Carr, John (Pat) and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 16

In 1911, John (Pat) Carr (40) a ‘Farmer’ was head of the household and lived with his wife Ellen (30) and their children in the townland of Carnmore West in the parish of  Claregalway. John and Ellen could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. They had one daughter Mary (2) and two sons John (1) and William (3 months). They can not read nor write.

There were three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. John and Ellen were married three years with three children born to them.

John’ s mother Mary (70), a widow, and his brother William (21) were present on the night of the census. William was a ‘Farm Labourer’ and single. Both could read, write and both spoke Irish and English.

In addition, John’s nephew Michael McGrath (10), a ‘Scholar’, was also present. He could read, write and spoke both Irish and English.

All were born in County Galway.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Carr family were the only family living in the house, there were five males and three females and all were of the Roman Catholic faith.


House and Building Return (Form B1) & Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Return (Form B2)

John was the owner of his house.  The house was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had three front windows and three rooms occupied. There were four out-offices and farmsteads a stable, a cow house, a piggery and a barn.

The returns were filled out and signed by John. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 11th.


Census 1911 Icon



11. James (Jas) Grealish, 12. Stephen Ruane, 13. James Grealish, 14. John Grealish, 15. James (Michl) Grealish, 16. John Carr (Pat), 17. Michael Sheridan, 18. Peter Grealish, 19. Martin Beatty, 20. Patt Carr, 21. Bartly Moran.


Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 29/04/2017


Census of Ireland 1926

The next census in Ireland was not taken until 1926.  It was not taken in 1921 as Ireland was in the midst of the ‘War of Independence’ against Britain. By 1926 Ireland was a Free State and the government was able to take their first census.  The official due date for the release of the 1926 Census is January 1st, 2027 as there is a 100-year privacy law in Ireland. There have been many attempts to have an earlier release date, but to no avail yet.


More to Follow!


Questions that can arise…

Why can ages by out by years from the 1901 census to 1911?

Why is there no record of female occupation in some cases?

Why are the additional 3 new columns in 1911 not filled out in some cases?

Were the houses actually numbered?

What does forms A, N, B1 and B2 mean?


This page was added on 01/05/2017.

No Comments

Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this page!

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published.