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Townland:                                 Letterard

Civil Parish:                               Moyrus

Barony:                                      Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Carna

District Electoral Division:    Knockboy

Area:                                          886.92 acres / 886 acres, 3 roods, 27 perches

 

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

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Letterard (No records)

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Galway Library for Letterard

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1911 Census for Letterard

Overview of Letterard in 1911

According to the 1911 census there were a total of 59 houses in the townland of Letterard and all were occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. They were all constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and all had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 7, 18, 30, 42 and 50 were 2nd class dwellings, houses 32 and 36 were 4th class dwellings and all the others were 3rd class. Houses 32 and 36 had 1 room and no windows, houses 4, 8-10, 13-16, 28, 29, 31, 3, 35, 38, 45, 47, 52 and 57 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 1-3, 6, 11, 12, 17, 19-27, 33, 37, 39-41, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 51, 53-56, 58 and 59 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front and houses 5, 7, 18, 30, 42 and 50 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) shows that there were a total of 48 out buildings in Letterard and they consisted of 7 stables, 35 cow houses and 6 piggeries. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 301 people living in the townland, 156 male and 145 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. Michael Murrihy.

Gorham

Simon (58) was the head of the first family in Letterard and he was married to Sarah (56) and had been for 25 years and in that time they had had 10 children and all of those had survived. Eight of those children lived with them at that time and they were, Mary (23), Coleman (20), Michael (17), Patrick (16), Martin (15), Simon (14), Joseph (11) and Margaret (5). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Simon (58) could read and write. Simon was listed as being a farmer, Mary and Margaret were listed as farmer’s daughters and the sons were all farmer’s sons. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Simon Gorham was the landholder.

Keaney                  (additional surname: Keaney Pat)

The head of this family was Thomas Keaney Pat (71) and he had been married to Bridget (56) for 35 years and they had had 12 children and 9 of those had survived. They shared the house with 5 of their children, Michael (31), Joseph (24), John (17), Thomas (15) and Anne (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Thomas (71), who only spoke Irish. All the family apart from Thomas (71) could read and write. Thomas (71) and Joseph were listed as being farmers and fishermen, Bridget was a farmer’s wife, Michael was a fisherman, John was a farmer’s son and Thomas (15) and Anne were scholars. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. Tom Keaney Pat was listed as the landholder.

Keaney                   (additional surname: Keaney Pat)

The head of this family was Patrick Keany Pat (66) and he had been married to Bridget (60) for 33 years and they had had 11 children and 10 of which had survived. They lived with 7 of their children, Margaret (25), Sarah (21), Patrick (19), Anne (16), Julia (14), Barbara (12) and Joseph (10). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Patrick (66) was a farmer and fisherman, Bridget was a farmer’s wife, Margaret, Sarah, Anne, Julia and Barbara were farmer’s daughters, Patrick (19) was a farmer’s son and Joseph was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and had a cow house. Pat Keaney Pat was listed as the landholder.

Mulkerrin

The head of the family in house 4 was John (76) and he was married to Mary (72) and had been for 50 years and in that time they had had 7 children but only 4 of those had survived. They lived with 2 of those children, Patrick (46) and Mary (42). John, Mary (72) and Mary (42) were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic while Patrick was born in Jarrow-on-Tyne Co. Durham, England. Mary (72) spoke only Irish and the others spoke both Irish and English. None of the family could read. John and Patrick were farmers and Mary (72) was a farmer’s wife. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and had a cow house. John Mulkerrin was the landholder.

Conneely

Thomas (61) was the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (57) for 26 years and in that time they had had 9 children and 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with 5 of those children and they were Patrick (25), Coleman (23), Margaret (18), Matthias (16) and John (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Mary, they could all read and write. Thomas was listed as being a farmer, Patrick and Cole man were fishermen and John was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class house and they had cow house. Tom Conneely was listed as the landholder.

Conneely                            (additional surname: Conneely Tom)

The head of this Conneely family was the widower John Conneely Tom (62) and he shared the house with 5 of his children, Coleman (26), Barbara (20), Joseph (18), Matthias (16) and Bridget (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. John was a farmer, Coleman, Joseph and Mathias were farmer’s sons and Barbara and Bridget were farmer’s daughters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Tom Conneely was the landholder.

McDonagh

The head of the McDonagh family in house 7 was Joseph (68) and he had been married to Mary (67) for 37 years and in that time they had had 9 children and 7 had survived. They lived with 2 of their sons, Joseph (27) and Phelim (21). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Mary, they all could read and write. Joseph (68) was a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s wife and Joseph (27) and Phelim were farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable and a cow house. Joe McDonagh was the landholder.

O’Connor

The widower Daniel (80) was the head of the family in house 8 and he shared the house with 5 of his children, Christopher (35), Catherine (30), Margaret (28), Elizabeth (26) and Ellen (24). All were Roman Catholic and Daniel was born in Cork and the others were all born in Wicklow. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Daniel was listed as an ex- national teacher (on pension), Christopher was a farmer, Margaret was an assistant registrar births and deaths and Elizabeth and Ellen were farmer’s daughters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Daniel O’Connor was the landholder.

O’Donnell

The head of the family in house 9 was James (38) and he was married to Mary (30) but nothing was entered for the time married or the number of children. They shared the house with James’ sister, Margaret (32). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only James and Margaret could read and write. James was a farmer and Mary was a farmer’s wife. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and James O’Donnell was the landholder.

Conneely

The head of this Conneely family was Patrick (46) and he had been married to Barbara (43) for 24 years and they had had 9 children and 8 of those had survived. Those 8 children lived with them and they were Margaret (19), Thomas (17), John (15), Bridget (13), Patrick (11), Barbara (9), Anne (6) and Mary (3). Margaret and Thomas were born in Boston U.S.A. and the rest were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Margaret could read only, Anne and Mary could not read and the rest could all read and write. Patrick (46) was a fisherman and farmer, and Bridget, Patrick (11) and Barbara were scholars. They all loved in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Conneely Matt was listed as the landholder.

Earls                                    (additional surname: Folan)

House 11 was home to the Earls family and the head of the family was Michael (70) and he been married to Mary (70) for 14 years and in that time they had had 6 children and 3 of those had survived. They shared the house with their son, Mark (30) and their grandson. Joseph Folan (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English and all, apart for Mary, could read and write. Michael was a farmer, Mark was a labourer and Joseph was a scholar. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Michael Earls was the landholder.

Earls

The head of this Earls family was the widow Margaret (73) and she shared the house with her daughter-in-law, Annie (35), who had been married for 8 years and had had 4 children and all of those had survived. Also in the house were 4 of Margaret’s grandchildren, Joseph (7), Margaret (5), Annie (4) and Thomas (3). All were Roman Catholic with Margaret (73), Annie (35) and Joseph being born in Co. Galway and the other 3 were born in America. Margaret (73) and Annie (35) spoke Irish and English, Joseph spoke only Irish and there was nothing entered for the others, which could indicate that they only spoke English. Margaret (73) could read only, Annie (35) could read and write and the others could not read. Margaret (73) was a farmer and Joseph was a scholar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Margaret Earls was the landholder.

McCormack                       (additional surname: Folan)

The head of the McCormack family in house 13 was Peter (68) and he lived with his sister, Bridget (66) and his niece Bridget Folan (35). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Bridget Folan could read and write. Peter was listed as being a farmer. the house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Peter McCormack was the landholder.

