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Townland:                                Lettercaumus

Civil Parish:                              Moyrus

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Roundstone

District Electoral Division:    Moyrus

Area:                                         358.23 acres / 358 acres, 0 roods, 37 perches

 

Baptism and Marriage records for Roundstone R.C. Parish 1872-1881

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

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Galway Library for Lettercaumus

1670 Down Survey for Lettercaumus

Logainm for Lettercaumus

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Lettercaumus

 

1911 Census for Lettercaumus

Overview of Lettercaumus in 1911

The census of 1911 shows that there were a total of 10 houses in the townland at that time and all were listed as being private dwellings. All the houses were built of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 1 was a 2nd class dwelling, houses 9 and 10 were 4th class and the others were all 3rd class dwellings. Houses 9 and 10 had 1 room and no windows, house 2 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, houses 5 and 8 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 3, 4, 6 and 7 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 1 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return (form B.2) shows that there were a total of 17 out buildings in the townland and they consisted of 2 stables, 9 cow houses, 4 piggeries, 1 fowl house and potato house. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 56 people in the townland at that time, 35 male and 21 female, The enumerator for the area was Const. John Kelly.

 

King

The head of the first family in Lettercaumus was the widower Thomas (63). He shared the house with 2 of his sons, Stephen (21) and Patrick (19). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Thomas was listed as speaking both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the 2 sons, which could indicate that they only spoke English. They could all read and write. Thomas was listed as being a farmer and Stephen and Patrick were farmer’s sons. They all l9ved in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. Thomas King was the landholder.

 

ODonnell

The sole occupant of house 2 was the widower, Patrick (69) who was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. He spoke both Irish and English but could not read and he was a farmer. He lived in a single roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a fowl house. The landholder was Thomas King.

 

King

Patt (60) was the head of the family in house 3 and he shared the house with his brother Martin (50), his sister Celia (48), 2 of his nephews, Thomas (17), John (10) and 2 of his nieces, Mary (14) and Annie (12). Patt, Martin and Celia spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others, so that could indicate that they only spoke English. The whole family could read and write. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patt was a farmer, Thomas was listed as a farmer’s son and John, Mary and Annie were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house. Patt King was the landholder.

 

Reilly                          (additional surname: Mongon (sic))

Owen (51) was the head of this family and the had been married to Mary (40) for 29 years and in that time they had had 9 children and 8 of those had survived. They lived with 7 of those children and they were John (19), Annie (16), Maggie (13), Norah (11), Bridget (9), Katie (6) and Patrick (3) and also in the house at that time was a nephew, Michael Mongon (sic) (16). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Bridget, Katie and Patrick, they all spoke both Irish and English. Owen, Katie and Patrick could not read, Mary could read only and the other members of the family could read and write. Owen was listed as being a farmer, John and Michael were farmer’s sons, Annie was a farmer’s daughter and Maggie, Norah and Bridget were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling with a cow house and piggery. Owen Reilly was the landholder.

 

ODonnell (sic)

The Head of this family was Michael (52) and he had been married to Annie (50) for 18 years and in that time they had had 6 children, all of whom had survived. Those 6 children also lived in the house and they Patrick (17), Joseph (16), John (15), Bridget (13), James (11) and Michael (9). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. All, with the exception of Michael (9), spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Annie and Michael (9), they could all read and write. Michael (50) was a farmer, Patrick and Joseph were farmer’s sons and John, Bridget, James and Michael (9) were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a potato house. Michael ODonnell (sic) was the landholder.

 

ODonnell (sic)

House 6 was home to another ODonnell (sic) family and the head of this family was John (76) and he had been married to his wife, Murren (sic) (74), for 49 years and in that time they had had 11 children and 9 of those had survived. Both spoke Irish and English but could not read. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John was a farmer. The house they shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house with a cow house and piggery. John ODonnell (sic) was the landholder.

 

Geary

The head of the family in house 7 was the widow Selia (sic) (47) and she shared the house with 6 of her children, Michael (20), Thomas (18), John (16), Martin (13), Mary (10) and Stephen (5). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Selia (sic) spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others which could indicate that they only spoke English. Selia (sic) could could read only, Stephen could not read but the other members of the family could all read and write. Michael, Thomas and John were listed as being farmer’s sons and Martin and Mary were scholars. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 3rd class house and they had cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Selia (sic) Geary.

