Lettergesh East

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Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                  Lettergesh East

Civil Parish:                               Ballynakill

Barony:                                       Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Rinvyle

Area:                                          2197.70 acres / 2197 acres, 2 roods, 32 perches

 

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

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Lettergesh East

Map

Galway Library for Lettergesh East

Logainm for Lettergesh East

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Lettergesh East

 

 

1911 Census for Lettergesh East

Overview of Lettergesh East in 1911.

According to the census for 1911, there were 35 houses in Lettergesh East, house 35 was uninhabited but the landholder for that house was listed as Honor King, Owen. All the buildings were listed as private dwellings. All the houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete and houses 12, 23 and 35 had slate, iron or tiled roofs with all the other houses having thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. House 5 was a 4th class dwelling, houses 6, 12, 15, 21, 13-15 and 35 were 2nd class dwellings and all the rest were 3rd class dwellings. House 5 had 1 room and no windows, house 13 had 1 room and 1 window, house 11 had 1 room and 2 windows, houses 1 and 8 had 2 rooms and no windows and houses 10 and 19 had 2 rooms and 1 window. Houses 2, 4, 7, 14, 16-18, 20, 22 and 26-34 had 2 rooms and 2 windows, houses 6, 12, 15, 21, 24 and 25 had 2 rooms and 3 windows, house 31 had 3 rooms and 1 window and house 35 had 3 rooms and 5 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return form (form B2) shows that there were a total of 54 out buildings in the townland consisting of 6 stables, 25 cow houses, 2 calf houses, 11 piggeries, 8 fowl houses and 2 potato houses. The enumerator’s abstract return (Form N) states that there were a total of 198 people in Lettergesh East, 106 male and 92 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. John Sadlier.

 

Faherty 

The head of the he first family in Lettergesh East was John (73) who lived with his wife, Mary (65) and they had been married for 32 years and had had 3 children. Their 2 sons also lived in the house at that time and they were John (21) and Peter (19). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and John (73) could read, Mary could not read and John (21) and Peter (19) could read and write. John (73) was listed as being a farmer and John (21) and Peter were listed as being farm labourers. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. John Faherty was the landholder.

 

Kane 

The head of the Kane family in house 2 was Martin (36) who had been married to his wife Anne 33 for 7 years and they had had 5 children and all of those had survived. Those children also lived in the house with them at that time and they were Thomas (6), Mary Anne (5), Norah (5), Patrick (3) and Bridget (4mths). Only Martin had a religion listed and that was a Roman Catholic but all were listed as being born in Co. Galway. Martin and Anne spoke both Irish and English and the others, except baby Bridget, spoke only English. Only Martin and Anne could read and write. Martin was recorded as being a farmer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Bridget Kane (Martin) was listed as being the landholder.

 

Conroy 

The widow Mary (45) was the head of the family in house 3 and she had been married for 12 years and had had 5 children, all of whom had survived. Those 5 children also lived with her at that time and they were John (10), Phil (8), Michael (6), Patrick (4) and Tom (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, although there was nothing entered for Tom under Birthplace. Mary spoke both Irish and English and John, Phil and Michael spoke only English. John could read but all the others in the family could not read. John, Phil, Michael and Patrick were listed as being scholars. They lived in a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a fowl house. Mary Conroy (Pat) was listed as being the landholder.

 

Coyne 

House 4 was the home of the Coyne family and the head of that family was the widower John (74) who had been married for 32 years and had had 6 children and all of those had survived. There were 3 of those children that lived with him at that time and they were Julia (23), Sarah (20) and Micheal (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, with the exception of John, they could all read and write. John was listed as being a farmer and John was a farm labourer. They all shred a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a calf house and a piggery. The landholder was recorded as John Coyne (Martin).

 

Coyne 

The head of this Coyne family was Thomas (50) who lived with his sister Julia (52). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but only Thomas could read. Thomas was listed an unemployed agricultural labourer. They two of them shared a single roomed, 4th class dwelling with a cow house. The landholder was recorded as Michael Heanue (Darby).

