michael for 4 years and they had had 2 children, and their grandchildren Mary Anne (7), Patrick, (2) and Bridget (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All the adults spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Patrick (71) was a farmer and Michael was a farmer’s son. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they has a cow house, piggery, a fowl house and a barn. Patrick Regan was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The head of this Heanue family was Patrick (66) and he had been married to Honor (54) for 35 years and in that time they had had 8 children of which 7 had survived. Four of those children lived with them in the house and they were Patrick (32), Thomas (30), Michael (20) and Honoria (18). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Martin could read only, Honor could not read and the others could all read and write. Martin was recorded as being a farmer, Honor, a housekeeper, Patrick, Thomas and Michael were farm servants and Honoria was a general house servant. They had a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn, a turf house and a potato house. Patrick Heanue was the landholder.

 

Conneely

The head of this Conneely family was Thomas (50) and he was married to Margaret (46) and they had been married for 14 or 15 years[i] and in that time they had 6 children and all of those had survived. Those 6 children lived with them and they were Patrick (14), Annie (10), Mary (8), Michael (6), Bridget (4) and Katie (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas, Margaret, Patrick and Annie spoke both Irish and English and the others only spoke English. Thomas could read only, Patrick could read and write but the others could not read. Thomas was listed as a farmer, Margaret, a house keeper, Patrick and Annie, scholars and Mary, Michael, Bridget and Katie were described as children. They shared a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a barn. Thomas Conneely was the landholder.

 

Faherty

The head of the family in house 10 was Patrick (45), who had been married to Bridget (30) for 2 years and they had 1 child. Their son John (1) also lived with them. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both Patrick and Bridget spoke both Irish and English but only Bridget could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and mason. They shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Patrick Faherty was the landholder.

 

Conneely                                 (additional surname: Faherty)

The head of this household was Patrick (77) and he lived with his sister, Norah Faherty (67), whoi was a widow but had had 4 children of whom only 2 had survived, and his nephew, Michael Faherty (44). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Michael could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and Michael was listed as being a farmer farm servant. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house, piggery and a fowl house. Patrick Conneely was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

House 12 was home to another Heanue family and the head of this family was Patrick (47) and he was married to Sarah (35) and had been for 15 years and in that time they had had 8 children, all of whom had survived. All those children lived with them and they were Thomas (14), Mary Anne (12), Michael (10), Bridget (8), Anne (6), Patrick (4), Margaret (2) and John (9mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick (4), Margaret and John spoke only Irish and the rest of the family spoke both Irish and English. Only Thomas, Mary Anne and Michael could read and write. Patrick (47) was a farmer and Thomas, Mary Anne and Michael were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Patrick Heanue was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The head of this family was the widow Maggie Margaret (63) who had given birth to 9 children and only 6 of those had survived. She shared her house with 4 of those children, Patrick (38), Norah (29), Michael (22) and Martin (19). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Patrick, Michael and Martin could read and write. Maggie Margaret was a farmer, Patrick and Michael were Fishermen and Farm servants and Martin was a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house, piggery, fowl house, a barn and a shed. Margaret Heanue was listed as the landholder.

 

Fitzpatrick 

House 14 was home to the Fitzpatrick family and the head of this family was the widow Sarah (62), who had been married for 42 years and had had 12 children and 8 of those had survived. She shared her house with 5 of those children and they were Patrick (32), Margret (sic) (25), Francis 21), Annia (sic) (19) and Edward (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Margret (sic) Francis and Edward could read and write. Sarah was a farmer, Patrick and Francis were fishermen, Margret (sic) and Annia (sic) were described as doing house work and Edward was a farmer’s son. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a piggery and a potato house. Sarah Fitzpatrick was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The last house in Letter More was that of the Heanue family and the head of this Heanue family was the widow Margret (73) who had given birth to 9 children and all of those had survive. She shared the house with her son Thomas (34), her daughter Ann (29), who was married and had been for 3 years and she had had 1 child. Also in the house at that time was her granddaughter Mary (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Mary. Only Thomas could read and write. Margret was a farmer and Thomas a farmer’s son. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and they had a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house. Margaret Heanue was listed as the landholder.

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Letter More

Michael Coyne – Application No. C21 / 5809. This application was received on 14/09/1921. Michael’s address at that time was Mr Philip Coyne 249 Gallowgate, Glasgow. His parent’s names were given as John and Mary Coyne. The address in 1851 was given as Dawrosmore, Ballynakill, Ballynahinch Galway. The search was returned on 30/09/1921.

 

Bridget Burke – Application No. C17 / 5346. The application was received on 19/07/1917 and the address given for that time was Dawrosmore, Letterfrack, Co. Galway. Bridget’s parents were given as Ambrose and Bridget Burke (Coyne). The search was returned on 21/07/1917 with hand written notes saying: Amby and Bridy Burk married 1835. No return for Bridget.

 

Martín 14,

Mary 10

Michael 11      Died    1847

Bridget 6        Died    1847

Margret 3        Died    1847

 

Mary Laffey – Application No. D/10 20758 and the application was received on 19/09/1910. The officer of customs and excise was given as Clifden 1. Mary’ parent’s names were given as Pat and Anne Laffey and their address in 1841 was given as Dawrosbeg, Ballynakill, Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 01/10/1910 and under ‘Particulars found’ it had Mary 10 yrs.

 

Mary Laffey – Application No. D/10 20759 and this application was received on 19/09/1910. The office of customs and excise was given as Clifden 1. Mary’s parents were given as Pat and Anne Laffey and their residence in 1851 was given as Dawrosmor Dawrosbeg, Ballynakill, Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 20/09/1910 and particulars were not found.

 

1670 Down Survey for Letter More

Other names for this area under the 1670 Down Survey were Tullaghmoreand Tullaghbegg. The 1641 owner of this area was the Catholic Edmund O’Flaharty and the 1670 owner was Richard, Earl of Westmeath, also a Catholic. There were 902 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 257 plantation acres of profitable land and 257 plantation acres were forfeited.

 

[i] The census shows that Thomas was married for 15 years but Margaret was only married for 14 years? Possible mistake in the entry?

This page was added on 13/06/2018.

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