The Ordnance Survey Name Books gave the standard name of the townland as Lismaheel or Lismiheel. The Irish version was given as Lios Mhíchíl, meaning Michael’s Fort. Lismaheel was the version used by George D.H. Kirkaldy while Rev. Francis Coghlan spelled the name Lismihiel. It is officially recorded as Lismihil and its Irish version is Lios Michíl.
Lismihill lies between Moat, Treananearla and Ballinaheskera in Killimorbologue and Coolpora in Licmolassy and Flower Hill in Tynagh. The townland contained a number of farmhouses, a limekiln and Danish fort, and with the exception of a small portion of furze, the area was arable.
Census 1841, 1851
Census statistics listed ninety people in sixteen houses in 1841. In 1851, a decline to sixty seven people living in fifteen houses was noted.
Griffith’s Valuation 1855
Griffith’s Valuation gave the total acreage as two hundred and eight acres, two roods and twenty perches, at a total annual valuation of £127.5s.0d. Peter Dolphin was named as the landowner, who retained one hundred and five acres, two roods and thirty seven perches of land for himself, on which were offices (sheds). He also retained forty four acres, one rood and twenty one perches, on which was a herd’s house, as well as a further plot of one rood seven perches, on which were three cottiers’ houses and a garden. The other four holdings were leased out to Patrick Flannery, who held a house and land, and to John Murphy, Thomas Mannion and Michael Gannon who each held a house, offices and land.
Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
Census statistics recorded thirty three people living in eight houses in the townland in 1861. A decline to twenty people occupying six houses in 1871 was noted. A further decline was registered in 1881 with twelve people living in three houses. The downward trend continued in 1891 when ten people lived in the three houses, eighty people less than in 1841.
The 1901 census listed three houses in Lismihill. Henery Levingston and Patrick Kennedy are both named as landholder and head of family. In the third instance, John Donohoe was named as landholder and Mary Flannery as head of family. One house had a slate roof while the other two had thatch. The total number of persons recorded in each family was nine, five and four.
In House No. 1 in the townland of Lismihill there were a family of 9 Levingstons. Head of Family was Henery Levingston aged 56, a farmer. He was married to Sophia who was 52 and her occupation was given as farmer’s wife. Their son Francis was 25 and not married. Another son Robert was 17, not married and his occupation was farmer’s son. Their daughter, Emily, was 15 and her rank was farmer’s daughter and not married. Harriett, Adalaide, Joseph and Walter were all scholars. Harriett was 14, Adalaide was 12, Joseph was 9 and Walter was 6. All the family would read and write. They were all Church of Ireland. All were born in Cavan except Sophia who was born in Fermanagh.
Form B 1 – House and Building Return shows that Henery was a landholder and his private dwelling was 2nd class. It had stone/brick or concrete walls with 2 windows in front. The roof was slate/iron or tiles and they occupied 6 rooms.
Form B 2 – Return of Out-Offices and Farm – Steadings lists their 6 out-offices: a stable, a cow house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn and a turf house.
Henery Levingston signed the census form which was collected on 2nd April. Patrick Mawn, Constable, was the Enumerator.
Residents of house No. 2 were Patrick Kennedy, head of family, aged 50 and a farmer. He was married to Mary, aged 40. Their 21 year old daughter Margret was described as farmer’s daughter and not married. Another daughter Sarah, 19 was also not married. Anne Gannon, aged 25, a farmer’s daughter and sister-in-law to Patrick was not married. They all could read and write and all were Roman Catholics and all born in Co. Galway except Patrick who was born in Co. Tipperary.
Form B 1 shows that Patrick Kennedy was a landholder and their private dwelling was 3rd class. It had walls of stone/brick or concrete and 1 window in front. The roof was thatch or wood and they occupied 3 rooms.
They had 4 out-offices listed on Form B 2: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery and 1 barn.
Patrick Kennedy signed the census form and Patrick Mawn, Constable, was the Enumerator. The form was collected on April 2nd.
House No. 3 was the residence of the Flannery family and Mary Flannery was listed as head of family. She was 92, a widow and she could read. Her son, Michael, a widower, was a 42 year old shepherd who could read. Her grandson aged 9, a scholar, could read and write. Another grandson, aged 7, could not read. They were all Roman Catholics and all were born in Co. Galway.
Patrick Kennedy was the landholder on whose land Mary Flannery’s private dwelling was built. It was a 2nd class house with walls of stone/brick or concrete and 3 windows to the front. It had a thatch or wood roof and they occupied 3 rooms.
They had 1 stable as an out-office.
Mary’s mark x on the census form was witnessed by Patrick Mawn, Constable, who was also the Enumerator. It was collected on April 2nd.
The 1911 census indicated four houses in Lismihill, with one unoccupied, the landholder being John Donohoe. The names Levingston and Kennedy still appeared, with the addition of John Mannion as both landholder and head of family.
In house 1 in the townland of Lismihill John Mannion is listed as head of family. He was an old-age-pensioner, aged 75, and he could not read. His daughter, Mary, was 22 and she could read and write and was single. Margaret Foley, aged 50, was John’s sister-in-law. She could read and write and was single.
John was a landholder and their private dwelling was 2nd class. The walls were of stone/brick or concrete and the roof was slate/iron or tiles. It had 2 windows to the front and they occupied 4 rooms.
Form B 2 shows they had 1 out-office which was a piggery.
John Mannion signed the census form and William Pender, Constable, was the Enumerator and it was collected on April 5th.
The Levingstone family resided in house 2. Henry Levingstone was head of family. He was a widower, aged 66 and a farmer who could read and write. His daughter Anna was 29 and was single. Joseph, his son, aged 19, was single and listed as farmer’s son. Henry’s daughter Emily was aged 25 and was also single. Another son Walter was 16 and a scholar. They could all read and write and spoke English. They were all born in Co. Cavan and all were Church of Ireland.
Henry was a landholder and their private dwelling was 2nd class. The walls were of stone/brick or concrete and a slate/iron or tiled roof. It had 4 windows to the front and they occupied 5 rooms.
Listed on Form B 2 were their 7 out-offices: 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 calf house, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 barn and 1 shed.
William Pender, Constable, was the Enumerator and Henry Levingstone signed the census form. It was collected on April 5th.
Patrick Kennedy was head of family in house 3 in Lismihill in 1911. He was a married 67 year old farmer. His wife Mary was 65. They were married 29 years with 2 living children. Margaret, their daughter was 25 and was single. Another daughter Sarah was 23 and also single. Patrick’s aunt, Anne Gannon, aged 58, was single. They all could read and write and were Roman Catholics. All except Patrick were born in Co. Galway and he was born in Co. Tipperary.
Form B 1 – House and Building Return shows Patrick was a landholder and his private dwelling was a 3rd class house with walls of mud or wood. It had 2 windows to the front and they occupied 3 rooms.
Form B 2 shows they had 3 out-offices: a stable, a cow house and a shed.
Patrick Kennedy signed the census form and William Pender, Constable, was the Enumerator. It was collected on April 5th.
House No. 4
Form B 1 – shows house No. 4 was unoccupied and John Donohoe was the landholder.