Lydon

The head of this Lydon family was Festus (37) and he lived with his sister Barbara (39). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English and both could read and write. Festus was a farmer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Festy Lydon was listed as the landholder.

McCormack                      (additional surname: Conroy)

Patrick (70) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (72) and had been for 47 years and in that time they had had 10 children, all of whom had survived. Living with them at that time were their son, Mark (35) who had been married to Mary (35) for 9 years and in that time they had had 4 children and 3 of those had survived. Those 3 children also lived in the house and they were Mary Anne (7), Michael (5) and Martin (1) and also there was a boarder, Mary Conroy (12). All were Roman Catholic with Mary Anne, Michael and Mary Conroy being born in Boston U.S.A. and the others all being born in Co. Galway. Mary (72) spoke only Irish, there was nothing listed for baby Martin and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Only Mark, Mary (35) and Mary Conroy could read and write. Patrick and Mark were listed as being farmers, Mary (72) and Mary (35) were farmer’s wives, Mary Anne was a farmer’s daughter and Michael and Martin were farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat McCormack was the landholder.

King                                     (additional surname: Conneely)

The widow Mary (71) was the head of the family in house 16 and she shared the house with her 2 children, Michael (48) and Margaret (30) and 2 of her grandchildren, Catherine Conneely (12) and John Conneely (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Mary, they could all read and write. Mary was listed as a farmer, Michael, a fisherman and Catherine and John were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary King (Peter) was listed as the landholder.

McDonagh                         (additional surname: Conneely)

House 17 was home to the McDonagh family and the head of this family was the widow Bridget (73) and she shared the house with 4 of her children, Joseph (40), Bridget (36), Maryann (30) and John (28) and also her granddaughter, Ellen Conneely (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Bridget (73), could read and write. Bridget (73) was a farmer, Joseph was a fisherman, John was a labourer and Ellen was a scholar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Bridget McDonagh was the landholder.

Folan

Michael (35) was the head of this family and he shared the house with 2 of his brothers, Joseph (30) and Mark (24). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Michael was a farmer, Joseph was a fisherman and Mark was a farmer’s son. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Michael Folan was the landholder.

Mulkerrin

House 19 was home to the Mulkerrin family and the head of the family was the widow Catherine (69) and she shared the house with 3 of her children, Coleman (36), Michail (sic) (33) and Anne (25)All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Catherine could not read, Coleman could read only and Michail (sic) and Anne could read and write. Catherine was listed as being a farmer, Coleman was a fisherman and Michail (sic) was a labourer. The house they all lived was 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Catherine Mulkerrin was the landholder.

Conneely                             (additional surname: Folan)

The widow Sarah (84) was the head of the family in house 20 and she shared the house with 6 of her children, Anne (49), Barbara (48), Stephen (46), John (45), Sarah (39) and Bridget (36) and also her Granddaughter Sarah Folan (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Sarah (84), Anne and Barbara spoke only Irish while the others all spoke both Irish and English. Sarah (84), Anne and Barbara could not read but the others could all read and write. Sarah (84) was listed as being a farmer and Stephen and John were labourers. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Sarah Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely

They head of this Conneely family was John (72) and he lived with his sister, Mary (75). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John spoke Irish and English and Mary spoke only Irish and only John could read and write. John was listed as being a farmer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. John Conneely was the landholder.

Barrett

Martin (76) was the head of this family and he was married to Sarah (75) and they had had 8 children but only 3 of those had survived. They shared the house with their son John (39) who was married to Bridget (39) and they had had 5 children, all of whom had survived. Also in the house were 5 of their grandchildren, Joseph, (7), Mary (6), Annie (5), Ellie (3) and Patrick (1mth). They were all born in Co. Galway and all, with the exception of Ellie and Patrick, were listed as being Catholic. Sarah, Ellie and Annie spoke only Irish, baby Patrick had no listing for language and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Only Martin, John, Bridget and Joseph could read and write. Martin was a farmer, John was a labourer and Joseph was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Martin Conneely was the landholder.

Jennings

James (74) was the head of this family and he was married to Margaret (72) and had been for 50 years and in that time they had had 9 children and 7 of those had survived. Four of those children lived with them and they were Michael (47), Mary (42), Annie (35) and Norah (28). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. James and Margaret spoke only Irish and the others spoke Irish and English but only Annie and Norah could read only. James was a farmer and Michael was a labourer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. James Jennings was the landholder.

King

The widow Mary (88) was the head of this family in house 24 and she shared the house with 4 of her children, Mary (60), Honour (57), Barbra (54) and Michael (50). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Barbra, who only spoke Irish and none of the family could read. Mary (88) was listed as being a farmer and Mary (60) was listed as laboring and Michael was a farm labourer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary King was the landholder.

Jennings

Pat (72) was head of this family and he was married to Margaret (59) and they had been married for 30 years and they had had 10 children and 8 of which had survived. Six of those children lived with them and they were Edward (27), Margret (25), Martin (23), Simon (20), Annie (18) and Kate (14). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and with the exception of Pat and Margaret (59) and Edward, who could only read, they could all read and write. Pat was a farmer, Edward and Martin were fishermen and Kate was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Jennings was the landholder.

Green

Thomas (51) was the head of the family in house 26 and he was married to Catherine (30) and had been for 4 years and in that time they had had 2 children and both of those had survived. They shared the house with those 2 children and they were Patrick (3) and Anne (2) and also Thomas’ sister, Bridget (67). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas and Catherine spoke both Irish and English and could read and write, Bridget spoke only Irish and and could not read and the children had nothing entered under those headings. Thomas was listed as being a farmer, Patrick was a farmer’s son and Anne was a farmer’s daughter. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house and Tom Green was the landholder.

Conneely

House 27 was home to the Conneely family and the head of this family was Tom (44) and he lived with his brother, John (42) and his sister, Sarah (38). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Tom and Sarah spoke only Irish and John could speak both Irish and English. Only John could read and write. Tom was listed as being a farmer and John was a farm servant. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house. Tom Conneely was the landholder.

Gorham

The head of this family was Coleman (70) and he was married to Mary (60) and they had been married for 32 years and they had had9 children of which 8 had survived. Four of their children lived with them at that time and they were Coleman (21), Honor (18), Thomas (16) and Mathias (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Coleman (70) spoke only Irish but the rest of the family all spoke both Irish and English. The children could all read and write. Coleman (70) was listed as being a farmer and Coleman (21), Thomas and Mathias were farmer’s sons. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Colman Gorham was listed as the landholder.

O’Donnell

Mary (73) was the head of this family and she lived with her daughter Annie (53). Both were catholic and Mary was listed as being born in Co. Galway but there was no place of birth listed for Annie. Both spoke only Irish and they could not read. Mary was listed as being an old age pensioner. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and the landholder was listed as being Bridget Barrett.

McDonagh

Mathias (46) was the head of this family and he had been married to Nora (47) for 4 years and they had 1 child and she was Mary Anne (11). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Mathias was listed as a farmer and B smith and Mary Anne was a scholar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable and a cow house. The landholder was Mathias McDonagh.

