Tonadooravaun

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Townland:                                 Tonadooravaun

Civil Parish:                               Ballynakill

Barony:                                      Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                          Letterfrack

District Electoral Division:     Rinvyle

Area:                                          254.45 acres / 254 acres, 1 rood, 32 perches

 

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

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

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Galway Library for Tonadooravaun

Logainm for Tonadooravaun

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Tonadooravaun

 

1911 Census for Tonadooravaun

Overview of Tonadooravaun in 1911.

The 1911 census shows us that there were 8 houses in Tonadooravaun and all were listed as private dwellings. All the houses had stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable material for roofing. House 8 was a 4th class dwelling, houses 5 and 6 were 2nd class and the rest were all 3rd class dwellings. House 8 had only 1 room and no windows, house 1 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, houses 5 and 6 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and the rest of the houses had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B2) shows that there were a total of 21 out buildings consisting of 4 stables, 5 cow houses, 3 piggeries, 5 fowl houses, a barn and 3 potato houses. The enumerator’s abstract return (Form N) states that there were a total of 38 people in the townland at that time, 17 male and 21 female. The enumerator was Const. John Cormick.

 

Heanue                                  (additional surname: Keane)

The head of this family in house 1 was Anthony (73) and had been married to Anne (56) for 37 years and they had had 13 children and 11 of those had survived. Seven of those children lived with them and they were Michael (22), Honoria (20), Catherine (16), Bridget (14), Thomas (12), Bart (10) and John (9). Also in the house was Anthony’s mother-in-law, Mary Keane (73). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Anthony, Anne and Mary could not read but the others could all read and write. Anthony was a farmer, Michael was listed as a farmer’s son and Bridget, Thomas, Bart and John were scholars. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a piggery and a fowl house. Anthony Heanue was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The head of the family in house 2 was the widow Margaret (100) who had given birth to 6 children of which 5 had survived. She shared her house with her son Martin (58). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Margaret spoke only Irish while Martin spoke both Irish and English but neither of them could read. Martin was listed as being a farmer. They both lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Margaret Heanue was the landholder.

 

Fitzpatrick

The head of this Fitzpatrick family was the widow Bridget (72) and she shared the house wither son Edward (52). Bridget had given birth to 8 children and 6 of those had survived. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English and both could read and write. Bridget was listed as a farmer and Edward was a farmer’s son. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a fowl house. Edward Fitzpatrick was the landholder.

 

Davis Family

House 4 was home to the husband and wife Michael (75) and Elizabeth (72). They had been married for 53 years and had had 10 children of which 9 had survived. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but neither of them could read. Michael was listed as being a farmer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a potato house. Michael Davis was the landholder.

 

Hynes 

The head of the family in house 5 was John (58) who had been married to his wife Mary (52) for 20 years and in that time they had had 6 children but only 3 had survived[i]. They lived in the house with their children Patrick (23), Michael (20), Mary Anne (17), Peter (11) and Margaret (9). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, except John and Mary, could read and write. John was a farmer, Patrick and Michael were farmer’s sons and Peter and Margaret were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, cow house, a piggery, a fowl house and a potato house. John Hynes was the landholder.

 

Keane 

House 6 was the home of the Keane family and the head of the family was Daniel (77) who was a widower. He shared the house with his son Patrick (50), his daughter-in-law, Anne (51), who had been married for 18 years and had had 7 children all of which had survived, and those 7 grandchildren, Thomas (17), Mary Anne (16), Catherine (14), Anne (12), Bridget (10), Margaret (8) and Julia (5). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English, except Julia. Daniel, Patrick, Anne and Julia could not read but all the others were able to read and write. Daniel was listed as being a farmer, Patrick, a farmer’s son and Thomas, a farmer’s grandson. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a potato house. Daniel Keane was the landholder.

 

Davin 

The head of the Davin family in house 7 was Thomas (55) who was married to Norah (46) and had been for 25 years and in that time they had had 5 children of which 4 had survived. They lived with 2 of those children, Annie (21) and Thomas (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, but Norah, could read and write. Thomas (55) was a carpenter, and Thomas (14) was a scholar. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. The landholder was Mrs C.J. Blake.

 

Canavan

The sole occupant of the last house in Tonadooravaun was Mary (62) who was a widow. She was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. She spoke both Irish and English but could read. She was listed as being a farmer. The house she lived in was a single roomed, 4th class dwelling and she had a fowl house. Mary Canavan was the landholder.

 

 

1901 Census for Tonadooravaun

Overview of Tonadooravaun in 1901

The census of that year shows us that there were 10 houses in Tonadooravaun at that time. All were listed as private dwellings and were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood, or other perishable material for roofing. Houses 8, 9 and 10 were 4th class dwellings, house 6 was a 2nd class dwelling and the rest of the houses were 3rd class dwellings. According to the enumerator’s abstract return (form N), there were a total of 50 people living in the townland, 26 male and 24 female. The enumerator was Const. Peter Carre.