 

Heanue

The head of this Heanue family was Michael (72) who had been married to his wife, Honor (62) for 24 years and they had had 9 children of which only 4 had survived. Those 4 children also lived in the house with them at that time and they were Honor (15), John (13), Michael (12) and Martin (9). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (12) and Martin spoke only English but the others all spoke both Irish and English. Michael (72) could not read, Martin could read only and the rest of the family could all read and write. John (72) was listed as being a farmer and John (12), Michael and Martin were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was Michael Heanue (Darby).

 

Faherty                                    (additional surname: McDonnell)

House 7 was home to the Faherty family and the head of the family was John (54) who had been married to his wife Mary (46) for 17 years and they had had 6 children and all of those had survived. Those 6 children also lived with them in the house at that time and they were Thomas (15), Ellen (13), James (11), Mary (9), Martin (7) and Patrick (7). Also in the house at that time was John’s mother-in-law, Mary McDonnell (76) who was a widow but had been married for 38 years. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Patrick spoke only English but the others all spoke both Irish and English. John, Patrick and Mary (76) could not read, Martin could read only and the rest could all read and write. John was recorded as being a farmer, Thomas was a farm labourer and Ellen, James, Mary (9) and martin were all scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. The landholder was John Faherty (Ml).

 

Burke

The burke family consisted of 11 people and the head of the family was Hugh (40) who had been married to his wife Bridget (41) for 26 years and they had had 8 children, all of whom had survived. Those 8 children all lived with them and they were Mary (15), Annie (14), Bridget (11), John (11), Michael (9), Peter (7), Patrick (2) and Thomas (1mth), as well as those, Hugh’s mother, Julia (82), also lived with them. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic except Julia, who was born in Co. Mayo. Hugh, Bridget (41) and Julia all spoke both Irish and English and the rest, apart from baby Thomas, only spoke English. Patrick, Thomas and Julia could not read, Michael and Peter could read only and the rest of the family could all read and write. Hugh was a farmer and Annie, Bridget (11), John, Michael and Peter were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a calf house. Hugh Burke was the landholder.

 

Conroy

The head of this Conroy family was Patrick (40) who had been married to his wife, Celia (43) for 12 years and they had had 5 children, all of whom had survived. Those 5 children all lived with them at that time and they were Mary Ane (sic) (11), Bridget (10), Patrick (7), Michael (5) and Martin (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick (40) and Celia spoke both Irish and English and the rest of the family spoke only English. All, with the exception of Michael and Martin, could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and Mary Ane (sic), Bridget, Patrick and Michael were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. The landholder was listed as Pat Conry Pat.

 

Conroy 

The head if this Conroy family in house 10 was Pat (55) who lived with his wife Anne (50) and they had been married for 21 years and had had 6 children and all of those had survived. Those 6 children lived with them at that time and they were John (20), Pat (18), Maggie (15), Mary (11), Bridget (6) and Norah (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Bridget and Norah all spoke both Irish and English and all apart from Norah could read and write. Pat (55) was listed as being a farmer, John and Pat (18) were farm labourers and Mary, Bridget and Norah were recorded as being scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Pat Conroy (Ml) was recorded as being the landholder.

 

Kearney 

The head of the Kearney family was Michael (50) and his wife Mary (40) who had been married for 15 years and they’d had 7 children but only three of those had survived. Those 3 were Michael (10), Bridget (7) and Martin (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (50) and Mary spoke both Irish and English, Michael (10) and Bridget spoke only English. Mary, Michael (10) and Bridget could read and write. Michael (50) was a farmer and Michael (10), Bridget were recorded as being scholars. The house they shared was a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling. The landholder was listed as Michael Carney.

 

Friel 

Anthony (48) was the head of the Friel family in house 12 and he had been married to his wife Julia (45) for 16 years and they had had 5 children of which 4 had survived[i]. They lived with their children Norman (15), Catherine (13), Mary (11), Margaret (9) and Henry (4). Anthony was born in Co. Galway and the rest of the family were born in the United States of America. All, apart from Margaret and Henry were listed as Roman Catholics. There was nothing entered under the Irish language heading so that could indicate that they all only spoke English. All, apart from Margaret and Henry could read and write. Anthony was an unemployed iron holder while Norman, Catherine, Mary and Margaret were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling. The landholder was listed as Anthony Frehill.

