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Michael Dolan was from Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea
« on: Saturday 16 July 16 11:35 BST (UK) »
Hope someone can help me here.
My greatgrandfather Michael Dolan was from Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea, County Roscommon.
Listed on the 1901 Census form as:
Michael Dolan (head of household) age 40
Mary Ann (wife) age 40
Peter Dolan (my grandfather) age 20
Emmm Dolan age 18
Frances Dolan age 16
Mary Jane Dolan age 14
Bridget Dolan age 12
Patrick Dolan age 10
John Dolan age 9
Micheal Dolan age 7
Martha Dolan age 3
Thomas Dolan age 1
THIS IS THE EASY BIT (or at least what I thought was a great start!)
The 1911 Census – which should show an increase in age for each person of 10 years (unless of course any of the family was born between the end of March and first two days in April as the 1901 census was taken on 31/3/1901 and the 1911 census was taken on 2/4/1911.
For some inexplicable reason, the ages are way out as below . . .
Michael Dolan (head of household) age 58
Mary Ann (wife) age looks like 35, but I presume it is is 55
Peter Dolan (my grandfather) age 28
Emmm Dolan NOT LISTED
Frances Dolan NOT LISTED
Mary Jane Dolan NOT LISTED
Bridget Dolan age 20
Patrick Dolan age 18
John Dolan age 16
Micheal Dolan age 14
Martha Dolan age 12
Thomas Dolan age 10
The fact that Emma, Frances and Mary were not listed meant they had either left home or stayed the night in another house on the night of the census in 1911.
Mary Jane is said to have become a nun and moved to England, so it is very likely  she had already began her sisterhood at that time.
Frances (or Fanny as she was known to the family) is said to have moved to Belfast and again this may have been the reason she may have not been listed.
Emma (was known as Minnie) was possibly married in 1911 and living with her husband Tommy Cuddy in Howth.
Michael Dolan's wife was Mary Ann Brown and she died on the 14th March 1937, at Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea, County Roscommon. The cause of death was recorded on her death certificate as myocarditis – 10 days cardiac failure certified. Her death was reported by Martha Dolan, her daughter who was present at her death. Her age at last birthday was listed as 74 years of age.
If this is true, her date of birth would have been 1863 and in matching dates, I found an entry which I hope to be her. She was christened on on the 14th June.
Her father’s name was Edward Brown.
Her mother was Ellen Kennedy.
She was christened at: Catholic Parish: Kiltoom & Cam, Civil Parish: Kiltoom, Catholic Diocese: Elphin. The Sponsors were Thomas Kennedy and Ellen O’Neill
And a further search of her parents gave me a listing for:
Edward Brown and Ellen Kennedy were married  on 18/9/1858
Catholic Parish: Kiltoom & Cam, Civil Parish: Kiltoom, Catholic Diocese: Elphin.
Family sources (deceased) said that when my grandfather Michael Dolan and Mary Brown married, there were 50 sidecars at the wedding - an indication of how popular either or both of them were at the time. It is also said that Michael was a Herd for O'Connor Don.
Michael and Mary's children:
Martha (also known as Mattie) stayed at home in the old family house and never married.
Peter the eldest married my grandmother Mary Kate Grogan, on the 9th June 1914 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Castlerea, County Roscommon. Peter was listed on the marriage certificate as a farmer and Mary Kate as a farmer’s daughter. Peter’s address was Clooneyvendon, a few miles from Castlerea, where he had purchased a house and farm and Mary Kate was from Behy. Thomas Grogan was Mary Kate’s father, who was also a farmer. Peter and Mary Kate continued to reside at Clooneyvendon after this date. She was affectionately known all her life as Molly.
My mother, Mary (or Mae) was the eldest daughter of Peter and Molly.
I realise this is a very long post and contains a lot of names, but I am hoping that either the older or later generations may attract some interest among readers.
I am baffled at the age difference in the census records. If they were out by a year on one or two entries it would not look so strange, but the 1911 entries are way off in most cases.
I was wondering if there were any members who may have the baptism files or transcripts for Castlerea and may be able to find dates of birth for any of the above mentioned family names.
Also I am hoping that there are other Dolan researchers out there who may be related in some way and that we can share our resources. And/or Brown family researchers who may be able to confirm or build on any of the information I have found about my greatgrandmother Mary Ann Brown. Please bear in mind that perhaps her name was spelt Mary 'Anne'.
if you have got this far, thank you for your interest in reading my quest to find more accurate answers and I hope to hear back from anyone who can help me add more accurate details to my family history.  I am currently living in Perth, Australia which makes it very hard to research from afar. If I were in Ireland there is nothing I would like to do more than delve into the files available there. Thank you in advance for any assistance or explanation of the discrepancies on the two census forms.
Attached is the only family photo I have. Michael Dolan is pictured top left and Mary Ann is in the centre of the photo with the white top. I believe the photo was taken at the old house at Arm on an occasion when their daughter (a nun) had returned from England to visit.


