Tonamaddy

Tóin na Madadh

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Tonamaddy

Civil Parish of Kilbegnet

Tóin na Madadh, bottom of the dogs

Tonamaddy is situated in the civil parish of Kilbegnet, Barony of Ballymoe, County Roscommon. Located approximately ¾ mile North of Tonamaddy is a monument in Kilbegnet townland.

The Down Survey Map provides no available information on this townland as of the 19th May 2020.

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books states a portion of bog can be found in the Eastern part of this townland. The Southern boundary is created by a road for approximately 10 chains, then the road travels Eastward through the townland. A village of the same name is located North and South of the road. The remaining land is made up of tillage and pasture.

Census 1841-1851

According to the 1851 census, Tonamaddy consists of 78 acres, 2 roods and 39 perches. The 1841 population was 54 people, 27 of whom were male and 27 were female. There were 6 houses, all of which were occupied. By 1851 the population had decreased to 50 people, 27 were male and 23 were female. There was a total of 9 houses in 1851, and all of these were inhabited. The poor law valuation rate paid in 1851 was £28-2-0.

Griffith’s Valuation 1847-1864

According to Griffith’s Valuation, St George Caulfield was the immediate lessor of the land. John Kelly and Michael Loughan jointly rented land measuring 10 acres, 0 roods and 24 perches, John paid £5-5-0 for his portion and Michael paid £1-15-0. Also, on Holding 1, Philip Hara rented house and garden measuring 0 acres, 1 rood and 30 perches paying £1-0-0.

John Kelly, Michael Loughan, Mary Kelly and Jane Kelly each rented house, office and land on Holding 2, which measured 28 acres, 1 rood and 28 perches. John paid £4-15-0. Michael paid £4-10-0. Mary paid £3-0-0. Jane paid £2-0-0. Also, on Holding 2, Charles Kelly paid £0-15-0 for house, office and garden measuring 0 acres, 0 roods and 25 perches.

Timothy McDermott, Andrew Fetherston and Thady Leeche each rented on Holding 3 measuring 28 acres, 1 rood and 17 perches. Timothy paid £5-10-0 for house, office and land. Andrew paid £5-15-0 for house and land. Thady paid £5-10-0 for house, office and land.

Philip Kelly rented 9 acres, 2 roods and 9 perches of house and garden for £6-0-0. Mary Kelly and Jane Kelly jointly rented 0 acres, 1 rood and 0 perches of garden for £0-5-0. John Lilly paid £1-0-0 for land measuring 1 acre, 1 rood and 26 perches. The total annual valuation of rateable property was £47-0-0.

Census 1901

There were 7 houses in Tonamaddy in 1901, all of which were occupied. were Roman Catholic he population was 45 people, 25 were male and 20 were female. The heads of the households were as follows: John Kelly, Mary Kelly, John Lohan, Michl Kelly, Thomas Carr, Andrew Featherston and John McDermott. All residents were born in County Galway and all were Roman Catholic.

Each house was listed as a private dwelling. There was a total of 20 farm steadings, comprising of 4 stables, 1 coach house, 7 cow houses, 1 calf house, 4 piggeries and 3 barns. The census forms were collected in April, but the exact date is not recorded.

John Kelly (42) lived with his wife Mary A. (31), their 2 daughters Nora (15) and Mary D. (3), their 6 sons, John (13), James (10), Patrick (8), Nicholas (6), Peter (4) and Joseph (1) and his widowed mother Mary Dillion (65). John worked as a farmer and his 5 eldest children were scholars. Only John, Mary A., Nora, John (13), James, Patrick and Mary (65) could read and write, while Nicholas could read only. John and his mother spoke Irish and English, while the others spoke English only. The family lived in a 3rd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Perishable material was used for the walls and the roof of the house. John owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

Mary Kelly (65) was a widowed farmer. She lived with her 3 unmarried daughters, Margaret (36), Maria (22) and Ellen (19) and her 2 unmarried sons John (33) and Charles (28). Each of her daughter were listed as farmer’s daughters, while her sons were recorded as farmer’s sons. All members of the family could read and write. Mary spoke Irish and English, while no language was listed for her children, suggesting they spoke English only. The Kelly family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Permanent material was used to construct the walls of the house, while the roof was made using perishable material. Mary owned the land on which her house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

John Lohan (50) was a married farmer. He lived with his wife Catherine (44) and their 3 children, Patrick (12), Lizzie (8) and John (5). Each of the children were scholars. All members of the family could read and write. No language was listed for any family member, suggesting they spoke English only. The Lohan family occupied a 2nd class dwelling with 3 front windows and 2 rooms. The walls of the house were made using permanent material, while the roof was constructed using perishable material. John owned the land on which his house was located along with 1 cow house.

Michl Kelly (57) lived with his wife Bridget (30), their daughter Mary (13) and their 3 sons, Philip (7), Michl (5) and Peter (2). Michl worked as a farmer and his 3 eldest children were scholars. Michl (57), Bridget, Mary and Philip could read and write, while Michl (5) could read only. No language was listed for any member of the family, suggesting they spoke English only. The family lived with 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. While the roof was made of perishable material, the walls of the house were made using permanent material. Michael owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable and 1 cow house.

