The Mathew Brannan (Brennan) and Mary Conway Family of Huddersfield England: An Analysis of their Migration from County Mayo Ireland to Northwich, Cheshire, England and on to Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England

The Connaught Counties of Galway, Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo are heavily represented in the Huddersfield England Census Records when the county names are given as a place of birth. The amazing research compiled on the Irish in England by great authors like Donald Macraid, Roger Swift, Donald E Jordan Junior, Sheridan Gilley, Kevin O'Connor, John Belchem, Frank Boyce and L. W. Brady among others seems to support repeated migration trails from certain counties in Ireland to certain places in England.

My objective in this research is to analyze the Brennan Families in Huddersfield England Census records over the years to see migration pattern trends from certain counties, possible Civil Parishes in Ireland and even with families of the surname itself. I hope to eventually connect them to the Brennans that I am identifying in the Catholic Church Records in both County Mayo and County Roscommon Ireland. This will most definitely be a work in progress and all findings I speculate on would have to be proven for accuracy with GRO of England marriage records, church baptismal records and death records among other genealogical records. Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate.

Fellow Genealogist, Sandra who is researching this family, was an inspirational factor and significant contributor to this page on Mathew Brannan and Mary Conway. She uncovered some great information in the "Non-conformist Records" on the familysearch.org site that I had not even thought of searching in! Please contact us if you feel that you may be descendents of this line so that we can try to link this Corcoran line together and work toward finding out their specific origins in County Mayo, Ireland.

