Heenan family: The Irish Connection

On UK census records, Patrick Heenan and his wife Ellen give their birth place as Limerick Ireland. Research I commissioned from Limerick Regional Archives showed that the surname Heenan is unusual in the county and largely converges on the parish of Kilbeheny and in particular the townland of Knockascrow.

1901 Census

1910 ireland census HeenanThere are eight people with surname Heenan living in house number 3 in Knocknascrow – ranging in age from 10 to 50.Head of the family is Patrick Heenan, living with three sons and four daughters. He is shown as a farmer and a widower. There are nine houses in the township, a total of 54 people.

Heenan Patrick 50 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Heenan Denis 27 Male Son Roman Catholic
Heenan Mary 26 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Heenan Patrick 24 Male Son Roman Catholic
Heenan Kate 18 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Heenan John 15 Male Son Roman Catholic
Heenan Hanora 12 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Heenan Ellen 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

The house has one wall, a roof of either thatch, wood or another perishable material (only two of the properties have a tile, iron or stone roof), The eight people occupy two rooms in the house. Patrick Heenan is shown as the landowner.

The farm has:

stable

cow house

diary

piggery

References

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001006786/

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001006782/

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001006783/

1911 Census

1911 census Ireland HeenanThe 1911 census shows that there was a family by the surname of Heenan living as farmers in house number 5 in Knockascrow . Farmers are designated in the enumerators instructors as ‘people who occupy the land’ – not to be considered the same as farm servants.

Patrick Heenan, aged 52

His wife Hannah aged 31

John Heenan, brother aged 23.

John may be the same John recorded in the 1901 census where he is aged 15. But the age of Patrick in 1911 doesn’t correlate to the Patrick who is head of household in 1901. Is this therefore a different Patrick?

None of the other individuals from 1901 are now visible – the children could have married and moved away and therefore have different surnames which would make them difficult to track. The male children could have moved to a different area of the county, or of Ireland or even out of the country.

The record shows that Hannah has no children living from the marriage. In the column headed Particulars as to Marriage – number of years of marriage, against her name is recorded the figure 1.

They are all Roman Catholic in faith and all can read/write

At the time there were 8 properties in the townland of Knockascrow, one of which is unoccupied, 37 inhabitants in total. All were Roman Catholic except for 7 people who were recorded as members of the Established Church of Scotland.

The house and building return shows that property number 5, occupied by the Heenans had one wall, a roof of either tile, slate or iron,  3 rooms and three windows in the front. There is no landlord’s name indicated – the supposition is therefore that the land was owned by the family rather than rented.

The farm had the following out buildings:

1 stable

1 coach house

1 cow house

1 piggery

1 fowl house

but no barn

References

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002771993/

w.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002771995/

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002772007/

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai002771997/

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