Thursday, June 10, 2010

1911 Census: Two girls named Mary Angela Fitzpatrick

Recently I received an email from Joe who indicated that his grandmother had a sister named Mary Angela Fitzpatrick. Joe asked if my Mary Angela Fitzpatrick and his Mary Angela Fitzpatrick were one in the same. Turns out they are not; however, in the 1911 census of Ireland if you search in all of the counties in the entire country there are only two girls identified in the census who bear the name Mary Angela Fitzpatrick. I thought it might be interesting to consider what life might have been like in 1911 for Joe's Mary Angela and for my Mary Angela.

Joe's Mary Angela Fitzpatrick

In 1911 Joe's Mary Angela was nine years old. She was born in 1902 in Mountmellick, Queen's County (known today as Laois, pronounced leash). The area was shired in 1556 by Queen Mary and then named Queen's County. Laois was christened with its present Irish language name with the founding of the Irish State after the War of Independence.

The mother of Joe's Mary Angela was Annie Fitzpatrick. Annie gave birth to 9 children, 7 of whom were alive in 1911. In addition to being a wife and mother, Annie has a listed occupation of Dressmaker. Mary Angela's father was named Patrick; his occupation is listed as Tailor. Although the census lists the home as a private dwelling, I understand from Joe that Patrick and Annie ran a tailoring shop out of their home. Patrick Fitzpatrick was born in Queen's county, as were his wife and all of his children.

According to the 1911 census the family of nine, including Mary Angela, lived at 39 Moore Street, Mountmellick Urban, Queen's County. Prior to Mary Angela's birth, according to the 1901 census, the family lived at 17 Pound Street, Dangans, Mountmellick Town, Queen's County. On census day 1901 the only members of the family were Patrick, Annie and their 5 month old son Joseph.

Take a look at the 1911 census for Joe's Mary Angela Fitzpatrick:

My Mary Angela Fitzpatrick

In 1911 my Mary Angela was 16 years old. She was born in Dublin City, County Dublin in 1895 and in 1911 lived with her family at 180.1 Townsend Street in a house they shared with two other families, a total of 21 people. Mary Angela's family of 7 occupied 2 rooms.

Mary Angela's mother's name was Mary. Mary had given birth to 7 children, 5 of whom were alive in 1911. Mary Angela's father's name was Thomas; his occupation is listed as Coal Labourer. Mary Angela's parents were both born in Dublin City. Four of their seven children were born in Dublin City; two were born in Liverpool, and the birthplace of one child I do not yet know. According to the 1901 U.K. census, prior to living in Townsend Street Dublin, then six year old Mary Angela and her family, which included her five year old brother Joseph, had moved out of Ireland and were living in Great Howard Street, Liverpool. My Fitzpatricks moved back to Dublin sometime before 1907, and by that time little Joseph was dead.

Take a look at the 1911 Census for my Mary Angela Fitzpatrick:

These Fitzpatrick families may be connected to one another in some way of which I'm not currently aware. I think it's really interesting to note that these two girls, the only two in the 1911 Irish Census who were called by the name Mary Angela Fitzpatrick, share a number of similarities. Both were Roman Catholic. Both had families in which two siblings had died. Both had brothers named Joseph; each girl was born within a year (either before or after) their respective Joseph. My Mary Angela lived in the capital, Dublin City. Joe's Mary Angela lived in Mountmellick, a town in the country. I guess we could call them the city Mary Angela and the country Mary Angela. It's interesting to think about these two girls with the same name existing in the same dimension of time, but in many ways living very different lives. I wonder what they dreamed about.

1 comment:

  1. I think it's amazing to be able to learn so much about a family, and sometimes an individual, by looking at one or two census records. This was a great post to point that out. Thanks.


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