Knockavally

Cnoc an Bhealaigh

Roger Harrison / Forum Connemara

Townland:                                Knockavally

Civil Parish:                              Omey

Barony:                                     Ballynahinch

Church Parish:                         Clifden

District Electoral Division:    Clifden

Area:                                         196.56 acres / 196 acres, 2 roods, 9 perches

 

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

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Galway Library for Knockavally

Logainm for Knockavally

NUI Galway Digital Collections for Knockavally

 

1911 Census for Knockavally

Overview of Knockavally in 1911

There were a total of 13 houses in Knockavally with 9 of those being occupied. Houses 4, 5, 6 and 9 were unoccupied with the landholder of house being John Berry, the landholder of house 6 was Simon Canavan and house 9 had Michael Flaherty as the landholder. House 5 was the Kingstown national school and all the others were listed as being private dwellings. All the occupied houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 3, 7, 10 and 13 were 2nd class dwellings and all the others were 3rd class. Houses 1, 2 and 8 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, house 12 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and all the others had 2 rooms and 3 windows in the front of the houses. There were 16 out buildings in the townland and they consisted of a stable, 8 cow houses, 4 piggeries and 3 potato houses. The enumerator’s abstract return (form N) shows that there were a total of 46 people in Knockavally at that time, 25 males and 21 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. Patrick Dunning.

 

Madden

The widower, Patrick (72), was listed as being the head of the first family in Knockavally and he shared the house with his daughter, Catherine (46) and his son, Festus (40). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and only Festus could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and Festus was a farmer’s son. The house was a 3rd class dwelling and had 2 rooms. The landholder was Patrick Madden.

 

Flaherty                                                                       (additional surname: Canavan)

There were 11 members of this household and the head was Michael (39) who was married to Mary Anne (35) and had been for 15 years and during that time they had had 8 children and all of those children had survived. Those 8 children also lived in the house and they were Annie (14), Mary (11), Katie (9), John Joe (7), Michael (6), Thomas (4), Nora (2) and James Patrick (1). Also in the house at that time was Mary Anne’s mother, Mary Canavan (66). They were all Roman Catholic and Michael (39), Mary Anne, Annie, Nora, James Patrick and Mary (66) were born in Co. Galway and Mary (11), Katie, John Joe and Michael (6) were born in Scotland. Michael (39), Mar Anne and Mary (66) spoke both Irish and English, Thomas, Nora, James Patrick and Mary (66) could not read and all the others could read and write. Michael (39) was a farmer and Mary (11), Katie, John Joe and Michael (6) were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and had a cow house, a piggery and a potato house. The landholder was Michael Flaherty.

 

Canavan

Simon (72) was the head of this household and he had been married to Mary (72) for 48 years and had had 8 children and 6 of those had survived. They lived in the house with their son, John (35), daughter-in-law, Bridget (19) and their grandson, Thomas (8). They were all Roman Catholic and Thomas was born in America and the others were born in Co. Galway. All, with the exception of Thomas, could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Simon was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son and Thomas was a scholar. The house was a 2nd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Simon Canavan.

 

Houses 4, 5 and 6 were unoccupied

 

Berry

The head of the family in house 7 was Festy (40) and he had been married to Ellen (42) for 24 years and they had had 10 children with 9 having survived. They shared the house with 8 of those children, Johnny (17), Festy (14), Mary Agnes (11), Maggie (10), James (8), Joseph (5), Katie (3) and Dudley (1). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, with the exception of Johnny, who was born in America. Both parents could speak both Irish and English and, apart from Katie and Dudley, they could all read and write. Festy (40) was a farmer, Johnny was a farmer’s son and Festy (14), Mary Agnes, Maggie, James and Joseph were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Festy Berry.

 

Halloran

Simon (50) was the head of this family and he had been married to Ellen (45) for 18 years and they had had 4 children, John (17), Mary (14), Patrick (13) and Sarah (11). They were all Roman Catholic and John and Mary were born in America, while all the others were born in Co. Galway. Both parents spoke Irish and English, but only the children could read and write. Simon was a farmer, John was a farmer’s son, Mary was a farmer’s daughter and Patrick and Sarah were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and had a cow house and a potato house. The landholder was Simon Halloran.

 

House 9 was unoccupied

 

Toole

Thomas (53) was the head of the family in house 10 and he lived in the house with his wife of 21 years, Delia (45) and during that marriage they had had 10 children and 9 had survived. Seven of those children also lived in the house at that time and they were, Mary Anne (20), Helina [sic] (18), Michael (11), Thomas (9), Katie (7), Martin (5) and John (3). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Thomas (53) and Delia could speak Irish and English and, apart from Martin and John, they could all read and write. Thomas (53) was a farmer, Mary Anne and Helina [sic] were farmer’s daughters and Michael, Thomas (9) and Katie were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and had a cow house. The landholder was Thomas Toole.

