Lettergesh West

Leitir Geis Thiar

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                 Lettergesh West

Civil Parish:                              Ballynakill

Barony:                                      Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Rinvyle

Area:                                          1182.40 acres / 1182 acres, 1 rood, 23 perches

 

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

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Lettergesh West

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Galway Library for Lettergesh West

Logainm for Lettergesh West

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Lettergesh West

 

 

1911 Census for Lettergesh West

Overview of Lettergesh West in 1911.

According to the 1911 census there were 26 buildings in Lettergesh west but only 24 were occupied. House 8 was uninhabited but the landholder was Thomas Wallace and house 26 was the national school and the landholder of that building was Michael J. Sullivan. All the other houses were described as being private dwellings. All the inhabited buildings were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 3, 5 and 11 had slate, iron or tiled roofs while all the others had thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. Houses 2-5, 11, 14, 15 and 18-20 were all 2nd class dwellings while all the other occupied buildings in the townland were 3rd class dwellings. Houses 6 and 12 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, house 1 had 1 room and 2 windows, house 10 had 2 rooms but no windows and houses 9, 22 and 24 had 2 rooms and 1 window. Houses 7, 11, 13, 16,17,21 and 23 had 2 rooms and 2 windows, houses 2, 4, 5, 14, 15 and 18-20 had 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front and house 3 had 3 rooms and 2 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (Form B2) shows that there were a total of 30 out buildings in the townland consisting of 1 stable, 17 cow houses, 4 calf houses and 8 piggeries. The enumerators abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 119 people in Lettergesh West at that time consisting of 52 male and 67 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. John Sadlier.

 

Kerrigan

The head of the first family in Lettergesh West was Philip (44) who had been married to Margaret (39) for 13 years and they had had 5 children and all of those had survived. Those 5 children lived with them at that time and they were Mary (10), Anne (8), Michael (7), Bridget (5) and Martin (3). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget and Martin spoke only English but the others all spoke both Irish and English. Philip was listed as being a farmer and Mary, Anne and Michael were scholars. They all lived in a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had 2 cow houses and a piggery. Philip Kerrigan was the landholder.

 

Kerrigan                                  (additional surname: Kilcoyne)

The head of this family was Bridget (65), who was a widow, and she shared the house with 2 of her children, Philip (27) and James (18) and a servant, Mary Kilcoyne (20). Bridget was born in Co. Mayo and the rest were all were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Philip and James could read and write. Philip and James were farmers and Mary was a domestic servant. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, cow house, calf house and a piggery. The landholder was Bridget Kerrigan.

 

O’Sullivan 

The head of the family in house 3 was Michael J. and he had been married to Rose for 3 years but they had no children at that time. Michael J. was born in Co. Kerry and Rose was born in Co. Louth and both were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. They were both national school teachers. They shared a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house. Michael J. Sullivan was the landholder.

 

King 

The head of the King family in house 4 was the widow Bridget (69) who shared the house with 2 of her sons, Martin (33) and John (28). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Bridget was a farmer and Martin and John were farmer’s sons. They lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a calf house and a piggery. Bridget King was the landholder.

 

Thornton                              (additional surname: Joyce)

The head of the Thornton family was John (70) and his wife Margaret (60) who had been married for 43 years but they had no children listed in this census. They shared the house with their niece, Margaret Joyce (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Margaret Joyce could read and write. John was recorded as being a farmer. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a calf house. John Thornton was the landholder.

 

Nee 

The head of this Nee family was Mary (50), who was a widow and had been married for 2? Years[i]. There were 5 of her children in the house with her at that time, Mary (20), who it says had 7 children and all of those had survived although this may have been a mistake as she was only 20 and the 7 children may have been those of Mary (50), her mother. The other children were John (17), Annie (12), Bridget (9) and Norah (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Mary (50) could not read but all the other members of the family could read and write. They all shared a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Nee was the landholder.

