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Can anyone provide me with some interpretation on this work house record?  Apparently John Austin was paid for 60 yards of broken rock at Casp(?) @ 7p by the workhouse in the Kilrush Poor Law Union.  

First, could the location "Casp" really be Cross, which is where my John Austin was living at the time? If not, do you know what location this might be?

What was breaking rock - was it to create broken rock for some actual purpose or just to make the poor guy do something?

I had been hoping to find some record of John Austin (born apx 1792)  and his three daughters Mary, Ann and Bridget (born about (1827, 1831, 1840) being sent with relief money to the United States approximatley 1851 (per a US County History Book) from County Clare.  I could not find any passenger records for the four traveling together.  Perhaps John's wife accompanied them or she may have died in Ireland.

Through Tithe Applotments (searching for the surname Austin and his wife's maiden surname O'keefe), I landed on the possible townlands of Cross and Kilballyowen in the civil parish of Kilballyowen. The family was Catholic and unfortunately, no church records exist for this parish in this time frame, so I cannot be sure this is the right location.

I apoligize for the small snip of the workhouse record.  I just lost access to the library version of Find My Past and could not get another copy of the entire page.  

Have I missed any possible sources of information?

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and interest in genealogy.  

Best regards,



Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 12:29AM

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