 

Murray                                                                        (additional surname: Berry)

There were only 2 members of this household, Mathew Murray (34) and his sister, Annie Berry (23), who was married but there was no husband mentioned in this entry. They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Mathew could speak both Irish and English and both could read and write. Mathew was a farmer. The house was a 2nd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and had a cow house and a piggery. The landholder was Mattie Murray.

 

Corbett

Thomas (32), who was married to Jane (30), was listed as the head of this family and had 3 children, Michael (9), Mary (7) and Thomas (6). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both parents spoke Irish and English and all could read and write. Thomas (32) was a farmer and the children were all scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and had a cow house. The landholder was Thomas Corbett.

 

McGrath

Andrew (54) was the head of the last family in Knockavally and he had been married to Mary (35) for 15 years and they had had 7 children and 6 of those had survived, Mary Anne (13), Delia (11), Margaret (9), Patrick (7), Julia (4) and Catherine (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. The parents could speak both Irish and English and all, with the exception of Julia and Catherine, could read and write. Andrew was listed as being a farmer and the 4 eldest children were scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling and had 2 rooms and had a stable, a cow house and a potato house. The landholder was Andrew McGrath.

 

1901 Census for Knockavally

Overview of Knockavally in 1901

The 1901 census shows that there were a total of 16 houses in the townland and that 14 were occupied. Houses 15 and 16 were unoccupied but the landholder of house 15 was Simon Canavan. House 16 was the Kingstown national school and all the others were listed and being 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 1 was a 2nd class dwelling, house 8 was a 4th class dwelling and all the others were 3rd class. House 9 had 1 room and no windows in the front, house 10 had 1 room and 1 window in the front, houses 3-6, 8, 11, 12 and 14 had 2 rooms and 1 window in the front, houses 2, 7 and 13 had 2 rooms and 2 windows and house 1 had 2 rooms and 3 windows. There were a total of 11 out buildings, a stable, a cow house and 7 barns. There were a total of 48 people in the townland at the time of the census, 23 males and 25 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. Martin Sweeney.

 

McGrath                                                                      (additional surname: Stuffle [sic])

Andrew (43) was the head of the first family in Knockavally and he was married to Mary (28) and they lived in the house with 2 of their children, Mary Anne (3) and Bridget (1) and also in the house at that time was a servant, Mary Stuffle (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Andrew, Mary (28) and Mary (14) spoke Irish and English and could read and write. Andrew was a farmer and Mary Stuffle was a nurse. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a stable. The landholder was Andrew McGrath.

 

Murray

The widower, Michael (83) was the head of the family in house 2 and he shared the house with 4 of his children, Mattie (23), Willie (18), Isabella (16) and Annie (13). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael, Mattie and Willie spoke Irish and English and all, except for Michael, could read and write. Michael was a farmer, Mattie was a postmaster, Willie was a farmer’s son, Isabella was a assistant postmistress and Annie was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was Michael Murray.

 

Flaherty

John (72) was listed as being the head of this family and he was married to Catherine (60) and they shared the house with 2 of their children, Bartly (18) and Anne (16). 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. John was a farmer, Bartly was a farmer’s son and Anne was a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was John Flaherty.

 

Madden

Patt (60) was the head of this family and he was married to Mary (60) and they lived in the house with 2 of their sons, Thomas (25) and Festus (23). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Festus could read and write. Patt was a farmer and Thomas and Festus were farmer’s sons. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was Patt Madden.

 

Canavan

There were just the 2 people living in house 5 and they were the widow, Bridget (65) and her son, Michael (22). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. They could speak both Irish and English but only Michael could read and write. Bridget was listed as being 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. The landholder was Bridget Canavan.

 

Berry

Festus (30) was listed as the head of this family and he was married to Ellen (30) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Delia (10), Martin Josh (8), John Edward (6), Festus (5), Mary Agnes (2) and Margaret Ellen (1mth). They were all Roman Catholic and Martin Josh and John Edward were born in America, while the others were all born in Co. Galway. Festus and Ellen spoke Irish and English and Delia was listed a speaking Irish. Festus, Ellen, Delia and Martin Josh could read and write. Festus was listed as being a farmer and Delia and Martin Josh were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a cow house. The landholder was Festus Berry.

 

Toole

There were 8 members of this household and Thomas (40) and he was married to Delia (30) and they lived in the house with 5 of their children, Mary Anne (11), Bridget (8), Elena (6), Teresa (5) and Michael (1) and also Thomas’ mother, Anne (60). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All 3 adults spoke Irish and English and Thomas, Delia, Mary Anne, Bridget and Elena could read and write. Thomas was a farmer and Mary Anne, Bridget and Elena were scholars. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was Thomas Toole.

 

Halloran

Jerome (80) was the head of this family and he lived in the house with his wife, Mary (60) and their son, Thomas (30). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Thomas could read and write. Jerome was a farmer and Thomas was a farmer’s son. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was Jerome Halloran.

 

McDonagh                                                                  (additional surname: Corbett)

The widower John (88) and he lived with his widowed sister, Mary (72). They were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John spoke only Irish and Mary spoke Irish and English but neither could read or write. The house was a 4th class dwelling with1 room. The landholder was James Darcy.