 

Nee 

House 7 was also the home of a Nee family and the head of this family was Joseph (40) and he had been married to Bridget (32) for 14 years and they had had 7 children of which 6 had survived. Those 6 children lived with them and they were Mary (13), Anne (11), Barbara (8), Agnes (6), Julia (4) and Sarah (1). Also in the house was Joseph’s sister, Bridget (50). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Agnes and Julia spoke only English and there was nothing entered for baby Sarah but the others all spoke both Irish and English. Agnes, Julia, Sarah and Bridget (50) could not read but the others could all read and write. Joseph was a farmer and Mary, Anne and Barbara were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and piggery. Joseph Nee was the landholder.

 

Wallace 

The head of the family in house 9 (house 8 was uninhabited) was Michael (60 and he was married to Honor (54) and had been for 26 years and they had had 9 children, all of whom had survived. They had 6 of those children in the house at that time and they were Martin (18), Stephen (15), Katie (13), Philip (11), Thomas (9) and Norah (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Thomas and Nora, who only spoke English, all spoke both Irish and English. Michael, Honor and Norah could not read, Thomas could read only and the rest could all read and write. Michael was listed as being a farmer, Martin and Stephen, as farm labourers and Katie, Philip, Thomas and Norah were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and piggery. Michael Wallace was the landholder.

 

Walsh 

The head of the Walsh family in house 10 was Peter (59) and he had been married to Maggie (61) for 28 years and they had had 5 children all of which had survived. 2 of those children were in the house with them at that time and they were Michael (21) and Bridget (19). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Michael and Bridget could read and write. Peter was a farmer and Michael was listed as being a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. The landholder was listed as being Peter Walsh (Henry).

 

Donnelly

The sole occupant of house 11 was Susan (49). Susan was born in Co. Tyrone and was a Roman Catholic. She spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. She was a national school teacher. She lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Michael J. Sullivan was the landholder.

 

Doherty

The sole occupant of house 12 was Maggie (18) and she was born in Mayo and was a Roman Catholic. She spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. Maggie was a national school teacher. The house lived in was a single roomed, 3rd class house and Philip Kerrigan was the landholder.

 

Kearney

The head of this family was Thomas (55) and he was married to Mary (56) and had been for 27 years and in that time they had had 8 children of which 7 had survived. They shared the house with 6 of those children, Martin (20), John (18), Philip (17), Mary (12), Nora (10) and Kate (6). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, with the exception of Thomas, they could all read and write. Thomas was a farmer, Martin, John and Philip were farmer’s sons and Mary (12), Nora and Kate were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a calf house. The landholder was listed as Thomas Carney.

 

Conroy 

The Conroy family in house 14 consisted of 12 members and the head of the family was Thomas (56) who was married to Hannah (46) and had been for 15 years and they had had 10 children in that time, all of which had survived. Those 10 children also lived in the house at that time and they were James (23), Hannah (13), Thomas (12), Bridget (11), John (10), Michael (8), Katie (6), Philip (4), Julia (3) and Ellen (4mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (56), Hannah (460 and James all spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others so that could indicate that they only spoke English. Katie could read only, Philip, Julia and Ellen could not read and the rest of the family could read and write. Thomas (56) was a farmer, James was an agricultural labourer and Hannah (13), Thomas (12), John, Michael and Katie were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Thomas Conroy was the landholder.

 

Conroy 

The head of this Conroy family was Roger (50) and he was married to Catherine (39) and had been for 6 years and in that time they had had 4 children and 3 of those had survived. Those 3 children lived with them and they were Mary (5), Nora (4) and Thomas (1) and also in the house were 2 nephews, Patrick (18) and Martin (15). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Nora and Thomas all spoke both Irish and English But only Roger, Catherine, Patrick and Martin could read and write. Roger was a farmer and Patrick and martin were farmer servants. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house. Roger Conroy was the landholder.

