Belleek

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Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Belleek

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Clifden

Area:                                         317.89 acres / 317 acres, 3 roods, 22 perches

 

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

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Galway Library for Belleek

Logainm for Belleek

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Belleek

 

1911 Census for Belleek

Overview of Belleek in 1911

The 1911 census shows that there were a total of 13 houses with house 12, the Belleek National School, being unoccupied. The other houses were all private dwellings. All the occupied houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 4 was a 2nd class dwelling, house 13 was a 4th class dwelling and all the others were 3rd class. House 13 had 1 room and no windows, house 1 had 1 room and 1 window, houses 9 and 10 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, house 2, 3, 5-8 and 11 had between 2 and 4 rooms and 2 windows in the front and house 4 had 3 rooms and 4 windows in the front. There were a total of 20 out buildings in Belleek and they consisted of a stable, 8 cow houses, 5 piggeries, 4 fowl houses and 2 potato houses. There were 51 people in the townland, 28 males and 23 females with 1 male and 1 female being Protestant and all the others being Roman Catholic. The enumerator for the area was Const. Patrick Dunning.

 

Mitten

The widow, Honor (84), was the head of the first family in Belleek and she shared the house with her daughter, Celia (45). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Honor spoke both Irish and English but neither could read. There were no occupations listed for either of them. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room and they had a cow house and a fowl house. The landholder was John Burke.

 

Conneely

The head of this family was Michael (56) and he had been married to Margaret (34) for 18 years and they had had 8 children, all of whom had survived. They lived in the house with 7 of those children, John (16), Mary (14), Bridget (10), Dudley (8), Michael (4), Patrick (3) and Joseph (9mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (56) and Margaret spoke both Irish and English. John, Mary, Bridget and Dudley could read and write. Michael (56) was listed as being a farmer, John was a farmer’s son, Mary was a farmer’s daughter and Dudley was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Michael Conneely.

 

Holleron [sic]

The widow, Margaret (70), was the head of this household and she shared the house with 2 of her children, Patrick (31) and Honour (28). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Patrick and Honour could read and write. Margaret was listed as being a farmer, Patrick was a farmer’s son and Honour was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Margaret Halleron [sic]

 

Salmon

The widower, Patrick (75) was listed as the head of this household and he lived in the house with his daughter, Henrietta (32). They were both Church of Ireland and Patrick was born in Co. Waterford and Henrietta was born in Co. Galway. Patrick spoke both Irish and English and both could read and write. Patrick was a retired schoolmaster. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 3 rooms and they had 2 fowl houses. The landholder was Patrick Salmon.

 

Conneely

Peter (74) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (72) for 50 years and they had had 8 children of which 6 had survived. Two of those children were in the house at that time and they were, Michael (31) and Honor (20).  They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only the children could read and write. Peter was a farmer and Michael was a farmer’s son. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house. The landholder was Peter Conneely.

 

Conroy

The head of this family in house 6 was Ellen (63) and she lived with 2 of her sons, Thomas (22) and Pat (20). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Ellen was listed as speaking Irish and English. Both Thomas and Pat could read and write and were listed as being farmer’s sons. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Ellen Conroy.

 

Price

There were 8 members of this Price family and the head of the family was Patrick (72) and he had been married to Catherine (58) for 40 years and they had had 11 children and 10 of those had survived. They lived in the house with 6 of those children, Patrick (29), Martin (27), Joseph (20), Catherine (18), Hannah (16) and Thomas (13). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick (72) and Catherine (58) spoke both Irish and English. Patrick (72) could not read, Catherine (58) could read only and all the children could read and write. Patrick (72) was a farmer, Patrick (29) and Martin were general labourers, Joseph was a farmer’s son, Catherine (18) was a farmer’s daughter and Thomas was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Patrick Price.

 

Price

John (70) was the head of this Price family and he was married to Bridget (56) and had been for 30 years and in that time they had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived. Four of those children lived with them and they were, Martin (29), John (19), Mary (16) and Joseph (11). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (70) and Bridget spoke both Irish and English. Apart from John (70), they could all read and write. John (70) was listed as being a farmer, Martin was a general labourer, John (19) was a farmer’s son and Mary and Joseph were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house, a piggery and a potato house. The landholder was John Price.

 

King                                        (additional surname: Darcy)

Mary (71), a widow, was listed as the head of this household and also in the house was a nephew, John Darcy (23). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mary spoke both Irish and English and John could read and write. John was a general labourer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Mary King.

 

Ward                                       (additional surname: Hannon)

Michael (64) was listed as the head of this family and the was married to Maggie (55) for 31 years and they had had 10 children, of which 9 had survived. Six of those children were in the house at that time and they were, John (21), Maggie (19), Jane (14), Selia (13), Michael (12) and Patrick (8), also in the house at that time was a brother-in-law, Martin Hannon (45). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael (64), Maggie (55) and Martin spoke both Irish and English and, apart from those, they could all read and write. Michael was a farmer, John and Martin were general labourers, Maggie (19) was a domestic servant and Selia, Michael (12) and Patrick were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Michael Ward.

