Casserly, Thomas and Family

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Census of Ireland 1901Our Story Family

Household Return (Form A)

In 1901 a Thomas Casserly(48), farmer, head of the household is living with his wife Bridget(38) and their sons in the townland of Cregboy. Pat(14) is the eldest of the six sons, Martin(13), John(11), Thomas(9), Michael(7) and Peter(5) make up the six. Bridget was not documented as having an occupation but she would be known to many as a farmer’s wife. Both Thomas and Bridget can read, write and speak in Irish and English.  Both Pat and Thomas are working on the farm with their father. Peter can read, write and speaks both Irish and English. Thomas(9) cannot read or write at this time but speaks both Irish and English.  Martin, John, Michael and Peter are all attending school.  Martin and John being older could read, write and speak Irish and English but Michael and Peter are younger and are just able to read and speak Irish and English.

Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Casserly family are the only family living in the cottage, there are 7 males and 1 female and all are of the Roman Catholic faith.

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

Thomas owned land and the cottage in which he and his family lived. It was a 2nd class house, which was larger than many. The cottage walls were made of stone or brick with most likely a thatched roof it had 3 front windows and had 3 rooms. There were five out-offices  a stable, cow house, piggery, fowl house, barn and one shed.

The 1901 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, March 31st and the forms were filled out by Thomas himself as noted by his signature.  The forms were signed and collected by local constable John Reilly on April 4th.

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Census of Ireland 1911

Household Return (Form A)

By 1911 Thomas Casserly, now 62 is still living with his wife Bridget(56), Martin(23), John(21), Michael(17) and Peter(16).  There is an additional column in the 1911 census that records length of marriage.  Thomas and Bridget are married 26 years.  They now have only have four sons living with them.  Since the 1901 census Patrick and Thomas are no longer living with them. The census now also tells us that Bridget gave birth to ten children but alas only 5 have survived to adulthood. All the sons now work on the farm are single and read, write and speak Irish and English.

Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Casserly’s are the only family living in the cottage, there are now only five males and one female and all are still of the Roman Catholic faith.

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

The house is the existing stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof and were only occupied in two rooms. On the farm there is now only a stable, cow shed, piggery and a barn.

The 1911 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, April 2nd. The forms were filled out again by Thomas. It was collected by local constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 8th.

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More to Follow!

Questions that can arise…

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

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

In the 1911, if a woman is a widow and head of the household why can I not see how many children she had?

Were the houses actually numbered?

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

This page was added on 21/04/2016.

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