Small Sources 5: This is a small list we found in research on Wexford families. It shows 37 labourers or workmen on the Thomas Meyler Estate in the townland of Harristown, Parish of Kilcavan, Wexford in 1850. It is in a Workmen’s account book which shows the dates worked and payments made to each worker in May 1850. Payments vary from 4d (pence) to 12d (12 pence, which equals 1 shilling) per day. The women are paid 4d and most males paid 6d plus. This is low in comparison to wages seen in other sources, e.g. 8 pence per day for Lord Louth’s Labourers in 1801; or 10 pence/day for labourers in Doneraile in 1840. Another blog on labourers in Roscommon in 1820/21 shows a rate per day for men of 9 pence. However, this was just after the Great Famine, and a time of great depression in Ireland.
Lists of workmen are useful as the individuals listed are often difficult to find in the records. This is because some are not householders but rather lodged with their farmer employers. They will therefore not appear on land records. They are arranged in couples or family groups with one page per individual or group (with some exceptions as in the illustration). Many of the names are common Wexford names such as Roach (usually spelled Roche), Redmond, Corish, Cleary and Howlin.
The original is in National Library of Ireland Ms. 5356. As usual, if you make a connection with anyone on this list, we would be interested to hear. Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or obtain copies. Click here and quote ‘Wexford SS5’ in the subject line.
Name Author Notes
James and Pat Butler (Jim in some entries)
Owen, Bid and Nell Carroll
James and John Cleary
Ally and Mary Cleary
James Kaine (usually spelled Keane)
Thomas and Nelly Kelly
Paddy Kelly (Mower)
John McDaniel and Cath Scallan
Mary Maloy (usually spelled Molloy)
Philip, Mary and Ally Moran
Thomas Roach (usually spelled Roche)
Paddy Roach ”
Ann and Pat Roach ”
Other articles in our series on Irish Family Sources:
- Petty Sessions– the records of local courts
- Grand Jury Presentments – records of local councils on payments for public works and staff
- Rentals – management of tenants by estates and the records created
- Middle names – the use (or non-use) of second or middle names in Irish records
- How comprehensive are Irish Civil Records?
- Catholic Church Records
- Travellers’ accounts of Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries
- Census returns in Gaelic or Irish language
- 50+ blogs with names extracted from manuscript source. A handy map index to these is available here.