 

Pryce

The head of the family in house 11 was Michael (27) and he had been married to Catherine (23) for 1 year and they had 1 child, Mary Ellen (under 1 month). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael could read and write and Catherine could read only. John was listed as a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was listed as being Michael Price.

 

House 12: Belleek National School (unoccupied)

 

Sweeney

Michael (67) was the head of the last household in Belleek and he was married to Bridget (60) and had been for 30 years, but they had no children. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but neither could read. Michael was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 4th class dwelling with 2 room and they had a potato house. The landholder was Michael Sweeney.

 

1901 Census for Belleek

Overview of Belleek in 1901

The 1901 census shows that there were16 houses in the townland of Belleek, 15 of which were occupied, with house 16 being the national school and unoccupied. All the occupied houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and house 12 had a slate, iron or tiled roof while all the others only had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. House 12 was a 2nd class dwelling, houses 14 and 15 were 4th class dwellings and all other houses were 3rd class. Houses 14 and 15 had 1 room but no windows, house 4 had 1 room and 1 window, house 2 had 2 rooms and no windows, houses 5, 6, 9, 11 and 13 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 1, 3, 7, 8 and 10 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front and house 12 had 4 rooms and 6 windows in the front. There were 16 out buildings in the townland and they consisted of 2 stables, 5 cow houses, 2 piggeries, 2 fowl houses and 5 barns. At the time of the census there were a total of 49 people, 26 males and 23 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. Martin Sweeney.

 

Price

The head of the first family in Belleek was John (52) and he was married to Bridget (40) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Martin (17), Michael (16), Bridget (11). John (7), Mary (5) and Joseph (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (52), Bridget (40), Martin and Michael spoke Irish and English. Bridget (40), Martin, Michael and Bridget (11) could read and write. John (52) was a farmer, Martin and Michael were farmer’s sons and Bridget (11) was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was John Price.

 

King                            (additional surname: Darcy)

Edward (58) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (50) and also in the house with them at that time was a nephew-in-law, John Darcy (12). They were all Roman Catholic and Edward and Mary were born in Co. Galway and John was born in W.S. America. Edward and Mary spoke both Irish and English but none of the household could read. Edward was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Edward King.

 

Price

Patt (50) was the head of the family in house 3 and he was married to Catherine (40) and they shared the house with 7 of their children and they were, Patt (20), Martin (17), Delia (14), Joseph (10), Catherine (7), Hanna (5) and Thomas (3). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patt (50), Catherine (40), Patt (20), Martin and Delia spoke both Irish and English and, apart from Patt (50), Hanna and Thomas, they could all could read and write. Patt (50) was a farmer, Patt (20) and Martin were farmer’s sons, Delia was a farmer’s daughter and Joseph and Catherine (7) were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable and a barn. The landholder was Patt Price.

 

McDonagh

The sole occupant of house 4 was Catherine (80) and she was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. She spoke Irish and English but could not read. There was no occupation listed. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with a single room and the landholder was Anne Corbet [sis].

 

Corbett

The widow, Anne (70) was the only occupant of this house and she was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. She spoke both Irish and English, could not read and was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and she had a barn. The landholder was listed as being Anne Corbet [sic].

 

Conroy

Patt (45) was listed as the head of this family and he was married to Ellen (40) and they lived in the house with 4 of their children, John (19), Mary (17), Thomas (14) and Patrick (12). They were all Roman Catholic with Ellen was born in Scotland and all the others were born in Co. Galway. Apart from Thomas and Patrick, they could all speak Irish and English and all the children could read and write. Patt was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son, Mary was a farmer’s daughter and Thomas and Patrick were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Patt Conroy.

 

Conneely

The head of this household was Peter (66) and he was married to Mary (60) and they shared the house with 3 of their children, Michael (20), Bridget (19) and Festus (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and the children could read and write. Peter was a farmer, Michael and Festus were farmer’s sons and Bridget was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Peter Conneely.

 

Halloran

Patrick (66) was the head of this family and he was married to Margaret (60) and they lived in the house with 3 of their children, Thomas (38), Patrick (22) and Honor (18). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English, with the exception of Thomas. Margaret and Patrick (22) could not read, Thomas was listed as being able to write and Patrick (66) and Honor could read and write. Patrick (66) was a farmer, Margaret was a housekeeper, Thomas was a general labourer and Patrick (22) was a farm labourer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house and a barn. The landholder was Patt Halloran.

 

Conneely

Michael (40) was the head of the family in house 9 and he was married to Margaret (27) and they lived in the house with 4 of their children, John (7), Mary (6), Ellen (3) and Bridget (11mths) and also in the house at that time was Michael’s brother, Patt (17). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael, Margaret and Patt all spoke both Irish and English but only Patt could read and write. Michael was a farmer and Patt was a farm servant. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn. The landholder was Michael Conneely.

 

Mitten

House 10 was home to mother and daughter, Honor (80), a widow, and Celia (30). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Honor spoke both Irish and English and Celia could read and write. Honor was a housekeeper. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was John Burke.