Glynn                                 (additional surnames: McHale and Caulfield)

The head of this family was John (70) and he shared the house with his nieces, Anne McHale (51) and Sarah McHale (40), his nephew, Bartley McHale (48) and a grand nephew, Joseph Caulfield (16). All were born in Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Sarah could read only and Bartley and Joseph could read and write. John was a Farmer, Anne and Sarah were listed as doing spinning and carding of wool and Bartley was listed as a farmer. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. John Glynn was the landholder.

Folan

The sole occupant of house 32 was Kate (75), who was single. She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke only Irish and could not read. Her occupation was described as being a caretaker. The house she lived in was a single roomed, 4th class dwelling and Matt Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely                            (additional surname: King)

Mathias (65) was head of this family and he was married to Mary (68) and they had been married for 26 years and in that time they had had 2 children but only 1 had survived. They shared their house with their son Michael (25) and Mary’s brother, Martin King (74). All were born in Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Mathias and Michael could read and write. Mathias was listed as a farmer, Mary, a farmer’s wife, Michael, as a farmer’s son and Martin was a farm servant. The house they all loved in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Mathias Conneely was the landholder.

Gorham

The head of this family was Bartley (38) and he had been married to Barbara (50) for 12 years and in that time they had had 3 children, all of whom had survived. Those 3 children also lived in the house and they were John (11), Ann (10) and Joe (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Barbara and Joe only spoke Irish and the other 3 all spoke both Irish and English. Only Bartley, John and Ann could read and write. Bartley was listed as being a farmer, Barbara was a farmer’s wife and the children were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bartley Gorham was the landholder.

Conneely

John (55) was the head of the family in house 35 and he was married to Bridget (62) and they had been married for 18 years and in that time they had had 6 children and all had survived. Those 6 children also lived in the house and they were Festy (17), Tom (15), Patt (14), Mary (13), Bridget (11) and Michael (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all the family could read and write. John was listed as being a farmer, Festy, Tom and Patt were farmer’s sons and Mary, Bridget and Michael were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house. John Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely

The sole occupant of house 36 was the widow Margaret (86). She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway and spoke only Irish and could not read. She was listed as being a caretaker. The house she lived in was a single roomed, 4th class house and John Conneely was the landholder.

Connolly                            (additional surname: Connolly Tom)

Matthias Connolly Tom (60) was the head of this family and he was married to Ellen (50) and had been for 16 years and in that time they had had 5 children, all of whom had survived. Four of those children lived with them in the house and they were Henry (15), Mary Anne (14), Mathias (10) and Bridget (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Bridget could read only, Mathias (60) and Ellen could not read and the others could all read and write. Mathias (60) was a farmer and Mason, Ellen was a farmer’s wife, Henry was a farmer’s son, Mary Anne was a farmer’s daughter and Mathias (10) and Bridget were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Matt Conneely (sic) was listed as the landholder.

Thomas

The head of the Thomas Family in house 38 was the widower Mark (80) and lived with his son John (50) who had been married to Anne (48) for 8 years and in that time they had had 1 child and that child had survived. That child was Mark (6) and he lived in the house as well at that time. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only John could read and write. Mark (80) was a farmer and John was a labourer. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mark Thomas was the landholder.

Keane

John (72) was the head of this family and he was married to Honor (60) and they had been married for 38 years and in that time they had had 9 children, of which 8 had survived. Four of those children lived with them and they were Coleman (28), John (19), Bridget (15) and Mary (13).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only the children could read and write. John (72) was a farmer, Honor was a farmer’s wife, Coleman and John (19) were farmer’s sons and there was nothing entered for the other 2. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and the landholder was John Keane.

Gorham

House 40 was home to the Gorham family and the head of the family was the widow Anne (86) and she lived with her 2 sons John (66) and Martin (50). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Anne and Martin spoke both Irish and English while John spoke only Irish. Only martin could read and write. Anne was listed as being a farmer, John was a fisherman and Martin was a labourer. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Ann Gorham was the landholder.

Folan

The Folan family in house 41 had the widow Catherine (83) as the head of the family and she shared the house with son James (45) who had been married to Barbara (50) for 20 years and in that time they had had 8 children but only 3 had survived. Those 3 children also lived in the house and they were John (17), Bridget (15) and Martin (12). They were all Roman Catholic and John and Bridget were born in America and the others were all born in Co. Galway. All spoke both Irish and English but only John, Bridget and Martin could read and write. Catherine was a farmer, James and John were labourers and martin was a scholar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Catherine Folan was the landholder.

Barrett

The head of this Barrett family was John (53) and he had been married to Margaret (38) for 2 years and they had 1 child. That child was Patt (6mths) and he also lived in the house. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John and Margaret spoke both Irish and English but only John could read and write. John was listed as being a farmer. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Barrett was the landholder.

Barrett

House 43 was another Barrett household and the head of this family was the widow Bridget (83) and she shared the house with 2 of her children, Martin (59) and Mary (55). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget only spoke Irish and the other 2 spoke both Irish and English with Mary being able to read only, Martin could read and write but Bridget could not read. Bridget was listed as being a farmer and Martin was a labourer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house. Bridget Barrett was the landholder.

Gorham

The head of this Gorham family was Joseph (66) and he had been married to Catherine (55) for 24 years and in that time they had had 5 children but only 3 had survived. Two of those children lived with them and they were Thomas (19) and Margaret (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Joseph, who only spoke Irish. Only Thomas and Margaret could read and write. Joseph was a farmer, Catherine was a farmer’s wife, Thomas was a farmer’s son and Margaret was a farmer’s daughter. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Joe Gorham was the landholder.

Folan

The head of this family was the widow Barbara (73) and she shared the house with her only child, John (37). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but only John could read and write. Barbara was a farmer and John was a labourer. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Barbara Folan was the landholder.

Conneely

Coleman (69) was the head of this family and was married to Bridget (50) and had been for 21 years and in that time they had had 7 children, all of whom had survived. Those 7 children also lived with them and they were Stephen (20), Coleman (18), Mary (16), Bridget (15), Mark (14), Patrick (12) and Margaret (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Coleman (69), could read and write. Coleman (69) was a farmer, Bridget (50) was a farmer’s wife and Mark, Patrick and Margaret were scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Colman (sic) Conneely was the landholder.

O’Donnell

The head of the family in house 47 was Ellen (59), who was married but there was no husband listed. She lived with her 6 sons and they were Thomas (32), Michael (22), Martin (20), John Patrick (13), James (11) and Bartley (9). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Ellen was listed as being a farmer and all the sons were listed as being farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Ellen O’Donnell was the landholder.

Folan

There were 10 members of this Folan family and the head of the family was Morgan (58) and he had been married to Ellen (40) for 18 years and they had had 8 children, all of whom had survived. Those 8 children also lived with them at that time and they were Mary (15), Bridget (14), Catherine (12), Margaret (10), Anne (8), Ellen (5), Honor (5) and Sarah (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Morgan and Sarah could not read, Honor could read only and the rest could all read and write. Morgan was a farmer, Ellen (40) was a farmer’s wife and all the children were listed as farmer’s daughters. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Morgan Folan was the landholder.

Folan

Michael (63) was the sole occupant of house 49 and he was born in Co. Galway and was a Catholic. He spoke only Irish and could read and write. His occupation was listed as being a farmer. The house he lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michael Folan was the landholder.