 

Wallace                                   (additional surname: Blake)

The head of the family in house 13 was Patrick (72) and he had been married to his wife, Mary (66) for 42 years and they had had 5 children and 4 of those had survived. They lived with their children Martin (18), Stephen (15) and Kate (8) along with their grandchildren, Mary Blake (8), William Blake (5) and Margaret Blake (3) Mary (8), William and Margaret were all born in America while the others were all born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. Patrick, Mary (66), Martin and Stephen all spoke both Irish and English and the others, apart from William and Margaret, spoke only English. Only Martin and Stephen could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and Mary (8) was a scholar. They all shared a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Pat Wallace was the landholder.

 

McDonnell

The head of the McDonnell family in house 14 was Michael (58) and his wife Bridget (44) who had been married for 22 years and they had had 11 children of which 9 had survived. They lived with 8 of those children and they were Gregory (19), Kate (15), Martin (11) James (9), John (5), Margaret (3) Nappy (7) and Pat (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English, apart from baby Pat. Bridget, Gregory, Kate, Martin and James could all read and write. Michael was a farmer, Gregory, a farmer’s son and Kate, Martin, James and Nappy were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Michael McDonnell was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The head of this Heanue family was Patrick (67) and his wife Mary (65) and they had been married for 36 years and had had 3 children and 2 of those had survived. They lived with their son Thomas (30). Thomas was born in Co. Durham and Patrick and Mary were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Patrick and Thomas could read and write. Patrick was an unemployed mason and Thomas was a farm labourer. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Patrick Heanue was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The Heanue family in house 16 had as the head of the family, Martin (60) and his wife Bridget (50) and they had been married for 20 years and had had 7 children and all of those had survived. They lived with 3 of their children and they were Norah (13), John (11) and Festy (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Bridget spoke both Irish and English while the others only spoke English. Only Norah could read and write and John could read only. Martin was a farmer and Norah and John were scholars. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Heanue was the landholder.

 

Coyne 

House 17 was home to the Coyne family and the head of the family was John (49) and his wife Bridget (50) who had been married for 14 years and had had 7 children and all of those had survived. They lived with their children Mary (13), Patrick (11), Martin (9), Thomas (7), Bridget (5), Annie (3) and Michael (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, apart from Mary, who was born in America. John and Bridget (50) spoke both Irish and English while the others, apart from baby Michael, spoke only English. Only Mary, Patrick, Martin and Thomas could read and write. John was a farmer and Mary, Patrick, Martin and Thomas were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. John Coyne (Bartley) was listed as the landholder.

 

Gallagher 

The head of the Gallagher family in house 18 was the widow Bridget (73) and she lived with 2 of her sons, John (44) and Michael (42). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and John and Michael could read and write. Both John and Michael were farm labourers. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house. Bridget Gallagher was the landholder.

 

Conroy 

The head of this Conroy family was the widow Barbara (74) who had been married for 27 years and she had had 4 children and 3 of those had survived. She lived with her son, Martin (30). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but only Martin could read and write. Martin was an agricultural labourer. They both lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and the landholder was Honor Thornton.

 

Kane 

The head of this Kane family in house 20 was Philip (61), who had been married to his wife, Anne (54) for 20 years and they had had 7 children and all had survived. They lived with 5 of those children and they were Michael (16), Mary (13), Margaret (11), Festus (7) and Kate (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Festus and Kate spoke only English bit the others all spoke both Irish and English. Michael, Mary and Margaret could read and write. Philip was a farmer and Mary, Margaret and Festus were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Philip Kane was the landholder.

 

Coyne                        (additional surname: Wallace)

The head of this family was John (72) and he had been married to his wife, Mary (68) for 41 years and they had had 12 children but only 7 of those had survived. They lived with 3 of those children, Mary (29), Thomas (22) and Patrick (20) and also in the house at that time was a boarder, Stephen J. Wallace (80). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Mary (29), Thomas and Patrick could read and write. John was a farmer and Stephen J. Was a shopkeeper. They shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, cow house and piggery. John Coyne (Pat) was listed as the landholder.

 

Coyne 

The head of this family was Philip (38) and he was married to his wife Annie (36) for 8 years and they had had 4 children and 3 of those had survived. They lived with 3 of those children, Annie (6), who was deaf and dumb, Bridget (5) and Mary Ellen (3) and also Philip’s father-in-law, Pat (75), who was a widower. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Philip, Annie (36) and Pat spoke both Irish and English and Bridget and Mary Ellen only spoke English. Philip, Annie (36) and Pat could all read and write. Philip was a farmer. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Philip Coyne (Pat) was listed as the landholder.