 

Kane

House 16 had 2 occupants and the head of the family was listed as the widow Mary (83) who had been married for 40 years and had given birth to 5 children and 4 of those had survived and she lived with her son Martin (50). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but neither could read. Martin was a farm labourer. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Mary Kane was the landholder.

 

Lyden 

The head of this Lyden family was Mary (72) and she was a widow but had been married for 54 years and had had 8 children, of which only 5 had survived. She lived with her son Peter (30). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but neither could read. There was no occupation enter for either of them. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and Mary Lyden was the landholder.

 

Kane 

The head of this family was Philip (48) who had been married to Bridget (47) for 21 years and in that time they had had 10 children but only 6 of those had survived. They lived with 5 of those children and they were Michael (19), Margaret (16), Martin (11), Kate (7) and Philip’s mother Julia (80). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. there was no entry under the language heading for Martin, Kate or Anthony so that could indicate that they only spoke English but the rest all spoke both Irish and English. Bridget, Anthony and Julia were described as illiterate but the others could all read and write. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class house with a cow house. Philip Kane was the landholder.

 

Faherty 

House 19 was hone to the Faherty family and the head of this family was Martin (40) who was married to Mary (48) and they had been married for 12 years and in that time they had had 4 children and all of those had survived. Those 4 children lived with them and they were Mary (11), Martin (9), Bridget (7) and Catherine (3). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin (40), Mary (48), Mary (11) and Martin (9) all spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others so that could mean that they only spoke English. Catherine was described as being illiterate but the others could all read and write. Martin (490) was a farmer and Mary (11), Martin (9) and Bridget were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Martin Faherty was the landholder.

 

Kane

The head of this Kane family was Martin (35) and he had been married to Bridget (32) for 11 years and they had had 5 children and 4 of those had survived. Those 4 children lived with them at that time and they were Patrick (10), Mary (8), Anne (6) and Ellen (4). Martin and Bridget spoke both Irish and English and the rest of the family only spoke English. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only Bridget, Patrick and Mary could read and write. Martin was listed as a farmer and Patrick, Mary and Anne were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Martin Kane was the landholder.

 

Nee                                        (additional surname: Coyne)

The head of the family in house 21 was Patrick (52)  who was married to Ellen (48) and had been for 20 years and in that time they had had 8 children and 7 of those had survived. Those 7 children lived with them and they were Thomas (19), Michael (18), Patrick (16), Mary (12), John (10), Barbara (6) and Agnes (2). Also in the house at that time was Patrick’s mother-in-law Ellen Coyne (82). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Barbara could read only, Agnes and Ellen (82) could not read and the rest could all spoke both Irish and English. Patrick was listed as a labourer and Ellen (48) was described as a married woman. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house and piggery. The landholder was Patrick Nee.

 

Gibbons

The gibbons family in house 22 consisted of 6 members and the head of the family was John (56) who was married to Bridget (55) and had been for 15 years and they had had 4 children and all of those had survived. Those 4 children lived with them at that time and they were Michael (14), Bridget (13), Ellen (9) and Pat (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, apart from John, they could all read and write. John was recorded as being a farmer, Michael, a farmer’s son and Bridget (13), Ellen and Pat were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Gibbons was the landholder.

 

Coyne                        (additional surname: Lyden)

Mary (73), who was a widow, was the head of this family. She had been married for 50 years and had had 7 children but only 1 of those had survived. She lived with her son John (33) and her Nephew, Patrick Lyden (11). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only John and Patrick could read and write. Mary was listed as a farmer’s wife, John as a farmer and Patrick as a scholar. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Mary Coyne was the landholder.

 

Joyce

The sole occupant of the last house in Lettergesh West was Bridget (38). She spoke both Irish and English but was described as illiterate. She was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic and was listed as being a farmer. She lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house. The landholder was Bridget Joyce.

 

1901 Census for Lettergesh West

Overview of Lettergesh West in 1901.

