Kilvine Civil Parish and the Incidence of the Coffee (Coffey, Coffy) Surname in Griffith's Valuation, County Mayo, Ireland

There were no individuals with the Coffee, Coffey or Coffy Surname documented in Kilvine Civil Parish when the Griffith's Valuation was conducted in 1856.

Kilvine Civil Parish is part of Clanmorris Barony and is included in Ballindine Roman Catholic Parish. According to the LDS Microfilm for Kilvine Civil Parish, Ballindine was the "Historical Name" for the Catholic Parish that covers Kilvine. It is also referred to as Kilvine/Crossboyne Catholic Parish. Unfortunately, the church parish records for this Civil Parish weren't documented until 1872, leaving a big gap in the famine era records. There are only 14 Townlands in Kilvine Civil Parish, the largest of which was Kilvine when the Griffith's Valuation was conducted around 1856. It is located down near the point where County Galway, County Roscommon and County Mayo meet.

Church Records for this Parish are covered on LDS Microfilm Number 1279206 item 10 which includes Baptisms 1872-1911 and Marriages 1872-1908.

When the Griffith's Valuation was conducted in 1856, the only Catholic Chapel documented for Kilvine Civil Parish was in the Townland of Ballinvilla, and the only Graveyard in the Townland of Kilvine. (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Kilvine).

From an economic standpoint, Kilvine appeared to have the most commercial activity when the Griffith's Valuation was conducted, with a forge, gig mill and kiln, and the Townlands of Burris, Creevard and Crumlin each had a forge. Cuillaun, Burris and Knockadoon each had Herd's Houses and Doonamacreena had a Herd's House as well as a Mill. (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Kilvine). There were no "fair greens" or "Tolls and Customs for Fairs" listed in Griffith's Valuation; I couldn't find any patent applications for Kilvine Civil Parish and "The Statistical Survey of County Mayo" compiled in 1802 didn't mention Kilvine in its listing of markets.

There were no lakes, rivers or fisheries documented in Griffith's Valuation for Kilvine Civil Parish but there were several "Bog" parcels. Samuel Lewis describes a large amount of bog area in this Civil Parish in his "A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland." (Lewis, 1837, 1984, p. 218).

As far as education goes, I didn't see any schools listed in Griffith's Valuation for Kilvine Civil Parish, but "A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" described one private school when it was compiled in 1837. (Lewis, 1837; 1984, p. 218).

David Rutledge was one of the primary landlords in Kilvine Civil Parish, his representation being particularly heavy in the larger Townland of Kilvine. Walter Bourke, James Thorngate, Thomas Lambert and Hon. Geoffrey Browne were represented here multiple times as well. (Griffith, 1847-1864;2003, Kilvine). I was able to find David Rutledge and Walter Bourke in the compilation "Return of Owners of Land of One Acre and Upwards". David Rutledge lived in Barbersford, Tuam and held 4329 acres in County Mayo and Walter Bourke lived in Curranebay, Belmullet and held 2755 acres in County Mayo. There were two Thomas Lamberts (both residing in County Galway) in this compilation, but only one held land in County Mayo, T.C. Lambert with 989 acres. (Local Gov't Board, 1876, p. 307,310, 312). T.C. Lambert is listed as Captain Thomas C Lambert in the Archive CD Books, Ireland compilation "The Landowners of Ireland" by Hussey Deburgh. (Deburgh, 1878; 2007, p. 257).

Like many other Civil Parishes in County Mayo, the population of Kilvine declined during the peak famine years, going from 2236 in 1841 to 1697 in 1851, it rebounded back up to 1735 in 1881, but dropped way down to 658 by the year 1979. (O'Hara, 1982, p. 8). When I first began my research on County Mayo, I expected to see the most significant population decline in the 1840's and 1850's not in the late 19th and 20th Centuries.