 

Nee 

The head of this Nee family was the widow Mary (54) who had been married for 30 years and had had 8 children and all of those had survived. She lived with6 of those children, Peter (25), Nora (23), Michael (21), Babs (sic) (19), Dermot (16) and Mary A. (13). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Mary was recorded as being a farmer, Peter, Michael and Dermot were farmer’s sons, Nora and Babs were farmer’s daughters and Mary A. was a scholar. They all shared a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, cow house, piggery and fowl house. Mary Nee was the landholder.

 

Nee

Another Nee family lived in house 24 at that time and the head of that family was Michael (50) and Mary (55) who had been married for 23 years and had had 8 children and all of those had survived. They live with 7 of their children, Nora (21), Peter (19), Patrick (17), Michael (15), Bridget (12), Julia (9) and John (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (50) and Mary spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the other members of the family so that could indicate that they may of only spoke English. Michael (50), Mary and John could not read but the others could all read and write. Michael (50), Peter and Patrick were farmers, and Michael and John were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house, piggery and fowl house. Michael Nee was the landholder.

 

King 

The head of this King family was the widow Honor (65) who lived with 4 of her sons, Jopseph (32), John (29), James (20) and Martin (15). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Honor was listed as a farmer and all 4 sons were listed as being farmer’s sons. They shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, cow house and piggery. The landholder was Honor King (Owen).

 

King                           (additional surname: Joyce)

The head of the family in house 26 was Patrick (35) and his wife Nora (34) who had been married for 12 years and they had had 3 children and all of those children had survived. Those 3 children lived with them and they were Mary J. (11), Annie (9) and John (6) and also in the house at that time was a visitor, Annie Joyce (39). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick, Nora and Annie spoke both Irish and English while the others spoke only English. Patrick was a farmer and Mary J. and Annie were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a piggery and a fowl house. Pat King was the landholder.

 

King 

The head of this King Family was Anthony (72), who has been married to his wife, Anne (66) for 43 years and they had had 12 children of which 9 had survived. Their daughter Maggie (20) also lived with them. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Maggie could read and write. Anthony was a farmer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a fowl house. Anthony King was the landholder.

 

Lyden 

The head of the Lyden family in house 28 was John (48) and his wife Mary Anne (49) who had been married for 18 years and had had 8 children and all had survived. They lived with 6 of those children, Mary Ellen (17), Michael (15), John (13), Annie (9), Elizabeth (7) and Catherine (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (48), Anne, Mary Ellen, Michael and John (13) all spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. John (48) and Catherine could not read but all the others could read and write. John (48) was a farmer and Michael, John (13), Annie and Elizabeth were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. John Lyden was the landholder.

 

King 

The head of this King family was the widow Honor (77) and she lived with 3 of her sons, Thomas (54), Martin (40) and Patrick (35). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Honor spoke only Irish and the sons all spoke both Irish and English. Honor could not read, Thomas could read only and Martin and Patrick could read and write. Thomas was listed as being a farmer and Martin and Patrick were farm labourers. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house, piggery and fowl house. The landholder was listed as being Honor King (Pat).

 

King 

House 30 was home to another King family and the head of this family was Michael (57) and his wife Mary (41) who had been married for 22 years and had had 9 children but only 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with those 6 children and they were Mary (17), Michael (12), Nora (8), Pat (7), Annie (3) and Catherine (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (57), Mary (41) and Mary (17) all spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others so that could indicate that they only spoke English. Michael (57), Annie and Catherine could not read but all the others could read and write. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house, piggery and a fowl house. Michael (57) was a farmer and Michael (12) Nora and Pat were scholars. Michael King was the landholder.

 

Thornton 

Head of the Thornton family was the widow Honour (sic) (66) who had been married for 22 years and had had 7 children but only 4 had survived. She lived with 2 of those children, Bridget (26), who was listed as being deaf and dumb, and Martin (18). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Honour (sic) and Martin spoke both Irish and English and only Martin could read and write. There was nothing recorded for occupations. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3red class house with a stable. The landholder was listed as Honor Thornton.

