Garrafine (Ussher)

Gairfrian (Ussher)

Roger Harrison

Garrafine (Ussher) / Gairfrian (Ussher)               Irish Grid M 70662 39161

 

Author: Roger Harrison

 

Description:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

This townland contains a.r.p. about 90 acres of bog the rest is under a state of cultivation. The houses and roads are in good repair. It belongs to Ussher, Esq. held by a deed for ever. Amount of County Cess is £9. 2s. 6d.

 

Situation:

(John O’Donovan 1806-1861)

Lies in the East of this parish in the barony of Kilconnel is bounded by Annagh, Lisskub East, Scarreth and Garrafine Trench townlands in this parish and by Pallas and Fohanagh in the parish of Fohanagh in said barony.

 

This is a list of townlands that share a border with Garrafine (Ussher).

 

 

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 Ballymacward.

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

The 1911 census shows that there were a total of 17 houses in the townland and that houses 8, 9 and 16 were unoccupied. The landholder of house 8 was John Lydon, House 9 was the Garrafine National School and the landholder was Margaret Bracken and the landholder of house 16 was Julia Geraghty. All the occupied houses were listed as private dwellings. The occupied houses were built of stone, brick or concrete walls, apart from house 17 that was built of mud, wood or other perishable materials for walls. Houses 1 and 10 had slate, iron or tiled roofs while the others had only thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1, 4-7 and 10-15 were 2nd class dwellings and houses 2, 3 and 17 were 3rd class. House 2 had 2 rooms and no windows, house 17 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 3 and 15 had 2 rooms and 2 windows in the front, houses 4-7 and 11-14 had 2 rooms and 3 windows, house 10 had 3 rooms and 2 windows and house 1 had 3 rooms and 5 windows. There were a total of 60 out buildings consisting of 9 stables, 18 cow houses, a calf house, a dairy, 8 piggeries, 4 fowl houses, 7 barns, a potato house and 11 sheds. There were a total of 59 people in the townland, 26 male and 33 female. The enumerator for the area was J.P. Dalton.

 

House 1: Methuen (sic) / Burk (sic)

Colin (75) was the head of this family and he had been married to Esibellia (sic) (74) for 50 years and in that time they had had 6 children but only 2 of those had survived. Also in the house at that time was a servant, Mary Burk (sic) (24). Colin was born in Scotland, Esibellia was born in Dublin City and they were both Presbyterian while Mary was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. They could all read and write. Colin was a farmer and Mary was a domestic. The house was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had 4 stables, 4 cow houses, a calf house, a dairy, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn, a potato house and 2 sheds. Colin Methuen was the landholder.

 

House 2: Manlon (sic)

The head of this household was Thomas (80) and he had been married to Anne (50) for 12 years but they had no children. Both were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Both spoke Irish and English but could not read. Thomas was listed as being a labourer. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and Colin Methuen was the landholder.

 

House 3: Cormacan (sic)

Michael (60) was the head of this family and he had been married to Margret (50), who was listed as an idiot, for 9 years but they had no children. Both were born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Michael could speak Irish and English but could not read and Margret could read and write. They lived in a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a shed. The landholder was Colin Methuen.

 

House 4.1: Griffin / Cheevers / Kennedy

The widow Margaret Griffin (78) was listed as the head of the family and she had been married for 46 years and she had had 5 children and 4 of those had survived. She shared the house with her daughters, Norah Cheevers (34), who had been married for 9 years but there was no mention of a husband but she had had 3 children, and Bina Griffin (35). Also 4 of her grandchildren, Francis Kennedy (15), Margaret Mary Cheevers (7), Edward Cheevers (6) and John Joseph Cheevers (5). They were all born in Co. Galway, except Francis, who was born in America, and all were Roman Catholic. Margaret, Norah and Bina spoke Irish and English and the others spoke only English. Margaret could not read, John Joseph could read only and the others could all read and write. Bina was a teacher and the children were all listed as being scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a piggery and a shed. Margaret Griffin was the landholder.

