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Townland:                                 Sheeauns

Civil Parish:                               Ballynakill

Barony:                                      Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Cleggan

Area:                                          667.80 acres / 667 acres, 3 roods, 7 perches

 

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

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Sheeauns (no records)

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Galway Library for Sheeauns

Logainm for Sheeauns

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Sheeauns

 

1911 Census for Sheeauns

Overview of Sheeauns in 1911

The 1911 census lists 5 houses in Sheeauns. All the houses were built of stone, brick or concrete and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. All houses were private dwellings with house 3 being a 3rd class dwelling and the rest being 2nd class. House 3 had 2 rooms and 2 windows while the rest had 2 rooms and 3 windows. According to the out offices and farm-steadings return there were a total of 13 out buildings consisting of 4 stables, 4 cow houses, 4 piggeries and a barn. The enumerator’s abstract return states that there were a total of 32 people in Sheeauns, 14 male and 18 female. The enumerator was Const Edmund Moloney.

 

Coyne 

The head of the Coyne family in house 1 was the widow Honoria (70). Also in the house were 3 of   her children John (37), Martin (28) and Hannah (26). All were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Honoria and John spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the other 2 which could mean they only spoke English. All could read and write. John was a fish merchant and martin was a farmer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed 2nd class dwelling with a stable, cow house and piggery. Honoria Coyne was the landholder.

 

Conroy

House 2 was that of the Conroy family with the head of the family being John (65) and his wife Elizabeth (53) who had been married for 30 years and had had 9 children of which 9 survived. Also in the house with them at that time were 5 of their children Annie (19), Michael (17), Patrick (14) Daniel (10) and James (6). All were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. John and Elizabeth spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing recorded for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. John and James ciuld not read but the others could read and write. John was a farmer, Elizabeth, a farmer’s wife, Annie, a farmer’s daughter, Michael, a farmer’s son and Patrick, Daniel and James were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, cow house, piggery and a barn. The landholder was John Conroy.

 

Conroy 

The head of this Conroy family was Michael (50) and his wife Anne (40) who had been married for 18 years and had had 9 children of which 8 survived. Also in the house with them were their 8 children Delia (17), Marie (15), Anna F. (13), Nora (11), Teresa (9), Agnes (8), Eileen (3) and Michael J. (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. With the exception of Agnes, Eileen and Michael J. they all spoke both Irish and English. Apart from Eileen and Michael J. they could all read and write. Michael was a farmer and Nora, Teresa and Agnes were scholars. Their house was a 2 roomed 3rd class house with a cow house and piggery. The landholder was Michael Conroy.

 

Coyne 

The head of the family in house 4 was the widow Catherine (69) who had been married for 33 years and had had 11 children of which 8 had survived. Also in the house with her were 4 of her children Patrick (35), Catherine (29), Thomas (26) and Michael (23). All were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. All could read and write and spoke both Irish and English. Catherine (69) was a famer, Patrick, Thomas and Michael were farmer’s sons and Catherine (29) was a farmer’s daughter. Their house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, cow house and piggery. Catherine Coyne was the landholder.

 

Coyne                      (additional surnames: Mullen)

The head of this, the last house, was Margaret (74), a widow. In the house with her were daughter Ellen Mullen (29) who had been married to her husband Michael (36) for 3 years and had had 2 children of which both survived. Their 2 children, Margaret’s grandchildren, were Thomas (2) and Mary (1) and in addition, there was another grandchild Catherine Coyne (13). All were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Margaret, Ellen and Michael spoke both Irish and English but nothing was recorded for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. Only Ellen, Michael and Catherine could read and write. Michael was listed as being a farmer and Catherin was a scholar. Their house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class house with a stable. Margaret Coyne was the landholder.

 

 

1901 Census for Sheeauns

Overview of Sheeauns in 1901.

There were 5 houses listed in the 1901 census for sheeauns. All were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls with thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. All the houses were listed as private dwellings. House 1, 2 and 4 were 2nd class dwellings while houses 3 and 5 were 3rd class. House 3 had 2 rooms and 1 window, house 5 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and the rest had 2 rooms and 3 windows. According to the out-offices and farm-steadings return there were a total of 13 out buildings consisting of 5 stables, 7 cow houses and a piggery. There were a total of 37 people, 17 male and 20 female in the townland. They were all Roman Catholic.