 

Kane                          (additional surname: Heanue)

The head of this Kane family was Michael (56) and his wife Mary (47) who had been married for 20 years and they had had 6 children of which 5 had survived. They lived with 4 of those children, Peter (18), Martin (14), Mary (10) and Patrick (4) and also a step son, John Heanue (24). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Mary and Patrick, all spoke both Irish and English. Only Peter, Martin, Mary (10) and John Heanue could read and write. Michael was recorded as being a farmer, Peter, Martin and John were farm labourers and Mary (10) was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a fowl house. Michael Kane was the landholder.

 

Conroy

The occupants of house 33 were brother and sister and Martin (45) was the head of the family and his sister was Maggie (65). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but neither could read. Martin was a farmer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. The landholder was listed as Martin Conroy (Pat).

 

Faherty

The sole occupant of the last house in Lettergesh East was James (36). He was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. He spoke both Irish and English but was listed as illiterate. He was listed as being a farmer. The house he lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and he had a cow house. James Faherty was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Lettergesh East

Overview of Lettergesh East in 1901.

According to the census of 1901 there were a total of 34 houses in Lettergesh East and all were occupied and recorded as private dwellings. All the houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete Walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 25 and 34 were 2nd class dwellings and all the others were 3rd class. House 15 had 1 room and 1 window, Houses 3, 4, 9-15, 17, 19 and 28-32 had 2 rooms and 1 window. Houses 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 16, 18, 20-24, 26, 27 and 33 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and houses 7, 25 and 24 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The enumerator’s abstract return shows that there were a total of 187 people in the townland at that time with 92 male and 95 female. The enumerator was Const. Edward Burke.

 

Coyne                         (additional surname: Wallace)

The first house in Lettergesh East in 1901 was the home of the Coyne family. The head of the family was John (58) who was married to his wife, Mary (46) and they lived with their children, Mary (16), Nora (15), Thomas (12), Patrick (8) and a boarder, Catherine Wallace (60). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Mary (16), Nora, Thomas and Patrick could read and write. John was listed as being a farmer, Mary (16) and Nora were farmer’s daughters, Thomas and Patrick were scholars and Catherine Wallace was a grocer merchant. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Coyne was the landholder.

 

King 

The head of the family in house 2 was Pat (26) and his wife Norah (23) and they lived with their daughter Mary T. (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Pat and Norah both spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. Pat was a farmer and Mary T. was a farmer’s daughter. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat King was the landholder.

 

Thornton 

The widow Honor (45) was the head of the family in house 3 and she lived with her 4 children, John (18), Pat (12), Martin (7) and Bridget (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Honor, John and Pat spoke both Irish and English while Martin spoke only English but nothing was entered for Bridget under this heading. Honor and Bridget could not read, Martin could read and John and Pat could read and write. Honor was recorded as being a farmer, John, a farm labourer and Pat and Martin were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Honor Thornton was the landholder.

 

King                      (additional surname: Conneely)

The head of this King family was the widow Honor (62) and she shared the house with 3 of her children, Martin (30), Patick (sic) (23) and Sarah (19) along with a servant Mary Conneely (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Honor who only spoke Irish. Apart from Honor, the household could read and write. Honor was recorded as being a farmer, Martin and Patick (sic) were farmer’s sons, Sarah was a farmer’s daughter and Mary was a farm servant. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Honor King was the landholder.

 

King 

The head of the family in house 5 was Owen (59) and his wife, Anne (52) and they lived with their children, Joseph (21), John (17), Thomas (14), Margaret (12), James (9) and Martin (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Anne, Joseph, John, Thomas and Margaret could read and write. Owen was a farmer, Joseph, John and Thomas were farmer’s sons and Margaret and James were scholars. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Owen King was the landholder.

 

Nee

Michael (31) was the head of the Nee family in house 6 and he was married to Mary (30) and they lived with Michael’s mother, Julia (70) and 7 of their children, Honor (12), Mary (11), Peter (9), Patrick (7), Michael (5), Brigid (3) and Julia (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Julia. Michael (5) could read, Honor, Mary (11), Peter and Patrick could read and write and the others could not read. Michael (31) was a farmer and Honor, Mary (11), Peter, Patrick and Michael (5) were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Nee was the landholder.

