This post has more questions than answers. I know the Murray family lived in County Clare. Information from the Clare Heritage Centre in 1987 indicate my husband's grandmother, Susan Murray, and her family lived in Ballyvelaghan in County Clare, Ireland. However, researching this family is confusing as I have seen residences written as New Quay, Burren, and Ballyvelaghan.
Looking at Google Maps did not resolve my confusion about the location of the Murray home. However, the website Irish Townlands, based on OpenStreetMap, did help with my understanding of townlands.
According to Irish Townlands, Ballyvelaghan is in the Electoral Division of Abbey, in Civil Parish of Abbey, in the Barony of Burren, in the County of Clare.
Ballyvelaghan has an area of only .49 square miles and is bordered by New Quay and Finavarra Demense to the west, Cartron and Munnia to the east, and Mortyclough to the south.
New Quay (also seen as Newquay) is in the Electoral Division of Abbey, in the Civil Parish of Oughtmama, in the Barony of Burren, in the County of Clare.
- 1874 - Marriage record for James and Celia. James' home is written as New Quay. Celia's home was Pullogh in County Galway.
- 1875 - Residence is Ballyvelaghan on Mary Murray's birth record.
- 1876 - Residence is Ballyvelaghan on Tom Murray's birth record.
- 1878 - Residence is Ballyvelaghan on Bridget Murray's birth record.
- 1880 - Residence is Ballyvelaghan on Sarah Murray's birth record.
- 1890 - Residence is Ballyvelaghan on Peter Murray's death record.
- 1896 - Residence on Susan Murray's birth record is New Quay.
- 1901 - The Murray family is recorded on the census as living in Ballyvelaghan.
- 1906 - James paid for a dog license. His residence was recorded as New Quay.
- 1908 - Ellen Murray (aka Helen / Sister Columbkill) reported her father's address as New Quay.
- 1909 - James residence is listed as Ballyvelaghan in court records - charged with not having his name printed on a wagon when on a public street.
- 1911 - The Murray family was recorded on the census as living in Ballyvelaghan.
|James Murray was reported as the landowner of a house with 5 to 6 rooms in Ballyvelaghan on the 1911 census. One Irish cousin thought the house had been torn down. Another said that it was a two story farm house and is still standing.|
- 1911 - Catherine "Kate" Murray reported her father's address as Burrin on the ship manifest to the USA.
- 1920 - James requested a census record and his address was written as Balleyveleghan, New Quay, Burrin, Co. Clare
- 1923 - James paid for a dog license. His residence was recorded as New Quay.
- 1935 - James' death record indicates his residence was Ballyvelaghan.
- 1943 - Celia's death record gives her residence was New Quay.
AND, my last question - Is my post, A Cemetery in New Quay, County Clare, correctly titled? OR, should it be A Cemetery in Mortyclough, County Clare?
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Ancestry.com. "James Murray in the Web: Ireland, Census, 1901."Web. 10 May. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=70667&h=9623321&tid=45260559&pid=48578508058>.
Ancestry.com. "James Murray in the Web: Ireland, Census, 1911." Web. 10 May. 2017. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=70564&h=13723008&tid=45260559&pid=48578508058>.
Clare Maps. Web. 10 May. 2017. <http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/maps/genmap/#M9C-9.08788!53.15536Z15F1L11L30a5*>.
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.
The Family of James Murray and Cecilia Linane. Freepages., 2005. Web. 10 May. 2017. <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bryanquinn/Murray-James-Linane-Cecilia.htm>.
Find My Past. Institutes & Organizations. Web. 10 May. 2017. <http://search.findmypast.com/results/ireland-records-in-institutes-and-organizations?firstname=james&lastname=murray&keywordsplace=new%20quay>.