McDonagh

The head of this family was Patrick (69), who was blind, and he had been married to Barbara (63) for 34 years and in that time they had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with 2 of their daughters, Barbara (18) and Sarah (17). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only Barbara (18) and Sarah could read and write. Patrick was listed as being a farmer and Barbara (18) and Sarah were farmer’s daughters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a cow house. Pat McDonagh was the landholder.

McDonough

The head of this McDonough family was Lawrence (73) and he had been married to Bridget (69) for 32 years and in that time they had had 8 children and 7 of those had survived. Five of those children lived with them and they were Margaret (31), who was a widow and she had had 1 child, Pat (26), John (25), Ellen (20) and Phelim (19). All were Catholic and were listed as being born in Ireland. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Bridget, could read and write. Lawrence was a farmer and pat and Phelim were listed as being farmer’s sons. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable and a cow house. Larry McDonagh (sic) was listed as the landholder.

Conneely

Michail (sic) (60) was the head of this family and he lived with his sister Honor (72). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English and neither of them could read. Michail (sic) was listed as being a farmer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Michl (sic) Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely

The head of this Conneely family was the widow Bridget (75) and she shared the house with son Patrick (32). Both were Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Bridget could only speak Irish but Patrick could speak both Irish and English and only Patrick could read and write. Bridget was a farmer and Patrick was a labourer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Bridget Conneely was the landholder.

Green

The head of the 5 member Green family in house 54 was the widow Catherine (69) who shared the housed with 3 of her sons, Patrick (35), Coleman (32) and Thomas (25) as well as a servant Barbara (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Catherine, who only spoke Irish. Only Patrick, Coleman and Thomas could read and write. Catherine and Coleman were farmers, Patrick and Thomas were fishermen and Barbara was a general servant. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a stable, cow house and a piggery. Kate Green was listed as the landholder.

O’Donnell

The head of this family was Michael (70) and he had been married to Margaret (70) for 43 years and in that time they had had 8 children and 7 of those had survived. They shared the house with 3 of their sons, Michael (40), John (30), who was blind, and Joseph (25). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only Michael and Joseph could read and write. Michael was a farmer and Michael and Joseph were fishermen. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3d class house with a cow house. Michl (sic) O’Donnell was the landholder.

Keely

There were 9 members of the Keely family in house 56 and the head of the family was Mark (68) and he had been married to Mary (65) for 35 years and in that time they had had 11 children, all of whom had survived. Seven of those children lived with them and they were Pat (32), Mat (30), Colman (26), John (23), Peter (17) and Bridget (13). All were born in Galway and were Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Mary, they could all read and write. Mark, Pat, Colman, John and Peter were farmers and Pat was a tailor. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house. Mark Keely was the landholder.

Keely

The head of this Keely family in house 57 was Martin (65) and he had been married to Margaret (60) for 30 years and they had had 8 children and all had survived. Five of those children lived with them and they were Marty Anne (20), Colman (15), John (14), Michael (10) and Ellen (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Ellen. Martin and Margaret could not read, Michael and Ellen could read only and the rest could all read and write. Martin was listed as being a farmer and Colman, John, Michael and Ellen were scholars. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Keely was the landholder.

Keeley (sic)

The head of the family in house 58 was Patrick (67) and he had been married to Maggie (69) and they had been married for 42 years and in that time they had had 6 children and all 6 of those had survived. They shared the house with 3 of those children and they were Patrick (40), Margaret (34) and Michael (28). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and Patrick (40) could read only and Margaret and Michael could read and write. Patrick (67) was farmer, Patrick (40) was a farmer’s son, Margaret was a dressmaker and Michael was a labourer. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Keely was listed as the landholder.

Keely

The last house in Letterard was home to another Keely family and the head of this family was the widower Michael (71) who shared the house with 2 of his sons, Phelim (30) and Michael (27). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only Phelim and Michael (27) could read and write. Michael (71) was a farmer, Phelim was a farm servant and Michael (27) was a fisherman. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Michl (sic) Keely was listed as the landholder.

 

 

1901 Census for Letterard

Overvirew of Letterard in 1901

According to the census of 1901 there were a total of 59 houses in the townland of Letterard all of which were listed as private dwellings. House 36 was constructed of mud, wood or other perishable materials for walls and thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. All the others were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 27 and 28 were 2nd class dwellings, houses 31 and 36 were 4th class dwellings and all the other houses were 3rd class. Houses 31 and 36 had 1 room but no windows, house 59 had 1 room and 1 window, houses 12, 35 and 56 had 2 rooms and no windows and houses 1, 4, 10, 11, 14, 16, 22-26, 29, 32, 33, 37, 39-41, 5, 46, 9, 50, 53, 57 and 58 had 2 rooms and 1 window. Houses 2, 3, 5-9, 13, 15, 17-21, 30, 34, 38, 42-44, 47, 48, 51, 52, 54 and 55 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front and houses 27 and 28 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) only shows out buildings up to house 43. Up to that house there were a total of 39 out buildings consisting of 11 stables, 14 cow houses, 12 piggeries, a barn and a forge. There were a total of 360 people living in the townland according to the enumerator’s abstract return (form N) and that consisted of 186 male and 174 female. The enumerator for the area was Const. James Murren.

Folan

The head of the first family in the townland of Letterard was James (35) and he was married to Barbara (37) and they shared the house with James’ mother, Catherine (80) and 4 of their children, John (6), Ellen (8), Martin (2) and Bridget (4). Ellen and Bridget were born in America and the others were born in Co. Galway and all were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and none of the family could read and write. James was a farmer, John and Martin were farmer’s sons and Ellen and Bridget were farmer’s daughters. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. James Folan was the landholder.

Gorham

The widow Anne (75) was listed as the head of this family and she shared the house with 2 of her sons, John (48) and Martin (31). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Anne spoke only Irish and the 2 sons spoke both Irish and English. Only Martin could read and write. Anne was listed as being a farmeress and John and martin were farmer’s sons. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Anne Gorham was the landholder.

Keely

The head of the Keely family in house 3 was Michael (58) and he was married to Mary (46) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Maryanne (25), Mark (23), Joseph (20), Phelim (18) and John (16). 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. Michael was a farmer, Mary was a housekeeper, Maryanne was a housemaid and the sons were all labourers. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Michael Keely was the landholder.

Keely

Patrick (50) was the head of the family in house 4 and he was married to Maggie (35) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Patrick (20), Mary (15), Peter (12), Maggie (8) and Michael (5). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Michael, who only spoke English. Only Mary, Peter, Maggie (8) and Michael could read and write. Patrick (50) and Patrick (20) were listed as being farmers, Maggie (35) was a housekeeper, Mary was listed as doing wool working, Peter was a shepherd boy and Maggie (8) and Michael were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. Pat Keely was the landholder.

Keely

Martin (46) was the head of this family and he was married to Margaret (36) and they lived with 6 of their children, Martin (17), Joseph (16), Maryanne (13), Colman (6), John (3) and Peter (9mths). All were born in Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except for baby Peter. Colman could read only and Martin (46), Martin (17), Joseph and Maryanne could read and write. Martin (46) was a farmer, Margaret was a farmer’s wife, Martin (17) and Joseph were farmer’s sons and Maryanne and Colman were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Martin Keely was the landholder.