 

Nee                           (additional surname: Conboy)

The widow Mary (35) was the head of the family in house 7 and she lived with 7 of her children, Peter (15), Honor (13), Brigid (11), Michael (9), Barbara (8), Darby (6) and Mary Anne (5) as well as a boarder, James Conboy (28). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic except James, who was born in Co. Leitrim. Apart from James All spoke both Irish and English and all except Mary Anne could read and write. Mary was a farmer, Peter was a farmer’s son, Honor, Brigid, Michael, Barbara and Darby were scholars and James was a national school teacher. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mary Nee was the landholder.

 

Faherty

The head of the Faherty family was the widower Michael (68) and he lived with his son, James (26). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but neither of them could read. Michael was a farmer and James was a farmer’s son. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Faherty was the landholder.

 

Kane

The head of the family in house 9 was Philip (45) and his wife Anne (35) and they lived with their 5 children, Bridget (7), Michael (5), Annie (3), Mary (2) and Maggie (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Maggie. Philip, Bridget and Michael could read only. Philip was a farmer and Bridget and Michael were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Philip Kane was the landholder.

 

Coyne 

House 10 was the home of the Coyne family and the head of the family was the widower Pat and she lived with 2 of his children, Martin (16) and Bridget (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all of the family could read and write. Pat was a farmer, Martin was a farmer’s son and Bridget was a farmer’s daughter. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Coyne was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The head of this Heanue family was Patrick (40) who lived with his wife Mary (38) and 3 of their sons, Festy (21), Patrick (19) and Thomas (18). . All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Mary, could read and write. Patrick was a mason and Festy, Patrick and Thomas were farm labourers. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Patrick Heanue was the landholder.

 

Carney                        (additional surname: Karney)

The head of the Carney family in house 12 was Michael (30) who lived with his wife Mary (28) and their son Michael Karney (6mths). All 3 were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael and Mary spoke both Irish and English but only Mary could read and write. Michael (30) was a farmer. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Karney was listed as the landholder.

 

Conroy

House 13 was home to brother and sister, Martin (25) and Maggie (28) and they were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but neither of them could read. Martin was listed as a farmer and Maggie, a farmer’s sister. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Conroy was the landholder.

 

Faherty

The head of the family was John (36) who lived with his wife, Mary (32) and 3 of their children, Tom (5), Ellen (3) and James (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John and Mary spoke both Irish and English and Tom and Ellen spoke only English. Tom could read and Mary could read and write. John was listed as being a farmer, Tom and James, a farmer’s sons and Ellen, as a farmer’s daughter. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Faherty was the landholder.

 

Conroy

The sole occupant of house 15 was the widow Mary (84) who was a Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. She spoke only Irish and could not read. Mary was listed as being a farmer. The house she lived in was a 1 roomed, 3rd class house and Martin Conroy was the landholder.

 

Coyne                      (additional surname: Walshe)

The head of the family in house 16 was John (60) and his wife, Mary (43). They lived with 7 of their children Jane (17), Nora (16), Julia (12), Maggie (11), Sarah (8), Michael (6) and Mary A. Walshe (23). Mary A. Walshe was married to John Walshe (27) and they had a daughter Bridget Walshe (2mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Bridget. John Coyne, John Walshe and Bridget Walshe could not read, Mary could read only and the rest of the family could all read and write. Both the Johns were farmers, Jane and Norah were listed as farmer’s daughters and Maggie, Sarah and Michael were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Coyne was the landholder.

 

Kane

The head of the Kane family in house 17 was the widow Bridget (60) and she lived with her children, Ellen (25) and Marlin[ii] (sic) (23) and also in the house at that time was a visitor, Thomas (12). Thomas was born in England and was a Roman Catholic and the rest were all were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas spoke only English but the others all spoke both Irish and English. Bridget could not read but all the others in the family could read and write. Bridget was listed as being a farmer, Ellen, a farmer’s daughter, Marlin (sic), a farmer’s son and Thomas was a scholar. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bridget Keane was listed as the landholder.

