Quinn, John and Family

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Census of Ireland 1901

In 1901 a John Quinn (48), farmer, is head of the household and Our Story Familyis living with his wife Anne (40) and his 10 children in the townland of Cregboy. John and Anne are Roman Catholic and have five sons and five daughters, Margaret (15), Andrew (13), Michael (12), Anne MJ (11), Charley (10), Winifred (9), Ellen (8), Julia (5), Martin (3) and John (2).  Anne is not documented as having an occupation but she would be known to many as a farmer’s wife. She cannot read but speaks both Irish and English. John and his children Margaret through to Charley could read and write in Irish and English. All children are listed as ‘Scholars’ except the youngest John, who was too young. Fifth youngest, Winifred could only read in Irish and English and Ellen had basic reading skills.  The younger Julia, Martin and John cannot read.

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

John and his family lived on the main Galway to Tuam road, where Quinn still alive today.  He owned land and the house which was 2nd class. A stone cottage with a thatched roof it had 3 front windows and has 4 rooms. On the farm there was one cow shed, one piggery, one barn and one shed.

The 1901 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, March 31st and the forms were filled out by John 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

By 1911 John Quinn is now 60 and living with his wife Anne now 52.  There is an additional column in the 1911 census that records length of marriage that they are married 27 years.  They now have only have 8 of the 13 children born living with them now. Since the 1901 Census Margaret, Andrew, Michael and Winifred is no longer living with them. It is noted now that one child has died.   In the previous ten years, there has been the birth of two girls, Marie and Florence. The son oldest in the house now is Charley (18) and is working as a farmer’s son.  Annie M (19) and Ellen (16) are work as domestic servants. Julia (15), Martin (14), John (13), Marie (9) and Florence (8) are all still of school going age and all are able to read and write in both Irish and English.

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

The house the existing stone cottage with a thatched roof is occupied in 2 rooms. On the farm there is now only a cow shed, a piggery and a fowl house.

The 1911 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, April 2nd and the forms were filled out again by John himself as noted by his signature. Additionally documented was that one member of the family was sick on April 2nd. 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 18/02/2016.

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