Ballintober

Kilconnell Parish

Aisling Deely

The name Ballintober derives from the Gaelic Baile an Tobair meaning townland of the well. Ballintober is a townland in the civil parish of Kilconnell in the electoral district of Kilconnell, the barony of Kilconnell and the county of Galway. It lies in the South of the parish bounded by Curraneena townland in this parish and by Ballantubber in the parish of Killallaghton in the barony of Kilconnell.

O’Donovan’s Field Name Books (1838)

According to O’Donovan’s field name books (1838) the standard spelling for the townland is Ballintober. O’Donovan states that there is a reference to the townland of Ballintober and the Irish version is Baile an Tobair. In addition to this, the townland name has various spelling names assigned to it over time. They include the following: Ballantubber Boundary by Sketch Map Ballintubber William French, Esqr. Ballantubber Revd. W Collis, Ballantubber James Lambert, Esqr. Ballintubber Thos. Bermingham, Esqr. Ballintober Inq. Temp. Jac. Ballantobber Inq. Temp. Car. I. Ballintobber Inq. Temp. Gul. III.

It is the property of J ? French Esqr., held by deed for ever. It contains 25acres. 0roods. and 10perches. about 1/3 of it is bog, the remainder of a poor quality. For the last half year 4th October 1837 the amount of County Cess is £0. 13s. 8 ½ d.

Griffiths Valuation

According to Griffiths Valuation the area of the townland of Ballintobber is 25 acres, 0 roods, and 10 perches. The valuation of the land was £11. 5s. 0d gwins a total valuation of £11.5s. and 0d. In 1850 John Loughnanne owned all the land in Ballintobber.

Tithe Applotment

Ballintober Tithe Applotoment books were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. The land was measured in Irish acres or plantation acres at the time and this equated to 16198 English acres. The tithe applotment for the townland of Ballintobber was undertaken in 1837. According to the tithe applotment books, Ballintobber held 1614 acres, 1 rood, and 23 perches which was occupied by 1 tenant. The following is an account of the tennants’ landholdings, the value of their acres, the amount of composition of the tithe and how this was dispensed among the church hierarchy.

Catherine Cahill held 2 acres, 1 rood, and 30 perches of land and had a total valuation of £1791. 16s. and 7 ½ d. She paid £57. 17s. and 10 ½ d of a tithe tax. The ecclesiastical commissioners received £14. 15s. and 8 ½ d. The Rector received £43. 2s. and 2d.

Census 1901 for Ballintobber

There were 4 households listed in the townland of Ballintober in 1901. All of the occupants of the households were Roman Catholic. There were ten male and eleven female inhabitants. All of the occupants were born in Co. Galway. The heads of the households were: John Colohan, Patrick McLoughlin, Rose Monahan and Anne M. Fahey. The census forms that were collected on the 12th April 1901 showed that 4 houses were listed as private dwellings.

John Colohan (81) lived with his wife Margaret (46), sons Michael (26), John (24), Patrick (23) and daughter Margaret (16). John listed his occupation as a farmer. Both John and Margaret spoke Irish and English. John could read and write. Michael, John and Patrick were listed as farmer’s sons and Margaret was listed as farmer’s daughter. All of the children could read and write. The Colohan family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. John owned the land on which the house was situated.

Patrick McLoughlin (45) lived with his wife Catherin (30) his 4 daughters Mary (6), Kate (4), Anne, (2) and Eliza. Patrick listed his occupation as agricultural labourer. Catherin could read and write. Mary was listed as a scholar and could read. Kate, Anne and Eliza have no listed occupations. The McLoughlin lived in a 2nd class house with 3 windows and the house had 2 rooms. Anne Fahey owned the land on which the house was situated.

Rose Monahan (69) a widow lived with her son John (39), her daughter Kate Loughnane (35) also a widow, and John Fergus (20). Rose listed her occupation as a farmer. Rose spoke Irish and English and could read and write.  John spoke Irish and English and could read and write. Kate could read and write. John Fergus was listed as a farm servant. John could only read. The Monahan family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Rose owned the land on which the house was situated.

Anne M Fahey (47) a widow lived with her sons John (23), Dan (14), her daughter Mary (20) and Michl Kilkelly (34). Anne M Fahey listed her occupation as a farmer. Anne M Fahey spoke Irish and English and could read and write. John was listed as a farmer he could read and write.  Dan was listed as a scholar and could read and write. Michl Kilkelly was listed as a general servant. Michl could read and spoke Irish and English. The Fahey family lived in a 2nd class house with 5 front windows and the house had 3 rooms. Anne owned the land on which the house was situated.

Census 1911 for Ballintobber

There were 3 households listed in the townland of Ballintober in 1911. There were eight male and nine female inhabitants. All of the occupants of the households were born in Co. Galway. The heads of the households were: Michael Colohan, John Fahey, and John Monaghan. The census forms that were collected on the 11th April 1911 showed 3 houses listed as private dwellings. Overall there was a total of 11 farm buildings (4 stables, 1 coach house, 3 cow houses, 2 piggeries, and 2 fowl houses.

Michael Colohan (40) lived with his wife Esther (35), son John (1), daughter Margaret (2), niece Mary Connolly (3) and his mother Margaret (74), a widow. Michael listed his occupation as a farmer. Both Michael and Esther could read and write. Margaret, John and Mary Connolly were listed as scholars. The Colohan family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. Michael owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 cow house, 1 piggery, and 1 fowl house.

John Fahey (32) lived with Joseph McDonagh (40), Michael Kilkelly (45), and Margaret Healy (73). John listed his occupation as a farmer. John could read and write. Joseph McDonagh and Michael Kilkelly were listed as farm servants. Margaret Healy was listed as a domestic servant. Joseph McDonagh spoke Irish and English and could read and write. Michael Kilkelly spoke Irish and English and could read and write. Margaret Healy spoke Irish and English. The Fahey family lived in a 2nd class house with 5 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. John owned the land on which the house was situated along with 1 stable, 1 coach house, 1 cow house, 1 calf house and 1 fowl house.

John Monaghan (48) lived with his wife Margaret (29), sons Martin Jas (2), John Jas (1), daughters Mary (3), Rose and his mother Rose (81) a widow. John listed his occupation as a farmer. Both John and Margaret could read and write. Mary, Martin Jas, John Jas, and Rose were listed as scholars. Rose spoke Irish and English. The Monaghan family lived in a 2nd class house with 3 front windows and the house had 2 rooms. John owned the land on which the house was situated along with 2 stables, 1 cow house, and 1 piggery.

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