Saturday, 30 January 2010

The Stone and other local families in the 1911 Irish Census at Lurgan

This is a typical traditional farm cottage to be found in the Irish Midlands. This reconstruction is at the Dun Na Si Heritage Centre at Moate, perhaps about 2 to 3 miles from Lurgan. Families often slept directly above the livestock. Not all farm cottages were constucted of such sturdy stone.  
In the 1911 Census, Lurgan was recorded as an area of residencies, as opposed to just being a single farm. There were several residencies listed under Lurgan, some of whom have the surname Stone, I have listed them below. The first one on the list at house number 7 is the household of my wife's great grandfather Daniel Stone and includes her grandfather, 28 year old Edward who inherited the farm from his father:

Residents of house number 7 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)


Stone Daniel 63 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Kings County Farmer Read and write, Married

Stone Mary 51 Female Wife Roman Catholic Kings County Farmer Read and write - Married
married 31 years, 9 children, 8 survived

Stone Edward 28 Male Son Roman Catholic Westmeath Farmer's Son Read and write, Single

Stone Timothy 26 Male Son Roman Catholic Westmeath Farmer's Son Read and write, Single

Stone Kate 18 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Westmeath Read and write, Single

Stone Richard 14 Male Son Catholic Westmeath Scholar Read and write Single

Stone Daniel 8 Male Son Catholic Kings County Scholar


Residents of house number 1 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Corrigan John 77 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmer Cannot read or write - Married

Corrigan Mary 75 Female Wife Roman Catholic Westmeath - Cannot read or write - Married
Married for 44 year, five children born of whom 4 survived

Corrigan John 43 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmer's Son Can read and write - Single

Corrigan Patrick 35 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmes Son Can read only - Single

Corrigan Mary 32 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Kings Co Dressmaker Can read and write - Single

Nestor Mary 5 Female Grand Daughter Roman Catholic Kings Co - Cannot read or write


Residents of house number 2 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Callaghan Daniel 56 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmer Read and write - Married

Callaghan Bridget 46 Female Wife Roman Catholic Westmeath - Read and write - Married for seven years, one child

Callaghan Michael 49 Male Brother Roman Catholic


Residents of house number 3 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Stone John 64 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmer Read and write  Married

Stone Rose 53 Female Wife Roman Catholic Westmeath - Read and write - Married for 28 years, 6 children, 4 survived

Stone John 26 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmers Son Read and write - Single

Stone Richard 27 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmers Son Read and write - Single

Stone Thomas J 17 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmers Son Read and write - Single


Residents of house number 4 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Henson John 40 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmer Read and write - Married

Henson Margaret 40 Female Wife Roman Catholic Westmeath - Read and write - Married for four year, 2 children, 2 survived

Henson James 2 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co

Henson Patrick 0 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co

Mahon Bridget 19 Female Sister in Law Roman Catholic


Residents of house number 5 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Stone Rose 71 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmer Read and write - Widow

Stone Edward 31 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmer Son Read and write - Single

Stone Rosie 29 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Kings Co Jarmer Daughter Read and write - Single

Stone Richard 27 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmer Son Read and write - Single

Stone James 14 Male Grand Son Roman Catholic


Residents of house number 6 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Stone Anne 45 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic Westmeath Farmer Read and write - Widow

Stone Mary 22 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmers Daughter Read and write - Single

Stone Michael 20 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co Shopman Grocer Read and write - Single

Stone Kate 17 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmers Daughter Read and write - Single

Stone Elizebeth 12 Female Daughter Roman Catholic Kings Co Farmers Daughter Read and write - Single 


Residents of house number 8 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Lowe George 59 Male Head of Family Irish Church Ireland Kings Co Farmer Read and write English Married - - - -

Lowe Jane 58 Female Wife Irish Church Ireland Kings Co Farmeress Read and write English Married - married for 34 years, 9 children born 8 survived

Lowe Thomas A 22 Male Son Irish Church Ireland Kings Co Farmer son Read and write English Single

Lowe Millicent 15 Female Daughter Irish Church Ireland Kings Co Scholar Read and write English Single

Small Annie 30 Female Daughter Irish Church


Residents of house number 9 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Fleming Joseph 65 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic Westmeath Farmer Cannot read or write - Married

Fleming Anne 62 Female Wife Roman Catholic Kings County - Cannot read or write - Married 30 years 4 children born 3 survived

Fleming Micheal 28 Male Son Roman Catholic Kings Co General Labourer Cannot read or write - Single

Fleming Joseph 22 Male Son Roman Catholic

Residents of house number 10 in Lurgan (Clara, King's Co.)

Lowe William George 44 Male Head of Family Church of Ireland Kings Co Farmer Read and write - Married

Lowe Evangeline Emily 39 Female Wife Church of Ireland Tipperary - Read and write - Married 16 years, 5 children, 5 survived

Lowe Robert Stanley 14 Male Son Church of Ireland Kings Co Scholar Read and write - Single

Lowe Mabel Evangiline 13 Female Daughter Church of Ireland Kings Co Scholar Read and write - Single

Lowe Mc Cecil 9 Male Son Church of Ireland Westmeath Scholar Read and write - Single

Lowe Cyril George 5 Male Son Church of Ireland Kings Co Scholar Read and write - Single

Lowe Henry Louis 3 Male Son Church of Ireland

Analysis of the Census record for Lurgan
 
It seems very likely that Daniel Stone (aged 63) at house number 7 and John Stone (aged 64) at house number 3 were 2 of the 3 brothers whom we referred to in the post below - the men who each inherited a third of the original land at Lurgan. The third potential brother, Michael, does not appear in the Census, although there is a 71 year old widow named Rose Stone at house number 5 and also a 45 year old widow named Anne Stone at number 6.
 
In terms of age it would seem more likely that the older of these two ladies (Rose) is the widow of the third brother Michael Stone, unless of course his wife (Anne) was younger.
 
It would be interesting to know whether the other families (Corrigan, Callaghan, Henson, Lowe and Fleming) were neighbours, tenants or relatives of the Stone brothers.

We may also note in the record for Daniel Stone's family at number 7 that the parents were both born in Kings County (now Offaly) whilst all the children except the youngest one were born in Westmeath. This might suggest to us that this family lived away from Lurgan for several years and we do know from family anecdote that Daniel worked as both a convent gardener and a publican in Mullingar before presumably returning to Lurgan to take over his one third section of the land.

We can perhaps work out from this that, with last but one child Richard being born in Westmeath in about 1897 and youngest son Daniel born in Kings County in about 1903, the grandfather (whom I know was named Timothy Stone probably died during this 6 year window between 1897 and 1903.

In terms of the geography, the local towns of Clara and Tullamore are in Kings County (now Offaly) whilst Moate, Athlone and Mullingar are all in Westmeath. My guess is therefore that the children of Daniel and Mary Stone at number 7 Lurgan were born either in Moate or Mullingar.

My daughter Alice stands at the gate of a traditional eel fisherman's cottage from the area around the river Shannon which runs through Westmeath at Athlone. Photo taken at Dun Na Si near Moate. 

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