Keely

The head of this Keely family was Mark (43) and he was married to Mary (35) and they lived with their 9 children, Mary (22), Pat (20), Colman (16), Michael (12), Honor (9), Peter (6), Margaret (10), Bridget (2) and John (8). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget spoke only Irish, Honor and Peter spoke only English and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Mary (35), Peter and Bridget could not read but all the others could read and write. Mark was listed as being a farmer, Mary (35) was a housekeeper, Mary (22) was a housemaid, Pat and Colman were labourers and the others were all listed as being scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. Mark Keely was the landholder.

O’Donnell                           (additional surname: Green)

The head of the O’Donnell family in house 7 was Michael (54) and he was married to Maggie (50) and they shared the house with 7 of their children, Hanna (28), Michael (26), Colman (25), Patrick (23), John (18), who was blind, Mary (16) and Joseph (12) and also in the house was a servant, Hanna Green (58). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Hanna (58), who only spoke Irish. Maggie, Hanna (28), John and Hanna (58) could not read, Michael (54) could read only and all the others could read and write. Michael (54) and Patrick were listed as being farmers, Maggie was a housekeeper, Hanna (28) was a farmer’s daughter, Michael (26) and Colman were listed as being in fishing, John and Mary were both listed as farmer’s sons (sic)i, Joseph and was a shepherd. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house. Michael O’Donnell was the landholder.

Green                                  (additional surnames: O’Donnell and Conneely)

The head of this Green family in house 8 was Coleman (60) and he was married to Kate (51) and they shared the house with 5 of their children and they were Michael (30), Patrick (26), Maggie (23), Coleman (19) and Thomas (16). Also in the house at that time were 2 lodgers, Mary O’Donnell (60) and Anne Conneely (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Kate, Maggie, Mary and Anne spoke only Irish and the others spoke both Irish and English. Only Colman (60), Michael, Patrick, Coleman (19) and Thomas could read and write. Coleman (60) and Michael were farmers, Kate was a housekeeper, Patrick was a fisherman, Maggie was a farmer’s daughter, Coleman (19) was a farmer’s son, Thomas was a shepherd boy and Mary and Anne were wool spinners. The house they all loved in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Coleman Greene (sic) was the landholder.

Gorham

The head of the Gorham family in house 9 was Joseph (50) and he was married to Kate (40) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Tom (9), Mary (12) and Maggey (sic) (5). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Joseph, who only spoke Irish. Only Tom, Mary and Maggey (sic) could read and write. Joseph was a farmer and the children were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Joe Gorham was listed as the landholder.

Folan

The widow Barbara (60) was the head of this family and she shared the house with her son John (24). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but only John could read and write. Barbara was a farmer and John was a farmer’s son. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable. Barbara Folan was the landholder.

McDonagh

Lawrence (63) was the head of the family and he was married to Bridget (40) and they shared the house with their 6 children, Anne (17), Martin (15), Pat (13), John (11), Ellen (9) and Phelim (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Lawrence and Bridget, they could all read and write. Lawrence was a farmer, Anne was a farmer’s daughter, Martin was a farmer’s son and the other children were all scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Lawrence McDonagh was the landholder.

McDonough

Patrick (52) was the head of this family in house 12 and he was married to Barbara (46) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Hannah (21), who was described as being an idiot under the specific illness heading, Joe (13), Bridget (10), Barbara (8) and Sarae (sic) (7). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Barbara (46), who only spoke Irish, all spoke both Irish and English. Barbara (8) and Sarae (sic) could read only and Patrick, Joe and Bridget could read and write. Patrick was listed as being a farmer, Hannah was a farmer’s daughter and the other children were all scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat McDonagh (sic) was listed as the landholder.

Folan

The head of this Folan family was Morgan (40) and he was married to Ellen (25) and they shared the house with 3 of their daughters, Mary (5), Bridget (4) and Kate (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Kate, who only spoke Irish. Only Ellen could read only and the other s could not read. Morgan was a farmer and Mary and Bridget were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a piggery. Morgan Folan was the landholder.

O’Donnell

The head of this O’Donnell family was Martin (48) and he was married to Ellen (40) and they shared the house with 8 of their children and they were Margaret (18), Tom (17), Joseph (13), Michael (11), Martin (6), Mary Anne (4), Patrick (2) and an un-named baby who was only 9 days old. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except the un-named baby. Only Ellen, Tom, Joseph, Michael and Martin could read and write. Martin was listed as being a farmer, Margaret was a farmer’s daughter, Tom was a farmer’s son and the other children were all listed as being scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Martin O’Donnell was the landholder.

Greene                                (additional surname: Burke)

Thomas (30) was the head of this family and he shared the house with his sister Bridget (40), his mother, Anne and a servant, Mary Burke (18). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas spoke Irish and English and the others all spoke only Irish. Only Thomas could read and write. Thomas was a farmer, Bridget was listed as a farmer’s daughter and Mary was a general servant. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable. Thomas Greene was the landholder.

Jennings

Pat (55) was the head of this family and he was married to Margaret (40) and they shared the house with 8 of their children, John (14), Ned (11), Mary (9), Martin (8), Simon (6), Margaret (5), Anne (3) and Kate (11mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Kate and none of the family could read or write. Pat was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son and the other children, apart from Kate, were listed as being scholars. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Jennings was the landholder.

Jennings

The head of this Jennings family in house 17 was James (60) and he was married to Margaret (55) and they shared the house with 4 of their children, Michael (35), John (32), Mary (29) and Anne (25). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. James, Margaret and Michael spoke only Irish and the others could speak both Irish and English. Only Anne could read and write. James was a farmer, Michael and John were farmer’s sons and Mary and Anne were farmer’s daughters. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had 2 stables. James Jennings was the landholder.

Barrett                                 (additional surname: Keaney)

The head of the family in house 18 was Martin (63) and he was married to Sarah (60) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Martin (26), John (23) and Julia (20), a visitor, Mark (60) and a servant, Barbara Keaney (age unreadable). Mark and Barbara were Roman Catholic and were born in Galway and the others were all listed as being Roman Catholic and being born in Connemara, Galway. Sarah and Barbara spoke only Irish but the others all spoke both Irish and English. Sarah and Barbara could not read but all the others could read and write. Martin (63) was a farmer, Sarah was a housekeeper, Martin (26) and John were fishermen, Julia was a nitter (sic), Mark was a sail maker and Barbara was a wool carder. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable. Martin Barrett was the landholder.

King

The widow Mary (66) was listed as the head of this family and she shared the house with 5 of her children, Mary (34), Joseph (32), Nora (30) Michael (28) and Barbarra (sic) (26).All were born in Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary (34), Nora and Barbarra (sic) spoke only Irish but the rest all spoke both Irish and English and none of the family could read. Mary (66) was a housekeeper, Mary (34) and Nora were wool spinners, Joseph was a boatsman (sic), Michael was listed as farmers (sic) and Barbarra (sic) was a dairy maid. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary King was the landholder.

Conneely

The widower John Conneely was the head of this family and he shared the house with his sister Mary (60). Both Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. John spoke both Irish and English and Mary spoke only Irish and neither of them could read. John was listed as farmers (sic) under the occupation heading. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a piggery. John Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely

The head of this family was the widow Sarah, (65) and she shared the house with 6 of her children, Martin (35), Anne (32), Stephen (28), John (26), Sarah (24) and Bridget (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Sarah (65) and Anne spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Sarah (65) and Anne could not read but all the others could read and write. Sarah (65) was listed as being a farmeress, Martin, Stephen and John were farmer’s sons and Anne, Sarah (24) and Bridget were farmer’s daughters. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Sarah Conneely was the landholder.