 

Joyce

The head of this Joyce family was Joseph (52) and he was married to Annie (48) and had been for 13 years and in that time they had had 3 children, all of whom had survived. Those children lived with them and they were Bridget (12), Mary (10) and Patrick (7). They were all Roman catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Joseph and Annie spoke both Irish and English and Joseph, Bridget and Mary could read and write. Joseph was listed as being a farmer and Bridget and Mary were scholars. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they nhad a cow house. Joseph Joyce was the landholder.

 

Toole

House 9 was home to the Toole family and the head of this family was Brien (sic) (40) and he had been married to Annie (39) for 8 years and they had had 5 children and all of those had survive. They shared the house with those 5 children and they were Patrick (7), Joseph (6), Peter (4), Martin (2) and Michael (6mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Brien (sic) and Annie spoke both Irish and English but only Annie could read and write. Brien (sic) was listed as being a farmer. They all live din a single roomed, 4th calss house and they had a cow house. Bryan Toole was listed as the landholder.

 

King

The last house inj Lettercaumus was home to the King family and the head of that family was Thomas (74) who had been married to Honor (65) for 33 years and in that time they had had 11 children and 10 of those had survived. They shared the house with 4 of those children and they were Thomas (20), Maggie (18), Selia (sic) (17) and Michael (13). Thomas and Honor spoke both Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others, which could indicate that they only spoke English. They could all read and write. They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Thomas (74) was a farmer, Thomas (20) was a farmer’s son, Maggie and Selia (sic) were listed as farmer’s daughters and Michael was a scholar. They all shared a single roomed 4th class dwelling and they had a cow house. Thomas King was the landholder.

 

1901 Census for Lettercaumus

Overview of Lettercaumus in 1901

The 1901 census shows that there were a total of 12 houses in the townland of Lettercaumus and all those houses were occupied and were private dwellings. All the houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 3, 6 and 10 were 2nd class dwellings, houses 1 and 2 were 4th class houses and the others were all 3rd class dwellings. Houses 1 and 2 had 1 room and no windows, house 11 had 1 room and 1window in the front, houses 4, 5 and 7 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 8, 9 and 12 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and houses 3, 6 and 10 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. The out-offices and farm-steadings return shows that there were a total of 11 out buildings consisting of 2 stables, 4 cow houses, a piggery and 4 barns. The enumerator’s abstract return shows that there were a total of 66 people in the townland at that time, 38 male and 28 female. The enumerator was Const. Michael Begley.

 

ODonnell (sic)

The sole occupant of the first house in Lettercaumus was the widower Patrick (50). He spoke Irish and English but could not read. He was a Roman catholic and was born in Co. Galway. His occupation was listed as being a farmer. The house he lived in was a single roomed, 4th class house and he was the landholder.

 

King

The head of this King family was Thomas (50) and he was married to Honor (40) and they shared the house with 9 of their children and they were Martin (20), Joseph (16), Delia (15), John (14), Bartly (sic) (12), Thomas (9), Margaret (7), Celia (5) and Michael (2). They were all listed as being Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. All, except Celia and Michael, spoke Irish and English. Only Martin, Joseph, Delia and Bartly (sic) could read and write. Thomas (50) was listed as being a farmer, Martin, Joseph and John were farmer’s sons, Delia was a farmer’s daughter, Bartly (sic), Thomas (9), Margaret and Celia were scholars and Michael was listed as being an infant. They all lived in a 1 roomed, 4th class dwelling and Thomas King (Joe) was the landholder.

 

King

House 3 was home to another King family and the head of this family was Thomas (50) and he was married to Anne (30) and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Stephen (11), Patrick (9), Thomas (6), Mary (4) and Anne (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (50), Anne (30), Stephen and Patrick spoke both Irish and English and all the family, with the exception of   Mary and Anne (2), could read and write. They house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and and Thomas King (Patt) was listed as the landholder.

 

ODonnell

The head of this family was John (50) and he was married to Monica (35) and they lived with 3 of their children, Dudley (22), Maggie (18) and Agness (sic) (14). The whole family spoke Irish and English and, apart from Monica, they could all read and write. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John was listed as being a farmer, Dudley was a farmer’s son and Maggie and Agness (sic) were farmer’s daughters. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and John ODonnell was the landholder.