 

Coyne                           (additional surname: Clancy)

The head of the Coyne family was Michael (66) and his wife Honoria (59). Also in the house with them at that time were Their 3 children Margaret (22), Martin (18) and Honoria (14) as well as their grandchildren John F. Clancy (8), Thomas V. Clancy (6) and Joseph U. Clancy (4). All were Roman Catholic and John F. Clancy, Thomas V. Clancy and Joseph U. Clancy were born in America while the rest were born in Co. Galway. Michael and Honoria (59) could speak both Irish and English while the rest of the family spoke only English. All the family, with the exception of Joseph U., could read and write. Michael was a farmer, Margaret and Honoria (14) were farmer’s daughters, Martin was a farmer’s son and John F. and Thomas V. were scholars. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable and 2 cow houses and Michael Coyne was the landholder.

 

Conroy                                     (additional surname: Faherty)

The head of the Conroy family in house 2 was John (45) along with his wife Bessie (35). Also, in the house were their children Bridget (16), John (13), Onnie (sic) (11), Annie (9), Michael (6), Patrick (3) and Dan (1mth) along with a border Honor Faherty (84). All were Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Annie, Michael and Patrick are listed as speaking only English while the rest spoke both Irish and English. John (45), Michael, Patrick, Dan and Honor Faherty could not read but all the others could read and write. John (45) was listed as being a farmer, Bessie, a farmer’s wife, Bridget, Onnie (sic) and Annie, farmer’s daughters, John (13), Michael, Patrick and Dan, farmer’s sons and Honor Faherty was a general servant. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable and 2 cow houses. John Conroy was the landholder.

 

Conroy 

House 3 was also a Conroy household. Head of this family was Michael (38) and his wife Anne (29) and their daughters Delia, (7), Maria (4) Ann Francis (5) and Norah (1) and also Michael’s mother, Honor (80). They were all Roman Catholic and born in Co. Galway. Michael and Honor are listed as speaking both Irish and English and Delia spoke only English. There was nothing recorded for the rest of the family. Michael and Anne could read and write, Delia could read only and the rest could not read. Michael was a farmer and Delia was a scholar. Their house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house. Michael Conroy was the landholder.

 

Coyne 

Head of this Coyne family was Peter (65) and he shared the house with his wife Margaret (52), their children Patrick (21), Helina (18) and Kate (3). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Kate, they are all listed as speaking both Irish and English with Margaret being able to read, Kate not being able to read and the rest able to read and write. Peter was a farmer, Patrick was a farmer’s son and Helina was a farmer’s daughter. Their house was a 2 roomed 2nd class dwelling with a stable, cow house and piggery. Peter Coyne ws the landholder.

 

Coyne 

The last house, house 5, was another Coyne household. Head of this family was the widow Catherine (56) who lived in the house with her children John (27), Pat (25), Ellen (20), Kate (16), Thomas (14) and Michael (11). The whole family spoke both Irish and English and they could all read and write. They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Catherine’s occupation is listed as a landholder, John and Pat were farmers and Thomas and Michael were scholars. Their house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house and Catherine was the landholder.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Sheeauns

According to the Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) it was Henry G. Fletcher that owned this area. At that time he kept the land for himself and there were no leased tenements. The area of the land was 632 Acres, 2 Roods and 21 Perches on which there were a herd’s house and offices. There was an annual ratable valuation of £42 on the land and £1 on the buildings. There was also 33Acres, 3 Roods and 30 Perches of water.

 

1670 Down Survey for Sheeauns

The 1670 Downs Survey name for this area was Treany. The 1641 owner was the Catholic Jeffry Martin and the owner in 1670 was Richard, Earl of Westmeath, also a Catholic. There were 44 plantation acres of unprofitable land and 62 plantation acres of profitable land with 62 plantation acres being forfeited.

This page was added on 12/06/2018.

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