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Looking for information on William Johnston living in gortnagullion drumkeeran kesh Co Fermanagh at the end of 1800s


Saturday 21st May 2022, 03:19PM

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  • I don’t see a Johnston household in Gortnagullion in the 1901 census:

    Nor in 1911:

    Nor is there a Johnston household listed there in the Valuation Revision records 1882 – 1898.

    What evidence have you found linking the family to that townland?

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 21st May 2022, 06:48PM
  • Hi Elwyn

    I can't find anything after 1893 when his son Patrick married. I did have evidence that a James Johnston owned area there and Monaghan's. 



    Monday 23rd May 2022, 07:37AM
  • ATM47,

    The 1893 marriage certificate tells us that Patrick was a labourer (as was his father). He was evidently living in Gortnagullion then but it may not be where was born.  Labourers moved around a lot to follow the available work. They can be difficult to trace. Often their houses were of too low a value to appear in the land records, and often they didn’t stay in one place long enough to be recorded there.…

    I see Patrick was a widower. Have you found his first marriage? That might give a different townland.

    Labourers generally weren’t landowners. The James Johnston you mention who was a landowner is likely to be a different family.



    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 3rd Jun 2022, 07:09AM

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