Census Year/District or other Record Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status and Misc. Info
1851 Cheshire Leftwich England Census District 16a Yorkshire Buildings Brennon, Larrins, Head 60 Ireland Laborer M
1851 Cheshire Leftwich Census District 16a Yorkshire Buildings Brennon, Mary, Wife 50? Ireland   M
1851 Cheshire Leftwich Census District 16a Yorkshire Buildings Brennon, Catharine, Daughter 14 Ireland    
1851 Cheshire Leftwich Census District 16a Yorkshire Buildings Brennon, Mathew, Son 12 Ireland    
England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 for Lawrence Brennan; Marriage of Mathew's brother Michael; familysearch.org   Brannan, Michael and Catherine McCormick Marriage December 16, 1850 at Witton-cum-Tuambrooks Cheshire, England       Michael's father is listed as Lawrence Brennan. Film # 2094517 (Kudos to Sandra for the find!)
England Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 for Lawrence Brennan; Marriage for Mathew's sister Catherine Witton-cum Twambrooks, Cheshire, England Brannan, Catherine married Thomas Costello February 20, 1854       Catherine Brannan's father is listed as Laurence Brannan in the record; film 2094517
England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 for Leary Brannon Burial Witton-Cum-Twambrooks, Cheshire, England Brannon, Leary age 69 was buried January 23, 1855       Leary's Father was Patrick Brannon; Film 2103771
England, Cheshire Non Conformist Records, 1671-1900 on familysearch.org St Wilfred's Church, Cheshire, England Brennan, Mattheum and Mariam Conway Married October 22, 1857       Matheum's parents list Laurentii Brennan; record place Northwich, Cheshire, England; Abode Northwich, Cheshire, England; digital folder 4304358; (Sandra found these great non- conformist records!)
Cheshire Marriage Indexes 1856-1860   Brannan, Mathew and Mary Conway, Northwich, Civil Marriage, Cheshire West       Ref# NO/1/110 (special thanks to Genealogist dgstocks for this pertinent info!)
Free BMD England marriage Index Cheshire   Brannan, Mathew and Conway, Mary Northwich, Cheshire Quarter December 1857       Page 8a, Volume 315
Cheshire BMD Birth Index (possible birth record for Anne)   Brannan, Annie, Northwich, Cheshire West 1859       Reference # NO/19/079
Cheshire BMD Birth Index (possible birth record for Thomas)   Brannan, Thomas Northwich, Cheshire West 1861       Reference # NO/21/070
England Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900 for Thomas Brennan Great Budworth, St Wilfred's Catholic Church Northwich, Cheshire Brennan, Thomas baptized December 14, 1850       Thomas' parents are listed as Mathw Brennan and Mariae Conway Brennan; Film #2068194
1861 Cheshire, Northwich England Census, District 17 Crumb Hill Brannan, Mathew, Head 23 Ireland Salt Maker M
1861 Cheshire, Northwich England, District 17 Crumb Hill Brannan, Mary, Wife 22 Ireland   M
1861 Cheshire Northwich England District 17 Crumb Hill Brannan, Anne, Daughter 2 Cheshire, Northwich, Ireland    
1861 Cheshire, Northwich England District 17 Crumb Hill Brannan, Thomas, Son 6 mos Cheshire, Northwich, Ireland    
Cheshire BMD Birth Index (possible birth record for John)   Brannan, John, Northwich Cheshire West 1863       Reference # NO/24/029
Cheshire BMD Birth Index (possible birth Record for Mathew)   Brannan, Mathew Northwich Cheshire West 1865       Reference # NO/26/075
Cheshire BMD Birth Index (possible birth record for Michael)   Brannan, Michael Northwich Cheshire West 1867       Reference # NO/28/082
Cheshire BMD Birth Index (possible birth Record for Martin)   Brannon, Martin Northwich Cheshire West 1869       Reference # NO/31/005
1871 Cheshire, Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Brannan, Mathew, Head 30 Ireland Salt Boiler M
1871 Cheshire, Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Brannan, Mary, Wife 32 Ireland   M
1871 Cheshire Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Brannan, Anne, Daughter 12 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar  
1871 Cheshire Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Brannan, Thomas, Son 10 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar  
1871 Cheshire Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Brannan, John, Son 8 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar  
1871 Cheshire Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Brannan, Mathew, Son 6 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar  
1871 Cheshire Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Brannan, Michael, Son 4 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar  
1871 Cheshire Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Brannan, Martin, Son 1 Cheshire, Northwich, England    
1871 Cheshire Northwich England District 11 21 Crum Hill Welsh, Mary, Aunt 60 Ireland   W
Cheshire BMD Birth Index (Possible birth index for Patrick)   Brannan, Patrick Northwich Cheshire West 1871       Reference # NO/33/044
1881 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 18 Black Lion Yard, Swallow Street Brannan, Mathew, Head 40 Mayo, Ireland Laborer M
1881 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 18 Black Lion Yard, Swallow Street Brannan, Mary, Wife 42 Mayo, Ireland   M
1881 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 18 Black Lion Yard, Swallow Street Brannan, Mathew, Son 15 Cheshire, Northwich England Scholar U
1881 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 18 Black Lion Yard, Swallow Street Brannan, Michael, Son 13 Cheshire, Northwich England Scholar U
1881 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 18 Black Lion Yard, Swallow Street Brannan, Martin, Son 11 Cheshire, Northwich England Scholar  
1881 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 18 Black Lion Yard, Swallow Street Brannan, Patrick, Son 9 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar  
1881 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 18 Black Lion Yard, Swallow Street Brannan, Mary, Daughter 2 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Scholar  
Free BMD England Marriage Index Huddersfield (possible marriage record for Annie Brannan and Michael Reynolds)   Brennan, Annie and Michael Reynolds Huddersfield Quarter September 1884       Volume 9a, Page 524
1891 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 8 Stott's Yard Upperhead Row Brennan, Mathew, Head 54 Ireland Laborer's Mason M
1891 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 8 Stott's Yard Upperhead Row Brennan, Mary, Wife 54     M
1891 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 8 Stott's Yard Upperhead Row Brennan, Mathew, Son 24 Cheshire, Northwich, England Hawker U
1891 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 8 Stott's Yard Upperhead Row Brennan, Michael, Son 22   Hawker U
1891 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 8 Stott's Yard Upperhead Row Brennan, Mary, Daughter 13 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Carpet Rug Weaver  
1891 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 8 Stott's Yard Upperhead Row Reynolds, Michael, Son in Law 28 Oldham, Lancashire, England Mason M
1891 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 8 Stot's Yard Upperhead Row Reynolds, Annie, Wife 31 Cheshire, Northwich, England Cotton Box Tenter M
1891 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 8 Stott's Yard Upperhead Row Reynolds, Mary Jane, Daughter 5 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Scholar  
Free BMD England Marriage Index Huddersfield (possible marriage record for Mary Brannan/Sykes Walker)   Brennan, Mary and Walker, Sykes Huddersfield Quarter March 1897       Volume 9a, page 508
1901 Yorkshire Huddersfield District 24 4 Stott's Yard, Upper head Row Brennan, Mary, Head 65 Ireland   W
1901 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 24 4 Stott's Yard Upper Head Row Walker, Mary, Daughter 22 Yorkshire, Huddersfield England Carpet Rug Weaver M
1901 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 24 4 Stott's Yard Upper Head Row Walker, Sykes, Son in Law 24 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Woolen Spinner M
1901 Yorkshire Huddersfield England District 24 4 Stott's Yard Upper Head Row Walker, Sarah, Grand daughter 1 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England