1841/1851 Census Search Forms - Lettermacaward Parish
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The first weekly payment under the Old Age Pension Act (1908) was made at all the post offices in Ireland on New Yearís Day 1909. The five shillings pension (ten shillings per couple) was granted to all citizens who could prove that they were seventy years of age. As Civil Registration did not begin until 1864, birth certificates were not available for those born before that date.Where baptismal records could not be found, the government found it necessary to establish a personís age by allowing the census returns of 1841 and 1851 to be searched (these national census returns were subsequently destroyed by accidental fire in 1922). Applicants provided the information by letter, and where there were sufficient details, a search was carried out. When the family was found, and the applicant identified as a child of the family, a certified copy of the return was provided on payment of two shillings.
The information in the Census Search Forms is given here.
Applicant Application Details Family Townland Results Boner, Mary Derryhenny Boner, John & Mary Galwolie 1851 two families found - John & Nancy Bonner marr 1842 with children Bryan 7, Mary 4, Nancy 2 Boner, Mary Derryhenny Boner, John & Mary Galwolie 1851 second family found - Mary Bonner, 40, head, marr 1825, Owen Bonner, 56, husband, died 1847, children Owen 20, Mary 16, Patt 14, James 12, Biddy 5 Boyle, Annie Mrs Annie O'Donnell, Farrigans Boyle, Condy & McCafferty, Mary Farragans 1851 parents found, marr 1842. No dau Annie Breslin, Peggy Breslin, Condy & Gallagher, Biddy Boyoughter 1851 found Condy & Biddy Bryson marr 1839, with children Pat 8, Condy 4, Peggy 9mths Breslin, Bridget Mrs Bridget Duffy, Meenacarn Breslin, Patrick & Connor, Nancy Boyoughter 1851 two families found - Patt & Ann Bryason marr 1838, with children Mary 10, Patt 8, Ellen 5, Ann 2. No return dau Bridget Breslin, Bridget Mrs Bridget Duffy, Meenacarn Breslin, Patrick & Connor, Nancy Boyoughter 1851 second family found - Patt & Ann Bryson marr 1843, with children Patt 5, Biddy 2, James 3 months Cannon, Sally Mrs Sally McLoone, Gortnamucklagh Cannon, Dominick & Catherine Dooey 1851 parents found with son Cormick 4. No other details recorded Gallagher Family Gallagher, Arthur & Cannon, Nancy Cullion 1851 found. No details recorded. Family requested were Arthur & Nancy with children Hannah, John, Manus, Edward, Mick, Humphrey & Mary Gallagher, Manus & Michael Corr Point Gallagher, Arthur & Cannon, Nancy Cullion 1851 founnd Arthur & Nancy marr 1844, son Manus 1. Son Michael not found Gallagher, Bridget Boyoughter Gallagher, Charles & Rose Ranny 1851 couple not found. Found household Grace Gallagher, 50, head, Widow, John Gallagher, 60, husband, died 1850, son Charles 28, not married Getans, John Corr Point Getans/McGettigan, Dan & Cath Corr 1851 found Daniel & Catherine McGettigan marr 1845. No return son John McGeehan, Daniel McGeehan, Beranrd & Margaret Meencarn 1851 found Daniel 2 yrs McGeehin, Mary Mrs Mary Melly, Chuch Hill McGeehin, Charles & Duffy, Bridget Galwolie 1851 found - no details recorded. Family requested was Charles & Bridget with children Mary, Nancy, Daniel, Bridget, Peter, Sophia, Barbara, Hanna McKelvey, Owen Derrynacarrow McKelvey, James & O'Donnell, Mary Derrynacarrow 1851 not found McMonagle, Manus Derrynanaspol McMonagle, James & Biddy Derrynanaspol 1851 found James & Biddy McMunnigle marr 1841. No return of Manus Melly, Charles Farragans Melly, Charles & Molloy, Bridget Farragans 1851 found - no details recorded Melly, Nancy Mrs Nancy McShane, Ranny Melly, James & Madge Ranny 1851 found, parents married 1832. Dau Nancy not on return Molloy, Patrick 1911 Molloy, Edward & Annie Boyoughter 1841 found Edward 53, head, marr 1827, Nancy 40, wife, Mary 13, Nancy 12, Nabla 9, Manus 7, Bridget 5 Molloy, Patrick Molloy, Edward & McHugh, Ann Boyoughter 1851 not found - family searched for were Edward & Ann, with children Mary, Nancy, Matty, Manis, Bridget, Patrick Molloy, Patrick 1911 Molloy, Edward & Giles Boyoughter 1851 found Edward 56 head marr 1820, 1834, 1840, Giles 56 wife marr 1815, 1840, Children Connell 15, Mary 16, Nora 19, Bryan 20, Owen 22, Francis 30 O'Donnell, Paddy Madavagh O'Donnell, James & Melly, Winnie Madavagh 1851 not found. Did find Shane & Magy O'Donnell marr 1808 with son James 24. Family searched for - James & Winnie with children John, Paddy, Con, Neil, Mary, Denis, James & Willie O'Donnell, Paddy Madavagh O'Donnell, James & Melly, Winnie Madavagh 1851 not found. Did find Paddy & Caty Melley marr 1820 with dau Unity 18. It appears Paddy's parents were still single & living with their parents in 1851 O'Donnell, Fanny Madavagh O'Donnell, John & Breslin, Mary Madavagh 1851 not found. Family searched for was John & Mary with children Fanny, Mary, Paddy, Roger, James O'Donnell, Neal O'Donnell, Neal & Mary Madavagh 1841, found, Neal & Mary with ch Roger 4 & James 1. 1851 found Roger 15, James 13, Mary 10, Neal 7, Pat 4 & Grace 2 O'Donnell Family Meenagowan O'Donnell, Patrick & Russel, Mary Meenagowan 1851 found parents with children Dominick 8, Willie 6, Hannah 4, Patrick 6 months
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