Folan

The widow Honor (50) was the head of this family in house 22 and she shared then house with 6 of her children, Bridget (26), Michael (24), Joseph (20), Stephen (17), Barbara (15) and Mark (13). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Honor and Bridget spoke only Irish and the others all spoke both Irish and English. Honor and Bridget could not read but the others could all read and write. Honor was a farmeress, Bridget and Barbara were farmer’s daughters, Michael, Joseph and Stephen were farmer’s sons and Mark was a scholar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Honor Folan was the landholder.

Lydon                                  (additional surname: Nee)

The widower John (70) was listed as the head of the family and he lived with 2 of his children, Barbara (26) and Festus (23) and also a servant, Honor Nee (10). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. John was a farmer, Barbara was a farmer’s daughter, Festus was a farmer’s son and Honor was a servant on the farm. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and piggery. John Lydon was the landholder.

MacCormack                     (additional surname: Folan)

House 24 was home to the MacCormack family and the head of this family was Peter (40) and he shared the house with his sister, Bridget (35), his mother, Winnie (60), his Niece, Bridget Folan (20), his brother, martin (45), his sister-in-law, Maggie (22) and his niece, Mary (4mths). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Martin and Maggie spoke Irish and English and the others were all listed as speaking only Irish. Only Bridget and Martin could read and write. Peter was a farmer, Bridget (35) and Bridget Folan were farmer’s daughters, Martin was a fisherman and Maggie was a fisherman’s wife. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and P. McCormack was the landholder.

MacCormack

House 25 was home to the MacCormack family with Patrick (55) at its head and he was married to Mary (60) and they lived with 4 of their children, Mark (22), Winifred (20), Bridget (17) and Anne (15). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Mary, who only spoke Irish. Patrick could read only, Mary could not read and the other members of the family could all read and write. Patrick was a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s wife, Mark was a farmer’s son and the girls were all listed as farmer’s daughters. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house. Pat McCormack (sic) was listed as the landholder.

King

The head of the family in house 26 was the widow Mary (50) and she lived with 5 of her children, Michael (30), Martin (22), Margaret (18), Festus (16) and Coleman (12). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Mary, could read and write. Mary was listed as being a farmer, Michael was a fisherman, Martin was a farmer’s son, Margaret was a farmer’s daughter and Festus and Coleman were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary King was the landholder.

McDonagh

John (77) was the head of the family in house 27 and he was married to Bridget (51) and they shared the house with 4 of their children, Joseph (27), Bridget (22), Mary (20) and John (16).All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Bridget (51) could read and write. John (77) was a farmer, Joseph and John (16) were farmer’s sons and Bridget (22) and Mary were farmer’s daughters. They all loved in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house and a piggery. John McDonagh was the landholder.

McDonagh Family

House 28 was also a home of a McDonagh family and in this case the head of the family was Matthias (32) and he was married to Norah (33) and they lived with their daughter Mary (1) and a servant, Maggie (16). Matthias was born in Co. Galway and the others were all born in Galway and all were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only Matthias and Norah could read and write. Matthias was a blacksmith and Maggie was a general servant. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a forge. Matthias McDonagh was the landholder.

Barrett                                (additional surname: Conneely)

The widow Martin Bridget (60) was the head of this family and she lived with 4 of her children, Martin (40), John (38), Mary (39) and Sarah (35) and also her granddaughter Bridget Conneely (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Martin Bridget, who only spoke Irish. Only Martin, John and Bridget could read and write. Martin Bridget was a farmer, Martin and John were farmer’s sons, Mary and Sarah were farmer’s daughters and Bridget was a scholar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Bridget Barrett was the landholder.

Conneely

The head of this Conneely family in house 30 was Matthise (sic) (35) and he was married to Ellen (30) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Henry Joseph (5), Mary Anne (4) and Ellen (1) and Matthise’s (sic) mother, Barbra (80), who was a widow and was blind. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Barbra, who only spoke Irish. Only Ellen could read only and the others could not read. Matthise (sic) was listed as being a farmer, Henry Joseph, a farmer’s son and Mary Anne and Ellen were farmer’s daughters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. Matthise (sic) Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely                              (additional surname: Keely)

The head of this family was the widow Margaret (65) and she shared the house with her daughter, Anne (30) and a niece, Anne (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Margaret and Anne (30) spoke only Irish and Anne (16) spoke both Irish and English and only Anne (16) could read and write. Margaret was listed as being a farmeress and the 2 Anne’s were listed as being farmer’s daughters. The house they all shared was a single roomed, 4th class dwelling and Margaret Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely                              (additional surname: Ridge)

The head of this Conneely family in house 32 was John (32) and he was married to Bridget (35) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Festy (6), Tom (5), Mary (4), Pat (2) and Bridget (4mths) and also in the house was a lodger, Kate Ridge (60). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Kate, who only spoke Irish and baby Bridget. Only John and Bridget (35) could read and write. John was listed as a farmer, Festy, Tom and Pat were listed as being farmer’s sons, Mary and Bridget (4mths) were listed as farmer’s daughters and Kate was a knitter. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. John Conneely was the landholder.

Thomas

The head of the family in house 33 was Mark (68) and he was married to Barbar (sic) (70) and also in the house at that time was their son John (30). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mark and John spoke both Irish and English and Barbar (sic) spoke only Irish. John could read only and the other 2 could not read. Mark was a farmer and John was listed as a farmer’s son. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mark Thomas was the landholder.

Conneely                             (additional surname: King)

The head of this family was Matthias (38) and he was married to Mary (40) and they shared the house with their son Michael (8) and Mary’s brother, Martin King (37) who was described as an Idiot under the specific illnesses heading. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only Matthias and Michael could read and write. Matthias was listed as being a farmer, Michael was a scholar and Martin was a labourer. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Matthias Conneely was the landholder.

McHale                               (additional surnames: Caulfield and Glynn)

The head of this family was Anthony (80), who was described as paralyzed. He was married to Mary (76) and they shared the house with 4 of their children and they were Anne (30), Maggie (19), Sarah (17) and Bartley (28). Also in the house at that time were a visitor, Joseph Caulfield (7) and a lodger, John Glynn (58). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Maggie, Bartley and Joseph could speak both Irish and English and the others only spoke Irish. Only Maggie could read and write, although Bartley could read only. Anthony was listed as being a farmer, Anne, Sarah and Bartleyii were listed as farmer’s daughters. Maggie and Joseph were scholars and John Glyn was a labourer. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a stable. John Glynn was the landholder.

Folan                                    (additional surname: Conneely)

Catherine (60) was the head of this family and she was unmarried and she shared the house with her son Martin Conneely (12). Both were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Catherine spoke only Irish and Martin spoke both Irish and English but neither of them could read. Catherine was a farmeress and Martin was a farmer’s son. They lived in a single roomed, 4th class dwelling and Catherine Folan was the landholder.

Earls

The widow Margaret (60) was the head of this family in house 37 and she shared the house with her son Peter (30). Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke both Irish and English but only Peter could read and write. Margaret was a farmer and Peter was a farmer’s son. They both lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Margaret Earls was the landholder.

