Clancy, Anne and Family


Census of Ireland 1901Our Story Family

Household Return (Form A)

In 1901 an Anne Clancy(50), a farmer and widow, is head of the household is living with her two sons John(30) and William(25) in the townland of Cregboy. John is single but William is married to Mary(27). They have two children, Mary-Anne(3) and Michael(1), all born in County Galway. Anne and John, her son, are both illiterate and do not read or write but both speak Irish and English. William can not write but both reads and speak Irish and English.  Mary his wife can both read, write and speak Irish and English. Mary was not documented as having an occupation but she would been classed as a farmer’s wife. Domestic duties in the home were not to be record as such. Mary Anne and Michael are too young to read and write but Mary Anne is able to speak both Irish and English.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Clancy family are the only family living in the cottage, there were three males and three female and all are of the Roman Catholic faith.


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

Anne owned the land and the cottage in which she and her family lived. The house was 2nd class. The cottage walls were made of stone or brick with most likely a thatched roof. It had three front windows and had two rooms occupied. There were five out-offices a stable, cow house, piggery, barn and one shed.

The 1901 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, March 31st and the forms filled out. As Anne could not read or write, an “X” marked her signature.  The returns were filled out, witnessed, 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 Anne states her age a 81? years. John no longer is living at the house. William(33) and his family are still living there and he is now head of the household.  Since 1901 Mary(38), has given birth to four more children Patrick(8), Anne(7), Delia(5), Maggie(1). Mary was now 13 and Michael 11. Mary gave birth to six children and all are living. There are three new columns in the 1911 census, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. William and Mary are married fourteen years.  Anne and her son William are still unable to read and write. Mary, Michael, Patrick, Anne and Delia are all scholars and literate but Delia is not able to read or write but speaks both Irish and English.  Maggie the younges can not read, write or speak at this time.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Clancy’s are the only family living in the cottage, there are now six males and three females and all are 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 with two rooms occupied. William is now the landholder. 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 signed by William as noted by his signature. They were witnessed and collected by local constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 8th.

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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 Form A, N, B1 and B2 mean?

This page was added on 21/04/2016.

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