Spellman, Mary and Family

Cregboy, 1901



Census of Ireland 1901Our Story Family

Household Return (Form A) house no.5

In 1901 a Mary Spellman(65), was a widow and was head of the household and living with her daughter Julia(26) in the townland of Cregboy, in the parish of Claregalway. Mary is recorded as had no occupation, but domestic duties in the home were not to be recorded. Margaret could not read or write but spoke Irish and English. Julia could read and write and spoke Irish and English.


Enumerator’s Abstract (Form N)

The Spellman family are the only family living in the house, there were two females. Both were born in County Galway and were Roman Catholic.


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

The landholder of the house they lived in was Michael Duggan. The house which was 3rd class was a stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof, it had one front window and two rooms occupied. There were no outhouses attached to the house.

The 1901 Irish Census took place the night of Sunday, March. The returns were filled out by local constable John Reilly the enumerator, as Mary could not write. Form A was signed by Mary with an ‘X’ for her mark and witnessed as a truthful return by the constable.  The returns were collected on April 4th.






 1. Thomas Qualter, 2. George Carter, 3. Michael Duggan, 4. Mary Spellman, 5. Thomas Casserly,  6. John Quinn, 7. Margaret  Samways, 8. Ellen Morris, 9. Anne Clancy

Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland) www.nationalarchives.ie, accessed 29/04/2017


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?

In 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?

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