According to the 1901 census there were 19 houses in Lettergesh West but 2 of those were uninhabited. Those 2 houses were houses 26 and 27. House 26 was the Lettergesh male national school and house 27 was the Lettergesh female national school and the landholder in both cases was Mitchel Henry. All the inhabited houses were listed as private dwellings and were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and houses 8, 10 and 11 had slate, iron or tiles for roofing while all the others only had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofs. Also, houses 8, 10 and 11 were 2nd class dwellings while all the other houses were 3rd class. Houses 5, 15, 20 and 25 had 1 room and only 1 window in the front, house 16 had 1 room and 2 windows, houses 14 and 24 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 1, 10 and 11 had 2 rooms and 3 windows while all the others had 2 rooms and 2 windows. There were a total of 129 people in the townland at that time, 68 male and 61 female. The enumerator was Const. Edward Burke.

 

Nee 

The head of the Nee family in house 1 was John (35) and his wife Mary (24) who lived with their Children Mary (10), Maggie (9), John (6), Sarah (4), Annie (3) and Bridget (6mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Bridget. John (6) could read only and Mary (10) and Maggie could read and write while the others could not read. John (35) was recorded as being a farmer and Mary (10), Maggie and John (6) were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and John Nee was the landholder.

 

Nee

House 2 was also home to a Nee family and the head of this family was Joseph (37) who was married to Bridget (25) and they lived with their children, Mary (3) and Annie (2), Joseph’s father, Michael (60) and Joseph’s sister, Bridget (26). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Joseph and Bridget (25) could read and write. Joseph was recorded as being a farmer, Michael was a farmer’s father and Bridget (25) was listed as a farmer’s sister. The house the all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Joseph nee was the landholder.

 

Wallace

The Wallace family lived in house 3 and the head of this family was Michael (40) and he was married to Honor (40) and they shared the house with their children, Mary (14), Bridget (12), Michael (10), Stephen (6), Martin (8), Kate (3) and Philip (6mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (40), Honor, Mary, Bridget and Michael (10) all spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the other members of the family under that heading so that could indicate that they only spoke English. Only Honor, Mary, Bridget, Michael (10) and Martin could read and write. Michael (40) was a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s daughter and Bridget, Michael (10), Stephen and Martin were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Wallace was the landholder.

 

Wallace

The head of this Wallace family was Thomas (30) and he lived with his widowed mother, Bridget (72). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas spoke both Irish and English and Bridget only spoke Irish. Only Thomas could read and write. Thomas was listed as being a farmer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Thomas Wallace was the landholder.

 

Walsh 

The head of this family was Henry (90) and he was married to Bridget (90). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but neither could read. Henry was recorded as being a farmer and Bridget was a farmer’s wife. They shared a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Henry Walsh was the landholder.

 

Walsh

House 6 was home to another Walsh family and the head of this family was Peter (50) who qwas married to Bridget (45) and they lived with their children, Pat (12), Michael (10), Bridget (8), Mary (6) and Anney (sic) (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Peter, Bridget (45), Pat and Michael could read and write but Bridget (8) was recorded as D read or wr, Mary was recorded as DR. wr and Anney (sic) was recorded as DR. write. Peter was listed as being a farmer, Bridget (45), a farmer’s wife, Pat and Michael, farmer’s sons and Bridget (8), Mary and Anney (sic) as Farmer D. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Peter Walsh was the landholder.

 

Keane

The sole occupant of house 7 was Michael (65). He spoke both Irish and English but could not read. He was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. He was a widower and his occupation was listed as a tailor. His house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and he was the landholder.

 

Thornton 

The head of the family in house 8 was John (58) and he was married to Margaret (55). All spoke both Irish and English but neither of them could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John was listed as being a farmer. They lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and John Thornton was the landholder.