 

Burke

The head o this Burke family was John (78) and his wife Julia (69). They shared the house with their son Hugh (29), their daughter-in-law, Bridget (30) and their grandchildren, Mary (5), Annie (3), Bridget (1) and John (1). John (78) and Julia were born in Co. Mayo and the rest were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. John (78), Julia, Hugh and Bridget (30) all spoke both Irish and English and Mary and Annie only spoke English. John (78) and Julia could read only, Hugh and Bridget could read and write and the rest of the family could not read. John (78) was recorded as being a farmer and Hugh, a farm labourer. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and John Burke was the landholder.

 

Conroy 

House 19 was home to the Conroy family and the head of the family was Patrick (36) and his wife, Anne (34) and they lived with 4 of their children, John (8), Pat (6), Maggie (5) and Mary (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick and Anne spoke both Irish and English, John, pat and Maggie spoke only English and apart from Maggie and Mary, they could all read and write. Patrick was a farmer and John and Pat were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Pat Conroy was listed as the landholder.

 

Kane 

House 20 was another Kane family home and the head of this family was Michael (40) and his wife Mary (40) and they lived with their children, John (15), Bridget (13), Ellen (10), Peter (8), Sarah (6), Martin (4) and Mary (3mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin only spoke English, Mary (3mths) was too young to talk and the rest of the family all spoke both Irish and English and all, with the exception of Martin and Mary (3mths) could read and write. Michael was a farmer, John was a farm labourer and Ellen, Peter, Sarah and Martin were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Keane was listed as the landholder.

 

Carney

The sole occupant of house 21 was Austin (36) who was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He spoke both Irish and English but could not read. He was listed as being a farmer. Austin lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and the landholder was recorded as being Austin Kearney.

 

Conroy

The head of this Conroy family was the widow Mary (60) and she lived in the house with her son Patrick (25) and his wife Mary (23) and Mary’s grandson John (3mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (60) spoke only Irish and Patrick and Mary (23) spoke both Irish and English. Patrick and Mary (23) could read and write. Mary (60) was listed as a farmer and Patrick was a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Conroy was the landholder.

 

McDonnell                            (additional surname: Faherty)

The head of this family was Michael (45) and he lived with his wife Bridget (30) and his mother Mary (70), their children Gregory (7), Ellen (5) and Martin (1). There were also 2 visitors to the house at that time, Kate Faherty (13) and James Faherty (12).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Michael, Mary and Martin could not read but the others could all read and write. Michael was a farmer and Kate, James, Gregory and Ellen were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael McDonnell was the landholder.

 

Heanue                                 (additional surname: Wallace)

House 24 was home to the Heanue family and the head of the family was Martin (35) and he lived with his wife Bridget (35) and they lived with 6 of their children, Mary Anne (9), Bridget (8), Annie (7), Maggie (5), Norah (4) and John (6mths) as well as Martin’s step son, Patrick Wallace (10). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby John. Only Mary Anne could read and write. Martin was a farmer and Mary Anne was a scholar. They all lived in a 2roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Heanue was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

House 25 was another Heanue household and the head of this family was the widower Darby (80). The shared the house with his son Michael (50) and his daughter-in-law, Norah (44) and his grandchildren, Mary A. (10), Bridget (8), Honoria (6), John (4), Michael (20 and Pat (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Darby, Michael (50) and Norah spoke both Irish and English and the others all spoke only English. Darby, Norah, Mary A., Bridget and Honoria could all read and write. Darby and Michael (44) were listed as being farmers, Pat was a farm labourer and Mary A., Bridget and Honoria were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Darby Heanue was the landholder.

 

Conroy 

The head of this Conroy family was Patrick (28) and he lived with his wife, Celia (30), his brother, Philip (18) and his daughter, Marya (sic) (1).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Marya (sic). With the exception of baby Marya (sic), they could all read and write as well. Patrick was listed as being a farmer and Philip, a farm labourer. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Conroy was listed as the landholder.

 

Wallace 

The head of this Wallace family was Pat (56) and he was married to Mary (40) and they lived with their 3 children, Margaret (7), Martin (5) and Stephen (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Pat Mary and Margaret all spoke both Irish and English while martin and Stephen only spoke English. All were recorded as being able to read and write. Pat was a farmer and Margaret, Martin and Stephen were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Wallace was the landholder.

