A couple weeks ago I discovered an old photo posted at Ancestry.com of a house I looked at on my visit in 2019. This house is on the land of Patrick Mullen who was born about 1797, and died in May 1887 in Pollaturick, Milltown, Co. Galway, Ireland. This Patrick Mullen is my 3rd great-grandfather.
When I visited the family townland of Pollaturick in 2019 I spoke with a couple neighbors who agreed that Michael Mullen, one of Patrick's sons, lived in the house that was in the photo I found at Ancestry. The house is still there but is now empty. I wondered if that was a house built by his father, Patrick, because for many years there was only one house on the land in that general area, according to ordnance maps.
I remembered I had overlaid a recent map showing the current house over an 1839 ordnance map. The map shows a house behind the current house. This made me wonder if the house sitting on the property was the same house but the 1839 map is incorrect?
This also brought up something I didn't consider. My ancestor Patrick Mullen Jr. married in 1880 and continued to live on the family land while his father and sister Bridget, and brother Michael, were living on the property.. Did they live in the same house? In Jan 1887 Michael Mullen married. Did he build the house still standing on the property around that year or did he take over his father Patrick's house after his death in May of that year?
There currently are two houses on the Patrick Mullen Sr. property. A concrete house on the property was thought by neighbors to belong to descendants of Patrick Mullen Jr., my 2nd great-grandfather. When it was built is unknown, but this fact seemed to suggest the Patrick and Michael Mullen brothers lived in different houses, and these houses referred to above were the two houses.
I decided to do more research on the plot originally owned by Patrick Mullen Sr. because of the questions that now occurred to me.
Goals of research
- Who built the two houses now on the property?
- When were they built?
- Who lived in each of the houses through the years
- How was the land divided between Michael and Patrick after their father died?
Records used to answer these questions
- Griffith's Valuation
- OSI Maps (Ordnance Survey Ireland)
- Revision a.k.a Canceled books
- Deeds from the Dublin Registry of Deeds (accessed at FamilySearch.org online)
- Land folios
- 1901 and 1911 Censuses Ireland