 

King 

The head of this King family was the widow Bridget (50) and she lived with her children, Mary (26), Martin (24), Bridget (22), John (19), Thomas (16) and Kate (12). All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget (50) was recorded as being a farmer, Mary and Bridget (22) were farmer’s daughters, Martin, John and Thomas were farmer’s sons and Kate was a scholar. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bridget King was the landholder.

 

Donnelly                                 (additional surname: Coyne)

Susan Donnelly (37) lived in house 10 and was listed as the head of the family and she shared the house with a servant, Annie Coyne (13). All spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. Susan was born in Co. Tyrone and Annie was born in Co. Galway and both were Roman Catholic. Susan was a national school teacher and Annie was a domestic servant. They shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Mitchel Henry was the landholder.

 

O’Sullivan 

House 11 was home to brother and sister, Michael J. (24) and Nora (25). Both were born in Co. Kerry and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English and both could read and write. Michael J. was a national school teacher. They shared a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and the landholder was Mitchel Henry.

 

Kerrigan 

The head of this family was Philip (30) and he was married to Bridget (28). Both spoke both Irish and English and both could read and write. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Philip was recorded as being a farmer. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Philip Kerrigan was the landholder.

 

Kerrigan                                  (additional surname: Walsh)

House 13 was home to another Kerrigan family and the head f this family was the widow Bridget (50) and she shared the house with 6 of her children, Julia (20), Philip (18), Stephan (16), John (14), Martin (12) and James (8) and also her mother, Bridget Walsh (80). Bridget (50) and Bridget (80) were both born in Co. Mayo and the rest were all born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Bridget (50) could read, Bridget (80) could not read and the rest of the family could all read and write. Bridget was recorded as being a farmer, Julia, was a farmer’s daughter, Philip. Stephen and Martin were listed as farmer’s sons, John was a horticultural labourer and James was a scholar. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bridget Kerrigan was the landholder.

 

Kearney 

The head of the Kearney family in house 14 was Thomas (40) and he was married to Mary (40) and they lived with their 6 children, Michael (14), Martin (12), John (10), Philip (7), Thomas (5) and Mary (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (40), Mary (40), Michael, Martin and John all spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others so that could indicate that they only spoke English. Only Michael, Martin, John and Philip could read and write. Thomas (40) was recorded as being a farmer and Michael, Martin, John, Philip and Thomas (5) were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3d class dwelling and Thomas Kearney was the landholder.

 

Conroy

The head of this Conroy Family was Thomas (80) and his wife Nora (69) and they shared the house with their son Roger (31). All spoke both Irish and English but only Roger could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas was a farmer, Nora, a farmer’s wife and Roger a farmer’s son. They all shared a single roomed, 3rd class house and Thomas Conroy was the landholder.

 

Conroy 

House 16 saw another Conroy family and this family had Thomas (50) as its head and he was married to Hannah (30). They shared the house with 5 of their children, Mary (10), James (8), Hannah (3), Thomas (2) and Bridget (9mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (50), Hannah (30), Mary and James all spoke both Irish and English, but there was nothing entered for the others so that may mean that they only spoke English. Thomas (50) was a farmer and Mary and James were scholars. They shared a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Thomas Conroy was the landholder.

 

Kane                          (additional surname: Flaherty)

The head of this family was the widow Mary (80) and she shared the house with her son Martin (30) and her grandson Patrick Flaherty (11). All spoke both Irish and English but only Patrick could read and write. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary was recorded as being a farmer, Martin, as a farmer’s son and Patrick was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and Mary Kane was the landholder.

 

Coyne 

House 18 was home to the Coyne family and the head of this family was John (80) who was married to Mary (60) and they lived with their son John (21). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only John (21) could read and write. John (80) was a farmer and John (21) was a farmer’s son. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Coyne was the landholder.