Earls                                      (additional surname: Folan)

The head of the family in house 38 was Michael (63) and he was married to Mary (59) and also in the house at that time were 3 visitors, Mary (99), who was a widow, Joseh (sic) Folan (4) and Mary Folan (2). Also in the house were 2 sons, Patrick (22) and Mark (20). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Mary (59) and Mary (99), who only spoke Irish. Only Patrick and Mark could read and write but Michael could read only. Michael was listed as being a farmer, Patrick and Mark were farmer’s sons and Joseh (sic) and Mary (2) were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house and a piggery. Michael Earls was the landholder.

Conneely

Patrick (35) was the head of this family and he was married to Barbara (33) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Margaret (7), Thomas (5), Bridget (2) and Patrick (6mths). All were Roman Catholic and Margaret and Thomas were born in Boston, America while the others were all born in Co. Galway. All spoke both Irish and English and none of the family could read or write. Patrick (53) was a farmer, Margaret and Bridget were farmer’s daughters and Thomas and John were farmer’s sons. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Conneely was the landholder.

O’Donnell

House 40 was home to the O’Donnell family and the head of this family was James (29) and he shared the house with his sisters, Mari (sic) (31) and Margaret (21). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English but only James could read and write. James was listed as being a farmer and Mari (sic) and Margaret were farmer’s daughters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and James O’Donnell was the landholder.

O’Connor

The head of this family in house 41 was Daniel (69) and he was married to Julia (56) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Christopher (26), Mary (24), Catherine (23), Margaret (21), Elizabeth (19) and Ellen (16). Daniel and Julia were born in Co. Cork and the other members of the family were born in Co. Wicklow. All spoke both Irish and English and all could read and write. Daniel was an ex national school teacher, farmer and registrar of births, deaths and marriages, Julia was an ex national school teacher, Christopher was a farmer and assistant registrar of births, deaths and marriages, Mary, Catherine Margaret and Elizabeth were listed as farmer’s daughters and Ellen was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a barn. Daniel O’Connor was the landholder.

McDonagh                          (additional surname: Folan)

The head of the McDonagh family in house 42 was Joseph (50) and he was married to Mary (47) and they shared the house with 4 sons, John (20), Pat (17), Colman (12) and Martin (9) and a relative, John Folan (50), who was a widower. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Mary, who only spoke Irish. Mary could not read, Joseph, Colman and John Folan could read only and the others could read and write. Joseph was listed as being a farmer, John (20) and Pat were farmer’s sons, Colman and Martin were scholars and John Folan was a weaver. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and a piggery. Joe McDonagh was the landholder.

Conneely

The widower John (40) was listed as the head of this family and he shared that house with 4 of his children, Coleman (14), Maggie (12), Joseph (8) and Bridget (4). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and only John and Coleman could read and write although Joseph was listed as being able to read. John was a farmer and the sons were all scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely

The head of this Conneely family was Thomas (42) and he was married to Mary (38) and they shared the house with their children Patrick (12), Coleman (11), Mary (10), Margaret (8), Mathias (5) and John (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English and all, apart from Mary (38) and John, could read and write. Thomas was a farmer and Patrick Coleman, Mary (10), Margaret and Mathias were all scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Tom Conneely was the landholder.

Mulkern (sic)

John (60) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (58) and they lived in the house with their 3 sons, Pat (33), John (28) and Kerin (sic)iii (23). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (60) and Kerin (sic) spoke Irish and English but the others only spoke Irish. Only Kerin (sic) could read and write. John (60) was a farmer, Mary was a farmer’s wife and the sons were all farmer’s sons. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John Mulkerrin was listed as the landholder.

Keaney

There were 11 members of the Keaney family in house 46 and the head of the family was Patrick (48) and he was married to Bridget (40) and they shared the house with their 9 children, Bridget (16), Mary (14), Margaret (12), Honor (10), Sarah (8), Patrick (6), Anne (4), Julia (2) and Barbara (5days). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English, except baby Barbara. Julia and Barbara could not read, Bridget and Patrick could read only and the rest of the family could all read and write. Patrick was a farmer and fisherman, Bridget and Mary were listed as farmer’s daughters and the others, except baby Barbara, were all scholars. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Pat Keaney was listed as the landholder.

Keaney

Thomas (50) was the head of this Keaney Family and he was married to Bridget (45). They shared the house with 8 of their children and they were Michael (21), Honor (19), Mary (17), Patrick (14), Joseph (12), John (9), Thomas (50, Anne (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English, except Thomas (50), who only spoke Irish. With the exception of Thomas (50) the whole family could read and write. Tomas (50) was a farmer, Michael was a fisherman, Honor, Mary and Patrickiv were listed as farmer’s daughters and the other children were all scholars. The house they all loved in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Tom Keaney was the landholder.

Gorham

The head of the 10 members of the Gorham family in house 48 was Simon (42) and he was married to Sarah (36) and they shared the house with their children, Thomas (13), Mary Anne (12), John (10), Coleman (8), Michael (7), Patrick (5), Martin (2) and Simon (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except young Simon (1). Simon (42), Martin and Simon (1) could not read but all the others could read and write. Simon was a farmer and fisherman, Thomas was a farmer’s son and the other children, with the exception of Simon (1), were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Simon Gorham was the landholder.

Kelly

The sole occupant of house 49 was Honor (40), who was a widow. She was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic, She spoke both Irish and English but could not read. She was listed as being a farmer. The house she lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Honor Keely was listed as the landholder.

Mulkerrin

The head of the Mulkerrin family in house 50 was the widow Catherine (60) and she shared the house with 5 of her children, Anne (16), Colman (27), Barbara (20), Michael (21) and Mary (24). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except Catherine, who only spoke Irish. Only Colman and Barbara could read and write. Catherine was a farmeress, Anne, Barbara and Mary were farmer’s daughters and Colman and Michael were farmer’s sons. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Catherine Mulkerrin was the landholder.

Conneely

The Conneely family in house 51 had Tom (75) as the head of the family and he lived with 3 of his children, Tom (32), John (30) and Sarah (26). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John spoke both Irish and English and the others spoke only Irish. Only John could read and write. Tom (75) was a farmer, Tom (32) and John were farmer’s sons and Sarah was a farmer’s daughter. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Tom Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely

House 52 was home to another Conneely family and the head of this family was Colman (58) and he was married to Bridget (36) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Stephen (12), Colman (10), Mary (8), Bridget (6), Mark (5) and Pat (1). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except baby Pat. Only Stephen, Mary and Bridget (6) could read and write. Colman was listed as being a farmer and the all the children were listed as being scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Colman Conneely was the landholder.

Gorham

The head of the 11 member family in house 53 was Colman (50) who was married to Mary (40) and they shared the house with 8 of their children, Patrick (19), John (14), Colman (10), Tom (4), Mathis (sic) (1), Mary (20), Bridget (12) and Hannor (sic) (9) and also in the house was a lodger, the widow Hannor (sic) (76). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Colman (50) and Hannor (sic) (76) spoke only Irish while the rest all spoke both Irish and English, except baby Mathis. Patrick, John, Colman (10), Mary (20), Bridget and Hannor (sic) (20) could read and write. Colman (50), Patrick, John and Mary (20) were farmers and Colman (10), Tom, Bridget and Hannor (sic) (9) were listed as being scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Colman Gorham was the landholder.