 

House 4.2: Raftery

The widow Anne (68) was the head of this family and she had been married for 36 years and had had 10 children of which 9 had survived. She shared the house with her daughter, Anne (28) and her son, William (23). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All 3 could read and write. Anne was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a piggery and a shed. Margaret Griffin was the landholder.

 

House 5: Raftery / Naughton / Kelly

The head of the family and uncle in house 5 was Thomas (76), who was deaf and he lived with his nephew, Patrick Naughton (33) and 2 nieces, Margret Naughton, who was married and had been for 34 years and she had 1 child, but there was no entry for a husband, and Mollie Kelly (16). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all, except Thomas, could read and write. Thomas was a farmer, Patrick was labourer, Margret was a housekeeper and Mollie was a general house worker. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had 2 cow houses, a piggery and a shed. The landholder was Thomas Raftery.

 

House 6: Lydon

The head of this Lydon family was John (41) and he lived with his sister, Kate (38) and his 2 brothers, Patrick (34) and James (29). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. John was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a piggery, a barn and shed. John Lydon was the landholder.

 

House 8: Roch (sic)

John (71) was the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (45) for 26 years and in that time they had had 5 children and all had survived. They shared the house with those children and they were, Mary (25), John (22), Michael (19), Thomas (17) and Margaret (10). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (71) and Mary (45) spoke Irish and English while the others spoke only English. John (71) could not read, but the others could all read and write. John (71) was a farmer and Margaret was a scholar.

 

House 9: Barrett / Hussion (sic) / Geraghty

The widow Julia (73), who had been married for 43 years but had no children, was the head of the family and she shared the house with an unspecified relative, Bridget Hussion (sic) (73) and a niece, Maria Geraghty (37). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Maria could read and write. Julia was listed as being a farmer.

 

House 10.1: Bracken

The head of this family was the widow Margaret (40), who had been married for 16 years and she had had 8 children. She shared the house with 6 of those children and they were, Anne (15), Lizzie (14), Patrick (12), Francis (9), Luesia (sic) (7) and Teresa (5). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only Margaret could speak Irish and English and all the family could read and write. Margaret was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. Margaret Bracken was the landholder.

 

House 10.2: Geraghty

The head of this family was Timothy (36) and he shared the house with his sisters, Bridget (35) and Julia (24). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and all could read and write. Timothy was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. Margaret Bracken was the landholder.

 

House 11: Molloy

John (37) was the head of the family and he had been married to Mary (35) for 9 years and they had had 5 children, all of whom had survived. They shared the house with those 5 children and they were Mary Anne (8), John Patrick (6), Kate Agnes (5), Margaret (4) and Ellen (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic, although there was no place of birth for Ellen. Only John and Mary could speak Irish and English and there was nothing entered for the others. All, apart from Ellen, could read and write. John was listed as being a farmer. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a barn and a shed. John Molloy was the landholder.

 

House 12: Kelly

Patrick (76) was listed as the head of this family and he had been married to Mary (62) for 38 years and they had had 6 children and 5 of those had survived. They lived with 3 of those children and they were, William (36), Malachy (32) and Ellen (24). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick and Mary spoke Irish and English and all could read and write. Patrick, William and Malachy were tailors. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, 2 cow houses, a piggery and a shed. The landholder was Patrick Kelly.

 

House 13: No family records

House 14: No family records

 

House 15: No family records

 

House 16: Unoccupied

 

House 17: Burke

The head of the last family in Garrafine (Ussher) was Patrick (36) and he lived with his uncle, Martin (60). Both were Roman Catholic and were born in Co. Galway. Neither could read. Both were labourers. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and the landholder was Margaret Bracken.

 

1901 Census

Overview of the townland.