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Re: Dolan Family of Roscommon
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 16 July 16 11:44 BST (UK) »
Hello,

You need to make this a separate thread- people will only find you if they are searching the Daly family.
You can click on 'report to moderator' and ask for your post to be moved to a new thread.
I have read the post but need to reread it  ;) but am thinking it is not part of the Daly research.

You will find many examples of increases/ wrong ages in censuses. The younger members are fairly close, I think. There was a Pension Act around 1908 which may have influenced some people to increase their age but also, age did not seem to be that important.
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Re: Dolan Family of Roscommon
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 16 July 16 12:06 BST (UK) »
You are right Heywood, it is not part of the Daly posting. Thanks for letting me know.
I find it confusing when posting on this website, I need it to be in the Roscommon threads, but after several failures, I found your post on Daly and presumed it was in the same area. Sorry!

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Re: Dolan Family of Roscommon
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 16 July 16 13:18 BST (UK) »
It's not my post  ;)
For any query, just go to the board you think is right, in this case the Roscommon board , and then start a new topic but no matter- a mod will move it for you.

Good luck!

I see it is now moved - Thank you moderators  :)
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Re: Michael Dolan was from Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 16 July 16 21:47 BST (UK) »
A lot to get through in that long post so just trying to break it down a bit.

1901 Census
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Roscommon/Castlereagh/Arm/1663995/

1911 Census
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Roscommon/Castlereagh/Arm/763029/

As heywood said the  discrepancies in ages are normal, off putting when you first encounter it but very common.

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Re: Michael Dolan was from Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 16 July 16 22:06 BST (UK) »

The fact that Emma, Frances and Mary were not listed meant they had either left home or stayed the night in another house on the night of the census in 1911.
Mary Jane is said to have become a nun and moved to England, so it is very likely  she had already began her sisterhood at that time.
Frances (or Fanny as she was known to the family) is said to have moved to Belfast and again this may have been the reason she may have not been listed.
Emma (was known as Minnie) was possibly married in 1911 and living with her husband Tommy Cuddy in Howth.


Are you sure about who the girls married.
There is a marriage in 1915 of a Mary Dolan and Thomas Cuddy.
http://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/2b2cbd6564921

And a Emma Dolan and Timothy Fox in 1911
http://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/2b2cbd6564921
Although she may be too old to be yours
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Roscommon/Drumdaff/Clooncashel_Beg/780395/

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Re: Michael Dolan was from Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 16 July 16 23:22 BST (UK) »

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Re: Michael Dolan was from Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 17 July 16 11:41 BST (UK) »
Thanks Sinann,

I will look more closely at the links later, however I don't understand why most of them have the mother as N/R. I presume this means not registered! Irish records are hard enough to find after Michael Collins blew up the records in 1920 but surely a registration would not be complete if it did not contain who registered the birth? Without a mother's  maiden name, it is not conclusive enough that any are the ones you want. So far I have not assumed anything as I would like my family history to be accurate.
Having said that I welcome your reply and please don't assume I am ungrateful. I am happy to receive any replies and links and I can confirm that my grandfather PETER DOLAN was born on the 23rd May 1881 at Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea, County Roscommon to Michael Dolan and Mary ANNE (Brown) Dolan as that is the only copy of  birth I have in my possession as someone got it from the National Archives and sent it to me.
Are most of the names on the last link entered with the mother's name deliberately missing so that you have to follow it up at the National Archives?

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Re: Michael Dolan was from Arm, Ballinapark, Castlerea
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 17 July 16 11:56 BST (UK) »
NR = The mother's name is not recorded on the index, it will be on the Cert, this was quite normal at the time the index was created. IrishGenealogy is working to improve the index but it is a huge task.

The facts on those burnt records http://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/irish-records-burned.html

The National Archives do not hold Civil Registration records, these are held by the GRO in Roscommon
http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/civil-records/help/i-want-to-get-a-copy-of-a-certificate-what-do-i-do