Folan

The sole occupant of house 54 was Michael (42). He was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic, spoke only Irish and could not read. He was listed as being a farmer and lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and he was also the landholder.

Conneely

The widow Bridget (63) was the head of this family and she lived with her son, Patrick (21) and her daughter, Kate (16). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bridget spoke only Irish and Patrick and Kate spoke both Irish and English and only Patrick and Kate could read and write. All 3 were listed as being farmers. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bridget Conneely was the landholder.

Conneely

The head of this Conneely family in house 56 was the widow Mary (80) and she shared the house with her son, Michael (45), her daughter, Honor (50) and her grandson, Michael (30). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (30) spoke both Irish and English and the other 3 all spoke only Irish. None of the family could read or write. Mary, Michael (45) and Michael (30) were all listed as being farmers. They all shared a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Conneely was the landholder.

Keane

There were 10 members of the Keane family in house 57 and the head of the family was John (60) who was married to Honor (50) and they shared the house with 8 of their children, Tom (23), Colman (20), Martin (17), John (7), Honor (13), Mary (10), Bridget (7) and Margaret (2). All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All spoke both Irish and English except for Honor (50), who only spoke Irish. None of the family could read. John (60) was listed as being a farmer, Tom, Colman and Martin were all farmer’s sons and the other children were all listed as being scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and John Keane was the landholder.

Gorham                             (additional surname: Folan)

The head of this family was Bartley (29) and he was married to Barbara (36) and they lived with their son, John (1), their daughter, Anne (5mths), Bartley’s brother, Coleman (15) and his brother-in-law, Joseph Folan (48), who was described as being totally blind. All were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bartley, Barbara and Coleman spoke Irish and English and Joseph spoke only Irish. Only Bartley and Coleman could read and write. Bartley was listed as being a farmer, Coleman was a scholar and Joseph was listed as unable to work. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bartley Gorham was the landholder.

Keaney                                (additional surname: Mongan)

The head of the family in the last house in Letterard was Symon (sic) (82), who was deaf and he lived with his sister Mary Mongan (86), who was a widow. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both spoke only Irish but could not read. Symon (sic) was listed as being a cottier. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Honor Keely was the landholder.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Letterard

According to Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864), the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company owned most of the land in the townland of Letterard and leased a number of tenements. They leased tenements on 285 acres, 3 roods and 1 perch of land to the following: Matthias Conneely paid £3 12s for land and 15s for a house and offices, Thomas Conneely paid £2 8s for land and £1 for a house and offices, Judith King paid £1 4s for land and 3s for a house, John Jennings paid £1 4s for land and 8s for a house and Mark Greene and Festus King paid £1 4s for land and 5s for a house each. John Burke paid £1 4s for land and 10s for a house, John Curran paid £2 8s for land and 6s for a house, Michael Keely paid £4 16s for land and 10s for a house, John Flynn paid £2 8s for land and 10s for a house, Patrick O’Donnell paid £2 8s for land and 15s for a house and offices and Michael Flynn paid £2 8s for land and 12s for a house. Patrick Folan paid £2 8s for land and 15s for a house, Patrick Nee paid £4 16s for land and 10s for a house, John McDonough paid £2 12s for land and 8s for a house and Patrick Conneely paid £1 16s for land and 5s for a house. William Folan paid £2 12s for land and 8s for a house, Patrick King (Martin) paid £4 for land and 10s for a house, Thomas Barrett paid £2 8s for land and 8s for a house, Barthw (sic) Gorham paid £1 4s for land and 6s for a house and Thomas Folan also paid £1 4s for land and 6s for a house. Simon Mulkerrin had a house with an annual ratable valuation of 5s, Mary Folan leased a house from Patrick Folan for 5s, Thomas O’Donnell leased a house from Patrick O’Donnell for 6s, Michael Jennings leased 9 acres, 3 roods and 30 perches of land with a house and offices for £3 for the land and 15s for the buildings and a second plot of land of 15 acres, 2 roods and 7 perches of land for £6 from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company. Michael Jennings leased 11 acres, 3 roods and 26 perches of land from Patrick King (Owen) for £4 15s, Patrick King (Owen) leased 14 acres and 15 perches of land from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company for 15s. John Lyden leased a herds house and offices on 117 acres and 15 perches of land from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company for £17 for the land and £1 10s for the buildings and John Mongan leased 8 acres, 3 roods and 14 perches of land from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company for £3 5s. There was a vacant house belonging to John Mongan that had an annual ratable valuation of 7s. Martin King and Martin Mulkerrin jointly leased 2 plots from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company on a total of 19 acres and 20 perches of land. For the first plot they paid £3 for land and £1 5s for a house and offices and the second plot was for £1 5s for land and 5s for a house. Martin King had a vacant house with an annual ratable valuation of 15s. John Mongan leased a house and offices from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company for £1, John Greene leased a house from Martin King for 5s, John Mongan leased a house and offices from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company for £1 and John Greene leased a house form Martin King for 5s. Martin King also had a vacant house with an annual ratable valuation of 5s. Michael Cosgrave and Mark McCormack jointly leased 2 tenements on a total of 14 acres, 2 roods and 7 perches of land from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company for £2 10s for land and 8s for a house on the first plot and £2 10s for land on the second. Michael Keaney leased a house from Michael Cosgrave for 6s, Michael Earl leased a house and office on 18 acres, 2 roods and 12 perches of land from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company for £4 10s for the land and 15s for the buildings. The immediate lessor for the remaining tenements were the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company and they leased to the following: Patrick O’Donnell paid 10s for a house, John Gorham paid 8s for a house, Patrick O’Donnell and John Gorham jointly leased a total of 17 acres, 2 roods and 23 perches of land for £2 15s each. The Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company leased 203 acres and 28 perches of land to the following tenants, Patrick O’Donnell and John Gorham (Barth) for 10s each, Michael Earl and John Mongan for £1 each, Mark McCormack and Michael Cosgrove for 10s each, Martin King for 15s and Martin Mulkerrin for 5s. Owen Conneely Sen., Barthw (sic) O’Donnell and Patrick Conneely leased tenements from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company on 45 acres, 3 roods and 27 perches of land for which Owen paid £2 5s for land and 15s for a house and offices, Barthw (sic) paid 15s for land and 5s for a house and Patrick paid £1 10s for land and 10s for a house. Michael Gorham and John Folan Jointly leased 47 acres and 22 perches of land from the Directors of the Law, Life Assurance Company with houses for 12s for land and 8s for houses each. There were also 11 acres, 2 roods and 2 perches of water in the townland of Letterard.

 

 

1670 Down Survey for Letterard

The 1670 Down Survey names for this area were Urrasebeg, Litter Veark, Ehariknock, Sheanbeenon, Allice, Erouellough and Ballynumgan Mountain. The 1641 owner was Murragh OFlaharty, a Catholic and in 1670 the owners were the Catholics, Richard Martin and Thomas Lynch and the Protestant, Edward Browne.

 

i Mary was obviously a farmer’s daughter.

ii Bartley was obviously a farmer’s son

iii Possibly Kevin

iv Patrick was obviously a farmer’s son.

 

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