The 1901 census shows that there were a total on 19 houses in the townland of Garrafine (Ussher) with houses 14 and 17 being unoccupied. The landholder of house 14 was John Fallon and house 17 was the Garrafine national school and all the other houses were listed as being private dwellings. House 11 was built of mud, wood or other perishable material and the others were all built of stone, brick or concrete. Houses 1 and 10 had slate, iron or tiled roofs while all the others only had thatch, wood or other perishable materials for roofing. Houses 1, 3-6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15-18 were 2nd class dwelling and the others were 3rd class. Houses 8 and 11 had 2 rooms and 1 window, houses 2 and 7 had 2 rooms and 2 windows, Houses 3-6, 12, 13 and 15-18 had 2 rooms and 3 windows, houses 9 and 10 had 3 rooms and 2 windows and house 1 had 3 rooms and 5 windows. Only houses 1 to 15 were listed on the out-offices and farm-steadings return and that consisted of 58 out buildings with 10 stables, 1 coach house, a harness room, 18 cow houses, 4 calf houses, a dairy, 6 piggeries, 5 fowl houses, a boiling house, 5 barns, 5 sheds and a store. The enumerator for the area was Constable John Kelly.

 

House 1: Methuen / Forde

Colin (63) was the head of the family in house 1 and he was married to Isabella (62) and they shared the house with a domestic servant, Sarah Forde (16). Colin was a member of the Presbyteran Denamination (sic), Ballinasloe and was born in Scotland, Isabella was a member of Denamination (sic) in Ballinasloe and Sarah was born in Co. Galway and was a Roman Catholic. All 3 could read and write. Colin was a farmer and Sarah was a general servant domestic. The house was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and the they had a stable, a coach house, a harness room, 6 cow houses, a calf house, a dairy, a piggery, a fowl house, a boiling house, a barn and a store. Colin Methuen was the landholder.

 

House 2: Mannion

There was just the married couple, Thos (63) and his wife, Annie (35) and they were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. The both spoke Irish and English but could not read. Thos was an agricultural labourer. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and the landholder was Colin Methuen.

 

House 3: Lally

The head of this family was the widower, Martin (62) and he lived with 3 of his sons, Bernard (34), Owen (34) and Martin (25). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Martin could read and write. They were all listed as being Agricultural L Shepherds (sic) The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a fowl house. The landholder was Colin Methuen.

 

House 4: Griffin / Kennedy

The widow Margaret (68) was the head of this family and she shared the house with 2 of her daughters, Bina (26) and Nora (25) and her grandson, Francis Kennedy (4). They were all born in Co. Galway except Francis, who was born in America, and were all Roman Catholic. Apart from Francis, they could all speak Irish and English. Francis could read only and Bina and Nora could read and write. Margaret was listed as a farmer, Bina and Nora were farmer’s daughters and Francis was a scholar. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable and a cow house. Margaret Griffin was the landholder.

 

House 5: Lydon

The widow Margaret (63) was listed as the head of this family and she shared the house with 4 of her children, John (32), Kate (29), Patrick (22) and James (17). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and, apart from Margaret, they could all read and write. Margaret was a farmer’s widow, John, Patrick and James were farmer’s sons and Kate was a farmer’s daughter. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling with a stable, a cow house and a piggery. Margaret Lydon was the landholder.

 

House 6: Raftery

Martin (56) was the head of the family in house 6 and he was married to Anne (54). They lived with 7 of their children and they were, James (27), Ellie (23), Tommie (20), Annie (18), Martin (15), Mary (14) and Willie (12). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only Martin (56) was listed as being able to speak Irish and English and all, apart from Martin and James, could read and write. Martin (56), James, Tommie and Martin (15) were agricultural labourers, Ellie and Annie were Agricultural labourer’s daughters and Mary and Willie were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a piggery, a barn and a shed. The landholder was Martin Raftery.

 

House 7: Raftery / Naughton

Thos (60) was listed as the head of this household and he shared the house with his niece, Margaret Naughton (43), who was married but there was no mention of a husband, and his nephew, Patrick Naughton (23). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English but only Margaret and Patrick could read and write. Thos was listed as being a farmer, Margaret was a housekeeper and Patrick was a labourer. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a cow house, a calf house and a shed. Thomas Raftery was the landholder.

 

House 8: Donlan

The sole occupant of house 8 was the widow Sarah (65). She was a Roman Catholic and was born in Co. Galway. She spoke only Irish and could not read and her occupation was listed as being a farmer. Her house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and she had a fowl house. Sarah Donlan was the landholder.