 

Darcy

The sole occupant of house 10 was the widower, James (70) and he was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. He spoke Irish and English, could not read and was listed as being a Farmer. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 1 room. The landholder was James Darcy.

 

Halloran

Simon (42) was listed as being the head of this family and was married to Ellen (40) and they lived in the house with 4 of their children, John (6), Mary (5), Patrick (3) and Nora (9mths). They were all Roman Catholic and John and Mary were born in America and all the others were born in Co. Galway. Simon was listed as being able to speak Irish and English. John could read only, Ellen could read and write and the other 3 could not read. Simon was a farmer and John was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and had a cow house. The landholder was Simon Halloran.

 

Berry

Patt (76) was listed as the head of this family and he lived with his wife, Margaret (60), their son, Dudley (27) and daughter, Catherine (26). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Dudley and Catherine could read and write. Patt was a farmer, Dudley was a farmer’s son and Catherine was listed as being a farmer’s daughter. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms. The landholder was Patt Berry.

 

Canavan

There were 3 members of this family with Simon (55) being the head and he was married to Mary (57) and they shared the house with their son, Martin (22). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and only Martin could read and write. Simon was a farmer and Martin was a farmer’s son. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was Simon Canavan.

 

Canavan                                                                      (additional surname: Flaherty)

The widow, Mary (60) was the head of the last family in Knockavally and she lived in the house with 3 of her children, Festus (19), Jane (20) and Annie (16) and also granddaughter, Annie Flaherty (4). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. With the exception of young Annie (4), all of the family could speak both Irish and English. Mary and Annie (4) could not read and Festus, Jane and Annie (16) could read and write. Mary was listed as being a farmer, Festus was a farmer’s son, Jane was a farmer’s daughter and Annie (16) was a scholar. The house was a 3rd class dwelling with 2 rooms and they had a barn. The landholder was Mary Canavan.

 

Old Pension Census (1841-1851) for Knockavally

Denis Conroy (C1846)– Application No. C/16 7820. Ref. No. Cen S/11/435. The application was received on 15th Dec 1916 with an address at that time of the Rev. W.M. O’Connell, The Rectory, Clifden, Co. Galway. Denis’ parent’s names were given as Denis and Honor Conroy (Holland). The area for the 1851 search was given as Knockavally, Kingstown Glebe or Ballymaconry, in the Parish of Omey, in the Barony of Ballynahinch, Co. Galway. There was a handwritten note in the right hand margin saying “Reside in 1851?”. The search was returned on 19th Dec 1916 with a report only.

 

Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) for Knockavally

The main immediate lessor in the townland was Thomas Eyre and was the immediate lessor unless otherwise mentioned. The Irish Church Mission Society leased a school house, a teacher’s house on 2 acres, 2 roods and 37 perches of land at no rent, but the tenement had an annual ratable valuation of £1 10s for the land and £6 10s for the buildings. Martin Davin leased a house and offices on land of 86 acres, 1 rood and 11 perches for £10 for part of the land and 10s for the buildings. Also, he leased part of that land with houses to the following: Dominick Corbett and William Ward paid 10s for their share of land and 5s for houses, Michael Conneely paid £2 10s for a share of the land and 10s for a house, Denis Conry and Denis Cloonan each paid £1 5s for a share of land and 5s for houses and Michael Murray also paid £2 10s for a share of that land, but had no buildings.

 

John Darcy leased a herd’s house on 72 acres, 1 rood and 20 perches of land for £8 15s for the land and 5s for the herd’s house and he leased a house to John Gorham for 5s. Vincent Corbet [sic], Michael Darcy, Bartholomew Dishel [sic], Patrick Ward, John Price, Peter Mullins, Honoria Price, Michael Cannivan [sic], Peter Ward, John Gorham, John Heany [sic], Bartholomew Burke and Thomas Folan jointly leased 40 acres, 3 roods and 10 perches of land with 9 of them also leasing houses. Vincent Corbet [sic], Michael Darcy, Patrick Ward and Michael Cannivan [sic] each paid 15s for a share of land and 5s for houses. Bartholomew Dishel [sic] paid £1 10s for land and 5s for a house, John Price, Peter Mullins, Honoria Price and Peter Ward paid 10s for land and 5s for a house each. John Gorham, John Heany [sic] and Thomas Folan each paid 10s for land and Bartholomew Burke paid £1 10s for land. The national school leased a house at no rent that had an annual ratable valuation of 15s.

 

There were exemptions for Irish Church Mission Society’s school house, teachers house and land of £1 10s for land and £6 10s for buildings and the national school house had an exemption of 15s.

 

1670 Down Survey for Knockavally

The 1641 owner was the Catholic Edmund O’Flaharty and in 1670 the owner was James Darcy, also a Catholic. There were 124 plantation acres of unprofitable land, 125 plantation acres of profitable land and those 125 plantation acres were forfeited.

 

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