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DED: Ballinasloe Urban

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

This townland contains 41 acres, 0 roods and 24 perches, all of which are under cultivation. It is the property of the Earl Clancarty held by deed for ever, and pays £1.12.3 County Cess.

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Lies in the east of this parish and N. East of Ballinasloe Town, bounded by Ballinasloe Town Parks in this parish by the River Suck which separated it from Creagh, Cleaghgoriv and Ballinasloe Town Parks in the parish of Creagh, Barony of Moycarne, Co. Roscommon.

 

This is a list of townlands that share a border with Back.

 

 

Census of Ireland (1821- 1911)

The first full population census of Ireland was taken in 1821 and the first four Irish censuses were arranged by county, barony, civil parish and townland.

 

1821:  Only some fragments for small parts of county Galway survive. There are no records      for Kilcloony.

1831:  The only surviving records are from Counties Antrim and Derry.

1841:  There are no surviving records for County Galway.

1851:   There are no surviving records for County Galway.

1861:  Census records for 1861 and 1871 were deliberately destroyed by the government

1881:  The records for 1881 and 1891 were pulped as waster paper during the shortages of World War I.

1901:   Full Census records are available    See below.

1911:   Full Census records are available    See below.

 

1911 Census

Overview of the townland

There were just 2 houses in the townland of Back and they were both occupied. House 1 was a private dwelling and house 2 was listed as the masonic hall and private dwelling. They were both constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had slate, iron or tiled roofs. Both houses were listed as being 2nd class dwellings. House 1 had 4 rooms and 5 windows in the front and house 2 had 5 rooms and 5 windows in the front. There were 8 out buildings, a stable, 2 piggeries, 2 fowl houses, 2 turf houses and a shed. There were 14 people in the townland at that time, 7 males and 7 females.

 

House 1: Young

The head of this household was Joseph Henry (39) and he had been married to Fannie (38) for 13 years and in that time they had had 6 children, of which 5 had survived. Those 5 children were Violet Marion (12), James Henry (11), George Joseph (8), Sylvia Frances (6) and Harold Thomas (3). They were all members of the Protestant Church of Ireland and Fannie was born in Co. Meath and the rest were all born in Co. Galway. Joseph Henry, Fannie, Violet Marion and James Henry could read and write. Joseph Henry was a master B?t maker[i] and the 4 eldest children were all scholars. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 4 rooms and they had a stable, a piggery, a fowl house and a turf house. The landholder was the Earl of Clancarty.

 

House 2: Dowd / Rock

The widow, Kate, was the head of this family and she shared the house with her sons, Gilbert Jos (29), Hubert P. (27) and Thomas W. (23), her daughter-in-law, Mary Hessie [sic] (31) and her daughter, Marta G. (25). Also in the house at that time was a boarder, Florence D. Rock (17). They were all Roman Catholic and Mary Hessie [sic] was born in Co. Roscommon and the others were all born in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. They could all read and write but there were no entries under the language heading. Gilbert Jos and Mary Hessie [sic] were national school teachers, Hubert P. was a civil servant in the post office and Thomas W. was a secondary school teacher. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 5 rooms and they had a piggery, a fowl house, a turf house and a shed. The landholder was the Earl of Clancarty.

 

 

1901 Census

Overview of the townland

There were 2 houses in the townland of Back and they were both occupied and were listed as being private dwellings. House 1 was a 1st class dwelling and house 2 was a 2nd class. Both houses were constructed of stone, brick or concrete walls and had slate, iron or tiled roofs. House 1 had 7 rooms and 8 windows in the front and house 2 had 8 rooms and 5 windows in the front. There was no information of out buildings. There were 12 people in the townland at that time, 7 males and 5 females. The enumerator for the area was Const. Andrew U. Mooney.

 

House 1: Dowd

The head of this family was listed as being Gilbert (50) and he was married to Kate (48) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Richard (21), Gilbert Joe (19), Hubert Pe [sic] (17), Martha Geo (16), Letitia C. (14) and Thomas Wm. (13). They were all Roman Catholic and Gilbert was born in Co. Westmeath, Kate was born in Dublin City and the children were all born in Co. Galway E.R. They could all read and write. Gilbert was a R.I.C. Pensioner, Kate was a housekeeper, Richard was an estate clerk, Gilbert Joe and Thomas Wm were scholars in national school, Hubert Pe [sic] was a PO clerk and Martha Geo and Letitia C. were dressmaking apprentices. The house was a 1st class dwelling with 7 rooms. There was no landholder listed.

 

House 2: Young

Joseph Henry (29) was listed as the head of this family and was married to Fannie (28) and they shared the house with 2 of their children, Violet Marion (2) and James Henry (1). They were all Church of Ireland and Fannie was born in Co. Meath and the other 3 were all born in Co. Galway. Both parents could read and write and Joseph Henry was a bootmaker. The house was a 2nd class dwelling with 8 rooms. There was no landholder listed.

 

Griffith’s Valuation

John H. Craig paid £30 for 30 acres, 1 rood and 5 perches of land to the Earl of Clancarty and £65 for a hotel and office. This also included 3p acres and 5 perches of the River Suck.

[i] Unreadable as the original document is folded. Possibly basketmaker?

This page was added on 05/08/2021.

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