 

Toole

Martin (90) lived with his wife Mary (83) and they were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but neither could read. Martin was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Martin Toole.

 

Brennan                                              (additional surname: Magee)

The widower, John (72) was the head of this family and he lived in the house with his daughter Mary Jane (40), his son, Richard H. and grandson, Robert Magee (15). They were members of the Episcopal Church of Ireland with John being born in Co. Mayo and the others all being born in Co. Galway. John spoke both Irish and English and all the family could read and write. John was an Irish Church Mission retired, Mary Jane was a housekeeper, Richard was an unemployed carpenter and Robert was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had 2 fowl houses. The landholder was John Brennan.

 

Ward                                                   (additional surname: Hannon)

There were 11 members of the household in house 13 and the head of that household was Michael (45) and he was married to Margaret (44) and they lived in the house with 8 of their children, Ellen (18), Mary (16), Catherine (13), John (12), Margaret (10), Jane (8), Celia (4) and Michael (1). Also in the house at that time was Margaret (44)’s brother, Martin Hannon (30). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Apart from Margaret (10), Jane and Celia, they could all speak both Irish and English. Margaret (44), Catherine, Celia and Michael (1) could not read, Michael (45) and Martin could read only and the others could all read and write. Michael (45) and Martin were listed as being farmers, Ellen, Mary and Catherine were farmer’s daughters and Margaret (10) and Jane were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Michael Ward.

 

Ward

Catherine (80) was the sole occupant of house 14. She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She could speak both Irish and English but could not read and was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 4th class dwelling with 1 room. The landholder was Michael Ward.

 

Sweeney                                              (additional surname: Frazer)

Michael (55) was the head of the last family in Belleek and he was married to Bridget (38) and also in the house was Bridget’s mother, Anne Frazer (70), who was a widow. They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but none of the household could read. Michael was a farmer. The house was a 4th class dwelling with 1 room and there was a cow house. The landholder was Michael Sweeney.

 

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Belleek

Bridget Molloy (Cloonan) – Application No. C/17 5000. Ref No. Cen S/11/436. The application was received on 4th July 1917 with an address at that time of Mr Patrick Cloonan, Clifden Co. Galway. Bridget’s parents were listed as being Thomas an Ellen Molloy (Halloran). The address for 1851 search was Belleek, in the parish of Omey, in the barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 7th July 1917 with the words “Not Found”.

 

Margaret Stewart Application No. C/16 5650. Ref No. Cen S/11/437. The application was received on 28th September 1916 with an address of Mrs Margaret Price, Church Lodge Boyle. Margaret’s parents were given as George and Mary Stewart (Murray). The address for the 1851 search was given as Belleek, in the parish of Omey, in the barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. The search was returned on 2nd October 1916.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Belleek

The Griffiths Valuation shows that William Levingston leased 11 tenements on 229 acres, 2 roods and 37 perches of land to the following: Patrick Conneely paid £3 5s for land and 7s for a house and office, John Flaherty paid £3 5s for land and 5s for a house, James King paid £3 5s for land and 10s for a house and office and Terence Toole paid £6 for land and 7s for a house and office. Michael Madden, Patrick madden and Matthias Madden each paid £3 5s for land and 7s for houses and an office and Hugh Molloy paid £1 2s for land and 5s for a house. Thomas Molloy paid £1 2s for land, Patrick Sweeney paid £1 1s for land and Cath McDonagh and Martin Ryder jointly paid £3 5s for land and 5s for a house. Martin Darcy leased 2 plots, the first was a house and office on 18 acres, 2 roods and 15 perches of land for £11 for the land and 15s for the buildings and the second was 53 acres, 2 roods and 11 perches of land for £12.

 

The Board of Customs leased four tenements from Martin Darcy. The first being a coast guard watch house and boat house for £1, a house with a 2 rood and 20 perches garden for 10s for the garden and £1 for the house, a house with a garden of 2 roods and 10 perches for 10s for the garden and £1 for the house and another house with a garden of 2 roods and 20 perches for 10s for the garden and £1 for the house. Martin Darcy paid half annual rent on those tenements of £8 10s. There were 3 vacant houses belonging to Martin Darcy, 2 of which had gardens of 2 roods and 30 perches and the other of 2 roods and 20 perches and all 3 had an annual ratable valuation of 10s for the gardens and 15s for the houses. Patrick Price leased a house on 6 acres, 3 roods and 28 perches of land from Martin Darcy for £2 5s for the land and 5s for the house.

 

There were full exemptions for the Coastguard tenements.

 

There were 3 islands belonging to the residents of Belleek of 10 perches, but they had no agricultural value.

 

1670 Down Survey for  Belleek

The 1670 Down Survey names for Belleek were Belleck & Donnellreagh. The pre Cromwell (1641) owner was Thomas Lynch and in 1670 the owner was James Darcy, both were Catholics. There were 90 plantation acres of unprofitable land in the townland, 90 plantation acres of profitable land and those 90 plantation acres were forfeited.

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