 

House 9: Higgins / Mitchell

There were 12 members of this household and Patrick (50) was then head of the family and he was married to Mary (41) and they shared the house with 9 of their children, Mary A. (17), Bridget (15), Edward (13), Thomas (11), Michael (9), Maggie (6), Winifred (4), Catherine (2) and Teresa (2). Also in the house at that time was a nephew, Patrick Mitchell (1mth). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick (50) and Mary spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others. Patrick (50), Maggie and Winifred could read only, Catherine, Teresa and Patrick (1mth) could not read and the others could all read and write. Patrick (50) was listed as being a farmer, Mary A. and Bridget were farmer’s daughters and Edward, Thomas, Michael Maggie and Winifred were scholars. The house they all lived in was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. Patrick Higgins was the landholder.

 

House 10: Bracken

The head of the Bracken family was John (50) and he was married to Margaret (31), and they shared the house with 5 of their children, Mary Ellen (9), Delia (7), Annie (5), Lizzie (4) and Patrick (2). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John was the only one to speak Irish and English. Patrick could not read, Lizzie could read only and the others could all read and write. John was a farmer and Mary Ellen, Delia, Annie, and Lizzie were scholars. The house was a 3 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and had a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a fowl house, a barn and a shed. John Bracken was the landholder.

 

House 11: Burke

John (67) was listed as the head of this family and he was married to Mary (55) and they shared the house with 6 of their children, Patrick (24), William (18), Annie (13), Martin (11), Margaret (7) and Thomas (6). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John and Mary spoke Irish and English but there was nothing entered for the others, which could indicate that they only spoke English. Margaret could read only, Annie and Martin could read and write and the others could not read. John, Patrick and William were listed as being agricultural labourers and Annie, Martin, Margaret and Thomas were scholars. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable. There was no landholder allotted.

 

House 12: Kelly

The head of the family in house 12 was Patrick (60) and he was married to Mary (51) and they lived with 5 of their children, Maria (25), William (23), Malachy (20), Lizzie (16) and Ellie (13). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Patrick and Mary spoke Irish and English and the others spoke only English. They could all read and write. Patrick was a farmer and a tailor, Maria and Lizzie were farmer’s daughters, William and Malachy were farmer’s sons and Ellie was a scholar. The house they all lived in was a 2 roomed, 2nd class house and they a stable, a cow house and a shed. The landholder was Patrick Kelly.

 

House 13: Molloy

The widow Catherine (70) was listed as the head of the family and she shared the house with her daughter Anne (28) and her son, John (26). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All of the family could speak both Irish and English and Anne and John could read and write. Catherine was a farmer’s widow, Anne was a farmer’s daughter and John was a farmer’s son. The house was a 2 roomed 2nd class dwelling and they had a cow house and a barn and Catherine Molloy was the landholder.

 

House 14: Unoccupied

 

House 15: Geraghty

The head of the Geraghty family in house 15 was the widower Patrick (65) and he lived in the house with 6 of his children, Timothy (26), Bridget (24), Nanny (21), Kate (20), Maggie (17) and Judith (14). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Only Patrick could speak Irish and English and there was nothing entered for the others. They could read and write. Patrick was a farmer and the girls were all listed as farmer’s daughters. The house was a 2 roomed, 3rd class dwelling and they had a stable, a cow house and a piggery.

 

House 16: Rock

House 16 was home to the Rock family and the head of the family was John (60) and he was married to Mary (40) and they shared the house with 5 of their children and they were, Mary (15), John (12), Michael (9), Thomas (7) and Magret (sic) (4mths). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. John (60) and Mary (40) spoke Irish and English and the others, apart from baby Magret (sic), spoke only English. Apart from John (60) and Magret (sic), they could all read and write. John (60) was a farmer, Mary (15) was a farmer’s daughter and John (12), Michael and Thomas were scholars. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class house and John Rock was the landholder.

