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This townland is of interest because of its connection to generations of the ancestors of Sir Thomas JACKSON, as well as the fact that he bought most of the land and houses in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Sharon Oddie Brown May 7, 2012
NOTE: Because of space constraints, I have not included all the information available from the Census. The hyperlinks in the names will take you to the actual Census.

1901 Cavananore Census

NOTE: There is a spelling error in the online transcription, and the townland is listed as Cavamanore.

 

In this census, Thomas Jackson owns two buildings. The more substantial of the two, is inhabited by two generations of Patrick Lynch’s and their children. Jackson had brought the families up from Co. Kildare to run the farm some time in the 1890s. The senior Lynch lived in the large house with two unmarried daughters, as well as his married son and their two children. The house include 7-9 rooms, so the two families were not overcrowded. Associated with this house were 17 outbuildings including: 2 stables, 1 coach house, 1 harness room, 2 cow houses, 4 calf houses, 1 dairy, 1 piggery, 1 fowl house, 1 boiling house, 1 barn, 1 potato house and 1 store house. The house itself is recorded having 5 windows in front, although there are 11 noted in the 1911 Census. Given the outline of the house as shown in maps from 1854, it is likely that the two wings of the L were both counted in 1911, but not in 1901.

 

The second house owned by Thomas Jackson was much more modest and was occupied by the family of Thomas Murray. This was a smaller house with only 3 windows in front. As with the larger house, it too was built of stone, brick or concrete and had a substantial roof made of slate, iron or tile. I believe that in 1906, going from the cancellation books that the Lynch’s moved into this house.

 

A third house was owned by Samuel Bradford, and was occupied by the Hill family. It had the same roof and wall designation, and sported 4 windows in front. Associated with this house was a stable, but no other out-buildings. This would seem to place this house in the section of the property to the east of the large house. I suspect that this was the house that Eugene Lynch remembers having two stories, being near the road. It was torn down some time in the mid to late 1900s.

 

It is fascinating to learn from the census that not only were Joseph Hill and Patrick Lynch both employed as farm managers, but also that both were born in Co. Kildare. Going by where the Hill children were born - Co. Wicklow as well as Co. Louth - it would seem that the family moved around a bit. They are gone by the 1911 census, and show up in House #5 in Ballinatone, Lower (Ballincor, Wicklow). They have been married for 20 years, he is an agricultural labourer, and they have had 8 children, 7 of whom are still living.  The youngest son, Rowland Hill, age 3, was born in Co. Wicklow. This tallies with the change in occupancy in 1906. NOTE: The 1 year old Joseph B. Hill is now recorded as “Joseph Benjamine Hill”.

 

Going from the cancellation books, it would appear that Peter Curtis took over the residency in the house that had been occupied by the Hill family in 1906, and that by then the house was owned by Thomas Jackson. It would not surprising if Joseph Hill was descended from William Hill and Esther Coulter who lived at Ballsmill, Co. Louth. The Hill family were Church of Ireland, and the Lynch’s were Catholic.

 

NOTE: I have used colour in the cells of the table to indicate family units. Two shades of green distinguish the two generations of Patrick Lynches.

 

Surname

Forename

County

Age

Sex

Birthplace

Occupation

Religion

Literacy

Relation to Head of Household

Marital Status

Hill

Matthew G

Louth

5

M

Wicklow Co

 

Irish Church

Cannot read

Son

Not Married

Hill

Lily H J

Louth

3

F

Louth Co

 

Irish Church

Cannot read

Daughter

Not Married

Hill

Elizabeth

Louth

30

F

Dublin Co

 

Irish Church

Read and write

Wife

Married

Hill

William

Louth

8

M

Wicklow Co

Scholar

Irish Church

Read and write

Son

Not Married

Hill

Mary M

Louth

9

F

Wicklow Co

Scholar

Irish Church

Read and write

Daughter

Not Married

Hill

Joseph

Louth

40

M

Kildare Co

Farm
Caretaker

Irish Church

Read and write

Head of Family

Married

Hill

Joseph B

Louth

1

M

Louth Co

 

Irish Church

Cannot read

Son

Not Married

Lynch

Mary Jane

Louth

22

F

Co Kildare

 

Roman Catholic

Read and write

Daughter

Not Married

Lynch

Mary

Louth

2

F

Co Louth

 

Roman Catholic

Cannot read

Daughter

Not Married

Lynch

Bridget

Louth

20

F

Co Kildare

 

Roman Catholic

Read and write

Daughter

Not Married

Lynch

Annie

Louth

26

F

Co Louth

 

Roman Catholic

Read write

Wife

Married

Lynch

Patrick

Louth

67

M

Co Kildare

Care Taker

Roman Catholic

Cannot read

Head of Family

Widower

Lynch

Patrick

Louth

29

M

Co Kildare

Agricultural Labourer

Roman Catholic

Read write

Head of Family

Married

Lynch

Thomas

Louth

0

M

Co Louth

 

Roman Catholic

Cannot read

Son

Not Married

Murray

Thomas

Louth

64

M

Co Louth

Agricultural Labourer

Roman Catholic

Cannot read

Head of Family

Married

Murray

Mary

Louth

63

F

Co Louth

 

Roman Catholic

Cannot read

Wife

Married

 

 

 

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