 

Kane 

The head of the first family in Tonadooravaun was the widower Daniel (70). He lived with his son, Patrick (36), his daughter-in-law, Anne (38) and his grandchildren, Thomas (7), Maryanne (5), Catherine (4) and Annie (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Thomas, Maryanne and Catherine could read and write. Daniel was recorded as being a farmer, Patrick, a farmer’s son, Thomas, a farmer’s grandson and Maryanne, Catherine and Annie were farmer’s granddaughters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Daniel Kane was the landholder.

 

Hynes 

The head of the Hynes family in house 2 was John (42) who was married to Mary (30) and they lived with their 7 children, Bridget (12), Patrick (11), Michael (9), Mary (6), Barbara (3), Francis (2) and Peter (9mths) and also John’s mother, Bridget (80). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except for the babies Francis and Peter. John was a farmer, Bridget (80) was a general servant and Bridget (12), Patrick and Michael were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Hynes was the landholder.

 

Davis 

The head of the Davis family was Michael (63) who was married to Eliza (60) and they lived with their children Ellen (19), Michael (17), their grandson, Martin (1) and a visitor, Ann (24). All were born in Co. Galway except Martin who was born in Scotland, and all were Roman Catholic. Martin and Ann spoke English and the rest spoke both Irish and English. Ellen could read, Michael (17) could read and write and the rest could not read. Michael (63) was a farmer, Ellen, a farmer’s daughter and Michael (17) was a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Davis was the landholder.

 

Fitzpatrick 

The head of this family was Frank (60) who was married to Bridget (60) and they shared the house with their 3 sons, Edward (28), Peter (20) and Patrick (15). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Edward, Peter and Patrick could read and write. Frank was a farmer and the 3 sons were all listed as farmer’s sons. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Frank Fitzpatrick was the landholder.

 

Heanue 

The head of this Heanue family was Anthony (60) who was married to Anne (40) and they lived with their 8 children, Patrick (14), Maggie (13), Anne (12), Michael (8), Honor (6), Catherine (4), Bridget (3) and Thomas (1).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Thomas. Anthony, Anne (60), Bridget and Thomas could not read but all the others could read and write. Anthony was a farmer, Patrick was a farmer’s son and Maggie, Anne (12), Michael, Honor and Catherine were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Anthony Heanue was the landholder.

 

Davin 

The head of the Davin family in house 6 was Thomas (44) who was married to Norah (36) and they shared the house with their children, Mary (19), Anthony (14), Patrick (12), Anne (10) and Thomas (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Norah, Mary and Thomas (4) could not read but the others could all read and write. Thomas (44) was a farmer’ Mary was a farmer’s daughter and Anthony, Patrick and Anne were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and C.J. Blake was the landholder.

 

Heanue

House 7 was home to Martin (35) and his mother Margaret (100), a widow. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin spoke both Irish and English while Margaret spoke only Irish and neither of them could read. Martin was a farmer. They shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Heanue was the landholder.

 

Davon

The sole occupant in house 8 was the widower Martin (63). He was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He spoke Irish and English but could not read. Martin was a fisherman and lived in a single roomed, 4th class house and the landholder was C.J. Blake.

 

Canavan

The widow Mary (65) was the sole occupant of house 9. She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke Irish and English but could not read. Her occupation was recorded as a spinner. She lived in a single roomed, 4th class house and the landholder was C.J. Blake.

 

Grady

The last house in Tonadooravaun also only had the one occupant and that was Austin (80), a widower. He was born in Co. Mayo and was a Roman Catholic. He spoke both Irish and English but could not read and was a farmer. He lived in a single roomed, 4th class house and the landholder was C.J. Blake.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Tonadooravaun

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) shows that the main immediate lessor in the townland was Ethelstane H. Blake. He leased 210 acres, 3 roods and 34 perches of land from Henry Blake at an annual rate of £38. He in turn then leased tenements to the following. Thomas Conneely leased a house on 6 acres, 2 roods and 17 perches for £2 10s for the land and 10s for the house, Owen Heany (Martin) leased a house and office on 6 acres, 3 roods and 23 perches of land for £2 10s for the land and 10s for the house and Michael Conneely and John Fitzpatrick jointly leased 14 acres, 3 roods and 21 perches of land with buildings for which Michael paid £2 10s for his share of the land and 10s for buildings and John paid 32 5s for his share of the land and 5s for the house. John Davin (Festus) leased a house and office on5 acres and 5 perches of land for £2 for the land and 5s for the house and Michael Heany (Simon) leased a house on 5 acres, 1 rood and 34 perches of land for which he paid £2 for the land and 5s for the house. Patrick Conneely leased 2 tenements, one of 1 acre, 1 rood and 22 perches of land for 18s and a second of a house and office on 3 acres and 13 perches of land for 17s for the land and 15s for the buildings. Finally, Barthw (sic) Heany (Tim) leased a house and offices on 5 acres, 1 rood and 38 perches of land for £2 5s for the land and 15s for the buildings.

 

1670 Down Survey for Tonadooravaun

The 1670 Down Survey name for this area was Glancrawe. The 1641 owner was the Catholic Edmund O’Flaharty and the 1670 owner was Sir Thomas Meredith, a Protestant.

 

[i] Possibly a mistake as 5 childen are listed by name, but maybe there could have been children from a previous marriage as the eldest in 23 years old .

This page was added on 13/06/2018.

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