 

House 17: Barrett

Michael (69) was the head of this family and he lived with his wife, Judith (62) and they were both born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. Both could read and write and speak Irish and English. Michael was a farmer. The house was a 2 roomed, 2nd class dwelling and Michael Barrett was the landholder.

 

House 18: Naughton / Greene

The head of the last occupied house in Garrafine (ussher) was Patrick (32) and he was married to Katie (30) and they shared the house with a niece, Maggie Greene (19). They were all born in Co. Galway and were Roman Catholic. All could read and write and Patrick was a farmer and Maggie was a farmer’s daughter. The house they all shared was a 2 roomed, 2nd class house and Patrick Naughton was the landholder.

 

House 19: National School

 

 

Griffith’s Valuation

Rep. John Ussher was the owner of the land in this townland and he leased a number of tenements to a number of tenants. Richard Walker leased 2 tenements, the first being a herd’s house and offices on 148 acres, 1 rood and 31 perches of land for £80 for the land and £2 10s for the buildings, the second was for 13 acres and 22 perches of land for £5 15s. Thomas Griffin leased a house on 3 acres, 3 roods and 13 perches of land for £1 10s for land and 5s for the house, John Linskey leased a house on 3 acres, 3 roods and 2 perches of land for £1 10s for the land and 8s for the house. Thomas Mitchell leased 2 tenements from Rep. John Ussher, the first being a house on 5 acres, 1 rood and 4 perches of land for £2 for the land and 15s for the house and the second was 5 acres and 14 perches of land for which he paid £1 10s and in addition to that he also leased 3 acres and 20 perches of land from John Bracken for £1 5s. John Bracken leased houses and offices on 135 acres and 4 perches of land for £35 for the land and £1 for the buildings, Margaret Naughton leased a house and a 1 rood 5 perches of a garden for 3s for the land and 2s for the house, Mark Kilroy leased a house on 16 acres and 38 perches of land for £1 10s for the land and 5s for the house and Bryan Linskey leased a house on 1 acre, 2 roods and 25 perches of land for 10s for the land and 2s for the house. John Molloy leased 4 acres 1 rood and 24 perches of land for £1 5s and also a house and offices on 18 acres 3 roods and 3 perches of land for £6 10s for the land and 15s for the buildings. Malachy Kelly leased a house on 5 acres and 3 roods of land for £2 5s for the land and 6s for the house, Anne Geraghty leased a house and offices on 10 acres, 2 roods and 27 perches of land for £3 15s for the land and 12s for the buildings, John Linskey Sen. leased a house for 6s and Mary Geraghty leased a house on 3acres, 1 rood and 11 perches of land for £1 10s for the land and 10s for the house. John Geraghty, Michael Barrett and Patrick Naughton jointly leased houses and offices on 49 acres, 2 roods and 16 perches of land for which they each paid £5 for the land and john paid 10s for buildings while Michael and Patrick paid 18s each for the buildings. Michael Dooley leased a house on 1 acre, 3 roods and 26 perches of land for 15s for the land and 5s for the house, John Linskey and Thomas Griffin jointly leased 6 acres, 2 roods and 18 perches of land for which they each paid £1 5s annually. John Carraun (sic) leased a house on 3 acres, 2 roods and 29 perches of land for £1 10s for the land and 8s for the house, John Lydon leased a house on 2 acres, 2 roods and 26 perches of land for £1 for the land and 5s for the house, James Raftery leased a house on 3 acres, 2 roods and 4 perches of land for 18s for the land and 2s for the house and Bridget Costello leased a house on 1 acre, 2 roods and 6 perches of land for 10s for the land and 2s for the house. Michael Donnellan leased a house on 3 acres, 2 roods and 4 perches of land for £1 3s for the land and 8s for the house, Patrick Lees leased a house on 2 acres, 1 rood and 30 perches of land for 13s for the land and 2s for the house, Patrick Raftery leased a house on 4 acres, 1 rood and 28 perches of land for £1 8s for the land and 2s for the house annually and Rep. John Ussher had 102 acres, 3 roods and 6 perches of bog with an annual ratable valuation of £1.

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