 

Joyce

House 5 was home to the Joyce family and the head of the family was Joseph (35) and he was married to Anne (30) and they lived with 2 of their children, Bridget (4) and Mary (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Joseph and Anne spoke Irish ans English but only Joseph could read and write. Joseph was listed as a farmer and Mary was listed as being an infant. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Joseph Joyce was the landholder.

 

Geary

The head of this Geary family was Bartly (sic) (50) and he was married to Celia (32) and they shared the house with his brother, Thomas (52), who was listed as being an idiot, and 5 of their sons, Patt (13), Michael (11), Thomas (9), John (7) and Edward (5). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Bartly (sic), Celia and Thomas spoke both Irish ans English while the others only spoke English. Celia could read only, Bartly (sic), Patt and Michael could read and write and the others could not read. Bartly (sic) was a farmer, Celia was a farmer’s wife, Thomas was a farmer’s brother and the sons were all scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Bartly (sic) Geary was the landholder.

 

Mongan

The widow Mary (56) was listed as the head of this family. She shared the house with her son Michael (30), her daughter-in-law, Anne (22) and 3 grandsons, Michael (5), Mark (4) and Martin (1). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Mary, Michael (30), Anne and Michael (5) spoke both Irish and English but only Michael (30) and Anne could read and write. Mary was listed as being a farmer, Michael (30) was a farmer’s son, Michael (5) was a scholar and Martin was listed as an infant. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Mary Mongan was the landholder.

 

Toole

Thomas (70), a widower, was the head of this family and he lived with his son Bryan (30) and his daughter, Kate (15). They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co, Galway. They could all read and write and spoke Irish ans English. Thomas was a farmer, Bryan was a farmer’s son and Kate was a farmer’s daughter. The house they lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Thomas Toole was the landholder.

 

Reilly

House 9 was home to the Reilly family and the head of that family was Owen (40) and he was married to Mary (32) and they lived with their 5 children, Mary (9), John (7), Anne (5), Maggie (3) and Honor (1) and also Owen’s mother, the widow Julia (70). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All, apart from Maggie and Honor, spoke Irish and English. John could read only, Owen and Mary could read and write and the others could not read. Owen and Julia’s occupations were farmers and Mary, John and Anne were scholars. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Owen Reilly was the landholder.

 

King                            (additional surname: Joyce)

The widow Honor (75) was the head of the family in house 10 and she shared the house with 3 of her children, Patrick (40), Martin (32) and Celia (30) and also her grandson, John (Joyce (14). They all spoke both Irish and English and Honor could read only but the others could all read and write. They were all Roman Catholic and were born in County Galway. Honor was a farmer, Patrick and Martin were farmer’s sons, Celia was a farmer’s daughter and John was a scholar. They all lived in a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Honor King was the landholder.

 

ODonnell (sic)

House 11 was home to the ODonnell (sic) Family and the head of that family was The widow Margaret (76). She shared the house with her son, Michael (39), her daughter- in-law, Anne (35), grandsons, Patrick (10), Joseph (6), John (4) and James (1) and her granddaughter, Bridget (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from John Bridget and James, they could all speak both Irish and English. Joseph and John could read only, Michael and Patrick could read and write and the other members of the family could not read. Margaret and Michael were listed as being farmers. Patrick, Joseph and John were scholars and Bridget and James were infants. The house they all lived in was a 1 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Margaret ODonnell (sic) was the landholder.

 

Toole

The last house in Lettercaumus was that of the Toole family. The head of this family was John (70) and he was married to his wife, Mary (45) and they lived with 3 of their children, Michael (25), Patrick (14) and Mary (12). They all spoke Irish and English and, apart from Mary (45), they could all read and write. They were all Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. John was a farmer, Michael was a farmer’s son and Patrick and Mary (12) were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and the landholder was John Toole.

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Lettercaumus

According to the Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company were the main immediate lessors for the townland of Lettercaumaus. They leased a number of tenements on 351 acres and 31 perches of land. John Joyce, John King and James O’Donnell jointly leased part of that land for which John Joyce paid £3 10s for land and 5s for an office (out building) and John King and James O’Donnell paid £3 10s for land and 10s for a house each. Festus King leased land and a house from Myles King for £1 15s for land and 5s for a house. Myles King leased land from the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company for £3 10s, James Conneely leased land from Myles King for £1 15s, the Directors of the Law Life Assurance Company had land form themselves with an annual ratable valuation of £10 10s and there was a vacant house belonging to John Joyce with an annual ratable valuation of 5s.

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