Thomas Carr (37) lived with his wife Celia (32), their 2 sons James (3) and John (11 months) and their daughter Mary (2). Thomas worked as a farmer. Thomas and Celia could read and write. No language was listed, suggesting the family spoke English only. The family lived in a 2nd class house that had 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Permanent material was used to construct the house walls and perishable material was used for the roof. Thomas owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

Andrew Featherston (65) lived with his wife Catherine (50), their 3 sons, John (24), Martin (22) and Patrick (15) and their 3 daughters, Kate (20), Maggie (18) and Bridget (16). Andrew worked as a farmer. Both John and Martin were listed as farmer’s sons. Katie and Maggie were farmer’s daughters. Bridget and Patrick were scholars. All members of the family could read and write. Andrew and Catherine spoke Irish and English, while no language was listed for their children, suggesting they spoke English only. The Featherston family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. The walls of the house were built using permanent material, while perishable material was used for the roof. Andrew owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.

John McDermott (26) was a married farmer. He lived with his wife Anne (30) and their 2 children Ellen (8) and John (1). John and Anne could read and write. John spoke both Irish and English, while the others spoke English only. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Permanent material was used to construct the walls of the house, while the roof was made using perishable material. John owned the land on which his house was located as well as 1 cow house.

Census 1911

There were 7 houses in Tonamaddy in 1911. Each of the 7 houses were occupied. There was a population of 41 people, 26 were male and 15 were female. The heads of the households were as follows: John Lohan, John Kelly, John Kelly, Michael Kelly, Thomas Carr, Andrew Fetherston and John McDermott. All residents were born in County Roscommon except Catherine Lohan in House 1 and Catherine Fetherston in House 6 who were both born in County Galway. All were Roman Catholic.

Each house was listed as a private dwelling. There was a total of 28 farm steadings consisting of 6 stables, 7 cow houses, 3 calf house, 6 piggeries, 3 fowl houses and 3 barns. The census forms were collected in April, but the exact date is unclear.

John Lohan (64) lived with his wife of 26 years Catherine (55) and their 3 of their children, Patrick (23), Elizabeth (19) and John (16). John and Catherine had 6 children, sadly only 4 were living in 1911. John worked as a farmer. Patrick was listed as a farmer’s son and Elizabeth was a farmer’s daughter. John (16) was a scholar. All members of the family could read and write. No language was listed for any family member, suggesting they spoke English only. Each person was born in County Roscommon, except Catherine who was born in County Galway. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Permanent material was used to construct the house walls and the roof was made of perishable material. John owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 calf house.

John Kelly (45) was an unmarried farmer. He lived with his 2 unmarried sisters Margaret (49) and Maria (31) and his unmarried brother Charles (37). Both John and Charles were farmers. Margaret and Maria were listed as farmer’s daughters. All members of the family could read and write. No language was listed, suggesting they only spoke English. Each member of the family was born in County Roscommon. The siblings lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. The walls of the house were made using permanent material, while perishable material was used to construct the roof. John owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

John Kelly (56) lived with his wife Mary A. (53), their 3 sons, Patrick (21), Joseph (11) and Philip (9) and their daughter Mary B. (13). John and Mary A. had been married for 37 years and had 10 children, 9 of whom were living at the time of the census. John worked as a farmer and Patrick was listed as a farmer’s son. Joseph, Patrick and Mary B. were scholars. All members of the family could read and write. No language was listed, suggesting the family spoke English only. Each person was born in County Roscommon. The Kelly family occupied a 2nd class dwelling with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. While the roof was made using perishable material, the walls of the house were constructed with permanent material. John owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

Michael Kelly is listed as the head of this household on the B1 Return Form, although there is no record of him on Form A. Mary Kelly (21) was unmarried. She lived with, who are likely her siblings, Philip (17), Michl (15), Peter (12), Bridie (9) and cousin Joseph Daly (15). Philip was a farmer’s son. Michl, Peter, Bridie and Joseph were scholars. All members of the family could read and write. No language was recorded for any member of the family, suggesting they spoke English only. Each family member was born in County Roscommon. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Permanent material was used to construct the house walls, while perishable material was used for the roof. Michael Kelly owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house and 1 piggery.

Thomas Carr (52) lived with his wife Celia (45), their 5 sons, James (13), John (10), Thomas (9), Patrick (7) and Michael (6) and their 2 daughters Mary (12) and Bridget (4). Thomas and Celia had been married for 15 years and had 7 children. Thomas worked as a farmer and his 6 eldest children were scholars. All members of the family could read and write, except Michael and Bridget. No language was listed for any member of the family, suggesting they spoke English only. Each person was born in County Roscommon. The Carr family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. The roof of the house was made using perishable material, while the walls were constructed using permanent material. Thomas owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

Andrew Fetherston (74) lived with his wife of 38 years Catherine (70) and 5 of their 6 children, John (37), Martin (35), Maggie (31), Bridget (29) and Patrick (27). Andrew worked as a farmer and each of his sons were listed as farmer’s sons. Maggie and Bridget were farmer’s daughters. All members of the family could read and write, except Martin who could not read. Andrew and Catherin spoke Irish and English, while their children spoke English only. Each member of the family was born in County Roscommon, except Catherin who was born in County Galway. The family occupied a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Permanent material was used to construct the walls of the house, while the roof was made using perishable material. Andrew owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house and 1 barn.

John McDermott (40) lived with his wife Annie (44) and their 2 children Ellen (14) and John (12) John and Annie had been married for 15 years and had 2 children. John worked as a farmer and both of his children were scholars. All members of the family could read and write, except John (40) who could not read. No language was listed for the family, suggesting they spoke English only. Each person was born in County Roscommon. The family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and 3 rooms. Permanent material was used to construct the walls of the house, while the roof was made using perishable material. John owned the land on which his house was situated along with 1 cow house and 1 piggery.

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