 

Faherty 

House 28 was home to the Faherty family and the head of this family was John 55 who was married to Mary (42) and they lived with their children Mary Ann (17), John 911) and Peter (9). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and John could read, Mary could not read and the children could all read and write. John was listed as being a farmer, Mary Ann, a farmer’s daughter and John and Peter were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Faherty was the landholder.

 

Gallagher

Head of the Gallagher family in house 29 was the widow Bridget (60) and she shared the house with 2 of her sons, Michael (30) and Patrick (23). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Michael and Patrick could read and write. Bridget was listed as being a farmer and Michael and Patrick were farm labourers. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bridget Gallagher was the landholder.

 

Conroy

The head of this Conroy family was the widow Barbara (48) who lived with 3 of her sons at that time and they were Patrick (25), Philip (22) and Martin (18). All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Barbara, could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Barbara was a farmer and the sons were all farm labourers. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Barbara Conroy was the landholder.

 

King 

Anthony (60) was the head of this King family and he shared the house with his wife Anne (56) and 4 of their children, Honor (16), Martin (14), Sarah (12) and Maggie (10). All spoke both Irish and English, except Maggie, who could only speak English, and all could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Anthony was a farmer, Honor was a farmer’s daughter, Martin, a farmer’s son and Sarah and Maggie were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Anthony King was the landholder.

 

King

House 32 was home to another King family and the head of this family was Michael (40) who was married to Mary (35) and they shared the house with their daughter, Mary (8) and their son Michael (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (40) and Mary (35) could speak both Irish and English, Mary (8) spoke only English and there was nothing entered for Michael (2) Michael was listed as being a farmer. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael King was the landholder.

 

Lydon 

House 33 was home to the Lydon family and the head of this family was John (34) who was married to Mary A. (32) and they lived with 4 of their children, Mary A. (5), Michael (4), John (3) and Bridget (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (34) and Mary A. (32), spoke both Irish and English, Mary A. (5), Michael and John (3) only spoke English and there was nothing entered for baby Bridget. Only John (34) and Mary A. (32) could read and write. John (34) was listed as being a farmer, Mary A. (5) and Bridget were listed as farmer’s daughters and Michael and John (3) were farmer’s sons. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Lydon was the landholder.

 

Coyne

The last house in Lettergesh East was that of the Coyne family and the head of this family was John (33) who was married to Bridget (27) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Mary (2), Patrick (1) and Delia (14). There was also a lodger in the house at that time and she was Bridget (50). Mary was born in America but all the others were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. With the exception of baby Patrick, all spoke both Irish and English but only John and Delia could read and write. John was a farmer, Bridget was a nurse and Delia was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and John Coyne was the landholder.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Lettergesh East

The Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that the main immediate lessor in the townland was Robert J. Wilberforce and St John L. Clowes leased a herds house and offices on 1036 acres, 2 roods and 26 perches of land for which he paid an annual ratable valuation of £70 for the land and £1 10s for the buildings. Patrick Coyne leased a house and office on 9 acres, 2 roods and 37 perches of land from St John L. Clowes for £2 10s for the land and 7s for the buildings. Michael Lyden leased a house on 1 acre, 1 rood and 10 perches of land for 5s for the land and 5s for the house. Thomas King leased a house and office on 730 acres, 1 rood and 18 perches of land, again from St John L. Clowes, for £13 for the land and £1 for the buildings. Simon Flaherty, in turn, leased a house form Thomas King for 8s. Thaddeus Thornton and Jeremiah Nee jointly leased an area of 307 acres, 3 roods and 15 perches of land including a herd’s house, a house and office. Thaddeus Thornton paid St John L. Clowes £7 5s for the land and 5s for the buildings and then Jeremiah paid Thaddeus Thornton £3 15s for his part of the land and 5s for a building. There were also 35 acres and 2 perches of water in Lettergesh East.

 

1670 Down Survey for Lettergesh East

Another name for this area that is mentioned in the 1670 Down Survey was Littergisse. The 1641 owner was the Catholic Edmund O’Flaherty and in 1670 the owner was Richard, Earl of Westmeath, also a Catholic.

 

[i] Although the census says that only 4 children survived, there were 5 listed.

[ii] Although in the census return this name was written as Marlin, it could possibly be Martin.

This page was added on 13/06/2018.

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