In the absence of census records in Eire for the period between 1821 and 1851, I started to look at some of the records relating to land use and property.
The Tithe Applottment Books available on line at the National Archives of Ireland are a useful source of information though not as comprehensive as census information. Occupiers of agricultural land above one acre in size were required to pay a tithe to the Church of Ireland (the established church). The applotment books were compiled between 1823 and 1837 to determine the amount of the tithes payable by each occupier in each parish. They record name of the occupier, the amount of land held and the sums to be paid in tithes.
There is a Mickl Heenan recorded as an occupier of a plot of what s described as 15 acres of ‘good mountainside’ in the township of the Carrigeen Mountain. At 15shillings per acre, the total value of the property is £11 and 5 shillings., giving a tithe composition of just over 9pence per acre to be paid to the Reverend John Preston.
Further records show occupiers with the surname of Heenan at Coolatin Glen and also at Blackrock.
|Surname||First Name||Townland||Parish||County||Number of acres||value of land||Condition|
|Heenan||Patk||Coolatin Glen||Kilbeheny||Limerick||15||£15||Good mountain Tillage|
|Heenan||Marcus||Coolatin Glen||Kilbeheny||Limerick||20||5 shillings||Mountain|
|Heenan||John||Coolatin Glen||Kilbeheny||Limerick||15||£15||Good mountain Tillage|
|Heenan||Dens||Coolatin Glen||Kilbeheny||Limerick||15||£15||Good mountain tillage|
Unfortunately there is no information in these records about other members of the household or where the plots of land are in relation to each other. But it may be possible to cross reference them with Griffiths Valuation records.