Old Age Pension Claims...

The old age pension was introduced on 1 January 1909 for those over seventy years of age.

It is worth checking the old age pension search forms, as they contain extracts from the 1841 and 1851 censuses, the originals of which were almost completely destroyed.

The old age pension was introduced on 1 January 1909 for those over seventy years of age. For many born before 1864, when the state registration of births began in Ireland, it was necessary to pay for a search to be made of the 1841 and 1851 censuses in order to prove their entitlement to the pension.

The forms submitted by the claimants include such information as the names of parents, location at the time of the 1841 or 1851 census, and age at the time of the claim and during the relevant census year.

Individual application forms completed by or on behalf of the applicant are known as ‘green forms’. The green forms are held at the National Archives, Dublin, under reference CEN/S/8.

Another form of evidence related to the old age pension returns are ‘form 37s’, which were submitted by local pensions offices. These include the applicant’s name, stated age, parents’ names and address at the time of the census. Details of the search were added to the form, and each claim was bound according to barony in a series of volumes that are now deposited in PRONI.

A partial index is available on microfiche (MF/9/1/1–9), but its entries relate to the Mormon microfilm copy and do not always correspond to the originals. A volume based mainly on surviving old age pension claims was compiled by Josephine Masterson of Indianapolis, USA. This is entitled Ireland: 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Northern Ireland).

There are some 82 forms recording results of searches almost exclusively in the 1851 census. The references are for the part of the parish in Co. Down: CEN /S/8/1022-1104 and for Co. Armagh. CEN/S/2/1098-1109. Co. Armagh covered by ED Newry, but townlands in Co. Armagh are listed under Co. Down, Newry ED.

Some extracts from the 1841 and 1851 census returns are available in the National Archives, Dublin (see below) and in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

In PRONI there are 1085 search forms for Co. Down (T/550). These were prepared in order to determine the ages of individuals in support of their claims for the old age pension introduced in 1909. A detailed list of the surnames for which there are extracts from the 1841 and 1851 census for the parish of Newry in the National Archives, Dublin is given below:

CEN/S/8
Townland/Street
Name Year
1022 Ballyholland, Kr Uppr Chambers 1851
1023 Ballyholland, Lr Uppr Kerr (McAteer) 1851
1024 Ballyholland, Lr Uppr McAteer (Keenan) 1851
1025 Ballyholland, Lr Uppr McAteer 1851
1026 Ballyholland, Lr Uppr McShane 1851
1027 Ballyholland Upper McShane 1851
1028 Ballynacraig Havern (Clarke) 1851
1029 Benagh Scott (Moore) 1851
1030 Benagh Scott 1851
1031 Carnacally Berry 1851
1032 Carneyhough, Drumcashellone Grant 1851
1033 Carnmeen Revy (O’Hare) 1851
1034 Castle Enigan Rainey (Clegg) 1851
1035 Cloghanramer O’Neill (McKay) 1851
1036 Commons, Lr Uppr, Ballyholland, Ballynacraig Ingram (Trimble) 1851
1037 Crobane, Derryleckagh Buchanan (Scott) 1851
1038 Crobane Carter 1841
1039 Crobane Carter 1851
1040 Crobane Cunningham 1851
1041 Crobane Lister (Newell) 1851
1042 Croreagh Cowan 1851
1043 Curley Maxwell (Niblock) 1851
1044 Damolly Weir (Baird) 1851
1045 Derryleckagh Buchanan (Copland) 1851
1046 Derryleckagh McAvoy 1851
1047 Desert Glenny (Murdoch) 1851
1048 Desert Hanna (Reid) 1851
1049 Desert Hanna 1851
1050 Desert Mallon (applicant) 1851
1051 Desert Mallon (applicant) 1851?
1052 Edenmore Hillen (Gallagher) 1851
1053 Finnard Heslip (Bell) 1851
1054 Finnard Martin 1851
1055 Finnard Martin 1851
1056 Greenan Fee (Maginnetty) 1851
1057 Greenan McDonnell 1841/51
1058 Greenan McDonnell 1851
1059 Greenan McGewn 1851
1060 Greenan, Newry Town, Boat or Kilmorey Street Roche (applicant) 1841
1061 Greenan Roche (applicant) 1851
  Newry town Boat or Kilmorey St    
1062 Greenan Traynor (McLaughlin) 1851
1063 Lisduff Burns (McCullough) 1851
1064 Lisduff McWilliam (applicant) 1841
1065 Lisnaree Andrews (Craig) 1851
1066 Loughorne Bradford 1851?
1067 Newry town, Canal Street Lockhart (applicant) 1851
1068 Castle Street, Boat Street Carroll (Brady) 1851
1069 Castle Street Collins (McGuigan) 1851?
1070 Castle Street McEvoy 1851
1071 Chapel Street Bashford (Meehan) 1851
1072 Chapel Street Campbell 1851
1073 Chapel Street Devine (Curley) 1851
1074 Chapel Street Ingram 1851
1075 Chapel Street, High Street Lundy (McCaffer) 1851
1076 Chapel Street Savage (Whelan) 1851
1077 Chapel Street Smith 1851
1078 Church Street Kerr (McAtee) 1851
1079 Church Street Morgan (Sand) 1851
1080 Cowan Street Fowler (Elliott) 1851
1081 Cowan Street Henderson 1851
1082 Newry Town, Cowan Street, Military Barracks Mann* 1851
1083 Cowan Street, Cowansyard Street, Stream Street Martin (Kitchner) 1851
1084 Downshire Road Livingstone (Frazer) 1851
1085 High Street Connor 1841
1086 High Street Connor 1851
1087 High Street Shevlin (Farlane) 1851?
1088 Hill Street McAnulty 1851
1089 Hill Street O’Hanlon (O’Neill) 1851
1090 Margaret Street Shevlin (O’Hagan) 1851
1091 Market Street, Market Square St Marron 1851?
1092 Market St Shevlin (O’Hagan) 1851?
1093 Nicholson’s Court Rooney 1841
1094 Nicholson’s Court Rooney 1851
1095 North Street or Trevor Hill Street Grant 1851
1096 Newry town, Pound Street Kane 1841
1097 Pound Street Kane 1851
1098 Pound Street Rodgers (Sands) 1851
1099 Pound Street Thompson (Macombe) 1851
1100 Talbot Street Gracey 1851
1101 William Street, River Street Carroll (Brady) 1851
1102 Shinn Camlin 1851
1103 Shinn Means (Lyons) 1851
1104 Shinn Wilson (Sloan)* 1851

 

CEN/S/2/1098-1109, Newry, Co. Armagh

CEN/S/8 Townland/Street Name Year
1098 Altnavagh McAlpine 1851
1099 Ballilane Graham 1851
1099 Derrymore, Killevy & Newry McClean/Doherty 1851
1099   Donaldson 1851
1100 Drumalane Clarke 1841
1101 Drumalane Clarke 1851
1102 Fathom Lower & Upper Hollywood (Cull) 1851
1103 Canal Street Dodds (Erskine) 1851
1104 Canal Street Adams 1851
1105 Canal Street Bell (Begley) 1851
1106 Catherine St Whitfield 1851
1107 Catherine St Duffy 1851
1108 Monaghan St McComb 1851
1109 Monaghan St Hunter 1851