 

Gibbons

John Gibbons (38) was the head of the family in house 19 and he was married to Bridget (36) and they shared their house with 3 of their children, Michael (4), Bridget (2) and Patrick (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John and Bridget (36) both spoke both Irish and English but nothing was recorded for the others so that could mean that they only spoke English. None of the family could read. John was recorded as being a farmer, Michael and Patrick, farmer’s sons and Bridget (2) was a farmer’s daughter. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Gibbons was the landholder.

 

Nee                            (additional surnames: Coyne)

The head of this Nee family was Patrick (30) and his wife Ellen (28) and they lived with their 4 children, Thomas (9), Michael (7), Patrick (5) and Mary (2) as well as Ellen’s mother, Ellen Coyne (60). All spoke both Irish and English but only Patrick (30), Ellen (28), Thomas and Michael could read and write. Patrick (30) was a farmer and Thomas, Michael and Patrick (5) were scholars. They all lived in a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Nee was listed as the landholder.

 

Lydon 

House 21 was home to the Lydon family and the head of this Lydon family was the widow Mary (60) and she shared her house with 2 of her sons, Patrick (25) and Peter (21). All spoke both Irish and English and none of the family could read. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary was listed as a farmer and Patrick and Peter were farmer’s sons. The house they shared was a 2roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Lydon was the landholder.

 

Kane                          (additional surname: Kearney)

The head of this family was Martin (26) and his wife Bridget (24) and they lived with their son Patrick (3mths) and also in the house at that time was a visitor, Peter Kearney (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Bridget spoke both Irish and English but only Bridget could read and write. Martin was a farmer and Peter was a scholar. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Kane was the landholder.

 

Keane                          (additional surname: Malley)

Julia (60) was listed as the head of this family and she shared the house with her granddaughter, Annie Malley (12). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English and both could read and write. Julia was a farmer and Annie was a scholar. The shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Julia Keane was the landholder.

 

Keane 

The head of this Keane family in house 24 was Philip (35) and his wife Bridget (30) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Mary (9), Michael (8), Maggie (5), Patrick (3) and Martin (1). All spoke both Irish and English, except baby Martin but only Philip, Mary and Michael could read and write, although Maggie could read only. Philip was a farmer and Mary, Michael and Maggie were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Philip Keane was the landholder.

 

Faherty

The head of this Faherty family was Martin (26) and he was married to Mary (30) and they lived with their daughter Mary (8mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from baby Mary, all spoke both Irish and English and could read and write. Martin was listed as being a farmer. They lived in a single roomed, 3rd class house and Martin Faherty was the landholder.

 

Kerrigan 

The head of this Kerrigan family was Philip (32) and he was married to Margaret (28). They lived with their daughter Mary (6mths), Philip’s mother, Bridget (60) and Philip’s sister, Nora (30). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Mary and Philip, Margaret and Nora could read and write. Philip was listed as being a farmer, Mary, a farmer’s daughter, Bridget, a farmer’s mother and Nora, a farmer’s sister. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Philip Kerrigan was the landholder.

 

Joyce 

The last house in Lettergesh West was home to the Joyce family and the head of the family was the widower Michael (80) and he shared the house with his daughter, Bridget (35) and his son Thomas (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but none of the family could read. Michael was listed as being a farmer, Bridget, a farmer’s daughter and Michael, a farmer’s son. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Walsh was listed as the landholder.

 

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

The Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that St John L. Clowes leased a herd’s house on 1104 acres and 2 perches of land from Robert J. Wilberforce for £79 for the land and £1 for the house per year. There were also 21 acres, 3 roods and 38 perches of water in the townland and there was an island belonging to St John L. Clowes that had no agricultural value.

 

1670 Down Survey for Lettergesh West

The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was Littergisse. The owner in 1641 was the Catholic Edmund O’Flaharty and in 1670, the owner was Richard, Earl of Westmeath, also a Catholic. There were 1898 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 181 plantation acres of profitable land and 181 plantation acres were forfeited.

[i] It is not clear in the census return as to how many years Mary was married but looks to be 20 something.

This page was added on 13/06/2018.

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